January 14, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Navajo County 4-H Physics & Engineering Club Winners
  3. 2020 Preseason Industrial Hemp Production meeting/field day
  4. Externs 2020
  5. WRRC Brown Bag Series
  6. Live Q & A - January 21, 2020
  7. Promotion Workshop
  8. Call for Nominations - Extension Awards
  9. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director 

 Every year more than 5,000 Arizonans provide volunteer service with programs directed by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES).  The contributions provided by these volunteers are vital to many of the CES programs provided across the state. 

Volunteering is not easy.  Volunteers do not have a surplus of time each day to donate – each minute they give to CES program delivery is a minute taken from their personal time and we are aware of that.  With that being the case, we are doing our best to ensure that navigating our volunteer policies and processes are straightforward and completed with ease so that everyone can spend their time on what matters most.

Extension volunteers do need to meet certain criteria, and it can be challenging at times.  It is essential that we screen our volunteers thoroughly to ensure safety among our program’s participants – youth and adult.  We never want our participants placed in situations that are not safe, secure, or do not foster environments that allow the transfer of knowledge. 

It is a requirement that all volunteers have background checks that are up to date, the appropriate trainings are completed, and they coordinate with county Extension staff to stay informed of the process timelines.  These background checks are mandatory, required by the University of Arizona for all of us who are working with young people through Cooperative Extension. It is simply the right thing for us all to do and we must all comply.

At any time, Gloria Blumanhourst is available to help with any questions you may have about this.

Navajo County 4-H Physics and Engineering Club Winners

Please congratulate the students in the Blue Ridge Junior High 4-H Physics and Engineering Club.  They have been selected as a state winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow STEM Competition. This ranks them as one of the top 100 teams nationally, out of more than 2000 entries and they will move on to the next level. As the state winning team they have earned a prize of $15,000 in technology and classroom materials. The Club is based out of to the BR/UA 4-H Fab Lab which has provided the tools necessary to make their project a success.  

2020 Preseason Meeting & Field Day on Industrial Hemp Production

Join the 2020 preseason meeting on Industrial hemp organized by Yuma County Cooperative Extension of the University of Arizona. Attend talks on different topics ranging from hemp production in open field and greenhouse, status and prospects of industrial hemp production in Arizona.

February 3, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Externs 2020

This is a request for Summer 2020 "Externships in Sustainability" Project Proposals. This year, the Green Fund was able to support 12 extern positions in 6 counties working on a variety of projects. We’ve been funded by the UA Green Fund through August of 2020 and our budget will allow for up to 12 externs working no more than 35 hours/week for a maximum of 10 weeks (350 hours per extern). 

The overall purpose of the Externship Program is to create opportunities for University of Arizona students to bring their experience, skills and enthusiasm to their communities through innovative sustainability projects, by working directly with Extension agents throughout the state. At the same time, those students and Arizona’s communities become more aware of Cooperative Extension’s leadership role in applied research and innovation as it relates to sustainability. 

Project area ideas include but are not limited to: 
   1.     Rainwater Harvesting
   2.     Recycling
   3.     Composting
   4.     Community/School Gardens
   5.     Farmers’ Market Start-up or Management
   6.     Small-scale renewable energy installation
   7.     Energy efficiency retrofits

This is your opportunity to submit a sustainability project idea to the Team for your county that would employ a UA student as an extern for the project. The timeframe for extern projects runs from mid-May to August 30.

If you are interested in an extern to implement a county sustainability project starting in the Summer of 2020:
   1.     Include your capacity to supervise a student as well as provide logistical support such as a
           desk, phone and computer
   2.     Describe your sustainability project idea.
   3.     Identify the community or facility in your area that would benefit from such a project.
   4.     Proposals should include a projected measurable impact of the extern’s activities based on
           project time-frame and project scope.
   5.     Proposals should be no more than 1000 words.

Interns are given a minimum wage stipend. A small pool of funds is available for project-related materials. Projects given preference for the 2020 cycle will be based on:
   1.       A county’s ability to recruit and support a UA student, preferably from their own community.
   2.       If applicable, past Externship performance and compliance with reporting/evaluation 
             requests and deadlines.
   3.       A project meeting the principles of sustainability, i.e. positive impacts on environmental,
             social AND economic systems.  

Please submit your project/extern ideas to Elizabeth Sparks, esparks@cals.arizona.edu no later than Friday January 31st. 

WRRC Brown Bag Series

Henry W. Johnstone, PE, President of GLHN Architects and Engineers, Inc.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Location: WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.)

The dynamic relationship between water and energy has become a national topic in recent years and is of particular interest to those in Arizona, where projections of water scarcity and changes in electrical generation are frequently reported in the media. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the sources and sinks of energy and water in Arizona then focus on their interaction at campus or municipal district scale. Relative per capita magnitudes of water consumption for both domestic use and use in cooling the built environment will be reviewed. As air conditioning is often the primary consumer of both electric power and water within campus boundaries, we will explore the trade-offs between energy and water efficiency in building cooling. A summary will suggest concepts in policy, planning, and design that address this element of sustainability in the built environment.

Save-the-Date Live Q&A Webinar

Promotion Dossier Workshop

Making a Statement for the Promotion Dossier
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Integrated Learning Center, room 125

Attendees will achieve the following:
     how to write a compelling
     candidate statement,
     identify key innovations,
     highlight impact, and
     use purposeful language for external and internal reviewers

Call for Nominations

Each year we recognize our faculty, staff and strong contributors to Cooperative Extension with the Extension Faculty of the Year Award, the Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award, and the Extensionist of the Year Award. 

The Cooperative Extension 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 instructions. Submission deadline – February 4, 2020

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 4, 2020

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 division-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 4, 2020

All awards will be presented at an appropriate Extension or ALVSCE 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 or gallardk@email.arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520.621.7145).

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.

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