Category Archives: Former Students

New Assistant Professor, Tobin Redwine, Ph.D.

By: Emily Foreman When a compelling story about agriculture is being told you can almost be certain Tobin Redwine, Ph.D., will be nearby. As the ALEC department’s new agricultural communications and journalism assistant professor, Redwine will teach and research about how the agriculture industry can tell captivating stories and extend that knowledge through service. Redwine graduated with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural leadership and development from Texas A&M University in 2008. He continued his education at Texas Tech University. After graduating with a Master of Science in… 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 →

Helping New Agricultural Leaders Hit the Bull’s-eye

May 20, 2015 Today’s agricultural leaders, educators and communicators have a moving target to hit in their industries. Information that once would have taken weeks and months to generate can now be found in a few minutes. Today’s communication and education professionals have instant access to nearly unlimited amounts of information which they can disseminate to the world in just seconds. It’s an exciting time, but keeping up with the latest tools and techniques can feel like aiming an arrow at a moving target while running on a… 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 →

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Provides Hands-On Experiences to ALEC Students

By: Patricia Ward What started with a group of agricultural communications and journalism students writing press releases for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has grown into something much larger. Now, the Show provides hundreds internships to students at Texas A&M University each year. Since about 1974, the ALEC Department has maintained a strong and growing relationship with the Show after former agricultural communications and journalism student Leroy Schaffer started working there. Schaffer noticed that the public relations firm did not have the agricultural background needed to write… 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 →

ALEC Students Win Big in AGLS Study Abroad Photo Contest

Congratulations to the 2014 AGLS Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners: senior agricultural communications and journalism majors Ashley Quindel and Sarah Hope Nail and former ALEC student Hannah Boyer. All of the photos from these three individuals were taken on this past summer’s ALEC study abroad trip in Namibia. “I took these pictures because they captured a preciously, brief moment in the lives of the subjects within them,” Nail said. “It’s affirming to know that, on some level, people were able grasp the story I was trying to tell.”… Read More →

New Faculty: Alumni Relations and Development Coordinator

Jenna Kujawski, new Alumni Relations and Development Coordinator, offers a diverse background in communications, marketing, and public relations to the ALEC Department. Kujawski is a member of the 2004 graduating class of Texas A&M and completed her Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education in 2005. Many of her marketing and communications skills developed from her master’s degree, which had an emphasis in Agricultural Communications. Kujawski has used her skill sets to gain seven years of experience as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the College of Human… Read More →

Ty ’03 and Ebony Warren Honored for Selfless Service and Giving

  By: Patricia Ward Family, education, leadership and agriculture is what Ty Warren is all about. The native of Bryan, Texas grew up with Texas A&M University in his backyard. He developed a deep love for the university before even attending and it is still evident to this day. The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications department recently unveiled the new Ty ’03 and Ebony Warren Model Classroom to honor Ty and his wife, Ebony “Kesha”, for their selfless service and giving to the department and the university. The… 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 →