2020 Alumni President

first_imgCaroline Lewallen, a 2011 agricultural education graduate, has been elected to serve as president of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Alumni Association for the 2020-21 term beginning July 1.Lewallen co-owns a pasture-raised beef cattle farm in Clarkesville, Georgia, with her husband Kyle Lewallen. The farm’s name, teXga, is a combination of her home state of Georgia and his roots in Texas, which is where the couple met.When Caroline Lewallen was in graduate school at Texas A&M University, she looked for opportunities to serve with the UGA CAES Alumni Association at a distance and began on the communications committee.“I always remembered seeing alumni on campus while I was in school and wanted to start giving back as soon as I could,” she said.  When she started her career in Georgia as the marketing and outreach coordinator at Jaemor Farms, she was asked to serve a three-year term on the alumni board.“One thing I saw right away was a need for students to have real-world opportunities,” she recalled. She started an internship program at Jaemor to create summer opportunities for CAES students.Lewallen previously chaired the alumni enrichment committee, where she helped plan networking events around the state, and the governance committee, which helps strategize volunteer roles.“It’s never too soon or too late to get plugged into the alumni association,” said Lewallen. “The best time to get involved is right now. We want to celebrate where folks are in their lives as graduates and engage everybody to learn from one another. It’s together that we work for the betterment of the college, university and our industry.”Lewallen emphasizes the importance of the college’s role in the land-grant system and the strength of a UGA degree.“I’m grateful that our institution has so much to be proud of,” she said. “There is real power in a degree from UGA. And as alumni, we also have a role in pointing folks to resources. I often find myself asking people if they’ve contacted their local (Cooperative) Extension office.”Lewallen’s time as a 4-H’er set an early path for her to get to UGA, but “it’s certainly not a requirement,” she said. “I did grow up in the industry, but agriculture and our college welcomes everybody.”During her time as a CAES student, Lewallen served as a college ambassador, Congressional Agricultural Fellow and member of AGHON.“Caroline has been heavily involved with the association since she graduated, and I’m excited to continue working with her over the next year,” said Suzanne Griffeth, CAES director of alumni engagement. “She will continue the history of strong leadership of the board. No matter what the future holds, we look forward to connecting with alumni and friends.”To learn more about the UGA CAES Alumni Association, visit caes.uga.edu/alumni.last_img read more

Germany says Russian COVID-19 vaccine has not been sufficiently tested

first_imgGerman Health Minister Jens Spahn on Wednesday said Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine had not been sufficiently tested, adding the aim was to have a safe product rather than just being first to start vaccinating people.President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing.Moscow’s decision to grant approval before final trials have been completed has raised concerns among some experts. “It can be dangerous to start vaccinating millions, if not billions, of people too early because it could pretty much kill the acceptance of vaccination if it goes wrong, so I’m very skeptical about what’s going on in Russia,” Spahn told radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.”I would be pleased if we had an initial, good vaccine but based on everything we know – and that’s the fundamental problem, namely that the Russians aren’t telling us much – this has not been sufficiently tested,” he added.Spahn said it was crucial, even during a pandemic, to carry out proper studies and tests and make the results public to give people confidence in the vaccine.”It’s not about being first somehow – it’s about having an effective, tested and therefore safe vaccine,” he said when asked about Russia’s vaccine, which will be called “Sputnik V” in homage to the world’s first satellite launched by the Soviet Union.Only about 10% of clinical trials are successful and some scientists fear Moscow may be putting national prestige before safety.Putin and other officials have said it is completely safe. Government officials have said it will be administered to medical personnel, and then to teachers, on a voluntary basis at the end of this month or in early September. Mass roll-out in Russia is expected to start in October.  Topics :last_img read more

