Sri Lanka Navy Hands Over Research Vessel to Ruhunu University

first_img View post tag: Hands View post tag: University Industry news Sri Lanka Navy Hands Over Research Vessel to Ruhunu University The research vessel built by the Sri Lanka Navy was handed over to the University of Ruhuna at a ceremony held at SLNS Rangalla on 04th March 2013 in the presence of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage, Vice Chancellor of the Ruhunu University, Professor Susirith Mindis, Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Damayantha Darmasiriwardene, Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Rohan Amarasinghe, senior Naval officers and University officials.The vessel was constructed under the Navy’s Inshore Patrol Craft Production Project as per the technical specifications submitted by the University. It is 14.8 meters long and fitted with 350 Horse Power Diesel engine and a Hamilton water jet. The Navy built its first ever research vessel for the use of the University’s Faculty of Fisheries, Marine Sciences and Technology free of labour cost as a gesture of goodwill under the Naval social responsibility project.The collaborative effort reflects the Navy’s contribution to higher education in the country. It is hoped that it will pave way for the enhancement of fisheries, marine sciences education and research in Sri Lanka.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 5, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navy March 5, 2013 View post tag: Defense Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Hands Over Research Vessel to Ruhunu University Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: over View post tag: Lanka View post tag: Sri View post tag: vessel View post tag: Defence View post tag: research View post tag: Ruhunu View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Horticulture Technician (2 positions)

first_img* Do you possess the ability perform medium heavy to maximumphysical exertion and to lift 50 lbs. or more on a regular basis?YesNo * Please list any licenses or certifications you might havethat are directly related to this position.(Open Ended Question) DepartmentHorticulture Posting DetailsTo create a Posting, first complete the information on this screen,then click the ‘Next’ button or select the page in the left handnavigation menu. Proceed through all sections completing allnecessary information. To submit the Posting to Human Resources,you must go to the ‘Posting Summary Page’ by clicking on the ‘Next’button until you reach the Posting Summary Page or select PostingSummary Page from the left navigation menu. Once a summary pageappears, hover your mouse over the orange Action button for a listof possible approval step options. Preferred EducationAssociates Degree * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?NKU Jobs SiteHigherEdJobs.comCareerbuilder.comInside Higher EdEmployee ReferralIndeed.comOther Work Schedule Tues-Sat 6:30am-3:00pm orMon-Fri 6:30am-3:00pm Position StatusRegular Qualifications * Do you have a valid driver’s license and are you permitted todrive without restrictions?No ResponseYesNo Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/EqualAccess/Affirmative Action institution. We embrace inclusiveness,equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seekexcellence through diversity among our students, administrators,faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups isencouraged. Pay GradeS65 Salary$12.90/hr minimum Primary Responsibilities 1. Maintain the landscaping at the University.2. Plant and install trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.3. Keep the University free of ice and snow. This service ismission critical.4. Apply pesticides, insecticides and herbicides. Keep records ofall chemical applications and follow all the rules and regulationsnecessary to be compliant.5. Pruning.6. Assist with project and landscape design.7. Plant propagation using methods that include seeding, cuttingsand division.8. Response to emergency situations as necessary during and afternormal work hours.9. Assist Operations & Maintenance Department, campus andcommunity with issues related to the outdoor environment.10. Other duties as assigned. Working TitleHorticulture Technician (2 positions) Position Number30001296 and 30010679 Hours per Week40center_img Associates Degree or Technical/Vocational Certificate in landscapedevelopment, horticulture, landscape design, turf-grass science andarbor-culture with 2 years of experience strongly preferred;Acceptable equivalency is high school diploma/ GED with 5 years ofrelated experience;May be filled at a lower levelMust possess:1. valid driver’s license;2. Pesticide Applicator’s License or 6 months to obtain thislicense;3. basic computer skills;4. ability to work in adverse weather conditions, i.e. hot, cold,rain, snow, sleet, ice, etc;5. good communication skills to interact with supervisors,co-workers and university community regarding work to beaccomplished;6. ability to operate all related equipment including, but notlimited to, hand tools (shovels, rakes, picks, pruning tools, etc),dump/pickup trucks, bobcats, tractors, loaders, seeders, aerators,sprayers, snow plows, gators, golf carts, chainsaws, pesticides,fertilizers, etc.7. ability to perform medium heavy to maximum physical exertion andlifting 50 lbs. or more on a regular basis;8. ability to work any and all hours necessary including respondingto emergencies outside normal working hours to meet the needs ofthe university.Any candidate chosen for this position will be required to undergoa pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by statelaw.Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/EqualAccess/Affirmative Action institution. We embrace inclusiveness,equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seekexcellence through diversity among our students, administrators,faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups isencouraged. Minimum Experience2 years * Are you able to work in adverse weather conditions, i.e.extreme heat, cold, rain, etc?YesNoNo response Documents Needed to ApplyRequired DocumentsOptional DocumentsResumeCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationReferences Quick Linkhttps://jobs.nku.edu/postings/9749 To enhance the aesthetics of the University with the installationand maintenance of the campus landscape. Remove snow and ice fromthe roads and sidewalks on campus. Work hours may change subject tothe needs of the University. This position is missioncritical. Months per Year12 Open Until FilledYes Compensation Title Is this an internal only posting? Commitment to Inclusive Excellence Job Close Date Minimum EducationHigh School Diploma Requisition Number2020S1289 Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Purpose of Position Job Open Date12/02/2020last_img read more

