Monthly Archives: July 2012

ALEC students recognized by Texas A&M Foundation

Sophomore agricultural leadership and development major Alyssa Spruill, junior agricultural leadership and development major Miles Vann and junior agricultural communications and journalism major Mollie Lastovica are featured in the Summer 2012 issue of Texas A&M Foundation’s Spirit Magazine. Click the following link to read about their leadership, scholarship, and selfless service.  

2012 North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture Conference

By: Taylor Demski Associate Professor and Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Programs Tracy Rutherford, Ph.D., and graduate student Holli Leggette were recognized for their teaching merit at the North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture conference this June in River Falls, Wisconsin. Rutherford, Leggette and AGCJ Academic Advisor Tobin Redwine attended the conference to represent the ALEC department and to share their research. Rutherford received the Teacher Fellow Award at this year’s conference.  This award was created to recognize individuals whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural… Read More →

ALEC Students Take on Corpus

By: Mollie Lastovica Eight agricultural science students traveled to the 84th annual Texas FFA Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas, July 10-13 as part of the Learning to Lead Agricultural Science Workshop class, AGSC 380. The class was led by Associate Professor, Julie Harlin, Ph.D. Chris Duke, Ashley Hambleton, Tanner Kilpatrick, Hannah Murphy, Mike Perez, Marcus Sodek, Kyle Walker and Amanda Zubiate experienced, first hand, the role of agriculture teachers at state convention. “We interacted with high school agriculture teachers and networked with vendors that represent the agricultural community,”… Read More →

Tom Payne Joins ALEC Team as Management Analyst

By: Mollie Lastovica In May 2012, Tom Payne joined the ALEC team as Management Analyst for Texas AgriLife Extension. Payne graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002, earning a Bachelor of Science in agricultural development with an emphasis in educational technology. “I have been working in software development and information systems management for a little over 13 years,” Payne says. He notes that the umbrella title of Management Analyst includes a wide array of job responsibilities and duties. “A Management Analyst could be anyone from ‘The Bobs’ (the… Read More →

ALEC Olympians

By: Mollie Lastovica While many students spend their summer soaking up sun, working or studying for summer school, two ALEC students are preparing to debut their athleticism on a worldwide stage. Kanika Beckles and Tabarie Henry will compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Both Beckles and Henry will run in the 400M track and field event. Beckles is a junior agricultural communications and journalism major. She will represent her home country, Grenada. Henry, an agricultural leadership and development senior, will run for the U.S. Virgin Islands…. Read More →

Mock Press Conference Trains TALL Members and ALEC Students for Real-World Scenarios

By: Mollie Lastovica With cameras flashing in their faces and reporters directing questions toward them at rapid speed, members of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership XIII experienced the real-life scenario of a press conference during their media training workshop on July 11. The reporters? Students enrolled in the summer media writing I course, AGCJ 203. Senior Lecturer, Deborah Dunsford, PhD., was contacted by Extension Assistant for the TALL and SALE-LE Program, Lauren Bergin, to coordinate the mock conference after Bergin participated in a similar workshop run by ALEC… Read More →

Organizational Development Recognized

Click the link below to learn more about the agency’s highest honor being awarded to the Organizational Development Unit, housed in the ALEC department. click here for additional information

ALEC family adds three members

By: Taylor Demski The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communications and the Texas AgriLife Extension Organizational Development Unit welcomed the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership and San Antonio Livestock Exposition-Leadership Extension into the department on April 1, 2012. The V.G. Young Institute was created in 1969 to provide county officials with educational programs. Today, the institute offers continuing education schools for county judges and commissioners, county treasurers, county and district clerks, and county tax assessor-collectors. Through Texas AgriLife Extension the V.G. Young… Read More →