March 5, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth 
  2. Congratulations Jerry Olson
  3. 4-H Candidate Presentations
  4. Ag Stem Candidate Presentations
  5. New 4-H Publication
  6. AZ-NV Academy of Science
  7. ALVSCE Nominations

Jeff Silvertooth

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

It is an understatement to say that water is important in a desert region such as Arizona.  In fact, water is often referred to as the “life blood” of existence in Arizona and all parts of the Sonoran Desert.

We are fortunate to have the Water Resource Research Center (WRRC) as an important part of the Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) working under the direction of Dr. Sharon Megdal.  

The WRRC mission statement is: 

"Providing greater depth and broader perspective for a clear water future. We tackle key water policy and management issues, empower informed decision-making, and enrich understanding through engagement, education, and applied research.”

The WRRC uses its water resources expertise to produce trusted and reliable water information.  It conducts applied, real-world research; and engages; trains; and educates a variety of stakeholders that includes decision-makers, professionals, students, and the public.

Established in 1964 through the Water Resources Research Act, the WRRC is the federally authorized water resources research institute for Arizona.  It is part of a national network of institutes across the country. WRRC research and Extension programs not only advance knowledge of water-related issues, but also engage stakeholders and spread that knowledge widely.

The WRRC is a valuable resource for Extension units throughout the CES.  Please reach out and call upon the outstanding people and expertise we have in the WRRC to address the myriad of water issues that are presented across the state of Arizona.

The WRRC website:



Jerry Olson Retirement

Wishing Gerald “Jerry” Olson a warm congratulations on his retirement from serving as an Extension Agent, Mohave County for 39 years. His last day in the office was February 26th. Jerry has built a strong club program, engaged support from volunteers, as well as having contributed to the development of statewide/regional events (e.g. J.O.L.T. Camp, Colorado River Small Stock Show) that have lead to lasting impacts for youth across Arizona, the country, and our world. 

Congratulations Jerry!

4-H Youth Development Candidate Presentations

The University of Arizona, Cooperative Extension, Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties are actively working on filling the position of Assistant Area Agent, 4-H Youth Development (Appointed). The Search Committee has selected two potential candidates to begin the interview process. 

Each candidate has been tasked with doing a presentation on Program Goals for 4-H and Volunteer Management, in Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties.

The presentation schedule is as follows:
March 5th – 10:00 am – Peter Hooper
March 6th – 10:00 am – Eric Thoutt

Each presentation will be livestreamed. To watch the presentations live, click on the following link:

Each presentation will be recorded and made available, for those who cannot attend.  
Brought to you by Zoom. The webinar recording link will be posted on the Cochise County 4-H Facebook page, Cochise County Extension Facebook page and sent out by email.

After each presentation - please fill out the interview evaluation survey and return within 7 days.  

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Evelyn Whitmer at (520)458-8278 x2178.  We look forward to your participation and receiving your feedback. 

Agricultural STEM Candidate Presentations

Candidates for the Assistant/Associate/Full Programmatic Area Agent - Agricultural STEM

Candidate seminars will be presented at 10:00 and will be streamed via ZOOM for faculty and staff that cannot attend

Presentation Title: My vision of an Ag. STEM program integrating innovated instruction and Classroom Science Standards

Gigette Webb - March 12, 2019  - 10:00  Join Zoom Meeting
Chelsea Corkins - March 18, 2019 - 10:00 Join Zoom Meeting

For more information - contact Ed Martin

After each presentation or interview  - please fill out the evaluation form and email to Ed Martin

NEW 4-H Article

Jeremy Elliott-Engel, Kelly Robinson & Donna Westfall-Rudd

STEM literacy is a necessary skill for participation in the workforce. 4-H has responded to this need to develop STEM-ready youth by expanding access to project areas like Robotics. However, it is hard to recruit and train STEM competent staff and volunteers which limits expansion of these types of programs. The intentional STEM integration (ISI) proposes raising awareness of STEM in all 4-H project work through co-investigation between volunteer and youths. 

AZ-NV Academy of Science

The Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science (fondly called ANAS) is hosting its annual conference on April 6th in Yuma, Arizona for the very first time because SWES's own Dr. Paula Rivadeneira (fondly called @PaulaThePoopDr - do you see a trend here?) will become the President of the organization at the meeting! 

This conference is one of the most student-friendly conferences in the country and promotes all aspects of science. Students can do an oral presentation or a poster presentation/lightning talk. Lightning talks are new this year - students will get 3 minutes and 3 slides to tell the audience about their internship, research, interests, and goals. It's a great way to get them to commit to an elevator speech, and industry is welcome to attend to find their next new hire superstars! We are encouraging all students, even those not presenting a poster, to do a lightning talk.

Register here and encourage ALL of your students to attend and present. Time to start working on those student resumes! If you have questions, please contact Dr. Paula or 928-919-2611.

Dr. Paula has arranged for ALL students who register for the ANAS conference to do so for FREE


ALVSCE Nominations

Administrator of the Year – Deadline to Submit Nominations is THIS FRIDAY!

The Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) Administrator of the Year Award was created to recognize and honor outstanding achievements and contributions by an administrator in ALVSCE. The award will be given at the Spring Faculty/Staff meeting and will include a plaque for the recipient and a monetary award of $1,000 to be made to the winner’s administrative unit in honor of the recipient. I encourage members of the faculty, staff, appointed professionals, alumni, students, or other administrators in the division to make nominations for this award. A list of previous recipients can be found here. Please see the URL below for nomination guidelines. Nominations will be active for a three-year period. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, 3/8/19, and the winner will be announced at the ALVSCE Spring Luncheon.

This division has a large number of outstanding administrators who work hard to make good things happen. These deserving individuals cannot be recognized unless they are nominated. Thanks in advance for your attention to this important ALVSCE recognition program.

For more information

Shirley O’Brien Diversity & Inclusion Award – Deadline to Submit Nominations is THIS FRIDAY!

The Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) values diversity and inclusion in its people and programs and strives to foster a fair and respectful community. 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 believe her efforts, in keeping with the division's emphasis on diversity and inclusiveness in its student body, faculty and programs, deserve recognition. The award will be given at the ALVSCE Spring Luncheon and will include a plaque and monetary gift of $1,000. We encourage members of the faculty, staff, appointed professionals and student body to nominate individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of diversity and inclusiveness within ALVSCE. Additional information and the nominating form can be found at the URL below. Nominations are due by 3/8/19.
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