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How SITA Director Vincent Kennedy developed leadership potential at LYIT

How SITA Director Vincent Kennedy developed leadership potential at LYIT

first_img‘This course changed the way I think’ – says SITA Senior Manager Vincent Kennedy after completing the Executive Master of Business in Innovation & Leadership at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Vincent is the Director of Software Development at SITA in Letterkenny, and the company lead in Ireland.With a team of approx 130 people to manage, Vincent enrolled in the highly-regarded MBS at LYIT to gain specialist leadership knowledge. This two-year part-time programme is focused on equipping people in senior business roles with the skills to make an impact in their organisations and become champions for change. Participants are senior and middle managers from across a diverse range of organisations, multinational and indigenous SMEs, who put their studies into practice in their workplace through action learning.Some of the most valuable skills Vincent gained was how to understand other people’s motivations, he said: “Through the MBS course there are many skills that can be learned and developed. However, one of the areas that resonated with me most, is the area of Emotional Intelligence. Understanding the individuals and teams we work with, their expectations, needs and perspectives is important as a leader, especially in times of uncertainty.”Vincent Kennedy, (SITA) – Donegal ICT/FinTech Working Group Chairperson.Progression, innovative thinking and advancement are at the heart of the programme, which Vincent said was an eye-opening experience: “This course changed the way I think in many aspects of my working life. It has really helped me develop my business acumen and opened my mind to new ideas and techniques when leading teams.”Originally from Inver, Vincent now lives in Donegal Town with his wife and two young children. Balancing a busy work and family life with his studies was surprisingly easy thanks to the flexibility of the Masters course and the fact that Letterkenny isn’t a long journey away. “LYIT were very accommodating and supportive to me. In the end I found the learning experience throughout the MBS course actually helped me manage my workload better. LYIT showed great flexibility with timelines and other work challenges like business travel etc.,” Vincent said.LYIT Master of Business Innovation & LeadershipVincent found that the programme had many rewarding aspects, “but working closely together as a student group and supporting each other was very rewarding. I have made some really good friends through the MBS.”Since graduating, Vincent seized the opportunities his studies have presented and moved to a new role in SITA. For people looking to develop their own leadership potential, he said: “I believe the quality of the course is right up there with the best. From the module content, the guest speakers and the people you study with, the entire experience was excellent.”If you wish to apply for the Executive Master of Business in Innovation & Leadership please visit https://www.lyit.ie/CourseDetails/D401/LY_BINOL_M/Innovation&Leadership/ for further information. For further information please contact Patricia [email protected], Head of Department of Business Studies, or [email protected], Programme Administrator, School of Business, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, 00353(0)74 9186210How SITA Director Vincent Kennedy developed leadership potential at LYIT was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LYITLYIT Master of Business Innovation & LeadershipManagementSITAVincent Kennedylast_img read more

Ongoing HABRI research providing insights into water quality challenges

Ongoing HABRI research providing insights into water quality challenges

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With three years of work under its belt, the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI) has yielded useful results for Ohio residents. HABRI researchers are working directly with water treatment plant operators to provide practical guidance about producing safe drinking water for cities and towns dealing with algal toxins. Other scientists are examining lesser-known potential sources of algal toxin exposure and its human health impacts. And the initiative has driven ongoing collaborations between universities and agencies, positioning Ohio to better prevent and manage future crises.“HABRI also continues to fund research projects that address harmful algal blooms and their impacts on the state,” said Kristen Fussell, assistant director for Ohio Sea Grant, which co-manages the initiative.In early 2018, $4 million was awarded to 21 research teams studying topics that range from the creation of new therapies for toxin-induced liver problems to the impacts of toxic cyanobacteria on young Lake Erie sport fish.For example, R. Michael McKay at Bowling Green State University leads a project to quantify the effects that cyanophages (viruses that infect cyanobacteria) have on cyanobacterial toxin release. When viruses infect a cell, they eventually cause it to break open (a process called lysis) to spread more viruses to neighboring cells. In the case of cyanobacteria, lysis also releases toxin into the water, creating additional challenges for treatment plants that need to address a harmful algal bloom at their water intake.The project directly addresses a concern raised by the City of Toledo water treatment plant after the 2014 “do not drink” advisory. McKay and his team recently published a paper showing that a viral infection may have worsened the problem then, and will now examine the factors that lead viruses to cause cell lysis and release cyanobacterial toxins into the water.While many of the selected projects approach the harmful algal bloom problem from new angles, some continue previously funded HABRI research to dig deeper into the questions they’re asking. April Ames and Michael Valigosky at The University of Toledo lead one of those projects, examining the connection between potential exposure to algal toxins through recreational activities and self-reported health impacts like skin rashes or respiratory issues.The researchers have already collected information from 327 individuals who use Lake Erie for recreation or during work to determine when, where and how different kinds of water exposure may be happening. The end goal in the next phase of the research is to connect those potential exposures to any self-reported health impacts, such as skin rashes or respiratory issues, which are common examples of health effects caused by cyanotoxins.This information can be used to target educational outreach efforts to specific audiences most likely to be exposed to cyanotoxins during recreational activities like boating or swimming, and will be used to evaluate potential exposure and health effects in the upcoming stage of the project.last_img read more

