Student Life


Stockbridge Organizations, Clubs and Sports

Alpha Tau Gamma
UMass Amherst provides a wide range of academic, social, and community service activities for you. Membership in a fraternity or sorority is a good first step toward enjoying all the benefits that college life has to offer. A fraternity or sorority chapter is also a way to make the campus feel more like a home.
Alpha Tau Gamma is the fraternity for students in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. Founded in 1919 by Robert Hall, Class of 1920, ATG has maintained a long-standing tradition of service to the University and local communities. ATG stresses the importance of good academic standards, community service, and social standards for all students. ATG provides study sessions during the academic year to all Stockbridge School students.
Membership is limited to Stockbridge School of Agriculture students and alumni who have transferred into a baccalaureate program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Additional information about the fraternity and residence for incoming freshmen can be obtained by contacting Alpha Tau Gamma president Chris Omasta '12 at 413-320-2644 or Pledge Master Ethan Dangelo at 508-505-7870.

Registered Student Organizations
Stockbridge School of Agriculture students have the opportunity to join and actively participate in a variety of on campus clubs and organizations. Students in each major may organize their own club and offer educational and social opportunities unique to the major.

Community Service
Stockbridge students volunteer in numerous community events and projects such as Arbor Day activities, Amherst Farm Days, daffodil bulb planting for the town of Amherst, Jones Library fund raising, a campaign to save the historic Grayson Elm, and collections for Toys for Tots and local food pantries.

Athletics offer another facet to the total education at Stockbridge School of Agriculture.  Students may take advantage of many noncompetitive recreational opportunities, or participate in UMass Amherst Intramurals, one of the largest IM programs in the East.  Find out more about sports and recreation activities at UMass Campus Recreation.

Due to a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) policy, students enrolled in two-year curricula may not participate in varsity teams at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Golf Team
Stockbridge School of Agriculture offers its own athletic program that includes competition schedules in golf at the community college level during the spring semester.  Informal matches are held during the fall semester and all students are welcome to try out at this time.  Care is taken to avoid conflicts with class schedules.

While most competitors have single-digit handicaps and have competed at the high school or amateur level, in recent years several players have improved enough while at Stockbridge to make the team.

For further information, please contact Coach Jason Germain at 413.577.0267, or

IHSA Equestrian Team
Equine Management students may try out for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association equestrian team at the beginning of the school year. This team competes throughout the year with other colleges in the Northeast. The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) is a national organization of 300 colleges and universities.

HerbFest is held annually during the spring semester. The event is hosted by students who are enrolled in the Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants course (STOCKSCH 280). Students' class projects include demonstrations, exhibits, food samples, and samples of natural products using a variety of herbs and medicinal plants.

Livestock Classic
This annual event held in the spring offers Stockbridge School of Agriculture and Animal Science students a chance to enter farm animals in competition. Students are judged on their animal's appearance and performance as well as on their ability to show and handle their animal. There is no admission charge and all students and the general public are invited to attend.

PLANET (Professional Landcare Network)
PLANET is an international association serving lawn care professionals, landscape management, design/build/installation professionals, and interior plantscapers. Every year PLANET sponsors Student Career Days, a three-day competitive event among students enrolled in horticulture programs from colleges and universities across the country, Canada and the United Kingdom. Arboriculture, Landscape Contracting, Sustainable Horticulture and Turfgrass Management students compete in events that are directly related to the skills necessary for a career in the green industry. The event also offers a Career Fair which gives the students the opportunity to meet prospective employers in the industry and discuss employment opportunities.

Stockbridge Student Board of Directors
The Board of Directors allows Stockbridge School of Agriculture students to plan and participate in various student activities.The Board meets weekly and helps to instill a sense of camaraderie to the Stockbridge School student body by meeting the social needs of Stockbridge School students.

Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA)
TCIA, established in 1938 as the National Arborist Association, is a trade association of more than 2,000 commercial tree care firms and affiliated companies. In the fall, TCIA hosts the TCI Expo, the world's largest tree care trade show. Arboriculture students compete annually in a skills competition at Student Career Days at the Expo.

Turf Club
The Turf Club meets weekly during the academic year and is open to all students, enrolled in both the associate and bachelor degree programs, majoring in Turfgrass Management and related disciplines. It is the student chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA). Club activities include interacting with invited speakers and field trips to local golf courses, professional sports facilities, and regional and national turf conferences. Members also participate in the annual Turf Bowl national collegiate competition and the Turf Competition at PLANET. Club membership provides the opportunity to network with potential employers.
Interested students can contact one of the faculty advisors listed below for more information:
Dr. Michelle DaCosta 413.545.2547
Dr. Scott Ebdon 413.545.2506