Tag Archives: Service

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 →

AggieFest FFA LDE Invitationals

The Future Agricultural Science Teachers will be hosting an invitational Leadership Development Event for all Texas FFA Chapters. Pre-registration fees are $20 per team for team events and $10 per individual for individual events (Creed, Quiz, Job Interview) if entries are made by Tuesday, Oct. 10. Late entries will be taken only as room/time permits at a fee of $30 per team and $15 per individual. State rules, including official dress, will be followed. Check-in will take place in the foyer of the Ag and Life Sciences Building (AGLS)… Read More →

Whitaker’s Heart for Service

By: Mollie Lastovica For Cory Whitaker, graduation puts him one step closer to his dream of serving others. The May 2013 agricultural leadership and development graduate has been revered as a selfless servant with a heart of gold. And while he plans to pursue a career in agricultural sales, he has long-term goals of doing what he does best, helping others. “I want to build a good financial backing and then want to open my own horsemanship therapeutic practice specializing in special needs children,” Whitaker said. “I have… Read More →

Edney Practices Servant-Leadership through the Association for Career and Technical Education

By: Mollie Lastovica Last November, more than one election was taking place. Amidst the federal election season mayhem, the Association for Instructional Materials, a division of the Association for Career and Technical Education, held an election of its own, culminating with Continuing Education Assistant Professor Kirk Edney, Ph.D., assuming the role of Vice President. “I am most looking forward to the opportunity to examine curriculum products from other entities,” Edney said. He notes the importance of quality curriculum in education and hopes that his service as Vice President… Read More →

A Commitment to the Future: ALEC, RPTS & Texas 4-H Partner to Impact Youth Development Programs

By: Mollie Lastovica Providing professionals in the youth development field with resources and training opportunities to engage in positive youth development, the Sequor Youth Development Initiative has made positive strides in securing a brighter future for the nation’s youth since 2009. Currently, three members of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications faculty serve on the executive committee for the Sequor YDI. Professor Tim Murphey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor John Rayfield, Ed.D., and Assistant Professor Lori Moore, Ph.D., represent the department on the committee comprised of delegates from… Read More →

ALEC faculty and students help prepare 4-H students for advocacy

  By: Taylor Demski 26 students from across the state attended the 2012 Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador program July 16 through July 19 at Texas A&M University. Organized by Assistant Professor and Extension 4-H and Youth Development Specialist Billy Zanolini, Ph.D., the program allowed high school students the chance to engage in high level learning designed to develop advanced leadership skills related to mentoring youth and advocating for animal agriculture. ALEC faculty, graduate and undergraduate students participated by teaching sessions focused on learning and leadership styles, as well… Read More →

Bringing Calm Amidst the Storm: AgNR Strike Teams Serve Livestock Producers Across Texas

By: Mollie Lastovica When disaster strikes, we can always count on first responders like firemen, police officers and other public service workers to be on the scene, ready to assist in a heartbeat. But what about those whose task revolves around livestock protection and rescue? Enter the Agriculture and Natural Resources Strike Teams, a division of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The strike team members completed a routine briefings and refresher course, conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, on August 28. Stationed in seven of… Read More →

ALEC students volunteer, learn and serve

By: Taylor Demski Students enrolled in ALED 344, Leadership of Volunteers, and ALED 439, Agricultural Extension Philosophy and the Land-Grant Mission, applied their classroom knowledge in a real world environment when they participated in group learning at the Madison County Extension Office on July 13, 2012. Senior Lecturer and Academic Advisor, Landry Lockett, Ed.D., teaches both courses and brought students to Madisonville, Texas, to serve the community while obtaining firsthand group volunteering experience. The extension office sponsors Fun Friday, a program that incorporates children from the community who… Read More →