Ag Quad at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech alumnus Delbert O'Meara '62, '67

Students selected to serve as CALS Sesquicentennial Ambassadors

Peter Arnold (Crop and Soil Sciences), Joyce Lu (Animal and Poultry Sciences), Grayson Moyer (Agricultural Sciences and Environmental Horticulture), and Rebecca Vick (Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise) are representing the student body at CALS events helping to celebrate and highlight the college’s role in the university’s 150-year history.

CALS Alumni Organization officers

Annual tailgate reunites CALS Hokies

The CALS Alumni Organization enjoyed hosting alumni, faculty, staff, and students at the annual tailgate before the Notre Dame game.

CALS Alumni Organization officers

Alumni leaders like Elizabeth Galbreath ('17) , president of the CALS Alumni Organization and Robert Mills, Jr. ('94), chair of the CALS Dean's Advisory Council work diligently to connect and engage fellow Hokies and encourage all to serve in the spirit of Ut Prosim.

Connect. Engage. Serve.

Together, let's help communities thrive for the next 150 years

Volunteers are the backbone of the CALS Alumni Organization, the college, and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Their passion for serving others has made the last 150 years possible and will continue to be a cornerstone of helping communities thrive.

This year, the entire CALS Alumni Organization, college, and Extension communities came together to create many special moments after a time apart.

From the launch of the Fightin’ Hokies Lager, the annual CALS tailgate, the National 4-H Hall of Fame ceremonies, and other memorable events, the enthusiasm and support of alumni and volunteers all around Virginia and beyond made 2021 unforgettable.

Together, we work tirelessly to help Hokies overcome the challenges of the day and make it possible for students to pursue their true passions and to meet the demands of an ever-changing planet.

Donors and volunteers of CALS, Extension, and 4-H

Brad Copenhaven

Kristi, '88, '89, and John, '87, '91, Rowsell
We are grateful for the opportunities we found at Virginia Tech when we were here as students. We believe it is important to give back where we can. We wanted to support the COINS program in particular because it represents experiential learning at its best and showcases the breadth of the Ag Economics curriculum.

Heidi Hertz

Paul Benneche
Our youth is our future. I enjoy working with young people, and to a large extent, 4-H is my extended family. Giving back is important to me, and I feel if everyone gave just a little the world would be a better place.

Vernon Meacham

Utibe Bassey
To be involved is to participate meaningfully and willingly in activities or causes that benefit others. There’s always a benefit to you if your goal is for something to benefit other people. It is important to me because I believe the whole point of amassing anything - knowledge, skills, resources­ – is to give it away/apply it to where there is a need.It’s a privilege to be involved - to be involved means I not only have something to give, I recognize that I do, because everyone truly does, and there’s a place where what I have to give - be it time, a listening ear, skills, a donation - is needed.

Vernon Meacham

Morgan Messer, '14
I grew up in a family that put a strong emphasis on being involved in the community. I remember my dad being engaged in multiple boards and community events growing up. Being a full-time farmer, it wasn’t lost on me that he didn’t have a lot of time to spare, but still managed to make giving back a priority.

Vernon Meacham

Jessica Jones, '04
As a Hokie, UT Prosim epitomizes service to others for the greater good of our global community today and in the future. I became a Hokie because my family had always emulated for me the need to serve others with what you have, where you are, and who you're with and to ultimately do what is right because it is the right thing to do.We look beyond ourselves to see the needs of others, imagine the possibilities, take action, and join together to learn, inspire, and create a better tomorrow for all.