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Associate Department Head Recognized for Work with Graduate Students

By: Emily Foreman ALEC Associate Department Head Scott Cummings, Ph.D., received the Kunze Award from the Graduate and Professional Student Council. The award is named for George W. Kunze, Ph.D., long-time Dean of the Graduate College at Texas A&M University. The award acknowledges a faculty member, staff member, team of faculty or a Texas A&M University entity that has made outstanding contributions to the success and prosperity of the Graduate and Professional Student Council. Cummings’ work with graduate students is more than just a part of his job… Read More →

New Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Dr. Philip Shackelford

Philip Shackelford, PhD, offers a new perspective on program development for county extension agents. With over 20 years of experience planning and implementing agriculture programs, Shackelford understands key techniques for successful and effective program development. Shackelford’s passion for agriculture developed during his teen years. His county extension agent and agricultural teachers from high school influenced Shackelford’s decision to pursue a career in agriculture. Shackelford earned a Master of Science in Agricultural Education from Tarleton State University, and recently graduated with a PhD from Texas A&M. Before he became… 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 →

ALEC Faculty Attend AIAEE Conference in the Netherlands

Recently several ALEC faculty members traveled to the Netherlands to attend the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education Conference. During the conference several faculty members received awards for their outstanding work in various categories. Awards include: Dr. Murphrey – Service Dr. Shinn – Leadership Dr. Strong – Fellow Taya Brown and Dr. Murphrey – 1st Runner-Up in Graduate Student Presentations Dr. Redwine, Dr. Rutherford & Dr. Wingenbach – 1st Place Open Faculty/Professional Presentation Dr. Strong, Dr. Edney and Dr. Hanagriff – 1st Runner-Up Open Presentations Congratulations to… Read More →

Doc@Distance Students Coming to Texas A&M for Fall Meeting

By: Patricia Ward Career growth does not have to be limited by your location. That is true for students in the Doc@Distance program. Established as the first of its kind in 2000, Doc@Distance is a joint program between Texas A&M’s Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications and Texas Tech’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communications. Doc@Distance provides mid-career professionals from across the country an opportunity to obtain their doctorate degree in agriculture education from a distance. With the joint faculty team, this program brings a unique mixture… Read More →

TALL Ventures to East Texas

By Caitlin Powers The 26 members of Class XIII of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program ventured to East Texas January 20-24, 2014 for their last educational session in the United States. The TALL program is a practical and action-oriented two-year program where participants meet eight times for sessions or seminars. As an initiative of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the program enhances the leadership of men and women from every sector of agriculture and all over Texas. According to Class XIII member, Mary Jane Buerkle the… Read More →

Outstanding Performance Recognized

By Caitlin Powers Texas A&M AgriLife Extension recognizes faculty’s and staff’s outstanding job performance during the Superior Service Awards Program on Wednesday, January 8. Among the recognized were ALEC’s Jeff Ripley, Ph.D., assistant professor and extension specialist, and Paul Pope, extension program specialist III. “These awards are the highest honor conferred by AgriLife Extension to faculty and staff who have excelled in their job performance,” Douglas Steele, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension director, said in a congratulatory email. According to the Texas A&M AgriLife website, the award recognizes… Read More →

Extension Professionals Learn the Ropes through Extension Foundations, Program Excellence Academies I, II

By: Mollie Lastovica Texas A&M AgriLife Extension professionals from across the state gathered in College Station Nov. 12-15 for Extension Foundations and Program Excellence Academy workshops. Organized and implemented by the Organizational Development branch of Extension, the series of workshops helps familiarize new County Extension Agents and Specialists with the functions and programs housed within Extension. Extension Foundations, the initial workshop of the series, gives professionals an overview of the entire Extension service. “It introduces many different concepts and aspects of our positions in counties,” said Marie Arick,… Read More →

Texas A&M Alumnus Joins Extension as Software Engineer

By: Mollie Lastovica Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has hired Cory Phillips as a software engineer. Phillips graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in nuclear engineering. “I first heard about this position from someone who already works here and the job description greatly interested me,” Phillips said. Phillips will work on the development side of software and brings industry experience as a former applications and web developer. “It is my job to develop user interface functionality for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, specifically the Texas Extension Accountability System,”… Read More →

Extension Foundations and Program Excellence Academy II Hosted on Campus

By: Mollie Lastovica Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Organizational Development hosted a number of new County Extension Agents on the Texas A&M campus Nov. 13-16 as part of the organization’s commitment to employee development. Participants in Extension Foundations, the initial training for new County Extension Agents and Specialists, along with those in Program Excellence Academy II, the final component of Extension’s three-part training for new agents, comprised the Nov. training group. Jeff Ripley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist coordinated both employee development programs. “The Program Excellence Academy gest… Read More →