Past chapter activities

Fall 2021
We were excited to welcome students back to campus for Fall 2021! We will be holding in-person events.  We hoped to take the opportunities learned from virtual meetings to have some collaborative online events with colleagues at North Carolina A & T and other schools as well.

We had great turnout at Gobblerfest on the Drillfield, Saturday September 4th!  We also tabled at Hokie Hello and CNRE Welcome Back event.  Thanks to Taelor Baber for tabling at every event!

We had four meetings

We had a welcome meeting on 28 September 2021 with pizza to learn “What is MANRRS?”  We learned it is hard to have these conversations outside in a construction zone! But we still connected with several new members!

Tuesday October 26 4:30-6 pm 1810 Litton-Reaves, Microinterventions–how to respond to Microagressions

Tuesday November 9 4:30-6 pm, probably 1810 Litton-Reaves; Undergraduate Research Opportunities Presentation and Graduate Student Elevator Speeches

Tuesday December 7 4:30-6 pm social gathering, 1810 Litton-Reaves


2020-2021 academic year
Our 2020-2021 events were virtual.   We had a general body meeting on Thursday March 25th.  We are not associated with the APIDA Month film described below but looks like something that would be of interest to our members so we are sharing the flier here.  Use this registration link to join the screening of Seadrift and conversation with director.

Screening of Seadrift April 14, 2021, 6-8 pm

In fall 2020, our regular meetings were monthly.  Check for locations.  Our Fall 2020 calendar is below.  Please join us!

Fall 2020
Friday, September 4th Gobblerfest Virtual Fair
Wednesday, September 9th Executive Board Meeting
Thursday, September 15 Active Conflict Resolution
First week of October Executive Board Meeting
Thursday, October 15 Beginning of Educational Series
First week of November E-Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 11th Educational Series-Interviewing Skills
First week of December E-Board Meeting
Friday, December 11th Educational Series- Interpersonal Skills, Public Speaking



Our 2020-2021 officers and committee chairs are listed here.  We greatly appreciate their service during a challenging pandemic year.

President: Brooke Johnson
Graduate Vice President: Lindsay Hermanns
Community Engagement Chair: Trayda Murakami
Public Relations Chair:  Darby McPhail
Historian: Njambi Gichuru

Spring 2020

In honor of Women’s Month, our general body meeting on Wednesday 4 March 2020, 6:45 pm in Squires Black Cultural Center was an opportunity to network with a diversity of women in agriculture and natural resources.  It was a great opportunity to learn from others and to make connections.

Also please like and share our facebook event,


Spring 2019 events

20 March 2019 we hosted our second annual MANRRS paint-n-sip fundraiser. 

Thanks to our friends at Students for Cultivating Change, we were involved in welcoming Nate Looney to campus February 25-27, 2019.  He spoke to a large audience 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 hosted a lunch with him on Tuesday Feb 26 at 11:30 am in the Cheatham first floor lounge.  We had several students from SCC and QTPoC as well as faculty and administrators from CNRE attend this luncheon.

For our 13 Feb 2019 General Body Meeting, we hosted a Game Night.

In Spring 2019,  our regular meetings were Wednesdays at 6 pm, usually in Room 407 Wallace Hall.  Click on the calendar below to enlarge.

MANRRS National Conference 2019 was April 3-6th!


Our 2018 officers and committee chairs are listed here.  Thank you so much for your service.  Best wishes to all the graduates!   You can keep in touch with alums on our LinkedIn page!

  • Elizabeth Tsang, President
  • Monica Fikes, Immediate Past-President
  • Lis Mota, Undergraduate Vice-President
  • Brittany Hoover, Graduate Vice-President
  • Eunice Kwarteng, Parliamentarian
  • Ariam Woldegiorgis, Treasurer
  • Kaitlyn Thomas, Fundraising Chair
  • Ahmerah Thompson, Historian
  • Lucia Chambi, Community Engagement Chair
  • Marquelle Benn, Event Coordinator, Public Relations Chair
  • Tyneshia Griffin, Membership Development Chair


Fall 2018 events. September 26, 2018 we held an afternoon workshop on writing a personal statement.  Our speaker, Dr. Paul Heilker, offered his services to help anyone in MANRRS that would like assistance with writing and revising their  personal statements and cover letters.  Email him for a personal review!  Thanks also to those who tabled at the BOC showcase later that evening.

5-6 October 2018 we had several members volunteering to help the Christiansburg Institute with their Cooking around the World Fundraiser.  We enjoyed meeting alums from the 1950s and 1960s and hearing about their history and the future projects.

Later that evening of 6 Oct 2018, we had an awesome crew working hard at the football concessions raising funds!  Thanks to everyone who came out and volunteered!

Below is a preliminary calendar for fall 2018.  Click on the images to enlarge.

We had a USDA Forest Service 2 day recruiting event on October 22-23, 2018.  The recruiters met students for one-on-one resume review and hosted a workshop Tuesday October 23rd (probably 6 pm, 317 Cheatham Hall) on using USAJobs.

This year we attended the Region 1 Cluster Meeting, October 26-27, 2018 at Virginia State University!

We held a panel on applying to graduate school on November 14th.

We had an end-of-semester dinner on 28 November 2018.

