Category Archives: Extension

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 →

New Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Dr. Philip Shackelford

Philip Shackelford, PhD, offers a new perspective on program development for county extension agents. With over 20 years of experience planning and implementing agriculture programs, Shackelford understands key techniques for successful and effective program development. Shackelford’s passion for agriculture developed during his teen years. His county extension agent and agricultural teachers from high school influenced Shackelford’s decision to pursue a career in agriculture. Shackelford earned a Master of Science in Agricultural Education from Tarleton State University, and recently graduated with a PhD from Texas A&M. Before he became… Read More →

Hundreds participate in Farm & Ranch Tour

Henderson County Farm & Ranch Tour speaker Jim Mazurkiewicz said rural places like Henderson County continue to fill the agriculture needs of the nation, but the percentage of agriculturalists in the U.S. continues to shrink. Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D., is the leadership program director for Texas AgriLife Extension. His career includes 20 years as an extension agent before moving to College Station, where he headed up Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program. “Today 99 percent are in the city,” Mazurkiewicz said. “Less than one percent of the people are actually… 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 →

AgriLife Advanced Leaders Program – Building Leaders and Lasting Relationships

By: Patricia Ward Texas A&M AgriLife’s Advanced Leadership Program enhancing leadership and personal development skills. As part of an 18-month program, cohort members participate in leadership activities and develop lasting professional relationships with members across the different agencies. Cohort III is comprised of 15 members employed under the different AgriLife agencies. The group meets several times a year to develop members’ leadership skills, enhance understanding of the Texas A&M System and its land-grant mission. Associate Professor Julie Harlin, Ph.D., along with recent ALEC graduate Courtney Dodd, Ph.D., are… Read More →

TALL Welcomes New Cohort

By: Meagan Brown The Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership recently finished its 13th cohort and welcomed the 14th class in June 2014. Housed in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, TALL is a competitive leadership development program for those who are involved in Texas agriculture industry. The program involves a two-year curriculum in which the class members will develop their leadership skills and expand their knowledge of the current issues in agriculture. According to the TALL website, each student will receive 455 hours of intensive training which… Read More →

ALEC Student Gives Back

By: Meagan Brown Graduate student Samantha Alvis spoke to Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications faculty and students about her extraordinary journey to end world hunger on September 10, 2014. She has been working as a higher education specialist with the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative in Tanzania at the Sokoine University of Agriculture. iAGRI aims to empower local scholars and farmers with the knowledge and equipment to improve food security in eastern Africa. “Increasing food security has always involved heavy field work, now we are working in the classroom… Read More →

ALEC Department Plans to Grow

By: Meagan Brown The Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has begun the process of constructing a fourth building in the AgriLife Complex. One floor of the building is set to be devoted solely to the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (ALEC) department. The floor will add approximately 16,000 square feet of space for the department. This space will be dedicated to the advancement of research and teaching to provide the best education to ALEC students. “We will have more space for our students to participate… 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 →

Aggie Bash and VATAT Conference

By: Meagan Johnson Many of the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications department’s faculty and staff will attend the annual Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT) Conference July 28-August 1 in Abilene, Texas. The VATAT Conference is an excellent way for agriculture teachers to learn about new products and share innovative education and real-world practices. Graduate Assistant Jason McKibben described VATAT as an opportunity for professors to create new techniques by connecting to practical methods that are used in the field. “The Conference is a way for our… Read More →