Monthly Archives: January 2013

Agriculture Science Students Take On One Last Adventure as Student-Teachers Across Texas

  By: Caitlin Powers The agricultural science degree, formerly known as agriculture education, was the founding degree for the ALEC department.  While the degree plan has changed throughout the years, one element of the degree plan has remained; student-teaching. “It is a tradition that has always been part of the program,” Associate Professor Julie Harlin, Ph.D., who oversees the student-teachers, said. That tradition continued Monday, January 28 when the ALEC department sent 38 agriculture science students to 25 schools across Texas to serve as student-teachers. For most seniors, their… Read More →

Students Find Friendship, Adventure through Club Sports

By: Mollie Lastovica College can be a time to try new things, foster unique experiences and step outside of your comfort zone. Lauren Metcalf and Katie Spiekermann have done just that through their participation on teams sponsored by the Texas A&M Sport Club Association, balancing classwork with intercollegiate athletics in sports many students are unfamiliar with. Metcalf, a sophomore agricultural science major, joined the Texas A&M University Crew Club  during the spring semester of her freshman year, and Spiekermann, a junior agricultural communications and journalism major is a… Read More →

Cummings, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Organization Development Unit Takes Leadership at Second Annual NAEPSDP Conference

By: Mollie Lastovica With a focus on professional development, employee development, organizational development and evaluation and accountability, ten representatives of the ALEC Department traveled to Denver, Colo. Dec. 11-13 for the National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals’ Second Annual Conference. Among the group were Associate Department Head and Program Leader for Organizational Development Scott Cummings, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist Jeff Ripley, Ph.D., Extension Associate Michelle Payne, Extension Assistant Katy Weber, Management Analyst Tom Payne, Software Engineers Curtis Krajca and Cory Phillips, Extension Specialists… Read More →

USAL Student Encourages Her Peers to Study Abroad

By: Mollie Lastovica The push for international experiences across college campuses is higher than ever before. Subsequently, students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ALEC Department are encouraged by administrators, faculty and even their peers to study abroad. The COALS Study Abroad Information Session will be held Jan. 29 in AGLS 129. Students interested in or curious about studying abroad are encouraged to stop by the informational between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. to learn about the 25 plus study abroad programs offered through the college,… Read More →

Gonzales, Rogers Recognized as Winners of Facebook Photo Contest

By: Mollie Lastovica After accumulating 25 likes on her album of five photos, Hannah Rogers, senior agricultural communications and journalism major, was named as the winner of the 2012 AGCJ 308 Facebook Photography Contest. “Winning the photo contest was very exciting,” Rogers said. “It means that my peers also enjoyed my photos as much as I had hoped them to. It personally gave me the confidence I needed to pursue photography.” A total of 16 students participated in the social media contest as a culmination of their semester… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife Leadership Program Focuses on Development, Fosters Inner-System Relationships

By: Mollie Lastovica Associate Professor and Department Head Tracy Rutherford, Ph.D., along with Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist Jeff Ripley, Ph.D., were recognized as members of Cohort One of the Texas A&M AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program during the 2013 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference Jan. 8. The Advanced Leadership Program was developed by Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Mark Hussey, Ph.D., as a way to encourage professional engagement in the Texas A&M University System and land-grant mission through leadership development over an 18-month period. “We… Read More →

¡Pura Vida! ALEC students and faculty study abroad in Costa Rica over the winter break

  By: Caitlin Powers Pura Vida, Spanish for pure life, is what ALEC students and faculty experienced while on a two week study abroad trip to Costa Rica over the winter break. A total of 24 aggies traveled to Texas A&M’s Soltis Center for Research and Education in San Isidro, Costa Rica where they experienced the culture, agritourism and ecotourism. Assistant Professor Robert Strong, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Julie Harlin, Ph.D., along with graduate teaching assistant Samantha Alvis, led the group of 12 undergraduate and nine graduate students…. Read More →

New Program Coordinator Baldwin Hopes to Increase Alumni Relations

  By: Mollie Lastovica In an effort to increase alumni relations, the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications welcomes program coordinator Ambrya Baldwin.. A Gainesville, Fla., native, she is married to Aron Baldwin and they have a four-year-old son, Eli.  Baldwin graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Florida, where she also worked as alumni assistant. “That position gave me a mix of event planning and publicity and how to tie those into alumni relations,” Baldwin said. As program coordinator, she… Read More →