10 October 2018 Meeting

Our next General Body Meeting will be Wednesday, October 10th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The meeting will be located in Engel Hall RM 219. This General Body Meeting will be our Public Speaking Workshop, led by our own Ms. Natasha Saunders! Public speaking is an essential skill in all professions so make sure to come by and to learn some new tips!

MANRRS Week Events!

We had a good turnout today at our lunchtime meet and greet.  Two of the folks who stayed until the end said “we made new friends!” and that’s what it is all about!  Thanks for everyone who came out to connect with students and colleagues and new and old friends!  Please note that our regular general body meeting this week is at 3 pm in Williams Hall rather than our regular time and place.  We try to have professional development opportunities at each meeting–this week we’ll focus on writing cover letters for job, internship, and scholarship applications.  We’ll also be attending the BOC showcase Wednesday evening, and will have a social on Friday.

Student and Faculty/Staff Meet and Greet

Please join us on Monday 24 September 2018, from noon to 1:30 pm in the Cheatham Hall lounge for minority faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students in CALS, CNRE, and other related programs to get to know each other and learn more about MANRRS. Please spread the word to friends who might be interested.  If you can RSVP at this link , it will help us provide enough food for everyone. If you didn’t RSVP, drop in any way!  We’d love to get to know you!

Click on the flier below to enlarge the image, or click on the blue text and you’ll get a pdf version with functional links that you can share.

MANRRS Meet and Greet F2018

Fall 2018 General Body Meetings Weds 6 pm

Please join us on Wednesday September 12th, 6-7 pm, 219 Engel Hall, for our first general body meeting of the semester. This is an opportunity to learn more about the organization–all are welcome! We will have snacks. Hope everyone is settled in and the semester is off to a good start.  Please see our flyer and put our meetings on your calendar now!  Please note that all will be 6 pm in 219 Engel, except the 9/26 meeting which will be 3-4 pm in Williams 334. If you aren’t a member of the google group, please join manrrs-g@vt.edu to get regular announcements.

Welcome Back

Summer is winding down and we are looking forward to seeing everyone back on campus this fall.  Look for us at Gobblerfest, join the google-group to get our mailings, check out our facebook page, or contact one of the officers or advisors for more info.  Returning students, if you’re available to help staff a table at Gobblerfest or other events, please let us know.  Regional cluster meetings will be coming up in the fall, and those provide great opportunities for networking and professional development.

REGION LOCATION DATE
I Hosted by Virginia State University October 26-27, 2018
II & III Atlanta, GA September 28-30, 2018

Safe travels and hope everyone is ready for a great year!

Meeting on Mon Apr 16

Our next general body meeting will be 16 April 2018 at 7:15 pm in Litton-Reaves 1810.  Please join us for a skill-building workshop led by Dr. Christian Matheis. Bring a friend or come on your own and make new friends! We also need to fill a few officer and committee chair positions that will be vacated by graduating seniors, so please let us know if you are interested in helping to lead our organization next year.   This will also be a time to learn about how the national conference in Greensboro went, and to sign up for some upcoming activities.  Hope to see you there!

USDA Forest Service Recruiter Meeting 12 March 2018, 7 pm

UPDATE: VT Campus CLOSED on Monday!  Drop-in hours are still available on Tuesday.  If there is enough interest, she may be able to return Friday morning for a presentation. Please try to attend the Thursday 4 pm webinar on USA Jobs linked below.

Ms. Sylvia Staples of the US Forest Service will be at Virginia Tech on Monday and Tuesday March 12-13, 2018, to meet with students about jobs and internships.

Drop-in Meetings: 136B Cheatham Hall
Tuesday 3/13 9:30 am -12:00 pm

She will give a presentation on using USAJobs to find and apply for job opportunities from 7-8:30 pm on Monday 12 March, in Room 317 Cheatham Hall.  This event is co-sponsored by MANRRS, Students for Cultivating Change, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation.  It is open to all students.  We will have pizza, so we request that you please RSVP to Ms. Dana Keith at dkeith(at)vt.edu with “USFS recruiter March 12” in the subject line, so that she can order enough food!  This visit is part of the Work for Nature Hiring Event as a lead up to the MANRRS National Conference.  Ms. Staples will also be willing to meet with students individually to review your resume and give suggestions.  Faculty, if you would like her to give a 10-minute presentation in one of your classes, please contact her directly or reach out to Professor Haas (cahaas [at]vt.edu) or Ms. Keith.  The Forest Service is recruiting for a variety of positions including forest biologists, fish and wildlife biologists, business degrees, agricultural economists, plant pathologists, water resource specialists, etc.  Even if you don’t plan to apply for a job with the US Department of Agriculture, her advice can help you navigate the federal job application process with any agency.

Bio from http://www.suagcenter.com/Images/Interior/wildfiresummitbooklet.pdf

Sylvia Staples is a District Forester and Wildland
Firefighter. Her experience and expertise lies in
working in various environments and ecosystems
in resource areas, such as forestry, recreation,
heritage, wildlife and fire. Currently on a one-year
assignment as a recruiter, Staples has been with
the U.S. Forest Service since 2012. Her career in
fire has taken her nationwide, from Michigan to
California and New Mexico serving on 20-person
hand crews, engine crews and working in logistics.  She received her Bachelors Degree in Forest Management from Alabama A&M University and Masters Degree in Justice Administration from the University of the  Cumberlands.