Tag Archives: Research

New Assistant Professor, Tobin Redwine, Ph.D.

By: Emily Foreman When a compelling story about agriculture is being told you can almost be certain Tobin Redwine, Ph.D., will be nearby. As the ALEC department’s new agricultural communications and journalism assistant professor, Redwine will teach and research about how the agriculture industry can tell captivating stories and extend that knowledge through service. Redwine graduated with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural leadership and development from Texas A&M University in 2008. He continued his education at Texas Tech University. After graduating with a Master of Science in… 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 →

AgriLife Advanced Leaders Program – Building Leaders and Lasting Relationships

By: Patricia Ward Texas A&M AgriLife’s Advanced Leadership Program enhancing leadership and personal development skills. As part of an 18-month program, cohort members participate in leadership activities and develop lasting professional relationships with members across the different agencies. Cohort III is comprised of 15 members employed under the different AgriLife agencies. The group meets several times a year to develop members’ leadership skills, enhance understanding of the Texas A&M System and its land-grant mission. Associate Professor Julie Harlin, Ph.D., along with recent ALEC graduate Courtney Dodd, Ph.D., are… 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 →

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 →

AAAE Meets in Kona, Hawaii for Western Conference

By: Patricia Ward This year the  American Association for Agriculture Education Western Conference was held in Kona, Hawaii. The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Department were represented by faculty and students. Associate Professor Lori Moore, Ph.D., was elected to an eight-year term of service as an officer of the Western Region of AAAE. She begins her service as Secretary. According to AAAE’s website, the organization is dedicated to studying, applying and promoting the teaching and learning processes in agriculture. The three daylong conference is an opportunity for agriculture… Read More →

ALEC Students and Faculty Receive Awards at ALE

By: Meagan Brown Several of the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications department’s faculty, staff, and students received awards at the 24th annual Association of Leadership Educators meeting in San Antonio, Texas July 13-16, 2014. ALE Director of Awards and Recognition, Summer Odom, Ph.D., described ALE to be one of the only organizations that focuses on practical and academic presentations in the field of leadership. ALE endeavors to promote the advancement of leadership techniques, ideas, and research by the sharing of information among members. “ALE is unique because it… 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 →

Four ALEC Students Receive USC Scholarship

  By: Patricia Ward This year Texas A&M’s University Staff Council provided scholarships to students who serve as full-time staff members at the university. The scholarship, with support from The Association of Former Students, is designed to recognize students who are actively showing commitment to the university’s mission of teaching, research and service. Recipients of the scholarship must be a full-time employee at Texas A&M and must maintain a 3.0 GPR to be considered for the scholarship. The scholarship is based on the applicant’s written essay describing how… Read More →

Continuing Relationships in Haiti

By Caitlin Powers The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications continues the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ relationship with Haiti based organization, Live Beyond by sending graduate assistant, Audie Cherry. Professors Gary Briers, Ph.D. and James Lindner, Ph.D. along with program leader, Manuel Piña, Ph.D., associate professor, have been the primary individuals involved from ALEC. “We have laid out a long term project that we hope will result in continuous presence in Haiti,” Lindner said, “having students get down there now is a way of us… Read More →