Category Archives: Student Organizations

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 →

Collegiate FFA Builds a Legacy

Texas A&M University’s Collegiate FFA is making a difference for high school FFA members by providing them with their blue corduroy jackets through the #maroongivesblue campaign. Re-established in 2012, the Collegiate FFA is formulating a program that gives back to the community and helps provide more opportunities for local high school FFA students. The #maroongivesblue campaign will highlight and reward dedicated and deserving FFA students with their blue corduroy jackets. “We are going to find sponsors and make sure that every FFA member that needs and deserves a… Read More →

ACT Members Attend Professional Development Conference in Orlando, Florida

By: Patricia Ward “Making Magic Happen,” was the theme for this year’s National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Professional Development Conference. It was all about how “magic” cannot happen without “ag.” Hosted by the University of Florida, ACT members from all across the country,including 19 ALEC students and sponsor, Assistant Professor Holli Leggette, Ph.D., traveled to Orlando, Florida to network with leaders in the agricultural communications field and experience professional growth. ACT is designed to build relationships among agricultural communication professionals and college students and faculty, to provide professional… 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 →

New Leadership Living Learning Scholarship

By: Patricia Ward For those that don’t know, there is an award-winning Leadership Living Learning Community (L3C) on campus teaching and encouraging new group freshmen each year. This program, according to their website, focuses on exposing students to leadership theories, challenging freshmen to be increasingly global-oriented, development of self and others, and supporting Texas A&M’s core purpose. The program is a partnership between the Department of Residence Life and the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. “I think the greatest thing is that we bring students together… Read More →

ACT Annual Meeting and Agricultural Media Summit

By Meagan Brown ALEC Graduate Student, Hannah Miller was elected National President of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow at the organization’s national meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana in July. Agricultural Communications and Journalism major, Sidney Holland was also elected to a national office and will serve as ACT Communications Coordinator. The National ACT organization holds their annual meeting in conjunction with the Agricultural Media Summit to encourage students who have an interest in a professional agriculture communications field to network with experts and improve their skills. Four of Texas A&M… Read More →

Aggie Reps Attend State FFA Convention

By: Meagan Johnson Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications’ (ALEC) Aggie Reps organization represented Texas A&M University at the 86th annual Texas State FFA Convention in Fort Worth July 14-18. The Reps connected with FFA members to show them the  benefits that Texas A&M University and the ALEC department have to offer. According to Aggie Reps member and Texas A&M University junior Katrina Buerger the group works to educate prospective students about the bachelor’s programs offered in ALEC while encouraging a strong relationship between faculty and students. “When you… Read More →

Life After Texas A&M

By: Patricia Ward After graduating in 2008 with her bachelor’s degree, Emily Summey, along with many other graduates that year, faced a tough job market. After a little searching and some luck Summey found a way to put her agricultural communications degree to work. Summey grew up in the central Pennsylvania area. After looking around at several agricultural communications programs she decided on Texas A&M. Heading to school was not as easy as it is for most incoming freshman. Summey’s father was facing a heart condition so unlike… Read More →

ALEC Students Participate in Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

  By: Patricia Ward Long nights, hours of research and days of endless writing and rewriting make up the days of the Undergraduate Research Scholar. So it was for 11 ALEC students in the spring semester. Each year undergraduate students have the opportunity to develop and work on a research project for two semesters. Their research topic can range from communications to a science related field of study. This year the ALEC department had 11 students in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Two students in particular, senior agricultural… Read More →

Faculty Members, Andrews and Boleman, Named Fish Camp 2014 Namesakes

By: Patricia Ward Crazy hair, tutus and nonstop chanting are some of the many things one will see at fish camp. Fish Camp is designed to immerse incoming freshmen into the spirit of Texas A&M. At camp students get to learn about some of the many traditions at Texas A&M. They also get the opportunity to meet and get to know fellow Aggies. At this upcoming Fish Camp, the ALEC department has two faculty members, Extension Assistant, Kevin Andrews and Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Christopher Boleman, Ph.D.,… Read More →