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A Year in Review: Agricultural Education

Story by Anissa Zagonel, master’s student

A little over a year ago, Dr. Gaea (Wimmer) Hock (’03, ’06) and Dr. Jonathan Ulmer joined the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education as agricultural education faculty.

Throughout the past year, these two have been busy preparing students to go back into the classroom as teachers, adding technology into their projects, and igniting positive change within the program. One prominent change they are working on together, with the help of instructor Brandie Disberger, is to revise the agricultural education curriculum credit hours and add three new courses to the program.

In addition to teaching courses, Hock also offers opportunities for students to conduct undergraduate research projects regarding agricultural education and FFA programs in the state. Furthermore, she intends to lead a study abroad trip to the Czech Republic in the future.

The agricultural education program has more opportunities than ever, and students are noticing.

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Alumni Holiday Card Exchange

Here’s a holiday card from us to you. We are thankful to have such a successful and supportive alumni network. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season full of friends, family, and enough time to enjoy each other’s company.

Featured in the front row (from left to right) are Lisa Moser, Steven Harbstreit and Kristina Boone; in the back row are Richard Baker, Lauri Baker, Brandie Disberger, Shannon Washburn and Jason Ellis.

Please send us a digital copy of your family holiday card by December 12, so we can share it in the December newsletter. You can email your photo and holiday message to graduate teaching assistant, Jennifer Ray at jlray@ksu.edu. We can’t wait to hear from you! If you only have a print format available, you can mail it to:

Kansas State University
301 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-4004

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Faculty Collaborate on Global Initiative

Story by Audrey Green, sophomore (ACJ)

Jason Ellis took this photo on a research trip to Guatemala.

“We take a lot of things for granted in our U.S. ag production systems,” says Jason Ellis of his recent trip to Guatemala. Ellis, associate professor of agricultural communications and journalism, and his team are actively working to improve the livelihoods of Guatemalan agriculturalists. The initiative is one of four grants awarded to Kansas State University from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and it aims to reduce post-harvest loss and food waste in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana and Guatamala. Continue reading “Faculty Collaborate on Global Initiative”