Tag Archives: Former Students

Aggie veteran completes 40-year journey to earning degree

For University Studies – Leadership major and veteran Bobby Deiss ’80, his graduation from Texas A&M University this week is a story 40 years in the making. Deiss, who first came to Texas A&M in 1976, left after the summer semester after failing to maintain his grades. He was told to take 15 hours from a community college before reapplying to Texas A&M, which he never did. However, the following year, he was invited to join the Corps and came back to campus for Fish Orientation Week, thinking… Read More →

ALEC alum and former Texas A&M professor receives high honor

Joe D. Townsend was one of four alumni who received the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on Nov. 10 in College Station, Texas. The award recognizes graduates of the college for outstanding leadership and significant contributions in agriculture, natural resources, life sciences or any related areas. Townsend earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M in 1967 as an agricultural education major with an emphasis in teaching, student development and leadership. After graduation, Townsend began his career as an educator… 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 →

Former Students Recognized as Aggie 100 Award Winners

By: Mollie Lastovica Four former students of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications have been recognized as recipients of the 2013 Aggie 100 Award. Initiated by Mays Business School’s Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship, the Aggie 100 recognizes 100 Aggie-owned and Aggie-led businesses for their growth rate and success. Eligible companies are those that have been in business for five or more years with revenues of $250,000 or more for a specified year. The companies’ operations and initiatives must comply with Aggie values and the… Read More →

ALEC Department forms two Advisory Boards

By: Mollie Lastovica An extended period of vision and planning cumulated Oct. 18 with the first meeting of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications advisory boards. The Internal Advisory Board and Development Advisory Board are each comprised of influential contributors to and former students of the department. “The Internal Advisory Board was assembled to help us develop curriculum, to help spot areas to be added in order to help students prepare for careers,” Alumni Relations Coordinator Ambrya Baldwin said. “They are helping us find new opportunities… Read More →

Sheppard ’47 Funds Endowment to Support KAMU-TV

By Caitlin Powers Frank Sheppard, Ph.D., ‘47 has gifted the department with an endowment to support AGCJ 409, television production for agricultural journalists, a course that teaches students to utilize and broadcast on the Brazos Valley public broadcasting station, KAMU-TV. Sheppard paid a special visit to the spring 2014 class March 31. “I love the fact that we produce a real television show,” Jennifer Enocksen, junior agricultural communications and journalism major said. “It makes the broadcasting industry less intimidating as a career option because you’ve already been there… Read More →

2012 AGCJ Graduate Named Finalist in Your Big Year Competition

By: Mollie Lastovica For Karyssa Zavala, world peace, food security and equality are more than far-fetched dreams. The 2012 agricultural communications and journalism graduate is working daily to instigate change on the global level. Recently, Zavala was recognized as one of 12 champions in the 2013 Your Big Year contest, created by World Merit. In November, she will compete against the other 11 finalists in San Francisco for designation as the 2013 World Merit Global Ambassador. “Your Big Year was founded in 2010 by Chris Arnold, as part… Read More →

ALEC Ph.D. Student Prepares for Role as Assistant Professor

By: Mollie Lastovica Her passion for agriculture and communications led her to study more than 1,000 miles away from home. Come May, that same passion will transport Graduate Assistant Annie Specht 800 miles north of College Station as she begins her new position as Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Specht grew up on a dairy farm in Northeastern Ohio. She attended Ohio State University and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural communications and a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2008. With a desire… Read More →