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September 27, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Congratulations - NEAFCS Winners
  3. Congratulations - USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Partnership Awards 
  4. Cooperative Extension Director Candidates' Seminar
  5. Arizona Insect Festival
  6. Initiation of Sabbatical Leave Application Process for Academic Year 2023-24
  7. Cochise County Newsletter and Blog - Growing in Cochise
  8. Call for Nominations - New submission deadline
  9. Stronger Together: How to purposefully build more inclusive environments with Dr. Vanessa Perry
  10. The 2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey is LIVE!  
  11. Relationship Building with Native Nations
  12. CCT Data Science Workshop: Demystifying APIs for researchers
  13. The Water Recycling Revolution: History and Lessons from Four Western States - WRRC Brown Bag series
  14. How to get your message out: An online communication roadmap
  15. Tip of the Week

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

The Arizona Cooperative Extension 2022 Needs Assessment has begun. The first step is to gather information from our stakeholders, i.e., the people of Arizona. Information on the Needs Assessment can be found at https://norton.arizona.edu/uace-needs-assessment-2022. This link will provide information about the assessment, a link to the survey itself, several resources such as paper surveys (in English and Spanish), suggested email text for distribution, and even a QR code that will link to the survey. The actual link to the online survey is https://uarizona.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bIbtYyF8vuJWkjY, and is available in Spanish and English. It takes about 15 minutes to get through, but I believe it is the most comprehensive Needs Assessment Arizona Extension has done in many years. Dr. Michele Walsh and her team have set goals for County offices to ensure we reach a representative number of constituents. These goals include the relation the participant has with Extension (past participant, volunteer, employee, little to no knowledge of Extension) and the location of where they live (by zip code). I urge all of you reading this to take some time to complete a survey – we certainly appreciate the support. Also, you are all welcome to distribute this survey to your friends and colleagues. This is probably one of the most challenging aspects of Strategic Planning. However, it is our chance to make sure all voices are heard and help steer the direction of Arizona Cooperative Extension Program investments for years to come. Thank you all in advance for your support.

Congratulations - Winners at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference

Arizona was well represented at this year’s annual meeting of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) in Raleigh, North Carolina. We had 15 attendees, including five new NEAFCS members, received 5 awards, and had 5 presentations. Congratulations to the winners! Note: bolded names are part of UA Cooperative Extension. 

1st Place National Winner & Western Region Winner Extension Educator of the Year Award - Evelyn Whitmer

This highly competitive award distinguishes one national member each year. This award is to recognize a professional Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Educator who is conducting outstanding educational programs that demonstrate impact on families. The Agent must also be engaged in continued professional development and active in professional organizations.

Continued Excellence Award - Dan McDonald

This award recognizes NEAFCS members who have previously received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award presented by the NEAFCS, and continue to be actively involved in professional improvement programs, promoting the professional development of others and leadership.

1st Place National Winner & Western Region Winner Financial Management Award in Memory of Dean Don Felker Arizona Extension Building Financial Security Program 
Dan McDonald, Ashley Dixon, Deborah Curley, Christy Stuth, Rosie Stewart, Noel Wilkinson, Cate Gore, Sybil Peters, Ana Laura Prado Garcia, Lauren Opie, Frances Holguin, Valerie Seeton, Salem Whalen, Cathy Martinez, and Evelyn Whitmer.    

2nd Place National Winner & 1st Place Western Region Winner Family Health & Wellness Award     Nature Niños: Families Together in the Great Outdoors
Hope Wilson, Rebecca Serratos, Sharmel Jordan, Ellen Bashor, Jhiara Henderson, Kelly Tolbert, Teresa Manning, Taylor White, Katharina Hallowell, Roxanna DeLaHuerta, Julie Daly, Allison Houtz, Jennifer Booth, Jessie Rack, Mariana Altrichter, Kassie Henrickson, Geovani Donaldson, and Marissa Enderle.

