Monthly Archives: March 2015

AgriLife Advanced Leaders Program – Building Leaders and Lasting Relationships

By: Patricia Ward Texas A&M AgriLife’s Advanced Leadership Program enhancing leadership and personal development skills. As part of an 18-month program, cohort members participate in leadership activities and develop lasting professional relationships with members across the different agencies. Cohort III is comprised of 15 members employed under the different AgriLife agencies. The group meets several times a year to develop members’ leadership skills, enhance understanding of the Texas A&M System and its land-grant mission. Associate Professor Julie Harlin, Ph.D., along with recent ALEC graduate Courtney Dodd, Ph.D., are… Read More →

ALEC Students Win Big in AGLS Study Abroad Photo Contest

Congratulations to the 2014 AGLS Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners: senior agricultural communications and journalism majors Ashley Quindel and Sarah Hope Nail and former ALEC student Hannah Boyer. All of the photos from these three individuals were taken on this past summer’s ALEC study abroad trip in Namibia. “I took these pictures because they captured a preciously, brief moment in the lives of the subjects within them,” Nail said. “It’s affirming to know that, on some level, people were able grasp the story I was trying to tell.”… Read More →

ALEC Attends AAAE Southern Region Conference

By: Patricia Ward The ALEC Department shined bright at the American Association for Agricultural Education Southern Region Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in February. During the conference, Associate Professor John Rayfield, Ed.D., and Graduate Assistant Kasee Smith won an award for their research poster. Graduate Assistants Carly Christiansen Valerie McKee each won an award for their research posters as well. “It was nice to be recognized for the research that we do,” Smith said. “I think we are continually trying to move our industry forward. A lot of times… Read More →

New Assistant Lecturer, Dr. Erica Bobbitt

With a diverse background in Agriculture and Extension Education, Erica Bobbitt, Ph.D., brings a “give it your all” attitude to the department and her students. Her past education includes degrees  from Michigan State University and Pennsylvania State University. She brings a welcome perspective to the ALEC fmaily. Bobbitt teaches four undergraduate classes that focus on leadership development, leadership education, and leading change. Her past academic positions at Pennsylvania State University have helped prepare her for developing Texas A&M students into agricultural leaders. “Every profession I’ve had has prepared… Read More →

Agricultural Science Majors Become the Teachers in Classrooms Across Texas

By: Patricia Ward After semesters of preparation and hard work, agricultural science majors have transitioned into the final stage of their education before graduation: student-teaching. Placed in campuses all across the state, students are learning what it takes to be a successful agricultural science teacher in today’s classrooms. This spring the ALEC department has 22 student-teachers who will be gaining hands-on experience as teachers in agricultural classrooms. Students have been preparing for this step for years and are now equipped with the tools necessary to complete this final… Read More →

Collegiate FFA Builds a Legacy

Texas A&M University’s Collegiate FFA is making a difference for high school FFA members by providing them with their blue corduroy jackets through the #maroongivesblue campaign. Re-established in 2012, the Collegiate FFA is formulating a program that gives back to the community and helps provide more opportunities for local high school FFA students. The #maroongivesblue campaign will highlight and reward dedicated and deserving FFA students with their blue corduroy jackets. “We are going to find sponsors and make sure that every FFA member that needs and deserves a… Read More →

ALEC Faculty Member Named to Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators

By: Patricia Ward Professor and Senior Scientist Gary Briers, Ph.D., was recently recognized as a new member of the Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators. Briers is the first to be named an academy member from the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications. Each year each the universities in the Texas A&M system are eligible to nominate an educator who has made significant contributions in the field of teacher education. The 11 new academy members this year will be recognized at the Chancellor’s Century Council meeting in Austin,… Read More →

Leading Change in Costa Rica

  By: Patricia Ward This winter, 17 students spent two weeks exploring agriculture in Costa Rica. Led by Professor and Associate Head for Graduate Programs Timothy Murphy, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Roger Hanagriff, Ph.D., students gained a better appreciation for different agriculture practices. Offering credit for ALED 440 and 485, this study abroad trip focused on leading change in Costa Rica. Each morning of the trip was spent visiting and exploring different farms. Farms visited were ones that used regenerative and organic practices. Farmers at one place, Hannagriff… Read More →