February 26, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth 
  2. PSEP Candidate Seminars
  3. Launching Your Career
  4. 4-H Candidate Presentations
  5. New Extension Publication
  6. ALVSCE Employee Resources Website
  7. Garden Kitchen March Fit First Saturday
  8. AZ-NV Academy of Science
  9. ALVSCE Nominations

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

All communities and organizations need good leadership and that is certainly true in rural communities.  Rural communities often face unique challenges in developing leadership talent, in part from having smaller populations and limited access to leadership development programs.

In 1965, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation partnered with Michigan State University to form the Kellogg Farmers Study Program.  The success of this initial program led to the development of similar rural leadership programs in 38 states and 12 international locations.

In 1981 Arizona Farm Bureau, the Cooperative Extension System (CES) and leaders from across the state partnered to secure a seed grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to form the 501(c)3 Arizona’s CENTer for Rural Leadership, known as Project CENTRL which still operates today as a public-private partnership with University of Arizona CES.

Project CENTRL has realized tremendous success strengthening and expanding the personal leadership skills for graduates and accelerating lifelong learning and abilities to problem-solve on complex contemporary issues.  This program has created a statewide network with over 600 alumni in communities throughout rural Arizona.  Graduates have served as state senators and legislators, county supervisors, mayors, city and county councils, and working with more than 800 community organizations across the state.

Scott Koenig currently serves as the Project CENTRL Director and he is currently seeking applicants for Class 28 for this tuition-free, competitively-selected twelve-month leadership development program!

Please contact Scott if you know of someone who would benefit from this excellent program.

Project CENTRL website: https://extension.arizona.edu/project-centrl


PSEP Candidate Seminars

Interviews will be held February 26th and 28th at the Maricopa Agricultural Center for the position of Assistant in Extension, Pesticide Safety Education.  The candidates and their respective interview dates are:

Jennifer Weber:  February 26

Mike Gaspar: February 28

Candidate seminars will be presented at 9:15am in English and repeated at 1:15pm in Spanish.  Seminars will be streamed via ZOOM for faculty and staff that cannot attend.  Time is available for faculty and staff to meet with the candidates and can be reserved by contacting Paul Brown or Dawn Gouge.  

Launching Your Career

2019 Science and Engineering Excellence Banquet & Launching your Career Symposium
March 15, 2019
South Ballroom, Student Union
Register now for this networking event supporting women in STEM across all career stages! Featuring:
• Workshop on “Employing Your Strengths: Identifying them, applying them, and etting them hired”
• Career panels with scientists and engineers from industry and academia
• Free lunch!

Candidate Presentations

Candidates for the Assistant/Associate Agent 4-H position in Cochise and Santa Cruz County 

Presentation: Program Goals for 4-H and Volunteer Management, in Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties

Join us for two presentations by the candidates for the Assistant/Associate 4-H Agent position  

Join Zoom Meeting 


Peter Hooper - March 5, 2019 - at 10AM 

Eric Thoutt - March 6, 2019 - at 10AM
For more information contact  Evelyn Whitmer

After each presentation - please fill out the Survey here

New Extension Publication

El Agua y la Hidratación para su niño
Evelyn B. Whitmer, 

Getting enough water (fluid) is important to keeping your child healthy:

     Helps to keep body temperature at the normal level
     Helps provide enough fluid to sweat to keep you cool
     Helps to keep bowels moving, prevents constipation

New! ALVSCE Employee Resources Website

In support of our foundational goal and our desire to continuously improve communication and transparency, the Compass Project Team launched a new internal employee resources website on February 19 named Compass: ALSVCE Employee Resources. At compass.arizona.edu, you’ll find that we’ve strived to make it easier for all employees in ALVSCE to find resources, connect, and engage. 

This site is built for all employees in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Arizona Experiment Station and the planned College of Veterinary Medicine.  

