January 30, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Q&A with Dr. Silvertooth
  3. On this day
  4. Search and Screen Committee
  5. Monica Pastor Retirement
  6. Youth Science Day
  7. Water Wise
  8. 39th Annual Ag Day
  9. Mushroom Production Workshop
  10. WRRC Brown Bag
  11. Did you know? 
  12. Call for Nominations
Photo of Dr. Silvertooth

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 The Cooperative Extension System (CES) is a very diverse organization of delivered programs and we are widely dispersed across all segments of Arizona.  In a distributed organization like the CES, it is important to provide the opportunity to bring all faculty and staff together, usually in the form of a collective conference. 

This year we are conducting an Extension Conference in Tucson on 7-8 August 2018.  We are currently forming the planning committee and working on the identification of the site.  We will distribute information to all CES units as it is developed.

This conference provides an opportunity for everyone in the CES to assemble for updates and to share information.  This also offers a great chance for people to meet face to face in cases where telephone calls and email are often the only means of interaction. 

A conference of this size represents a significant investment of resources but the most important expenditure is the time of everyone involved.  This conference needs to be useful, productive, and worthwhile for all parties. 

Consistent with the past few years; CES faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged and expected to attend this conference.  We are looking forward to bringing everyone together in Tucson this August.

Silvertooth Q&A notice

Mark you calendar

It’s *YOUR* chance to ask the Director of Cooperative Extension, *YOUR* questions.

Another “Quarterly Live Q&A Webinar” is coming up.. February 13, 2018 from 1:30-2:30
Register here for the event 

Submit your question(s), here
**Putting your name in, is optional*** 

On this day: 

40 years ago, on 30 January 1978, Barry Tickes first joined Cooperative Extension.  Congratulations!

Search and Screen Committee - Associate Direction, 4-H

Thank you to the members of the newly formed Search and Screen Committee for the Associate Extension Director for 4-H Youth Development position.

Mike Hauser, Chair, Associate Agent, Apache County      

Malisa Grantham, Assistant in Extension               

Hattie Braun, Director, Coconino County                        

Joshua Moore, Assistant Agent, Pima County                   

Wendy West, Program Coordinator Senior, Cochise County                

Bobby Torres, Department Head, Agriculture Education                   

Sam Garcia, Assistant Professor of Practice, Animal & Biomedical Sciences                       

Micaela McGibbon, 4-H leader (Pima County) & 4-H Foundation Member         

Wayne Mennetti, 4-H Leader (Maricopa County) & 4-H Foundation Member  

Monica Pastor’s Retirement

On January 12, a celebration was held in Phoenix to celebrate Monica Pastor’s retirement.  Monica, a true advocate for Agricultural Literacy, began her career with Extension in 1997 and became an Extension Agent in 2001.  In 2007 she took on the responsibilities as County Extension Director in Maricopa and then stepped down in 2012 to once again spearhead Extension’s Ag. Literacy Program.  Monica also served as the Director of Project CENTRL and helped to continue the program’s legacy of producing some of the state’s strongest leaders in agriculture.  As noted at her retirement celebration, few people are given the opportunity to impact so many lives, even fewer take advantage of the opportunity, Monica is among them.  We wish her well in her retirement and thank her for her service to the University of Arizona, the College of Agriculture and Life Science, Arizona Cooperative Extension, and most importantly, to the people who learned so much from her and her programs. Congratulations Monica!

2017 4-H La Paz County/Colorado River Indian Tribe (CRIT) Cooperative Extension National Youth Science Day

4-H National Youth Science Day – took place on October 10th at the La Paz County/Colorado River Indian Tribe (CRIT) Cooperative Extension office in Parker AZ.  Debbie Pettigrew, 4-H Program Coordinator, hosted the 2017 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) “Incredible Wearables” challenge in partnership with Dr. Gerardo “Jerry” Lopez – U of A Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist 4-H STEM with the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. Eighteen youth, ranging from 4th to 10th grades, along with parents participated in small teams to learn about “Incredible Wearables” and successfully design, build, test and refine their wearable health monitor devices.

