OSU MANRRS Chapter Returns from 34th Annual Career Fair and Training Conference, Overland Park, KS, Celebrating Chapter and Individual Member Awards

For the eighth consecutive year, the OSU MANRRS Chapter received the Region VI Outstanding Chapter Award, and 2nd place overall.   OSU MANRRS has won 13 regional Outstanding Chapter and 2 National Chapter of the Year Awards. These are highly coveted recognitions and OSU MANRRS is a perennial contender.  Top three Chapters receiving recognition this year were University of Kentucky, Oregon State University, followed by Purdue University.

Front Row: Celine Huynh, Jasmine Brown, Diana Esparza, Karina Heredia, Brenda Villanueva Back Row: Ruben Lopez, Metzin Rodriguez, Elsa Naranjo, Marisol de La Torre, Jakelyn Santa Cruz, and Logan Quinn (missing from photo: Marie Thompson, Johannah Hamilton, Nicole Hams, and Victor Perez)

Karina Heredia, Chapter VP, Jasmine Brown, and Celine Huynh

Johannah Hamilton, DPP graduate student, and Marie Thompson, junior in CAS, completed their year of service as Region VI Graduate and Undergraduate Vice Presidents.  Both had significant duties planning the regional meeting this fall, serving on National Conference planning, and overall program coordination including speaker introductions and member addresses.  Johannah was the National 2nd place team leader and recipient of the Innovation in Agribusiness: Cargill Case Study award.

Other highlights included Celine Huynh receiving $1000 Farm Credit Scholarship, as well as National 2nd place in the undergraduate research poster contest: IMPACT OF POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS ON BARRIER FUNCTION TOXICITY IN 3D LUNG MODEL FROM NORMAL AND ASTHMATIC DONORS.  Brenda Villanueva received a Certificate of Excellence in the same contest for her poster: DETERMINING SENSITIVITY OF ISOLATES OF Botrytis cinerea TO THE FUNGICIDE BOSCALID. 

Johannah Hamilton, collects her Cargill Award

Celine Huynh’s research poster

College of Forestry graduate student, Jasmine Brown, won National 1st place in the oral graduate research competition: HOW FAR HAVE WE COME AND WHERE DO WE NEED TO GO? A MULTIMETHODS STUDY ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION OF SCHOLARLY SOURCES IN NATURAL RESOURCES.  Jasmine, Johannah, and Dr. Nicole Hams, gave a workshop entitled: HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR (UNDER) GRADUATE EDUCATION: A CASE STUDY ABOUT SELF ACTUALIZATION.  Nicole was additionally the selected professional to address the entire conference during the general session in MANRRSx inspirational talks bringing down the house with her stories of perseverance, collaboration, and success.

Jasmine Brown Oral research competition

Metzin and Elsa Parade of Chapters

Dr. Hams, MANRRSx

Victor Perez and Ruben Lopez, K-State Tour

Students went on Mobile Tours including USDA SARE, John Deere, and K-State Veterinary School, networked at the Career Fair and attended their four selections from available professional workshops: Learn How Technology is Changing the Way We Farm, First and Lasting Impressions: Organizing for the Job Interview, Perception and Reality: Keys to Communication, The Changing Face of Global Agriculture, Need Funding? Grant Writing Tips From NIFA, Careers in Animal Health, Present and Future, How to Navigate Corporate Culture Within a Company, Exploring Cultural Competency for Personal, Organizational and Community Change, Personal Finance, an d more!

We were very happy to host students from University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, Fatima Barreto and Joauo Agosto that we met last spring to help them develop a MANRRS Chapter in Puerto Rico!

Fatima, Victor, Marisol, Elsa, Diana, Joauo, Karina, Metzin, Celine and Ruben

Thank you for your support!