Meet with Smithfield Foods Rep

Hope everyone had a great time at the Regional Cluster Meeting!  One of the representatives from Smithfield Foods will be meeting with interested students on Monday evening!  Pizza will be served.  This is a great way to explore opportunities with a major employer in Virginia.  They have openings for students in a variety of majors–not just animal science but nutrition, business, HR, water quality.  She is here to help you–take the opportunity!  If there is time, she’d likely be glad to review resumes.

16 Oct 2019 GBM Paint n Sip Fundraiser

Thanks everyone who came out and participated!  Sorry for the confusion about payment!  Our Venmo account is no longer active.  We now have a CASH APP account $VTMANRRS if anyone would like to make donations.  THANK YOU!

Please come join us for this fun Halloween-themed event! Note that this will not be our regular meeting location.  We will be in Surge 103A from 7:30 to 9 pm this Wednesday.  Please bring your friends and spread the word! Check our social media accounts to RSVP so we can get an idea of numbers attending. If you can’t attend but would like to support our chapter efforts, you can still make a donation. Thank you! Facebook event link is here.


GBM on Student Research 2 Oct 2019

Thanks to everyone who participated in our first meeting last week!  It was great to see the turnout and the active participation! Just a quick heads up that our next General Body Meeting will focus on undergraduate research.  Graduate students if you have ongoing research with spots for undergraduates to participate, this could be a great time to recruit!  Undergraduates, come out to learn about opportunities on campus and resources that can help fund your research and your attendance at conferences to present your results!  We’ll be in Pamplin 32 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday October 2nd.   Please spread the word!

Resume Review Meeting Sept. 9th

It was great to see everyone at our tabling events this week!  Please come to our collaborative event with NSBE on Monday Sept. 9th, 7:30 pm in Room 313 Seitz Hall.  Bring your resume if you have one (or several versions if you have more than one), or just stop in and get some general tips! Please spread the word.

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

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.