Tag Archives: Graduate Students

Doc@Distance Students Begin their Journey to Success

by Chelsea McQueen Getting an advanced degree is a frequent desire for working professionals. However, finding the time and the method to get the degree while supporting a family can make it difficult. That is where the Doc@Distance program can help. Doc@Distance is a joint program between Texas A&M and Texas Tech universities that was created to give mid-career professionals the opportunity to obtain their doctorate degree in agricultural education from a distance. “I am really excited to get the opportunity to be able to get my doctorate… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Taya Brown chosen to participate in AIARD’s Future Leaders Forum

By: Emily Foreman Congratulations to Taya Brown, a graduate student in the ALEC department, on being selected by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development as a participant in their 2015 Future Leaders Forum. She is one of 12 students to be chosen from a variety of universities across the United States. FLF recipients are selected on a competitive basis and must demonstrate an interest as well as experience in addressing international agriculture and rural development issues. Brown will be attending the 2015 AIARD Annual Conference in… Read More →

ALEC Attends AAAE Southern Region Conference

By: Patricia Ward The ALEC Department shined bright at the American Association for Agricultural Education Southern Region Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in February. During the conference, Associate Professor John Rayfield, Ed.D., and Graduate Assistant Kasee Smith won an award for their research poster. Graduate Assistants Carly Christiansen Valerie McKee each won an award for their research posters as well. “It was nice to be recognized for the research that we do,” Smith said. “I think we are continually trying to move our industry forward. A lot of times… Read More →

Doc@Distance Students Come to Texas A&M

By: Patricia Ward Over Winter Break four graduate students traveled from across the country to gather for the Doc@Distance fall meeting at Texas A&M University. 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… Read More →

Empowering a New Generation of Farmers

Empowering a New Generation of Farmers Texas A&M Team is Gaining National and International Recognition for YAIC Model College Station, Texas – Jan. 5, 2015 – A team of Texas A&M University student innovators are revolutionizing the agricultural sector by promoting a new generation of farmers. The team is made up of five Texas A&M graduate students: Juan Whiting, Shiva Thompson, Taya Brown, Levi Brewer, Nathaniel Haight, and recent graduate, Andrew McArdle. This team combines expertise in food systems, curriculum development, cross-cultural exchange, management logistics, aquaponics, and horticulture… Read More →

Graduate Student Receives SMGP Grant

By: Meagan Brown Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications graduate student, Diana Juarez-Sanchez was recently awarded a grant from the Student Media Grants Program through the Texas A&M Center on Conflict and Development. The grant provides students with funds to engage in innovative research on issues that face countries in conflict. “We focus our work in four thematic areas,” Melanie Balinas, Center on Conflict and Development Communications Manager, said.. “They are food security, natural resource management, youth populations, and local institutions.” Juarez-Sanchez will spend three months in the spring… 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 →