Category Archives: Graduate Students

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 Graduate Student Chosen as FLF Participant

Each year the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development chooses 12 students from across the United States to participate in their Future Leaders Forum. This program allows students to be put in contact with industry leaders in international development in agriculture. It also gives them the opportunity to see the inner workings of global organizations based in Washington, District of Columbia. Taya Brown, a graduate student in the ALEC department, had the honor of being chosen as one of the 2015 FLF participants. “There was a lot… 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 →

Associate Department Head Recognized for Work with Graduate Students

By: Emily Foreman ALEC Associate Department Head Scott Cummings, Ph.D., received the Kunze Award from the Graduate and Professional Student Council. The award is named for George W. Kunze, Ph.D., long-time Dean of the Graduate College at Texas A&M University. The award acknowledges a faculty member, staff member, team of faculty or a Texas A&M University entity that has made outstanding contributions to the success and prosperity of the Graduate and Professional Student Council. Cummings’ work with graduate students is more than just a part of his job… 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 →

Taya Brown chosen to participate in AIARD’s Future Leaders Forum

By: Emily Foreman Congratulations to Taya Brown, a graduate student in the ALEC department, on being selected by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development as a participant in their 2015 Future Leaders Forum. She is one of 12 students to be chosen from a variety of universities across the United States. FLF recipients are selected on a competitive basis and must demonstrate an interest as well as experience in addressing international agriculture and rural development issues. Brown will be attending the 2015 AIARD Annual Conference in… 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 →

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 →