Penn State Students Participate in Regional MANRRS Cluster Meeting

The National Society of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Region I Cluster was held November 7-9, 2014 at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware.

Students enjoyed bowling, participated in contests, and attended professional and chapter development workshops during the weekend long meeting. Caroline Wu, Penn State Chapter secretary, said, "I learned a lot from the workshops and I enjoyed meeting members from other chapters."

Members of the Pennsylvania State University chapter along with members from Bowie State University, Delaware State University, Virginia State University, University of the District of Columbia, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and the Gwynn Park High School, and W.E.B. Du Bois High School Jr. MANRRS chapters were in attendance. Representatives from Monsanto, DuPont, and USDA-NRCS, which are national level corporate sponsors, were also in attendance.

Corporate sponsors presented workshops on Government Job Search/ Resumes, Career Strategies for the Corporate World, and Competency Based Interview Training. Two graduate students from the Pennsylvania State University chapter, Maurice Smith and Saundra Wheeler, presented workshops on Public Speaking, How to Effectively Use Social Media, and Chapter Development. Mr. Smith is a doctoral student majoring Agricultural Education and Extension, from Sussex County, Virginia. Ms. Wheeler is a doctoral student majoring in Entomology and International Agriculture and Development from Dublin, Georgia. She currently serves as the MANRRS Region I Graduate Student Vice-President and was instrumental in planning the 2014 Cluster meeting.


MANRRS is a national society that promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences. For many students, MANRRS provides role models, networking opportunities, internships and full time employment positions. MANRRS also offers students opportunities to enhance leadership, organizational and public speaking skills, and to experience professional critique of scholarly work in a supportive environment. The organization's motto is "Changing the Face of Agriculture by Linking Hands Around the World."

By Saundra Wheeler