January 15, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Note from Rick Gibson
  3. New Extension Publication
  4. Research Workshop
  5. Western National Roundup Results
  6. WRRC Annual Conference
  7. Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Newsletter
  8. Call for Extension Awards Nominations
  9. Call for Administrator of the Year & Diversity Awards Nominations

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

Public institutions are appropriately held accountable for the use of public funds.  Entities such as the University of Arizona (UA) and the Cooperative Extension System (CES) are certainly included in this level of fiscal accountability.  We provide information regarding accountability through a process of reporting on a regular basis.

Accordingly, we must adhere to a reporting system at every level of the organization.  Individual faculty file annual performance reports (APRs) via the UAVitae system at the UA providing an accounting of the productivity for the entire program they direct.  Similarly, every unit, e.g. academic, county, etc. presents a full report on the collective productivity for the unit. 

For the CES, several levels of extensive reporting are required to account for fiscal, personnel, and physical plant resource management and overall productivity for the entire organization and our ability to deliver on our mission.  

These reporting systems include “due dates” for each level of reporting that often take place in a sequential manner, beginning with individual programs and extending to the entire organization.

For the CES, the first critical due date is 1 February 2019 for submission of all CES faculty APRs via the UAVitae system. 

This includes faculty in academic and county units.  Any questions should be directed to unit leaders.

Rick Gibson's Transition

"It is with pleasure that I officially share with you information about the transition in CED (County Extension Director) leadership, in Pinal County. As announced today at the staff luncheon with Director Jeff Silvertooth, members of the Extension Advisory Board, and Supervisor Steve Miller, I will be stepping down from the CED role in Pinal County as of midnight, Sunday, January 13.  Cathy Martinez will assume the role at that time.  

Some may be wondering if this is a step towards my retirement.  At this time, I have no plans to do so, anytime soon.  Rather, this is an opportunity for me to build programs and try new things.  I definitely will continue working with the people of Pinal County in my role as horticulture agent.  Additionally, I still have my responsibilities in Pima and Gila Counties.

I wish to thank each of you for your wonderful support through the years.  It has been a pleasure to work with you in my role as CED.  We have a great team in Pinal County and I look forward to working as a continuing member of the team, as we jointly continue our collegial professional journeys. Cathy will do a wonderful job as CED and will help all of us move forward to new programmatic heights."

New Extension Publication

Research Workshop at Maricopa County Extension Office  1/30/19

ALVSCE Research Workshop  

The ALVSCE Research Office is offering a Research Workshop to provide comprehensive research introduction to all ALVSCE Employees (Faculty, Specialists, Agents, Administrators, Business Officers, Staff, Students, Postdocs - all are encouraged to attend).

Please RSVP here you wish to attend.

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Maricopa County Extension Office, Phoenix, AZ
Lunch will be provided

The following offices will be making presentations:
Sponsored Projects Services
Contract & Research Support Program
Procurement & Contracting Services
Responsible Conduct of Research
Conflict of Interest
Developing a Grant Proposal
ALVSCE Data Solutions Team
There will also be a session on Budget Basics
General questions can be sent to Zaida Zalbidea  or 520-621-5242.

Sangita Pawar, PhD, MBA
Assistant VP, Research, ALVSCE

Western National Roundup Result

Hearty Congratulations to the Arizona 4-H delegation at the 2019 Western National Roundup in Denver, CO on January 10-13, 2019!  These youth qualified to compete at nationals by winning at the AZ State Horse Contests in Flagstaff and communication contests in Maricopa County, AZ in July and May, 2018, respectively. The 2019 State Horse Contests will be co-hosted by Pinal and Gila counties in late July/early August, 2019.  Stay tuned for more information. FCS Skill-a-Thon and bowl is February 2, 2019. Communications day will be held March 16, 2019.  There will be another FCS competition on April 27, 2019 that will include Consumer & Decision Making, FCS presentations, and Fashion Revue.  All events are WNR qualifiers.  Please encourage youth from your county to participate.

Horse Public Speaking Contest: Meagan Rockow, 2rd place, Coconino County
Horse Presentations Contest: Paige Sutherland, 3rd Place, Coconino County
Impromptu Speech: Katie Pascavis, 2nd place, Maricopa County and Tallin Whetten 5th place, Coconino County
FCS Demonstration Participants: Rosellen Weaver, and Annelie Anders, Maricopa County

Hippology (The decathalon of horse contests!)
The Arizona Hippology team consisted of Mia Hickey, Ella Downard, Alexis Howie, Maci Tulloss, Coconino County.
Overall Team Placing:  Arizona 8th place
  -Horse Judging: Arizona, 1st place
  -Team Exam/Slides: Arizona, 7th place
  -Team Stations: Arizona, 9th place
  -Team Problem: Arizona, 8th place

Hippology Individual Scores
Overall Individual Score: Mia Hickey, 8th place
  -Horse Judging: Alexis Howie, 4th place and Ella Downard, 9th place
  -Written Exam/Slides: Mia Hickey, 7th place
  -Stations: Mia Hickey, 10th place

Congratulations to all the National Western Roundup Participants.  These 4-H youth worked hard to get to this national competition, and they all gained valuable experience that makes the best better!

WRRC Annual Conference

Arizona Runs on Water - Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions

Date:   February 1, 2019

Location:  Black Canyon Conference Center  9440 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix, AZ  85021

How do Arizona communities ensure that they have sufficient water to meet their future needs? This is the critical question being addressed at the upcoming UA Water Resources Research Center annual conference to be held on February 1st at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Join us for informative presentations and lively conversation about how Arizona communities are addressing their water challenges through collaboration, conservation, market-based approaches, long-term planning, and more. One size does not fit all!  

Registration is open until January 25.  Full agenda posted here

Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Newsletter

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 form.   – Submission deadline – February 4, 2019

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria.  – Submission deadline – February 4, 2019

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

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 gallardo@cals.arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520.621.7145).

Administrator of the Year Nominations - due 3/8/19

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 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

Seeking Nominations for the Shirley O’Brien Divesity & Inclusion Award

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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TMN Submittal Process

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

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