3rd Place National Winner & 1st Place Western Region Winner Community Partnership Award Small but Mighty: Community Partnerships Strengthen Rural Early Care & Education
Margine Bawden, Hope Wilson, Rebecca Serratos, Theresa Kulpinski, Marcia Archer, Sterling Hancock, Rhonda Liddle, Lisa Reidhead, Debbie Huish, Paula Stefani, and Aimee Novak.


Tips for Submitting Award-Winning Applications: Hope Wilson, Judy Corbus, Diandria Barber, and John Fuller.

Results from the National Inventory of Extension Programming for the ECE Workforce and How to Use Them to Improve your Extension Programming: Katherine Speirs, Courtney Aldrich, Kyleigh Brown, Azriella Friedman, Courtney Luecking, Audrey Rider, Carrie Shrier, LaDonna Werth, and Hope Wilson.

Building Financial Security for Self, Family, and Community: Filling the Need for Statewide Financial Literacy Education: Daniel McDonald, Cathy Martinez, Noel Wilkinson, and Cate Gore.

Early Financial Literacy Building Blocks Taught through Mobile Children’s Library Pilot: Christy Stuth, Dan McDonald, Ashley Dixon-Klieber, Deborah Curley, Rosie Stewart, Noel Wilkinson, Cate Gore, Sybil Peters, and Hope Wilson.

Showcase of Excellence Getting to the goal in your program with your community through Collective Impact: Evelyn Whitmer, Michele Walsh, Liza Quioñones, Rosie Stewart, Christy Stuth, Dan McDonald, Deborah Curley, and Ashley Dixon-Klieber.

Congratulations - USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Partnership Awards

Specialist Elise Gornish was part of a team (including individuals from Extension in Hawaii, Wisconsin, Colorado, Virginia, Florida and California and members of the Global Rangelands Initiative) that recently won a partnership award for ‘multistate efforts’ from USDA NIFA. The National Connections Team for Forest & Rangeland Resources was recognized for a workshop series which highlighted how Extension has addressed strategic issues with RREA funds. Nine webinars were deployed between Spring 2020 and Spring 2021, which an average attendance of 127 individuals. Webinar themes spanned stakeholder needs and included: Ecosystem health, Enhanced food security, Fire-adapted ecosystems, Peer to peer learning, Reaching underserved audiences, Growing community science, and Generational succession planning. All webinars, plus associated resource materials are available for free viewing here: https://globalrangelands.org/rreasp/webinars.

There will be a virtual awards ceremony Thursday, October 6, 2022, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CST on zoom: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1614488248. All are welcome to watch.

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Congratulations to UArizona Cooperative Extension’s Tribal Livestock/Horse Extension Team for being selected as the 2022 National Institute of Food and Agriculture Partnership Award winner in Category I: Mission Integration or Research, Education, or Extension.

This team has developed and worked together on a multifaceted Tribal Extension program to care for horses and livestock utilizing good stewardship methods for animals, land, and even humans to meet the needs of tribal ranchers, families, and youth. Extension and outreach efforts were formed from traditional learning and knowledge bases established from participating tribes. Culture and tradition are incredibly important for tribal members to communicate and share their knowledge within their communities. Being aware of traditional learning methods, our team was able to blend scientific information with the tribal traditions. We created several workshop opportunities for tribal producers. Our “Summer Cattlemen's” series covered all basics of Beef Quality and Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance, horse health and biosecurity, along with proper animal nutrition during drought. For more program detail: https://tinyurl.com/NIFATribal.

Team Members: Betsy Greene, Juan Arias, Grey Farrell, Elisabeth Alden, Susan Sepkatewpa, Kristy Kinlicheenie, Alex Carlisle, Nathan Notah, Don Alamban, Madelyn Melchiors, Ashley Wright, Nate Brawley, Trent Teegerstrom, Debbie Reed, Jennifer Gardner Smith, and Joslyn Beard.

