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Doc@Distance Students Begin their Journey to Success

by Chelsea McQueen Getting an advanced degree is a frequent desire for working professionals. However, finding the time and the method to get the degree while supporting a family can make it difficult. That is where the Doc@Distance program can help. Doc@Distance is a joint program between Texas A&M and Texas Tech universities that was created to give mid-career professionals the opportunity to obtain their doctorate degree in agricultural education from a distance. “I am really excited to get the opportunity to be able to get my doctorate… Read More →

ALEC Attends AAAE Southern Region Conference

By: Patricia Ward The ALEC Department shined bright at the American Association for Agricultural Education Southern Region Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in February. During the conference, Associate Professor John Rayfield, Ed.D., and Graduate Assistant Kasee Smith won an award for their research poster. Graduate Assistants Carly Christiansen Valerie McKee each won an award for their research posters as well. “It was nice to be recognized for the research that we do,” Smith said. “I think we are continually trying to move our industry forward. A lot of times… Read More →

Doc@Distance Students Come to Texas A&M

By: Patricia Ward Over Winter Break four graduate students traveled from across the country to gather for the Doc@Distance fall meeting at Texas A&M University. Established as the first of its kind in 2000, Doc@Distance is a joint program between Texas A&M’s Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications and Texas Tech’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communications. Doc@Distance provides mid-career professionals from across the country an opportunity to obtain their doctorate degree in agriculture education from a distance. With the joint faculty team, this program brings a… Read More →

Experiencing U.S. Agriculture with ALEC 380

  By: Patricia Ward This semester 35 students, faculty and staff loaded up a bus and traveled to 14 states in just 13 days. That may not sound like a lot of time, but this trip allowed students to experience leadership, service and diversity in agriculture . Led by Graduate Assistants Kasee Smith and Ashley Stewart, ALEC 380 was about showing students different forms of agriculture in the U.S. by visiting universities, businesses, organizations and the National FFA Convention. To prepare for the trip, junior agricultural communications and… Read More →

ALEC Week 2014

Get ready ALEC students for an ALECtrifying week! Monday, November 3, 2014- Free Breakfast to all ALEC faculty, staff and students. Join us for Coffee and Donuts in AGLS 129 from 7:30-9:30   Thursday, November 6, 2014 Rock it with ALEC! Live music and free food in AGLS Central Lawn, 4-6 PM  

Costa Rica Study Abroad Opens Eyes of Students

By Caitlin Powers Students and faculty from the ALEC department moved their classroom to Costa Rica for two weeks on a study abroad over the winter break. Led by Assistant Professor Robert Strong, Ph.D., and Senior Lecturer Landry Lockett, Ed.D., the 20 undergraduate and graduate students’ eyes were opened to the Costa Rican way of life. “The motto in Costa Rica is pura vida meaning pure life,” Tomas McDermott, senior university studies major said. “The country has an incredible appreciation for the unique nature surrounding them and they… Read More →

Outstanding Performance Recognized

By Caitlin Powers Texas A&M AgriLife Extension recognizes faculty’s and staff’s outstanding job performance during the Superior Service Awards Program on Wednesday, January 8. Among the recognized were ALEC’s Jeff Ripley, Ph.D., assistant professor and extension specialist, and Paul Pope, extension program specialist III. “These awards are the highest honor conferred by AgriLife Extension to faculty and staff who have excelled in their job performance,” Douglas Steele, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension director, said in a congratulatory email. According to the Texas A&M AgriLife website, the award recognizes… Read More →

Exploring Opportunities in Haiti

  By: Caitlin Powers ALEC faculty traveled to the Live Beyond and Christianville organizations, based in Haiti, to explore opportunities for the ALEC department and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to partner and collaborate in an international setting. Professor Gary Briers, Ph.D., and Professor James Lindner, Ph.D., along with Joe Masabni, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of horticultural sciences, visited the organizations whose primary mission is to improve the quality of life for the people in Haiti, September 5-11. “Our primary purpose was to look opportunities… Read More →

ALEC faculty and students help prepare 4-H students for advocacy

  By: Taylor Demski 26 students from across the state attended the 2012 Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador program July 16 through July 19 at Texas A&M University. Organized by Assistant Professor and Extension 4-H and Youth Development Specialist Billy Zanolini, Ph.D., the program allowed high school students the chance to engage in high level learning designed to develop advanced leadership skills related to mentoring youth and advocating for animal agriculture. ALEC faculty, graduate and undergraduate students participated by teaching sessions focused on learning and leadership styles, as well… Read More →

ALEC Student recognized as faculty and students attend Association of Leadership Educators conference

By: Taylor Demski Seventeen Texas A&M faculty members attended the Association of Leadership Educators conference in Key West, Florida July 8, 2012 through July 11, 2012, where ALEC Graduate Assistant Sarah Ho was recognized for leadership and student involvement. Those in attendance benefitted from listening to keynote speakers and networking with professionals in departments across the nation. The conference enables leadership educators to build relationships with others in the field thus allowing the possibility for further collaboration with other universities. Ho was awarded the ALE Founding Mothers’ Award…. Read More →