July 30, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. 2019 Arizona Cooperative Extension Conference
  3. Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course
  4. EcoChallenge in Yavapai County
  5. UCAP in ALVSCE Open Forum Recording
  6. Direct to Campus Update

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

 For every new person we hire in the Cooperative Extension System (CES) it is important that we provide them with the best chance for success in their new position.  That is mutually beneficial for all parties.

We are fully committed to the success of every person and program in the CES and the hiring process is just one-step in the development of strong programs.  Accordingly, the mentoring of every new person serves as an extremely important part of helping them realize the potential of their programs and establishing a durable foundation.

For example, next week, along with our Extension Conference proceedings, an Extension new employee orientation session is being conducted in an effort to provide some assistance to some of our new colleagues.

The Extension Administration Team, unit leaders, and all current CES personnel have the joint responsibility of stepping up to provide the support and necessary assistance to new personnel.  We fulfill an important responsibility by assisting and supporting new colleagues as they strive to navigate the process of developing productive and successful programs.


2019 Arizona Cooperative Extension Conference

The 2019 Arizona Cooperative Extension Conference is one week away!

The planning committee is excited to announce our conference will be kicking off in one week!  We have lots of great content in this program and are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Westin La Paloma on Tuesday, August 6th and Wednesday, August 7th, 2019.  Registration for the conference is now closed and we’re putting the final touches on the agenda.  But you can see the latest draft agenda at the following link:


Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course - Willcox, AZ

August 2, 2019 
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM 

Valley Telecom Conference Room 
752 E Maley Street Willcox, AZ 85643 
(Check-in at the door) 

Course Registration Fee: $40.00 
Lunch Provided 
Cash or Check accepted  -  Make checks payable to: "The University of Arizona" 

Who Should Attend: 
Produce Farms including growers, harvesters, packers, coolers, and those interested in learning about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR), Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Co-management of natural resources and Food Safety. 

Benefits of Attending:
Individuals who participate in the course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:
    ▪  Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm.
    ▪  How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing
       produce safety practices on the farm.  
    ▪  Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one.
    ▪   Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. 

*In order to receive full credit and certificate for the course, registrants must be present for all training modules.

Register here

For more information please see the Arizona Department of Agriculture Plants and Produce FSMA Website:  

EcoChallenge in Yavapai County

Starting in March 2019, the FCHS Food Safety program began using ceramic coffee cups and a glass water dispenser to reduce the amount of waste from plastic bottles and paper cups. The program offers the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) training twice a month for residents of Yavapai County with an average of 40 students per month. So far, over 200 bottles and cups have been eliminated from landfills due to the program’s swap of reusable items. Pictured is Aimee Novak, FCHS Program Coordinator and CPFM class instructor, with the items used during both classes.

Now Available! UCAP in ALVSCE Open Forum Recording

If you missed the Open Forum that was held on July 15th from 9-10am, have no fear – we recorded it!  The session was highly informative with a presentation from KC Armenta about how UCAP has progressed in ALVSCE since mapping was submitted last summer, and a highly interactive Q&A session with the panel.  See below for highlights of the recording (click the following link to see a full timeline of the recording): https://compass.arizona.edu/events/691-ucap-open-forum-7152019

10:23 University staff definitions & Career Streams and Levels

12:37 Timeline of Project for ALVSCE (July ’18, Jan ’19, May ’19, and July ’19)

29:58 The change from exempt status to nonexempt status. What actions is the college taking to ensure that supervisors are ready for this change and what will you do to ensure that supervisors understand the rules of what employee protections there are?

37:06 What are the benefits or reasons why somebody would opt in and opt out of the system?

41:03 If you do not opt in how will it affect pay raises or university merit increases?  Why even keep the classified status?

47:29 Is there a time limit to opt in?

54:05 What does the appeal/reassessment process look like? What is the policy release timeline?

Direct to Campus Update

Effective July 19, 2019, the Direct to Campus request portal is no longer required to order promotional products. Departments, colleges and student clubs can contact one of our 12 licensed vendors (plus 4 additional vendors for trophies and awards only) below directly to request promotional product quotes. In addition, the same guidelines will still apply to all scrubs and lab/white coat orders—Anton Sport and ProForma are the exclusive suppliers for those items. Any pending orders will be processed through the Bookstore. If you have questions about pending orders or quotes, please reach out to direct@email.arizona.edu.
Remember, the Direct to Campus program is separate from the licensing approval process. It’s still crucial to engage with one of our licensed vendors early as they are well-versed in the licensing approval process and can help you navigate necessary approvals. Those twelve vendors are below with more detailed contact information on the Licensing page on licensing.arizona.edu – for ease the direct link to the vendors complete with contact info is here.

TMN Submittal Process

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

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