PVAMU MANRRS recognizes Hodge and Jones

May 6, 2014

The members of the Prairie View A&M University MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) Chapter recognized Mr. Horace Hodge, USDA/1890 Program Liaison and Dr. Wash Jones, Assistant Professor, CAHS during a special meeting on April 26th.

Ms. Rose Marie Somers 2013/2013 President and Mr. Christopher Wong, 2014/2015 President officially presented Dr. Jones and Mr. Hodge an “Appreciation Award” for their dedication, commitment and mentorship during the 2013/2014 school year.

MANRRS Recognition

Dr. Wash Jones and Mr. Horace Hodge share a photo at a MANRRS meeting called to recognize their dedication, commitment and mentorship.

Both recipients thank the members as indicated below:

Jones said “Thank you tremendously for the surprise honor/recognition given to Mr. Hodge and me this week. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness, and it lets me know that our work is not in vain. MANRRS means a great deal to me, and I desire to do my best to help all members thrive to success and excellence. It’s a joy working with all of you and seeing you move toward excellence. Thanks a million!”

Mr. Hodge presented the following comments: “I want to thank each of you personally and as a group for the beautiful award. It was quite a surprise and very humbling. It is certainly a pleasure to work with the PVAMU MANRRS chapter and beside a very dedicated and committed primary advisor, Dr. Wash Jones. Having been associated with the PVAMU MANRRS Chapter since its inception, I know “The Best is Yet to Come”.

I am looking forward to a great 2014/2015 school year.

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Agriculture students excel at 2014 National MANRRS Conference

April 7, 2014

Christopher Wong and Robert Woodie McClennon Jr., College of Agriculture and Human Sciences (CAHS) students, received accolades at the 29th Annual National Career Fair and Training Conference of the Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) March 27-29 in Birmingham, AL.

Wong won 1st Place and a $300 monetary award in the Undergraduate Research Poster Contest for his research on “The Effect of Heat Treatment on Oil Absorption of Agricultural Fibers.” He conducted his research as a Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) Honors Program student during a 2013 summer research program at North Dakota State University. Wong is a sophomore agriculture major with a concentration in agronomy.

McClennon won 2nd Place and a $200 monetary award in the Impromptu Public Speaking Contest for his discussion of the following question: “Across the country, some 23 million Americans live in inner city and rural locales where the scarcity of supermarkets drives people to convenience stores, pharmacies and fast food restaurants as their vendors of first resort. What programs should be implemented to promote broad based access to healthy food across different socio economic groups?” McClennon advanced to the national competition after winning 1st Place in the MANRRS Regional Competition in Austin, Texas, in October 2013. He is a senior agriculture major with a concentration in animal science.

The two students were among eight PVAMU students attending the conference which included approximately 850 representatives from government, industry and higher education institutions around the United States. The 2015 MANRRS Conference will be hosted March 26-28 in Houston.

2014 MANRRS Contest Winners

2014 MANRRS Contest Winners Christopher Wong, left, and Robert McClennon Jr., right.


College of Agriculture and Human Sciences students excel at National MANRRS Conference

May 1, 2013

Three College of Agriculture and Human Sciences students received top awards for their achievement at the 28th Career Fair and Training Conference of the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) in Sacramento, CA, March 21 -23.

L to R: Portrait Plair, Rosemarie Somers and Helenia Hogan

L to R: Portrait Plair, Rosemarie Somers and Helenia Hogan

Rosemarie Somers, a junior agriculture major from Jamaica, West Indies, won 1st Place in the Undergraduate Public Speaking Contest for her speech focusing on the conference theme, “MANRRS: Turning Vision into Action.” As the 1st Place winner, Ms. Somers received a standing ovation after presenting her passionate speech to all conference participants at the closing gala. Somers indicated that this experience “provided the opportunity to address a large audience which has developed my confidence greatly.”

Portrait Plair, a sophomore nutrition major from Los Angeles, CA, won 2nd Place in the Undergraduate Essay Contest. Her essay also focused on the conference theme.

Helenia Hogan, a senior agriculture major from Hempstead, Texas, won 1st Place in the MANRRS Talent Show for performing a praise dance to Kirk Franklin’s song, “So Good.”

Fourteen students and three chaperons from Prairie View A&M University participated in the conference, which included about 80 student chapters from around the nation. Other contest participants from PVAMU included:
— Kacem Andalib: Research Discussion Contest
— Van Clark, Helenia Hogan, Zakee Johnson, Theo Reed: Quiz Bowl
— Normetta Hampton, Robert McClennon: Impromptu Public Speaking
— Conlee Fry: Conference Theme
— Quintin Scott: Undergraduate Essay
— Brashear Clemons: Photo Contest

Conference activities included workshops focusing on research, professional development and technical skill enhancement. The career fair provided opportunities for students to network with representatives from 57 entities representing governmental agencies, graduate schools and corporations.

The 2014 MANRRS Conference will be hosted in Birmingham, AL, March 27-29.