Category Archives: Agricultural Science

Agricultural Education and Personal Growth

By: Samantha Voges The alarm clock rang at 6:30 on a Saturday morning. Most high school students would not even begin to imagine being up at this hour on a weekend. Kylie Bennett, student at Texas A&M reminisces one of her experiences from her time in FFA when she was in high school. Bennett recalls being up at this hour every morning to get to the barn in time to feed and work her show pigs before her day was off to a start. Once she was at… Read More →

New Advisors Kristina Beevers, David Turner, and Adolfo Cadena Join ALEC

Kristina Beevers, David Turner, and Adolfo Cadena, three new advisors have joined the ALEC family! Beevers and Turner are new to the University. As the fall 2015 semester rolls around, they are excited to learn about Texas A&M University’s traditions, atmosphere, and students. Beevers, originally from Belton, Texas, graduated from Baylor University with an undergraduate degree in Film and Digital Media and a graduate degree in communication. She will be working as the Agricultural Communications and Journalism advisor. “My family has a long-standing relationship with A&M,” Beevers said…. Read More →

Experiencing adds to learning

By: Emily Foreman For the past six years John Rayfield, Ph.D., has been teaching a graduate-level course on experiential learning. This class combines the theory of experiential learning with real-world experiences and allows students to engage in hands-on learning. The course is a balance of in depth theory and the actual real-world practice of that theory. Rayfield said the students learn experiential learning theories dating back to the 1920s and 30s. “The students study how project-based learning in rural living was a large portion of educational society and… Read More →

Developing Students into Effective Agricultural Teachers

Agricultural Science majors are developing and improving their teaching skills through hands-on experience in the STEM Lab. These students learn science, technology, engineering and math—or STEM—through skills-based learning activities. Woodworking, electrical wiring and welding are some of the skills students practice. The STEM Lab aims to expose agricultural science majors to these skills and to teach them how to guide others through the process. “We mostly give [students] an opportunity to practice these skills, and then we teach them how to teach others,” said Jason McKibben, a graduate… Read More →

ALEC Faculty Attend AAAE Conference

Several ALEC faculty members attended the American Association for Agricultural Education’s 2015 national conference in San Antonio, Texas. Throughout the conference several faculty members received awards and recognition for their outstanding work in various areas: Kim Dooley, Ph.D. – AAAE Fellow Alvin Larke, Ph.D. – AAAE Honorary Lifetime Membership Award Clay Ewell – AAAE Special Award Robert Strong­­, Ph.D. – AAAE Outstanding Early Career Award Katy Lane and Theresa Murphrey, Ph.D. – Top Five Research Poster Encouraging Undergraduate Students in Agriculture to Pursue International Experiences: Preference and Motivation… Read More →

Helping New Agricultural Leaders Hit the Bull’s-eye

May 20, 2015 Today’s agricultural leaders, educators and communicators have a moving target to hit in their industries. Information that once would have taken weeks and months to generate can now be found in a few minutes. Today’s communication and education professionals have instant access to nearly unlimited amounts of information which they can disseminate to the world in just seconds. It’s an exciting time, but keeping up with the latest tools and techniques can feel like aiming an arrow at a moving target while running on a… Read More →

ALEC Faculty Attend AIAEE Conference in the Netherlands

Recently several ALEC faculty members traveled to the Netherlands to attend the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education Conference. During the conference several faculty members received awards for their outstanding work in various categories. Awards include: Dr. Murphrey – Service Dr. Shinn – Leadership Dr. Strong – Fellow Taya Brown and Dr. Murphrey – 1st Runner-Up in Graduate Student Presentations Dr. Redwine, Dr. Rutherford & Dr. Wingenbach – 1st Place Open Faculty/Professional Presentation Dr. Strong, Dr. Edney and Dr. Hanagriff – 1st Runner-Up Open Presentations Congratulations to… Read More →

ANRP Interns Gain Real-World Experience in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas

By: Patricia Ward Every semester the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences sends a group of students to participate in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy semester-long internship in Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas and Rome, Italy. This semester the ALEC Department has five students participating in the internship. The ANRP internship is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Created in 1990, students in this internship gain hands-on experience in agricultural policy and government. Current Washington, D.C. intern Kara Slaughter is a junior agricultural communications and journalism major interning… Read More →

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Provides Hands-On Experiences to ALEC Students

By: Patricia Ward What started with a group of agricultural communications and journalism students writing press releases for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has grown into something much larger. Now, the Show provides hundreds internships to students at Texas A&M University each year. Since about 1974, the ALEC Department has maintained a strong and growing relationship with the Show after former agricultural communications and journalism student Leroy Schaffer started working there. Schaffer noticed that the public relations firm did not have the agricultural background needed to write… Read More →

Agricultural Science Majors Become the Teachers in Classrooms Across Texas

By: Patricia Ward After semesters of preparation and hard work, agricultural science majors have transitioned into the final stage of their education before graduation: student-teaching. Placed in campuses all across the state, students are learning what it takes to be a successful agricultural science teacher in today’s classrooms. This spring the ALEC department has 22 student-teachers who will be gaining hands-on experience as teachers in agricultural classrooms. Students have been preparing for this step for years and are now equipped with the tools necessary to complete this final… Read More →