Tag Archives: Learn

Ag Media Summit

By: Amantha Hons The temperature in the Arizona desert was nearing 90 degrees on Friday morning and the dry breeze felt like someone had pointed a hair dryer in your face. My group and I stepped off the charter bus into the sandy soil of a jalapeño pepper farm, the rows of bright green plants a stark contrast to the reds and browns of the desert landscape behind them. We gathered around the farm owner, Rob Knorr, as he talked about the new processes and technologies he had… Read More →

Developing Students into Effective Agricultural Teachers

Agricultural Science majors are developing and improving their teaching skills through hands-on experience in the STEM Lab. These students learn science, technology, engineering and math—or STEM—through skills-based learning activities. Woodworking, electrical wiring and welding are some of the skills students practice. The STEM Lab aims to expose agricultural science majors to these skills and to teach them how to guide others through the process. “We mostly give [students] an opportunity to practice these skills, and then we teach them how to teach others,” said Jason McKibben, a graduate… Read More →

June is Agricultural Education Month

  Agricultural Science faculty, advisors and graduate assistants are organizing eight workshops to be held this June on the Texas A&M campus. The goal of these workshops is to develop the skills and strategies of agricultural teachers to improve agricultural education for high school students statewide. Hands-on experience and professional development are some of the key benefits teachers will gain through participation in the program. Lesson plans and materials to use in the classroom will be available as well as opportunities to further develop a resume. Teachers are… Read More →

ALEC Lecturer Attends Poynter Institute

By: Meagan Brown Teachers are constantly learning how to effectively educate students. Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Senior Lecturer Deborah Dunsford, Ph.D., exhibited this when she traveled to St. Petersburg, Fla. to attend two journalism classes at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies from June 19-25, 2014. Dunsford had to apply to be accepted into the courses at the institute. After being accepted, she received a Neuhaus-Shepardson Faculty Development Grant to help cover travel and tuition costs. Dunsford said that others taking the classes she took were very… Read More →

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Becomes the Classroom for ALEC Students

By Caitlin Powers The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo served as the classroom for over 100 Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications students during the duration of the Show, March 4 – 23, 2014. Offering a number of internships, the Show provides students with educational experiences in a real-world setting. “Interning with the Houston Livestock Show really allowed us students to gain hands on experience,” Mary Hannah Winstead, senior agricultural leadership development major, said. With a history of showing livestock at the Show, Winstead wanted to participate in the… Read More →

Award-Winning Journalist Skip Hollandsworth

  Are you interested in writing for a magazine, film, column, or books? If so, we have an amazing opportunity for you! Skip Hollandsworth is an executive editor for Texas Monthly who will be on-campus April 23-24. He will be giving an open lecture on Wednesday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. about his 2011 movie Bernie at Rudder Tower room 501. A lecture exclusively for agricultural communications and journalism students will be given by Hollansworth at 9:35 a.m. on April 24. Hollandsworth will also be facilitating a VIP workshop for 8-10 students on April… 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 →

Experience the Learning

Graduate students learn through hands on experience By: Taylor Demski Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory defines experiential learning as “the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Knowledge results from the combination of grasping and transforming experience.” One ALEC professor puts the theory into practice by providing experiences for his students that are innovative, engaging and certainly out-of-the-ordinary. ALEC 603, Experiential Learning, is available for graduate students to enroll in every year during the maymester. Taught by Assistant Professor John Rayfield, Ed.D., the course features a… Read More →

Students, Faculty Take On Albuquerque

Seizing the opportunity to network with industry professionals, Senior Lecturer Deborah Dunsford, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Billy McKim, Ph.D.  and eight students attended the Ag Media Summit in Albuquerque, New Mexico August 4 – 8. Agricultural communications and journalism students Paige Burks, Mollie Lastovica, Mallory Mobly, Savannah Richter, Courtney Schmidt, Hollye Simpson and Misty Vidrine, along with agricultural leadership and development student James Barrera, attended the conference that is hosted by the Livestock Publications Council, American Agricultural Editors Association and American Business Media. The event also serves as an… Read More →

ALEC students volunteer, learn and serve

By: Taylor Demski Students enrolled in ALED 344, Leadership of Volunteers, and ALED 439, Agricultural Extension Philosophy and the Land-Grant Mission, applied their classroom knowledge in a real world environment when they participated in group learning at the Madison County Extension Office on July 13, 2012. Senior Lecturer and Academic Advisor, Landry Lockett, Ed.D., teaches both courses and brought students to Madisonville, Texas, to serve the community while obtaining firsthand group volunteering experience. The extension office sponsors Fun Friday, a program that incorporates children from the community who… Read More →