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<ul><li><p>Department of Agricultural Education and Communication </p><p>AECREVIEWfall 2014</p></li><li><p>LEttEr from thE DEpArtmEnt ChAirfALL | 2014We hope you enjoy this latest issue of our AEC Department newsletter! the stories </p><p>within provide a glimpse of the many projects and initiatives underway in the Department at any given time. We continue to proactively chart our future and seek opportunities to further advance the Department in all areas. our current Strategic plan includes the revised vision and mission statements shown below, along with the strategic goals currently under pursuit by our faculty/staff team. </p><p>the vision of the AEC Department is to be distinguished by our impact on practice, value to stakeholders, scholarly contributions to the discipline, and leadership in the profession. </p><p>the mission of the AEC Department is to serve society by advancing individuals and organizations in agriculture and natural resources through research and evidence-based practice in education, communication, and leadership.</p><p>Strategic Goals:1. Strengthen graduate and undergraduate </p><p>programs as distinguishing features of the department. </p><p>2. Strengthen professional development programs provided to stakeholder groups.</p><p>3. maximize the visibility and impact of AEC research and extension programs.</p><p>4. Develop and promote AEC as a leader in online learning. </p><p>faculty leadership teams are actively pursuing each of these strategic goals, and well chart our progress over the next two years. our outstanding AEC staff members constitute a high performing team that is also fully engaged in our continuing quest to become a better department tomorrow than we are today. </p><p>We value and appreciate the opportunity we have been given to positively impact the lives of people and organizations in agriculture and natural resources, and we look forward to many productive partnerships in the year ahead!</p><p>Go Gators!</p><p>2 | fALL 2014</p><p>o n t h e c o v e rTrinidad &amp; Tobago: Over spring break 2014, faculty and graduate students took a trip to the two Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago to conduct research on food security and nutrition in a developing country. The goal was to raise awareness of these issues and to develop reusable learning objects (RLOs) to encourage students to think more critically to find solutions to these problems.</p><p>Photo credit: ThinkStock</p><p>Dr. ED OsbOrnE</p></li><li><p>LEttEr from thE DEpArtmEnt ChAirfALL | 2014</p><p>3 | AECREVIEW</p><p>o n t h e c o v e r</p><p>ContEntS</p><p>06</p><p>12</p><p>16</p><p>DEpArtmEntAL buzz</p><p> StuDEnt SpotLiGht</p><p>ALumni SpotLiGht</p><p>Agricultural education in south koreafaculty members deliver agricultural education programs in S. Korea</p><p>AEC Goes Global: Trinidad &amp; Tobagofaculty &amp; grad students conduct research at university of West indies</p><p>Transforming Leadership EducationAEC leadership workgroup aims to transform leadership education</p><p>Developing future Leaders in Agriculturethree students participate in ffAs nLCSo conference</p><p>Student Spotlight: Miranda Craigmiranda interns on the campaign trail for Circuit Judge mary thatcher</p><p>Student Spotlight: Morgan Edwardsmorgan interns for united States representative ted Yoho</p><p>Student Spotlight: Elise StoddardElise works as a director for ffAs Washington Leadership Conference</p><p>Student Spotlight: Sydney StoneSydney interns for the market place, an Ag. marketing company</p><p>Alumni Feature: Tiffany Daletiffany works as Academic Support Services Coordinator for AEC</p><p>Alumni Feature: Andrea DavisAndrea works as Coordinator of Education media &amp; Comm. for AEC</p><p>Alumni Feature: Erin NessmithErin works as Academic Support Services Coordinator for AEC</p><p>10</p><p>08</p><p>11</p><p>131415</p><p>17</p><p>18</p><p>AECREVIEW</p><p>305 Rolfs HallPO Box 110540Gainesville, FL 32611-0540</p><p>352-392-0502</p><p>aec.ifas.ufl.edu</p><p>UF/IFASDepartment ofAgricultural Educationand Communication</p><p>Fall 2014 |published biannually </p><p>EditorAndrea Davis</p><p>WritersErica AddisonLaura-Kaitlyn boatrightShelby brooksKaylee brummettmiranda Craigmorgan Davismorgan EdwardsAndrew GocekJaron JonesShelby oesterreicherEllen SharpeKalli SharpeApril WalkerCharlotte Yanes</p><p>Graphic DesignerAndrea Davis</p><p>Copy Editorricky telgEd osborne</p><p>Alumni Feature: Hilary Holleyhilary works as Agricultural Education Coordinator for fDACS</p><p>SpECiAL fEAturES</p><p>19</p><p>AEC Awards &amp; Accomplishments</p><p>The Gator Nation is Everywhere: PhD Placement</p><p>Scholarships &amp; Endowments</p><p>Staff Retreat; New Faces in AEC</p><p>Dr. ED OsbOrnE</p><p>The Perfect ProposalAEC graduate students marriage proposal goes viral04</p><p>20212223</p></li><li><p>THE PErFECTPROPOSAL</p><p>by Laura-Kaitlyn boatright</p><p>4 | fALL 2014</p></li><li><p>Two Department of Agricultural Education and Communication graduate students marriage proposal video went viral on Oct. 20, after the video was uploaded to YouTube with almost 2 million views in 24 hours.