February 12, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Welcome Michael Chamberland
  3. How to Order Marketing Items Webinar
  4. FCHS Candidate Presentations
  5. Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale
  6. Range Livestock Nutrition Workshops
  7. Compost Cats is Hiring
  8. Promotion Workshops
  9. Latino Farmer Symposium
  10. Garden Kitchen Cooking Classes
  11. BIO5 Open House & Reception
  12. Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series
  13. Seeking Nominations

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

The 4-H Youth Development programs for the Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) met last week for in-service meetings in Phoenix.  Extension professionals working in 4-H programs from across the entire CES and all geographic sections of the state attended.

Dr. Jeremy Elliott-Engel, Associate Director and 4-H Program Leader, and Malisa Grantham provided the program development and direction.

The commitment and passion of this group for 4-H programs that benefit youth, families, and communities is quite impressive.  I am delighted to see this group working together towards common goals and objectives in a positive and constructive manner.  In-service sessions such as these are beneficial to all professionals in the CES, irrespective of program area.

I want to thank all the 4-H professionals for their engagement in this in-service session last week and for the great work they do every day for the benefit of the young people and families of Arizona.  Also, many thanks to Jeremy Elliott-Engel and Malisa Grantham for their leadership and commitment to 4-H and Cooperative Extension.


Welcome Michael Chamberland.  It has been a little over a month since he started, but we wanted to give Michael Chamberland, our new Assistant Agent for Horticulture at Maricopa County Cooperative Extension a chance to settle in before we officially announced his start. Michael comes to the position with a wealth of experience including working at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix as well as the Tucson Botanical Gardens.  Michael has a BFA and BA from the University of Connecticut and an MS in Botany for Arizona State University.  He started January 2 and had already taught two Master Gardener classes, attended two Citrus Clinics, and led a plant diagnostic workshop. Please join us in welcoming Michael to Arizona Cooperative Extension.  Michael can be reached at 602-827-8219 or mchamb@email.arizona.edu

How to Order Marketing Items Webinar 

There's a new procedure through the University of Arizona to order marketing items for your programs or events.

Join the team from Licensing & Trademarks for an informational session on February 13, where you can ask *your* questions, directly.

Candidate Presentations   

Candidates for the Assistant/Associate Agent FCHS position in Coconino and Mohave County

Presentation: My Vision and Priorities for Family, Consumer and Health Sciences in Coconino and Mohave Counties

Join us for three presentations by the candidates for the Assistant/Associate Agent FCHS position  

Sally Cassady – February 14, 2019 at 9:30 am – https://arizona.zoom.us/j/177711617

Mary Gaul – February 14, 2019 at 1:30 pm – https://arizona.zoom.us/j/935822744

Christy Stuth – February 15, 2019 at 9:30 am – https://arizona.zoom.us/j/870468155

For more information - contact Hattie Braun 

Please find the evaluation form here

Master Gardener Spring Sale at Maricopa Ag Center

March 2, 2019   8:00  am - 1:00 pm

Maricopa Ag Center - 37860 West Smith-Enke Road

For event information - please contact 
Master Gardener Office - 520-374-6263

2019 Range Livestock Nutrition Workshops

Registration for the 2019 Range Livestock Nutrition Workshop series is now open. This one-day workshop includes presentations focused on Arizona beef cattle production. Presentations will  include: beef cow nutrition, forage, mineral supplementation and more. Presenters will include University of Arizona Extension personnel in beef and range, as well as industry representatives. We have three locations and will also be including a BQA certification course at each location.

March 5, 2019 in Willcox, AZ
March 6, 2019 in Prescott, AZ
March 7, 2019 in Holbrook, AZ

For more information 

Registration Fee: $25 including lunch
Registration closes February 25, 2019

Compost Cats is Hiring

The Office of Sustainability is now hiring for a Program Manager that will manage the University of Arizona Compost Cats program! The position and application can be accessed here.

Promotion Workshops

Each Spring, the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs initiates the mandatory promotion process by conducting Promotion workshops.

