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AECL faculty embrace ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

AECL faculty have embraced the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You can, too! OSU President Burns Hargis and Coach Mike Gundy have challenged the entire Oklahoma State University student body to support ALS, as well.

The student challenge will take place at 4 p.m. August 21, 2014 (Thursday) on Library Lawn. All students are encouraged to join Stan Clark and Pistol Pete for what could be the largest group ALS challenge to date.

To support ALS research, collection buckets will be available on the Student Union Plaza throughout the day and during the ALS challenge event.

Join the fun and beat the heat Thursday at 4 p.m.!


Riggs appointed assistant professor

Angel Riggs has been appointed assistant professors in the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership. She will transition from a role as an instructor and lecturer in AECL, a position in which she has served since 2008, teaching undergraduate writing courses.

Angel RiggsAngel Riggs has been appointed assistant professors in the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership. She will transition from a role as an instructor and lecturer in AECL, a position in which she has served since 2008, teaching undergraduate writing courses. As an assistant professor, she will continue to teach these courses, as well as assume advising responsibilities for undergraduate students. Riggs received her Ph.D. in agricultural education from OSU, her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma. She previously worked as a newspaper reporter, serving as State Capitol Bureau reporter for the Tulsa World. Riggs and her husband, Gary Lawson, have one daughter, Mattea.

Edwards delivers professional development at African University

Dr. Craig Edwards traveled to Mali, Africa earlier this month and presented professional development to agriculture faculty members of the University of Segou.

Dr. Craig Edwards traveled to Mali, Africa earlier this month and presented professional development to agriculture faculty members of the University of Segou. The topics were adult learning and curriculum/course development. Dr. Edwards' involvement was facilitated by an OSU alumna, Dr. Assa Kante, the country coordinator of SAFE (Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education) in Mali.

OSU team visits Ugandan entrepreneur

A team of OSU researchers and educators, Drs. Craig Edwards, Shida Henneberry, and Craig Watters, visited the home of Joyce Saal in Uganda as part of a Department of State Project.

A team of OSU researchers and educators, Drs. Craig Edwards, Shida Henneberry, and Craig Watters, visited the home of Joyce Saal in Uganda as part of a Department of State Project. Joyce is a garment entrepreneur and one of the DOS Fellows and completed an internship at OSU under the direction of Dr. Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, assistant professor of Apparel Design an Textile Science.

AECL faculty, students attend national conference of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education

Graduate students and faculty members presented four posters and six research presentations at the national conference Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) conference in Miami, FL. The following faculty and students attended: M. Craig Edwards, Shida Henneberry, Adam Cobb, Assoumane Maiga, Fred Matofari, Stephen Mukembo, Joshua Ringer, Richie Roberts.

Graduate students and faculty members presented four posters and six research presentations at the national conference Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) conference in Miami, FL. The following faculty and students attended: M. Craig Edwards, Shida Henneberry, Adam Cobb, Assoumane Maiga, Fred Matofari, Stephen Mukembo, Joshua Ringer, Richie Roberts.

Research studies and related presentations were made in collaboration with two other OSU departments, one other OSU college, five other universities (LSU, University of Florida, University of Louisville, University of Southern Mississippi, and West Texas A&M University), the NRCCTE, and USAID.

The manuscript “An Assessment of the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education’s (SAFE) Training Program in Mali: Graduates’ Perceptions of the Program’s Impact on Their Professional Performance” received the 2013 Article of the Year Award from the Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education (JIAEE).  The manuscript’s authors were Dr. Assa Kanté, Dr. M. Craig Edwards, and Dr. Cindy Blackwell.  The work was derived from Assa Kanté’s dissertation which was completed in AECL during 2009 - 2010.

Dr. Kanté was also recognized with the outstanding early achievement award from AIAEE.

PhD Student, Assoumane Maiga, was elected AIAEE’s student representative for 2014 – 2015.

AECL faculty, students earn awards from American Association for Agricultural Education

The national meeting of the American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) was held at Snow Bird, Utah in May. OSU attendees included: Craig Edwards, Jon Ramsey, Shane Robinson, Marshall Baker, Nick Brown, Carmelita Goossen, Richie Roberts, Ashley Whiddon, Amanda Kacal and Jerrod Lundry.

The national meeting of the American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) was held at Snow Bird, Utah in May.  OSU attendees included: Craig Edwards, Jon Ramsey, Shane Robinson, Marshall Baker, Nick Brown, Carmelita Goossen, Richie Roberts, Ashley Whiddon, Amanda Kacal and Jerrod Lundry.