If you have recommendations on improvements or additions, please send them to the Compass Project Team through Grapevine – your resource to send questions, comments, and concerns about anything to do with the division – and be sure to include your contact information so the Compass Project Team can follow up with you.

For more information and some answers to questions we’re anticipating, please read more here:

Garden Kitchen - March Fit First Saturday  

March 2, 2019- Fit First Saturday
Class Line-up!

Join us for our FREE monthly fitness, cooking, and gardening classes at the Garden Kitchen! An opportunity to come together as a community in support of creating healthier, more well-balance lifestyles.  Hope to see you there!

9:00 - 9:45 AM  Family Yoga    
We are all busy these days, including kids! Join us for a family yoga class. This class creates a great way for the whole family to reconnect with themselves and unwind.  
Cost: FREE 

10:00 - 11:00 AM Healthy Twist on your Favorite Recipes 
Come to our food demonstration where we will have old favorites with a healthy and delicious twist that the whole family will enjoy!  
Cost: FREE

11:15 - 12:15 PM Lets Grow Together, Family Gardening fun! 
Join us for a morning of gardening and fun, learn how family gardening can be a great way to spend quality time together! Learn how to grow a successful garden in your own back yard.  
Cost: FREE

Visit our website for more events, recipes, and resources! 

AZ-NV Academy of Science

The Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science (fondly called ANAS) is hosting its annual conference on April 6th in Yuma, Arizona for the very first time because SWES's own Dr. Paula Rivadeneira (fondly called @PaulaThePoopDr - do you see a trend here?) will become the President of the organization at the meeting! 

This conference is one of the most student-friendly conferences in the country and promotes all aspects of science. Students can do an oral presentation or a poster presentation/lightning talk. Lightning talks are new this year - students will get 3 minutes and 3 slides to tell the audience about their internship, research, interests, and goals. It's a great way to get them to commit to an elevator speech, and industry is welcome to attend to find their next new hire superstars! We are encouraging all students, even those not presenting a poster, to do a lightning talk.

Register here and encourage ALL of your students to attend and present. Time to start working on those student resumes! If you have questions, please contact Dr. Paula or 928-919-2611. #askmeaboutANAS

Seeking Nominations

Administrator of the Year Nominations - due 3/8/19

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 Spring Faculty/Staff 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. I 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. Please see the URL below for nomination guidelines. Nominations will be active for a three-year period. The deadline for nominations is 3/8/19, and the winner will be announced at the ALVSCE Spring Luncheon.

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.

For more information

Seeking Nominations for the Shirley O’Brien Diversity & Inclusion Award

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 Spring Luncheon 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 inclusiveness within ALVSCE. Additional information and the nominating form can be found at the URL below. Nominations are due by 3/8/19.
For more information

Nominate a Colleague!  Seeking Nominations: ALVSCE Appointed Professional Award for Excellence

The ALVSCE Year-to-Year Appointed Professional Award for Excellence was created to recognize and honor outstanding achievements and contributions by an individual in a year-to-year appointed professional position. Nominations for this award may be made by any employee or student in the Division of Agriculture, Life & Veterinary Sciences & Cooperative Extension, and are due to Jeffrey Ratje in Division Business Services, Forbes 322, no later than Friday, March 15, 2019.

Nomination procedures and guidelines for the award can be found here, as well as in the link below. 

Please note that the Arizona Board of Regents has created two distinct types of year-to-year appointed professionals: 1) Academic Professionals, and 2) Service Professionals. Both types of employees are eligible for nomination and reception of the award. The awardee will receive a check for $1,000 and a plaque, and will be recognized at the upcoming Spring 2019 ALVSCE Faculty/Staff Luncheon on April 30, 2019. 

For additional information or questions, please contact Brian Berrellez or Mary Carroll.  Brian can be reached by email bberrell@email.arizona.edu or by phone 520-626-9132.  Mary can be reached by email marymcarroll@email.arizona.edu or by phone 520-621-7195.

For more information:

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