Department News

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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Dr. Helen Abdali Soosan Fagan wins Excellence in Education Award

Dr. Helen Fagan, photo courtesy of Justin Wan Lincoln / Journal Star

Congratulations to Dr. Helen Fagan for receiving the Excellence in Education award during the 2020 Inspire Awards. The Inspire Awards celebrate women’s leadership in the greater Lincoln community and were announced last week during the annual awards presentation.

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

Dr. Colette Yellow Robe, Photo courtesy of Greg Nathan | University Communication

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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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 in March 2019. Tammy Real-McKeighan | Fremont Tribune

“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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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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