February 4, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Pima County Master Gardener Home Garden Tour
  3. Promotion Workshops
  4. Buffalo Soldiers History Art Exhibit
  5. Call for Nominations - Extension Awards
  6. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 Last week Dr. Paul Brown completed his tour of duty of more than 35 years for the University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension System (CES).  Paul has always been an excellent university professional and colleague.  He has provided a tremendous program to the UA and the CES during his entire career.

Paul developed and directed the Arizona Meteorological Network (AZMET), a statewide system of more than 30 automated weather stations in rural and urban settings. The AZMET system provides extremely high-quality meteorological data and weather-based information to agricultural and horticultural interests operating in southern and central Arizona.   Initial operations for AZMET began on 1 January 1987.  Mr. Bruce Russell has worked with Paul on the management of the AZMET system since its beginning.

Paul has served his entire time with the UA CES as an Extension Specialist in Biometeorology based originally in the Soil & Water Science Department that became the Soil, Water and Environmental Science Department, which is now identified as the Environmental Science Department.  In the past six years, Paul has also served as the Assistant Dean and Associate Director for the Agriculture and Natural Resource (ANR) programs in Cooperative Extension.  He has continually directed an outstanding statewide Extension program.

Paul will be missed as an Extension Specialist, ANR program leader, and valuable professional friend and colleague.  Please join me in thanking Dr. Paul Brown for his outstanding years of dedicated service and commitment to the UA and the CES.  We all wish he and his family the very best as he pursues all his goals and aspirations in the future.


21st Annual Pima County Master Gardener Home Garden Tour

The Pima County Master Gardener program is pleased to announce our upcoming Annual Home Garden Tour on Saturday April 04, 2020 from 9am to 3pm.  This is the 21st year that Master Gardeners have been proudly showcasing their own beautiful gardens for inspiration and education. Each of the four gardens featured is located in the gorgeous area near Saguaro National Park East. Plan to make a day of seeing these delightful spring gardens -and pay a visit to the park while you're in the area!  Discussions on a variety of gardening topics will be held at each home garden.  The Demonstration Gardens at the Cooperative Extension (4210 N. Campbell Ave) will also be open for touring as well. Tickets go on sale beginning February 21st so mark your calendar now!

Promotion Workshops

The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs initiates the mandatory promotion process by conducting the following annual workshops.

Buffalo Soldiers History Art Exhibit

Check out the exciting exhibit coming up at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, in honor and recognition of Black History Month. The exhibit is entitled, Buffalo Soldiers: The 10th Cavalry Regiment Told Through the Art of David Laughlin. You can read about the exhibition here.  

The reception is taking place Friday, February 7th from 6-8PM. The event will include an engaging presentation by Dr. Michael Engs (Founder of AZ Heritage Tours), as well as a documentary screening about the history of the Buffalo Soldier.

Admission to the event is FREE for students, military (active & veterans), our museum members, and members of GSAAC; the Buffalo Soldiers education group that we are collaborating with on this exhibition and opening.

RSVP for this event!

Call for Nominations - Due today

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 - today at 5:00 pm

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 - today at 5:00 pm

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 - today at 5:00 pm

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.

TMN Submittal Process

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

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