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Gratitude: An Update of Advancement Efforts Especially for Alumni, Friends and Donors of CAFNR
Greetings from the Dean
Dean Tom Payne
What a wonderful academic year we have had! We recently sent over 500 undergraduate and graduate students off to a new chapter in their lives. I want to share with you that I am planning a new chapter as well. I will retire as Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources effective the end of December 2016. I plan to spend more time with my wonderful wife Alice and our family.

It is an understatement to say that I have enjoyed my role as Dean and all the interactions I have had with CAFNR faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends along the way. I am so very proud of the College and the CAFNR Family and will continue to stay involved in many ways to help advance CAFNR.

One of the best parts of being Dean is welcoming alums back to the College. This spring Roger Gardner, Chief Culture and Communications Officer for Learfield, joined us as our 49th Reich Executive-in-Residence in the program’s 20th year. Roger shared his career path and industry knowledge with CAFNR and MU School of Journalism classes. These interactions expose our students to invaluable, real-world experiences. We had a chance to sit down and chat with Roger while he was here – you can read more about him in this issue.

CAFNR attracts the best and brightest students and I am lucky to get to interact with them every day. Maria Kalaitzandonakes, a science and agricultural journalism and agricultural economics major, was recently chosen for the very prestigious Truman Scholarship. It is awarded to around 60 collegiate juniors each year. Maria was one of 197 finalists, one of five from Missouri and CAFNR’s first recipient. Read more about this amazing CAFNR student.

Our great faculty members are the major reason our students are so successful. Long-time rural sociology professor Rex Campbell exemplifies the dedication of our CAFNR faculty. In this issue, we share with you exciting news that he and his wife Mary have created a lasting legacy for our College that will build on our teaching strengths.

Our department of parks, recreation and tourism celebrated its 50th year with a wonderful event in early April. The Division of Biochemistry was established 40 years ago and will hold a special celebration early this fall. I hope you will find a time to visit campus in 2016 to meet up with former professors and old friends.

With the help of all of YOU, our alumni and friends, we are able to accomplish anything. Thank you for helping make CAFNR the greatest College at Mizzou and giving me the best years of my career here at MU.


Dean Payne Signature
Tom Payne
Vice Chancellor and Dean
Campaign for CAFNR
An Update from CAFNR’s Campaign Chairman
Chuck Brazeale The CAFNR Campaign Committee had a great meeting April 22. Reports from advancement staff showed campus has raised $730 million towards the $1.3 billion goal in the Mizzou: Our Time to Lead Campaign. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has surpassed their goal for this fiscal year. With the help of dedicated alumni and supporters, they have raised $88 million towards the $100 million campaign goal. Read the rest of the note from Chuck Brazeale.
Honoring 'Mama Sandy' (click to read)
ASM students, faculty start endowed scholarship to remember cherished longtime maternal figure.
Cultivating Futures (click to read)
Executive-in-Residence, wife, create endowment fund in honor of their fathers.
Making an Impact
A Dream Fulfilled (click to read)
Fara and Richard Maltsbarger are giving back to the school they love.
Servant Leadership at Its Finest (click to read)
Former Peace Corps volunteers look to help students in international ag at Mizzou, where they trained in the '60s.
Supporting Research, Teaching
This spring we celebrated two wonderful estate gifts to our College. One from Barry and Marge Slayton from West Plains, Mo., for unrestricted support of our beef genomics and nutrition program and the other from Rex and Mary Campbell, Columbia, Mo., to establish The Rex and Mary Campbell Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Rex and Mary Campbell Scholars Program.

Read more about the Slayton gift
Read more about the Campbell gift
Don't Miss!
40 Years of Biochemistry: Bridging Boundaries for the Greater Good: September 2, 2016
Tiger Ag Classic: September 16, 2016
CAFNR Scholarship Donor Recognition Dinner: October 20, 2016
Monticello Society
Mizzou Meat: Taste the Success (click to read)
Meat science program accomplishments were on the menu for 2016 Monticello Society Brunch.

View 2016–17 Monticello Society Membership
With Gratitude
Thanks for all you do to make CAFNR great. To make a gift, please visit our giving page.
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