April 2, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth 
  2. Welcome Nick Morris
  3. First Smiles
  4. Arizona Gives
  5. Candidate Presentations
  6. Water Wise Celebration
  7. Arizona's Bounty
  8. Society for Ecological Restoration - Southwest Region Conference

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

 Good teams provide the foundation for strong Extension programs.  They consist of strong and capable individuals that are able to work together effectively and gain appropriate credit and recognition, both individually and collectively as a team.

  Good teamwork is a function of three basic requirements:
  1) Team members recognize a common goal, problem, objective, or challenge;
  2) Team members provide complementary skills to one another to address the common objective; 
  3) They want to work together, make the effort, and maintain good teams.

A key feature of teams forming, working together, and staying together in a cohesive manner is largely a function of how they gain and share the credit.  Good teams share the credit and recognize the value of every member.  We need to be diligent in giving credit where credit is due in all cases associated with Extension programs.

Welcome Nick Morris

Nick Morris, Ph.D. is the new Associate in Extension for 4-H Youth Development in the State 4-H Office. He will be working with the Arizona 4-H Summit, international programs, and other state level event coordination. He hails from Ohio and brings to Arizona Cooperative Extension 12 years of collaborative leadership and 10 years of higher education experience. Nick's work focuses strongly on setting big goals and building networks to achieve them. He was most recently the owner of Kestrel Community Solutions where he provided planning, programming and evaluation support for public, non-profit and community-minded organizations. Previous work included 12 years with the Stark County Park District serving as education manager and special projects manager. For this work he was recognized by the Society of Outdoor Recreation professionals with an Individual Service Award in 2017. Nick served 8 years as adjunct professor at Kent State University in recreation, parks and tourism management and 1 year in environmental studies. In 2016 he earned his Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education from Kent State University focusing on environmental education, community-based education and education for sustainability.

Nick can be reached at nmorris6@email.arizona.edu

Women Working for University of Arizona Cooperative Extension’s First Smiles Make a Difference in Children’s Lives, Find Rewarding Careers

Several Arizona communities began to benefit when UA Cooperative Extension’s ‘First Smiles’ started in Arizona in 2008, after a need for increased advocacy and access to oral health in Arizona, particularly in rural areas, was identified. The program is supported in part, by a grant from First Things First.  Stuth says the program in her county alone, now in six of Arizona’s 15 counties, screens and varnishes the teeth of about 3,000 children annually.

Read more here 

Arizona Gives Day April 2, 2019

TODAY, April 2, is Arizona Gives Day.  This statewide effort from Arizona Alliance for Non-Profits helps thousands of nonprofits in Arizona to focus attention and energy to help raise needed funds. 

The 4-H Program and the 4-H Foundation are asking you to help support county and State 4-H programs by going to the Arizona Gives website  OR the Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation Facebook page, where you can easily sign on to to support a Statewide program (JOLT, SUMMIT, etc) or individual counties (for volunteer support and recognition). 

If you schedule your gift during the 8-12 pm "Final Four" hours, we hope to reach the most individual donors. Any size gift qualifies for this prize.  You can support any county (counties) and/or programs, and your gifts are tax deductible, as well. 

Thank you in advance!!!

Candidate Presentations

Candidates for the Extension Agent 4-H/FCHS position in Greenlee County.

Presentation: “Building and Strengthening Vibrant 4-H and Family, Consumer, & Health Sciences Programs in Greenlee County”

Join us for presentations by the candidates Friday, April 12th.

Macedonio (Joe) Garcia - 9:00AM-10:00AM, Join URL: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/789584960

Ashley Jeffers-Sample - 1:00PM-2:00PM, Join URL: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/152622835

For more information contact Kim McReynolds, kimm@cals.arizona.edu 

Water Wise Celebration

This past weekend, the City of Sierra Vista opened its exhibit celebrating 25 years of Cooperative Extension’s Water Wise Program. It was a great occasion to also honor the school district’s poster contest winners for Water Awareness Month as well as bringing together current and past Water Wise faculty and staff, Amber Davidson, Henrietta “Hank” Husking, Cado Daily, Doug Dunn, Wettie the Water Drop, Rebecca Dailous, Mark Apel, Mary Ann Capehart and Sandra Hurlbut.

Arizona's Bounty

Join Us at Old Main on April 12 for Arizona's Bounty: A Celebration of Arizona Food & Wine!
Enjoy a gorgeous spring evening of wine, food, and music as you mingle with Arizona grape growers, winemakers, and fellow wine enthusiasts at the historic Old Main building - all while you support the reinvigoration of the University of Arizona Wine Library. We'll be offering tastings of more than 30 different wines from member wineries. You'll pair your wine with delicious, tapas-style bites created by University of Arizona Executive Chef Michael Omo using locally sourced (AZ) ingredients. There will also be live music by award-winning guitarist Eduardo Minozzi Costa and a silent auction whose proceeds benefit the wine library.

Tickets are $105, and include a custom-etched 16-oz crystal wine glass. 

Purchase website

2019 Annual Conference Society for Ecological Restoration – Southwest Chapter

Tucson, Arizona • November 8 – 10

Where Practitioners and Scientists Meet!


The 2019 Annual Conference of the SER – Southwest Chapter will be held November 8 – 10 in Tucson, Arizona at the University of Arizona! We invite submissions of presentations and posters, as well as symposia, panels, and workshops on any topic related to restoration, management, or conservation of natural areas in the Southwest Chapter Ecoregions. 

Abstracts should be submitted by August 30, 2019 in an MS Word document to: egornish@email.arizona.edu. Authors will be notified of status of submission approval by September 10.

For symposia, panels, or workshops: Submit a summary proposal by August 30, 2019. Include information regarding special requirements for space and time.

Conference Website:  http://sersw2019.wixsite.com/main

TMN Submittal Process

Please submit your news by 4:00pm Monday to TMN [tmn@cals.arizona.edu].

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