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CAUS Ambassadors

CAUS Ambassadors are undergraduate students who serve as advocates for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Through an interview and selection process conducted by Dean’s office administrators, CAUS Ambassadors are in a position of leadership and service as they represent our student population.

In the spirit of Ut Prosim, ambassadors participate in many service-oriented opportunities. These include serving as tour guides for prospective students and their families as well as participation in recruitment events such as our Open Houses.

CAUS Ambassador Avalon Roche

Serve as an ambassador

Our Ambassadors are an inspiration to the new students we welcome into the college every year. Active participation in the CAUS Ambassador program helps to develop your leadership skills and promotes your personal commitment to serving others. The experience will broaden your knowledge of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and its many excellent degree programs. In addition, many of our students and graduates enhance their professional résumé by including their Ambassador service.

How can someone become a CAUS Ambassador?

Each Spring the College of Architecture and Urban Studies distributes a college-wide communication to recruit students. Interested students must complete an application, submit a current résumé and a faculty letter of reference, and be interviewed. The application is distributed when the call for applicants is sent out in the Spring. Qualified candidates who exhibit an eager commitment to serve will be strongly considered to join the program.

2018-19 CAUS Ambassadors

Evelyn Agren -- Architecture

Evelyn Agren

bsimon95@vt.edu

Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Minor: Chinese Studies

Campus involvement: Alpha Rho Chi

Where are you from? Roanoke, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? I chose Virginia Tech because of the amazing architecture program, it’s close to home, and I fell in love with the studio culture on my tour.

What are your career plans? I am not sure, but I have European citizenship and I may seek work in Europe after graduation.

Emily Bazemore -- Environmental Policy & Planning

Emily Bazemore

bemily96@vt.edu

Class: 2019

Major: Public and Urban Affairs

Hometown: Suffolk, Virginia  

Laurie Booth -- Architecture

Laurie Booth

laurieb@vt.edu

Major: Architecture

Class: 2020

Campus Involvement: Studio Collective, Solar Decathlon Middle East, Resident Advisor for West Ambler Johnson

Where are you from? Charlotte, NC

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? The people! The community here is truly special. I found myself here.

What are your career plans? I would love to build skyscrapers with a large, commercial firm after graduation.

Amy Borg -- Visual Communication Design

Amy Borg

mbamy3@vt.edu

Your Major: Visual Communication Design / Professional & Technical Writing

Class: 2021

Campus Involvement: Graphic Designer for Silhouette Literary Arts Magazine

Hometown: Purcellville, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? I loved the appeal of such a well-rounded art program!

What are your career plans? I would like to go to work for an advertising agency.

Andrew Bowers -- Building Construction

Andrew Bowers

asbowers@vt.edu

Class: 2021

Major: Building Construction

Minor: Leadership and Social Change

Hometown: Bristol, VA

Campus Involvement: CASC Competition Team, Building Construction Ambassador, Office of New Student Programs

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? The way the campus felt at home when I first visited and the many opportunities Virginia Tech gives its students.

What are your career plans? I’d like to work for a construction company as a super intendant and then one day start my own company.

Gates Breeden -- Architecture

Gates Breeden

gatesb@vt.edu

Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Hometown: Norfolk, VA

Campus Involvement: SGA, Alpha Rho Chi, Inclusive VT, Orientation Leader, Silhouette Literary Arts Magazine, and I work at the Moss Arts Center.

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? For the incredible community and the academics.

What are your career plans? To be an Architect!

Zai Cook -- Architecture

Zai Cook

zai96@vt.edu

Class: 2020

Major: Architecture

Campus Involvement: Freedom By Design, AIAS, NOMAS

Hometown: Dover, DE

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? Because of the community, atmosphere, and the prestige of the Architecture program.

What are your career plans? To work for a large architecture firm and eventually own my own firm.

Julia Costa -- Architecture

Julia Costa

juliac7@vt.edu

Class: 2019

Major: Architecture

Minor: French and Dress Culture & Society

Campus Involvement: AIAS, Teach for Madame

Hometown: Voorhees, New Jersey

Why Virginia Tech? I chose to come to Virginia Tech because it felt like home when I visited. Many universities have impressive academic programs, so for me, what stood out about VT the most was the people here. In addition, this school has so much to offer, I knew I would be able to explore my interests both in and outside of the classroom.

Why did you choose your major? I chose architecture because it combines creativity with problem solving. As an architect, you have the power to affect the lives of other people and stimulate thought and conversation. It combines many of my interests and challenges me to further develop my intellectual and artistic abilities.

Kaitey Crouse -- Interior Design

Kaitey Crouse

kaiteyc@vt.edu

Class: 2019

Major: Interior Design

Campus Involvement: Habitat for Humanity, IDEAS, New Student Programs, Inclusive VT, Greek Life, CAUS IT/Print Labs

Hometown: Voorhees, New Jersey

Why Virginia Tech? I knew the programs here were great and heard nothing but good things (I even accepted my offer to come here before visiting campus!)

