November 9, 2021

Edition Topics

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Toys for Tots
  3. Arizona Association of Women in Water & Agriculture Networking 
  4. Live Your Best Life During National Diabetes Month
  5. UACE Youth Reporting Training
  6. UA-CEAC Upcoming Courses
  7. Tuberville Speaker Series Event with Dr. Ted Futris

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

 This past weekend was Homecoming, and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend some extraordinary events.  Friday noon, I attended the Norton School Council Homecoming Luncheon where Patty Merk, FCHS Agent – Maricopa County, and Darcy Dixon, Former FCHS Agent and CED, received the Professional Achievement Award.  Congratulations to them both. In the afternoon, the 2020 UA Graduates had a celebration on the Mall, the in-person graduation they never had.  I visited with a colleague who earned her Eller MBA back in 2020 but never got to walk until Friday.  Then Friday evening, I attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the James A. Knight Student Engagement Center in Sahuaro Hall.  The center, part of the Department of Agricultural Education, Technology & Innovation, was named in honor of Jim Knight, a long-time professor with the department who always put students first.  I hadn’t seen Dr. Knight in years, and it was great to see him again and reminisce.  Finally, the weekend, for me, concluded with the Dean’s Almost World-Famous Burrito Breakfast, where I served burritos and got to see and talk with alumni from around the College.  It was quite a busy weekend, and I enjoyed every minute of it!

Toys For Tots - Delivering hope to less fortunate children

The Cooperative Extension office, Forbes 301, will be hosting a drop-off box for the Toys For Tots program.  Please drop off your new, unwrapped toys by December 13.   Stop by Mon, Tues, Wed or Friday.
Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.

Arizona Association of Women in Water & Agriculture Networking Mixer and Annual Meeting

Date: November 9-10, 2021

Time: Nov 9, 6:30-8:00 pm; Nov 10, 12:30-4:30 pm

Location: Crowne Plaza Phoenix Chandler Golf Resort

The Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona (ABWC) is proud to announce the "Arizona Association of Women in Water & Agriculture.” This new organization is designed to support, promote, celebrate, and inspire women with careers and interest in water and agriculture through education, networking, and fellowship.

On Tuesday, November 9, enjoy the "Wine, Women & Water" Cocktails & Networking Mixer from 6:30-8 pm.

The 1st Annual Meeting & Networking Conference of the Arizona Association of Women in Water & Agriculture (AAWWA) will take place on Wednesday, November 10, from 12:30-4:30 pm. Spend an afternoon being inspired by women in the water industry, visit the vendor market, silent auction prizes, refreshments, and network with women from not only AZ but the southwestern US. The launch of this new organization and its 1st Annual Meeting will kick off with a message from Christine Arbogast, president of the National Water Resources Association and president of the Women in Water Scholarship Fund. WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal will participate in the event as a panelist and moderator for the “Women Leaders in Arizona Panel.” Registration at the ABWC Member rate is available for all UArizona faculty and staff.

Live Your Best Life During National Diabetes Month

After the public health emergency of COVID and difficult times the past couple of years, many of us have made great sacrifices and experienced personal loss. We’ve become more mindful of our health and how it impacts our lives and those we love.  

November is National Diabetes Month, a time to support the prevention of type 2 diabetes, a health condition that can lead to other serious issues like heart attack and stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 88 million U.S. adults have prediabetes, where blood sugar levels are higher than normal and, on the way, to being type 2 diabetes.

If you have prediabetes, you may develop type 2 diabetes without healthy lifestyle changes. The good news is that prediabetes is reversible.  The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Diabetes Prevention Program offers a lifestyle change program as part of CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program to support your health goals and encourage you to live your best life.

How can the lifestyle change program help you this National Diabetes Month and all year round? With the program you’ll learn about:
   · Your risk for type 2 diabetes and ways to prevent or delay it
   · Small food changes that keep you healthier and still allow you to enjoy some of the dishes you
   · Strategies for managing stress, which is often a big cause of health issues
   · Ways to get moving that don’t involve intense workouts or hours in the gym
   · What motivates you to keep going on your journey to better health
   · And so much more!

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Diabetes Prevention Program offers the lifestyle change programs in English and Spanish, face-to-face in six counties and virtually all over the state. Deciding to live healthier with the lifestyle change program will help hold you accountable – and make the process more enjoyable! Are you ready to start living your best life and lower your risk for type 2 diabetes? Read more at

UACE Youth Reporting Training

For Arizona Cooperative Extension employees who provide youth development and educational opportunities through direct teaching or curriculum it is important to be consistent in reporting. This recording provides guidance on how to report youth participants and impacts. (starts after 50 seconds) 

Youth Participation Reporting Guide

UA-CEAC Upcoming Courses

The University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center will be hosting a Hydroponic Tomato Intensive Workshop (January 7th, 8th, & 9th, 2022) and our annual Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design Short Course (March 7th, 8th, & 9th, 2022). I am attaching a few versions of our advertisements with text to be included below. If you need a different file format or require different dimensions, please let me know and I can send that right away.

UA-CEAC Hydroponic Tomato Intensive Workshop:
Are you interested in growing tomatoes hydroponically? The University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center will be hosting Hydroponic Tomato Intensive Workshop- January 7th-9th (Friday-Sunday) both in-person and online. This workshop, taught by Dr. Triston Hooks, is perfect for novice growers and will be packed with tons of critical information and research discoveries that UA-CEAC has assembled into their courses and programs for over 20 years. You will get access to numerous lecture materials, personal question follow-ups, hands-on applications, a certificate of completion, and tons of knowledge! Click here to register!

View the 2022 UA-CEAC Hydroponic Tomato Intensive Schedule.

Limited seats are available for both in-person and online attendance. For more information visit or email us at

UA-CEAC's 21st Annual Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design Short Course:
Join the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center for the 21st Annual Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design Short Course- March 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2022. This three-day event will be hosted both online and on-site at the center and will cover a variety of topics from academia experts and industry leaders. Limited seats are available. Click here to register! 

View the 2022 Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design Short Couse schedule.

For more information about attending this course, visit or email

Tuberville Speaker Series Event with Dr. Ted Futris

Join us on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM as Dr. Ted Futris, Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at University of Georgia, presents his research titled "Elevating Relationships Through Couples Relationship Education."

Abstract: Couple relationship education (CRE) shares information and skills that can help couples develop and maintain a satisfying, healthy, and stable relationship. Since 2006, federal funding for couple-focused intervention services has supported both the formative evaluation (e.g., implementation studies) of CRE as well as summative investigations of program impact and outcomes. Research evaluating the growing number of evidence-based CRE programs has offered a strong foundation for best-practices and shown that these educational interventions can be effective, albeit many gaps still remain in understanding who benefits most from CRE and the mechanisms of change. Dr. Futris will share an overview of this body of work and describe the development and evaluation of a CRE program supported by this initiative, ELEVATE: Taking Your Relationship to the Next Level.

To register for the event click here: 

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