</p><p>Levy randolph and Tiffany rogers are pursuing masters degrees in agricultural education and communication at the University of Florida. both randolph and rogers are past National FFA officers. Randolph and Rogers first met in Pasadena, California, at the rose bowl Parade in January 2010, and they shared a brief conversation before attending the game with a group of friends, randolph said.</p><p>Throughout the video, rogers was surprised by her sister and several of her close friends to get her nails done, go dress shopping and enjoy their time together. Along her journey, rogers received letters from randolph that provided further instructions for the day.</p><p>I was in shock and disbelief throughout the most of it, rogers said. I was completely surprised and had so many questions about how this was all happening.</p><p>In the video, rogers meets up with family after spending time with close friends before meeting up with randolph. rogers father escorted her, blindfolded, from the limousine to the rose bowls field, where Randolph proposed.</p><p>We had talked about our future and getting married for quite some time, rogers said. The day had the perfect ending.</p><p>Along with the friends and family of the newly engaged couple, Ashton Kutcher, Huffington Post and Cosmopolitan were among the </p><p>many who viewed and shared the proposal video, randolph said.</p><p>We never expected anything like that to happen, rogers said. Its awesome that they found it to be something worth sharing.</p><p>After rogers said yes, family and friends rushed the field to congratulate the couple.</p><p>It all seemed so surreal that the day was finally here and that he had made it into such a romantic and grand gesture, rogers said. I felt so blessed and fortunate to be able to spend that day with all of our family and friends.</p><p>randolph said the wedding date is yet to be decided, but the couple is looking at December 2016.</p><p>Overall, it was just really neat to see people share in something we had been waiting for for so long, randolph said.</p><p>Candlelight Films produced the marriage proposal video.</p><p>To view the video, visit the link: (http://candlelightfilms.com/the-perfect-proposal/). </p><p>by Laura-Kaitlyn boatright</p><p>it all seemed so </p><p>surreal that the day was finally </p><p>here and that he </p><p>had made it into such a </p><p>romantic and grand gesture. </p><p>DEpArtmEntAL buzz</p><p>5 | AECREVIEW</p></li><li><p>6 | fALL 2014</p><p>AGrICULTUrAL EDUCATIOnIn SOuth KOReA</p><p>by kaylee brummett</p></li><li><p>DEpArtmEntAL buzz</p><p>7 | AECREVIEW</p><p>AGrICULTUrAL EDUCATIOn A professor in the University of Floridas Department </p><p>of Agricultural Education and Communication helped develop a program that allows university students and practicing teachers to gain a better perspective of global agricultural education while studying abroad. </p><p>Partnering with faculty from Pennsylvania state University, AEC professor Kirby barrick escorted students and new faculty members to the republic of Korea. </p><p>students should study abroad, and I think the most valuable study abroad programs are those that are closely related to the students major, barrick said. better yet to go someplace and see things that are related to what you want to do in life. </p><p>searching for a partnership to coordinate study abroad trips, barrick pursued Penn state because of its similar AEC program. by collaborating with Penn state, untenured faculty members have also been given the opportunity to go abroad.</p><p>I also have this underlying mission to help young faculty have international experiences without eating up too much of their career, barrick said.</p><p>Along with barricks newly acquired team, the republic of Korea was chosen to be the destination of these study abroad trips. Much like schools in the United states, the republic of Korea teaches agriculture in high schools and prepares teachers of agriculture at its universities.</p><p>before journeying to Korea, UF and Penn state students were required to take a 10-week course that provided details about Korean agriculture, education, history and culture. </p><p>A grant to help fund the 2012 study abroad trip was given by </p><p>Fulbright-Hays, a part of the United states Department of Education. </p><p>The trip was to be a minimum of four weeks in length, allowing for a more adaptive learning experience. secondly, an equal number of practicing teachers and undergraduate students were to travel on the trip. Grantees were also required to attend 20 hours of intensive language learning during their stay. </p><p>Attempting to learn a language really gave us a better appreciation for our International students here at the University of Florida, barrick said. My heart just goes out to them.</p><p>On the 2012 study abroad trip, the eight travelers from Florida spent time in both metropolitan and rural areas. During the first week they created short lessons to teach at the schools that would be visited later during the trip. The lessons covered simple topics such as planting crops systematically and how to communicate the importance of agriculture. </p><p>The team delivered the micro-</p><p>lessons to suwon High school for Agriculture sciences, suncheon National University and Gwang-Ju national University. suncheon has a Department of Agricultural Education and Gwang-Ju focuses on preparing elementary education agricultural teachers.