Tag Archives: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Associate Department Head Recognized for Work with Graduate Students

By: Emily Foreman ALEC Associate Department Head Scott Cummings, Ph.D., received the Kunze Award from the Graduate and Professional Student Council. The award is named for George W. Kunze, Ph.D., long-time Dean of the Graduate College at Texas A&M University. The award acknowledges a faculty member, staff member, team of faculty or a Texas A&M University entity that has made outstanding contributions to the success and prosperity of the Graduate and Professional Student Council. Cummings’ work with graduate students is more than just a part of his job… Read More →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Doc@Distance Students Coming to Texas A&M for Fall Meeting

By: Patricia Ward Career growth does not have to be limited by your location. That is true for students in the Doc@Distance program. 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 unique mixture… Read More →

Aggie Reps Attend State FFA Convention

By: Meagan Johnson Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications’ (ALEC) Aggie Reps organization represented Texas A&M University at the 86th annual Texas State FFA Convention in Fort Worth July 14-18. The Reps connected with FFA members to show them the  benefits that Texas A&M University and the ALEC department have to offer. According to Aggie Reps member and Texas A&M University junior Katrina Buerger the group works to educate prospective students about the bachelor’s programs offered in ALEC while encouraging a strong relationship between faculty and students. “When you… Read More →

Faculty Members, Andrews and Boleman, Named Fish Camp 2014 Namesakes

By: Patricia Ward Crazy hair, tutus and nonstop chanting are some of the many things one will see at fish camp. Fish Camp is designed to immerse incoming freshmen into the spirit of Texas A&M. At camp students get to learn about some of the many traditions at Texas A&M. They also get the opportunity to meet and get to know fellow Aggies. At this upcoming Fish Camp, the ALEC department has two faculty members, Extension Assistant, Kevin Andrews and Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Christopher Boleman, Ph.D.,… Read More →

Outstanding Performance Recognized

By Caitlin Powers Texas A&M AgriLife Extension recognizes faculty’s and staff’s outstanding job performance during the Superior Service Awards Program on Wednesday, January 8. Among the recognized were ALEC’s Jeff Ripley, Ph.D., assistant professor and extension specialist, and Paul Pope, extension program specialist III. “These awards are the highest honor conferred by AgriLife Extension to faculty and staff who have excelled in their job performance,” Douglas Steele, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension director, said in a congratulatory email. According to the Texas A&M AgriLife website, the award recognizes… 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 Recognized for Excellence in Extension

By: Caitlin Powers Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Scott Cummings, Dr.PH., was  recognized by the American Evaluation Association by receiving the 2013 Sustained Excellence in Extension Evaluation Award. “Scott has demonstrated strong leadership and his work will make significant evaluation efforts more relevant and visible in Extension work,” Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Director, Douglas Steele, Ph.D. said. Cummings’ award recognized his outstanding contributions to Extension and evaluation through his work with the Excellence in Extension effort. He is the program leader for Extension’s Organizational Development unit and associate… Read More →