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Friday Field Notes

first_imgMoriah Legvold is with the MN National Guard as a Child and Youth Program Coordinator and  has been working with State Family Programs for 3 years. Previously, Moriah was an elementary teacher at Iowa Connections Academy.  She has gained experience and a passion for military youth as a Camp Adventure Counselor on an active duty base in Hawaii during Summer 2010.  She continued her passion volunteering for the Iowa National Guard for 1 ½ years around the time she graduated from college in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education at William Penn University. In our fourth Friday Field Notes blog post we are highlighting how State Family Programs has partnered with their local cooperative extension at the University of Minnesota to create some diverse youth programming.  As you read this post, consider how your efforts to build community capacity to enhance the resilience and well-being of military families via job and career assistance might benefit  from a collaboration with cooperative extension in your community.We first connected with the University of Minnesota Extension when a grant was funded to help support Military Kids through Operation Military Kids.  Operation Military Kids was established in 2005 in effort to support children of National Guard and Reserve soldiers who are called to active duty.  Operation Military Kids provides a support network to youth and their families by connecting them helpful people and organizations in their hometowns.Our OMK partnership has consisted of developing our MN Military Teen Panel.  The panel was started in 2010 to support military teens who have a parent currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves.  This is a group of about 14 teens who plan the Teen Summit each year. At our Teen Summit we have utilized 4-H Youth Development Educator, Brian McNeil to teach small group and large group workshops.  We have also partnered with them during Month of the Military Child to award Art Contest participants with prizes and promote Month of the Military Child t-shirts.  The partnerships also included support military children with a parent deployed.  At Yellow Ribbon events, Operation Military Kids provided a Regional Activity Coordinator to implement 6th-12th grade curriculum, provide Hero Packs (for kids with a parent getting ready to deploy) and comfort pillows (with a parent currently deployed) to 3-18 years old.  OMK supported a variety of events for Military Youth including Boots On Camp, SPEAK Out, and Family Camps.Since OMK funding has ended on a national level our partnership with Extension has continued.  We have utilized Extension for our workshops at the Teen Summit.  This year we are utilizing a Health and Nutrition Educator to teach a workshop on Healthy Living.  In the past we have utilized Family Development Educator, Sara Croymans, for a workshop on Finances, Cassandra Silveira for a workshop on Nutrition.   We are continuing to handout Hero Packs and Comfort Pillows at Yellow Ribbon Events.  In addition to the Hero Packs and Comfort Pillows we received a slew of OMK materials that we hand out at our Tween Overnights and Teen Leadership Forum.We haven’t had the chance to connect MN Military with 4-H Youth. However, recently at our Teen Leadership Forum we had 4-H come to implement their Engineering Clinic.  Along with a 4-H County Program Coordinator there was 4 4-H Youth who lead each group of teens throughout the clinic.We have found many benefits to partnering with a great organization, Extension.  There is a vast variety of personnel, and resources to pull from.  The knowledge base of Extension personnel far exceeds what any other organization has to support youth, in general. The opportunities are endless with partnering with an organization consisting of a wide variety of subject matters.  What helps is the fact they are local.  We continue to attend the 4-H Military Partnership Meeting each Spring, where we gather great ideas on how to further develop our partnership with 4-H and extensions as a whole.About us:Laura Groenweg, is the Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator at Cognitive Professional Service Corporation.  She has been working with State Family Programs for 6 years, and started the Minnesota Military Teen Panel, or MMTP, 5 years ago. In that time she has become a military spouse and has had 2 boys, Levi, 2 ½ years old and Simon, 9 months old.  Recently, she experienced a 6 month separation while her husband was attending Basic Officer Leadership course in Ft. Sill, OK.last_img read more

IIT scholar alleges prof. assaulted her

first_imgDissatisfied with the findings of the Internal Complaints Committee of IIT-Bhubaneswar, a PhD scholar renewed her allegation of sexual harassment against a professor at the Insititute and demanded a re-investigation into the matter.The scholar, who belongs to West Bengal, got married while her husband and she were pursuing research under the same professor. She alleged that asshe had objected to the professor’s overtures, their PhDs were de-registered on feeble grounds. The scholar had first lodged a complaint in October 2016. The ICC of IIT, Bhubaneswar, heard the case and subsequently exonerated the accused professor in January this year. Responding to the allegation, the Odisha Skill Development and Technical Education Department (OSKTED) asked the IIT to furnish a detailed report.last_img read more

Tripura to set up AIIMS-like facility

first_imgThe Tripura government would establish a high-tech hospital on the lines of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Delhi. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday visited Bodhjungnagar at the outskirts of Agartala to check the availability of land and work out other modalities.The Vision Document of the BJP released ahead of the Assembly elections in Tripura in February had assured setting up of an adequate number of multi-speciality hospitals with trauma care and an AIIMS-like facility in the State.After his visit, Mr. Deb said the site, which has more than 250 acres of government land, seemed suitable for establishing such a facility. “This hospitalwould help patients from other places, specially from neighbouring Northeastern States,” he said, adding that once it is set up, people would not have to rush to Chennai and other major cities for critical treatment.last_img read more

South Africa topple England from the top of ICC Test ranking

first_imgNearly a year after England humiliated India whitewashing them 4-0 in the home Test series to grab the number one ICC team, they were dethroned by the visiting South Africans who claimed the prestigious ICC Test Championship mace from the hosts after their 2-0 win the series ending on Monday. Graeme Smith and his cricketers scaled the Test summit defeating England by 51 runs in a thrilling finish to the final Test at Lord’s. It was indeed a dramatic and pulsating Test match as fortunes swung like pendulum, but in the end the Proteas held their nerves to carve out a memorable win.England started Day 5 on 16/2 needing another 330 for victory. However, in the end it was the South African bowlers who triumphed, stopping England’s run chase at 294.With the series going against the hosts, they were pushed to number two position in the latest ICC Test ranking. While South Africa have been on the top with 120 points, followed by England with 117 points, Australia were a close third with 116 points.last_img read more