Tag Archives: AGSC

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 →

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 →

Agriculture Science Students Take On One Last Adventure as Student-Teachers Across Texas

  By: Caitlin Powers The agricultural science degree, formerly known as agriculture education, was the founding degree for the ALEC department.  While the degree plan has changed throughout the years, one element of the degree plan has remained; student-teaching. “It is a tradition that has always been part of the program,” Associate Professor Julie Harlin, Ph.D., who oversees the student-teachers, said. That tradition continued Monday, January 28 when the ALEC department sent 38 agriculture science students to 25 schools across Texas to serve as student-teachers. For most seniors, their… Read More →

Students Find Friendship, Adventure through Club Sports

By: Mollie Lastovica College can be a time to try new things, foster unique experiences and step outside of your comfort zone. Lauren Metcalf and Katie Spiekermann have done just that through their participation on teams sponsored by the Texas A&M Sport Club Association, balancing classwork with intercollegiate athletics in sports many students are unfamiliar with. Metcalf, a sophomore agricultural science major, joined the Texas A&M University Crew Club  during the spring semester of her freshman year, and Spiekermann, a junior agricultural communications and journalism major is a… Read More →

FAST Hosts Aggiefest Invitation Leadership Development Event

By: Mollie Lastovica Over 300 FFA members from over 20 schools across the state met in College Station on Nov. 3 for the Aggiefest Invitational Leadership Development Event. Hosted by the Future Agricultural Science Teachers organization, the Aggiefest contest is open to all Texas FFA Chapters and gives students the chance to prepare for their quiz, creed speaking, radio broadcasting, public relations, chapter conducting, agricultural issues and job interview contests. “The FAST organization gets the opportunity to help current FFA students by giving them feedback that they can… Read More →

CFFA to host Harvest Ball

By: Mollie Lastovica The Texas A&M Collegiate FFA chapter will be hosting Harvest Ball from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 10 at the Hilton Hotel in College Station. “Harvest ball is CFFA’s first large social event of the reestablishing year,” said Tanner Kilpatrick, graduate student in the ALEC department and CFFA officer. “It is an event for members of CFFA, students of the university and the public to come and enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing and learning about CFFA.” Tickets for the event… Read More →

25 Years of First Impressions

By: Caitlin Powers They call her Miss Charlene. She is the smiling lady who always has candy and good advice at her desk, sitting at the front door of the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications Department. Texas A&M’s ALEC department is known for having a warm, family atmosphere. Lead Office Associate Charlene Boggus is one of the main contributors to that environment. “She is the face of the ALEC department,” said Jonathan Howell, a former student of the department and current Academic Adviser in the department. “She is… Read More →

AGSC 380 students attend VATAT conference

Aspiring ag teachers attend conference in Amarillo By: Taylor Demski ALEC students and faculty networked and learned with other agricultural educators in Texas at the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas conference in Amarillo July 30th through August 3rd. The VATAT conference enables agricultural science teachers to keep up their continuing education units and engage in professional development, featuring workshops offered over the course of a couple of days that highlight important updates on everything from curriculum to teacher’s rights, responsibilities and liabilities. Allowing agriculture science majors enrolled in… Read More →