February 27, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. 2018 Promotion Workshops
  3. 4-H Stem Club in the San Xavier District
  4. Results-based Accountability Training with Mark Friedman
  5. Horse Workshop in San Carlos
  6. New Employee Onboarding Video Coming Soon
  7. UA Vitae Training
  8. University Career Architect Project
  9. Extended Nomination Periods for Awards
  10. WRRC Seminar and Conference
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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 I have previously introduced the BLUF memo format as a good communication tool for organizations like the Cooperative Extension System (CES) and our college in general.  In this case, BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front. 

The BLUF memo format gives us a chance to get the point of a communication at the very beginning.  The BLUF memo states clearly, at the very beginning of a communication the main point communicated in the document. 

This format literally provides the reader the opportunity to see immediately the bottom line of the message and then it provides the appropriate background, rationale, and basis for the point in question.  If the reader were to ignore the entire body of the memo, but read the Bottom Line, they would still know the issue being addressed and what action is needed.

Working in an environment saturated with communications coming from email, hard copy, audio, etc., we face the common need and challenge of understanding right away what the essence of the communique is providing. 

I continue to encourage use of the BLUF memo technique in the CES and other facets of our college as appropriate.

2018 Promotion Workshops

The Spring 2018 Workshops for promotion schedule has been released.  The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs initiates the mandatory promotion process by conducting the following workshops each Spring.  
Making a Statement

Wednesday, February 28, 8:00-9:30 am, Old Main Building, Silver and Sage Room, RSVP here.

To get started on preparing the Candidate Statements that introduce Promotion Dossiers, participants in this workshop will work in small groups to discuss sample Candidate Statements. Candidate Statements are vital to outlining the impact of candidates’ service, teaching, and research.  They play an especially important role in documenting the sorts of community-based scholarship, partnerships, and outreach that are highlighted in our Inclusive View of Scholarship. Candidate Statements provide an opportunity for associate professors to discuss their institutional leadership and impact.

4-H STEM Club in the San Xavier District

There's a *new* 4-H STEM Club in the San Xavier District.

It's a partnership between the San Xavier Co-op Farm, San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, and the Cooperative Extension Pima County 4-H program – to engage youth in 4-H STEM activities.

Dr. Jerry Lopez, State 4-H STEM Director says the new club involved a lot of people.

“This program would not be possible without the funding from the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environmental and Social Justice,” Lopez said.

“I would really like to thank our partners San Xavier Co-op team; Cie’na Schlaefli, Phyllis Valenzuela and everyone else for providing the space and catering the cultural food. The parents and grandparents for their commitment in bringing their kids to the Saturday meetings and engaging with them in building the solar ovens and the solar projects. Lastly, the STEM RISE Arizona team: Victoria Hobbs, Melodie Lopez, Joshua Moore, Bibiana Law, Daniela Cabrera, Jose Fonseca and the volunteers for all their efforts to making this a success,” Lopez said.

Results-based Accountability Training with Mark Friedman

Looking to measure and demonstrate impacts better? Learn to use Result-based Accountability (RBA) methodology for your Extension program evaluation.

Renowned author Mark Friedman will conduct an all-day training exclusively for UA Cooperative Extension at the Maricopa County Extension Office on Tuesday May 29th. 

On Wednesday May 30th, Dr. Friedman’s training will be followed with a hands-on RBA Application workshop to put the training into practice.

Members of collaborative extension programming teams are encouraged to participate, including FHCS, 4-H, Master Gardener, Range, Agriculture, and all other critical Extension programs.

Please save the dates; more details to come soon.

Please contact Patty Merk (pamerk@email.arizona.edu) or
Chris Jones (ckjones@email.arizona.edu) for more details

Horse Workshop in San Carlos

Thank you to Juan Arias, Assistant in Extension, for coordinating a wonderful event in San Carlos.  

