Category Archives: Agricultural Leadership and Development

Agricultural Education and Personal Growth

By: Samantha Voges The alarm clock rang at 6:30 on a Saturday morning. Most high school students would not even begin to imagine being up at this hour on a weekend. Kylie Bennett, student at Texas A&M reminisces one of her experiences from her time in FFA when she was in high school. Bennett recalls being up at this hour every morning to get to the barn in time to feed and work her show pigs before her day was off to a start. Once she was at… Read More →

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 →

New Advisors Kristina Beevers, David Turner, and Adolfo Cadena Join ALEC

Kristina Beevers, David Turner, and Adolfo Cadena, three new advisors have joined the ALEC family! Beevers and Turner are new to the University. As the fall 2015 semester rolls around, they are excited to learn about Texas A&M University’s traditions, atmosphere, and students. Beevers, originally from Belton, Texas, graduated from Baylor University with an undergraduate degree in Film and Digital Media and a graduate degree in communication. She will be working as the Agricultural Communications and Journalism advisor. “My family has a long-standing relationship with A&M,” Beevers said…. 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 →

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 →

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 →

New Assistant Lecturer, Dr. Erica Bobbitt

With a diverse background in Agriculture and Extension Education, Erica Bobbitt, Ph.D., brings a “give it your all” attitude to the department and her students. Her past education includes degrees  from Michigan State University and Pennsylvania State University. She brings a welcome perspective to the ALEC fmaily. Bobbitt teaches four undergraduate classes that focus on leadership development, leadership education, and leading change. Her past academic positions at Pennsylvania State University have helped prepare her for developing Texas A&M students into agricultural leaders. “Every profession I’ve had has prepared… 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 →

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 →