Cooperative Extension Director Candidates' Seminar

After conducting a nationwide search for a new Director of Cooperative Extension, we now have three finalists for the position.  They will give a talk at 2:30    My Vision and Strategy for Arizona Cooperative Extension.  Following at 3:30 will be time for a Q & A session.

Dr. Sereana Howard Dresbach  October 4 at 2:30
McClelland Park 402
McClelland Park 402

Dr. Edward Martin  October 18 at 2:30
Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Room 129

Please rsvp if attending in person.  gallardk@arizona.edu or 520-621-7145

Arizona Insect Festival

Sunday October 9, 2022  10 am to 3 pm
ENR2 Building

The Bugs are Back!  Please join us for the 10th Annual Arizona Insect Festival. CALS faculty and students as well as local museums and insect enthusiasts will staff 25 different interactive booths that explore the amazing world of insects. Learn about local pollinators! Cuddle cockroaches! Eat cricket cookies! Please spread the word about this free, fun, family-oriented science outreach event. For more information, contact Kathleen Walker krwalker@email.arizona.edu

Initiation of Sabbatical Leave Application Process for Academic Year 2023-24

The 2023-2024 sabbatical process is now open!

For faculty interested in applying for sabbatical, please visit the Faculty Affairs website for:
  •  Application download (Word document)
  •  Information on the documents to include in an application
  •  Links to related HR FAQs and the UA policy
  •  Information on reporting required at the conclusion of sabbatical leave

Due date for applications: Friday, November 18, 2022
(close of business). Electronic submissions are required. All parts of an application must be submitted in a single PDF packet.

Submission directions:
  •  Complete all sections on page 1 of the Application for Sabbatical Leave
  •  Obtain the signature of the Unit Head. Requests from Cooperative Extension faculty must be
     signed by Interim Director, Dr. Ed Martin.
  •  Email one PDF of all combined documents to CALS Asst. Dean for Faculty Advancement, Jean
     McLain (mclainj@arizona.edu). We also require that you cc: your unit head on this email.
     •  Reminder: Documents that are not combined into one PDF will not be accepted.

Please contact Jean McLain with any questions.

Cochise County Newsletter and Blog - Growing in Cochise

And follow the Cochise County Cooperative Extension Blog!

Cochise County Cooperative Extension's Official Blog
Every month, two programs are highlighted to share their advice and knowledge with our community.

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 $750 and an award.  Click here for Extension Faculty of the Year Award criteria and nomination instructions. Submission deadline – October 18, 2022

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $750 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – October 18, 2022

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 – October 18, 2022

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 to gallardk@arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520-621-7145).  Please note the earlier submission deadline.

Stronger Together: How to purposefully build more inclusive environments with Dr. Vanessa Perry

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 10:30AM-12:00PM - ENR2, Room S225

Dr. Perry will guide attendees through an interactive workshop to build our personal tools that will help us be better mentors, recognize and counteract our implicit biases, and build a more inclusive culture both within our units and within the entire division.  The workshop is hybrid and RSVPs are required so that we can balance the in-person and virtual participation.  Light refreshments will be served. Additional information can be found on the attachment. 


Stronger Together Flyer.pdf

The 2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey is LIVE!  

The 2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey for Cooperative Extension is in the field! Thanks to all who have begun to share the electronic survey with their networks and to those planning paper and pencil collection in your communities.  Everyone’s efforts are essential to making sure we have useful community data for the forthcoming Extension strategic planning process.

Starting tomorrow (September 28, 2022), CRED will be hosting weekly Statewide Needs Assessment “virtual office hours” on Wednesdays, 1-2pm. Join us at:  https://arizona.zoom.us/j/5206218739 if you have questions about or challenges with the survey process.  You can also reach out to CRED (cred@arizona.edu) with questions.

For the live survey link and other resources, see the CRED website (https://norton.arizona.edu/uace-needs-assessment-2022).  We will provide weekly updates on survey completion numbers beginning next week.

The survey will remain open until October 31st.

