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LSU Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences Chapter to Hold Kickoff Event Oct. 3

10/02/2013 01:22 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s chapter of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, or MANRRS, will hold its kickoff event on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. in the LSU Student Union’s Atchafalaya Room. The LSU chapter is celebrating its first kickoff event after six years of inactivity.


The event’s keynote speaker will be Jewel Butler, who is currently employed by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Strategic Workforce Planning and Analysis. She serves as branch chief for the department’s Balanced Workforce Program. Prior to her appointment in March of 2013, Butler served as chief of audit operations and audit director for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. She previously worked for the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General, where she served as assistant regional inspector general for the Northeast region and was responsible for various program audits and the annual financial statements audit of the Food and Nutrition Service. Prior to federal service, she worked as an admissions counselor and recruiter at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, where she also received her bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in agricultural education and extension. Butler served as the past national president for the National Society of MANRRS from 2006 to 2007. She resides in Silver Spring, Md., with her husband, who also served as a past national president for MANRRS from 2009 to 2010, and their 3-year-old son.


Also speaking at the event will be Kenneth Miles, interim vice provost for equity, diversity & community outreach, as well as vice chancellor and executive director of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes; and Kenneth Koonce, current dean of the LSU College of Agriculture, who will retire this month after 20 years in his current position, and 45 years at LSU.


The National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences is a non-profit organization that promotes and fosters the inclusion of underrepresented minorities in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences disciplines. MANRRS establishes partnerships among its student and professional members and individuals from private industry, government, academia and non-profit organizations that promote scholarly excellence in a nurturing environment, professional development, networking, and career placement. This is accomplished through the many activities at the individual chapters, regional events and at the Annual National Training Conference and Career Fair. To learn more, visit or follow MANRRS on Facebook.





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