Fall Round-up provides opportunities for students to connect and build relationships

MFA Incorporated Plaza on the University of Missouri campus buzzed as more than 100 College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources students made their way through the booths of college services, clubs and organizations. Thirty-one groups set up tables to promote the activities and services they offer at the annual Fall Round-Up, Sept. 4.

CAFNR Student Council hosted the event and provided food and a T-shirt for those in attendance.

“We are striving for an increased participation rate among incoming students,” said Danyelle High, CAFNR Student Council secretary. “We feel that we surpassed our goal with an exceptional turnout.”

“It is important to have a balance of academics and outside academics to build relationships and meet new people,” said Shanon Dickerson, program director of CAFNR Study Abroad. “The benefit of Fall Round-Up is to see what is offered on campus, specifically in CAFNR and starting to build those relationships with other CAFNR students.”

Clubs and organizations had sign-up sheets for incoming students to be contacted about upcoming events. Many groups were giving away swag as well.

“I’m excited to get involved on campus in CAFNR, but I had no idea there were this many clubs,” said Brenden Kleiboeker, freshman animal science student. It was helpful for Kleiboeker to see everything CAFNR has to offer and to see his options of how to get involved on campus. Kleiboeker said he looks forward to discovering his niche at Mizzou.

The event brought together students, new and old, faculty and staff.

“Once they graduate, they will still have those connections for later,” Dickerson said.