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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 →

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 →

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Provides Hands-On Experiences to ALEC Students

By: Patricia Ward What started with a group of agricultural communications and journalism students writing press releases for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has grown into something much larger. Now, the Show provides hundreds internships to students at Texas A&M University each year. Since about 1974, the ALEC Department has maintained a strong and growing relationship with the Show after former agricultural communications and journalism student Leroy Schaffer started working there. Schaffer noticed that the public relations firm did not have the agricultural background needed to write… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Spotlight: Student Embodies Leadership

By: Meagan Brown Leadership is one of the six core values that Texas A&M University strives to instill in each student. Yashwant Prakash Vyas, a leadership studies minor, has taken his role as a leader in stride. During his time at A&M, Vyas has participated in many community service programs, leadership opportunities, and university related events, all of which support his coursework in LDAG, a minor housed in the ALEC department. Vyas transferred to A&M from a university in India, where he is originally from, to complete his… Read More →

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 →