Tag Archives: Leadership

ALEC faculty lead mentoring program for first generation student veterans

Texas A&M’s recognition as a military-friendly university attracts many veteran students, and as a result, provides various activities, programs and support to ensure Aggie student veteran success. One of these is the First Generation Veterans learning community, or #FirstGenVets, a year-long comprehensive program composed of first generation undergraduate veterans and faculty and staff from across the university. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (AGLS) facilitators include Drs. Summer Odom, Julie Harlin, Barry Boyd and Lori Moore – faculty in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications –… Read More →

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 →

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 →

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 Advising Welcomes Reid Stavinoha to the Team

By: Caitlin Powers The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications advising team welcomes Reid Stavinoha, new adviser for university studies-leadership students. Previously, Stavinoha was a graduate assistant in the department and taught summer courses, and is currently working toward his Ph. D. “I am looking forward to spending more time with students and working with them to formulate a viable degree plan to fit their career goals,” Stavinoha said. While advising students, Stavinoha will continue to teach agricultural leadership and development courses. Stavinoha said he is excited to have… Read More →

ALEC Department to Host ADVANCE Speaker Susan Madsen, Ph.D.

The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications will host ADVANCE Speaker Susan Madsen, Ph.D., at the AgriLife Center on Oct. 25 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Madsen is a Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. Her credentials extend outside of the classroom where she has studied women in leadership for a number of years. She has worked with political dignitaries across international borders, published over 60 articles in scholarly journals and was recently named one of Utah Business Magazine’s 2013… Read More →

Three ALEC Students Selected for First Cohort of Future Former Students

  By: Mollie Lastovica Alyssa Spruill, Jordan Glidewell and Amanda Morris, all students in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications will represent Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students as members of the inaugural cohort of the Future Former Students. Founded by ALEC doctoral student Kevin Andrews, the group of 50 students university-wide will experience intensive leadership training and networking opportunities throughout the 2013-2014 school year.  ALEC faculty including Senior Lecturer Landry Lockett, Ed.D., and Assistant Professor Jennifer Williams, Ph.D., will assist with facilitating… Read More →

TALL Program travels to New York and Washington D.C.

By: Caitlin Powers Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program traveled to Washington D.C., Maryland and New York with its 26 participants to gain a broader perspective of agricultural issues April 20-27, 2013. “This seminar provides an insight on how agricultural issues are viewed from the national level and on the East Coast,” Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D., leadership program director and professor said. The TALL program enhances the leadership skills of men and women in agriculture. Each class consists of at least 24 people from every… Read More →