Research from Yidan Huang, hospitality management master’s student, and adviser Pei Liu was nominated for four best paper awards by the Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology and Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing at the recent 24th Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality & Tourism held in Houston. The paper’s title is “An Evaluation of College Students’ Healthy Food Consumption Behaviors.”
Newly funded external awards with a DASS principal investigator are a “Next Generation of Dairy Systems in Missouri” project led by Joe Horner and sponsored by the Missouri Dairy Industry Alliance at $115,922; “The Economic Viability of Expanding Fresh and Processed Fruit and Vegetable Production in Missouri” project led by John Kruse and sponsored by the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority at $200,000; and a “Marketing Opportunities for Missouri’s Niche Meat and Poultry Processors” project led by Alice Roach and sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture at $134,389.
The following individuals have joined the CAFNR Office of Advancement team:
- Amber Strong Helwig joined the CAFNR team on Jan. 16 as executive assistant; she has worked at the university since 2005. Amber most recently served as the coordinator of donor recognition in the MU Advancement Office. In this role, Amber was instrumental in a number of projects and events ranging from Giving Day to the Jefferson Club Golden Quill for Alumni Excellence Award. She provided outstanding customer service for donors, and the expertise Amber gained working for the MU Donor Relations team will serve CAFNR donors, alumni, friends, volunteers, faculty, staff and students well as the college approaches its 150th anniversary in 2020. Amber is a University of Missouri graduate with a bachelor of arts in English.
- Stefanie Gray also joined the CAFNR team on Jan. 16 as senior manager of donor relations; she has worked at the university since 2009. Stefanie most recently served as assistant director of donor relations in the MU Advancement Office. In this role, Stefanie streamlined scholarship stewardship plans, launched Rally Mizzou and strengthened guidelines for donor naming opportunities. In her new role, Stefanie will direct CAFNR Advancement signature programs (Executive in Residence, Monticello Society), other donor events and communications that provide meaningful interaction for CAFNR donors, their families, alumni, faculty, staff and students. Stefanie is a University of Missouri graduate with a bachelor of journalism with emphasis in media convergence and a master of education in educational leadership and policy analysis.
- Kaleigh Summers joined the CAFNR team on Dec. 19 as alumni relations coordinator. In addition to working with CAFNR’s Alumni Association, Kaleigh will also focus on establishing a lead annual giving program for the college. Since 2014, Kaleigh served as an event manager at the Sprint Center and Bartle Hall in Kansas City. Kaleigh is a 2013 University of Missouri graduate with a bachelor of science in agricultural education and leadership, with minors in plant sciences and rural sociology. Kaleigh’s internship with AFA sparked her interest in event planning. Kaleigh’s first major event will be CAFNR Unlimited on Feb. 23 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City.
To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., MU has two events planned. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Missouri Theatre, the “While I Breathe, I Hope” film will be screened, and a discussion will follow. Community organizer and activist Bree Newsome will present during an event from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 in Jesse Auditorium. Tickets, which are free, are required for both events and are available at the Missouri Theatre Box Office.
The Center for Agroforestry will host its 10th Annual Agroforestry Symposium on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31 at the Bond Life Sciences Center. The theme is “Innovation to Entrepreneurship: Fostering a Culture of Research Translation.” A livestream will be available. Register online, or learn more at centerforagroforestry.org/events/symposia.php.
The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) society will accept abstracts and workshop proposals for the 2019 NACTA Conference through Feb. 5. From June 18 to June 21, the conference will take place at the College of Southern Idaho. Through Feb. 1, NACTA is also seeking nominations for several teaching awards.
Presentation proposals for the 2019 Cambio de Colores conference – scheduled for June 5 to June 7 in Columbia – are due by Feb. 14.
Director’s Updates & Engagement
Sharon Wood-Turley welcomed a grandson to the family.
The Division is ramping up accessibility to the Cafe at Eckles. The space can accommodate up to 100 persons with an array of catering and set-up options. If you are interested in booking this space for an event, then please contact Amy Moum (573-882-7740) to coordinate your needs.
Emeritus faculty Dr. Stephen Matthews was recently recognized in the Columbia City Source for his volunteer work in Columbia Parks.
Coming soon, Cafe at Eckles will offer pre-order lunch deliveries.
A recent story from The Economist shares important points related to the need for greater gender diversity in economics.
I was thrilled to have a strong turnout of divisional persons at the 48th Governor’s Conference on Agriculture last week. Even more exciting was to see so many divisional alumni in attendance with some alumni receiving recognition for their commitment to Missouri agriculture.
On Jan. 15, I traveled to St. Louis with Eliza Tse, Seonghee Cho, Nick Barnett and Christina Vanatta. We met with UMSL business school leadership to begin the exploratory process of a joint hospitality management degree between MU and UMSL offered through the UMSL campus. Following the meeting, we were hosted for lunch and a tour by the St. Louis Union Station Hotel ownership and management. Several hospitality management students are in St Louis this week job shadowing business management at different hotels in the area.
On Jan. 16, I traveled to the MFA Oil corporate training and supply facility in Moberly, Mo., for a Missouri Institute of Cooperatives board meeting. Mike Cook and Kristi Livingston were attendance. Kristi’s position is partially funded by the institute, and she serves as MU coordinator for the nonprofit Institute. Dr. Cook and I serve on the board as MU representatives.
A Shout-Out goes to Mike Keene for openly sharing his knowledge of the costs, revenues and process of managing a commercial kitchen and restaurant space.
Research, Extension and Engagement Activities
In a new Missouri Ruralist column, Scott Brown explains how U.S. economic conditions and export demand are two important variables for the U.S. beef industry to watch in the next year.
Scott Brown discusses milkfat supplies, demand potential and prices in his new Hoard’s Dairyman column.
North Central Region SARE recently profiled the “On-farm and Ranch Education of New and Beginning Latino Producers in Missouri” project coordinated by Eleazar Gonzalez.
Hasselquist, L., Weikert, B., and Simonsen, J.C. 2018. Key experiences from an agricultural leadership academy. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal, 62(4), 33-41.
Korte, D.S., and Simonsen, J.C. 2018. Influence of social support on teacher self-efficacy in novice agricultural education teachers. Journal of Agricultural Education, 59(3), 100-123.
On Jan. 24, Wesley Tucker will present a session titled “Keys to profitability for beef producers” at the 2019 KOMA Beef Cattle Conference in Girard, Kan.
Errors and Omissions
The Jan. 4 edition of the DASS Wrap-Up inadvertently omitted Seonghee Cho from the list of Division personnel who were attending the 48th Governor’s Conference on Agriculture.