Tag Archives: Agriculture

Namibia Study Abroad 2015

Africa is more than thundering herds of wildlife and safari trucks. The continent boasts more than one billion people over 50 diverse countries. This summer 14 students were immersed in the culture of Namibia. Situated on the southwest coast of the continent, Namibia has a surface area similar to Texas and an environment just as diverse. The ALEC department offers the Namibia Study Abroad to any student, regardless of major, interested in the program. While traveling thousands of kilometers across the country, the students take two courses; Agriculture… Read More →

New Assistant Professor, Tobin Redwine, Ph.D.

By: Emily Foreman When a compelling story about agriculture is being told you can almost be certain Tobin Redwine, Ph.D., will be nearby. As the ALEC department’s new agricultural communications and journalism assistant professor, Redwine will teach and research about how the agriculture industry can tell captivating stories and extend that knowledge through service. Redwine graduated with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural leadership and development from Texas A&M University in 2008. He continued his education at Texas Tech University. After graduating with a Master of Science in… Read More →

ALEC Faculty Attend AAAE Conference

Several ALEC faculty members attended the American Association for Agricultural Education’s 2015 national conference in San Antonio, Texas. Throughout the conference several faculty members received awards and recognition for their outstanding work in various areas: Kim Dooley, Ph.D. – AAAE Fellow Alvin Larke, Ph.D. – AAAE Honorary Lifetime Membership Award Clay Ewell – AAAE Special Award Robert Strong­­, Ph.D. – AAAE Outstanding Early Career Award Katy Lane and Theresa Murphrey, Ph.D. – Top Five Research Poster Encouraging Undergraduate Students in Agriculture to Pursue International Experiences: Preference and Motivation… Read More →

Hundreds participate in Farm & Ranch Tour

Henderson County Farm & Ranch Tour speaker Jim Mazurkiewicz said rural places like Henderson County continue to fill the agriculture needs of the nation, but the percentage of agriculturalists in the U.S. continues to shrink. Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D., is the leadership program director for Texas AgriLife Extension. His career includes 20 years as an extension agent before moving to College Station, where he headed up Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program. “Today 99 percent are in the city,” Mazurkiewicz said. “Less than one percent of the people are actually… 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 →

Open Your Eyes to the World

By: Patricia Ward This January one of the program facilitators for ALEC’s study abroad Namibia trip and Namibia native, Bernd Schneider, came to share with students the benefits of stepping out of one’s comfort zone and experiencing a study abroad trip to open your eyes to the world. During Schneider’s time here in Texas he visited with students to get them interested in studying abroad, discussed study abroad logistics with professors, and experienced Texas for the first time. Although focusing more on the summer study abroad trip to… Read More →

Experiencing U.S. Agriculture with ALEC 380

  By: Patricia Ward This semester 35 students, faculty and staff loaded up a bus and traveled to 14 states in just 13 days. That may not sound like a lot of time, but this trip allowed students to experience leadership, service and diversity in agriculture . Led by Graduate Assistants Kasee Smith and Ashley Stewart, ALEC 380 was about showing students different forms of agriculture in the U.S. by visiting universities, businesses, organizations and the National FFA Convention. To prepare for the trip, junior agricultural communications and… Read More →

Ty ’03 and Ebony Warren Honored for Selfless Service and Giving

  By: Patricia Ward Family, education, leadership and agriculture is what Ty Warren is all about. The native of Bryan, Texas grew up with Texas A&M University in his backyard. He developed a deep love for the university before even attending and it is still evident to this day. The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications department recently unveiled the new Ty ’03 and Ebony Warren Model Classroom to honor Ty and his wife, Ebony “Kesha”, for their selfless service and giving to the department and the university. The… 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 →

AGSC 380 students attend VATAT conference

Aspiring ag teachers attend conference in Amarillo By: Taylor Demski ALEC students and faculty networked and learned with other agricultural educators in Texas at the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas conference in Amarillo July 30th through August 3rd. The VATAT conference enables agricultural science teachers to keep up their continuing education units and engage in professional development, featuring workshops offered over the course of a couple of days that highlight important updates on everything from curriculum to teacher’s rights, responsibilities and liabilities. Allowing agriculture science majors enrolled in… Read More →