Honorary fraternity for men and women in The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Natural Resources and Environment
The Virginia Chapter of Alpha Zeta is a professional, service, and honorary fraternity for men and women in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech. It is composed of student, alumni, associate, and honorary members who have been initiated by chartered chapters or alumni associations of the Fraternity
- Foster high standards of scholarship, character, leadership, and a spirit of fellowship among all its members
- Strive for breadth of vision, unity of action, and accomplishment of ideals
- Render service to students and to agricultural divisions of the respective institutions
- Promote the profession of agriculture
The purpose of The Fraternity of Alpha Zeta is to bind together a group of men and women interested in the continued advancement of agriculture and to foster and develop high standards of scholarship, character, leadership, and a spirit of fellowship among all its members.
Alpha Zeta believes that mastery of subject matter is essential for strong leadership in our modern scientific world. Unless students can learn to apply themselves effectively through mental discipline to maintain an above-average scholarship record, they are not likely to become an outstanding leader in their chosen field.
Alpha Zeta feels that good character is essential for effective leadership and service. Too frequently, individuals insist upon their rights, privileges, and liberties without consistently emphasizing their responsibilities to society. Good character includes those elements of personal makeup that among other things make a person honest, fair, faithful, loyal, and dependable.
Alpha Zeta consistently encourages individuals to aspire to high ideals of leadership - a quality that can be cultivated and developed. It comes from the application of acquired knowledge, from desire to accomplish, from the exercise of good judgment, from the will to do, from the understanding of human nature, and from a personality to influence and lead others.
In Alpha Zeta, members refer to each other as 'Brothers' and 'Sisters' to emphasize the feeling of fellowship that comes with being members of a common family of interests. This emphasis on developing a feeling of strong fellowship, interest in, and respect for others is essential for successful cooperative enterprise. Alpha Zeta strives to encourage the development of friendship and fellowship.