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New Advisors Kristina Beevers, David Turner, and Adolfo Cadena Join ALEC

Kristina Beevers, David Turner, and Adolfo Cadena, three new advisors have joined the ALEC family! Beevers and Turner are new to the University. As the fall 2015 semester rolls around, they are excited to learn about Texas A&M University’s traditions, atmosphere, and students. Beevers, originally from Belton, Texas, graduated from Baylor University with an undergraduate degree in Film and Digital Media and a graduate degree in communication. She will be working as the Agricultural Communications and Journalism advisor. “My family has a long-standing relationship with A&M,” Beevers said…. Read More →

Experiencing adds to learning

By: Emily Foreman For the past six years John Rayfield, Ph.D., has been teaching a graduate-level course on experiential learning. This class combines the theory of experiential learning with real-world experiences and allows students to engage in hands-on learning. The course is a balance of in depth theory and the actual real-world practice of that theory. Rayfield said the students learn experiential learning theories dating back to the 1920s and 30s. “The students study how project-based learning in rural living was a large portion of educational society and… Read More →

Helping New Agricultural Leaders Hit the Bull’s-eye

May 20, 2015 Today’s agricultural leaders, educators and communicators have a moving target to hit in their industries. Information that once would have taken weeks and months to generate can now be found in a few minutes. Today’s communication and education professionals have instant access to nearly unlimited amounts of information which they can disseminate to the world in just seconds. It’s an exciting time, but keeping up with the latest tools and techniques can feel like aiming an arrow at a moving target while running on a… Read More →

ANRP Interns Gain Real-World Experience in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas

By: Patricia Ward Every semester the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences sends a group of students to participate in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy semester-long internship in Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas and Rome, Italy. This semester the ALEC Department has five students participating in the internship. The ANRP internship is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Created in 1990, students in this internship gain hands-on experience in agricultural policy and government. Current Washington, D.C. intern Kara Slaughter is a junior agricultural communications and journalism major interning… Read More →

ALEC Internal Advisory Board Meets for Fall Meeting

  By: Patricia Ward The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Internal Advisory Board met for its fall meeting to discuss new ways to improve the department and how to provide opportunities for current students. This is the second year the board has been in existence. The purpose for the internal board, according to its bylaws, is to provide objective internal guidance to the department and support for the academic and scholarship initiatives. Each member of the board contributes their experience and understanding of the department’s mission and vision… 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 →

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 →

ALEC Faculty and Students Recognized by the National FFA

By: Caitlin Powers At the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY, ALEC faculty and students were recognized for their outstanding commitment to FFA by receiving Honorary American FFA Degrees and American FFA Degrees. Associate Professor Lori Moore, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor John Rayfield, Ed.D. received the Honorary American FFA Degree on November 1 at the National FFA Convention. The award recognizes individuals who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. The National FFA Organization noted the accomplishment of these recipients in a press release that said… Read More →

17 Students Gain Classroom Experience while Student Teaching

By: Mollie Lastovica Hands-on learning often represents the most-preferred type of learning for students of all ages. Both undergraduate and graduate students studying agricultural science and education are gaining such experiences as they complete their student teaching assignments across the state. Associate Professor Julie Harlin, Ph.D., notes that student teaching is an integral part of agricultural education curriculum. It is the grand finale of their curriculum and a chance to apply the theories they have learned in an actual classroom. For the fall semester, 17 students are student… Read More →

J.P Hancock ‘83 Joins ALEC as Assistant Lecturer

By: Caitlin Powers The ALEC department has a new assistant lecturer, J.P. Hancock, who will be teaching agricultural science courses that he once took at Texas A&M. “Since I have been in the teaching field I have wanted to come back and do exactly what I am doing now,” Hancock said, “teaching skills to our future teachers.” For the past three years Hancock taught night classes at Rudder High School with Professor Tim Murphy, Ph.D.. Prior to teaching with Murphy, Hancock taught at Sealy High School for 26… Read More →