Welcome Fall 2019 Students!

Welcome back to campus to all our returning students!   Hello and we look forward to working with new students!  This week we’ll be participating in a number of welcome back events.  Please stop by the MANRRS table to say hello, introduce yourself, get signed up on our mailing list or sign up for upcoming opportunities!  You can participate in some awesome professional development and networking opportunities on campus when we host the cluster meeting for MANRRS Region 1 (see post below)!  We will be involved with community service and fundraising activities as well as social and training events this fall. Today, Wednesday 4 September, 5-7 pm come by the Ag Quad between Smyth and Hutcheson (search for it on the interactive map if you’re lost) for the CALS Hokie Hello.  Thursday September 5, join us from 5-8 pm at the CNRE Welcome Back Bash at the Holtzman Alumni Center. And Friday 6 September, 4-6 pm we will be on the Drillfield for Gobblerfest!  Come check out student orgs and get involved this semester! And check out our “upcoming activities” tab to see what’s happening next.

VT Hosting Regional Cluster Nov 2019!

We’ve still got lots of planning to do, but we’re excited to announce that Virginia Tech will be the host for the MANRRS Region 1 cluster meeting in fall 2019.  We hope everyone will take the opportunity to interact with faculty and students from other universities in our region, participate in the professional development opportunities and career fair, and enter the competitions.  Stay tuned for more information!  If you’re not already on our mailing list, sign up with us at Gobblerfest and/or follow the instructions at the bottom of the the About this Site tab.  (Photo credit from http://www.manrrs.org/regional-clusters)

Incoming Executive Board

Congratulations to the incoming officers and board members of our MANRRS chapter!  We are providing an opportunity this spring for training and transition–tonight was a meeting of outgoing and incoming e-board members.

2019 – 2020 VT MANRRS Executive Board

President: Marquelle Benn

Undergraduate Vice President: Alexis Jackson

Graduate Vice President: Lindsay Hermanns

Graduate Student Advisor: Jasmine Scott

Secretary: Angel Bynum-Hardy

Treasurer: Kojo Akrong

Community Engagement Chair: Amanda Coleman

Fundraising Chair: Senija Davis

Membership Development Chair: Ebone Smith

Public Relations Chair:  Ciera Hall & Jakira Pettaway

Historian: Ciera Hall

Parliamentarian: Jakira Pettaway

Paint and Sip, 20 March 2019

Our next general body meeting will be a fun fundraiser!   Note the location in Surge Hall for this event.  Mark your calendars for MANRRS 2ND Annual Paint N’ Sip on March 20TH‼️ From 6pm -8pm in Surge 107
**no painting experience required**
Mocktails and good time provided!! Hope to see you all there 😊

Events with Nate Looney Feb 25 and 26

Thanks to our friends at Students for Cultivating Change, we are excited to be involved in welcoming Nate Looney to campus February 25-27, 2019.  He will be speaking Monday evening at 6:30 pm in the Holtzmann Auditorium, lower level of the Inn at Virginia Tech.  Reception afterwards, open to all.  Our MANRRS chapter and the College of Natural Resources and Environment will be hosting him for lunch on Tuesday Feb 26 at 11:30 am in the Cheatham first floor lounge–more details on that to follow.  If you would like to attend the Tuesday 2/26 lunch, please sign up on the Qualtrics survey here, so that we can plan ahead.  Sign up right away! We may have to limit attendance to the first 20-30 people who sign up, so don’t delay!  Please spread the word, bring a friend, and join us in welcoming this transgender veteran urban farmer to campus! Thank you!

Officer Nominations

Please nominate yourself or encourage a friend to run for office.  See email and side bar for info.  You will get to shadow current officers this spring, so it is a great professional development opportunity and we welcome first and second year students who are just getting involved with MANRRS.  Please fill out the info on the qualtrics survey here.

End of Semester Dinner and GBM 1060 Torg (Room Update)

Our final general body meeting of the semester will be at 6 pm in 1060 Torgerson Hall, Wednesday 28 November 2018.  PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION is different from what was originally posted–we’ll be in 1060 Torgerson!  We will have information about the national MANRRS meeting, recruit for our final service opportunity (at the Blacksburg Holiday Parade), and discuss officer and committee chair positions.  This is a great opportunity for you to get more involved and gain some leadership skills.  All incoming officers will shadow current officers in the spring semester so that you will be ready to lead in 2019-2020!  Most of our officers are graduating, so we really need new students to step up and help us grow this organization!  The goal of MANRRS is to help YOU develop skills and a network that will help you in your professional and personal life.  Get involved so you can get more out of it!  The advisors are providing food so you can relax and enjoy this meeting.  Please see our Facebook event, and join us!

14 Nov 2018 Grad School Panel

Our General Body Meeting this week will be a panel discussion on how to prepare for graduate school, how to select a program with financial support, and how to get accepted into graduate school.  Come hear from current and former graduate students about their experiences and ask questions.  If you are new to MANRRS, we welcome you!  Feel free to bring a friend and find out what we are about.  If you are a long-term or former member but haven’t been to a meeting for a while, come on out and catch up!  The discussion will be in Room 219 Engel Hall, from 6-7 pm Wednesday night.  You can also see our Facebook event.  Hope to see you there! And be thinking about nominating yourself for a committee chair or officer position!

Congratulations to Region I Cluster Award Winners!

Congratulations to two Virginia Tech students who placed in contests at the MANRRS Region 1 Cluster Meeting in Petersburg, VA October 27th!  Jasmine Scott, a graduate student in Agricultural Leadership and Community Education, won 1st place in the Impromptu Speaking contest.  Ebone Smith, a senior double-majoring in Meteorology and Communications won 3rd place in the Elevator Pitch contest.  We are proud of how well you represent us!!!  Thanks to all who attended and competed!  It was also fun that the cluster was hosted by a VT alum and former chapter president, Dr. Maurice Smith (pictured here)!