September 10, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Welcome Ashley Parra
  3. Save the Date - Q & A with Dr. Silvertooth
  4. Beekeeping in Holbrook
  5. Not Alone Film Screening
  6. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel
  7. Seeking Nominations: Administrator of the Year and Shirley O'Brien Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

Last week my TMN comments were directed at a consideration of the what, why, and how aspects of program or project development and management.  Although we do this on a regular basis with projects or programs, it is occasionally good for us to ask ourselves on a personal level “Why are we doing what we do?”   

For example, I have often asked that question of myself in terms of my job and responsibility with the University of Arizona and the Cooperative Extension System (CES). 

Beyond the fact that we all need to make a living, the basis of my motivation for working in this capacity is my basic belief in the Land Grant Institution and its mission.  I believe in the value and purpose of the CES in bringing the university to the people of the state and bringing science to bear on practical problems.

We deliver on the CES mission by all of us doing our part and working together.  In this business, it helps to understand and believe in the purpose of our work.

It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Director for the Arizona CES and the Associate Director for the Arizona Experiment Station (AES).  I have tremendous respect and appreciation for everyone in the CES and AES doing their jobs and helping deliver on our mission every day.

Welcome Ashley Parra

Ashley Patricia Parra is joining the Arizona 4-H team as the Senior Program Coordinator in Arizona Cooperative Extension in the Division of Agriculture, Life & Veterinary Sciences & Cooperative Extension.  She is originally from Tucson and recently graduated from Wellesley College last May with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in education studies.  Growing up in Arizona, Ashley participated in archery and also worked as a junior docent and trained animal handler at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.  She is happy to return to her home community and hopes to pursue graduate studies in the next few years to do research in public health, particularly on culturally-sustaining school-based and community-based youth organizations focused on mental health and wellness.

Beekeeping in Holbrook

Check out the September 3rd Holbrook Tribune article on beekeeping. The Home & Garden workshop is held monthly at the Holbrook Extension office on a variety of topics. This month was on the bee hives that are part of a Extension Strategic Initiative Plan grant.

Not Alone film screen

As part of Suicide Prevention Day, the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is sponsoring a free film screening of Not Alone and a community forum on the topic of suicide at the Loft Cinema in Tucson (3233 E Speedway Blvd) on Tuesday, September 10. The resource fair is at 5:30pm and the screening and panel will be between 6:00 and 9:00 pm. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Joronda Montaño, Exec. Director of notMYkid, Rezwana Islam, UA Public Health major and LGBTQ advocate, Ernestina Limon, former Pima County Health Department Community Mental Health and Addiction Program Coordinator, and Darin Knapp, UA Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences Assistant Professor of Practice. The panel will be moderated by Bonnie Kneller, Tucson High School Lead School Social Worker. We invite you to engage in a conversation about promoting mental health in our community and preventing suicide in our student population. There will be resource tables with information on local mental health treatment, education, and outreach organizations on the patio at 5:30pm before the screening.
Contact: Galen McCaw |

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 Cooperative Extension's 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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