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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 →

ALEC Faculty and Students Recognized by the National FFA

By: Caitlin Powers At the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY, ALEC faculty and students were recognized for their outstanding commitment to FFA by receiving Honorary American FFA Degrees and American FFA Degrees. Associate Professor Lori Moore, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor John Rayfield, Ed.D. received the Honorary American FFA Degree on November 1 at the National FFA Convention. The award recognizes individuals who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. The National FFA Organization noted the accomplishment of these recipients in a press release that said… Read More →

17 Students Gain Classroom Experience while Student Teaching

By: Mollie Lastovica Hands-on learning often represents the most-preferred type of learning for students of all ages. Both undergraduate and graduate students studying agricultural science and education are gaining such experiences as they complete their student teaching assignments across the state. Associate Professor Julie Harlin, Ph.D., notes that student teaching is an integral part of agricultural education curriculum. It is the grand finale of their curriculum and a chance to apply the theories they have learned in an actual classroom. For the fall semester, 17 students are student… 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 →

Rayfield recognized for Outstanding Achievement

By: Caitlin Powers ALEC faculty traveled to the American Association for Agricultural Education’s annual national conference in Columbus, OH in May. At the conference three major research awards are presented and assistant professor John Rayfield, Ph.D. received all three, a feat that has not been achieved by an individual before. “It was a very humbling experience,” Rayfield said about the receiving the awards. “It is one of those freaky things where the stars all had to align.” Rayfield was filled with disbelief as the presenters continued to call… Read More →

Students Recognized at Annual Awards Banquet

By: Mollie Lastovica Outstanding students in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications were recognized at the ALEC Awards Reception April 12. Awards and scholarships were presented to recognize student achievement both extra-curricular and academic success. Each major in the department recognized outstanding freshman, sophomore, junior, senior and non-traditional students.   Agricultural Communications and Journalism Outstanding Freshman: Claire Whitfield Outstanding Sophomore: Amantha Hons Outstanding Juniors: Alexis Benningfield, Allyson Heil Outstanding Seniors: Josh Hardcastle, Mollie Lastovica Outstanding Non-Traditional Students: Barbara Hosler, Mark Spillers   Agricultural Science Outstanding Freshman:… 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 →