Tag Archives: Agricultural Science

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 →

AggieFest FFA LDE Invitationals

The Future Agricultural Science Teachers will be hosting an invitational Leadership Development Event for all Texas FFA Chapters. Pre-registration fees are $20 per team for team events and $10 per individual for individual events (Creed, Quiz, Job Interview) if entries are made by Tuesday, Oct. 10. Late entries will be taken only as room/time permits at a fee of $30 per team and $15 per individual. State rules, including official dress, will be followed. Check-in will take place in the foyer of the Ag and Life Sciences Building (AGLS)… 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 →

ALEC Earns Accolades at AIAEE Meeting

By: Mollie Lastovica Twelve representatives of the Texas A&M University Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications attended the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, May 19-23. Of the ALEC attendees, four brought home honors and recognition. Professor James Lindner, Ph.D., received the Outstanding Leadership Award and was inducted as a Fellow for the organization. Assistant Professor Theresa Murphrey, Ph.D., was inducted as a Fellow and Professor Gary Briers, Ph.D., received Senior Fellow recognition. Winning the Outstanding Early Achievement Award was Assistant… Read More →

Agricultural Science Students Gain Experience and Passion at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

By: Caitlin Powers The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo provides students with great opportunities through not only scholarships but internships as well. Agricultural Science students interned with the Show as  judge’s assistants for the Agricultural Mechanics Show in March. “This is a very valuable learning experience for someone considering a career in agricultural education-especially someone interested in teaching agricultural mechanics,” sophomore agricultural science major, Ian Sprouse said. The Agricultural Mechanics Show provides Texas 4-H and FFA members with an opportunity to display their constructed agricultural mechanics projects. Projects… Read More →

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 →

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 →