Category Archives: University Studies–Leadership

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 Week 2014

  ALEC Week 2014 By: Patricia Ward If you missed ALEC Week 2014, you missed one ALEC-trifying week. Hosted by the ALEC Aggie Reps, ALEC Week showed off how great the Agriculture Leadership, Education and Communications department is. The ALEC Aggie Reps focus on improving faculty-student relations and creating a positive image of our department across campus and the community.The Aggie Reps did just that by having events multiple events to highlight the department. The week started off with free coffee and donuts for  ALEC students, faculty and… Read More →

ALEC Internal Advisory Board Meets for Fall Meeting

  By: Patricia Ward The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Internal Advisory Board met for its fall meeting to discuss new ways to improve the department and how to provide opportunities for current students. This is the second year the board has been in existence. The purpose for the internal board, according to its bylaws, is to provide objective internal guidance to the department and support for the academic and scholarship initiatives. Each member of the board contributes their experience and understanding of the department’s mission and vision… Read More →

2014 ALEC Reception Highlights

  By Caitlin Powers The Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications department gathered on April 11, 2014 to celebrate the department’s collective success. Students were awarded scholarships, recognized for outstanding achievements and organizational leadership. Each major within the department selects outstanding students to represent each class. Here are the 2014 Outstanding Students. Agricultural Communications and Journalism Outstanding Freshman – Mattie Chachere Outstanding Sophomore – Jordan Glidewell Outstanding Juniors – Amantha Hons and A-Micha Milla Outstanding Seniors – Joshua Hardcastle, Allyson Heil, Mollie Lastovica and Caitlin Powers Non-Traditional Students –… Read More →

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 →

ALEC Advising Welcomes Reid Stavinoha to the Team

By: Caitlin Powers The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications advising team welcomes Reid Stavinoha, new adviser for university studies-leadership students. Previously, Stavinoha was a graduate assistant in the department and taught summer courses, and is currently working toward his Ph. D. “I am looking forward to spending more time with students and working with them to formulate a viable degree plan to fit their career goals,” Stavinoha said. While advising students, Stavinoha will continue to teach agricultural leadership and development courses. Stavinoha said he is excited to have… Read More →

ALEC Students Receive Senior Merit Awards

Four graduating seniors in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication were recipients of the 2013 Senior Merit Award. Awarded for over 50 years, the Senior Merit Award is the highest recognition that is bestowed upon students by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Recipients of the 2013 award from the ALEC Department were Lockie Breeding, agricultural science major, Christine Cruz, agricultural leadership and development major, Jason Haas, agricultural leadership and development major and Ashley Hambleton, agricultural science major. Click here to read the biographies of… Read More →

ALEC Students Receive Awards of Merit from Gamma Sigma Delta

By: Mollie Lastovica Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture, is an international professional group dedicated to recognizing and accomplishing success in improving agricultural pursuits. The Texas A&M Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta annually recognizes students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine for their scholastic contributions to agriculture. Six students in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications received undergraduate and graduate awards at the Gamma Sigma Delta Annual Awards Reception April 17. Jana Kubecka, agricultural leadership and development… Read More →

Students Recognized at Prestigious All-University Awards Ceremony

Each year, the top Texas A&M University students are recognized for their outstanding scholastic, extra-curricular and service activities at the Parents’ Weekend Committee’s All-University Awards Ceremony. The 2013 All-University Awards Ceremony was held April 14 in Rudder Auditorium and recognized recipients of the Buck Weirus Spirit Award, Gathright Scholar Award, Margaret Rudder Service Award and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Among the elite students recognized at the event were nine undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications. The… Read More →

Students Recognized at Annual Awards Banquet

By: Mollie Lastovica Outstanding students in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications were recognized at the ALEC Awards Reception April 12. Awards and scholarships were presented to recognize student achievement both extra-curricular and academic success. Each major in the department recognized outstanding freshman, sophomore, junior, senior and non-traditional students.   Agricultural Communications and Journalism Outstanding Freshman: Claire Whitfield Outstanding Sophomore: Amantha Hons Outstanding Juniors: Alexis Benningfield, Allyson Heil Outstanding Seniors: Josh Hardcastle, Mollie Lastovica Outstanding Non-Traditional Students: Barbara Hosler, Mark Spillers   Agricultural Science Outstanding Freshman:… Read More →