Extension Academy

first_imgFor more information on UGA Extension’s impact in Georgia, visit extension.uga.edu. Fifteen University of Georgia Cooperative Extension employees graduated this month from the 2018-19 UGA Extension Academy for Professional Excellence — an internal program aimed at developing the next generation of leaders.The program is designed to teach leadership skills to early- and mid-career UGA county Extension agents, state specialists and personnel from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Ultimately, the training is an effort toward fulfilling UGA Extension’s mission of helping Georgians become healthier, more productive, financially independent and environmentally responsible individuals.Extension Academy participants completed three leadership institutes offering intensive, three-day personal and professional development trainings facilitated by the CAES Office of Learning and Organizational Development (OLOD).Participants in the leadership program have been identified as potential leaders for the organization, or are current leaders, who are interested in enhancing their leadership skills.”Extension Academy is the first tier of leadership-development training for professionals working in UGA Extension and is closely aligned units within our college. This class of graduates look forward to potential leadership opportunities with the organization and will lean on the information and network they gained in this program as they lead,” said Lauren Griffeth, UGA Extension leadership specialist and organizer of the academy.Tripp Williams, UGA Extension county coordinator in Columbia County, says he learned a lot about his management style and how it affects his team through the Extension Academy.“I was able to identify leadership strengths and opportunities for growth to achieve our office goals and my personal career goals,” he said. “I feel the leadership academy is a vital part of continuing education for Extension agents as it equips us to be confident leaders in our offices, communities and state.” Kelle Ashley, the UGA Extension 4-H and youth development agent in Oconee County, applied for Extension Academy because she saw the program as an opportunity to grow professionally.“Extension Academy was a great experience.  After each session, I felt ‘recharged.’ I’d return to my county office with a plan to take on new challenges both professionally and personally,” Ashley said. “This experience was also a great way to connect with colleagues from around the state. Creating this new network of Extension professionals has helped me better appreciate how each one of them brings value to our organization.” The opportunity to receive advanced leadership training in a small setting is what convinced Clark MacAllister, UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Dawson and Lumpkin counties, to participate in the program.  “I had been in Extension for a few years and I had established a decent reputation in my counties. This allowed me some room to take time for extra trainings,” said MacAllister, who joined UGA Extension seven years ago. “Even though I still feel ‘new’ in some ways, I’ve got to be a good example to the younger Extension agents coming up behind me.”He said the Extension Academy courses helped him learn more about himself with an end goal of helping him better interact with others.“The program makes you look inside and examine your own personality; how you are perceived by others and how you react to stress and conflict,” he said. “I learned how small actions can have big consequences when you are interacting with coworkers. It was uncomfortable at times to discuss my own personality habits, but in understanding these I can now adjust to become a better leader within my office and my community.”After completing Extension Academy, MacAllister says he would recommend the program to other Extension agents who are interested in expanding their leadership skills.                              This year’s Extension Academy participants are:Leigh Anne Aaron, Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Oconee and Morgan countiesKelle Ashley, 4-H agent, Oconee CountyStephanie Benton, 4-H agent, Early CountyPam Bloch, 4-H agent, Gwinnett CountyKasey Bozeman, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Liberty and Long countiesPaul Coote, director, Burton 4-H CenterTim Davis, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Chatham CountyClark MacAllister, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Dawson and Lumpkin CountiesMerritt Melancon, public relations coordinator, UGA Extension, Office of Communications and Creative ServicesSusan Moore, Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Laurens CountyJustin Shealey, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Echols CountyHeather Shultz, 4-H livestock programs coordinator, UGA ExtensionCindee Sweda, Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Spalding CountyTrish West, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Bryan CountyTripp Williams, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Columbia Countylast_img read more

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Renovated Queenslander on country block in Wamuran

first_imgThe home at 45 Old North Rd, Wamuran is on the market.A QUEENSLANDER filled with character and sitting on acreage is on the market in Wamuran. The old house was originally built on a block in Wilston and was relocated to the 3.55ha property at 45 Old North Rd in the 1970s.A family who could see its potential bought it nearly 25 years ago and have called it home ever since. They completely renovated the house, had it re-roofed, added verandas and upgraded the kitchen and bathrooms. The home has beautiful character features.Downstairs, the fourth bedroom has a private terrace and there is a study and a third bathroom with toilet and shower. There is also a massive rumpus room that opens to the pool area, a refrigerated cellar and a laundry. Paige Dumble, the @Realty marketing agent, said this downstairs area could easily be converted for dual living. Timber floors feature throughout the property.Outside, a tennis court was built and a pool installed. Inside, the character remains in the high ceilings, polished timber floors, cedar window frames and ornamental timber work throughout. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The master bedroom has a walk-through robe and ensuite, and the main bathroom has a traditional design and a claw-foot tub. The country-style kitchen has timber benchtops, stainless-steel appliances and garden views. center_img There is a resort-style pool and a tennis court on the property.In recent years the house has been painted inside and out.There is a large dam on the property along with established gardens, fruit trees and about 70 varieties of birds. With all the children now flown the coop, the private couple who own the home have decided to sell.They said they will miss sitting on the veranda with a glass of wine in the afternoon but hoped another family would love the home as much as they did.last_img read more

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China baby hatch forced to close

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint China baby hatch forced to close by: – March 17, 2014 Share Share 53 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! More than 20 baby hatches have been opened across ChinaA baby hatch in southern China has been forced to suspend work after hundreds of infants were abandoned, overwhelming the centre, its director says.More than 260 children had been left at the welfare home in Guangzhou since 28 January, director Xu Jiu added.Staff will continue caring for babies already at the welfare home, all of whom suffer from illnesses, Mr Xu said.China introduced the centres so parents could abandon infants safely rather than leaving them in the streets.Supporters say the baby hatches save lives, but critics say they encourage parents to abandon their children.Mr Xu announced the suspension on Sunday, saying that 262 babies had been left at the centre since the scheme began in January.“I hope everyone understands the difficulties the welfare centre faces,” Mr Xu told Xinhua news agency.“We are temporarily closing the centre [to new babies] so that we can properly care for the infants already at the centre.”Baby hatches generally contain an incubator, a delayed alarm device, an air conditioner and a baby bedThe centre, which also cares for orphans, has 1,000 beds.However, it currently houses 1,121 babies and young people, with another 1,274 in the care of foster families, Guangzhou’s Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau said.All the abandoned infants had illnesses, such as cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and congenital heart disease, the bureau added.It is thought that many parents abandon ill babies because they fear they cannot afford the medical care required.Abandoning children is illegal in China. However, authorities believe that the hatches give the infants a better chance of survival than if they were left in the street.A total of 25 baby hatches have been established in 10 provincial regions in China, Xinhua reports.Under China’s strict population control policies, most couples have only been allowed to have one child and there is a strong preference for healthy baby boys.In December, China’s top legislature formally adopted a resolution easing the one-child policy, allowing couples to have two children if either parent is an only child.Provinces are now determining when to relax their restrictions at a local level, with some acting already.BBC News Sharelast_img read more

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