On Saturday Feb. 17th Dr. Betsy Greene and Fred Wesley presented a horse workshop at the Peridot Rodeo Grounds.  Betsy covered the subjects of nutrition, biosecurity, and vaccines in the morning.  Some participants at the workshop trailered in their own horses, which provided opportunity for hands-on learning.  Dr. Greene had participates evaluate weight conditions of their horses as they learned about proper feeding.  Participants viewed a stomach of a horse as they learned about the basic anatomy of the horse and learned to look at indicators on the teeth and in the mouth of a horse that provide information about its age.  

After lunch Fred Wesley, a 4-H club leader and community member, demonstrated ground work with his horse with tips to establish a safe relationship with a horse.  He then showed the participates techniques on how to safely load a horse into a trailer.  

New Employee Onboarding Video Coming Soon!

CALS will be launching our New Employee Onboarding Video in the coming weeks!  You can share it with all recently hired, and future employees, to give them a good overview and understanding what it means to be part of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. Stay tuned to the Tuesday Morning Notes for the link!

UA Vitae Training

The time has come to enroll in the UA Vitae Reporting 101 course. This course is designed to give UA Vitae Administrators, Deans, and Department Heads (both new and existing) an overview of the reporting functionality found in UA Vitae. The enrollment details are below. 
*Learn about the different access levels in UA Vitae
* Understand the difference between College level and
* Department level views
* Review the basic steps of running a report
* Learn about the drill-down functionality found in UA Vitae reports
* High-level overview of the different Activity, Administrative, and Custom reports in UA Vitae
* Build reports using the faculty selection tool, filters, and export options

To enroll in UA Vitae Reporting 101 follow the steps below.

- Sign in to UAccess Learning using your NetId and password.
- Click the Find Learning tile.
- Enter UA Vitae Reporting 101 into the search field.
- Click the Search icon.
- Click on the Expand Arrow to display the course options.
- Choose to take the Self-Paced class or enroll in an Instructor Led class.
- To see which classes you have enrolled in click on the My Learning tile.

University Career Architect Project

Classified Staff and Appointed Professional employment groups are merging:  Learn more about UCAP

The University Career Architecture Project (UCAP) is a UA-wide 2 year project scheduled to go live July 2019 that will merge Staff and APs, provide greater career structure and progression paths, and allow for market-based salary ranges for all positions. To learn more, get involved, and keep apprised of progress visit the official project website.

Extended Nomination Period for Awards

Administrator of the Year Award
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Administrator of the Year Award was created to recognize and honor outstanding achievements and contributions by an administrator in the college. The award will be given at the Spring Faculty/Staff 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. I encourage members of the faculty, staff, appointed professionals, CALS alumni, students, or other administrators in the college to make nominations for this award. A list of previous recipients can be found at: https://cals.arizona.edu/about/workplace/employee-awards/recipients. Nominations will be active for a three-year period. The deadline for nominations this year is 3/3/18, and the winner will be announced at the CALS Spring Luncheon.

This college 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.

The Shirley O'Brien Diversity & Inclusion Award
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 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 CALS and across campus. We believe her efforts, in keeping with the college's emphasis on diversity and inclusiveness in its student body, faculty and programs, deserve recognition. The award will be given at the Spring Faculty/Staff meeting 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 inclusiveness within CALS. Additional information and the nominating form can be found at the URL below. Nominations are due by Saturday, 3/10/18.

WRRC Announcements
WRRC Brown Bag SeminarSustainable Water Management Using Analytical Tools and Dynamic Reservoir Operations

Date:  Friday, March 2, 2018, 12:00 - 1:15pm

Speakers:     Steven Nebiker, Vice President, HydroLogics
                     Tim Skarupa, Senior Analyst, Water Rights and Contracts, Salt River Project
Location: WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.)
The WRRC offers remote access to Brown Bag Seminars via GoToWebinar. For details on joining this Brown Bag remotely, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7346081665566983171

WRRC 2018 Annual Conference:  The Business of Water

March 28, 2018

Student Union Memorial Center

Early Bird Registration closes Friday, March 2

Poster Abstract deadline extended through Friday, March 2

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