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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 →

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 →

Debbie King retires after 46 years of service with Texas A&M

After 46 years of service in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC), Debbie King, senior administrative coordinator, plans to retire. Since 1971, King has served as the assistant to all ALEC Department Heads, including Drs. Earl Knebel, Herman Brown, Glen Shinn, Chris Townsend, Jack Elliot and Clare Gill. King began her career at Texas A&M University when she was 18-years-old after marrying a former student in January 1971. “I was a newlywed to an Aggie at the time and followed him to College Station,” King… 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 →

Nine ALEC Graduates Among 2017 Aggie 100 Honorees

At the 13th Annual Aggie 100 Gala held on Friday, Oct. 27, nine former students of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) were recognized for being a part of the 100 fastest growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses worldwide. ALEC honorees included Tyler Merrick, Dave Lilley, Timothy White, Bradley Corbin, Kevin Bernhard, Trey Bader, Justin Peter, Nolan Butterfras and Penny Mariott Miller. Their businesses ranged from food and beverage, construction, and manufacturing to oil and gas, commercial services, and agriculture. Created in 2005 by the Mays… Read More →

Texas A&M System Universities Awarded Nearly $3 Million From The National Science Foundation

Courtesy Rosana Moreira, Office of Graduate and Professional Studies The Texas A&M University System AGEP Alliance—Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Prairie View A&M University—will receive a $2.8 million grant over 60 months from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop, implement and study a new model for advancing underrepresented minority doctoral candidates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to careers in academia. The Texas A&M University System AGEP Alliance is also funded by NSF’s Research Traineeship (NRT) Program and its Historically Black… Read More →

Graduate students learn sustainable farm technologies to strengthen communities in developing nations

In an effort to learn about globally sustainable farm methods and technologies, six graduate students in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications visited the World Hunger Relief farm outside of Waco, TX, earlier this month. As part of the high impact experience, students toured the farm’s gardening and field operations, harvested vegetables and explored their broiler production operation. They also visited the farm’s dormitory, a Nicaraguan-inspired house and various other facilities similar to ones found in developing nations. “This farm is an excellent training ground for… Read More →