October 16, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Remembering Sally Peoples
  3. Lettuce Intensive Workshop
  4. Recognizing National 4-H Week
  5. AgNR In-Service Registration
  6. Stepping Stones
  7. Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series
  8. 50th Anniversary of the Purchase of the London Bridge
  9. WRRC 2018 Photo Contest
Jeff Silvertooth

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

Based on the input provided from the climate surveys for the Cooperative Extension System (CES), we have been working to provide better channels of internal communications. 

On 25 September, we conducted the ninth Q&A webinar, which has been part of our continued effort to improve communication capacities in the CES. A Q&A webinar session does not offer the opportunity for direct face-to-face contact and exchange as we would have in a live setting, but it does provide the opportunity to reach across the entire CES network and deliver the same message to everyone at once.

Two years ago, we developed an Intra-Extension Advisory Council (IEAC) to facilitate communication within the organization.  The IEAC has good representation from all sectors of the CES including faculty and staff, program areas, and unit types (county, academic, and center units).  The IEAC is an all-volunteer organization at present and I thank everyone in the IEAC for stepping up and volunteering for this council. 

I encourage everyone to communicate your questions or suggestions to an IEAC member (Faith Schwartz, chair), a unit head, or send them into us directly to give us a chance to address these issues in a Q&A session by webinar or in the direct face-to-face meetings we have across the state.  Your input is important and we appreciate it.

Remembering Sally Peoples  

Sally Peoples, beloved and adored daughter, sister, niece, cousin, aunt, friend, and fur mommy to Maggie, died on October 12, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer. Sally graduated from Casa Grande Union High School in 1988 and from the University of Arizona in 1996, with a degree in Family Studies.

Sally dedicated her life to helping others, both personally and professionally. She spent over a decade helping women and children affected by domestic violence and then moved to the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension office where she worked to find and train foster families, to prepare child care providers, and, most recently, to empower youth with disabilities.  During her 12 years with the Pinal County Cooperative Extension, she worked with the following programs:  Mis Hijos-My Kids, BrainBuilders 4 Life, Teen Outreach Pregnancy Prevention Program, AmeriCorps, Child Care Health Consultation Program and the ASPIRE Program.

Donations in Sally's memory are requested for St. Anthony of Padua School, Save-a-Mutt Rescue, or the American Cancer Society.

Services will be held in Casa Grande on Saturday, October 20th with a rosary at 8am at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Mass at 9am, and a brunch reception after Mass in the St. Anthony of Padua Community Center.

Successful Lettuce Intensive Workshop at CEAC
The Lettuce Intensive Workshop for Oct 12 -15 was completed with 20 attendees now ready to begin indoor, hydroponic lettuce production!

However, for all those Arizona folks with interest in learning to grow lettuce and greens within hydroponics in a greenhouse or growing room, should communicate with Danae Pantoja, danaem@email.arizona.edu at CEAC about the next Workshop in January 2019.  See you then.

Recognizing National 4-H Week

Last week marked National 4-H Week, and also marked Paper Clover Week.
Check out this video that ran on social media, about how Collegiate 4-Hers  got the word out, about 4-H on campus:

And another short video, with a few pictures from around Arizona:


And read about the CEO of ‘Freshly’, a former 4-Her, and his famous 4-H family, featured in UA News:


AgNR In-Service Training

The AgNR In-Service Training is set for October 31st at the Maricopa Agricultural Center.  The training will feature presentations from seven of your peers on issues of importance to Cooperative Extension and our stakeholders. An administrative update will be provided during the lunch hour.  Registration is now open, and you are encourage to register soon.
Registration is available  

Stepping Stones

The Family Engagement Program at Pima County Cooperative Extension was recently recognized on KGUN 9 News for the Stepping Stones Program – child behavior management for families with children with Autism. Debbie Curley is currently teaching the first of three pilot series – sponsored by the Autism Society of Southern Arizona with support from Arizona Complete Health. The series provides community as well as a specialized set of skills for parents to properly identify behavior problems and challenge their children to reach milestones.

Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series

Brought to you by the Division of ALVSCE  Diversity and Inclusiveness Council and the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series: Men’s Role in Confronting Everyday Gender-Based Violence- Michael Brasher, School of Geography and Development

Recent cultural movements highlight the scandal of everyday gender-based violence, calling into question assumptions about progress, violence, and gender in the United States. While it’s clear that male-identified folks have a role in creating change, questions of strategy and significance remain. This workshop will focus on cultivating awareness of everyday types of gender-based violence, with the goals of, first, exposing normalized behaviors and dynamics, and, second, thinking critically about meaningful approaches to prevention. Ultimately, we will examine and formulate together the question: “What is men’s role in confronting everyday forms of gender-based violence?”

October 17, 2018, 12-1 pm, ENR2 Building Room 225, Lunch provided.

Register to attend via Zoom Webinar this fall semester

Mark your calendar for the next two
presentations in this series: Oct. 17, Nov. 14 

City Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Purchase of the London Bridge with Sheep Drive

Fifty years ago, Robert P. McCulloch purchased the London Bridge from the City of London Corporation, and 10 years later Lake Havasu City was incorporated. Please join us as we celebrate these two milestone anniversaries together as a community on Saturday, October 20, from 10:00am to 11:30am under the London Bridge.

The celebration kicks-off with the introduction of the 690th Right Honourable Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Charles Bowman, a proclamation by Arizona Governor Douglas A. Ducey, and closes with a traditional sheep crossing over the London Bridge with sheep from the La Paz County/Colorado River Indian Tribe 4H Youth Program. 

WRRC 2018 Photo Contest

Arizona Runs on Water™ 
Now accepting submissions from high school students!

We had such a great response to last year’s open-ended approach to our photo contest that we’re doin’ it again this year. Just show us Arizona water. Use your creativity and technical ability to express the many ways water transforms our state and the many ways our state transforms water. Capture anything from people and nature to business and agriculture. Just make sure your picture(s) relate to water in Arizona!

The winning photographs will be featured on the WRRC website and at the 2019 WRRC Annual Conference on Feb. 1. The winners will also be recognized at the February 2019 Chocolate Fest. 

Submit your photo(s) here:

TMN Submittal Process

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

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