April 10, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. 40th Annual AZ/UT Range & Livestock Workshop
  3. Results-based Accountability Training
  4. Summer Writing Internships at the WRRC
  5. Professional Development Opportunity
  6. University Career Architect Project
  7. Annual Reminder to Disclose COI, COC, and Personal Relationships
  8. Did you know?
  9. New Publication
  10. 2018 Promotion Workshops
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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

Effective Extension programs require good individual professionals with strong and flexible skills.  Yet beyond the individual skills, good Extension programs are products of strong teams.
Good teams 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.
I see good teamwork as 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; and 3) they want to work together, make the effort, and maintain good teams. 
We can assemble teams, identify issues in need of attention, but that third element of working together is often the limiting factor and that is dependent on the commitment and professionalism of each team member. 
I encourage everyone to consider these elements of teamwork and make the effort to work with others, it can pay off for everybody if done properly and it is usually more enjoyable work for us all.  

40th Annual AZ/UT Range & Livestock Workshop

The 40th Annual AZ/UT Range and Livestock Workshop & Tour was a huge success with record participation all three days. Extension Specialist Dr. Mike Crimmins and retired Mohave County Director Rob Grumbles both gave excellent presentations at the event.

Matt Spendlove from the Spendlove Ranch Feedyard Facility hosted the workshop tour.

Results-based Accountability Training with Mark Friedman

May 29-30, 2018
  • Looking to measure and demonstrate impacts better? Learn to use Result-based Accountability (RBA) methodology for your Extension program evaluation.
  • Renown author Mark Friedman will conduct an all-day training exclusively for UA Cooperative Extension at the Maricopa County Extension Office on Tuesday May 29.
  • On Wednesday May 30, Dr. Friedman’s training will be followed with a hands-on RBA Application workshop to put the training into practice.
  • Members of collaborative extension programming teams are encouraged to participate, including FHCS, 4-H, Master Gardener, Range, Agriculture, and all other critical Extension programs.
  • Please save the dates; more details to come soon.
Please contact Patty Merk or Chris Jones for more details. 

The Summer Writing Internship at the WRRC

Applications are due April 16 for the University of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center's summer internship. Students who are interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues should apply. The intern will write for Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue. Arroyo is recognized as a reliable source of information and reaches a wide audience that includes policy makers and water professionals as well as the interested public.

To Apply: Complete an application form  and send the completed form, along with a writing sample and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with applicant's writing to Susanna Eden 

Professional Development Opportunity: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training  

This training is designed to teach parents, family members, 4-H Agents and staff, volunteers who work with youth, and other caring citizens (anyone who interacts regularly with young people) how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. This course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

8:30AM to 5PM, Friday, May 11th at Pinal County Cooperative Extension (820 E Cottonwood Lane, Building C, Casa Grande)

$35 per person (limited to 15 participants)

To register for the course, please visit: and enter Course ID 00089810. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation notification on the portal.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Cathy Martinez directly or MHFAinfo@MentalHealthFirstAid.org. 

University Career Architect Project: Merging Staff & APs

Classified Staff and Appointed Professional employment groups are merging:  Learn more about UCAP

The University Career Architecture Project (UCAP) is a UA-wide 2 year project scheduled to go live July 2019 that will merge Staff and APs, provide greater career structure and progression paths, and allow for market-based salary ranges for all positions. To learn more, get involved, and keep apprised of progress visit the official project website. Make sure you check out the FAQs page, as many of your questions about the project are addressed here!

Annual Reminder to Disclose COI, COC, and Personal Relationships

As University of Arizona employees and public stewards with high ethical standards, we all have a duty under UA policies to disclose Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Commitment, or the potential for such conflicts annually.
Conflicts of interest can extend to personal relationships (with another employee, DCC, agent, student, or third party at the UA), procurement conflicts, and research conflicts.
Conflicts of commitment relate to outside activities that can negatively affect the performance of one’s primary duties to the University.
More information and disclosure forms and processes can be found at the following links.
Conflict of Interest:
Conflict of Commitment:
For further guidance on what types of activities require approval and the scope of the approval, please contact your supervisor or department head. If you have any technical questions, please reach out to the Conflict of Interest Program at coi@email.arizona.edu.

Did you know?

If you do not have the time to add events to the Cooperative Extension website calendar you can send your event information through Support Tracker and Kelly Arizmendi will add the event. Please include the following:

Required information

  • Title of the event
  • Time and date
  • Description
  • Contact name, email and phone
  • Cost
  • Registration required Yes or No
  • Location name, street address, zip code

Optional information

  • Photo
  • Links to more information about the event
  • Attachment/Documents(in pdf format): such as flyer, brochure, application, registration, agenda, schedules etc.

New Publication

The most recent publication of “The Informed Arizona Equestrian: Horse Health Series” is useful for all horse owners, but especially targeted for Ranchers and horse owners who work with cattle (competitive events, sport, fun). Ionophore Toxicity in Horses describes how a simple ingredient in cattle, small stock, or chicken feed can be deadly to your horse. This series is set up with a simple format beginning with “Is my horse at risk?” and covers signs, treatment, prevention and further reading.

2018 Promotion Workshops

The Spring 2018 Workshops for promotion schedule has been released.  The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs initiates the mandatory promotion process by conducting the following workshops each Spring.  
Preparing the Promotion Dossier

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 8:00-9:15 am, Old Main Building, Silver and Sage Room, no RSVP required.

The Annual Workshop on Promotion, Tenure, and Continuing Status provides an overview of the review process for candidates, committee members, staff, and administrators.  We will review the parts of the dossier and the ways they can be used to document and assess the quality and impact of candidates.  To get the most out of the workshop, participants should review our Guide to the Promotion Process and the Promotion Dossier template.

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