Heritage Officers from around the country attended a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin recently hosted by President Michael D. Higgins to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Heritage Officer Programme.Under the programme, the first Heritage Officers were appointed in Galway City, County Kerry and County Sligo in 1999.County Donegal’s first Heritage Officer was appointed in June 2003 and today there are 27 Heritage Officers nationwide. “The Heritage Officer Programme is a joint initiative between The Heritage Council and local authorities in Ireland,” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.“The role of the Heritage Officer is to raise awareness, provide advice, gather data, propose policy and promote best practice in relation to the natural, built and cultural heritage.“In partnership with The Heritage Council and the County Donegal Heritage Forum, the Heritage Officer also oversees the preparation and implementation of the County Donegal Heritage Plan.“The Heritage Council provides part-funding for the role of Heritage Officers in local authorities and for the implementation of County Heritage Plans. “The Heritage Council also provides a continuing professional development training programme for Heritage Officers.”In his address, President Higgins highlighted the role of Heritage Officers: “Communities have benefitted from the work of Heritage Officers and Heritage Council and evidence of that can be seen in every county in Ireland.“There are things that have been protected that would not have been were it not for the actions of local authorities.“I think that [the] Heritage Officer Network will be a fantastic resource and there will be so many things that you can do in partnership, cooperation and community.”Under his stewardship as Minister for Heritage, President Higgins established The Heritage Council in 1995. The Department for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht is in the process of preparing a new National Heritage Plan – Heritage Ireland 2030 – a successor to the first National Heritage Plan adopted in 2002 which provided the basis for County Heritage Plans.“Local authorities and local communities will have a central role to play in the implementation of the new National Heritage Plan.Speaking at the reception, Michael Parsons, Chairman of the Heritage Council Board, said: “The President has called us here to celebrate 20 years of high achievement by our County Heritage Officers.“Their work, in leading at a county level, to promote and safeguard our heritage deserves our admiration, respect and support.” If you would like to find out more about the work of the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council, see www.donegalcoco.ie/heritagePresident visit for 20th anniversary celebration of Heritage Programme was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In an effort to recognize outstanding Ohio youth and to help those interested in furthering their education, the Ohio Expositions Commission has established a scholarship program.The purpose of these scholarships is to assist high school juniors and seniors (2018-2019) and graduates who are continuing their education at an accredited institution in an undergraduate course of study in any field.Scholarships will be awarded to junior exhibitors during the Ohio State Fair. Applicants will be judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, county fair participation, and financial need. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2019. For more information visit: ohiostatefair.com/scholarships/.
Written by: David L. Sexton, Jr., MS & Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPhotoSpin[Father and Son]What is the THRIVE Initiative?Penn State’s Clearinghouse for Military Readiness has partnered with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of Military Community and Family Policy to assist parents in nurturing their children as they advance throughout the stages of development, from birth until the age of 18 (“What is THRIVE?”, n.d.). What makes the THRIVE initiative unique is the separation of the initiative into programs which focus specifically on providing parents with the knowledge and resources needed to nurture their children at specific developmental stages. There are four programs in total: “Take Root!”, “Sprout!”, “Grow!”, and “Branch Out!”. The programs are tailored to the needs of children from ages 0-3, 3-5, 5-10, and 10-18, respectively, and provide parents with evidence-based tools and skills that can help them support healthy development throughout the early stages of life. In addition to utilizing information derived from existing evidence-based parenting programs to guide the development of THRIVE, the program also includes a health promotion component derived from previous research (Auman-Bauer, 2015).Grow!Currently, the “Grow!” program is the most developed; this program focuses on elementary school-aged children and includes five, 90-minute, face-to-face sessions that utilize interactive methods to develop participants’ parenting skills, health promotion techniques, and, arguably the most important, stress management skills! (Auman-Bauer, 2015).Want to Learn More?Join us on August 16th, 2018 at 11:00 am for a free, 90-minute webinar and earn 1.5 CEUs! During this session, Dr. Jennifer DiNallo, Director of Research at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State, will discuss the THRIVE initiative and the “Grow!” program in depth.If you can’t join us live, don’t fret! The webinar will be recorded and archived for viewing at your convenience! You can download and print the PDF version of our flyer for Grow! Empowering Parents to THRIVEReferencesAuman-Bauer, K. (2015, December). Penn State initiative helping military families. Penn State News.What is THRIVE? (n.d.). Penn State Clearinghouse for Military Readiness.
