Tag Archives: International

ALEC Department Travels Abroad for AIAEE Conference in Mexico

The Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) recently attended the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) conference in Merida, Mexico, April 16-20. The department was well represented, with five attendees bringing home awards and recognition. Assistant Professor Tobin Redwine, Ph.D., received the Outstanding Early Achievement award. Associate Professor Robert Strong, Ph.D., was awarded the Outstanding Service award, the highest honor bestowed by the AIAEE and Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Operations Kim Dooley, Ph.D., was recognized as the current and outgoing… Read More →

Developing a new generation of international aid workers

A collaborative project through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Higher Education Challenge Grant Program aims to increase the effectiveness of future international agricultural development workers through on-the-ground training and high impact experiences. Researchers from the Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC); Sam Houston State University; and Auburn University have partnered with Christianville Foundation, Inc. in Haiti to provide graduate students the opportunity to immerse themselves into the daily struggles of Haitians. During their week overseas, students work alongside Haitians in Christianville to identify… Read More →

Wingenbach chosen to serve as Winrock International volunteer for USAID’s farmer-to-farmer program

It’s been 30 years since Gary Wingenbach, professor of international agriculture in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, volunteered his time to help farmers combat soil erosion in Guatemala. Prior to his acceptance in a two-week assignment with Winrock International’s Asia Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program/Bangladesh, he had served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1985-1987. The goal of Winrock’s F2F program is to strengthen the capacity of formal and informal Agriculture Education and Training (AET) institutions to publicize agriculture technologies and innovations, provide relevant training, conduct applied… 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 →

Graduate Students Serve, Study through Peace Corps Master’s International Program

By: Mollie Lastovica Three graduate students in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications have stepped outside the boundaries of College Station and are working internationally through the Peace Corps Master’s International program. Holly Van Groll, Kevin Fath and Orry Pratt are not only serving as Peace Corps volunteers, but also, they are gaining valuable research and educational experience while living abroad. The Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences partnered with the Peace Corps International program in 2007 and the university has since been named… Read More →

Exploring Opportunities in Haiti

  By: Caitlin Powers ALEC faculty traveled to the Live Beyond and Christianville organizations, based in Haiti, to explore opportunities for the ALEC department and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to partner and collaborate in an international setting. Professor Gary Briers, Ph.D., and Professor James Lindner, Ph.D., along with Joe Masabni, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of horticultural sciences, visited the organizations whose primary mission is to improve the quality of life for the people in Haiti, September 5-11. “Our primary purpose was to look opportunities… 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 →

ALEC Earns Accolades at AIAEE Meeting

By: Mollie Lastovica Twelve representatives of the Texas A&M University Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications attended the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, May 19-23. Of the ALEC attendees, four brought home honors and recognition. Professor James Lindner, Ph.D., received the Outstanding Leadership Award and was inducted as a Fellow for the organization. Assistant Professor Theresa Murphrey, Ph.D., was inducted as a Fellow and Professor Gary Briers, Ph.D., received Senior Fellow recognition. Winning the Outstanding Early Achievement Award was Assistant… Read More →