Category Archives: Agricultural Communications and Journalism

Ag Media Summit

By: Amantha Hons The temperature in the Arizona desert was nearing 90 degrees on Friday morning and the dry breeze felt like someone had pointed a hair dryer in your face. My group and I stepped off the charter bus into the sandy soil of a jalapeño pepper farm, the rows of bright green plants a stark contrast to the reds and browns of the desert landscape behind them. We gathered around the farm owner, Rob Knorr, as he talked about the new processes and technologies he had… Read More →

Namibia Study Abroad 2015

Africa is more than thundering herds of wildlife and safari trucks. The continent boasts more than one billion people over 50 diverse countries. This summer 14 students were immersed in the culture of Namibia. Situated on the southwest coast of the continent, Namibia has a surface area similar to Texas and an environment just as diverse. The ALEC department offers the Namibia Study Abroad to any student, regardless of major, interested in the program. While traveling thousands of kilometers across the country, the students take two courses; Agriculture… 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 →

New Assistant Professor, Tobin Redwine, Ph.D.

By: Emily Foreman When a compelling story about agriculture is being told you can almost be certain Tobin Redwine, Ph.D., will be nearby. As the ALEC department’s new agricultural communications and journalism assistant professor, Redwine will teach and research about how the agriculture industry can tell captivating stories and extend that knowledge through service. Redwine graduated with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural leadership and development from Texas A&M University in 2008. He continued his education at Texas Tech University. After graduating with a Master of Science in… 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 →

ALEC Students Connect with the Some of the Biggest Names in Country Radio

By: Patricia Ward This past February, four undergraduates, one graduate assistant and two faculty members packed into two vehicles and headed to Nashville, Tennessee to attend the Country Radio Seminar. The seminar is a three-day experience for country radio broadcasters. Attendees from all across the country come to this seminar to share and exchange ideas and business techniques while promoting the country radio broadcast industry. This trip is unique to ALEC students because they are the only students in the country attending the seminar. During their time there,… 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 →

ALEC Students Win Big in AGLS Study Abroad Photo Contest

Congratulations to the 2014 AGLS Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners: senior agricultural communications and journalism majors Ashley Quindel and Sarah Hope Nail and former ALEC student Hannah Boyer. All of the photos from these three individuals were taken on this past summer’s ALEC study abroad trip in Namibia. “I took these pictures because they captured a preciously, brief moment in the lives of the subjects within them,” Nail said. “It’s affirming to know that, on some level, people were able grasp the story I was trying to tell.”… Read More →