Tag Archives: Travel

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Costa Rica Study Abroad Opens Eyes of Students

By Caitlin Powers Students and faculty from the ALEC department moved their classroom to Costa Rica for two weeks on a study abroad over the winter break. Led by Assistant Professor Robert Strong, Ph.D., and Senior Lecturer Landry Lockett, Ed.D., the 20 undergraduate and graduate students’ eyes were opened to the Costa Rican way of life. “The motto in Costa Rica is pura vida meaning pure life,” Tomas McDermott, senior university studies major said. “The country has an incredible appreciation for the unique nature surrounding them and they… Read More →

Maymester Course Gives Students Travel Opportunity

By: Mollie Lastovica Students have the opportunity to enroll in a one-hour seminar course to be offered during the 2013 Maymester. The course, ALEC 681, includes scheduled on-campus meetings and a field trip to the National American Association for Agricultural Education Conference in Columbus, Ohio along with stops at two land-grant universities to discuss research opportunities. Students enrolled in the course will incur field trip fees including travel and lodging to and from the AAAE Conference and conference registration. Interested students are encouraged to contact Billy McKim, Ph.D…. Read More →

Pizza and Places: ALEC Study Abroad

Pizza and Places Informational Oct. 29 An informational session for students interested in international experiences offered within the department will be held October 29 at 6:00 p.m. in AGLS 129. “Pizza and Places” will give students the chance to learn more about departmental study abroad programs including those to Costa Rica, Brazil, Guatemala, Greece, Honduras and Namibia. Click here to register for the Pizza and Places session, or send a RSVP to Orry Pratt (orry.pratt@ag.tamu.edu). For more information, visit the ALEC Study Abroad website.

STOU Representatives Visit Campus, Ignite Collaboration Potential

By: Mollie Lastovica Presented with a unique opportunity to collaborate with the Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University in Thailand, administrators and faculty in the ALEC Department visited with STOU Dean Achara Chittaladakorn, and former dean, Sunane Seesang, Ph.D., September 11-12 to discuss potential partnering opportunities. “STOU is looking to our department for collaboration and ultimately would like to enhance their program by working with us,” Assistant Professor Theresa Murphrey says. “This is a tremendous opportunity.” Murphrey assisted in coordinating the visit with STOU administrators and worked directly with Chittaladakorn… Read More →

The End of a Journey: Briers and Wingenbach Travel to Peru for Project Wrap-Up

By: Mollie Lastovica A team of teaching and research instructors from Texas A&M University and the University of Georgia embarked on a journey to Peru July 31 – August 8 to end a two and a half-year project with Peru’s Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. Among this team were Professor Gary Wingenbach, Ph.D. and Professor Gary Briers, Ph.D. who are both faculty members in the ALEC department. Since its genesis in 2010, the Peru project has been a collaborative effort to improve agricultural education and research at UNALM…. Read More →