November 12, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Funding Opportunity
  3. Cooperative Extension Award Winners
  4. Congratulations Julie Adamcin
  5. Advancing Research Impacts in Society (ARIS) Training
  6. New Livestock Advisory Board
  7. WRRC Brown Bag Seminar
  8. Garden Kitchen Hands-on Cooking Class
  9. Annual Arizona Agribusiness Roundtable
  10. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director 

The Cooperative Extension System (CES), operating within the University of Arizona (UA), is a complex and multi-faceted organization.  Hiring of an individual faculty or staff member in Extension addresses the need for specific duties to help us deliver on our mission.  However, in the process of working in this large, diverse, and rather complex organization we recognize that a person needs to learn to navigate the system and bureaucracy to survive and succeed.

Learning to understand and function in the CES and UA system is an on-going process that extends over the course of entire careers.  There is quite a lot that a person needs to learn just in the first few years.  Accordingly, we recognize that we need to provide critical information, education, and support for new employees to help them learn the essentials.

To help with this process, we conducted a new CES faculty orientation session last week on 6 November in Tucson.  We had a good group of faculty and staff who attended and participated in this program. 

I want to thank the committee that developed and delivered this valuable program: Dan McDonald, Kim McReynolds, Dominic Rodriguez, Anthony Bertero, Jeremy Elliott-Engel, and Paul Brown.  This program included several speakers who did an excellent job sharing first-hand expertise on important topics: Chris Jones, Michele Walsh, Dari Duval, Ashley Bickel, Jean McLain, Rick Gibson, Faith Schwartz, and Lynn Frazier.  Many thanks to all of you for your good work in delivering this program!

Hopefully, this orientation program was helpful and we encourage all participants to give us feedback on how we can make this program better.

Funding Opportunity

FCHS Extension Development funds are available for programming this fall. The objective of the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Development Fund is to provide support and enhance FCHS programs where regular annual university budget allocations are unavailable. Funds are to be utilized by or through FCHS Extension programs to enhance county or statewide Extension educational program efforts.

Up to $2,000 will be made available to fund projects or programming. The maximum budget is $2,000 per project.  PI eligibility: FCHS agent, FCHS specialist, full-time FCHS program staff; program staff must have their supervisor approve their application. Co-PI eligibility: FCHS, 4-HYD, or ANR agent, specialist, or FCHS program staff. Apply for these funds through the following link:

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria: description of the identified problem, benefit to FCHS, and sustainability. 

The deadline for submitting proposals is November 26th at 5pm. An announcement of the winning proposals will be made after December 17th in TMN. Funds must be expended between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 (details regarding access to funds will be sent to those funded). For more information please contact Kate Speirs (

Another funding opportunity to support professional development will be released in spring 2020. This will also be announced in Tuesday Morning Notes. 

Cooperative Extension Award Winners

Congratulations to Trent Teegerstrom and Elise Gornish!!

Trent Teegerstrom, Associate Director and Specialist, Agricultural-Resource Economics, was awarded the Administrator of the Year Award.  The award was created to recognize and honor outstanding achievements and contributions by an Administrator in ALVSCE.  


Elise Gornish, Assistant Specialist, Restoration Ecology, was awarded the Shirley O'Brien Diversity & Inclusion Award.  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 are proud of our Extension winners!  Thank you for all you do.

Congratulations Julie Adamcin

Dr. Julie Adamcin was recognized by the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) 2019 Life Member of the Year. Dr. Adamcin is recognized for her continued commitment to advancing 4-H in Arizona through her efforts at the Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation. All of us in Arizona 4-H would like to Congratulate and Thank Dr. Adamcin for her contributions and recognition.

Photo Credit: Amy Parrott, Arizona Association of Extension 4-H Agents Awards Chair

Advancing Research Impacts in Society (ARIS) Training 

December 5-6, 2019. 8:00a - 4:30p. SUMC Sonora Room

Join us on December 5 & 6, 2019 for a workshop on broader impacts and the societal impacts of research. Led by Jory Weintraub, Ph.D., Duke University and Julie Risien, Ph.D., Oregon State University, this workshop will provide critical information to inform research programs and proposals to multiple sponsored research entities.

Specifically, the workshop will provide a general overview covering the history of the broader impacts criterion, strategies for conceptualizing/developing/implementing/evaluating broader impacts activities, and tips for leveraging existing resources to build your “broader impacts identity”. Following the workshop, a community resource fair will take place connecting researchers with potential societal impacts partners. Seating is limited to 80 participants. The registration deadline is November 21, 2019. Note: This is a two-day event. Please plan on participating both days. 

New Livestock Advisory Board

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and the Arizona Cattle Growers Association are establishing a Livestock Advisory Board to help identify research needs that we can address together, particularly in relation to pathogens in and around feed yards. We are asking key members of the livestock industry to provide input regarding our efforts to research solutions to their specific industry-related concerns.
The kick-off meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the Casa Grande Extension Office located at 820 E. Cottonwood Lane in Casa Grande from 10am to 12 noon. 
Contact Paula Rivadeneira, Food Safety and Wildlife Specialist, for questions or more information. 928-919-2611

WRRC Brown Bag Seminar

Speakers: Betsy Wilkening, Education Program Coordinator, Arizona Project WET; Ladd Keith, Assistant Professor of Planning and Chair, Sustainable Built Environments; Nicole Iroz-Elardo, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Planning Degree Program; Kirk Dimond, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture; Penelope Cottrell-Crawford, Graduate Student, Landscape Architecture

12:00–1:15 p.m.
WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.)

Garden Kitchen Hands-on Cooking Class

No need to give up flavor to cook healthy side dishes this holiday season! Learn new techniques and recipes to share at your next holiday gathering that will delight your pallet without the guilt!

Fall Harvest Apple and Cranberry
Rainbow Quinoa with Winter Greens
Roasted Beet and Tangerine Salad
Plus demonstration of Stuffed Acorn Squash

5th Annual Arizona Agribusiness Roundtable

Monday, December 2, 2019

This event is an opportunity to meet as leaders and colleagues to discuss important agribusiness related issues in the state of Arizona and beyond.

Keynote Speaker:  The Honorable Sonny Perdue, United States Secretary of Agriculture

More information - see the 2019 Roundtable Flyer

Educational Communication: Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel 

In the "digital age" - with the quest for information, but shorter attention spans - educational organizations are communicating more and more via social media, websites, and using digital communications, like Zoom.

Arizona Cooperative Extension is working to be at the forefront of this trend, in communicating with short, to-the-point videos.

                           Check out the Arizona Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel:

Please make sure you're helping us advance the Cooperative Extension message.  Please like, share and link through your social media channels, and help us do all we can to share with all stakeholders and communities.

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