Department News

Rural Fellowship program announces funding, scholarships

Rural Fellows students

Nebraska communities that participate in Rural Prosperity Nebraska’s 2022 Rural Fellows program will be eligible for financial support. In total, $100,000 will be available to communities that host students to work on projects as part of the Rural Fellows summer internship program.

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Matt Kreifels Receives the Dinsdale Family Faculty Award

Matt and Sarah Kreifels

Congratulations to Matt Kreifels, Associate Professor of Practice, in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication on receiving the Dinsdale Family Faculty Award at last week’s IANR Annual Awards Luncheon. Started in 1999, the Dinsdale Family Faculty Award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding teaching, research, and outreach in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

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ALEC Professor, Dr. Heather Akin, gave insight on Metro Nebraskans more trusting of media, national institutions

Rural Metro Polls

“It’s critical to understand who the public trusts most for health information, particularly during a pandemic,” said Heather Akin, assistant professor of agricultural leadership, education and communication at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. “And it’s notable that our respondents were most trusting of medical doctors and local and state health authorities compared to other sources of health information.

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CANCELED - ALEC Graduate Student Recruitment Event

ALEC 2021 Fall Recruitment Event flyer

Due to low enrollment, this event has been canceled.

The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC) and Graduate Student Association are excited to host a fall recruitment and research event on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Click to view event flyer.

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9/11 helped forge McElravy’s focus on leadership development

Dr. L.J. McElravy and leadership students

“For me, part of why I joined the military was because I wanted to serve and I wanted to meaningfully serve,” he said. “The attacks gave another purpose to serving. For me, it was the hope that we could prevent anything like that from ever happening again.”

While deployed in Iraq, McElravy took the first steps to furthering his career through education. On base, over satellite internet, he applied for admission to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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$4.3 million NSF Noyce grant will help Nebraska science teachers grow

NSF Noyce Grant project team

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Nebraska–Lincoln a grant totaling $4.3 million to recruit and develop secondary science teachers as leaders with a strong focus on aspects of equity and inclusive teaching and learning in Nebraska schools.

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Eric Knoll Receives the ACTEN Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year!

Eric Knoll

Eric Knoll, an associate professor of practice in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s agricultural leadership, education and communications department, has been recognized as the Association for Career and Technical Education Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year during the Nebraska Career Education Conference held earlier this month.

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Fagan releases book on inclusive leadership

Helen Fagan
As the nation grapples with how to move forward a year after George Floyd was killed, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln professor and immigrant is releasing a book that a colleague calls “simply the right book at the right time.”

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ALEC Department announces high school photography scholarship competition

ALEC photography scholarship competition poster

Lincoln, Neb. —The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is launching a photography competition for high school students with a chance to win scholarship money.

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Franklin Elected President Elect for UNOPA

Christina Franklin

Christina Franklin, ALEC Office Associate, was elected to be the President-Elect of UNOPA (University of Nebraska Office Professionals Association). Christina will serve in this role until June 2021 when she will then become the UNOPA President for 2021-2022.

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