ALEC in the News Archive

Congratulations ALEC Faculty Receive 2020 Promotion and Tenure

Drs. Gina Matkin and Eric Knoll

The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication Department has two faculty members that have received promotion and tenure for 2020.

Dr. Gina Matkin was promoted to Full Professor and Eric Knoll to Associate Professor of Practice. On behalf of the ALEC department, we say thank you for your contribution to not only our department, but the students you encounter every day.

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Dr. Mark Balschweid, ALEC Department Head, ready to lead ALEC five more years

Mark Balschweid

Dr. Mark Balschweid has served as ALEC Department Head at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 2008. He is also a professor in the department and, since July 1, 2019, has served as the interim executive director of the Rural Futures Institute. The ALEC Department welcomes Dr. Balschweid's re-appointment.

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CASNR Change Maker Scholarship Competition

CASNR Students

The CASNR Change-Maker Quick Pitch Competition asks current and prospective CASNR students to submit a two-minute video explaining an original, innovative way to address global issues such a food security, sustainability and water use. Two current CASNR students and eight incoming freshmen and transfer students will be awarded full-tuition scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year based on their submitted videos. Winning students will be matched with a mentor to help make their big idea a reality.

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Hannah Sunderman Defends Dissertation During a Global Pandemic

Hannah Sunderman

Hannah Sunderman, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication Ph.D. student, will always remember March of 2020, as she successfully defended her dissertation, “The Development of Generativity Among College Student Leaders Who Mentor: A Growth Curve Analysis,” virtually via Zoom.

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2020 Civic Health Summit Hosted by Civic Nebraska: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Summit Invitation

Join us on Tuesday, May 19 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for a day of community conversations related to civic life in Nebraska and to develop shared action steps for how we can improve it.

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ALEC Faculty, Dr. Taylor Ruth and Dr. Jason Headrick, showcase "Working in Groups" online

Dr. Taylor Ruth and Dr. Jason Headrick

CASNR Faculty, do you have an end-of-semester group project that is now online? Are you using team or group assignments and now struggling to put them online?

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Kelsey Swantek, a freshman ag education major brings a smile to a familiar face

Tammy De Leon

Admist UNL announcing it was canceling in-person classes on March 12 due to the COVID-19 virus Kelsey Swantek, a freshman ag education major in the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication department, brings a smile to a familiar face in the Massengale Residential Center.

Tammy De Leon, a custodian in Nebraska’s East Campus Massengale Residential Center, arrived at work on March 18 to a collective effort for a special surprise .

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Ethan Freese, ALEC Graduate Assistant, continues to get inspired by the Platte Basin Timelapse project

Ethan Freese

“The main goal of this project provides an educational tool about the diversity that’s out in these prairies and some of the land management practices used to restore the grassland,” Freese said.

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Don't forget National Ag Day!

National Ag Day

On March 24, 2020 is National Ag Day! It is a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture.

Don't forget to thank these folks in your community!

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AESC Student, Taryn Sehert, is in the IANR Student Spotlight

Taryn Sehnert

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication student, Taryn Sehnert, talks about her experience at UNL and how diversity and inclusive excellence played a role in her CASNR experience.

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Ethan Freese, ALEC Graduate Assistant, and the “Platte Basin Timelapse: Prairie Corridor" project

Students in the field for the Prairie Corridor project

Ethan Freese, master's of applied science student and an ALEC graduate research assistant, is one of the students that are working on the, "Prairie Corridor project". While Ethan participated in the prairie planting experiment, he also had a project of his own, funded by Nebraska Environmental Trust; Cabela’s Apprenticeship; or UCARE funds, the “Platte Basin Timelapse: Prairie Corridor,” by Ethan Freese, an applied science graduate student.

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Dr. Lindsay Hastings, Mentoring vs. Coaching Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Dr. Lindsay Hastings

Join the Biological Systems Engineering for the first colloquium for the spring semester. Lindsay Hastings, Clifton Professor in Mentoring Research Director, NHRI Leadership Mentoring and ALEC leadership professor presenting on, "Mentoring vs. Coaching Undergraduate and Graduate Students".

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Chase Hall room 219, Nebraska East Campus

Faculty, staff, and students are invited. Light snacks will be provided.

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AESC students produce stories for the 2019 Strategic Discussions for Nebraska's Advantage

2019 SDN magazine cover

"Students in the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication (AESC) program in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC) produce the stories for the Strategic Discussions for Nebraska publication as part of their Senior Capstone Seminar course each spring." 2019 SDN Magazine

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AESC major and graduate, Natalie Jones, will start her next chapter from an office in Agricultural Hall as a media specialist

Natalie Jones

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication major, Natalie Jones, is a fifth-generation Nebraska rancher and third-generation University of Nebraska-Lincoln grad. She will start her next chapter from an office in Agricultural Hall as a media specialist.

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Eric Knoll, ALEC Skills & Technical Sciences Professor, in the IANR Faculty Spotlight

ALEC STS Professor, Eric Knoll

Eric Knoll is an assistant professor of practice for the Department of Agricultural Leadership Education and Communication with a focus on skilled and technical sciences pre-service teacher preparation. Eric talks about his reason for coming to UNL to teach and what aspect of working in an educational setting he enjoys.

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Cadrien Livingston, agricultural and environmental sciences communication major is in the IANR Student Spotlight

Cadrien Livingston

Senior AESC student, Cadrien Livingston, talks about why she became a Husker and her experience at UNL.

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ALEC Student, Alex Stocker, is in the IANR News Spotlight

Agricultural Education Student Alex Stocker

Alex Stocker talks about his experience at UNL.

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Julie Kreikemeier, 4H and Rural Family Mental Health

Julie Kreikemeier shows students in Clarkson, Nebraska, how to measure force in newtons. (Photo by Christina Stella)

4-H Extension Educator and ALEC graduate Julie Kreikemeier, talks about the floods across Colfax County and how she tries to make 4-H a space of stability for students and their families.

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