Monthly Archives: September 2014

New Leadership Living Learning Scholarship

By: Patricia Ward For those that don’t know, there is an award-winning Leadership Living Learning Community (L3C) on campus teaching and encouraging new group freshmen each year. This program, according to their website, focuses on exposing students to leadership theories, challenging freshmen to be increasingly global-oriented, development of self and others, and supporting Texas A&M’s core purpose. The program is a partnership between the Department of Residence Life and the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. “I think the greatest thing is that we bring students together… Read More →

Mixing Culture and Photojournalism in Namibia 2014

  By: Patricia Ward Located in southwest Africa is the country of Namibia, about the size of Texas, home to rich culture, beautiful scenery and exotic animals. This summer Namibia was the learning ground for 16 students and four instructors. The ALEC department partnered with two universities on this study abroad: Prairie View A&M and the University of Namibia. Prairie View A&M University brought three students and one faculty member on the trip. Led by Professor Gary Wingenbach, Ph.D, Professor Tracy Rutherford, Ph.D, Academic Advisor Tobin Redwine, and… Read More →

ALEC Student Gives Back

By: Meagan Brown Graduate student Samantha Alvis spoke to Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications faculty and students about her extraordinary journey to end world hunger on September 10, 2014. She has been working as a higher education specialist with the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative in Tanzania at the Sokoine University of Agriculture. iAGRI aims to empower local scholars and farmers with the knowledge and equipment to improve food security in eastern Africa. “Increasing food security has always involved heavy field work, now we are working in the classroom… Read More →

ALEC Students and Faculty Receive Awards at ALE

By: Meagan Brown Several of the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications department’s faculty, staff, and students received awards at the 24th annual Association of Leadership Educators meeting in San Antonio, Texas July 13-16, 2014. ALE Director of Awards and Recognition, Summer Odom, Ph.D., described ALE to be one of the only organizations that focuses on practical and academic presentations in the field of leadership. ALE endeavors to promote the advancement of leadership techniques, ideas, and research by the sharing of information among members. “ALE is unique because it… Read More →

Students Gain New Experiences While Studying Abroad in Greece

By: Patricia Ward For many college students summers are filled with internships, summer jobs and sleeping-in, but for a group of ALEC students and faculty, summer was spent diving deep into the rich culture and history of Greece. While earning credit for ALED 340, 485 and 685, 22 students developed their personal leadership, learned about the evolution of leadership and Greek agriculture. Before students traveled to Greece they spent two weeks in the classroom preparing for what they would learn abroad. Professor and Associate Dean, Kim Dooley, Ph.D.,… Read More →

ACT Annual Meeting and Agricultural Media Summit

By Meagan Brown ALEC Graduate Student, Hannah Miller was elected National President of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow at the organization’s national meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana in July. Agricultural Communications and Journalism major, Sidney Holland was also elected to a national office and will serve as ACT Communications Coordinator. The National ACT organization holds their annual meeting in conjunction with the Agricultural Media Summit to encourage students who have an interest in a professional agriculture communications field to network with experts and improve their skills. Four of Texas A&M… Read More →

AAAE Awards

By: Meagan Brown Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications Department faculty and staff were acknowledged at the annual American Association for Agricultural Education conference in Salt Lake City, Utah this May. ALEC Department Head, Jack Elliot, Ph.D., received the Outstanding Agricultural Educator Award for his exceptional career as an educator. Associate Head for Graduate Programs, Tim Murphy, Ph.D. was recognized for serving as AAAE president for the 2013-2014 year. According to the AAAE website, the organization is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning in agriculture by the sharing… Read More →