The mission of the Alumni Association is to facilitate continued leadership and professional development opportunities and build a network of alumni to address challenges facing agricultural, environmental, and human sciences.

Upcoming Virtual Events

ADULT Mental Health First Aid Training – 2022 Date options: July 14; July 28; August 11; August 25

YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training – 2022 Date options: July 21; August 4; August 18

WHAT: Mental Health First Aid is an international, evidence-based program that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults.
HOW: Learners will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course, and then participate in a 4.5-hour, instructor-led training via Zoom
COST: FREE to you!
WHEN:  All virtual classes are scheduled from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM CST


The Great Summer Book Club for LEAD21 Alumni – Atomic Habits

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The Great Summer Book Club for LEAD21 Alumni! Atomic Habits
WHO: LEAD21 alumni are encouraged to participate in an exciting end-of-summer reading and group discussion centered on the book called Atomic Habits by James Clear. 

WHAT: The topics covered in the book and in three LEAD21 alumni group discussion sessions will focus on easy and proven ways to build good habits and break bad ones. You can purchase a hard copy or audio version of the book from your favorite national bookseller. More information about the book with links to purchase the book can be found at

HOW: Alumni can participate in any or all three discussion sessions. Part 1 will cover Fundamentals and 1st Law; Part 2 will cover the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Laws; and Part 3 will cover Advanced Tactics. 

WHEN: All group discussion sessions will take place via Zoom on the following Fridays starting at 12 Noon EST for each session. 

Part 1: July 29, 12 Noon EST; Fundamentals and 1st Law
Part 2: August 12, 12 Noon EST; 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Laws
Part 3: August 19, 12 Noon EST; Advanced Tactics

REGISTER by clicking on the links above to join the group discussions of Parts 1, 2, and 3 of Atomic Habits. There is a separate Zoom link for each session.   

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2022 LEAD21 Alumni Association Annual Meeting Agenda – Held March 9-10, 2022


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Alumni Association Board Members

Dean Jousan, Mississippi State University

Ann DeLay, California Polytechnic State University

Matthew Chappell, Virginia Tech University

Education Committee Chair:
Kathleen Carter, Central State University

Development Committee Chair:
Justin Moss, Oklahoma State University

Grand Challenge Committee Chair: Current focus is Environmental Protection and Sustainability: What’s our Role?
Gopal Kakani, Oklahoma State University

Member Relations Committee Chair:
Charles Freeman, Mississippi State University

Advisory Committee Chair:
Katherine Cason, Penn State University