Sullivan Legislation On Financial Aid Eligibility Advances

first_imgSullivan Legislation On Financial Aid Eligibility AdvancesThe Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously today in support of State Rep. Holli Sullivan’s (R-Evansville) bill to help students effected by the recent closings of post-secondary institutions such as ITT Tech and Medtech College.Sullivan said her proposal would restore financial aid eligibility for the former students of colleges that abruptly closed last year by allowing the state to address each individual student’s financial hardship on a case-by-case basis.“By helping restore financial aid eligibility for those students we encourage them to complete their studies at another institution,” Sullivan said. “These students would then enter the workforce with less student loan debt and we could increase graduation rates.”With the support of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, House Bill 1281 would provide the state more flexibility when handling the individual cases of Hoosier students impacted and move the state to a more streamlined process similar to that on the federal level.Sullivan said the legislation would also offer more incentives and opportunities for low-income students to participate in state grant and scholarship programs.The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration. For more information on Sullivan’s bill, visit iga.in.gov.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Double D shows synergy with owner

first_imgDouble D Food Engineering has expanded its technical centre near Edinburgh to accommodate the Frigoscandia range of spiral freezers, chillers and provers.Industrial bakers will now be able to trial complete in-line baking and cooling/freezing systems with the integration of Double D’s continuous ovens and Frigoscandia’s high-throughput self-stacking freezing and chilling equipment.The expansion follows the acquisition of Double D by JBT FoodTech earlier this year.Double D managing director Bob Petrie said: “We will now be able to demonstrate at first hand the flexibility and synergy between the two systems.”last_img

Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries to no longer supply Co-op stores

first_imgKingsmill owner Allied Bakeries is to stop supplying Co-op with branded and private-label bread after failing to agree commercial terms with the retailer.The news comes 15 months after the bakery business revealed it had lost the contract to supply Tesco with private-label bread, resulting in a £65m write-down.Announcing Allied would be ending its relationship with Co-op in April 2021, parent company Associated British Foods described Co-op as “one of its more challenging accounts in terms of cost to serve”, with deliveries to 3,750 stores widespread across the UK.“It is with regret that we have not been able to agree a way forward that makes financial sense and we will therefore be exiting our relationship with them,” said ABF in a trading update for the 40 weeks to 20 June.A spokesperson for Co-op confirmed: “Co-op is committed to adapting to customer demands and tastes for new bakery products. A competitive review will see changes to our supply arrangements in 2021 and we have given a lengthy notice period to our existing partner to aid their transition.”ABF also said a decline in private-label bread volumes at Allied had not been offset by an increase in Kingsmill sales, although operational and commercial activity had reduced operating losses.Following the loss of the Tesco contract, Allied Bakeries axed all bakery production at its Cardiff site, although this has continued to be used as a distribution centre. Almost 180 staff, in roles ranging from management to operations, were made redundant as a result.In today’s trading update, ABF reported that revenue from its ingredients division, which includes AB Mauri and ABF Ingredients, was up 3% year on year.AB Mauri had seen increased demand from industrial bakers and retail customers, with particularly strong sales in North America and China, while bakery enzymes sales had been particularly strong for ABF Ingredients.ABF group revenue from continuing businesses, which includes retail chain Primark, was down 13% year on year.last_img read more

