Tag Archives: High Impact Experiences

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 →

Graduate students learn sustainable farm technologies to strengthen communities in developing nations

In an effort to learn about globally sustainable farm methods and technologies, six graduate students in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications visited the World Hunger Relief farm outside of Waco, TX, earlier this month. As part of the high impact experience, students toured the farm’s gardening and field operations, harvested vegetables and explored their broiler production operation. They also visited the farm’s dormitory, a Nicaraguan-inspired house and various other facilities similar to ones found in developing nations. “This farm is an excellent training ground for… Read More →

TALL Program Experiences California Agriculture

By: Caitlin Powers Class XIII of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program experienced California agriculture during their trip on October 14-18, 2013. The TALL program, an initiative of the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, enhances the leadership skills of men and women from every sector of agriculture and all over Texas. The two-year program is practical and action-oriented in which participants meet eight times for sessions or seminars. The trip to California would be the sixth session for class XIII. “I feel like we saw and heard a… Read More →

Students gain valuable research, travel experience during 10-week summer course

By: Mollie Lastovica Traveling 7,890 miles across four states in the Southwest, six undergraduate students, one grad student and two faculty members were part of a unique research experience this summer. Created by Assistant Professor Billy McKim, Ph.D., the students spent five weeks in a College Station classroom, four weeks on the road and one week wrapping up to earn credit for AGCJ 404, technical writing, AGCJ 481, senior seminar and AGCJ 491, undergraduate research. Each student created a research proposal and worked to collect data for major… Read More →

ALEC 380 Students Learn & Explore During 10-Day Trip

  By: Mollie Lastovica A group of forty-nine faculty, graduate and undergraduate students returned from a 10-day high impact learning field trip on Tues., Oct. 30, experiencing lessons of diversity, community, culture, agriculture, service and systems thinking along the way. As part of their class, ALEC 380, the group traveled to six different states, touring staple organizations and industries of the respective location at each stop. While each student participating incurred costs of transportation, lodging and other accommodations, the college offset that cost by granting $15,000 to the… Read More →

Red, White, Blue and Maroon: Aggies on Capitol Hill

ALEC Current, Former Students Intern on Capitol Hill By: Mollie Lastovica Four current students and one recent graduate of the ALEC department are making their mark on Capitol Hill this semester while serving as interns through the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. Senior agricultural communications and journalism student Brook Brock is interning with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At Texas A&M, Brock has been involved in ACT, Farmers fight, the Collegiate Chapter of NAACP and the African American Student Leadership Institute. “Everyone in my office is… Read More →

High-Impact Experience in Agriculture

We are now accepting applications to enroll in ALEC 380-510 (3 hours), A high-impact field experience in agriculture, history, people, global society, diversity, culture, American resilience, and youth development. Students enrolled in this semester-long course will meet 13 times during the semester (Friday 10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.) and participate in a 10-day field experience, including Community recovery from tornado damage in Joplin, MO Missouri Amish and Mennonite communities near Columbia, MO University of Missouri Caterpillar track-type tractor factory in Peoria, IL University of Illinois The National FFA… Read More →