Department News

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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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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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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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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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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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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Michael Forsberg, ALEC Assistant Professor of Practice to be panelist for Heuermann Lecture

Photo of the Heuermann Lecture Panelists

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