Monthly Archives: November 2012

Krajca Fills Software Engineer Position

By: Mollie Lastovica Having recently joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Organizational Development team as Software Engineer, Curtis Krajca is excited for what his new position has in store. Krajca graduated with a master’s degree in computer science from Prairie View A&M following the receipt of his Texas A&M bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. As software engineer, Krajca will work with both the design and application of software programs. “I will be primary software developer for the rebuilding of the TExAS application and any associated development projects,” Krajca… Read More →

Extension Foundations and Program Excellence Academy II Hosted on Campus

By: Mollie Lastovica Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Organizational Development hosted a number of new County Extension Agents on the Texas A&M campus Nov. 13-16 as part of the organization’s commitment to employee development. Participants in Extension Foundations, the initial training for new County Extension Agents and Specialists, along with those in Program Excellence Academy II, the final component of Extension’s three-part training for new agents, comprised the Nov. training group. Jeff Ripley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist coordinated both employee development programs. “The Program Excellence Academy gest… Read More →

Department Prepares for Doctoral Students on Campus

By: Mollie Lastovica The ALEC Department will welcome current doctoral students participating in the Doc@Distance program to the College Station campus Dec. 11-12. Doc@Distance is a joint program between Texas A&M and Texas Tech University that allows students to obtain a Doctor of Education in Agricultural Education regardless of their geographical location. This unique program began in fall 2000 with the induction of 20 mid-professionals from Texas. The opportunity to pursue this degree continues with a new cohort to be admitted fall 2013. As part of each admitted… Read More →

‘Threads for Thought’ Drives Globally-Aware ALEC Students

By: Caroline Black In an effort to continue a summer study abroad experience, Annalee Antoon began Threads for Thought, a class project that sells hand-woven textiles from Guatemala. Antoon, senior university studies-leadership major from Beaumont, Texas, enrolled this fall in the ALEC 489 course, Global Justice Issues in Agriculture. “This course requires students to evaluate a current global justice issue in agriculture,” Antoon said. “Once an issue is identified, students pair up and complete a service project to help the issue of their choice.” Upon returning from Chajul,… Read More →

Mazurkiewicz named Regent Fellow

Leadership Program Director Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D. was recognized as a Regents Fellow for 2011-12. This distinction comes from the Texas A&M System Board of Regents who recognized only 18 professors and fellows throughout the entire Texas A&M System this year. Click here to learn more.

Vestal wins Southern Region Award for Excellence in Extension

Andy Vestal, Ph.D., was recognized during the 125th annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in Denver, Colo. as the recipient of the Southern Region Award for Excellence in Extension. Click here to read about his contributions to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the department.

Meet new University Studies- Leadership Studies adviser, Christine Arnold

By: Mollie Lastovica The ALEC department is excited to welcome Christine Arnold to the advising staff. Arnold began working Nov. 1 as the adviser for university studies—leadership, while also assisting with advising for agricultural leadership and development and periodically teaching ALED courses. “I decided I wanted to be an adviser while I was a T.A. in grad school,” Arnold said. “I realized that I enjoyed working with college students, I like people and I like to help. It fit my personality and what I wanted to do.” Arnold… Read More →

ALEC students help endow scholarship

  Click here to learn about the students serving on the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Student Council, including AGCJ student Mollie Lastovica and ALED student Alyssa Spruill, helped to create an endowed scholarship: http://giving.tamu.edu/student/archives/COALSstudentcouncilscholarship.aspx

Faculty Recognized with Honorary FFA Degrees

By: Mollie Lastovica Recognized for his contributions to agricultural education, Professor Alvin Larke, Jr., Ph.D., received the Honorary American Degree at the 2012 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Larke was nominated for the distinction by the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences group, an organization that he has helped mentor for many years. “I have been working with MANRRS for many years to help further advance underrepresented groups in agriculture,” Larke said. He is now a stakeholder in the National FFA Foundation, and will serve… Read More →

We are leadership

  Leadership is a core element in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications. The programs and activities listed below are only a few examples of how we strive to foster leadership among the college, university, state, country and world. Leadership programs TALL and SALE-LE Programs The TALL /SALE-LE programs provide leadership opportunities and aim to enrich leadership skills. The TALL program hopes to help ensure effective understanding and encourage positive action on key issues, theories, policy and economics that will advance the agriculture industry. The SALE-LE… Read More →