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2020 Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching

Lacey Roberts, a doctoral student in ALEC, was a recipient of the 2020 Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching. The prestigious TAMU award is based on outstanding academic record and contributions in teaching, recognized and acknowledged by a distinguished committee of reviewers. Each awardee receives a framed certificate and an engraved watch. Roberts added, “It is truly an honor to receive this award out of so many qualified graduate students in our department alone.”

2020 Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching

  Each year the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies selects  up to 15 graduate students from across the university  to receive the Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award. Students are recognized for exemplary accomplishments in one of two categories: Excellence in Research and Excellence in Teaching. Applicants are nominated by their faculty advisors and department and must meet strenuous eligibility requirements. Nominees for excellence in teaching, must perform exceptionally in their own academic venture while also providing an innovative exceptional learning experience for their students…. Read More →

AIAEE Student Representative

Danette Philpot, an ALEC doctoral student, was elected to the Association for International Agricultural and Extension (AIAEE) Executive Board as the Student Representative of the international organization. Ms. Philpot’s term will begin in April of this year and go through April of 2021. She will serve as one of seven voting board members on all items related to AIAEE business.


  Texas A&M University is exercising caution and monitoring the progression of COVID-19 in the United States Out of concern for the health and safety of our ALEC family, we have encouraged our team to work from home as much as possible through the end of the semester If you need assistance, please contact us at 979-862-3001 Department Program Leaders Can Be Reached via Email Undergraduate Programs Dr. Lori Moore, room 252 – Graduate Programs Dr. Robert Strong, room 254 – Extension Programs Dr. Scott Cummings,… Read More →

ALEC’s Drs. Elliot, Dooley, and Redwine invited to Eastern Cape Province, South Africa to discuss needs assessment

Drs. Elliot, Dooley, and Redwine were invited by the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR) of the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa to participate as part of a team of eight scientists from the Texas A&M System for five days of meetings during this past February. The DRDAR leadership coordinated an intensive and comprehensive itinerary throughout the Province to discuss needs assessment priorities with various stakeholders. The team of eight capitalized on their individual disciplines in the capacities listed below: Capacity Building – Veterinary Services Para-veterinary… Read More →

Aggie named Armed Forces Insurance Yuma Spouse of the Year

February 27, 2020 (YUMA, AZ) — Following hundreds of nominations nationwide and a national vote yielding more than 23,000 votes, Hana Romer ‘17 has been named the 2020 Armed Forces Insurance Marine Corps Air Station Yuma (MCAS Yuma) Spouse of the Year. Romer is currently stationed with her husband, 1stLt Nicholas Romer’ 17, MAG-13, at MCAS Yuma. As a 10-year Marine Corps veteran, Hana’s story is unique because her military spouse journey started when she met her current spouse while both serving active duty. Being a dual active… Read More →

Through the lenses of information literacy: Enhancing science communicators’ ability to identify, understand, and disseminate scientific information

Dr. Holli Leggette and Ms. Carolyn Jackson The public has access to more information now than they ever have and are continuous targets for notifications from their easy-to-access smartphones. On the other end of those notifications are often science communicators sifting through mass amounts of information to make sense of information for a consumer who is inundated with information and make decisions about the information to disseminate. Yet, in a world where information is key, many science communicators lack information literacy skills. The goal of this project is… Read More →

USDA funded project to better prepare students for rigorous college programs and future careers

Faculty members in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications received $298,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture to develop and test communications and decision-making curriculum for students enrolled in secondary and two-year post-secondary education programs. As part of the three-year project, Fueling the Mind, Feeding the World, Holli Leggette, Ph.D., and Theresa Murphrey, Ph.D., and their team of an instructional designer and undergraduate and graduate students will develop and deliver 14 online reusable learning modules designed to prepare students for the communication and decision-making demands… Read More →