Annual round-up helps new students connect with clubs

Freshmen and transfer students gathered at MFA Plaza and the Monsanto Auditorium on Mizzou campus for the annual CAFNR Fall Round-Up on Aug. 27. Fall Round-Up exposed students to more than 30 clubs and organizations available for the 2014-2015 school year.

“Fall Round-Up is an event to give freshmen and transfer students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) a networking opportunity to meet with representatives from a multitude of clubs within the college,” said CAFNR Student Council Recruitment Chair, Morgan Beach. “Students were able to interact with club representatives and other students, along with faculty and staff.”

Many attendees were pleased with the upperclassmen’s interactions and advice.

“I thought attendance was high, because there was a lot of kids there but I come from small town” said one attendant, Ely Anderson of Plattsburg, Missouri.

Anderson is a dual major of agricultural education and agronomy, and he hopes to gain membership in the Ag Ed Society, Collegiate FFA, and the Floriculture Club. Anderson’s ultimate goal is to become an agriculture teacher so he can give back to the organization that helped him throughout his high school years.

Holly Ann Thibodeaux, a freshman from Defiance, Missouri, said it “was interesting to see all the clubs that CAFNR had to offer.” Thibodeaux is an animal sciences major, with hopes of becoming a veterinarian one day because of her passion for animals. She said she spoke to several clubs including Block and Bridle, Dairy Club, Swine Club and the Pre-Vet


Club. She has yet to narrow down which ones she is joining, as she is keeping an open mind.

The annual event gave students an outlet to find a club that fits their major or sparks a hidden interest. The social gathering has something to offer everyone, from livestock to leadership, CAFNR has a club or organization for you.

“This opportunity has helped them (the students) become aware of new opportunities and a chance to find their path of success within CAFNR, which I believe achieved the goal of the event,” Beach said. “Clubs also reported that this year they seemed to have more students than usual signing up to become active in clubs.”

Laura Bardot

About the Author Laura Bardot

I knew how to drive a tractor in a field long before I knew how to drive a vehicle on the road. I hail from a century farm in Lonedell, Missouri, and have always had a deep-rooted passion for agriculture. I grew-up on my family’s large commercial beef cattle operation and was active in the local 4-H club and FFA chapter during my youth. I am excited to be writing for Corner Post for my third semester. Corner Post has provided me with several great writing opportunities for stories in the past and I look forward to the stories that come from this semester.