Tag Archives: Texas A&M Agrilife

Hundreds participate in Farm & Ranch Tour

Henderson County Farm & Ranch Tour speaker Jim Mazurkiewicz said rural places like Henderson County continue to fill the agriculture needs of the nation, but the percentage of agriculturalists in the U.S. continues to shrink. Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D., is the leadership program director for Texas AgriLife Extension. His career includes 20 years as an extension agent before moving to College Station, where he headed up Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program. “Today 99 percent are in the city,” Mazurkiewicz said. “Less than one percent of the people are actually… 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 →

Collegiate FFA Builds a Legacy

Texas A&M University’s Collegiate FFA is making a difference for high school FFA members by providing them with their blue corduroy jackets through the #maroongivesblue campaign. Re-established in 2012, the Collegiate FFA is formulating a program that gives back to the community and helps provide more opportunities for local high school FFA students. The #maroongivesblue campaign will highlight and reward dedicated and deserving FFA students with their blue corduroy jackets. “We are going to find sponsors and make sure that every FFA member that needs and deserves 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 →

TALL Welcomes New Cohort

By: Meagan Brown The Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership recently finished its 13th cohort and welcomed the 14th class in June 2014. Housed in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, TALL is a competitive leadership development program for those who are involved in Texas agriculture industry. The program involves a two-year curriculum in which the class members will develop their leadership skills and expand their knowledge of the current issues in agriculture. According to the TALL website, each student will receive 455 hours of intensive training which… Read More →

Ty ’03 and Ebony Warren Honored for Selfless Service and Giving

  By: Patricia Ward Family, education, leadership and agriculture is what Ty Warren is all about. The native of Bryan, Texas grew up with Texas A&M University in his backyard. He developed a deep love for the university before even attending and it is still evident to this day. The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications department recently unveiled the new Ty ’03 and Ebony Warren Model Classroom to honor Ty and his wife, Ebony “Kesha”, for their selfless service and giving to the department and the university. The… 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 →

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 →

Study Away to California 2014

  By: Patricia Ward This summer 17 students took their education to the next level in a unique field-experience to California. Study Away to California is a 10-week course designed to provide students with real world experience in advocacy, outreach, diversity and community engagement while also earning credit for AGCJ 380 and 491. “There is no better way to understand research and people than to work with them in an engaged experience,” ALEC Graduate Assistant Ashley Stewart said. “It was a ‘learning by doing’ opportunity.” Students knocked on… Read More →

2014 ALEC Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Winners

By: Patricia Ward This year the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications department had three individuals who received the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. These awards recognize, reward and encourage excellence in the work of faculty, staff and students. Assistant Professor, Summer Odom,Ph.D., received the award for her outstanding service. Odom has been with the college for 17 years. “Dr. Odom lives by example, providing selfless service to the profession, organizations, department and college. She impacts students and faculty in the way… Read More →