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Do I Hear 80K?

Ag Alumni Association sets the pace for support.

Rex Ricketts

Rex Ricketts, BS Ag ’63, MS ’64, PhD ’70, negotiates the mud on his farm near Hallsville, Mo., as he unloads cattle feed from a Case IH Scout. The retired animal sciences professor won the raffle for the vehicle at the 2013 Ag Unlimited event. Photo by Rob Hill.

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Some Mizzou alumni rally ’round their university through athletics, others through local chapters, and still others find their place in school and college organizations. One such group, the Ag Alumni Association, boasts a network of 26,000 graduates. Its signature annual event, a fundraiser, Ag Unlimited, attracts about 700 alumni and friends and raises about $80,000 a year, mostly for scholarships and support of student organizations.

Thirty volunteers work year‐round to plan the event, which was held Feb. 15. Their tasks include soliciting auction items from businesses and alumni. These have included handmade garments with MU logos, travel packages to sporting events, Missouri wines and a Case IH Scout utility vehicle.

Ag Unlimited creates a tremendous atmosphere, says Alan Weber, BS Ag ’91, MS ’93, president of the Ag Alumni Association. “It’s an example of good people doing great things for students and the college, and we enjoy ourselves doing it.”

The organization not only serves as a professional and social network of alumni but also supports the college’s mission. “We set a goal to touch at least half of the college’s students before they graduate through scholarships, professional development and other programs,” Weber says. The group gives about $50,000 a year for scholarships and about $20,000 for student organizations.

Mizzou Alumni Association Executive Director Todd McCubbin says the Ag Alumni Association could be a model for such groups. “It’s an extraordinary thing for volunteers to pull off year after year,” he says.