Category Archives: Study Abroad

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Mixing Culture and Photojournalism in Namibia 2014

  By: Patricia Ward Located in southwest Africa is the country of Namibia, about the size of Texas, home to rich culture, beautiful scenery and exotic animals. This summer Namibia was the learning ground for 16 students and four instructors. The ALEC department partnered with two universities on this study abroad: Prairie View A&M and the University of Namibia. Prairie View A&M University brought three students and one faculty member on the trip. Led by Professor Gary Wingenbach, Ph.D, Professor Tracy Rutherford, Ph.D, Academic Advisor Tobin Redwine, and… Read More →

Students Gain New Experiences While Studying Abroad in Greece

By: Patricia Ward For many college students summers are filled with internships, summer jobs and sleeping-in, but for a group of ALEC students and faculty, summer was spent diving deep into the rich culture and history of Greece. While earning credit for ALED 340, 485 and 685, 22 students developed their personal leadership, learned about the evolution of leadership and Greek agriculture. Before students traveled to Greece they spent two weeks in the classroom preparing for what they would learn abroad. Professor and Associate Dean, Kim Dooley, Ph.D.,… Read More →

Study Away to California 2014

  By: Patricia Ward This summer 17 students took their education to the next level in a unique field-experience to California. Study Away to California is a 10-week course designed to provide students with real world experience in advocacy, outreach, diversity and community engagement while also earning credit for AGCJ 380 and 491. “There is no better way to understand research and people than to work with them in an engaged experience,” ALEC Graduate Assistant Ashley Stewart said. “It was a ‘learning by doing’ opportunity.” Students knocked on… Read More →