Many CAFNR ‘family’ members honored at annual Celebration of Excellence

Some of the best teachers, alumni, students and staff in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources were honored April 9 at the annual Celebration of Excellence.

Those recognized at the ceremony, held at the Reynolds Alumni Center, were nominated by their colleagues.

The ceremony traditionally concludes with the announcement of the three individuals who receive the Mumford Award, which is given to an outstanding faculty member, an outstanding staff member and someone who has served the college.

The Mumford awards are in honor of Frederick B. Mumford who served as dean of the college for 27 years.

The recipients of the 2015 award ceremony are as follows:

Outstanding Freshman of the Year
Clara Knipp, Agricultural Education

Outstanding Sophomore of the Year
Samantha Coulson, Agricultural Education

Outstanding Junior of the Year
Jaelyn Bergmann, Agricultural Education

Outstanding Student Club of the Year
Alpha Gamma Rho

Past President Award
Colleen Abbott, Eldon R-1 Schools Director of Afterschool Services

Citation of Merit Award
Roger Gardner, Chief Cultural and Communications Officer, Learfield Communications

Citation of Merit Award
Richard Lane, Founder of Meridian Flavors

True Tiger Volunteer Award
William Kessle, B.S., Agricultural Education

Alumnus of the Year Award
Robert Ide, Vice-president, insurance, FCS Financial

Staff Recognition Award
Jon Schreffler, Farm Manager for the Thompson Research Center

Outstanding Adviser for Undergraduate Advising
Rose-Marie Muzika, Associate Director, SNR Academic Programs

Outstanding Adviser in Graduate Advising
Thomas Johnson, Professor of Agricultural Economics

Outstanding Teacher Award, Early Career
John Tummons, Instructor Agricultural Education and Leadership

Outstanding Senior Teacher
Anne McKendry. Associate Professor, Plant Sciences 

Early Investigator Researcher Award
David Mendoza Cozatl, Assistant Professor, Plant Sciences

Distinguished Researcher Award
Steven Van Doren, Professor of Biochemistry

J.W. Burch State Specialist Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Award
Dan Downing, Water Quality Associate/SARE State Specialist

Brady J. Deaton Fellow in International Agriculture
Corinne Valdivia, Associate Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics

Inaugural Roger L. Mitchell Fellow:
William Meyers, Howard Cowden Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics

Frederick B. Mumford Awards
All three of these individuals were surprised with this honor the night of the ceremony.

Frederick B. Mumford Award for Outstanding Faculty
Michael Cook, Robert D. Partridge Chair in Cooperative Leadership, Agricultural and Applied Economics

Frederick B. Mumford Award for Outstanding Staff
Tony Thorpe, Research Specialist Senior, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, and the Director of the Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program

Frederick B. Mumford Award for Distinguished Service
Morris Burger, CEO/Chairman of Burgers’ Smokehouse, California, Mo

You can read more about all of the award winners at the Celebration of Excellence website.

Next years Celebration of Excellence banquet is already scheduled for April 7, 2016 at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

Erin Boedeker

About the Author Erin Boedeker

My name is Erin Boedeker, I am a Agricultural Education – Leadership major at the University of Missouri. My emphasis within my major is Communications and Science and Agricultural Journalism. I am originally from Elsberry, Mo. After receiving my degree, my hopes are to take my passion and knowledge for agriculture into the city. I hope to work with a public relations or marketing firm, and work with clients to help the public understand the positive aspects of production agriculture. I am excited to continue writing for Corner Post, to help build my portfolio, network and get a more hands-on experience with writing in general.