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Local student wins CAFNR’s Outstanding Freshman Award

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Emily Gregory, a hospitality management major with a minor in business, recently received CAFNR’s (College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources) Outstanding Freshman Award. 

Gregory, from Houstonia, has been very involved during her first year at the University of Missouri. Gregory joined the Phi Mu Sorority, serves as the secretary of the Mizzou Club Managers Association of America and is part of the Mizzou Hotel and Lodging Student Association.

“In the one class that I have had to the pleasure to have Emily in she was always willing to contribute to the discussion and offer input to her classmates during break-out discussions,” said Amanda Alexander, an assistant teaching professor of hospitality management. “Her positive attitude was contagious to her classmates and contributed to the overall class environment.

“Emily was willing to take on the task of a leadership role in Mizzou’s Club Manager’s Association of America (CMAA) serving as the chapter secretary and has taken on the responsibility of promoting the student organization on social media. Emily is actively involved in recruiting student members so the student chapter is reinstated and recognized nationally – not an easy task!”

Gregory volunteers with Mizzou Tiger Pantry and has done volunteer work with the Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Agency as well.

“Emily is committed to her volunteer work and currently serves at Tiger Pantry and Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Agency,” Alexander said. “Emily not only wants to succeed academically and professionally, but prioritizes her local community as well.

“I know that Emily will do great things and hospitality management will be honored to have her as our alumni. Her drive to excel in every facet of her life is a testimony to her work ethic and motivation.”

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