Awards/Recognitions:

Journal of Agricultural Education 2nd Runner-up Outstanding Article

Robinson, J. S., Kelsey, K. D., & Terry, Jr., R. (2013). What Images Show that Words Do Not: Analysis of Pre-service Teachers’ Depictions of Effective Agricultural Education Teachers in the 21st Century. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(3), 70-84. doi: 10.5032/jae.2013.0126.

Outstanding Manuscript:

Paxton Revisited: The Essence of the Lived Experiences of Urban Agricultural Education Students

  • Nicholas R. Brown, Oklahoma State University
  • Richie Roberts, Oklahoma State University
  • Ashley S. Whiddon, Oklahoma State University
  • Carmelita Goossen, Oklahoma State University
  • Amanda Kacal, Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Manuscript:

Engine Trouble? Effects of Cognitive Style and Problem Complexity on Preservice Agriculture Teacher's Ability to Solve Problems in Agricultural Mechanics

  • J. Joey Blackburn, Washington State University
  • J. Shane Robinson, Oklahoma State University
  • Alexa J. Lamm, University of Florida

Outstanding Research Poster Presentation:

Expressing Diverse Potential: A Preliminary Investigation on Demographics to Better Understand Minority Student Populations in Oklahoma

  • Carmelita Goossen, Oklahoma State University
  • Jon W. Ramsey, Oklahoma State University
  • Rose M. Bonjour, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education

Research Paper Presentations

The Effects of Kolb’s Experiential Learning Model on Successful Intelligence in Secondary Agriculture Students

  • Marshall A. Baker, Oklahoma State University
  • J. Shane Robinson, Oklahoma State University

Relationships Between the Cognitive and Affective Learning Domains of FFA Members Who Attended Oklahoma FFA Camp

  • Nicholas R. Brown, Oklahoma State University
  • Robert Terry, Jr., Oklahoma State University
  • J. Shane Robinson, Oklahoma State University

Benefits of Career Development Events as Perceived by Agricultural Education Teachers in Oklahoma: A Delphi Study

  • Jerrod Lundry, Fairview High School (Ag teacher; Recent OSU MS graduate)
  • Jon W. Ramsey, Oklahoma State University
  • M. Craig Edwards, Oklahoma State University
  • J. Shane Robinson, Oklahoma State University

Engine Trouble? Effects of Cognitive Style and Problem Complexity on Preservice Agriculture Teachers’ Ability to Solve Problems in Agricultural Mechanics

  • J. Joey Blackburn, Washington State University (Recent OSU PhD graduate)
  • J. Shane Robinson, Oklahoma State University
  • Alexa J. Lamm, University of Florida

Effect of Student-Centered and Teacher-Centered Laboratory Instruction on Students’ Content Knowledge and Activity Perception

  • Carmelita E. Goossen, Oklahoma State University
  • Amanda Kacal, Oklahoma State University
  • Richie Roberts, Oklahoma State University
  • Ashley S. Whiddon, Oklahoma State University
  • J. Shane Robinson, Oklahoma State University

Paxton Revisited: The Essence of the Lived Experiences of Urban Agricultural Education Students

  • Nicholas R. Brown, Oklahoma State University
  • Richie Roberts, Oklahoma State University
  • Ashley S. Whiddon, Oklahoma State University
  • Carmelita Goossen, Oklahoma State University
  • Amanda Kacal, Oklahoma State University

Teacher Perceptions of Adult Volunteers Serving Local, School-based Agricultural Education Programs

  • Stephen Tillinghast, Oklahoma State University
  • Jon W. Ramsey, Oklahoma State University
  • Robert Terry, Jr., Oklahoma State University

Service-Learning’s Journey as a Method of Instruction in Agricultural Education: Dewey’s Presaging and the Method’s Development during the 20th Century and Beyond

  • Richie Roberts, Oklahoma State University
  • M. Craig Edwards, Oklahoma State University

Introducing Prospect Evaluation through Exploring Great Plains Wheat Producers’ Behaviors and Attitudes Regarding Web 2.0 Technology

  • Nicholas R. Brown, Oklahoma State University
  • Kathleen D. Kelsey, University of Georgia

Undergraduate Students Self-efficacy Related to the Performance of Animal Handling and Management Techniques: Implications for Pre-service Teachers

