Monthly Archives: August 2012

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 →

Sosniak Seizes Opportunity, Earns Scholarship Recognition

By: Mollie Lastovica Andrew Sosniak, senior agricultural communications and journalism major, was recognized at the 2012 Texas Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention August 8-9 as a recipient of the Vann Kennedy Scholarship. TAB awards eight $2,000 scholarships to Texas students annually and Sosniak was the lone Aggie to receive an award for the 2012-2013 school year. “This scholarship is a sign that all my hard work and dedication is paying off,” Sosniak says. “After having to leave school for a few years due to family health issues, I… Read More →

ALEC grad students welcome new Aggies to campus through Grad Camp 2012

By: Mollie Lastovica In the fall of 2012, approximately 3,000 incoming graduate students will begin their journey at Texas A&M University. For many, this will be their first time living in Texas and/or the United States. While the transition may seem daunting to those incoming students, current ALEC graduate students have devoted their time and leadership to help alleviate fears of the inevitable change of starting a graduate program. Kevin Andrews and Sarah Ho, both Ph.D. students in the ALEC Department, served as Director and Counselor, respectively for… Read More →

13 Aggies from the ALEC family experience Namibia, Africa

By: Taylor Demski ALEC students and faculty experienced the culture and agriculture of Namibia while on a 24 day study abroad from July 6 to July 30. Participants included seven undergraduate, five graduate students and two faculty members. Associate Professor and Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Programs Tracy Rutherford, Ph.D., and Professor and Senior Scientist for the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture Gary Wingenbach, Ph.D., led the study abroad trip.. “For the students I think the biggest impact was seeing that it wasn’t as different as they… Read More →

Aggie Students Attend TAB Convention in Austin

By: Mollie Lastovica The Texas Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention and Trade Show took place August 8-9 in Austin, Texas. The Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications had solid representation with a mix of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students who attended workshops and networked with industry professionals over the two-day period. Led by Assistant Professor Billy McKim, Ph.D., agricultural communications and journalism students Suzann Svatek, senior, Amanda Allred, junior, Jordan Symon, junior, Monica Zuniga, sophomore and Bo/David Williford, junior attended the convention. Agricultural Communications and… Read More →

Students, Faculty Take On Albuquerque

Seizing the opportunity to network with industry professionals, Senior Lecturer Deborah Dunsford, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Billy McKim, Ph.D.  and eight students attended the Ag Media Summit in Albuquerque, New Mexico August 4 – 8. Agricultural communications and journalism students Paige Burks, Mollie Lastovica, Mallory Mobly, Savannah Richter, Courtney Schmidt, Hollye Simpson and Misty Vidrine, along with agricultural leadership and development student James Barrera, attended the conference that is hosted by the Livestock Publications Council, American Agricultural Editors Association and American Business Media. The event also serves as an… Read More →

ALEC students volunteer, learn and serve

By: Taylor Demski Students enrolled in ALED 344, Leadership of Volunteers, and ALED 439, Agricultural Extension Philosophy and the Land-Grant Mission, applied their classroom knowledge in a real world environment when they participated in group learning at the Madison County Extension Office on July 13, 2012. Senior Lecturer and Academic Advisor, Landry Lockett, Ed.D., teaches both courses and brought students to Madisonville, Texas, to serve the community while obtaining firsthand group volunteering experience. The extension office sponsors Fun Friday, a program that incorporates children from the community who… Read More →

Road to Resilience

Click the link below to read the Battalion’s coverage of the inspirational story of senior ALED major Don Matthews Jr.