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ALCE ambassadors student group

ALCE Ambassadors are students who are dedicated, knowledgeable, and passionate about Agricultural Sciences at Virginia Tech.  Our ALCE Ambassadors are integral partners in crafting and facilitating engaging, experiential activities for our students, extensive community and honored guests. They take a lead role in our information sessions, tabling events, open houses, networking events, and so much more! 

ALCE Ambassadors:

  • Are current Virginia Tech students officially declared in the Agricultural Sciences major.
  • Agree to represent the ALCE Department in a professional manner at all times, including wearing of VT-branded attire and name badge to all events.
  • Maintain good academic and student conduct standings to become and remain an ambassador.
  • Agree, to the best of their ability, to be present at all events for which they have volunteered.
  • Are open, honest, collaborative, friendly and professional.

Alpha Tau Alpha is a coeducational professional fraternity for those majoring in agriculture education or extension education. People with an interest in learning more about agricultural leadership are also welcome. ATA serves in various leadership activities in the community and on campus. 

  • Attends FFA and 4H events at local high schools and on campus
  • Has guest speakers at meetings share advice and answer questions
  • Participate in festivities such as pumpkin carving, decorating, games, refreshments, and more!
  • Meetings 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month 
  • Meetings held in O’Shaugnessy Senior Commons Room

In partnership with the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education and VTEngage, the LSCRC brings together students of every major and class year to learn leadership and develop Ut Prosim in a residential environment.

Some unique features of the community include:

  • A live-in faculty member
  • Weekly traditions
  • Student-led communities that center on the UN Sustainability Goals: People House, Food House, and Earth House.
  • A 3-credit Leadership Course for first-year students that meets a Pathways Requirement
  • A strong community of engaged faculty and staff
  • And priority consideration for a paid study abroad to Senegal

A two-year housing contract is required for first-year applicants. To learn more, visit or reach out to with questions.

In the ALCE department peer mentors are incorporated into the first-year experience courses. They are a helpful resource and advocate for new students at Virginia Tech. We have peer mentors specifically chosen for first year and transfer students; they are critical pieces in the transition process for these students. They are a resource for:

  • Connecting students to support resources on campus
  • Fostering academic and social support networks
  • Enhancing communication skills 
  • Effectively facilitating individual and group dialogue in the classroom and at different events