  • Jon W. Ramsey, Oklahoma State University
  • Rachel Thornburg, Oklahoma State University
  • Blake Bloomberg, Oklahoma State University

Poster Presentations

Unfolding Visions, Values, and Behaviors through Project- 2043

  • Meagan Scott, Nicholas R. Brown & Penny P. Weeks

Expressing Diverse Potential: A Preliminary Investigation on Demographics to Better Understand Minority Student Populations in Oklahoma

  • Carmelita E. Goossen, Jon W. Ramsey & Rose M. Bonjour (CareerTech staff)

Increasing Hispanic Population in the State of Oklahoma: Challenges and Opportunities for Agricultural Extension and Research

  • Jose M. Uscanga & Maria G. Fabregas Janeiro

AECL faculty, students participate in Association of Leadership Educators conference

Students and faculty from the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership participated in the 2014 Association of Leadership Educators conference in San Antonio, Texas earlier this month. Faculty attendees included Bill Weeks and Penny Weeks, and student attendees included Meagan Scott and Ashley Whiddon.

Students and faculty from the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership participated in the 2014 Association of Leadership Educators conference in San Antonio, Texas earlier this month. Faculty attendees included Bill Weeks and Penny Weeks, and student attendees included Meagan Scott and Ashley Whiddon.

At the event, OSU participants received several awards and made several presentations, including:

  • Founding Mothers' Award and Student Scholarship – Meagan Scott
  • Innovative Practice Poster: Leader Perspectives on Issues of Food Security and Hunger: Four Cases for the Leadership Classroom – Katelyn Mumaw, Penny Weeks, Bill Weeks, & Nick Brown (1st Place)
  • PreConference: Leadership Scholarship: An Intentional Process-Tony Andenero (UF), Penny Weeks, & Kerry Priest (KSU)
  • Research Paper/Session: The Journey to Authenticity: An Analysis of Undergraduate Personal Leadership Development-Meagan Scott, Ashley Whiddon, Nick Brown, and Penny Weeks
  • Innovative Practice Paper/Session: Connecting Concepts to Real World Examples: The New York Times in Leadership-Matthew Sowcik (Wilkes), Summer Odom (TAMU), and Bill Weeks
  • Roundtable Discussion: Finding Common Ground: Agricultural Leadership Educators Discuss the National Leadership Education Research Agenda-Penny Weeks, Tony Andenero (UF), Nicole Stedman (UF)
  • Innovative Practice Poster: Leadership After Dark: An Alternative Delivery Method for an Introductory Leadership Course-Bill Weeks, Penny Weeks, Meagan Scott

Ag Comm students earn national honors

Agricultural communications students from Oklahoma State University recently took home several awards from the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Critique and Contest. The awards were presented in Indianapolis at the 16th annual Agricultural Media Summit, which is the largest gathering of crop and livestock media professionals in the United States.

Agricultural communications students from Oklahoma State University recently took home several awards from the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Critique and Contest. The awards were presented in Indianapolis at the 16th annual Agricultural Media Summit, which is the largest gathering of crop and livestock media professionals in the United States.

OSU students earned 29 total awards, including:

Long Personality Feature Profile
First Place – Laci Jones
Second Place – Betty Richey
Third Place – Miranda Moorman

Research-Related Writing
First Place – Mitchell Earl
Third Place – Amy Cox

Short Feature Story
First Place – Jacee May
Fourth Place – Anna Prichard
Fifth Place – Jamie Baumgardner

Excellence in Writing
Laci Jones

Brochure
First Place – Anna Prichard

Magazine
First Place - Cowboy Journal, Vol. 16, No. 1

Animal Photo
Second Place – Anna Prichard
Third Place – Jake Gankofskie

Other Photo
Second Place – Anna Prichard
Third Place – Jake Gankofskie

People Photo
Second Place – Anna Prichard
Fourth Place – Jake Gankofskie

Plant Photo
First Place – Jake Gankofskie

Scenic Photo
First Place – Jacob Redway

Photo Series
First Place – Jacob Redway

Advertisement Design
First Place – Samantha Smith
Second Place – Jacee May
Third Place – Clarissa Fulton

Page Layout
First Place – Alyson Moore
Second Place – Carrie Horsley
Third Place – Samantha Smith
Fourth Place – Shelby Skinner

Excellence in Design and Layout
Alyson Moore

News Release
Second Place – Samantha Walker

Agricultural education student Marty Jones selected as 2014 OSU Outstanding Senior

Agricultural education student Marty Jones selected as 2014 OSU Outstanding Senior

The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association recently selected agricultural education student Marty Jones as a 2014 Outstanding Senior.