The 4-H NYSD connects young people from around the world in an exciting, interactive learning experience in the form of a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) challenge.  This year’s 4-H NYSD challenge focused on “Incredible Wearables”, where youth were led to work together in small engineering teams to build a functioning health monitor using a small computer and low-cost sensors.  Once the health monitors were built, the youth collected and analyzed body temperature, heart rate, and step data that was wirelessly transmitted to iPads.  Health monitoring is just one area of wearable technologies.  By studying 4-H STEM subjects, youth obtain knowledge that can lead to future careers as adults in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Water Wise to receive first Environmental Merit Award

Sierra Vista's Environmental Affairs Commission has selected Water Wise, a program of UA Cooperative Extension in Cochise County, as the first recipient of its Environmental Merit Award.

39th Annual Southeastern Arizona Ag Day & Trade Show

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Willcox Community Center, Willcox, AZ

Trade Show Opens at 7:45am, morning sessions begin at 8:30am, see program for more information.

CEU's available

Pesticide Application Testing available for Private, Commercial & Fumigation


Fundamentals of Small-Scale Mushroom Production

Dr. Barry Pryor (Professor, School of Plant Sciences) and Thom Plasse (Instructional Specialist, PCCE, Tucson Village Farm) are excited to announce an upcoming workshop. Fundamental of Small-Scale Mushroom Production is being held Wednesday, February 21st from 1 - 5pm at the Pima County Cooperative Extension Office. 

The 4-hour workshop will cover all aspects of growing gourmet mushrooms for sale in Arizona, from cultures, spawn, and petri dishes to substrate, growing environments, and the mushroom market. Unique to this Tucson workshop is the opportunity to tour the MycoCats’ (a student mushroom-growing club and internship program advised by Dr. Pryor) growing facilities, Tucson Village Farm’s mushroom production shed, and learn some simple lab techniques involving fungal cultures. All participants will also receive a colonized mushroom grow-bag to cultivate at home! To register go to http://bit.ly/2n5bp3l.  For questions, email tplasse@email.arizona.edu or call the PCCE at 520.626.5161.
February 21, 2018,  1:00 - 5:00pm,  Pima County Cooperative Extension Office, 4210 N Campbell, Tucson AZ 85705
Cost: $20

WRRC Brown Bag

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona: Addressing Water and Natural Resource Issues in Arizona

February 6, 2018  4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 

Sabino Room, UA Student Union Memorial Center (1303 E. University Blvd.)

**Please note special time and location**

Speaker:  Maria Dadgar, Executive Director, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona


Did You Know?

Looking for information on UA employee benefits?  Find out about benefits offered to UA employees: https://hr.arizona.edu/employees-affiliates/benefits   

And if you need new employee orientation information - check here: https://hr.arizona.edu/employees-affiliates/new-ua/new-employee-orientation-programs

Call for Nominations

Each year we recognize our faculty, staff and strong contributors to CALS Extension with the Extension Faculty of the Year Award, the Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award, and the Extensionist of the Year Award.  Submit your recommendations:   
  • The Faculty of the Year award recipient will receive $1,000 and an award.  Click here for Extension Faculty of the Year Award criteria and nomination form.   – Submission deadline – February 1
  • The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria.  – Submission deadline – February 1
  • The Extensionist of the Year award recognizes and honors a resident of the State of Arizona who has demonstrated extraordinary contributions, through UACE, to improving the lives of people in their community and state.  The award will be presented at an appropriate college-wide event.  Letters of nomination from UACE or non-UACE faculty and staff and/or peers should focus on the following criteria:  1) the nature and extent of the contribution provided by the individual (35%), 2) how this contribution has benefitted people in the community (15%) and the state (15%), 3) leadership qualities (25%), and 4) support for UACE (10%).  – Submission deadline – February 1
All awards will be presented at an appropriate Extension or CALS event.  Please read the criteria carefully, submitting only the materials noted.  Submit your nominations and support letters c/o Kristie Gallardo, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, PO Box 210036, Tucson, AZ, 85721. If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520.621.7145).
To ensure proper display of this email in Microsoft Outlook,
click (in Home or Message): Junk > Never Block Sender's Domain

TMN Submittal Process

Please submit your news to TMN [tmn@cals.arizona.edu]
Subscribe to our email list.