12 of the World’s Spookiest Caches

12 of the World’s Spookiest Caches

first_img SharePrint Related12 Geocaches Guaranteed to Give You GoosebumpsOctober 26, 2015In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”It’s the Spookiest Time of Year — Manunka Chunk Tunnels (GC82B5) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 23, 2013In “Community”Tips for a Spooky Geocaching HalloweenOctober 27, 2014In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” Loading… Share with your Friends:Morelast_img

MFLN “Network News” – March 2016

MFLN “Network News” – March 2016

first_imgThe MFLN experienced an exceptional year of growth in 2015. We expanded from four concentration areas to seven and added two additional programming tracks within existing program areas. The new concentration areas include Family Transitions, Nutrition and Wellness, and Community Capacity Building. Additionally, Family Development began an Early Intervention track and Military Caregiving added a Lifespan Special Needs track. Staff for our new concentration areas and tracks are located at University of Minnesota, University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, Cornell University, and West Virginia University. We invite you to learn more about our expanded team and programming areas here.As our concentration areas grew, so did our programming activities. Personal Finance, Family Development, and Military Caregiving each offered a virtual learning event, providing a combined total of 11 sessions. Across the network, we presented 35 webinars and attracted 3,712 attendees who earned a total of 5,877 continuing education credits. In addition to continuing education credits from AFCPE, FINCERT, and NASW, in 2015 we were also able to offer credits from Georgia Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT), Early Intervention Training Program (EITP), and the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).Our social media activities expanded as well with new Facebook and Twitter pages for Family Transitions, Nutrition and Wellness, and Community Capacity Building. We launched a new MFLN LinkedIn Group in November 2015, which is a moderated group for military family service professionals. The goal of the group is to help connect professionals across disciplines through expansive conversations around work with military families. If you have not yet joined this group, we invite you to do so here.We hope you had the opportunity to grow and learn right along with us in 2015 by participating in our programming and connecting with us over social media. We are hard at work planning another year of virtual programming for military family service professionals and Extension professionals, and hope you will join us! Don’t miss out on all the learning opportunities we are offering in the coming months!last_img read more