Eavesdrop To Release Ethereal Debut Album Co-Produced By Soulive’s Alan Evans

first_imgOn November 17th, Eavesdrop will drop their debut full-length album dubbed Tides. The sextet born from western Massachusetts manages to find a sweet spot between progressive rock, Americana, and the space in between, offering a simultaneously ethereal and down-to-earth full-length album debut with Tides. However, don’t take our word for it that the group is well-worth a listen. Tides was co-produced by Soulive’s drummer extraordinaire Alan Evans (in addition to Eavesdrop’s own Ross Bellenoit), with Evans also stepping in to engineer and mix the project and making for one hell of an endorsement.Eavesdrop’s trio of vocalists—Kara Rose Wolf, Kerrie T. Bowden, and Laura Marie Picchi—gracefully exchange lead vocal role across the album, with each song underlined by gorgeous backing harmonies. Behind these three women, the band itself is tight on Tides, with each number anchored by guitarist Ross Bellenoit, bassist Marc Seedorf, and drummer Sturgis Cunningham.You can snag Eavesdrop’s debut full-length album, Tides, when its released on November 3rd via CDBaby. The band will also be hosting an album release celebration on November 17th at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, Massachusetts, with tickets for the event available here. For more information about Eavesdrop and to stay dialed into Tides and their upcoming tour dates, head over to the band’s website or follow their Facebook page.[Photo via Eavesdrop’s Facebook page]last_img read more

