Alumni making a difference
Elizabeth Copeland, a 2000 graduate of animal and poultry sciences, continually finds ways to exemplify the same Virginia Tech spirit of community service in her current professional life that she fostered when she was a student.
Copeland served on the Virginia Tech Women in Leadership and Philanthropy council, and she has remained active in the CALS community — currently serving on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Organization board and attending the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association annual conference as a board volunteer.
Copeland is an associate manager in corporate communications for Altria Client Services Inc., and one of the many ways she embodies the spirit of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) is through volunteering with the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund’s Grantmaking Committee. The organization has awarded 1,594 grants totaling more than $43.1 million to local community organizations in the past 13 years.
“Service to others above self is one of the core guiding principles of how I live every day — a value that was instilled in me early on but enhanced while I was at Virginia Tech. Now when day-to-day tasks become overwhelming in the real world, I try to step back and take a moment to remember what is truly important to me — helping others,” said Copeland.