Looking to expand your filmmaking resume with some additional experience? Here are some tips on using platforms like Staff Me Up.Cover image by gnepphoto.It’s a well-known fact that the film and video world is a “who you know” industry. Whether you’re a grip, a gaffer, a director of photography, or a director, it takes time to build a career — and you do it job by job. While the best advice will always be to work hard and make solid connections, you should also know about a new wave of platforms aimed at helping producers put together their crews.Staff Me Up is a great example of how filmmakers and crew members can find gigs in today’s digital world. We chatted with a producer who regularly hires through Staff Me Up about what makes a strong profile for a candidate that ultimately gets the best gigs.1. Clear PhotoImage by Dean Drobot.When a hiring producer is scanning profiles, the first thing they’ll see before they even get into your credentials is your photo, so it needs to be clear and do a good job of representing yourself. Not having a photo is simply not an option. A producer needs, first and foremost, to know that you’re a real, accountable person who isn’t just spamming a website or running some scam. You don’t have to be a knock-out, but a photo that clearly shows who you are is important.2. Credits Are KeyImage by Zorik Khutoryan.As frustrating as this sounds, you gotta have credits to get credits in this industry. A full list of past gigs and credits on your profile is the strongest way to stand out. It shows that you’ve done the jobs and have the accolades to prove it.If you’re just starting out, however, don’t let this dismay you. Credits can come from both big projects and small ones, so if you’ve worked on projects in film school or with friends on weekends, those count if you can build them up and get them recognized on places like IMDB.The bottom line is that if you’ve done something, give yourself credit for it, and add it to your profile.3. Similar ProjectsImage by gnepphoto.Once a producer looks at the credits, he or she is very likely to look for similar project experience. If you’ve worked on reality TV show productions in the past, you’d be a good asset on a similar team in the future. So, if you’ve found success working in a particular medium or genre, include this in your profile so you’ll stand out for those producers looking for help on similar projects.4. Resume as PDFImage by jamesteohart.This may seem like a minor concern, but if you don’t follow the instructions and upload a PDF resume, you may lose out on more jobs than you realize. When reviewing candidates, producers often batch-download resumes once they’ve whittled down a list. They can forward these resumes and send them to other producers and team members for review. If you have a resume that won’t open (or even won’t download), it’ll just get deleted.5. LocationImage by zhgee.Apps and platforms like Staff Me Up are great for producers who are working on projects both in-town and out-of-town. If you’re in a mainstream hub like Los Angeles or New York, that’s great — you may find gigs in your town or get flown out to gigs based on your experience. But, if you’re a professional anywhere else in the world, producers may be want to hire you in your current location (or nearby) instead of shipping a crew out to your locale.6. Pro MemberImage by SFIO CRACHO.Staff Me Up, like most “free” sites these days offers a Pro Membership option. It’s not necessary, and it will never disqualify you in the eyes of any producer, but having it won’t hurt either. It’s just another way to show that you’re a real person and that you’re invested in your career.7. Google SearchPerhaps the most interesting piece advice we learned from a hiring producer who uses Staff Me Up is that “You will be Googled.” All the information you choose to include is highly important — you get to put your best foot forward. However, be prepared (and do what you can to monitor) for all the information about you based on an online search of your name and profession. If you’re careful about what information about you is available online, this could work to your benefit because the more a producer can learn about you and your work, the more likely they are to hire you.Other ConcernsIf you’re just getting started using digital staffing platforms like this, know that you might get many notices and inquires before your first hire. Staffing procedures usually begin (and like to be locked up) several weeks (usually 6 weeks) before the gig, so keep a tidy calendar. Often, you won’t have to worry about travel considerations, so consider travel miles to and from gigs as part of your payment.And, as always, the best way to find consistent work and good gigs is to be ready, reliable, and positive. Once you get on with a good producer or production company, chances are very high that they will use you again and again — which is always the ultimate goal.For more tips, tricks, and resources on freelance film and video production, check out some of these articles.Freelance Tip: How To Make Sure You Get Paid By Your ClientsTax Deductions and Resources for Freelance FilmmakersFreelance Tips: 7 Best Practices for Invoicing ClientsFreelance Video: Managing Client ExpectationsShould You Ever Give Your Client The Unedited Project Footage?