CAFNR Family Breakfast experiences exceptional turnout

 Hundreds of CAFNR students and their families filtered through the doors of Eckles Culinary Café the morning of Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, to take part in the CAFNR Family Breakfast.

People of all ages, including the Smith family, conversed among themselves as they waited to indulge in everything from bacon to biscuits.

“We thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the people who are instructing our student,” said Cindy Smith, mother of freshman biochemistry major Taylor Smith. “We were very impressed that faculty made a point to come and talk to you.”

The Smith family drove nearly six hours from their small central Illinois town, Princeton, in order to attend MU’s Family Weekend, as well as CAFNR Week. Smith and her husband had nothing but good things to say about the university and specifically CAFNR.

“It seems Mizzou has that passion for research and the heart behind agriculture,” said Smith who is hopeful for what the future holds for her daughter.

CAFNR executive staff assistant Jan Russell said the food was prepared and served by CAFNR’s hospitality management students, which gave them the chance to gain firsthand experience within their degree area. Russell was given the duty of overlooking the breakfast and ensuring everything went as smoothly as possible.

The breakfast has increased in popularity over the years. Attendance has climbed from 150 to nearly 600 people in the breakfast’s six years of existence, said Russell.

“It really shows that CAFNR has a family atmosphere,” said Russell. “I think it’s important for families to know their children are here in a supportive family environment.”

Russell emphasized the significance of the atmosphere within the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, which she said makes it different than any other college here on campus.

“CAFNR covers a wide range of areas and different disciplines; we all work together to help families and people have a better life,” Russell said. “The students are the most important thing. We all work together as a team to provide that support students need to be a success.”

Betty Thomas

About the Author Betty Thomas

Agriculture began to influence my life at a young age. My father is a sixth-generation farmer, so it only seems right to pass on the tradition. I’m from a small, rural community where a large portion of the local economy is centered around agriculture. I was born and raised on a farm outside of Oakford, Ill., and wouldn’t have had it any other way. A friend took a college visit to the University of Missouri one weekend, and I decided to tag along. I immediately fell in love with the hospitality and beauty of the campus. With such a strong agricultural school and journalism school it seemed to be the perfect fit. Looking back there is no place I would rather call home.