Hughes furious over Ireland injury

first_img Just before the interval of the Potters’ 1-0 Barclays Premier League home win over Hull on Saturday, Ireland was on the receiving end of a rash-looking challenge from Tigers defender Maynor Figueroa and he was subsequently substituted at half-time. After the game, Hughes revealed Ireland had sustained a calf injury that required ”something like 12 or 15 stitches” – and a photograph published on Sunday by The Telegraph shows the huge gash that was in the 28-year-old Irishman’s leg before the stitches went in. Tigers boss Steve Bruce – whose side are four points above the relegation zone in 15th while Stoke are 10th – claimed Crouch’s effort should have been ruled out for offside, and said the Aluko opportunity was the best of the match. Bruce, quoted by the Hull Daily Mail, said: “We didn’t do enough with the ball but we had the best chance of the game. “When Sone’s wriggled free, that’s a great opportunity and when you look at the opportunities in the game, we’ve probably created the best one. “He’s tried to hit it with the outside of his left foot. For me, you have to take it with your right foot and at least hit the target. It’s wonderful skill to get there but when you create big chances like that, you’ve got to take them.” A gruesome image has emerged showing Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland’s injured leg shortly after the tackle his manager Mark Hughes said could have ended the player’s career. The tackle that had caused the damage went unpunished, with referee Neil Swarbrick allowing play to continue at the time. And the official and his assistant were strongly condemned by Hughes, who said Figueroa should have been shown a straight red card. The manager also rated the challenge worse than the one made a week earlier by Burnley forward Ashley Barnes on Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic at Stamford Bridge which drew so much attention. Hughes told the BBC: “The tackle on Stevie Ireland could have finished his career. “Why the referee hasn’t given a straight red for that, I have no idea. The referees have got to get their act together, really. “He has had it all stitched up and hopefully it doesn’t get infected, but that is the risk over the next couple of days.” A 71st-minute header from Stoke striker Peter Crouch, notched a minute after he came off the bench, settled Saturday’s encounter at the Britannia Stadium – a game which was particularly low on entertainment. Neither side produced much going forward, with Hull’s only real chance coming in the 20th minute when Sone Aluko outfoxed Philipp Wollscheid to get into the Stoke box before sending the ball wide of the far post with his left foot from a tight angle. Press Associationlast_img read more

Thursday October 17th Local Sports

first_imgMASON CITY — Both of NIACC’s cross country teams remain ranked in this week’s Division I polls. The Lady Trojans are ranked 14th after placing fourth in their own Trent Smith Invitational last Friday. Iowa Central is ranked first in the women’s poll followed by Southern Idaho. Iowa Western out of the conference is ranked 10th. The NIACC men are ranked 17th in this week’s poll after placing fifth in the Trent Smith Invitational last week. Cloud County Community College of Kansas is ranked first, with three other conference members being ranked in the top 25 — Iowa Central third, Iowa Western sixth and Hawkeye Community College 22nd. Both NIACC teams are off until the Region XI meet in Ottumwa on October 25th. AMES — Iowa State’s emerging ground game has given the Cyclone offense more confidence heading into this week’s game at Texas Tech. ISU has averaged 166 yards on the ground the past two weeks and senior receiver La’Michael Pettway believes it will lead to more big plays.Freshman running back Breece Hall burst onto the scene with 132 yards on the ground in a win at West Virginia.Sophomore receiver Tarique Milton says the emergence of Hall gives the Cyclones an added dimension.Kickoff in Lubbock is scheduled for 11 o’clock on Saturday AMES — A new look Iowa State basketball team will be out to make another post-season run. The Cyclones lost nearly half the roster off of last year’s team that won the Big 12 tournament title and coach Steve Prohm has been searching for the right combinations.Michael Jacobson returns along the front line and sophomore guard Tyrese Haliburton was named to pre-season All Big 12 first team.Prohm says Haliburton will be counted on to log a lot of minutes.A key addition will be Penn State transfer Rasir Bolton at guard.A tough Big 12 race will be part of what Prohm calls a demanding schedule.The Cyclones open at home on November fifth against Mississippi Valley State. IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeyes will be out to snap a two game losing streak this week when they host Purdue. Freshman receiver Nico Ragaini  says the Hawkeyes are focused on what still can be accomplished.Quarterback Nate Stanley says they have gone back to work in hopes of fixing an offense that has scored only one touchdown in two games.Iowa safety Geno Stone says there has not been a loss of confidence.Kickoff at Kinnick Stadium is scheduled for 11 o’clock, with the pre-game starting at 9 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO IOWA FALLS — Kennedy Meister earned her 1000th career dig on Wednesday night as the NIACC volleyball team swept Ellsworth three sets to nothing — 25-11, 25-14 and 25-12. NIACC is 6-1 in conference play and 24-8 overall. The Lady Trojans remain in a three-way tie atop the conference standings with Iowa Central and Northeast Community College, with Iowa Central beating Southeastern and Northeast sweeping Southwestern last night. NIACC travels to the Iowa Lakes tournament with two matches each on Friday and Saturday.last_img read more