Our spring 2018 meetings were  Mondays from 7:15-8:15 pm. The dates are February 5th, February 19th, March 19th, April 2nd, and April 16th.  Please note that our meetings are usually held in 1810 Litton Reaves Hall, plus please confirm the location closer to the date of each meeting.

Please see our post about the 12 March USDA Forest Service recruitment visit.  Click on the flier here to enlarge.






Fundraiser: Paint and Sip event Weds 14 March 2018 at 6:30 pm in 1890 Litton-Reaves.  For $3 supplies and refreshments are provided.  Get creative and support the club!






We will have over a dozen students participating in the National MANRRS Conference in Greensboro, NC 4-9 April 2018, and hope to see many of our alums there as well!


Fall 2017 Events:

Below were our monthly meetings for fall semester.  A number of our students attended the regional conference in Atlanta Sept. 29-Oct 1, and won contests!

Mr. Louie Ocaranza and Mr. Jeramie Strickland of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service came to campus Tuesday and Wednesday Oct 3-4 to participate in the CNRE Career Fair.  They went to dinner with MANRRS students October 3. Mr. Strickland had an info session and open house event to discuss INTERNSHIPS AND JOBS on Tuesday October 3, 2017 from 12:30-2:30 in 315 Cheatham Hall. Pizza, cookies, and drinks will be provided. This was a great opportunity to find out about Fish and Wildlife Service jobs and internships all over the US and outside the US. (Photo of Jeramie Strickland from USFWS website).

Spring 2017 Events:

LOVE YOUR CAREER, 14 February 2017: Jonathan Byers from Career Services gave a workshop on elevator speeches, interviews, and networking.

HIKED TO KEFFER OAK on the Appalachian Trail with members of The Wildlife Society, 18 February 2017

PROFESSOR LANHAM VISIT:  January 29-February 3, 2017, we welcomed Dr. J. Drew Lanham, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University, to campus for a visit.  On Monday, 30 January 2-3:30 pm we had walking tour of Stadium Woods, VT’s very own old-growth forest right on campus!  On Tuesday 31 January 7:15-8:15 pm, he read from his new book, “The Home Place: A Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature” at the Hahn Pavilion in the Hahn Horticultural Gardens (click on flyer below for more details).  On Wednesday, 1 February 2017, our chapter and the student chapter of The Wildlife Society hosted a joint meeting at 7 pm in room 317 Cheatham Hall.  Several officers and members of both MANRRS and TWS attended a dinner with the speaker beforehand.  He spoke on 3 February on “Love: The Four Letter Word that Science Forgot.”  All events were well-attended, with several standing room only.  Thanks to all the sponsors who helped bring Professor Lanham here for an extended visit! 


Fall 2016 Events:

TURNIP HARVEST, 22 October 2016:

turnips2 Had a chilly but fun service activity harvesting, topping, and bagging turnips for local foodbanks.  We filled 62 bags, approximately 800 pounds of turnips, in just a couple of hours on a Saturday morning. turnips4

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 19 October 2016 speaker meeting:

Mr. Jonathan Byers from Career Services presented information on how to build and improve your LinkedIn profile and use it effectively for networking.

REGION II CLUSTER MEETING,  Atlanta, GA from Sept. 30th – Oct. 2nd



Spring 2016 Events:

We hosted a meet-and-greet luncheon for faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students in College of Science, College of MANRRS Meet and Greet Flyer 2016Agriculture and Life Sciences, and College of Natural Resources and Environment in the Cheatham Hall student lounge on Thursday February 11th, 2016.  We had approximately 30 people attending from all three colleges. Representatives from CALS Diversity Council and CNRE Diversity Committee welcomed the group.  Thanks to our membership committee chair, Joe Montemayor, for leading this effort!

Fall 2015 Events:

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 from 5:30-7:00 pm in Litton Reaves 1810 we had a guest speaker, Mr. Lewis Townsend of Wells Fargo & Company, speaking on the topic of Keeping Track of Your Money! There was great information given out about credit card debt, budgeting, and money management, as well as some light refreshments.MANRRS GBM Financial Speaker Flyer

Spring 2015 Notices:

Leslie Weldon, Deputy Chief, National Forest System, USDA Forest Service will give a Weldon Presentation Posterspecial presentation, “Leading from the middle: Conservation in the era of collaboration,” at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21 in Room 317B Cheatham Hall.  I hope you will join us in welcoming this VT alumnus back to campus.


Fall 2014 Events:

18 November 2014, Tuesday: First General Body Meeting/Interest Meeting, 6 pm, Litton Reaves 1800

13 November 2014, Thursday: MANRRS Meet and Greet lunch for minority students and faculty in CALS, CNRE, COS, etc.  Noon Cheatham Hall student lounge; see main page for details

29 October 2014, Wednesday: Career Fair Prep Workshop, 6 pm, Room 133 Cheatham

6 November 2014, Thursday: John Deere Recruitment Visit, meetings with SBE and MANRRS

Previous Years:

In November 2013, the VT chapter sponsored the MANRRS Region II Regional Cluster Meeting on campus.  Participants included students and advisors from programs including Penn State, NC State, North Carolina A&T, Virginia State, Delaware State, and University of DC.


In February 2012, MANRRS organized a visit and presentation from Mariak Chuor, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.

In November 2011, MANRRS and MAOP co-hosted a panel discussion on Asian-American Experiences in Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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