October 1, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Food Safety Conference
  3. Arizona Insect Festival
  4. Student Research Support Opportunity
  5. The Garden Kitchen Cooking Classes
  6. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel
  7. Fit First Saturday
  8. Seeking Nominations: Administrator of the Year and Shirley O'Brien Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

The University of Arizona (UA) is conducting a major revision in the organizational structure for classified staff and appointed professional positions.  This is referred as the “University Career Architecture Project" (UCAP) and it is intended to revolutionize the classification and arrangement of positions at the UA and manage compensation.

The UCAP is a two-year project that will replace the current classified staff and appointed professional categories of employment with market-based job functions and families of position classifications.  Accordingly, the Cooperative Extension System (CES) is going through this revision process with the rest of the UA.

Unfortunately, this process is causing considerable confusion and concern for many people in the CES and across the entire UA campus.  As always, we need to focus on the facts and avoid speculation.

Mr. Jeffrey Ratje recently sent out a good summary in a 23 September memo to the entire Division describing what we know at this time regarding the UCAP.  A link is posted below for this memo.  I encourage everyone concerned about the UCAP to review this memo, utilize the information provided, and refer to one of the references or contact individuals as needed. 

All personnel affected by the UCAP, including unit leaders and business officers, have a responsibility for understanding the facts associated with this process, the important dates and timelines, and the action steps that are required.

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2019 Food Safety Conference

Thursday, October 17, 2019
9:30am – 4:00pm
Poster Session
4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Lodge on the Desert

Food Safety researchers, students and industry professionals are invited to attend the 2019 University of Arizona Food Safety Conference, hosted by the UA Food Safety Consortium. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with stakeholders and learn of current food and water safety concerns and research needs.

The 2019 Student Poster Session will highlight current Food Safety research at the University and will include valuable cash prizes for the top posters.  Visit our website for abstract submission information.

Registration Rates (for full day, including lunch, breaks, and poster session):

$75 through early registration deadline of Oct. 3rd
$100 October 4 to October 10
$50 Student Rate

Online Registration:

Debbie Reed

Arizona Insect Festival - Sunday, October 20th

The 2019 Arizona Insect Festival will take place on Sunday, October 20th, from 10am to 3pm in and around the Environmental and Natural Resources 2 (ENR2) building on the University of Arizona campus.

Attracting an estimated 5,000 of visitors each year, the free family-friendly festival hosted by the University of Arizona's Department of Entomology features interactive exhibits on insects and insect-based research taking place at the University of Arizona and within the Tucson community.  
This year’s Festival is going to honor and raise awareness of the fact that the area around Tucson has one of the highest diversities of native bee species in the world. Come learn more about the fact that we live in a biodiversity hotspot! 

The festival is free. Free parking will be available in the Sixth Street Parking Garage. More information can be found at

Student Research Support Opportunity

The University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center invites proposals for student research projects that address water-related issues of importance to Arizona and the Southwest. The WRRC expects to award two to four grants of up to $10,000. Projects requesting less than $10,000 are encouraged.

Student project proposals must show a faculty member at one of Arizona’s three state universities (UA, ASU, or NAU) as the Principal Investigator (PI). The student should be listed as a Co-PI. Researchers in the physical, biological, social and engineering sciences, including water management, water law, economics and public health are invited to apply.

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Proposals will consist of a basic information form, a 3-page narrative, 2-page investigator resumes, and a budget form and justification. Budgets must show a match of two non-federal dollars for every federal dollar requested, and a letter of commitment for the matching funds must be included with the proposal. Proposal guidelines are available on the WRRC web site: https://wrrc.arizona.edu/programs/grant-proposal-guidelines

For questions contact:
Susanna Eden, Assistant Director
Phone: (520) 621-5670

The Garden Kitchen Hands-On Cooking Classes

Bread Baking
Thursday, October 17, 2019  -- 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

During ​this inspiring class you will learn the proper mixing techniques, kneading methods, and all of the essential skills to make delicious bread at home! ​ ​

Naan Flatbread
Soda Bread

Whole Wheat Bread to Bake at Home

Skills taught: How to make a yeasted bread and a quick bread
A variety of toppings will be provided for lunch with breads made in class.

Pasta Class: Fresh Pasta from Scratch
Thursday, October 24, 2019 -- 10:00 am to 1:00 pm 
Think outside the box, and learn to make your own fresh pasta at home. Join in the fun as we mix, roll, shape and cook fettuccine and tortellini from scratch.
Tortellini with Sunflower Parmesan Pesto
Parsley Laminated Fettuccine with Puttanesca

Skills taught: How to make and roll pasta, how to fill pasta, how to create and cook a raw sauce

Knife Skills
Saturday, October 26, 2019 -- 10:00 am to 1:00 pm 

In this hands-on class you’ll hone basic knife skills and practice the fundamental cuts: mince, dice, brunoise, bâtonnet and julienne.  We’ll practice how to cut a wide range of food items like a head of cabbage, delicate herbs, and onions, with practically no tears!  We’ll also learn techniques for safety and keeping your knives maintained and sharp. Join us to become more efficient and effective in the kitchen!
All classes:  $55.00 class fee includes lunch of all dishes made
All proceeds from these classes go towards our free programming, empowering Pima County residents to build community wellness and make healthier choices through food, fitness, and gardening education.

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.

Fit First Saturday

October 5th, 2019- Fit First Saturday
Join us for our FREE monthly fitness, cooking, and gardening classes at the Garden Kitchen! An opportunity to come together as a community in support of creating healthier, more well-balance lifestyles.  Hope to see you there!

9:00   - Body Flow
10:00 - Last Summer Harvest Meals
11:15 - Tomato Talk

Visit The Garden Kitchen website for more events, recipes, and resources.

Seeking Nominations for Administrator of the Year – due 10/4/19

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 Fall Luncheon 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.  We 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.  Nomination guidelines and information can be found at this LINK. Nominations will be active for a three-year period. The deadline for nominations is 10/4/19, and the winner will be announced at the ALVSCE Fall Luncheon on November 6, 2019.

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.

Seeking Nominations for the Shirley O’Brien Diversity & Inclusion Award – due 10/7/19

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 Fall Luncheon on November 6, 2019 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 inclusion within ALVSCE. A list of previous recipients can be found HERE.  Nomination guidelines and information can be found at this LINK.  The deadline for nominations is 10/7/19.



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