Freshmen attendance at annual Fall Round-Up does not reflect lower enrollment numbers at MU

Lower numbers of freshmen on campus had no apparent impact on attendance at the annual CAFNR Fall Round-Up. Food, fun freshmen and clubs … it must have been a “fiesta”! At least that was the theme of this year’s Round-Up, held on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Bond Life Sciences Center and MO Ag Plaza.

“So, usually all the officers get together and spend hours talking about themes that we want,” said Aleesha Ball senior CAFNR Student Council recruitment chair. “This year everyone was kind of busy towards the end of the year, so I actually just kind of came up with it myself.”

Despite the downward trend of incoming freshman enrollment this year, Ball still saw an increase in the number of students in attendance.

“I definitely saw an increase in people this year, just because we really pushed for people to come out,” Ball said. “We offer free food and free t-shirts, and like what freshman doesn’t want free food and free t-shirts?”

Along with hundreds of new students present, there were also over 30 different clubs and organizations represented, including CAFNR Ambassadors, National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), and Mizzou Block and Bridle. Fall Roundup provides new students with an opportunity to see the variety of student organizations available in CAFNR.

“We don’t judge, we don’t care what you like, if you have different interests, we have a club for anyone,” Ball said.

Freshman animal science pre-vet major Mark Wendell found a club he was very passionate about while taking part in the event.

“I was basically there for one thing, Swine Club,” Wendell said. “I live for swine. But I also joined Forestry Club and the CAFNR Week.”

Wendell said he would recommend the event to future CAFNR freshmen, “Absolutely. I definitely would. I really enjoyed it.”

Natalie Ayers

About the Author Natalie Ayers

My name is Natalie Ayers, and I am a science and agricultural journalism major at the University of Missouri. After my time at Mizzou, I hope to seek employment with a commodity promotion group or agricultural public relations firm. I look forward to becoming more involved on campus and writing for the CAFNR Corner Post this semester, while furthering my knowledge about an industry that means so much to me.