</p><p>University of Florida faculty member Andrew Thoron was also able to join the team and travel to Korea. It was the job of faculty members to oversee the undergraduate students as they presented their micro-lessons.</p><p>One of my favorite parts of the trip was working and interacting with students at the universities, Thoron said. building relationships with the students led to getting to know them better, which leads to them being more comfortable asking questions, which leads to knowing more in-depth information and about their real culture. </p><p>After students from the United states traveled to Korea in 2012, the Republic of Korea sent five students to the United states the following year. While hoping for a continuance of this year-to-year rotation, Barrick said it may be difficult to facilitate study abroad trips to students in Korea. students often fear the progress in their studies will be slowed, as it is a highly competitive process to gain acceptance into universities, he said.</p><p>by kaylee brummett</p><p>attempting to learn a language gave us a better </p><p>appreciation for our </p><p>internationalstudents </p><p>here at the university of </p><p>florida.</p><p>Pictured in photo:Dr. Kirby barrick with students from Suwon high School for Agriculture Sciences.</p></li><li><p>8 | fALL 2014</p><p>Over spring break 2014, an agricultural education and communication graduate student traveled to two Caribbean islands to experience a new culture and to conduct research to help others.</p><p>Doctoral student Chris Mott was one of five AEC graduate students who traveled to the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago to conduct research on nutrition and food security. </p><p> The goal was to bring awareness to food security and nutrition in a developing country, Mott said. It was also to develop reusable learning objects for students in America and build critical thinking and </p><p>creativity skills in developing solutions. </p><p>Motts research focused on different views and observations on the issues of nutrition and food security in Trinidad. From these different perspectives two main concerns were brought to attention: their lack of knowledge of nutrition and food security, Mott said. </p><p>The research gathered from the University of West Indies campus focused on students and their diets. Mott observed that their diet is based on culturally specific foods and fast food or chain restaurants. </p><p>Their idea of good food is Kentucky Fried Chicken, Mott said. Its the most popular fast </p><p>food chain in the country. The research focused on the </p><p>locals and their interpretations of nutrition and food security in Trinidad. Mott said 90 percent of Trinidads food is imported, which means agriculture in Trinidads culture is lacking. </p><p>Mott was also able to gather information from a nutritional expert and hear her opinion on nutrition and food security. The expert believed that Trinidads people were only receiving three out of the five categories in the food group pyramid, Mott said. </p><p>Once Mott had observed and experienced these different perspectives of the Trinidad citizens, he was able to bring back his research to develop </p><p>by Andrew Gocek</p><p>AEC GOEs GLObAL:tRInIDAD &amp; tOBAGO</p></li><li><p>DEpArtmEntAL buzz</p><p>9 | AECREVIEW</p><p>a reusable learning object. The reusable learning object is structured for viewers to use their own critical and creative thinking skills for a solution to Trinidads food security and nutrition issues, he said. </p><p>The learning outcome is based on three videos that Mott narrated, explaining his research and observations in Trinidad, and can be viewed at globaleducationlab.org. Handouts and discussion questions follow the videos, allowing students to apply skills and improve problem solving. </p><p>I tried to capture the sights and sounds of the situation in Trinidad for students here in America to gain a glimpse of this countrys lack of agriculture and need for positive nutritional messages, Mott said. Its my hope students can use critical and creative thinking for problem solving.</p><p>by Andrew Gocek</p><p>AEC GOEs GLObAL:</p><p>the goal was to bring </p><p>awareness to food security </p><p>and nutrition </p><p>in a developing country.</p></li><li><p>10 | fALL 2014</p><p>Once a month, the Agricultural Education and Communication Leadership Education Workgroup at the University of Florida assembles to discuss innovative methods in which to transform how to teach and apply leadership education.</p><p>Led by assistant professor Tony Andenoro, the workgroups main learning goal is to transform leadership learning at the University of Florida into something thats compatible with the needs of society.</p><p>Currently I just feel like our educational system, especially within leadership education, is antiquated, and we really need to reconsider it, Andenoro said. </p><p>Andenoro said the leadership workgroups vision is that if leadership educators can come together and at least change how leadership is taught and applied at UF, that it could potentially change how leadership education programs at other universities teach and apply leadership as well. </p><p>We do this by looking at the why of leadership education and probably more importantly the who, he said. </p><p>by carefully identifying the...</p></li></ul>