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Researchers develop curriculum to improve communication skills of science majors

Researchers at Texas A&M University and Prairie View A&M University are developing curriculum designed to strengthen the communication skills of agricultural, natural resource and food science graduates. Holli Leggette and Theresa Murphrey, faculty members in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, are developing seven modules of instruction to enhance the communication skills of Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M students as they prepare to become career-ready. “Every student who graduates from a college of agriculture across the country needs to have a basic understanding of communication… Read More →

Texas A&M’s radio broadcasting program places 90 percent of graduates with industry jobs

Students interested in landing a job in radio broadcasting immediately after college should look no further than right here in Aggieland. Since 2010, the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications’ radio broadcasting program has been steadily building, and in the last four years, approximately 90 percent of students who are actively seeking jobs in the radio and records industry find them prior to graduating – at some of the hottest companies from the East Coast to the West Coast. Billy McKim, associate professor of agricultural communications and… Read More →

ALEC faculty lead mentoring program for first generation student veterans

Texas A&M’s recognition as a military-friendly university attracts many veteran students, and as a result, provides various activities, programs and support to ensure Aggie student veteran success. One of these is the First Generation Veterans learning community, or #FirstGenVets, a year-long comprehensive program composed of first generation undergraduate veterans and faculty and staff from across the university. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (AGLS) facilitators include Drs. Summer Odom, Julie Harlin, Barry Boyd and Lori Moore – faculty in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications –… Read More →

Aggie veteran completes 40-year journey to earning degree

For University Studies – Leadership major and veteran Bobby Deiss ’80, his graduation from Texas A&M University this week is a story 40 years in the making. Deiss, who first came to Texas A&M in 1976, left after the summer semester after failing to maintain his grades. He was told to take 15 hours from a community college before reapplying to Texas A&M, which he never did. However, the following year, he was invited to join the Corps and came back to campus for Fish Orientation Week, thinking… Read More →

Developing a new generation of international aid workers

A collaborative project through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Higher Education Challenge Grant Program aims to increase the effectiveness of future international agricultural development workers through on-the-ground training and high impact experiences. Researchers from the Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC); Sam Houston State University; and Auburn University have partnered with Christianville Foundation, Inc. in Haiti to provide graduate students the opportunity to immerse themselves into the daily struggles of Haitians. During their week overseas, students work alongside Haitians in Christianville to identify… Read More →

Experts provide advice on how to handle no response in social science research

In the world of social science research, it is important for researchers to conduct effective assessments and form competent evaluations in order to address both local and global issues of communities. But if these same researchers fail to attract usable responses from their survey audience, they are unable to provide solid solutions to real-world problems. In an article titled Handling Nonresponse in Social Science Research, faculty in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications recommend three procedures for handling nonresponse: 1) Comparing early to late respondents, 2)… Read More →

ALEC 380 students receive experience of a lifetime

Fourteen students enrolled in ALEC 380 traveled nearly 4,000 miles in October representing Texas A&M University. The class traveled across 12 states and visited agricultural operations that represented various sectors in agricultural leadership, education and communications on the way to and from the 90th Annual National FFA Convention. Along the way, students toured and met with representatives from Buck Cattle Company, Geisert Farms, Anheuser-Busch, John Deere, Fair Oaks Farms, Grand Ole Opry, CNN and Growing Leaders. In addition to formal tours, students also had the chance to walk… Read More →

Wingenbach chosen to serve as Winrock International volunteer for USAID’s farmer-to-farmer program

It’s been 30 years since Gary Wingenbach, professor of international agriculture in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, volunteered his time to help farmers combat soil erosion in Guatemala. Prior to his acceptance in a two-week assignment with Winrock International’s Asia Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program/Bangladesh, he had served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1985-1987. The goal of Winrock’s F2F program is to strengthen the capacity of formal and informal Agriculture Education and Training (AET) institutions to publicize agriculture technologies and innovations, provide relevant training, conduct applied… Read More →