Resilience

Resilience

first_imgReflection on Todd & Peggy Podcast #2By Sara Croymans, Extension EducatorThe audio recording below is the second part of a conversation with Todd, a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy Nurse Corps, and his wife Peggy, an elementary school teacher. Peggy and Todd generously shared some of their experiences as a military family, to help those of us serving military families have a better understanding of what military families go through. Below the recording you’ll find a blog post reflecting on this part of Todd and Peggy’s story. This is Part 2 – Resilience. Audio Player/files/2016/02/MFLN-FT-Todd-and-Peggy-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Listen to Todd & Peggy’s story, Podcast #1ResilienceAs I listened to Todd and Peggy describe the challenges and opportunities their family experienced while a military family I was impressed with their resilience throughout the numerous transitions their family encountered. When I think about resilience I often think about it in terms of “FACTS”, a framework developed by the Red River Resilience (RRR) group in the Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN community. I believe the RRR’s resilience framework is applicable to military families. “FACTS” is an acronym that describes five key actions that contribute to resilience.F = “Foster Hope,” involves focusing on the positive, having confidence in oneself, and putting things in perspective.  Throughout all three podcasts Todd and Peggy described a ‘can-do’ attitude that their family could successfully navigate each transition they encountered.A = “Act with Purpose,” endorses problem-solving, planning and goal-setting, and active coping. There is no doubt in my mind that Todd and Peggy possess ample amounts of these skills.  Balancing a two career family and children, one with special needs, plus a military reserve commitment requires immense organizational skills!  I was impressed with how both Todd and Peggy stepped up to leadership roles as they gained experience in the military to help junior enlisted members and their families.  Todd describes in this second podcast how he intentionally mentored younger service members on how to successfully balance life while Peggy has served as an ombudsperson to help those with questions and challenges.C = “Connect with Others,” encourages people to maintain intimate relationships, give and receive help, and spend time with others.  Peggy shared how early on in their military life she “thought she could do it all” without any help from others.  However, she soon learned that she needed to reach out and ask for assistance, such as asking a close friend and her parents to join her at medical appointments for their daughter.T = Take Care of Yourself,” I could hear in Peggy’s story that as the non-military spouse she really felt like she had to be there for everyone all the time and did not take advantage of opportunities to take time for herself.  She shared regrets of not taking the opportunity to travel to visit Todd at really cool places while he was training or deployed without taking the children with her.S = “Search for Meaning,” includes searching for positive meaning, self-examination, and personal growth. Both Todd and Peggy talked extensively about their pride in being a military family and the sense of purpose that service provided for them.  They display their pride through wearing Navy clothing and having specialized Navy vehicle license plates.  However, with recent terrorist activities across the world they now intentionally make decisions about how visible they want to display that pride for fear of harm.As service providers working with military members and their families how can we help promote resilience? How can we encourage military families to foster hope, act with purpose, connect with others, take care of themselves, and search for meaning during times of transitions?To learn more about the “FACTS” resiliency framework, used during disaster recovery, read “One Message, Many Voices: Inter-Disciplinary Partnerships for Resilience Communication” (2014) published in Procedia Economics and Finance, 18, 400-407; available online at:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212567114009563 .Sara Croymans is a member of the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions Team and an Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Family Development. In addition, she is a military spouse.  Sara and her husband, retired from the Army National Guard, and three children navigated 22.5 years of weekend drills, annual trainings and two deployments.last_img read more

Day after arrest, editor of Srinagar-based Urdu daily gets bail in 28-year-old case

Day after arrest, editor of Srinagar-based Urdu daily gets bail in 28-year-old case

first_imgSrinagar-based Urdu daily Aafaq’s editor and owner Ghulam Jeelani Qadri, 62, on Tuesday was granted bail by the local court, a day after he was arrested in a 28-year-old-case.While granting bail, the Chief Judicial Magistrate sought appearance of the local police officer on July 31 “to explain delay in execution of the warrants issued 26 years ago against Mr. Qadri.” It also asked the police to explain the “steps taken to produce the editor before the court, before declaring him an absconder.”The court asked the police to explain how Mr. Qadri was issued passport twice in the past “if he was an absconder.”Qadri, 62, was arrested around 11.30 p.m. on Monday, when he had just reached home from his office. The police executed an old summon in a case registered in the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) court 28 years ago. Kashmir’s senior journalists and editors attended the court all day “as a mark of solidarity with the editor.”A case was registered against Mr. Qadri and seven others, including three Valley-based editors, on December 15, 1990 for circulating news and press statements issued by the militant outfits through a news agency, despite a ban on the circulation of newspapers then.”Mr. Qadri’s younger brother Morifat Qadri told The Hindu that the editor was not allowed to even step inside the house or change his clothes or get his medicine. “He would have presented himself before the police in case of any summons. The way the arrest was made shows that the aim was to harass him and his family without any rhyme or reason,” Mr. Qadri added.Shocking incident: Editors GuildThe Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG), a body of editors of Kashmir, termed the raid as “shocking”.“It is still not known why Mr. Qadri was singled out for allegedly defying the due process of law in a case he is not aware about. The KEG regrets the way a senior editor was declared proclaimed offender in books and finally arrested during the dead of the night,” the KEG spokesman said.The group said Mr. Qadri’s arrest has also led to the delay in the electoral process of the Kashmir Press Club.last_img read more

London Olympics: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins match, sets Olympic record for longest set

London Olympics: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins match, sets Olympic record for longest set

first_imgThe longest set in Olympic history was played on Tuesday when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Milos Raonic, 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in the second round of men’s singles tennis at London Olympics. The fifth-seeded Tsonga of France leaped and roared when he won his fourth match point with a drop volley. Raonic of Canada congratulated Tsonga with a smile.The previous record was 30 games, set in 2004 when Fernando Gonzalez defeated Taylor Dent 16-14 in the third set to win the bronze medal.last_img