The Outstanding Senior award recognizes seniors who excel through academic achievement; campus and community activities; academic, athletic or extra-curricular honors or awards; scholarships and work ethic during their time at OSU. Jones is one of 15 students selected for the award this year.

Jones is from Owasso, Okla., where he was a fifth generation rancher and the son of Mike and Trena Jones. While at Oklahoma State, he served within his fraternity, on the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Student Council and the OSU Alumni Association Student Board. As a Former Owasso FFA member, Jones was able to find success in individual events such as public speaking, showing livestock, and leadership positions within the chapter. Jones also had the opportunity of serving along side his peers through Career Development Events (CDEs) that included parliamentary procedure, floriculture evaluation and opening/closing ceremonies. These events encouraged him to pursue his service to the FFA by serving as a State FFA Officer and eventually as a National FFA Officer Candidate. These experiences led Jones to pursue a degree in Agricultural Education. Jones currently is student teaching at the Haworth FFA chapter.

Upon completion of his student teaching experience, Jones will earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture with a major in agricultural education from OSU.

A public banquet honoring Jones and the other Outstanding Seniors will be held Monday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater. Tickets may be purchased online at orangeconnection.org/osdinner or by calling 405.744.8711.

For more information about the OSU Alumni Association’s student awards program, visit orangeconnection.org/studentawards or contact Melisa Parkerson at 405.744.8711.

Baker joins AECL as assistant professor

Marshall BakerJoin us in welcoming assistant professor Marshall Baker to the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership.

Baker received a Ph.D. in agricultural education from OSU and both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Florida. As an assistant professor, Baker will teach undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on teacher education, research methods and data analysis. He also will advise undergraduate students. He most recently served as principal of Lincoln Alternative Academy and Stillwater Jr. High School. He previously served as a member of the National FFA Organization staff and as a high school agricultural education teacher. Baker and his wife, Robyn, have one son, Grey, and are expecting another child.

Ag education students awarded $10,000 in scholarships

Ten Oklahoma State University students have been selected as recipients of $1,000 scholarships from Agricultural Education Scholarship, Inc. for the fall 2014 semester. Each year, OSU Agricultural Education Scholarship, Inc., a private scholarship board representing 65 scholarship trusts, awards approximately $25,000 annually to agricultural education students at Oklahoma State University.

Ten Oklahoma State University students have been selected as recipients of $1,000 scholarships from Agricultural Education Scholarship, Inc. for the fall 2014 semester. Each year, OSU Agricultural Education Scholarship, Inc., a private scholarship board representing 65 scholarship trusts, awards approximately $25,000 annually to agricultural education students at Oklahoma State University.

The award is based on leadership characteristics, scholastic ability and a need for financial aid. Students selected for the fall 2014 award include:

  • Amber Allen
  • Bailey Kliewer
  • Lee Stewart
  • Lawson Thompson
  • Steven Vekony
  • Jarrett Davis
  • Jason White
  • Tanner Miller
  • Jessie Wright
  • Kalyn McKibben

To be eligible, applicants must be agricultural education - teaching option majors.

Juniors and seniors must demonstrate a commitment to become an agricultural education instructor. The OSU Agricultural Education Scholarship, Inc. Board of Directors selects scholarship recipients. Incoming freshmen, transfer and continuing students may apply for awards ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 per semester. Graduate students are eligible for a $500 scholarship. For more information, visit the AgEd scholarship page.

AECL faculty, students earn awards from the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education

AECL faculty, students earn awards from the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education

Graduate students and faculty members from Oklahoma State University presented four posters and six research presentations at the recent Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) conference in Miami, Florida.

Student participants included Adam Cobb, Assoumane Maiga, Fred Matofari, , Stephen Mukembo, Joshua Ringer, Richie Roberts, Stephen Tillinghast, Katie Vaz and Ashton Mese. Faculty participants included Nick Brown, D. Dwayne Cartmell, M. Craig Edwards, Shida Henneberry, James Key, Tracie Naile, Jon Ramsey, Shane Robinson, Shelly Sitton, Rob Terry, and Craig Watters.

