Tag Archives: FFA

Agricultural Education and Personal Growth

By: Samantha Voges The alarm clock rang at 6:30 on a Saturday morning. Most high school students would not even begin to imagine being up at this hour on a weekend. Kylie Bennett, student at Texas A&M reminisces one of her experiences from her time in FFA when she was in high school. Bennett recalls being up at this hour every morning to get to the barn in time to feed and work her show pigs before her day was off to a start. Once she was at… 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 →

Aggie Reps Attend State FFA Convention

By: Meagan Johnson Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications’ (ALEC) Aggie Reps organization represented Texas A&M University at the 86th annual Texas State FFA Convention in Fort Worth July 14-18. The Reps connected with FFA members to show them the  benefits that Texas A&M University and the ALEC department have to offer. According to Aggie Reps member and Texas A&M University junior Katrina Buerger the group works to educate prospective students about the bachelor’s programs offered in ALEC while encouraging a strong relationship between faculty and students. “When you… Read More →

ALEC Students Shine Bright

By: Caitlin Powers Students from the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Department traveled to Louisville, KY to compete in Career Development Events  at the National FFA Convention October 30-31, 2013. CDEs are contests designed to help FFA members develop the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market. At nationals, each state is represented by the top team from the state contest. Freshman agricultural communications and journalism majors Hannah Shirley and Katie Fuller as well Whitney Green, freshman agricultural leadership and development… 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 →

Agriculture Science Students Take On One Last Adventure as Student-Teachers Across Texas

  By: Caitlin Powers The agricultural science degree, formerly known as agriculture education, was the founding degree for the ALEC department.  While the degree plan has changed throughout the years, one element of the degree plan has remained; student-teaching. “It is a tradition that has always been part of the program,” Associate Professor Julie Harlin, Ph.D., who oversees the student-teachers, said. That tradition continued Monday, January 28 when the ALEC department sent 38 agriculture science students to 25 schools across Texas to serve as student-teachers. For most seniors, their… Read More →

FAST Hosts Aggiefest Invitation Leadership Development Event

By: Mollie Lastovica Over 300 FFA members from over 20 schools across the state met in College Station on Nov. 3 for the Aggiefest Invitational Leadership Development Event. Hosted by the Future Agricultural Science Teachers organization, the Aggiefest contest is open to all Texas FFA Chapters and gives students the chance to prepare for their quiz, creed speaking, radio broadcasting, public relations, chapter conducting, agricultural issues and job interview contests. “The FAST organization gets the opportunity to help current FFA students by giving them feedback that they can… Read More →

Faculty Recognized with Honorary FFA Degrees

By: Mollie Lastovica Recognized for his contributions to agricultural education, Professor Alvin Larke, Jr., Ph.D., received the Honorary American Degree at the 2012 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Larke was nominated for the distinction by the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences group, an organization that he has helped mentor for many years. “I have been working with MANRRS for many years to help further advance underrepresented groups in agriculture,” Larke said. He is now a stakeholder in the National FFA Foundation, and will serve… Read More →

Making A&M Proud: Former ALEC Student Recognized by the White House as Champion of Change

By: Mollie Lastovica With a passion for service and agriculture at his core, Pete Dreisbach, Ph.D., humbly accepted his recognition as one of 12 Champions of Change in 4-H and FFA on October 9. The distinction, bestowed by the White House, recognizes outstanding community members’ efforts to make a difference in the world. Dreisbach graduated from the ALEC department with a Ph.D. in agricultural education in 1985. “Being an Aggie has had an absolutely critical impact on my daily life,” Dreisbach said. “Professionalism, passion for agricultural education and… Read More →