Harvard Campaign has early impact

first_imgAs the University’s faculty and students return for the start of the spring semester, the early impact of The Harvard Campaign can be seen and felt across the campus and beyond.“Our alumni and friends have been extraordinarily generous with their time and resources from the moment The Harvard Campaign began,” said Tamara Elliott Rogers ’74, vice president for alumni affairs and development. “Their volunteerism and support will make a difference for generations to come.”The first such effort inclusive of all Harvard’s Schools, the Campaign seeks to shape the future of education with a focus on University aspirations, including: advancing new approaches to teaching and learning, attracting and supporting the best students and faculty, creating a campus for the 21st century, and supporting multidisciplinary research. Since the Campaign publicly launched in September 2013 with a $6.5 billion goal, the University has reported $4.8 billion from more than 274,000 gifts.Here are just a few examples of the impact The Harvard Campaign is already having on our community.TEACHING AND LEARNINGWith more than 2 million people having registered for HarvardX courses, it can be easy to forget that the endeavor is less than three years old. The support of many alumni and friends has allowed for the production of 45 open courses, with 37 more in the works.This past year, Hartley Rogers ’81, M.B.A. ’85, and Amy Falls, M.P.P. ’89, established the Leading in Learning Fund to support fellows through the College’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. The Bok Center, now 40 years old, helps instructors evaluate and improve their undergraduate teaching, and offers a variety of teacher-training programs for graduate and undergraduate students. Blending insights from online and on-campus learning, the fellows will serve as expert resources to faculty as they design or enhance their on-campus or HarvardX courses.An anonymous $10 million lead gift, along with support from Richard Menschel, M.B.A. ’59, and Ronay Menschel and President Drew Faust, helped the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) launch the Harvard Teacher Fellows program to prepare undergraduates at Harvard College for careers in teaching. The program will be available to a limited number of College seniors, with the inaugural round of applications opening in fall 2015. The seniors begin eight months of intensive training in the spring semester before graduating, then will teach in schools across the country at reduced teaching loads while taking additional courses at HGSE over distance. To complete the program and earn initial teaching licenses, they will return to HGSE for a second summer. Those interested in continuing their education can apply program credits toward a master’s degree at HGSE.The Leading in Learning Fund supports fellows through the College’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. Graduate student Marrikka Trotter (left) worked with mentor Kevin Lau. Trotter was part of a two-week boot camp in 2013 sponsored by the Harvard Initiative for Teaching and Learning and HarvardX. File photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerSUPPORT FOR FACULTYA $17 million gift to the Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative from The Pershing Square Foundation, founded by Bill Ackman’88, M.B.A. ’92, and Karen Ackman, M.L.A. ’93, included funding for three faculty chairs along with a research venture fund. Last spring, Matthew Rabin, a leader in the field of behavioral economics as well as a John Bates Clark medalist and a MacArthur fellow, came to Harvard as the first Pershing Square Professor of Behavioral Economics, with appointments in the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and at Harvard Business School (HBS).Rabin’s work explores the ways in which psychological research can be used to improve economic models that fail to adequately consider the effects of such variables as inclinations toward fairness, expressed preferences, self-image, limited attention, and more.In addition to recruiting leading scholars, funding has also been used to support the work of accomplished Harvard faculty members. Renowned stem cell researcher Douglas Melton began his teaching career at Harvard in 1981. Recently, his efforts have led to groundbreaking discoveries in the treatment of type 1 diabetes. As part of his Campaign gift, Siddharth Yog, M.B.A. ’04, created the Xander University Professorship, now held by Melton, for a faculty member whose research crosses scientific disciplines.In total, more than $1.5 billion has been raised for faculty support, teaching, and research since the start of The Harvard Campaign.The Graduate School of Design last year opened the Center for Green Buildings and Cities. The center is a cutting-edge initiative with worldwide reach for the cities of the future. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerFOSTERING DISCOVERYWith support from the Evergrande Group, the Graduate School of Design (GSD) last year opened the Center for Green Buildings and Cities, which seeks to transform the building industry by connecting architectural research with real-world development processes and production. In November the center hosted its first “Challenge Conference,” convening leaders in fields related to green building. This annual gathering will help refine the center’s agenda through discussions on climate change and strategies for sustainable building and planning.The NeuroDiscovery Center at Harvard Medical School (HMS) has long benefited from the generosity of Richard Moskovitz ’69, M.D. ’73, and his wife, Nancy. Their funding of research on Alzheimer’s — a disease that affects 10 percent of Americans over 65 years old — continued with their recent support of the center’s biomarker discovery program. This research seeks to better diagnose, monitor, and treat the disease for the growing number of patients suffering from this terrible disease.Declining federal funding makes it more difficult for researchers to advance high-risk, high-impact projects across the natural and social