Promotion Workshops begin in February 2019.   Due to requests from Extension personnel, these workshops will be streamed live via Zoom.  

Register in advance for these webinars.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The workshops are critical to preparing a strong dossier for promotion.

For more information, contact Jean McLain, Assistant Dean for Faculty Advancement

Latino Farmer Symposium - February 20, 2019

Latino Farmer Symposium. for Hispanic farmers, including new and beginning farmers, aspiring farmers, and young farmer entrepreneurs. This event is hosted in partnership with UA Yuma, Arizona Western College, and Southwest Ag Summit on Wednesday, February 20th. Check out the program here

The Garden Kitchen March Classes

Knife Skills Hands-On Cooking Class
In this hands-on class you’ll hone basic knife skills and practice the fundamental cuts-mince, dice, brunoise, bâtonnet and julienne.  We’ll practice how to cut large food items like a head of cabbage, delicate herbs, and onions, with practically no tears!  We’ll also learn techniques for safety and keeping all your knives maintained and sharp. Join us to become more efficient and effective in the kitchen!

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

Time:10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Class fee $55.00 per participant, a light Mexican style lunch will be provided. To register go to: https://thegardenkitchen.org/event/knife-skills-hands-on-cooking-class-5/

All proceeds from these classes go towards our free programming, empowering Pima County residents to build community wellness and make healthier choices through food, fitness, and gardening education.

Italian Flavor Hands-On Cooking Class
Tired of your usual spaghetti dinner, but still crave hearty Italian food? Join us for Italy without pasta!  This class is great for mixing up your usual Italian dishes as well as providing gluten free options for everyone to enjoy.  Learn how to balance flavors that feel indulgent while sticking to a healthy diet.

Skills: Creating an herb based sauce, how to create a dressing, and how to create a stewed fish dish and creamy polenta.
Creamy Polenta with Mascarpone and Parmesan Cheese
Arugula Spinach Pesto
Sicilian Style Stewed White Fish with Capers and Olives
Orange Fennel Salad

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Class fee $55.00 per participant, includes lunch of all dishes made. To register go to: https://thegardenkitchen.org/event/2976/

BIO5 Open House and Reception

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 
5:00pm - 9:00pm

During the month of February, the BIO5 Institute will host a series of exciting events designed to showcase the innovative research happening now at the University of Arizona and the inspiring ways we are preparing our next generation of scientists for their future.

The culmination of this month-long celebration of science will be our special invitation open house and reception on Wednesday, February 27. This will be a “public sneak peek” into BIO5’s world-class research and discovery endeavors focused on solving the world’s grand challenges, improving society, and impacting Arizona.

With guided and self-guided lab tours, hands-on discover stations, KEYS alumni poster presentations, inspiring discussions, and much more, you will learn how UA research grows into meaningful innovation. You will meet BIO5 researchers in their labs throughout the tri-building research complex that includes the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building, the new Bioscience Research Laboratories, and the Medical Research Building.

Join us, and bring your friends, family, and colleagues for  this one-of-a-kind evening
Register Today

Perspectives on Diversity Inclusion Speaker Series

Mentoring Across the Racial Divide: Advising to Expose the Hidden Curriculum—Dr. Stephanie Troutman

We will provide LUNCH for this event! It's first-come, first-served, so make sure you show up early!

This talk will take an interactive-presentation approach to issues and concerns that arise when mentoring and advising diverse students in predominantly white spaces. Using recent data and trends on mentorship and advising for students of color, the talk is designed to help professors tackle discomfort and cultural barriers for better student relations and outcomes. Working at the intersection of race, class and gender, the talk aims to be inclusive and empowering for students, professors and professional staff at both the interpersonal and professional levels.

When: Wednesday 2/20/19 12:00pm-1:00pm
Where: ENR2 Room 225 Virtually via Zoom

Plan on attending virtually? Register for the Zoom Webinar for all 4 Speakers during Spring 2019

Event Page

Brought to you by the;ALVSCE Diversity Inclusion Council and the
Office for Diversity Inclusive Excellence

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.
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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 520-626-9132 or Mary Carroll 520-621-7195.

For more information

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