Why did you choose your major? I want to go into commercial design, possibly education design.

Sydney Delbridge -- Interior Design

Sydney Delbridge

sydney98@vt.edu

Class: 2020

Major: Interior Design

Campus Involvement: IDEAS, cru, SERVE (LLC)

Hometown: Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Why Virginia Tech? My parents both came to Virginia Tech so I grew up a Hokie. The campus is beautiful and the community is welcoming, so I fell in love with the school.

What are your career plans? To work in a commercial interior design firm and possibly work with historic preservation.

Kristen Falk -- Interior Design

Kristen Falk

ksf19@vt.edu

Major: Interior Design

Class: 2019

Hometown: Springfield, VA

Campus Involvement: ZETA TAU ALPHA, Studio Collective Graphics Team

Why did you choose Virginia Tech: I chose VT for the program and its connections with commercial firms in DC. The Studio environment here set VT apart from other schools.

What are your career plans? To work at a large firm in DC working commercial community based projects

Sydney Garwood -- Architecture

Sydney Garwood

sgarwood@vt.edu

Class: 2020

Major: Architecture

Campus Involvement: Hokie Ambassadors, AIAS

Hometown: Fredrick, MD

Why Virginia Tech? I decided I wanted to attend VT after my first tour. I was excited about the enthusiasm of my guide towards VT and I wanted the same! The A+D School was also a main factor in my choice – one of the best!

What are your career plans? I hope to move to Colorado to become an architect.

Emilie Gick -- Architecture

Emilie Gick

emgick5@vt.edu

Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Minor: Industrial Design

Campus Involvement: APX

Where are you from? Columbia, MD

Why Virginia Tech? VT has a great Architecture program, and I fell in love with campus!

What are your career plans? Commercial Architecture & Industrial Design

Ojima Glover -- Architecture

Ojima Glover

ojimag1@vt.edu

Class: 2020

Major: Architecture

Campus Involvement: Founder & President of NOMAS at Virginia Tech, Peer Leader for the Leadership & Social Change Residential College

Hometown: Newport News, VA

Why Virginia Tech? Because the ARCH program was ranked so high and the people here I met were amazing!

What are your career plans? I want to create communities for the homeless and foster kids coming of age (18). These communities would be set up to help them get on their feet and be successful.

Bonnee Grennon -- Interior Design

Bonnee Grennon

bonneeg@vt.edu

Class: 2020

Major: Interior Design

Campus Involvement: CAUS Ambassador

Hometown: Forest, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? I chose VT because of the great Interior Design program. It’s also close to my home – and my nan wanted me to go here!

What are your career plans? I’d like to be an interior designer at a commercial firm focusing on retail.

Greg Hanich -- Industrial Design

Greg Hanich

ghanich@vt.edu

Class: 2019

Major: Industrial Design

Hometown: Asheville, NC

Campus Involvement: Newman Community

Why did you choose VT? For the Industrial Design program and the college’s studio culture as a whole.

What are your career plans? To be a practicing designer involved in as much as possible in manufacturing.

Samantha Harlow -- Architecture

Sam Harlow

hsam98@vt.edu

Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Hometown: Verona, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? The Architecture Program, the location, and the sense of community.

What are your career plans? Hopefully to find a firm I’m interested before graduating, and getting a job there and securing licensure. I’d like to get LEED Certified.

Aria Hill -- Architecture

Aria Hill

ariahill@vt.edu

Class: 2022

Major: Architecture & Mathematics

Campus Involvement: SGA, RA, Chi Alpha, Orientation Leader, Inclusive VT Rep, NOMA, and I work at the print lab.

Hometown: Chesapeake, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? The people and the best ARCH school in VA! It’s also one of the best programs in the country.

What are your career plans? To move to NYC for licensure! And then open my own firm!

Marshall Jones -- Landscape Architecture

Marshall Jones

marsh44@vt.edu

Class: 2021

Major: Landscape Architecture

Minor: Ag Tech

Campus Involvement: National Agriculture & Landscape Professionals

Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia 

Why Virginia Tech? It’s my home – I’m from here!

What are your career plans? To design and construct golf courses and landscapes.

Sue Jung -- Architecture

Sue Jung

jsuemihn@vt.edu

Class: 2019

Major: Architecture

Campus Involvement: Humans of Virginia Tech, Alpha Rho Chi

Hometown: Centreville, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? Proximity to me, and the great undergraduate architecture program!

What are your career plans? High density design in San Francisco after graduation and hopefully grad school within 5 years!

Cameron Lee -- Architecture

Cameron Lee

camdlee8@vt.edu

Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Campus Involvement: Alpha Rho Chi, Chinese American Society, AIAS, NOMAS at VT

Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? The architecture program here is one of the best and I immediately loved the studio culture.

What are your career plans? I’d like to start working at a larger firm to gain experience.

Josh Meador -- Industrial Design

Josh Meador

mjosh1@vt.edu

Class: 2020

Major: Industrial Design

Campus Involvement: IDSA, Phi Sigma Kappa

Hometown: Herndon, VA

Why Virginia Tech? I loved Blacksburg – it felt so comfortable being on campus.