Research studies and related presentations were made in collaboration with two other OSU departments, one other OSU college and five other universities (Louisiana State University, University of Florida, University of Louisville, University of Southern Mississippi, and West Texas A&M University), as well as the NRCCTE and USAID.

The manuscript “An Assessment of the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education’s (SAFE) Training Program in Mali: Graduates’ Perceptions of the Program’s Impact on Their Professional Performance” received the 2013 Article of the Year Award from the Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education (JIAEE).  The manuscript’s authors were Dr. Assa Kanté, Dr. M. Craig Edwards, and Dr. Cindy Blackwell.  The work was derived from Assa Kanté’s dissertation, which was completed in AECL during 2009 - 2010. Dr. Kanté also was recognized with the outstanding early achievement award from AIAEE.

Additionally, PhD student Assoumane Maiga was elected AIAEE’s student representative for 2014 - 2015.

Study Abroad with AECL this summer

Study abroad with AECL this summer

Make 2014 your best summer yet! Students at Oklahoma State University (both undergraduate and graduate students of any major) have the opportunity to take three study abroad and travel trips in the summer of 2014 with the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership. Click the thumbnails below to learn more.

Australia 2014Czech Republic 2014Uganda 2014

Ag education students awarded $13,000 in scholarships

Ag education students awarded $13,000 in scholarships

Thirteen Oklahoma State University students have been selected as recipients of $1,000 scholarships from Agricultural Education Scholarship, Inc. for the spring 2014 semester. Each year, OSU Agricultural Education Scholarship, Inc., a private scholarship board representing 65 scholarship trusts, awards approximately $25,000 annually to agricultural education students at Oklahoma State University.

The award is based on leadership characteristics, scholastic ability and a need for financial aid. Students selected for the spring 2014 award include:

• Amber Allen
• Heather Campbell
• Jarrett Davis
• Jessie Heidlage
• Marty Jones
• Bailey Kliewer
• Trevor Lucas
• Savannah Melton
• Tyler Price
• Lee Stewart
• Steven Vekony
• Jason White
• Jessie Wright

To be eligible, applicants must be agricultural education - teaching option majors.

Juniors and seniors must demonstrate a commitment to become an agricultural education instructor. The OSU Agricultural Education Scholarship, Inc. Board of Directors selects scholarship recipients. Incoming freshmen, transfer and continuing students may apply for awards ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 per semester. Graduate students are eligible for a $500 scholarship. For more information, visit http://aged.okstate.edu/index.php/undergrad-programs/undergrad-scholarships.

Spring 2014 Student Teaching cohort begins at cooperating schools

Spring 2014 Student Teaching cohort begins at cooperating schools


Spring 2014 student teaching cohortTwenty-four agricultural education seniors from Oklahoma State University recently began a 12-week student teaching program at agricultural education programs across Oklahoma and Texas.

The student teaching program allows agricultural education collegiate students to bridge the gap between teaching theory and practice. During the student teaching experience, student teachers will teach classes, be involved with FFA activities, and assist with supervised agricultural education experiences under the guidance of cooperating teachers from each host school.

“Student teaching is the culminating experience for preparing to become an agricultural educator,” Jon Ramsey, OSU assistant professor of agricultural education and director of student teaching, said. “The time students spend in their cooperating centers provides real time experiences that are an important component of the induction of students into the teaching profession."

Upon completion of the student teaching experience, the student teachers will return to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater where they will earn Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural Science and Natural Resources with a major in Agricultural Education.

Fall 2013 Cowboy Journal Staff

Fall 2013 Cowboy Journal Staff

Four AECL students selected as 2013 OSU Seniors of Significance

Four AECL students selected as 2013 OSU Seniors of Significance

Four students in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadrship have been selected as 2013 OSU Seniors of Significance, an award that recognizes students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to campus and community and have brought distinction to OSU.

The following AECL students were among the 47 recognized this year
- Marty Jones, Ramona, Okla., agricultural education
- Ashton Mese, Kingfisher, Okla., agricultural economics and agricultural communications
- Tyler Price, Laverne, Okla., agricultural education
- Samantha Smith, Amorita, Okla., agricultural communications

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Agricultural leadership student selected as National FFA Officer

Agricultural leadership student selected as National FFA Officer


Jason WetzlerJason Wetzler, an agricultural leadership sophomore at Oklahoma State University, has been elected by FFA delegates throughout the U.S. to serve on the 2013-14 National FFA Officer team.

