ALEC in the News Archive

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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Help ALEC Show Gratitude to our Huskers!

Gratitude

Despite the challenges we have all faced this year, the ALEC Department would like to recognize all that we have to be grateful for and pool our resources to give back to the campus community. The Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication department is hosting a Food Drive for the Husker Pantry!

We will be accepting donations in 143 Filley Hall from Monday, October 12 - Thursday, November 5.

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Obituary | Lisa Brown Jasa

Lisa Jasa

Lisa Brown Jasa, 63, former communications specialist and editor of Nebraska Extension’s CropWatch newsletter, died Sept. 28 at the Monarch, due to pancreatic cancer. Jasa became a communications specialist in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Agricultural Communications in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1985, where she edited Nebraska Extension publications and worked on other writing projects. Nebraska Today

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Paying Tribute to Lisa Jasa, CropWatch Editor

Debbie Borg (left), District 4 Director of the Nebraska Corn Board, presents Lisa Jasa (right), editor of UNL’s CropWatch, with the Media Appreciation Award in March of 2019.

“IANR Media, Lisa speaking.” Anyone who has called Lisa Jasa’s office would recognize those familiar words spoken with her kind voice.

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Dr. Susan Fritz set to retire from Nebraska U

Dr. Susan Fritz

Dr. Susan Fritz joined NU’s Central Administration office in 2011 and has served as executive vice president and provost since 2012. Fritz began her university career in 1989 as an instructor in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, and went on to be ALEC's department head. She has held progressive leadership roles since.

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Danie Brandl selected as ALEC Student Ambassador!

Danie Brandl

Lincoln, Neb. – Danie Brandl 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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Dr. Heather Akin in the IANR Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Heather Akin

Dr. Heather Akin, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication professor in the AESC program, talks about what aspect of working in the educational setting she enjoys the most.

"I love working closely with students from all over the world and I love doing research on how to communicate in ways that convey the importance of food, the environment, and science." Heather Akin, IANR News

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