Category Archives: International

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 →

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 →

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 →

Bringing the Classroom to Guatemala

ALEC students recently participated in a 10 day trip to Guatemala during their spring break to experience international agriculture development in action. ALEC Professor Gary Wingenbach, Ph.D., led the trip. Students are required to enroll in the International Development Theories in Agriculture 489 course to travel abroad. Each student studies a particular aspect of agriculture development, such as food security, water resource issues, or agricultural production issues. Students were able to further research their emphasis areas in Guatemala and work with people who experience these issues every day…. Read More →

Leading Change in Costa Rica

  By: Patricia Ward This winter, 17 students spent two weeks exploring agriculture in Costa Rica. Led by Professor and Associate Head for Graduate Programs Timothy Murphy, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Roger Hanagriff, Ph.D., students gained a better appreciation for different agriculture practices. Offering credit for ALED 440 and 485, this study abroad trip focused on leading change in Costa Rica. Each morning of the trip was spent visiting and exploring different farms. Farms visited were ones that used regenerative and organic practices. Farmers at one place, Hannagriff… Read More →

Open Your Eyes to the World

By: Patricia Ward This January one of the program facilitators for ALEC’s study abroad Namibia trip and Namibia native, Bernd Schneider, came to share with students the benefits of stepping out of one’s comfort zone and experiencing a study abroad trip to open your eyes to the world. During Schneider’s time here in Texas he visited with students to get them interested in studying abroad, discussed study abroad logistics with professors, and experienced Texas for the first time. Although focusing more on the summer study abroad trip to… Read More →

Empowering a New Generation of Farmers

Empowering a New Generation of Farmers Texas A&M Team is Gaining National and International Recognition for YAIC Model College Station, Texas – Jan. 5, 2015 – A team of Texas A&M University student innovators are revolutionizing the agricultural sector by promoting a new generation of farmers. The team is made up of five Texas A&M graduate students: Juan Whiting, Shiva Thompson, Taya Brown, Levi Brewer, Nathaniel Haight, and recent graduate, Andrew McArdle. This team combines expertise in food systems, curriculum development, cross-cultural exchange, management logistics, aquaponics, and horticulture… Read More →

Graduate Student Receives SMGP Grant

By: Meagan Brown Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications graduate student, Diana Juarez-Sanchez was recently awarded a grant from the Student Media Grants Program through the Texas A&M Center on Conflict and Development. The grant provides students with funds to engage in innovative research on issues that face countries in conflict. “We focus our work in four thematic areas,” Melanie Balinas, Center on Conflict and Development Communications Manager, said.. “They are food security, natural resource management, youth populations, and local institutions.” Juarez-Sanchez will spend three months in the spring… Read More →

ALEC Graduate Student Interns in Haiti

By: Meagan Brown Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications graduate student, Elizabeth Bird spoke to students and faculty about her experience as an intern with the Christianville Foundation on October 29, 2014. The Christianville Foundation is a faith-based mission centered in Gressier, Haiti. The organization works to provide a Christian witness in Haiti through education, evangelism and humanitarian assistance. During Bird’s two month internship, she worked with an orphanage to build a sustainable garden for the children. The garden consisted of 4 raised beds, a pumpkin patch and a… Read More →