Tag Archives: ALED

Helping New Agricultural Leaders Hit the Bull’s-eye

Today’s agricultural leaders, educators and communicators have a moving target to hit in their industries. Information that once would have taken weeks and months to generate can now be found in a few minutes. Today’s communication and education professionals have instant access to nearly unlimited amounts of information which they can disseminate to the world in just seconds. It’s an exciting time, but keeping up with the latest tools and techniques can feel like aiming an arrow at a moving target while running on a treadmill! To ensure… Read More →

ALEC Faculty Train South Sudan Military

By Caitlin Powers Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication faculty assisted South Sudan with training military on growing food. Part of a State Department project with the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, assistant professor Robert Strong, Ph.D., and Continuing education assistant professor Kirk Edney, Ph.D., traveled to Juba, South Sudan November 14 to 26. “The military has created an agricultural battalion but they do not know how to raise food because they have been in a civil war for decades,” Strong said. In the agricultural battalion, soldiers and… Read More →

ALEC Students Shine Bright

By: Caitlin Powers Students from the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Department traveled to Louisville, KY to compete in Career Development Events  at the National FFA Convention October 30-31, 2013. CDEs are contests designed to help FFA members develop the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market. At nationals, each state is represented by the top team from the state contest. Freshman agricultural communications and journalism majors Hannah Shirley and Katie Fuller as well Whitney Green, freshman agricultural leadership and development… 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 →

Five ALEC Students Gain Real-World Experience through State Fair of Texas Internships

By: Mollie Lastovica Four agricultural communications and journalism students and one agricultural leadership and development student gained real-world experience in public relations, event coordination and social media marketing through internships with Cultivate Agency at the State Fair of Texas. The AGCJ students, Caitlin Powers, senior, Caitlin McKenna, junior, Chelsea Phillips, senior, Erin Brown, junior, and ALED junior Molly Dutton each worked in Dallas for a week’s span throughout the month of October. “I gained a greater understanding of the behind-the-scenes work it takes to relay information to the… Read More →

Expanding International Horizons

By Caitlin Powers Kelsey Hirsch, senior agricultural leadership and development major, expands her international horizons by joining the Academy of Future International Leaders. The year-long high impact program provides outstanding undergraduates with potential leadership skills an in-depth learning experience in global issues. “I thought this would be a good opportunity to get a broader overview of what it is to be an international leader,” Hirsch said. According to their website, the academy seeks to prepare students for leadership roles in the increasingly international 21st century while gaining a… Read More →

International Collaboration in the Desert: A new Aggie Tradition

 By: A-Micah Mills and Tobin Redwine Texas A&M University is fond of tradition. The old saying goes: if it is done once, it is an accident; twice, a tradition. Henceforth, a new A&M tradition was started this summer – a tradition of traveling 8,000 miles around the world into a sea of sand at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre. From this tradition, an international collaboration was born. The partnership between the ALEC department and the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre will be on display when Mary Seely,… Read More →

ALED senior learns about world, self during reciprocal exchange program

By: Mollie Lastovica When senior agricultural leadership and development student Bobbi Frieda opted out of a fall semester in College Station, she had no idea how much she would learn about herself and the world. Frieda is currently part of the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Non EU Exchange, studying at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. “Studying abroad helps you grow in every area,” Frieda said. “It allows you to see things that you never knew existed and helps you see beyond the borders… Read More →