sciences. James Star ’83, decided to help provide seed funding for cutting-edge work in FAS through the Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research. Last year, the Challenge’s first, four grants ranging from $20,000 to $200,000 were made to projects, including one conducted by Charles Lieber, the Mark Hyman Jr. Professor of Chemistry, examining the potential for injectable nanotechnology that would assist in the detection, monitoring, and treatment of diseases.The Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center at Harvard Medical School includes core facilities that foster collaboration. The center’s research on Alzheimer’s disease has benefited from the generosity of Richard Moskovitz ’69, M.D. ’73, and his wife, Nancy. Photo by Kevin Jiang/Harvard Medical SchoolOPENING HARVARD’S GATES MORE WIDELYMore than $570 million has been committed to student financial aid across the University. Most notably, Ken Griffin ’89, made the largest gift in Harvard College history with $150 million, primarily in support of undergraduate financial aid. In the coming years, 200 Harvard students will benefit directly from the Griffin Scholarships. To encourage others to help ensure that a Harvard education remains accessible to all admitted students, the Griffin Leadership Challenge Fund has the potential to add an additional 600 College scholarships.Fellowships have also provided support to graduate students throughout the University. In fact, as part of the Johnson-Kulukundis family’s gift to the arts at Harvard — which included generous donations to the President’s Fund and toward the transformation of the Radcliffe Institute’s gallery in Byerly Hall — an endowed fellowship was established to fund a doctoral student in the arts during the early years of advanced study.At Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), the first cohort of Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellows arrived in the fall. Johnson’s gift to the School will support up to 10 students each year for the next five years. The recipients have shown both leadership potential and dedication to African-American and other underserved communities across the nation.Design concepts for Harvard’s Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center were recently unveiled. Construction is set to begin in 2016. Courtesy of Hopkins ArchitectsCAMPUS OF THE FUTUREPerhaps the most visible (and audible) effect of the Campaign is seen through the construction and renewal of buildings across campus. To date, nearly $600 million has been committed toward physical space.With construction scheduled to begin in 2016, the transformed Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center (formerly Holyoke Center) will become a central meeting place for all members of the Harvard community. Recently released design concepts — the result of an extensive community input process — reveal a mix of flexible meeting spaces, event spaces, landscaped gardens, and more centralized University resources.Another significant landmark on campus, the Harvard Art Museums, reopened this fall after a six-year construction project that combined the University’s three art museums: the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. Thousands of students, faculty, and visitors have strolled through the new facility, which boasts 40 percent more gallery space, to view a vast array of the University’s collection of approximately 250,000 objects, as well as a variety of research centers, curatorial divisions, and teaching venues.The House Renewal initiative, which began with Quincy House’s Stone Hall (formerly Old Quincy) in 2012, has also transformed Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall, with the first full House to undergo renewal, Dunster House, slated to reopen this fall. Winthrop House will follow, continuing the process of updating and improving the residential experience for undergraduates.GLOBAL HARVARDThe family of the late T.H. Chan, including his son Gerald Chan, S.M. ’75, S.D. ’79, joined President Faust and Dean Julio Frenk on the campus of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) this past September to celebrate the largest gift in the University’s history. Signaling what President Faust called a worldwide “public health moment,” the Chan family’s endowment gift will strengthen the School in perpetuity and dramatically enhance its work against four global threats: pandemics old and new, harmful physical and social environments, poverty and humanitarian crises, and failing health care systems around the world. In recognition of this historic gift, the School has been renamed the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in honor of Mr. Chan. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTgiGO8wvIw” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/lTgiGO8wvIw/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Beyond campus, the Campaign has also brought together Harvard communities around the world. The “Your Harvard” series has visited New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas, and traveled abroad to London and Mexico City. Thousands of alumni and friends have joined President Faust to hear her vision for the future of the University and learn about the fascinating fields that faculty are exploring. This year’s stops will include Seattle, Beijing, and Chicago, with many more to come as the Campaign continues in the years ahead.Harvard President Drew Faust traveled to Mexico City as part of the “Your Harvard” series. It included a special event at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerAs Faust explained at the Campaign’s launch, “Creating new knowledge, reimagining teaching and learning, engaging globally, reinventing the spaces where we learn and live, attracting and inspiring the best students and faculty: These are essential to our enduring strength. But the future requires something more … Harvard also must shine a light on why universities matter — and why the higher purposes of higher education must continue to claim a central place in our national life and its educational agenda.”last_img read more

