January 21, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Live Q & A - January 21, 2020
  3. Equine Health Symposium
  4. 3rd Annual Sustainable Landscapes Expo
  5. CEAC Short Course
  6. Western Bark Beetle Initiative
  7. ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion Series
  8. Call for Nominations - Extension Awards
  9. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director 

 People living in arid and semi-arid environments all over the world have struggled to sustain their populations for many centuries.  In the desert southwest, the remnants of the Hohokam and Anasazi civilizations provide stark reminders of the severe conditions and challenges of sustaining a population in this environment.

The simple term “sustainability” has become somewhat controversial in terms of the many definitions it can serve.  It is important for us to consider sustainability in Arizona, in terms of how to maintain and support the populations in this state and region that exist today for generations yet to come.  This issue extends beyond our management of natural resources, such as land and water, but includes the development and education of the youth and the general health of our communities.

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) has a lot to offer to the people of this state regarding the challenges of sustainability.  Our Extension programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources; Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences, and 4-H Youth Development each have programs that are relevant to helping individuals and communities develop sustainable practices for both short and long-term needs.   Our CES offices in each county across the state provide local applications that benefit the sustainability needs that are unique to each area.

Live Q & A Webinar Today

Equine Event

January 25, 2020
University of Arizona Farm 4101 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ

3rd Annual Sustainable Landscapes Expo

Interested in showcasing what your program/department/students are doing in support of sustainability?  The annual Sustainable Landscapes Expo, held at UA Pima County Cooperative Extension, is an educational event where other like-minded organizations and businesses do just that.  Each exhibitor provides information/demonstrations/activities, as desired, that have a Focus and Education Objective. Anything hands-on helps to attract people to stop by, but that's not required.  Just something appealing like posters, signs, handouts, information, etc.

It is free for UA programs and non-profits to exhibit (10x10 tent with table/two chairs provided) and free for the public to attend. Smartscape/Tucson Water provide comprehensive, professional event marketing as well, including magazine and bus shelter ads, water bill inserts, flyers, social media, radio, directional street signage.

Saturday, March 21st, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

If interested, contact Karen Hanshaw, 520-626-5161

19th Annual Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course 

Greenhouse crop production in AZ can be profitable, sustainable and provide quality veggie crops!

Come meet the challenges of controlled environments and hydroponic food production at the CEAC Short Course.

10% savings for AZ residents. https://ceac.arizona.edu/events/cea-short-course

2020 Western Bark Beetle Initiative

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) - Western Bark Beetle Initiative Grant Program is accepting applications. DFFM, with funding provided by the USDA Forest Service, is soliciting proposals from $25,000 to $85,000 to treat a minimum of 10 acres where ponderosa pine is the main host tree. 

This program requires 50% (1:1) match from a non-federal source.

Projects must be completed by June 2021. Priority may be given to projects that can be completed prior to this date. 

Applications are due February 28, 2020

Application portal can be found here.

Diversity & Inclusion Series:

Inclusive Empowering Feedback: An Interactive Session 

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | ENR2 N595
Lunch Provided

Professional development training stresses the importance of timely and specific feedback. However, non-majority groups continue to experience the ongoing, persistent effects of unconscious bias, resulting in less emphasis on individual accomplishments and more emphasis on subjective commentary. This session will provide a background, values-based guidance, practical framework, and interactive skill-building activity to build your capacity to empower direct reports or colleagues and advance university goals in creating an inclusive environment.

Through this interactive session, participants will:

1. Build awareness of unconscious bias and its effects in the feedback process
2. Articulate best practices in creating an inclusive and empowering culture of feedback
3. Implement a practical framework for building employee capacity for self-directed performance

Speaker: Rachele Peterson

Speaker Bio: Within the National Institutes of Health’s Precision Medicine Initiative, Rachele Peterson, MS, is Executive Director and a Principal Investigator of the University of Arizona-Banner Health All of Us Research Program. She leads a team of more than 120 clinical research and engagement professionals across 14 sites and multiple states who are dedicated to educating, engaging, and enrolling 100,000 diverse participant volunteers toward the national goal of 1 million or more individuals to accelerate research and improve health. A certified clinical research professional and certified research administrator, she has 17 years of clinical research and leadership experience.

Plan on attending virtually? Register for the Zoom Webinar for all 4 Speakers during Spring 2020.

Brought to you by: the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion Council and the Office for Diversity & Inclusive Excellence

Call for Nominations

Each year we recognize our faculty, staff and strong contributors to Cooperative Extension with the Extension Faculty of the Year Award, the Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award, and the Extensionist of the Year Award. 

The Cooperative Extension Faculty of the Year award recipient will receive $1,000 and an award.  Click here for Extension Faculty of the Year Award criteria and nomination instructions. Submission deadline – February 4, 2020

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 4, 2020

The Extensionist of the Year award recognizes and honors a resident of the State of Arizona who has demonstrated extraordinary contributions, through UACE, to improving the lives of people in their community and state.  The award will be presented at an appropriate division-wide event.  Letters of nomination from UACE or non-UACE faculty and staff and/or peers should focus on the following criteria:  1) the nature and extent of the contribution provided by the individual (35%), 2) how this contribution has benefitted people in the community (15%) and the state (15%), 3) leadership qualities (25%), and 4) support for UACE (10%).
Submission deadline – February 4, 2020

All awards will be presented at an appropriate Extension or ALVSCE event.  Please read the criteria carefully, submitting only the materials noted.  Submit your nominations and support letters c/o Kristie Gallardo, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, PO Box 210036, Tucson, AZ, 85721 or gallardk@email.arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520.621.7145).

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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