Monthly Archives: February 2014

Continuing Relationships in Haiti

By Caitlin Powers The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications continues the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ relationship with Haiti based organization, Live Beyond by sending graduate assistant, Audie Cherry. Professors Gary Briers, Ph.D. and James Lindner, Ph.D. along with program leader, Manuel Piña, Ph.D., associate professor, have been the primary individuals involved from ALEC. “We have laid out a long term project that we hope will result in continuous presence in Haiti,” Lindner said, “having students get down there now is a way of us… Read More →

ALEC Hosts Agricultural Education Conference

By Caitlin Powers The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications at Texas A&M hosted the Southern Region Conference of the American Association for Agricultural Education in Dallas, Texas. Held in conjunction with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists annual meeting, the SR-AAAE conference is an opportunity for faculty and staff in agricultural education across the country to connect and share ideas. Lockie Breeding, graduate assistant said they were like little worker bees at the conference to ensure it all ran smoothly for the attendees. As the hosts… Read More →

Rising to the Top

By Caitlin Powers Rising to the top, agricultural communications and journalism majors Laura Sumrall and Mollie Lastovica are named winners of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Study Abroad Photo Contest. Cathryn Clement, coordinator for international academic programs, said they started the photo contest to make people, especially students, more aware of the study abroad programs open to them and the places they could go. The contest is open to all students in the College who have studied abroad. The entries are uploaded to the College’s study… Read More →

Agricultural Science Majors Gaining Real World Experience in Classrooms Across Texas

By: Patricia Ward After being students for years, agricultural science majors finally get the chance to put their skills in action as teachers. These agricultural science students have completed all the requirements for their degree plan except one last step: student-teaching. This semester ALEC has 21 seniors who will be gaining hands-on experience in high school classrooms across the state of Texas. The students have been given all the tools necessary by their professors; now it is their turn to put their education into action. “I felt extremely… Read More →

ALEC Student Recognized for Essay

  ALEC Student Wins Dallas Area Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s Essay Contest   By: Patricia Ward Sophomore agricultural communications and journalism major, Leslie Morrow, took home first place with her essay on the reliance of the consumer on social media in the Dallas Area Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s essay contest. The essay topic for the contest was, “What do communication majors face in the future and how do you plan on dealing with it?” “I figured it would be a fairly easy thing to… Read More →

TALL Ventures to East Texas

By Caitlin Powers The 26 members of Class XIII of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program ventured to East Texas January 20-24, 2014 for their last educational session in the United States. The TALL program is a practical and action-oriented two-year program where participants meet eight times for sessions or seminars. As an initiative of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the program enhances the leadership of men and women from every sector of agriculture and all over Texas. According to Class XIII member, Mary Jane Buerkle the… Read More →

Costa Rica Study Abroad Opens Eyes of Students

By Caitlin Powers Students and faculty from the ALEC department moved their classroom to Costa Rica for two weeks on a study abroad over the winter break. Led by Assistant Professor Robert Strong, Ph.D., and Senior Lecturer Landry Lockett, Ed.D., the 20 undergraduate and graduate students’ eyes were opened to the Costa Rican way of life. “The motto in Costa Rica is pura vida meaning pure life,” Tomas McDermott, senior university studies major said. “The country has an incredible appreciation for the unique nature surrounding them and they… Read More →

Aggies on Capitol Hill

By: Patricia Ward Four ALEC students are putting their education into action this semester with the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program in Washington, D.C. The ANRP program is designed to give students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences an opportunity to gain real world experience in Washington, D.C. According to ANRP website, interns work closely with members of Texas Congressional Delegation, House Committee on Agriculture or other agencies that deal with agriculture or natural resources. Victor Salazar, ALEC graduate student, is interning with National… Read More →