Jr MANRRS Leadership Symposium

March 8, 2024 - March 10, 2024

Registration Deadline: February 29, 2024 - 11:59PM

Marriott East Lansing at University Place

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion invites the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources community to attend the Jr MANRRS Leadership Symposium.

CANR will be hosting the inaugural symposium from March 8-10, 2024. The purpose of the Jr. MANRRS symposium is to expose 7th-12th graders to the Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences sector. The symposium is a great recruitment tool for our college. The youth will have the opportunity to network with their peers and collegiate MANRRS members from MSU, the University of Kentucky, and Langston University, learn about the programs in CANR and support resources at MSU, attend interactive workshops, and participate in contests!


Jr. MANRRS Leadership Symposium Agenda

Friday, March 8, 2024

Hotel Meeting space- Marriott East Lansing at University Place, 300 M.A.C. Avenue, East Lansing, MI, 48823

5:00 PM           Registration                            University Ballroom Parlor

6:00 PM             Welcome Remarks                 University Ballroom ABC

7:00 PM             Dinner                                    University Ballroom ABC

7:30 PM              Collegiate panel                  University Ballroom ABC

8:00-10:00 PM:  Jr MANRRS Social              University Ballroom ABC


Saturday, March 9, 2024

Meeting Place- Eli Broad College of Business (BCC) 632 Bogue St n520, East Lansing, MI 48824 

7:30 AM      Registration


8:00 AM Welcome Remarks/ Contest Transition (Business College Auditorium, rm N100)


8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Contest

  • Impromptu Speaking Competition – rm N103

8:30 AM – 10:00 am Workshop Sign Ups BCC, 1st floor atrium

10:00 AM Break 


10:15 AM-11:05 AM Guest Speaker: Kayla Young, 3rd year Packaging student, N100

Title: Analyzing the Variability in Tensile Strength of Polypropylene


11:10 AM – 12:00 PM Opportunity Fair  BCC – 1st floor Lobby

12:00-12:45 PM Lunch Owen Hall - Dining Commons –

735 E Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48825


12:45-1:00 PM: Transition to workshops 

1:00-1:45 PM Workshop Session #1: 

  • MSU MANRRS, Rm N103

Title: Exploring Agriculture and Natural Resources Beyond Farming

Description: This workshop will introduce Jr. MANRRS Symposium attendees to the breadth of educational opportunities that exist in agriculture and natural resources beyond farming. The Michigan State MANRRS chapter will explore three topics in group rotations over the course of the workshop. The first topic will discuss entomophagy and the sustainability impact of the foods we choose to consume. The second topic will introduce tree aging and teach participants how to determine growth by examining tree cores. The third topic will cover skull identification to gain a better understand of the diversity that exists among mammal body structure. Our workshop will conclude with highlighting this is only a small component of agriculture and natural resources to encourage students to explore careers and develop their interests.

  • Janelle Stewart, Rm N105

Title: Leadership through Team Building

Description: Leadership is the ability to lead and build a team!!  This session will explore team building through interactive hands-on activities that will strengthen participants leadership skills, communication and adaptability.  Join this session to learn more about how to lead a group from any position within the team!   

  • Laurie Rivetto, Rm N106

Title: Top 10 Interview Tips

Description: Interviews are a part of many aspects of life- not just for jobs! Come learn ten interview tips to prepare you for your next interview and leave ready for a successful experience


1:50- 2:35 PM Workshop Session #2:

  • Title: Candid Conversation-Collegiate Days - MSU, UK and Langston students, Rm N106

Description: In this session you will hear from collegiate students as they discuss their experiences on their respective campuses and the transition from high school to college.


  • Roxanne Turner, rm N103

Title: Leadership Styles

Description: Leadership styles impact the outcomes of group dynamics!!!!  Through hands-on activities, learn about leadership styles, how it impacts groups and which style to use depending on the situation, time available and group members’ skills.  Participants will also learn about their own individual style, styles they prefer to follow and what skills are needed to be situational leaders.  


  • University of Kentucky MANRRS workshop, rm N105

            Title: Self-leadership: Preparing for the Next Season of Your Life

             Description: This session will prepare you to navigate major transitions in your life. Whether it be a new semester in high school or transitioning from middle school, you will leave having your strengths identified and the skills to leverage them to reach your goals.


1:50- 2:35 PM  Special Workshop: Professionals only, rm N124

  • National MANRRS Ian Smith -Workshop

Title: Preparation on Developing a Jr MANRRS Chapter

Description: This workshop will focus on establishing a baseline to recruit, retain and engage the next generation of Agriculture students. This workshop will help advisors feel more confident, comfortable and motivated in equipping the next generation to the lead the charge. 

2:40- 3:25 PM Workshop Session #3

  • Laurie Rivetto, Rm N106

Title: Making a Connection in 1 Minute or Less

Description: Did you know that you make a great first impression in 1 minute or less with a great elevator pitch? If the moment arose, are you prepared for pitch yourself, your business, or an important cause? Join this session to learn what a 30-second pitch is and areas in life where you can use one. Prepare your perfect pitch and leave ready to make a positive impact.


  • Langston MANRRS Workshop, Rm N103:

Title: Active Leadership & Agriculture Career Pathways

Description: This engaging presentation is designed to address important innovative "Leadership Traits" such as: accountability, adaptability, confidence, creativity, communication, and listening/empathy, along with team-building skills. This presentation will also address current Agriculture Career Pathways.  This is an interactive presentation designed to engage symposium participants. 

  • Jeno Rivera- CANR Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT), Rm N105

Title: BINGO- Exploring Agriculture and Natural Resources Career Pathways

Description: This is an interactive session that encourages participation to learn more about agriculture and natural resources (ANR) through the age-old game of BINGO. Participants will become familiarized with the importance of agriculture and natural resources and how it is embedded in their everyday lives. They will learn about various pathways to pursue a career in ANR.


 3:30-4:30 PM Closing Ceremony and Remarks Business College Auditorium N100

Enjoy East Lansing on your own (dinner on your own) 


Sunday, March 10, 2024 

Safe Travels 

















This event will be hosted at Michigan State University. Register to receive in person participation details. For questions, contact Ayodele Dare at dareayod@msu.edu.

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