Wetzler, a sophomore from Clackamas, Oregon, will serve as Western Region vice president for the organization. He is one of six students elected by delegates to represent the organization as National FFA officers. National officers commit to a year of service to the National FFA organization and each travels more than 100,000 national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders, the general public and more.

“This year will be a combination of utilizing lessons instilled in me by my family as I grew up and continually growing as an individual to try and serve the FFA and its members to the best of my abilities,” said Wetzler.

Recently honored as one of OSU’s Top Ten Freshmen, Wetzler was also featured speaker at TEDxOStateU in October, when he talked about how people could change the world as a whole by acting in small selfless ways.

“For this new national officer team, it will be a year of hard work, long hours, lots of travel and major advocacy for FFA and agricultural education,” said National FFA President Clay Sapp. “It is a year of profound experiences that will change their lives and thousands of lives their service will touch.”

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Agricultural Education alumnus Larry Shell retires as president of OSU Alumni Association

Agricultural Education alumnus Larry Shell retires as president of OSU Alumni Association

Three AECL students recognized as Top 40 Freshmen Men and Women

Three AECL students recognized as Top 40 Freshmen Men and Women

Fall 2013 Student Teaching cohort begins at cooperating schools

Fall 2013 Student Teaching cohort begins at cooperating schools

Ag Ed doctoral student selected as recipient of prestigious $20K Borlaug LEAP Fellowship

Ag Ed doctoral student selected as recipient of prestigious $20K Borlaug LEAP Fellowship

AECL faculty, students earn awards from the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education

AECL faculty, students earn awards from the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education

June 6, 2013

Faculty and students from the OSU Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership Department recently attended the annual meeting and research conference of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) in Ft. Worth, Texas.

The OSU student and faculty attendees included Adam Cobb, M. Craig Edwards, Assoumane Maiga, Joshua Ringer, J. Shane Robinson, Chris Thomas and Nadia Thomas.

OSU faculty and students co-authored two paper presentations and seven research and innovative poster presentations. AIAEE members from 29 countries made the 63 paper and 39 poster presentations at the conference.

At the event, a poster titled “Putting Research to Work: Developing a Curriculum Framework for University Students Studying Agricultural Communications in Mali,” which was co-authored by Assoumane Maiga, D. Dwayne Cartmell II, M. Craig Edwards, and J. Shane Robinson, tied for first runner-up outstanding poster recognition in the graduate student category.

Oprah Winfrey calls OSU Alum "All-Time Favorite Guest"

Oprah Winfrey calls OSU Alum "All-Time Favorite Guest"

Tererai Trent inspired OSU students, faculty - Click here to read article

2011 Distinguished Alumni - Alumni Association

2011 Distinguished Alumni - Alumni Association

The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association recognizes Distinguished Alumni for professional achievement and community service. This year the prestigious award was presented to two of our Agricultural Education Alumni, Mr. Kent Boggs and Mr. Donald E. Ramsey.

KENT BOGGS of Stillwater, Okla., graduated from OSU with a bachelor's degree in agricultural education in 1978. While at OSU, he received the Outstanding Student Teacher Award. After graduation, Boggs joined the faculty at Marlow High School in Marlow, Okla., as an agricultural education instructor.

In 1980, Boggs became an agricultural education instructor at Elgin High School in Elgin, Okla., where he taught for five years before joining the Oklahoma FFA Association as the State FFA Executive Secretary. He is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing the leadership component of the student organization which includes state officers, membership development, marketing and public relations, conventions, contests and awards.

Boggs currently serves on the State FFA Executive Committee, the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association and the Oklahoma FFA Foundation. He is a member of the Oklahoma Agricultural Education Teachers Association, the National Association of Agricultural Educators and the Southwest American Livestock Foundation, Inc.

Boggs became an honorary member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity in 2007, was awarded the Distinguished Service to Oklahoma Agriculture Award by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau in 2009 and the Arch Alexander Award for Outstanding Contributions to Career Tech Education in 2010. In 2009, OSU Ag-Ed Scholarship, Inc. established the Kent Boggs Endowed Trust in his honor.

Boggs is a life member of the National FFA Alumni and the OSU Alumni Association.

DONALD E. RAMSEY of Jones, Okla., is a graduate from Dale High School and Oklahoma A&M, where he earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural education in 1950. In 1962, he received his master's degree in guidance and counseling from Central State University.

