Edition Topics

December 14, 2021

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Agricultural Literacy and STEM Education Program Newsletter 
  3. WRRC Communications Coordinator Position
  4. Toys for Tots 
  5. Garden & Country Extension Webinar Ripple Effect Discussion 
  6. Turbeville Speaker Series Event with Dr. Gilberto Lopez  
  7. Call for Nominations

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

I had the pleasure of visiting our faculty and staff at the Pima County Extension office last Tuesday.  While visiting, I learned much about the programs that take place in the University’s backyard. Their gardens are impressive, to say the least, with 14 distinct gardens spread over the facility and overseen by the horticulture team and their outstanding Master Gardener volunteers.  I met with the 4-H team in their Fab-Lab, a laboratory filled with the latest technology in digital design tools.  The FCHS team taught me about their programs in family engagement, financial literacy, and their Positive Parenting Program (Triple P).  I met some of the EFNEP team, learning about their nutrition classes for adults and youth.  I also got to visit the Tucson Village Farm and the culinary kitchen.  Finally, I visited the Garden Kitchen, located in South Tucson.  The Garden Kitchen team offers gardening, cooking, nutrition, and physical activity classes.  I want to thank everyone who took the time to meet with me.  It was another very informative county visit and an excellent opportunity to meet the people having so much positive impact in their communities!

Agricultural Literacy and STEM Education Program Newsletter (Holiday Edition)

Summer Ag Institute info, Middle School Teachers of Arizona Unite, What's new on the NAITC Matrix and MORE

WRRC Communications Coordinator Position

The Water Resources Research Center seeks a full-time staff member to coordinate the WRRC’s communications and engagement activities, beginning early 2022. The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the publication of the Weekly Wave e-news digest, Arroyo annual publication, Brown Bag webinars, and work as part of a team to produce the annual report, annual conference, and other WRRC outreach products. For any questions, please contact Program Manager Michael Seronde (seronde@arizona.edu).

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots - Delivering hope to less fortunate children

The Cooperative Extension office, Forbes 301, will be hosting a drop-off box for the Toys for Tots program.  Please drop off your new, unwrapped toys by today, December 14. 
Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.

Garden & Country Extension Webinar Ripple Effect Discussion 

December 16, 2021 11:00am to 12:00pm

Online event registration link: https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ocuyuqDkjGdEjnG194JIyXIEUIwizEdtt

Featured Speaker: Christopher Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Gila County. Chris Jones is a Cooperative Extension Agent at the University of Arizona. He is responsible for Agriculture and Natural Resources programs in Gila County. He conducts Extension programming in forest health, watershed, and horticulture education. Chris' mission at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension is to Improve lives, families, communities, the environment and economies through applied research and education in Arizona and beyond. https://extension.arizona.edu/gila

Webinar Overview: If you have ever attended or viewed one of Extension Agent Chris Jones' Garden & Country webinars, please join this special Zoom meeting to discuss how the webinars have impacted you. Which were most memorable? Did any raise your awareness or change the way you think, or change the way you do things? If so, come and let Chris know!

Cost: Free 
Registration: Required 

Turbeville Speaker Series Event with Dr. Gilberto Lopez

Please join us on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM for our next Turbeville Speaker Series Event with Dr. Gilberto Lopez as he presents his research topic, "Challenging the Status Quo: Combining the Arts and Social/Health Sciences to Develop Culturally-Tailored COVID-19 Information for Latinx."

Abstract: Since the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic in March 2020, the U.S. has seen over 700,000 deaths. Latinx communities have seen a disproportionate burden of this disease as they are nearly 2x more likely to contract COVID-19, 4x more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19, and 3x more likely to die from COVID-19, compared to non-Hispanic Whites. Latino men lost an average 3.7 years off their lives in 2020. One important driver of these inequities is the lack of reliable and culturally tailored COVID-19 information for Latinx communities. The COVID Latino project aims to fill this void and provide Latinx communities with culturally-tailored, and empirically based, COVID-19 information by merging the arts with the social/health sciences. In his talk, Dr. Lopez will discuss the impetus, rationale, and process of developing culturally-tailored COVID-19 campaigns for Latinx.

Register Here: https://bit.ly/3rD19Sv

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 $1,000 and an award.  Click here for Extension Faculty of the Year Award criteria and nomination instructions. Submission deadline – February 16, 2022

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 16, 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 – February 16, 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).

TEN Submittal Process

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

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