Monthly Archives: February 2013

Edney Practices Servant-Leadership through the Association for Career and Technical Education

By: Mollie Lastovica Last November, more than one election was taking place. Amidst the federal election season mayhem, the Association for Instructional Materials, a division of the Association for Career and Technical Education, held an election of its own, culminating with Continuing Education Assistant Professor Kirk Edney, Ph.D., assuming the role of Vice President. “I am most looking forward to the opportunity to examine curriculum products from other entities,” Edney said. He notes the importance of quality curriculum in education and hopes that his service as Vice President… Read More →

ALEC Representatives Recognized for Scholarship, Research at Conference

By: Caitlin Powers Representatives from the ALEC department traveled to Orlando, Fla. to participate in the Southern Region Conference of the American Association for Agricultural Education. At the conference, nine ALEC faculty and six graduate assistants actively took part in advancing the field of agricultural education by delivering presentations and presenting research papers and posters, garnering recognition for their achievement. Held in conjunction with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists annual meeting, The SR-AAAE conference is an opportunity for faculty and staff to connect and share. Professor and… Read More →

ANRP Interns Gain Insight on Policy and Selves while Spending Spring Semester in Austin, D.C.

By: Mollie Lastovica A total of five ALEC current and former students have immersed themselves in the political culture of both our state and nation’s capitols by participating in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. An opportunity offered exclusively to students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, ANRP allows for professional networking and policy education experiences for students during the summer and both long semesters. Students may also complete an ANRP internship the semester immediately following graduation. “ANRP offers students the opportunity to apply… Read More →

Cade Taylor, ALEC Ph.D. Student, Still Learning to Do and Doing to Learn While Earning to Live and Living to Serve

By: Caitlin Powers Cade Taylor spends most of his day in the classroom, but depending on the time of day he is either the teacher or the student. Currently a Ph.D. student in the department, Taylor is also an agriculture science teacher at Anderson High School, thirty five miles southeast of College Station. Separately, being either a Ph.D. student or an agriculture science teacher would require the majority of the hours in a day, let alone both simultaneously. “Most mornings my alarm clock goes off at 4:30 a.m…. Read More →

ALEC Ph.D. Student Prepares for Role as Assistant Professor

By: Mollie Lastovica Her passion for agriculture and communications led her to study more than 1,000 miles away from home. Come May, that same passion will transport Graduate Assistant Annie Specht 800 miles north of College Station as she begins her new position as Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Specht grew up on a dairy farm in Northeastern Ohio. She attended Ohio State University and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural communications and a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2008. With a desire… Read More →

AGCJ Student Debuts Work as Playwright with “When I Grow Up”

By: Mollie Lastovica With aspirations of becoming the next Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams or Tony Kushner, Josh Hardcastle is on the fast track to a career in playwriting.  His first production, “When I Grow Up,” will take stage as part of the Texas A&M University Theater Arts Student New Works Festival on Feb. 21 and 23. Hardcastle is a junior agricultural communications and journalism student with a minor in theater arts. “’When I Grow up’ is a story of a boy who is about to graduate high school… Read More →

Dr. Joe Townsend ’67 Leadership Fellows Visit With U.S. Rep. Bill Flores ‘76 to Expand Their Leadership Knowledge

By: Caitlin Powers Rep. Bill Flores kicked off the semester for the Dr. Joe Townsend ’67 Leadership Fellows program Friday, Jan. 25, by sharing his leadership experience and knowledge The Fellows program enhances selected students leadership knowledge and skills by providing opportunities for them to visit with successful leaders weekly. The theme for the program this year is ‘Becoming a game-changer.’ Flores shared with fellows the importance of strategy in leadership and what it takes to be a game-changer. “Almost all good leaders are game-changers,” Flores said. Flores… Read More →

Research Lab Provides Opportunity for Students, Department and Industry

By: Mollie Lastovica For Graduate Research Assistant Damian Dominguez, starting grad school in the spring of 2013 meant an opportunity to work alongside Assistant Professor Billy McKim, Ph.D. and continue his efforts with the Digital Media Research and Development Lab of which he has been part of from the lab’s genesis. “I took Radio I and II with Dr. McKim and got really involved in the research side of things for our radio projects,” Dominguez, who graduated in December with an agricultural communications and journalism degree, said. “Dr…. Read More →