Tag Archives: International

Namibia Study Abroad 2015

Africa is more than thundering herds of wildlife and safari trucks. The continent boasts more than one billion people over 50 diverse countries. This summer 14 students were immersed in the culture of Namibia. Situated on the southwest coast of the continent, Namibia has a surface area similar to Texas and an environment just as diverse. The ALEC department offers the Namibia Study Abroad to any student, regardless of major, interested in the program. While traveling thousands of kilometers across the country, the students take two courses; Agriculture… Read More →

ALEC Graduate Student Chosen as FLF Participant

Each year the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development chooses 12 students from across the United States to participate in their Future Leaders Forum. This program allows students to be put in contact with industry leaders in international development in agriculture. It also gives them the opportunity to see the inner workings of global organizations based in Washington, District of Columbia. Taya Brown, a graduate student in the ALEC department, had the honor of being chosen as one of the 2015 FLF participants. “There was a lot… 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 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 →

Bringing the Classroom to Guatemala

ALEC students recently participated in a 10 day trip to Guatemala during their spring break to experience international agriculture development in action. ALEC Professor Gary Wingenbach, Ph.D., led the trip. Students are required to enroll in the International Development Theories in Agriculture 489 course to travel abroad. Each student studies a particular aspect of agriculture development, such as food security, water resource issues, or agricultural production issues. Students were able to further research their emphasis areas in Guatemala and work with people who experience these issues every day…. 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 →

TALL Welcomes New Cohort

By: Meagan Brown The Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership recently finished its 13th cohort and welcomed the 14th class in June 2014. Housed in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, TALL is a competitive leadership development program for those who are involved in Texas agriculture industry. The program involves a two-year curriculum in which the class members will develop their leadership skills and expand their knowledge of the current issues in agriculture. According to the TALL website, each student will receive 455 hours of intensive training which… Read More →

ALEC Student Gives Back

By: Meagan Brown Graduate student Samantha Alvis spoke to Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications faculty and students about her extraordinary journey to end world hunger on September 10, 2014. She has been working as a higher education specialist with the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative in Tanzania at the Sokoine University of Agriculture. iAGRI aims to empower local scholars and farmers with the knowledge and equipment to improve food security in eastern Africa. “Increasing food security has always involved heavy field work, now we are working in the classroom… Read More →

Shinn Fulbright

Texas A&M University’s Shinn to teach technology and education at Moscow universities College Station, TX. Texas A&M University’s professor emeritus Glen C. Shinn has been awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Technology and Education to teach at Moscow State Agroengineering University and Tymiryazev State Agrarian University in Russia during the 2014-15 year. Shinn will serve as Distinguished Chair beginning in September, teaching courses for 120 undergraduates and 30 graduate students. He will also conduct research on technological change and disruptive innovation. Shinn said the appointment will benefit his… Read More →

ALEC Faculty Recognized at Annual AIAEE Conference

By: Casey Lilley Representatives from the Texas A&M University Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications attended the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education Conference in Miami, Florida in May. Professor Glen Shinn, Ph.D., received Senior Fellow recognition at the conference and Professor Tracy Rutherford, Ph.D., was inducted as a Fellow into the organization. Associate Dean for academic operations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Professor in the ALEC department, Kim E. Dooley received the Outstanding Leadership Award for the 2014 year. “It’s a… Read More →