Please Join us for the ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

Relationship Building with Native Nations

Monday, November 14th | 9:30am – 11:00am | Hybrid Event 

Faculty and staff in CALS, Cooperative Extension, and the Experiment Station often work with Tribal Nations as partners in a variety of projects and activities.  This workshop is designed to bring greater awareness to institutional resources when working with Tribal partners, recognize the unique governing structures of Native American Nations, and improve collaborations with indigenous partners.  Experts from the university will lead this interactive and informative workshop and provide practical guidance.

Dr. Karen Francis-Begay
Assistant Vice Provost, Native American Initiatives

Trent Teegerstrom
Senior Associate Director FRTEP & Specialist, Agricultural-Resource Economics

Claudia Nelson
Director of Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office

Register for the event here:

Brought to you by: the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion Council
For list of current and past recordings, please go here!

CCT Data Science Workshop: Demystifying APIs for researchers

Instructor: David LeBauer
Date and time: September 28, 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The CCT Data Science Team at the University of Arizona is offering monthly workshops on topics that focus on ways to accelerate and improve the research
You may have heard of APIs, but they are mostly used by and described for programmers
This workshop will demystify APIs for researchers, skipping the theoretical foundations to explain what they can do for you. Specifically, we will be talking about 'RESTful web APIs' that are typically used to share scientific data because they can help you access a wide range of data sources and automate your analysis pipelines. The workshop will primarily focus on finding and accessing data using APIs, but will also briefly cover how and why you might want to create your own
If you have questions, feel free to email me at cct-datascience@arizona.edu. Also reach out if there is a topic of particular interest you’d like to see taught in the near future!

The Water Recycling Revolution: History and Lessons from Four Western States - WRRC Brown Bag Series

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022 
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Arizona Time 

Speaker: William M. Alley, Director, Science and Technology, National Ground Water Association 

This presentation reviews the history of potable reuse and lessons learned by examining the key roles of Arizona, California, Colorado, and Texas. Case studies illustrate varying conditions that motivate potable reuse, challenges in implementation, and its potential future as urban population growth, environmental needs, and climate change pressure drinking water supplies of cities across the country. 

How to get your message out: An online communication roadmap

The Rangelands Partnership will be hosting a 3-part professional development webinar series with communications expert Kivi Leroux Miller to ensure that your information gets to your audience in a systematic and effective way. The webinars are designed to stand alone and provide a road map to creating a successful online communication plan. This series will outline strategies to help you better understand your target audience, aid in creating relevant and engaging messages, and share best practices for communication channels and writing styles. A successful communication plan ensures that you are getting your message into the right hands at the right time, all while saving you time and energy.

Imagine improving your online communication skills. Now, make it a reality. Register for the webinars today!

October 20 - What are you saying to them and what should they do?
November 17 - How will you deliver your message to the right people?

Tip of the Week

Providing pronouns can be especially helpful guidance to others. Consider for example: 
  •  Names do not necessarily indicate gender. 
    Pronouns can aid communication on a campus with a large
     international population, especially with remote work and online
     study options. 
    Pronouns can help avoid embarrassment or pain caused when
     assuming someone’s gender incorrectly. 
  •  Pronouns can help create a welcoming place for people who identify as transgender, non-binary,
     two-spirit, etc.  

Instructions to update the University Phonebook:
  1.  Log in to UAccess Employee and select Employee/Manager Self Service
  2.  Click on the Personal Information tile  
  3.  Select Gender and Pronouns from the menu on the left 
  4.  Choose your pronouns from the dropdown menu and click Save 

Instructions to update D2L are here.

Instructions to update UAccess Student Center
  1.  Log in to UAccess Student Center  
  2.  Navigate to the Personal menu and click on Personal Summary 
  3.  On the Personal Information Summary page, click the Update Information button
  4. Click the Update Pronoun button  
  5. Choose your pronouns from the dropdown menu and click “Save Pronoun”  

TEN Submittal Process

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

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