Monthly Archives: July 2014

Aggie Reps Attend State FFA Convention

By: Meagan Johnson Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications’ (ALEC) Aggie Reps organization represented Texas A&M University at the 86th annual Texas State FFA Convention in Fort Worth July 14-18. The Reps connected with FFA members to show them the  benefits that Texas A&M University and the ALEC department have to offer. According to Aggie Reps member and Texas A&M University junior Katrina Buerger the group works to educate prospective students about the bachelor’s programs offered in ALEC while encouraging a strong relationship between faculty and students. “When you… Read More →

Aggie Bash and VATAT Conference

By: Meagan Johnson Many of the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications department’s faculty and staff will attend the annual Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT) Conference July 28-August 1 in Abilene, Texas. The VATAT Conference is an excellent way for agriculture teachers to learn about new products and share innovative education and real-world practices. Graduate Assistant Jason McKibben described VATAT as an opportunity for professors to create new techniques by connecting to practical methods that are used in the field. “The Conference is a way for our… Read More →

Rutherford Honored with Regional USDA Teaching Award

By: Meagan Johnson Tracy Rutherford, Ph.D., has been presented with the United States Department of Agriculture Regional Teaching Excellence Award. This award is given to recognize educators who go above and beyond in instruction, dedication to students, and the advancement of academia. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Cornell University, Rutherford earned her master’s in speech communication and her doctorate in agricultural education, both from Texas A&M University. She was an assistant professor at Kansas State University and then returned to Texas A&M University as an… Read More →

Faculty Receive Awards at NACTA Conference

  By: Meagan Johnson Academic Advisors Tobin Redwine and Sarah Peña Ho were presented with Graduate Student Teaching Awards at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) conference. Holli Leggette, Ph.D., Ho and Redwine all presented research at the meeting at Montana State University June 25-28. “It is reassuring to receive such an award because we know the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications department is doing something right here at Texas A&M, and I am happy to be a part of it,”  Redwine said. NACTA encourages… Read More →

Shinn Fulbright

Texas A&M University’s Shinn to teach technology and education at Moscow universities College Station, TX. Texas A&M University’s professor emeritus Glen C. Shinn has been awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Technology and Education to teach at Moscow State Agroengineering University and Tymiryazev State Agrarian University in Russia during the 2014-15 year. Shinn will serve as Distinguished Chair beginning in September, teaching courses for 120 undergraduates and 30 graduate students. He will also conduct research on technological change and disruptive innovation. Shinn said the appointment will benefit his… Read More →

ALEC Faculty Recognized at Annual AIAEE Conference

By: Casey Lilley Representatives from the Texas A&M University Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications attended the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education Conference in Miami, Florida in May. Professor Glen Shinn, Ph.D., received Senior Fellow recognition at the conference and Professor Tracy Rutherford, Ph.D., was inducted as a Fellow into the organization. Associate Dean for academic operations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Professor in the ALEC department, Kim E. Dooley received the Outstanding Leadership Award for the 2014 year. “It’s a… Read More →

Agricultural Science Team Recognized by Lincoln Electric

By Caitlin Powers A new addition has been made to the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications’ agricultural mechanics shop out at the Riverside Campus. The agricultural science group received a Lincoln Electric banner after winning Lincoln Electric’s Show Us Your Shop Contest. The contest required participants to take pictures of their garage, basement, shop or anywhere else they would like to hang the banner and then post them to Lincoln Electric’s Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #ShowUsYourShop. Once uploaded the photos were up for voting…. Read More →

From Classrooms to Foreign Soil: ALEC programs in Brazil and Guatemala

By: Meagan Johnson Howdy! ¡Hola! Olá! A smile and a warm welcome are part of a universal language. ALEC students learned this first hand while studying abroad this May in Guatemala and Brazil.  ABROAD IN GUATEMALA Professor Gary Wingenbach, Ph.D., led a group of 10 students to Chajul, Guatemala, to explore global leadership issues, sustainable agricultural practices, and international leadership. These subjects are common topics found on campus at Texas A&M University; however, some concepts are best learned outside of the classroom. “With memorization-style education, there is no… Read More →

Life After Texas A&M

By: Patricia Ward After graduating in 2008 with her bachelor’s degree, Emily Summey, along with many other graduates that year, faced a tough job market. After a little searching and some luck Summey found a way to put her agricultural communications degree to work. Summey grew up in the central Pennsylvania area. After looking around at several agricultural communications programs she decided on Texas A&M. Heading to school was not as easy as it is for most incoming freshman. Summey’s father was facing a heart condition so unlike… Read More →

ALEC 646 students experience Washington DC

By: Janesha Moses Aggie Networks: Global Connections Six graduate students in the college of Agriculture and Life Sciences traveled trip to Washington D.C. to gain first-hand facts about the international workforce. The students in an Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications course taught by Manuel Piña, Jr., Ph.D., researched hundreds of agencies specializing in global agricultural affairs.  From this group, they narrowed their focus to a dozen organizations to meet with in the area.  These students took the initiative to study the backgrounds of each of these organizations, build… Read More →