Author Archives: Deb Dunsford

ALEC Department to Host ADVANCE Speaker Susan Madsen, Ph.D.

The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications will host ADVANCE Speaker Susan Madsen, Ph.D., at the AgriLife Center on Oct. 25 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Madsen is a Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. Her credentials extend outside of the classroom where she has studied women in leadership for a number of years. She has worked with political dignitaries across international borders, published over 60 articles in scholarly journals and was recently named one of Utah Business Magazine’s 2013… Read More →

Exploring Opportunities in Haiti

  By: Caitlin Powers ALEC faculty traveled to the Live Beyond and Christianville organizations, based in Haiti, to explore opportunities for the ALEC department and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to partner and collaborate in an international setting. Professor Gary Briers, Ph.D., and Professor James Lindner, Ph.D., along with Joe Masabni, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of horticultural sciences, visited the organizations whose primary mission is to improve the quality of life for the people in Haiti, September 5-11. “Our primary purpose was to look opportunities… Read More →

2012 AGCJ Graduate Named Finalist in Your Big Year Competition

By: Mollie Lastovica For Karyssa Zavala, world peace, food security and equality are more than far-fetched dreams. The 2012 agricultural communications and journalism graduate is working daily to instigate change on the global level. Recently, Zavala was recognized as one of 12 champions in the 2013 Your Big Year contest, created by World Merit. In November, she will compete against the other 11 finalists in San Francisco for designation as the 2013 World Merit Global Ambassador. “Your Big Year was founded in 2010 by Chris Arnold, as part… Read More →

ALED senior learns about world, self during reciprocal exchange program

By: Mollie Lastovica When senior agricultural leadership and development student Bobbi Frieda opted out of a fall semester in College Station, she had no idea how much she would learn about herself and the world. Frieda is currently part of the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Non EU Exchange, studying at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. “Studying abroad helps you grow in every area,” Frieda said. “It allows you to see things that you never knew existed and helps you see beyond the borders… Read More →

Recent ALEC graduates expand work, life horizons in D.C.

By: Mollie Lastovica Five recent graduates of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications are currently working as interns in Washington D.C. Mickeala Carter, Meagan Ghormley, Josiah Griffin, Morgan Head and Justin Reyes are participants in the fall 2013 Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. The ANRP program was created in 1990 and allows students to gain practical work experience while learning about public policy and government. Each semester and in the summer, ANRP sends students and recent graduates of the College of Agriculture and Life… Read More →

Piña part of duo recognized for championing diversity

By: Mollie Lastovica Recognized for their commitment to underrepresented populations and students, Associate Professor Manuel Piña, Ph.D. and Professor Carlos Gonzalez, Ph.D., received the 2013 Deans Outstanding Achievement Award for Diversity. Created in 2012, the Deans Outstanding Achievement Awards recognize administrators, faculty, staff and student for their efforts in bettering the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Piña has worked and taught in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications since 1974. In his 29 years in the department, he has made great strides in championing underrepresented… Read More →

Williams Recognized for Passion of Teaching

  By Caitlin Powers A passion for teaching is evident in the classroom, in the conversations with students and now on the wall for assistant professor Jennifer Williams, Ph.D. Williams, better known as Dr. Jen to her students, will have two teaching awards to display on her office wall making her passion for teaching even more evident. Williams was selected to receive two teaching awards – the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for College-Level Teaching and the Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholars Award. “It means… Read More →

J.P Hancock ‘83 Joins ALEC as Assistant Lecturer

By: Caitlin Powers The ALEC department has a new assistant lecturer, J.P. Hancock, who will be teaching agricultural science courses that he once took at Texas A&M. “Since I have been in the teaching field I have wanted to come back and do exactly what I am doing now,” Hancock said, “teaching skills to our future teachers.” For the past three years Hancock taught night classes at Rudder High School with Professor Tim Murphy, Ph.D.. Prior to teaching with Murphy, Hancock taught at Sealy High School for 26… Read More →