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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 →

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 →

ALEC Students Win Big in AGLS Study Abroad Photo Contest

Congratulations to the 2014 AGLS Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners: senior agricultural communications and journalism majors Ashley Quindel and Sarah Hope Nail and former ALEC student Hannah Boyer. All of the photos from these three individuals were taken on this past summer’s ALEC study abroad trip in Namibia. “I took these pictures because they captured a preciously, brief moment in the lives of the subjects within them,” Nail said. “It’s affirming to know that, on some level, people were able grasp the story I was trying to tell.”… Read More →

Leading Change in Costa Rica

  By: Patricia Ward This winter, 17 students spent two weeks exploring agriculture in Costa Rica. Led by Professor and Associate Head for Graduate Programs Timothy Murphy, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Roger Hanagriff, Ph.D., students gained a better appreciation for different agriculture practices. Offering credit for ALED 440 and 485, this study abroad trip focused on leading change in Costa Rica. Each morning of the trip was spent visiting and exploring different farms. Farms visited were ones that used regenerative and organic practices. Farmers at one place, Hannagriff… Read More →

Open Your Eyes to the World

By: Patricia Ward This January one of the program facilitators for ALEC’s study abroad Namibia trip and Namibia native, Bernd Schneider, came to share with students the benefits of stepping out of one’s comfort zone and experiencing a study abroad trip to open your eyes to the world. During Schneider’s time here in Texas he visited with students to get them interested in studying abroad, discussed study abroad logistics with professors, and experienced Texas for the first time. Although focusing more on the summer study abroad trip to… Read More →

Mixing Culture and Photojournalism in Namibia 2014

  By: Patricia Ward Located in southwest Africa is the country of Namibia, about the size of Texas, home to rich culture, beautiful scenery and exotic animals. This summer Namibia was the learning ground for 16 students and four instructors. The ALEC department partnered with two universities on this study abroad: Prairie View A&M and the University of Namibia. Prairie View A&M University brought three students and one faculty member on the trip. Led by Professor Gary Wingenbach, Ph.D, Professor Tracy Rutherford, Ph.D, Academic Advisor Tobin Redwine, and… Read More →

Students Gain New Experiences While Studying Abroad in Greece

By: Patricia Ward For many college students summers are filled with internships, summer jobs and sleeping-in, but for a group of ALEC students and faculty, summer was spent diving deep into the rich culture and history of Greece. While earning credit for ALED 340, 485 and 685, 22 students developed their personal leadership, learned about the evolution of leadership and Greek agriculture. Before students traveled to Greece they spent two weeks in the classroom preparing for what they would learn abroad. Professor and Associate Dean, Kim Dooley, Ph.D.,… Read More →

From Classrooms to Foreign Soil: ALEC programs in Brazil and Guatemala

By: Meagan Johnson Howdy! ¡Hola! Olá! A smile and a warm welcome are part of a universal language. ALEC students learned this first hand while studying abroad this May in Guatemala and Brazil.  ABROAD IN GUATEMALA Professor Gary Wingenbach, Ph.D., led a group of 10 students to Chajul, Guatemala, to explore global leadership issues, sustainable agricultural practices, and international leadership. These subjects are common topics found on campus at Texas A&M University; however, some concepts are best learned outside of the classroom. “With memorization-style education, there is no… 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 →

Rising to the Top

By Caitlin Powers Rising to the top, agricultural communications and journalism majors Laura Sumrall and Mollie Lastovica are named winners of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Study Abroad Photo Contest. Cathryn Clement, coordinator for international academic programs, said they started the photo contest to make people, especially students, more aware of the study abroad programs open to them and the places they could go. The contest is open to all students in the College who have studied abroad. The entries are uploaded to the College’s study… Read More →