While at A&M, Ramsey won the Little International Swine Management and Showmanship Contest in 1948 and was president of his agricultural education graduating class. After graduating, Ramsey became a vocational agriculture instructor before being drafted into the U.S. Army.

In 1954, he returned to teaching vocational agriculture in Alfalfa, Okla. Ramsey taught vocational agriculture for 20 years, the majority in Jones, Okla., before founding the Blue & Gold Sausage Co. in 1970. For 10 years, Ramsey served as a director and officer for the Dale Rogers Training Center, beginning in 1978. Ramsey was named an Oklahoma 4-H and FFA Livestock Show Honoree in 1984.

Ramsey served on the school board for Jones Public Schools for 6 years and served as president of several organizations, including the Sirloin Club of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Vocational Technology Foundation and the Southwest American Livestock Foundation.

In 1993, Ramsey was inducted into the Vocational Technology Foundation Hall of Fame and received the Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus Award from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in 2001. Ramsey is a life member of the National FFA Alumni and the OSU Alumni Association.

Click here to view the full list of names and biographies of the 2011OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients.

2011 Distinguished Alumni - AECL

2011 Distinguished Alumni - AECL

Oklahoma State University's Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership recognized the 2011 Distinguished Alumni honorees at the annual departmental awards reception.

The award is presented to alumni who attain distinctive success in their professions and perform outstanding service to their community.

John Talley, of Stillwater, Okla., is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award in agricultural education. He chose to major in agricultural education because he felt called to be an agricultural missionary and chose OSU because he wanted to wrestle for the Cowboys, which he did for four years. Talley has made a tremendous impact upon thousands of young people as North-Central Oklahoma Area Representative for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He and his wife Caryl reside on a small acreage south of Stillwater and are active members of the University Heights Baptist Church.

Roy Lee Lindsey Jr., 1993 OSU graduate, is this year's Distinguished Alumni in agricultural communications. He is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Pork Council and is an avid spokesman for agricultural producers and the youth of Oklahoma. Lindsey is currently a member of the Oklahoma 4-H Alumni Foundation Board of Directors, Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Dean's Advisory Council and serves on the Sirloin Club Oklahoma executive committee. He and his wife Melissa have a beautiful 4-year-old daughter Elizabeth.

Jody House, 1994 graduate, is recognized as the Distinguished Alumni in agricultural leadership. He is currently the Public Relations Manager for the Choctaw Event Center in Durant, Okla., where he is better known as "the voice of the Choctaw Nation." Prior to his public relations position, House worked as an extension educator for several years in Atoka, Coal and Johnston counties; and served as the President of the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agricultural Agents.

2011 Distinguished Alumni - CASNR

2011 Distinguished Alumni - CASNR

Mr. Scott Dewald

"The successes of each stand as a testament to the positive influence our graduates can and do have in their chosen career fields and in their communities," said Robert E. Whitson, vice president, dean and director of OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. "They embody a standard of sustained excellence to be held in the highest regard."

One of our department's agricultural communications alumni, Mr. Scott Dewald, was awarded this prestigious honor.

Scott Dewald, a native of Fargo and current resident of Dover, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University in 1985, and conducted post-graduate work in speech communications and consultancy at OSU from 1987 to 1989.

He is best known throughout Oklahoma as the executive vice-president of both the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation, as well as publisher of the "Oklahoma Cowman" magazine and senior adviser of the Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen's Association. Dewald has served in all four positions since 1996.

In his roles with OCA and OCF, Dewald works closely with members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation, the state legislature, Oklahoma Governor's office and other state officials in negotiating and drafting legislation, policy and rules that reflect the interests of Oklahoma's beef producers. He is also active in the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Dewald has provided insight and input to OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources through its State Advisory Council since 1996. He also serves on the advisory board of the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at OSU, and is active in the Midwest International Ag Consortium, Sirloin Club of Oklahoma and Stockyards City Main Street Program.

Click here to view the full list of names and biographies of the 2011 CASNR Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients.

Ag Ed student and faculty member visit Kenya

Ag Ed student and faculty member visit Kenya

Craig Edwards, Agricultural Education faculty member and Tim Kock, doctoral student in Agricultural Education traveled to Kenya to help with developing the Extension program. Edwards and Kock spent time at Moi University meeting with administration and faculty.

The department hopes to continue to exchange of faculty and students to Moi University through a grant program and in collaboration with USDA, CSREES and the International Science Education program.

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