September 24, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Today - 1:30 -  Q & A with Dr. Silvertooth  
  3. Farewell
  4. Fit First Saturdays Video
  5. National 4-H Hall of Fame
  6. Hemp Workshop Recording
  7. Drachman Institute
  8. Extension Scientists Examine Food Safety Practices
  9. Educational Studies Article
  10. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel
  11. Seeking Nominations: Administrator of the Year and Shirley O'Brien Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

The Cooperative Extension System (CES) is an element of the University of Arizona (UA) that exists to provide a direct connection between the university and communities across the state.  There is a clear expectation that CES units and personnel are to maintain high levels of professionalism in our offices, programs, and in our presentation to the communities.

On 17 September Mr. Ronald A. Wilson, UA Vice President and Title IX Coordinator with the Division of Equity, Inclusion & Title IX, sent a memo by email to the entire UA community as a reminder of the significance of Title IX.

This message is worthy of reinforcing for everyone in the CES and I want to emphasize the fact that we all need to be alert and respectful to these points. I am providing an italicized excerpt of Mr. Wilson’s Title IX summary below for emphasis.  Following this excerpt, there is a link to his complete 17 September communication on this topic.

The University of Arizona is committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment that is free of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, and sexual misconduct. With the start of the new semester, I would like to remind employees and students of the significance of Title IX.

     Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." 20 U.S.C. §1681(a).

      Title IX requires universities to ensure an environment free of sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

        Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, interferes with a person’s right to receive an education and work in an environment free from discrimination. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX, and it is a crime.

        Sexual violence, as that term is used here, refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to age or incapacitation. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment covered under Title IX.

September 17, 2019, email from Ron Wilson, Vice President and Title IX Coordinator Division of Equity, Inclusion & Title IX

Thank you for your continued attention to these important issues.  Although this aspect of Title IX has a focus on sexually oriented interactions, it is important to remember that professionalism extends into many facets our work.  How we conduct ourselves reflects directly on our units, Cooperative Extension, and the University of Arizona.

Live Q & A Webinar, Today, 1:30 p.m.

Farewell from Kim Christman

Dear Extension colleagues,

I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate the relationships we have developed over the last four years. It been nothing but a pleasure working with all of you!

I am a true believer that people, challenges, and opportunities are put in your life for a reason. I’m so very thankful for each and every one of you, the challenges we have faced together, and for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Arizona – it truly has been an honor to make an impact with you. My new opportunity I’m hoping will come soon is yet another honor that will bring me to a new chapter in my military career. I must say that if I have learned anything in the past five years of my life, it is that taking risks can lead to fulfilling opportunities, as it has for me as a fellow Extension employee. I have a true passion for the work that Cooperative Extension does and I know you all do as well, it’s evident in the way you all do your work! Serving youth and families through Cooperative Extension and 4-H has been my life’s work, 25 years this month, and it has truly been a labor of love. I feel honored and grateful for the time that I have had with each of you.
If you would like to contact me, please feel free to email me at

I look forward to hearing about the great work that you are all continuing to do!

Fit First Saturdays at The Garden Kitchen Video

Fit First Saturday at the Garden Kitchen

Fit First Saturdays are held monthly at The Garden Kitchen.  At these events, participants can take a physical activity class, watch a food demonstration (you get to try all the food and take home the recipes!) and attend a gardening class.

National 4-H Hall of Fame

We are happy to announce that Dr. Bill Peterson, former Arizona State 4-H Leader (1995-2005) will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame, October 11, 2019 at the National 4-H  Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  He will be recognized posthumously, and his wife and children will represent him at the ceremony.

The National 4-H Hall of Fame began in 2002 (4-H Centennial) and recognizes 4-H staff, volunteers,  and donors for their significant contributions to the program.  Other Arizona 4-H HOF Laureates include; Former Congressman Jim Kolbe (2002), Sarah Harman (2003),  Beryl Burt (2004), Dr Bart Cardon (2005), Oliver Anderson (2006), Graham Wright (2010), Dan Klingenberg (2014), Mary Faul (2017), Marifloyd Hamil (2018). We also claim Arizona 4-H Alumni and former agent, Bob Gilliland (2002) who was nominated by Utah.

Hemp Workshop Recording

If you missed the Hemp Workshop, watch the recording at the Extension YouTube Channel. Learn from experts about disease & insect management, regulations, hemp production in the desert from planting to harvest, trials and tribulations from a laboratory perspective and ending with questions and answers.


Drachman Institute and Building a Changing World

The next Building a Changing World Workshop on research in the built environment will be October 25, 2019. There are many connections to resources, infrastructure, and urban ecology to be discussed.

Extension Scientists Examine Food Safety Practices

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension scientists are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Yuma growers, the Arizona Department of Agriculture and local irrigation districts on a multi-year study to look at growing practices and the environment in the Yuma produce growing region.

Read the article at UA News and the FDA update

New Educational Studies Article

Nicholas A. Morris

Since its inception, the education for sustainable development (ESD) movement in higher education has been doomed. Its standards of sustainability, bound to measures of development which suggest human flourishing is equated with the western ideals, is precisely the double-bind Chet Bowers so passionately stood against. His critical perspective on education itself and the ecopedagogy shared in Educating for Eco-Justice and Community (2001) as well as the critical analysis he demonstrates in How Language Limits our Understanding of Environmental Education (2001) are exactly what is needed to reorient a movement which in most cases is now focused on efficiency. 

Educational Communication: Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

In the "digital age" - with the quest for information, but shorter attention spans - educational organizations are communicating more and more via social media, websites, and using digital communications, like Zoom.

Arizona Cooperative Extension is working to be at the forefront of this trend, in communicating with short, to-the-point videos.

                           Check out the Arizona Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel:

Please make sure you're helping us advance the Cooperative Extension message.  Please like, share and link through your social media channels, and help us do all we can to share with all stakeholders and communities.

Seeking Nominations for Administrator of the Year – due 10/4/19

The Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) Administrator of the Year Award was created to recognize and honor outstanding achievements and contributions by an administrator in ALVSCE. The award will be given at the Fall Luncheon meeting and will include a plaque for the recipient and a monetary award of $1,000 to be made to the winner’s administrative unit in honor of the recipient.  We encourage members of the faculty, staff, appointed professionals, alumni, students, or other administrators in the division to make nominations for this award. A list of previous recipients can be found HERE.  Nomination guidelines and information can be found at this LINK. Nominations will be active for a three-year period. The deadline for nominations is 10/4/19, and the winner will be announced at the ALVSCE Fall Luncheon on November 6, 2019.

This division has a large number of outstanding administrators who work hard to make good things happen. These deserving individuals cannot be recognized unless they are nominated. Thanks in advance for your attention to this important ALVSCE recognition program.

Seeking Nominations for the Shirley O’Brien Diversity & Inclusion Award – due 10/7/19

The Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) values diversity and inclusion in its people and programs and strives to foster a fair and respectful community. The Shirley O'Brien Diversity & Inclusion Award was created in honor of Shirley O'Brien for her exemplary work in promoting diversity and an inclusive environment within ALVSCE and across campus. We believe her efforts, in keeping with the division's emphasis on diversity and inclusiveness in its student body, faculty and programs, deserve recognition. The award will be given at the ALVSCE Fall Luncheon on November 6, 2019 and will include a plaque and monetary gift of $1,000.

We encourage members of the faculty, staff, appointed professionals and student body to nominate individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of diversity and inclusion within ALVSCE. A list of previous recipients can be found HERE.  Nomination guidelines and information can be found at this LINK.  The deadline for nominations is 10/7/19.



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