June 23, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Congratulations Rick Gibson
  3. Changes in Pima and Gila County
  4. Solar Energy: Off-grid uses and rooftop options webinar
  5. Employee Resources now available without using VPN
  6. Tips from the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Council
  7. 2020 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship 
  8. New Publications
  9. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

In the past several months, adaptation has become a key element of our daily lives on every level.  Despite these extraordinary circumstances, the people of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) have responded remarkably well.

We have seen a transfer of traditional program delivery from face-to-face to remote and virtual methods and this has been true for every program area.  The delivery of large programs and even conferences have moved to a virtual format successfully. 

For example, the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) changed their conventional in-person annual meeting plans in April to a virtual program that was successfully delivered with over 600 registrants last week, 18-19 June.  From the initial reviews, it was an excellent program that was well-managed and very positively received. 

Similarly, earlier this month, the Arizona 4-H Presents Award Session and Clover Ball were both successfully delivered virtually with live streaming that allowed for real-time participation and celebration with hundreds of viewers.

This pattern of incredible adaptation has been taking place from small groups and programs to large events across the entire spectrum of the CES in the past few months. 

I commend everyone in the CES who have been able to step up and go beyond the barriers and challenges presented by the current conditions, to adapt and find new ways to deliver on our mission.

Congratulations and many thanks to all of you!  Keep up the good work and please take care of yourselves and each other.

COVID-19: Employee Resources 
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Congratulations Rick Gibson

In honor of over 39 years of exemplary service, Rick Gibson was granted Emeritus Status by President Robbins.

Thank you Rick for all you have given and continue to give Cooperative Extension!

Changes in Pima and Gila County Cooperative Extension

Renee Carstens has accepted the position of interim-CED for Gila County Cooperative Extension.


Claire Zucker
has accepted the position of CED for Pima County Cooperative Extension.

Their official start dates are still working through the University system. 

We look forward to working with these two new Cooperative Extension Directors!

Solar Energy: Off-grid uses and rooftop options Webinar

June 25, 2020 11:00am to 12:00pm Arizona

Online event link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/96945595637

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Gila County presents: Garden and Country Extension Webinar Series.  A Zoom webinar (60-minutes or less) featuring a variety of horticultural and natural resource topics relevant to the environmental conditions and residential concerns of Gila County, Arizona.

Featured Topic: Solar Energy: Off-grid uses and rooftop options

Featured Speaker: Edward Franklin, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and provides instruction for the agriculture technology management instructional program. He began working with solar photovoltaic energy systems in 2012 to update the electricity instruction. He facilitated USDA grants to provide renewable energy outreach to Cooperative Extension personnel, and multiple populations including 4-H youth, students, teachers, farmers & ranchers. He has conducted solar photovoltaic workshops for teachers in multiple states, and authored several solar-related factsheets published by Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Webinar Overview: Solar energy systems can help Arizona individuals, families, and businesses achieve energy conservation goals beyond the adoption of energy-efficient appliances and LED bulbs. This presentation describes solar photovoltaic (PV) system components and their use in different types of solar PV systems. The benefits and limitations of each system will be discussed, as well as steps to determine how to size a stand-alone solar PV system.

Webinar Facilitator: Chris Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension

Zoom Link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/96945595637 Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.

Employee Resources now available without using VPN

Do you have something you would like to see on Cooperative Extension’s website or social media channels? Are you thinking about launching a new social media channel yourself? Do you need some guidance on producing videos? Do you need help engaging a Spanish-speaking audience? We have resources for you at the Marketing Resources Confluence page! There is guidance for just about everything marketing related. It’s a new era and we have built new tools to help you reach your goals, including Support Tracker forms for requests, tip sheets, branding images and more! Check it out: https://public.confluence.arizona.edu/display/ACEKB/Marketing+Resources

Tips from the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Council

Want to Learn about Implicit Bias, Gender Bias, Minority Bias, Sexual Orientation Bias? 
The ALVSCE Diversity and Inclusion Council website https://compass.arizona.edu/diversity-inclusion has articles and presentations on topics related to bias. Articles are in the Resources section:
Service Disparities and Bias in Evaluations, and Empirical, peer-reviewed research on disparities in academia.

Recorded presentations are in the section Upcoming Events and Past Recordings. Titles from the Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series include: Addressing Implicit Bias in Health Care; Unconscious Bias and Micro-Aggression; Creating Inclusive Environments through Micro-Social Interactions; Ready, Set, Gay? Sexual and Gender Minority Prejudice in Collegiate Athletics;  and Mentoring Across the Racial Divide: Advising to Expose the Hidden Curriculum. Presentations from the Professional Empowerment Workshop Series include: Addressing Bias; and Inclusive Empowering Feedback: An Interactive Session

Be aware of your own implicit bias and take the Test: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

Contact us: inclusive@cals.arizona.edu


USDA-FAS: Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Notice of Funding Opportunity

USDA identifies Borlaug Participants based on country-specific topics of importance to international agricultural trade. USDA then places Participants with U.S. research institutions for 10-12-week intensive programs. These programs are expected to contribute to the strategic goals and objectives of the Participant and the institutions through a hands-on experience in a “real-world” agricultural research scenario, providing opportunity for application of research agendas where they can have a direct impact on food security and economic growth in an emerging economy. It is hoped that host institutions will share the knowledge gained through the program in their classroom and extension work with their faculty, students, extension officers, and constituents; and that they will continue to maintain professional contacts with the Participants after their departure from the United States.

New  Publications

2020 WOTUS Rule  -- Analysis of the 2020 WOTUS Rule & Policy Implications for Ephemeral Washes in Arizona,  published in The Water Report and is a collaboration between Arizona Cooperative Extension's Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center and the Water Resources Research Center.

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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