Monthly Archives: July 2012

AGCJ welcomes two new team members

Agricultural Communications and Journalism welcomes two new team members Students in Agricultural Communications and Journalism now have the opportunity to work alongside two new faces, with the addition of Assistant Professor Billy McKim, Ph.D., and Academic Adviser Tobin Redwine, beginning this summer. Billy McKim, a former Marine, earned his doctorate in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications at Texas A&M University in 2010. He earned a master’s degree in Agricultural Education at the University of Missouri, and a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education, as well as a Bachelor’s degree… Read More →

ALEC and AgriLife Extension welcome new extension assistant

By: Michelle Payne and Taylor Demski The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications and AgriLife Extension Organizational Development are pleased to welcome Holly Jarvis, Ph.D., Extension Assistant for Evaluation. Jarvis brings a wealth of knowledge and professional experience in education. Growing up on a farm with both her parents employed as public school teachers, Jarvis understood the importance of agriculture and education from a young age. Years later, Jarvis earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics at Texas A&M. In 2005, she earned a master’s degree in… Read More →

Six Return from Iraq with Hope for Future of Iraqi Agriculture

By: Mollie Lastovica A team of six, representing Texas A&M University, Texas AgriLife Extension and the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, has been working in Kurdistan, Iraq, since June 30 with the Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization program. Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist Jeff Ripley, Ph.D., Professor Gary Briers, Ph.D., International Extension Program Specialist with the Borlaug Institute Roland Smith, Ph.D., ALEC graduate student and Borlaug Institute representative Kate Whitney, Regional Program Director with AgriLife Extension Monty Dozier, Ph.D., and Bosque County Extension Agent David Winkler led the… Read More →

Guatemalan Study Abroad Trip Takes Service Learning Outside the Classroom

By: Mollie Lastovica With leadership, service learning and agricultural education at the forefront of their agenda, 13 ALEC students and three faculty members embarked on a three week-long study abroad in Guatemala from June 2 to June 27. “The goal of this trip was to give Aggies the opportunity to practice service learning in a realistic situation in an international setting,” Professor Gary Wingenbach, Ph.D., said. “We focused on taking the university to the people, which is the mission of a land-grant university.” The student group, led by… Read More →

ALEC Department Head makes history

ALEC Department Head Jack Elliot, Ph.D. has been recognized for an historic accomplishment; he has been named Senior Fellow of both national and international agricultural education organizations, a feat only achieved once before now. To learn more about this achievement and Elliot’s global impact, leadership and inspiration, click here. click here for additional information

Cultivating Knowledge in South Sudan

By: Samantha Alvis Faculty and students from the ALEC department are helping to cultivate agricultural education knowledge in the world’s newest country. South Sudan became an independent country just over a year ago, July 9, 2011.  South Sudan has little infrastructure-only 70 km of roads in a country slightly smaller than Texas.  Subsistence agriculture makes up the livelihood of 86 percent of the country, and 84 percent of the population over the age of 15 is illiterate.  Agriculture and education are critical to future development. Through a USAID… Read More →