Bottled vs. tap

first_img“It is convenient to pick up a bottle of water when going to thegym, when your child has a sports game or before hiking,” shesaid. Good flavor or convenience doesn’t come cheap. Bottled watercosts $1.50 on average for a 12-ounce serving. Convenient In 2001, over five billion gallons of bottled drinking water weresold in the United States. Health, convenience and taste rankhigh on the list of reasons people are choosing bottled waterover tap, said Judy Harrison, an extension foods specialist withthe University of Georgia College of Family and ConsumerSciences. A healthy alternative By April ReeseUniversity of Georgia While the types of water may vary, she said, there are noguarantees that any one type is better than the other. Mineral water is water from an underground source that containsat least 250 parts per million total dissolved solids. But even though the water may taste different, it doesn’t meanthat its quality level is any different, she said. Purity levels “Depending on where you live water will be different because ofthe different minerals that are found in that region,” Harrisonsaid. “We’ve all traveled to places, tried to drink the tapwater, and found that it just tasted terrible to us. This is oneof the times that bottled water becomes a good choice.” “Bottled water is a healthy alternative to high-sugar carbonateddrinks,” she said. “I think that’s one reason why people areturning more and more to bottled water.”The human body needs 64 ounces of water every day to help flushaway impurities. By substituting water for soda, the body canget more of what it needs, she said. Just like food items, bottled water products are regulated by theU.S. Food and Drug Administration. That means it is up to themanufacturer to make sure the product is safe and wholesome andthat the label on the product tells the truth about what is inthat product and where it came from, said Harrison. Spring water comes from an underground formation from which thewater flows naturally to the surface. The FDA also sets standards for bottled water that divides thewater into categories based on the origin of the water. Bottledwater typically comes from one of the following four sources: Artesian well water comes from a well that taps an aquifer, thelayer of underground porous rock, sand and earth where watercollects. When tapped, the “artesian pressure” in the aquiferpushes the water up and can push it to the surface. A big reason bottled water is so popular is because it’sconvenient. Flavor consistency is another reason for the increasedpopularity. “Bottled water has a good taste or flavor that is consistent fromone type or brand of water to the next so you can always count onhaving bottled water that has good flavor to drink,” Harrisonsaid. Certain treatments are allowed for bottled water just as they arefor municipal water supplies. The value of bottled water, she says, is actually in the eye ofthe consumer. “Bottled water manufacturers can add antimicrobial agents such aschlorine for safety and fluoride for strong, healthy teeth,”Harrison said. “If added, these will be listed on the productlabel.” Well water is water from a hole bored or drilled into the ground,which taps an aquifer. “There are levels set on how much of a particular contaminant canbe in the water,” she said. “That is also true for municipaldrinking water. So in most cases, as far as what’s in the water,it is really not a lot different from the municipal drinkingwater.” Americans continue to turn away from the tap and toward thebottle when it comes to drinking water. And concerns over safetyisn’t the main reason, say University of Georgia experts.last_img read more

Woman, 81, Killed in Hicksville Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 81-year-old woman was killed Friday in a car crash in Hicksville, Nassau County police said.Detectives said the woman was driving a 2001 Toyota eastbound on Princess Street at 4 p.m. when the vehicle accelerated and crossed the southbound lanes of North Broadway. The car continued over the center median into the northbound lanes, police said, striking a 2014 Ford Focus.The Toyota was then redirected into the path of a 2012 tractor trailer, which crashed into the woman’s car. The force of the collision ejected the woman from the car, police said.The woman, whose identity is being withheld pending family notification, was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said.Police performed a brake and safety check on the trailer at the scene and impounded the other vehicles.No other injuries were reported.Police said the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Tips & tricks for effective meeting facilitation

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As a long-standing resource for credit union planning session facilitation, we are often asked our advice on improving meeting facilitation. While facilitation is often more art than science, there are considerations that help lead to engaged meeting participants and a better meeting outcome. We’ve shared them in this post. Feel free to use them to your advantage … but if you need help, don’t hesitate to call!Prepare Ahead For The End ResultIn preparing to facilitate a meeting, the first thing to consider is what you hope to “accomplish” at the meeting itself. If you are facilitating a planning meeting, agreement on a plan is an obvious objective, but make sure you understand the context for plan discussion and decision-making. Context can be provided by an established mission or vision, core values, or target market, among other items. If you don’t understand context, then the planning discussion you facilitate stands a bigger chance of resulting in irrelevant or even destructive plans. So first, seek the institution’s contextual boundaries for planning discussion … and know that if there aren’t any, then your first order of business in planning will be to establish a context.The next order of business in preparing for meeting facilitation is to visualize anticipated meeting activity and engagement. Visualization will help you better understand your facilitation role. Here are few visualizations we often use to ensure we drive proper engagement:Participants actively and intently listening as strategic options are described.Participants sitting back in awe, amazement, excitement, trepidation, and uncertainty as a picture of the future sinks in. continue reading »last_img read more