ALEC in the News Archive

Dr. Helen Abdali Soosan Fagan is one of the top five finalists for the 2020 Woman of the Year award!

Helen Fagan

Helen Fagan, ALEC Assitant Professor of Practice, has been selected as one of the top five finalists for the 2020 Woman of the Year award!

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Rural Poll: Rural Nebraskans have positive views of their communities

Children crossing the street

“Rural Nebraskans have endured a number of hardships over the past several years,” said L.J. McElravy, associate professor of youth civic leadership at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. “If we look back to the Great Recession, major weather events, economic challenges and now the pandemic, rural Nebraskans have had to bounce back. There may be a growing sense and perhaps realization of resilience across rural Nebraska.” L.J. McElravy, Nebraska Today

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AESC student, Rachel Williss, in the IANR Student Spotlight!

Rachel Williss

Rachel Williss, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication & Integrated Sciences, student was asked, "How has diversity and inclusive excellence played a role in your CASNR experience?".

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IANR Student Spotlight features Clayton Thomas, Ag Ed student

Clayton Thomas

Clayton Thomas, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication student, talks about how important diversity and inclusion is to the success of all students.

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Dr. Colette Yellow Robe is on board to help guide Nebraska U’s anti-racism journey

Dr. Colette Yellow Robe

Chancellor Ronnie Green, has expanded to include Colette M. Yellow Robe, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and academic retention specialist for TRIO Programs, as a new voice providing guidance into the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s journey toward addressing anti-racism and racial equity.

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Bell announces retirement after 45 years of service to Nebraska

Dr. Lloyd Bell

Lincoln, Neb. —Dr. Lloyd Bell, emeritus professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, has announced his retirement after a 45-year career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Nebraska Rural Poll: Rural Communities Exemplify Characteristics of Resilience

Outreach workers with the Nebraska Strong Recovery Project

“Last year’s extreme weather helped illustrate the gap between feeling prepared and being prepared,” Weigle said. “Filling this gap is where planning and preparation can set the stage for success in disaster recovery and long-term resilience.” Jason Weigle

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AESC Student, Chandra Spangler, is in the Student Spotlight

Chandra Spangler

The IANR News Student Spotlight is on Chandra Spangler an Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication – Strategic Communication Option  student. Chandra talks about why she chose UNL and her major.

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Faculty 101 features Helen Fagan, Topic: Diversity and inclusivity within the context of leadership

Helen Fagan

Helen Fagan, is featured on this week's episode of Faculty 101. Dr. Fagan is the director of leadership engagement for the Rural Futures Institute and assistant professor of practice of agricultural leadership, education and communication.

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2020 Nebraska Rural Poll: Nebraska communities harmed by severe weather in 2019

Floodwaters fill an intersection in Fremont

“The direct personal impacts of the weather events in general were around or below 30%, but nearly half of rural Nebraska felt the impact of the weather events psychologically, with increased levels of stress and anxiety,” said L.J. McElravy, associate professor of youth civic leadership at Nebraska. “The current COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn may be hitting Nebraskans with higher-than-normal levels of stress and anxiety.

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Jared DeHaan in the IANR Student Spotlight

Jared Dehaan

Jared Dehaan, CASNR student in Sports Media with a double minor in Agriculture Communications and Agribusiness, talks about his experience at UNL and how his ALEC classes have had an impact on how he views diversity and inclusiveness. 

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Obituary | Allen Blezek, ALEC Professor Emeritus

Allen Blezek

Allen G. Blezek, professor emeritus of agricultural leadership, education and communication at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, died July 6. He was 74.

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NCTA graduate, Kayla Mues, makes Ag Ed and FFA a goal

Kayla Mues and Dr. Doug Smith

Kayla Mues is from Cambridge, Nebraska and comes from a long line of agriculturalists. In December, after three semesters at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, she graduated with an associate degree in agricultural education and transferred to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and the ALEC department for the next two years.

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McElravy named permanent Associate Dean in Graduate Studies

Dr. L.J. McElravy

Dr. L.J. McElravy, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, was selected as Associate Dean in the Office of Graduate Studies following an open search process.

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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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