Students help recruit next generation of Hokies

Le Mar Baliwag calls prospective students around the country as part of Hokie Callers.

Le Mar Baliwag calls prospective students around the country as part of Hokie Callers.

Le Mar Baliwag loves being a Hokie, so it’s only natural that he’s trying to get others to have the same experience he has had at Virginia Tech.

During peak student recruiting time, Baliwag, a senior majoring in food science and technology, is on the phone as part of a project known as Hokie Callers, where current students call high school seniors who have been offered admission to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“Virginia Tech has been a great experience for me, and I want to be able to share any insights I can with others who are thinking about coming here,” said Baliwag, of Potomac Falls, Virginia.

Hokie Callers is one of many ways the students in the College Ambassadors Program are involved in recruiting during the year. They may also visit their former high schools as part of the Take Tech Home project; participate in Fall Open House events, high school spring break visits, and the college’s popular individual information sessions; and lead tours when high school students are on campus.

“Our students are our best ambassadors because they know firsthand what it is to be a Hokie,” said Susan Sumner, associate dean and director of academic programs.

For more information and to schedule a campus visit, go to www.cals.vt.edu/prospective.

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