Tag Archives: Students

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

New Assistant Lecturer, Dr. Erica Bobbitt

With a diverse background in Agriculture and Extension Education, Erica Bobbitt, Ph.D., brings a “give it your all” attitude to the department and her students. Her past education includes degrees  from Michigan State University and Pennsylvania State University. She brings a welcome perspective to the ALEC fmaily. Bobbitt teaches four undergraduate classes that focus on leadership development, leadership education, and leading change. Her past academic positions at Pennsylvania State University have helped prepare her for developing Texas A&M students into agricultural leaders. “Every profession I’ve had has prepared… Read More →

Agricultural Science Majors Become the Teachers in Classrooms Across Texas

By: Patricia Ward After semesters of preparation and hard work, agricultural science majors have transitioned into the final stage of their education before graduation: student-teaching. Placed in campuses all across the state, students are learning what it takes to be a successful agricultural science teacher in today’s classrooms. This spring the ALEC department has 22 student-teachers who will be gaining hands-on experience as teachers in agricultural classrooms. Students have been preparing for this step for years and are now equipped with the tools necessary to complete this final… 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 →

The Internship of a Lifetime

By: Patricia Ward Updating radio promotion grids, saving artist appearance letters and show forms, updating promotional plans, working on sales benchmarking grids, and listening to live music are what senior agricultural communications and journalism major, Brooke Nixon’s day consisted of. In the Fall 2014 semester Nixon had the internship of a lifetime with Dot Records at Big Machine Label Group in Nashville, Tennessee.  Big Machine Label Group is home to popular artists like Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line. This internship did not… Read More →

Experiencing U.S. Agriculture with ALEC 380

  By: Patricia Ward This semester 35 students, faculty and staff loaded up a bus and traveled to 14 states in just 13 days. That may not sound like a lot of time, but this trip allowed students to experience leadership, service and diversity in agriculture . Led by Graduate Assistants Kasee Smith and Ashley Stewart, ALEC 380 was about showing students different forms of agriculture in the U.S. by visiting universities, businesses, organizations and the National FFA Convention. To prepare for the trip, junior agricultural communications and… Read More →