What are your career plans? Sports Equipment & Apparel Design

Valerie Poutous -- Architecture

Valerie Poutous

valeriep@vt.edu

Class: 2019

Major: Architecture

Campus involvement: AIAS Event Planning Chair

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? I loved the campus and the atmosphere.

What are your career plans? I appreciate the blend of creative and technical aspects of the field.

Jacob Pruitt -- Building Construction

Jacob Pruitt

jacobwp@vt.edu

Class: 2021

Major: Building Construction

Campus Involvement: BC Ambassador

Hometown: Moorseville, NC

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? The community and the school of construction.

What are your career plans? To be a project manager for a contractor and eventually start my own construction company.

Ceara Redd -- Environmental Policy & Planning

Ceara Redd

cmredd@vt.edu

Class: 2021

Major: Environmental Policy & Planning / Philosophy

Campus Involvement: I’m a Teaching Assistant for an introductory biology course and part of the LLC at West AJ!

Hometown: Vienna, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? I chose VT because the community here is so welcoming and diverse and they were the only school that offered a program that was geared towards my interests and what I wanted to study.

What are your career plans?

I would like to go to law school after I graduate and go on to practice environmental law.

Sonya Shah -- Architecture

Sonya Shah

smshah98@vt.edu

Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Hometown: Reisterstown, MD

Campus involvement: Student Advisory Board, Society of Indian Americans

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? Primarily for the architecture program, but after visiting I really enjoyed the campus and the feel of the community and Hokie spirit.

What are your career plans? I want to be a college professor.

Andrew Stepka -- Architecture

Andy Stepka

Andy Stepka

andys14@vt.edu

Class: 2019

Major: Architecture

Campus involvement: Alpha Rho Chi – Professional Architecture Fraternity

Hometown: Annandale, Virginia

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? Before my senior year, I was fortunate enough to attend an Architecture camp, allowing me to be a Hokie for a week. I remember feeling very welcomed by the student counselors and the faculty. I was impressed by their kindness and professionalism. I enjoy being around nature, so the proximity of trails and mountains to campus also intrigued me. I enjoyed this taste of Tech and knew it would be a good fit for me.

What are your career plans? My imagination has always run wild when it comes to my surroundings. I look to see what works and what doesn’t and then sketch what comes to mind. I knew from a young age that being an Architect would give me the chance to go further than my sketchbook to actually enhance peoples’ surroundings.

Amanda Stuckey -- Architecture

Amanda Stuckey

amandars@vt.edu

Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Minor: Building Construction

Campus Involvement: AIAS, VP of Alpha Rho Chi

Hometown: Lancaster, OH

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? For the ability I have to tailor my education to my interest and the highly ranked Architecture program.

What are your career plans?  To own my own design and construction firm.

Emma Sweeten -- Architecture

Emma Sweeten

ebsweet@vt.edu

Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Campus involvement: Cru, Kappa Alpha Theta

Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? VT has a renowned Architecture program, an unmistakable sense of pride, a huge football fanbase, and yet still manages to have a small campus feel. It’s the best place on earth!

What are your career plans? I plan on pursuing a career in healthcare design where I will be designing hospitals and medical spaces. I hope to eventually work 50/50 as an architect and clinician.

Micajah Tucker -- Architecture

Micajah Tucker

Micajah Tucker

mct17@vt.edu

Class: 2019

Major: Architecture

Campus involvement: American Institute of Architecture Students, Campus and Symphony Bands, Intramural Sports

Hometown: Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? One of the main reasons I chose Virginia Tech was because of the architecture program. The program truly lives up to its national ranking with professors that are dedicated to teaching and nurturing students’ curiosity.

What are your career plans? I chose to study architecture because I wanted to learn about the decisions and design of the buildings that I experience everyday. While I didn’t know much about the design process before coming to Tech, I’ve really enjoyed the studio culture. The classes are really engaging and give you a chance to bring space from your imagination into the world of models, drawings, or anything that you can create.

Chad Walmer -- Building Construction

Chad Walmer

wchad1@vt.edu

Class: 2019

Major: Building Construction

Hometown: Spotsylvania, VA

Campus Involvement: Society of renewable resource construction consortium, Building Construction Ambassador

Why did you choose Virginia Tech?  Initially for Engineering but I decided it wasn’t for me and that Building Construction was!

What are your career plans? To be a superintendent in construction

Sarah Whitlock -- Environmental Policy & Planning

Sarah Whitlock

sarahw1@vt.edu

Class: 2019

Major: Environmental Policy & Planning, Spanish

Campus Involvement: Members of Delta Gamma, Teachers Assistant for Spanish

Hometown: Falls Church, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? I chose Virginia Tech because of the friendly and welcoming environment and for the people. I love the location – it provides great hiking opportunities!

What are your career plans? To go into environmental law and be a lawyer.

For More Information about the CAUS Ambassador Program

Contact Rob Jacks, Director of Academic Advising at rjacks@vt.edu