The Office of Communications and Marketing consults with clients in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences about the development of Web-based projects, including websites. We also work with CALS Information Technology (CALS IT) on integrating technology, such as web applications. When staff resources are available, we collaborate with others in the college on grant-based projects and can act as a co-investigator for the website needs of projects.

We also work with college departmental websites in Ensemble CMS, the university's Web content management system. We help with website content planning and organization, working with University Relations, and training faculty and staff members to use the CMS.

Representative sites we have developed:


Innovations is the online partner to the semi-annual magazine of the same name. It is a Wordpress site that showcases articles from the college and was created by customizing the Hatch template.

Experts Directory

Faculty members from the college and Virginia Cooperative Extension are working on issues ranging from agricultural productivity to animal welfare, bioengineering to bioluminescence, diabetes to drought, and climate change to community viability. The Experts Directory allows for quickly searching for researchers using Wordpress' search feature and tags.

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Redesigned in 2014, the Virginia Cooperative Extension website features topic pages that help visitors to the website find information quickly and easily to help advance the mission of the Cooperative Extension Service.


  • Josh Chambers
  • Web Design Specialist
  • 540-231-6885
  • 114 Hutcheson Hall
    250 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061