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Former Students Recognized as Aggie 100 Award Winners 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 →
Department receives $25,000 endowment from Country Radio Broadcasters - By: Mollie Lastovica Students and faculty involved in radio broadcasting projects, classes and research will benefit from a $25,000 endowment given to the ALEC Department by the Country Radio Broadcasters. Released Nov. 4, the endowment will serve as a financial basis for improving radio instruction within the department and giving students interested in radio broadcast the expertise needed to pursue those dreams. “It is very nice to see that the profession recognizes that students need their support,” said Assistant Professor Billy McKim, Ph.D., who instructs all radio courses.... 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 →
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 →
Recent ALEC graduates expand work, life horizons in D.C. - By: Mollie Lastovica Five recent graduates of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications are currently working as interns in Washington D.C. Mickeala Carter, Meagan Ghormley, Josiah Griffin, Morgan Head and Justin Reyes are participants in the fall 2013 Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. The ANRP program was created in 1990 and allows students to gain practical work experience while learning about public policy and government. Each semester and in the summer, ANRP sends students and recent graduates of the College of Agriculture and Life... Read More →
J.P Hancock ‘83 Joins ALEC as Assistant Lecturer - By: Caitlin Powers The ALEC department has a new assistant lecturer, J.P. Hancock, who will be teaching agricultural science courses that he once took at Texas A&M. “Since I have been in the teaching field I have wanted to come back and do exactly what I am doing now,” Hancock said, “teaching skills to our future teachers.” For the past three years Hancock taught night classes at Rudder High School with Professor Tim Murphy, Ph.D.. Prior to teaching with Murphy, Hancock taught at Sealy High School for 26... 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 →
Aggie Interns Vital to Success of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - By: Mollie Lastovica For most, Spring means warmer weather, bright colors and eager anticipation of summer. However, for the city of Houston, the Spring represents a step back in time and rebirth of western heritage through the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. With that comes a  longstanding relationship with Texas A&M University. Over 100 students within the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications worked as interns for the Show between Feb. 25 and March 17. “We have been partnering with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo since... Read More →
ANRP Interns Gain Insight on Policy and Selves while Spending Spring Semester in Austin, D.C. - By: Mollie Lastovica A total of five ALEC current and former students have immersed themselves in the political culture of both our state and nation’s capitols by participating in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. An opportunity offered exclusively to students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, ANRP allows for professional networking and policy education experiences for students during the summer and both long semesters. Students may also complete an ANRP internship the semester immediately following graduation. “ANRP offers students the opportunity to apply... Read More →
New Program Coordinator Baldwin Hopes to Increase Alumni Relations -   By: Mollie Lastovica In an effort to increase alumni relations, the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications welcomes program coordinator Ambrya Baldwin.. A Gainesville, Fla., native, she is married to Aron Baldwin and they have a four-year-old son, Eli.  Baldwin graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Florida, where she also worked as alumni assistant. “That position gave me a mix of event planning and publicity and how to tie those into alumni relations,” Baldwin said. As program coordinator, she... Read More →
Mazurkiewicz named Regent Fellow - Leadership Program Director Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D. was recognized as a Regents Fellow for 2011-12. This distinction comes from the Texas A&M System Board of Regents who recognized only 18 professors and fellows throughout the entire Texas A&M System this year. Click here to learn more.
Vestal wins Southern Region Award for Excellence in Extension - Andy Vestal, Ph.D., was recognized during the 125th annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in Denver, Colo. as the recipient of the Southern Region Award for Excellence in Extension. Click here to read about his contributions to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the department.
Meet new University Studies- Leadership Studies adviser, Christine Arnold - By: Mollie Lastovica The ALEC department is excited to welcome Christine Arnold to the advising staff. Arnold began working Nov. 1 as the adviser for university studies—leadership, while also assisting with advising for agricultural leadership and development and periodically teaching ALED courses. “I decided I wanted to be an adviser while I was a T.A. in grad school,” Arnold said. “I realized that I enjoyed working with college students, I like people and I like to help. It fit my personality and what I wanted to do.” Arnold... Read More →
Making A&M Proud: Former ALEC Student Recognized by the White House as Champion of Change - By: Mollie Lastovica With a passion for service and agriculture at his core, Pete Dreisbach, Ph.D., humbly accepted his recognition as one of 12 Champions of Change in 4-H and FFA on October 9. The distinction, bestowed by the White House, recognizes outstanding community members’ efforts to make a difference in the world. Dreisbach graduated from the ALEC department with a Ph.D. in agricultural education in 1985. “Being an Aggie has had an absolutely critical impact on my daily life,” Dreisbach said. “Professionalism, passion for agricultural education and... Read More →
Dooley, McQueen and Cheek Named Outstanding Alumni -   By: Mollie Lastovica Three alumni of the ALEC Department were recognized at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Appreciation Dinner on Oct. 13 as recipients of the coveted College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award. A 1939 graduate, Roscoe B. Dooley received a degree in agricultural education and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States’ Army. Dooley served during World War II and retired as a Lt. Colonel. Dooley earned his master’s degree from Texas A&M in 1946 and began working... Read More →
25 Years of First Impressions - By: Caitlin Powers They call her Miss Charlene. She is the smiling lady who always has candy and good advice at her desk, sitting at the front door of the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications Department. Texas A&M’s ALEC department is known for having a warm, family atmosphere. Lead Office Associate Charlene Boggus is one of the main contributors to that environment. “She is the face of the ALEC department,” said Jonathan Howell, a former student of the department and current Academic Adviser in the department. “She is... Read More →
Extension Roots Lead Katy Weber Back to ALEC -   By: Mollie Lastovica The ALEC Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Organizational Development are pleased welcome Extension Assistant Katy Weber to their team. A Jonesboro, Texas native and third-generation Aggie, Weber graduated with a Master’s of Education from the department in 2011 after completing her Bachelor’s in rangeland ecology and management with a minor in agronomy in 2010. “I really enjoy getting to come back to the department and seeing a lot of the familiar, friendly faces,” Weber said. “It is nice to interact with everybody.”... Read More →
2005 Agricultural Development Graduate Soars -   Captain Aaron Cavazos, Chief of Weapons and Tactics in the 358th Squadron of the U.S. Air Force graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Development. Cavazos was part of the flyover crew during the Sept. 8 Aggie football game. Click here to read more about how his degree has helped him become who he is today.
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 →
AGSC 380 students attend VATAT conference - Aspiring ag teachers attend conference in Amarillo By: Taylor Demski ALEC students and faculty networked and learned with other agricultural educators in Texas at the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas conference in Amarillo July 30th through August 3rd. The VATAT conference enables agricultural science teachers to keep up their continuing education units and engage in professional development, featuring workshops offered over the course of a couple of days that highlight important updates on everything from curriculum to teacher’s rights, responsibilities and liabilities. Allowing agriculture science majors enrolled in... Read More →
2012 Texas A&M University Outstanding International Alumnus Award - By: Suzann Svatek Rafael A. Ledesma Schoowe, Ph.D., class of ‘68, ‘70 and ‘80 was named the 2012 Outstanding International Alumnus by Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students. Ledesma graduated from the university with a bachelors and masters in animal science and a Ph.D. in adult and extension education. He has heavily influenced the lives of people in Brazil, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and many other Latin American and Caribbean countries. Ledesma said that as a student from a small Caribbean island, he didn’t even... Read More →

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