ALEC in the News Archive

Rural Fellows embark on summer of community development

Rural Fellows student
Working in pairs or trios, 35 University of Nebraska–Lincoln students will take part in the Rural Fellowship program while living and working in 17 communities across the state this summer.

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Fagan releases book on inclusive leadership

Helen Fagan
As the nation grapples with how to move forward a year after George Floyd was killed, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln professor and immigrant is releasing a book that a colleague calls “simply the right book at the right time.”

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Spotlight: Change Maker scholarship recipient, Emma Hoffschneider

Emma Hoffschneider

Meet CASNR Change Maker scholarship recipient, Emma Hoffschneider, a sophomore agricultural and environmental sciences communication and agricultural economics - public policy double major from Burwell, Nebraska. She is working to recycle used coffee grounds and create pellets to be used to fuel pellet grills. IANR News

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IANR Spotlight: ALEC's Christina Franklin

Christina Franklin

Meet Christina Franklin, office associate and assistant to the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication Department head at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. IANR News

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ALEC Department announces high school photography scholarship competition

ALEC photography scholarship competition poster

Lincoln, Neb. —The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is launching a photography competition for high school students with a chance to win scholarship money.

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Franklin Elected President Elect for UNOPA

Christina Franklin

Christina Franklin, ALEC Office Associate, was elected to be the President-Elect of UNOPA (University of Nebraska Office Professionals Association). Christina will serve in this role until June 2021 when she will then become the UNOPA President for 2021-2022.

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Community application deadline for Rural Fellows program extended

Rachel Williss photographs Robert Diffendal, professor emeritus
The application deadline for communities to participate in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s 2021 Rural Fellows program has been extended to March 1. Nebraska Today | January, 27, 2021

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Dr. Helen Fagan, recipient of the 2021 Fulfilling the Dream award

Helen Fagan

Dr. Helen Fagan, director of leadership engagement for the Rural Futures Institute and assistant professor of practice of agricultural leadership, education and communication, is the recipient of this year’s campus award. Fagan has a long history of activism and is currently working with the Lincoln Police Department to reform policies and to challenge implicit biases. She also works with Nebraska’s rural areas to build stronger communities through inclusive leadership.

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Dr. Hannah Sunderman in the IANR Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Hannah Sunderman

Hannah Sunderman, program director of NHRI Leadership Mentoring and assistant professor of practice with the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication is in the IANR Faculty Spotlight.

Dr. Sunderman talks about what drew her to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and what aspect of working in an educational setting she enjoys?

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Dr. Taylor Ruth in the IANR Faculty Spotlight!

Taylor Ruth

ALEC Assistant Professor, Dr. Taylor Ruth, is in the IANR Faculty Spotlight. Taylor talks about her career, what drew her to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and what aspect of working in an educational setting she enjoys the most.

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Brooke Talbott, Masters of Applied Science project: "Wild Edges"

Brooke Talbott

Brooke Talbott defends her Masters of Applied Science project: "Wild Edges", Monday, November 30 at 3 p.m. via Zoom.

Synopsis: Wild Edges is the culmination of three-years' worth of study and personal journey witnessing the restoration process of Marsh Wren Community Wetland, a saline wetland site located just north of Lincoln, Nebraska. Only about 4,000 acres of saline wetland habitat remain from the historic 20,000+ acres that covered much of the land where the city of Lincoln now exists.

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NHRI Leadership Mentoring continues to build relationships virtually

Ashley McMurchie, and leadership mentee, Lily

The program is important to both the leadership mentors and mentees, said Lindsay Hastings, research director for the program. So when COVID-19 paused many in-person activities, she and others figured out a way to keep the program going.

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Dr. Mark Balschweid is in the IANR Faculty Spotlight!

Dr. Mark Balschweid

Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication department head, Dr. Mark Balschweid, sits down with IANR News to talk about what drew him to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his career as an Agricultural Educator.

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Featured Student: Kate Osbon

Kate Osbon

Hometown: Bassett, NE

Major: Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Minor: Leadership & Communication

What has been your favorite ALEC class and why?

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Tyler Quick selected as ALEC Student Ambassador

Tyler Quick

Lincoln, Neb. – Tyler Quick has been selected to represent the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication as a student ambassador for the 2020 – 2021 academic year.

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Featured Student: Isabelle Stewart

Isabelle Stewart

Hometown: Columbus, Nebraska

Major: Leadership

Minor: Agronomy and Horticulture

What is one action you have taken to connect on campus?

I studied abroad in Rwanda with the ALEC Department and I am a member of Sigma Alpha Sorority. Off campus, I have had two internships. One was with the Nebraska Corn Board where I worked in communications and market development. The other was with Gowan USA where I worked in agricultural chemical sales.

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ALEC Department hosting food drive for Husker Pantry

Husker Pantry

Lincoln, Neb. —The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC) at the University of Nebraska is hosting a nearly month-long food drive for the Husker Pantry starting Monday, Oct. 12 and running through Thurs. Nov. 5.

In lieu of the departments’ annual gratitude luncheon for its faculty and staff, ALEC has decided to turn their attention to the larger UNL community. 

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Nebraska’s Mission to Support the Ag Industry is still strong

A Nebraska Extension community garden (photo taken pre-COVID).

In celebration of National Farmer’s Day Oct. 12, take a look at how university innovations and programs are impacting agriculture across the state, the country and the world. Nebraska Today, October 12, 2020

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