Tag Archives: Organizational Development

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 →

ALEC Department Plans to Grow

By: Meagan Brown The Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has begun the process of constructing a fourth building in the AgriLife Complex. One floor of the building is set to be devoted solely to the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (ALEC) department. The floor will add approximately 16,000 square feet of space for the department. This space will be dedicated to the advancement of research and teaching to provide the best education to ALEC students. “We will have more space for our students to participate… Read More →

Lasting Impacts

By Caitlin Powers After learning in a classroom in College Station, Texas all spring semester, 11 undergraduate students traveled to Chajul, Guatemala to apply their new knowledge on international development and bring life to what they have learned. Professor Gary Wingenbach, Ph.D., and Graduate Assistant Chris Bielecki served as the instructors for the study abroad/field trip incorporated course, ALEC: 489 applying international development theories in agriculture. Wingenbach explained the course to be extremely impactful on students because of what students get to experience in Chajul. “We have lots… 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 →

Cummings, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Organization Development Unit Takes Leadership at Second Annual NAEPSDP Conference

By: Mollie Lastovica With a focus on professional development, employee development, organizational development and evaluation and accountability, ten representatives of the ALEC Department traveled to Denver, Colo. Dec. 11-13 for the National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals’ Second Annual Conference. Among the group were Associate Department Head and Program Leader for Organizational Development Scott Cummings, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist Jeff Ripley, Ph.D., Extension Associate Michelle Payne, Extension Assistant Katy Weber, Management Analyst Tom Payne, Software Engineers Curtis Krajca and Cory Phillips, Extension Specialists… Read More →

Krajca Fills Software Engineer Position

By: Mollie Lastovica Having recently joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Organizational Development team as Software Engineer, Curtis Krajca is excited for what his new position has in store. Krajca graduated with a master’s degree in computer science from Prairie View A&M following the receipt of his Texas A&M bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. As software engineer, Krajca will work with both the design and application of software programs. “I will be primary software developer for the rebuilding of the TExAS application and any associated development projects,” Krajca… 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 →

Extension Roots Lead Katy Weber Back to ALEC

  By: Mollie Lastovica The ALEC Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Organizational Development are pleased welcome Extension Assistant Katy Weber to their team. A Jonesboro, Texas native and third-generation Aggie, Weber graduated with a Master’s of Education from the department in 2011 after completing her Bachelor’s in rangeland ecology and management with a minor in agronomy in 2010. “I really enjoy getting to come back to the department and seeing a lot of the familiar, friendly faces,” Weber said. “It is nice to interact with everybody.”… Read More →