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Correction--25 ALEC students received the American FFA Degree

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Correction--25 ALEC students were awarded the 2019 America FFA Degree – the highest achievable degree in the National FFA Organization.

The American FFA Degree shows a member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association. It demonstrates the effort FFA members apply toward their supervised agricultural experience, outstanding leadership abilities, and community involvement. Students who are awarded the degree show promise for the future and have gone above and beyond to achieve excellence.

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ALEC Twitter Post Featured on KLKN News

Incoming UNL Freshman and FFA Officers

On Tuesday morning an ALEC Twitter post highlighting two outstanding ALEC students was featured on the KLKN News "You Post, We Report" segment. Incoming students, Faith Santana and Megan Fehr, committed a year of service to Nebraska FFA, its members and the agriculture industry as State Officers. Santana and Fehr, along with five other team members, were responsible for facilitating FFA conferences, meeting with business and industry representatives, traveling statewide to FFA chapters, serving as delegates at the National FFA Convention, and more.

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Dr. Helen Fagan named Rotary Paul Harris Fellow

Dr. Helen Fagan

Dr. Helen Fagan, ALEC Assistant Professor of Practice and Director of Leadership Engagement for the Rural Futures Institute, joins the ranks of UN Ambassadors, an astronaut, a Nobel Prize Laureate and more as a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.

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Natalie Jones, a senior AESC student, writes for IANR's Growing magazine

AESC student Natalie Jones

IANR's Growing magazine features a story about Prairie Pines written by Natalie Jones, a senior Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication student.

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48 ALEC Students Named to CASNR Dean’s List

student desks

48 ALEC students were named to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean’s List for Spring 2019.  Qualification for the CASNR Dean’s List is a minimum 3.75 grade-point average based on a four-point scale and minimum of 12 graded semester hours.

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Agricultural Education student, Caleb tenBensel, reflects on his time abroad in Rwanda

ALEC Students, 2019 study abroad, Africa Mount Bisoke, photo courtesy of Caleb tenBensel

In May, a group of students led by Dr. LJ McElravy and Dr. Nathan Conner traveled to Rwanda to learn about the history, culture, agricultural and environmental practices of the region. In addition, the group explored and studied how arts-based digital storytelling techniques can be used for engaging public audiences in positive change movements.

Junior Agricultural Education major, Caleb tenBensel, from Cambridge, Nebraska reflects on his time abroad.

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Meet Kara Bruns, ALEC Alumni

Kara Bruns

Kara Bruns, ALEC Alumni, talks about what graduating from UNL means to her and her future.

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ALEC's Former Department Head to Lead the University

Susan Fritz, Craig Chandler | University Communication

Susan Fritz, ALEC tenured faculty and former department head, will be leading the University as interim president-elect. Fritz will assume the title of interim president on Aug. 15 following the departure of current NU President Hank Bounds.

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ALEC Student among Rural Futures fellows to serve in Nebraska communities

Courtney Albrecht, ALEC student

Courtney Albrecht, ALEC Senior, will be joining 8 other University of Nebraska-Lincoln Rural Futures Institute’s students with the Student Serviceship program this summer. The RFI program will send students out in the rural communities to help with community improvement projects as part of their summer mentorship program. It will connect students with mentors from the community to complete strategic, future-focused projects.

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Jason Headrick Receives Outstanding Graduate Studies Award

Photo courtesy of Greg Nathan, University Communications

Jason Headrick, Agriculture Leadership Education and Communication doctoral student and graduate assistant, received an award for his Outstanding Graduate Research & Creative Activities. 

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