Edition Topics

November 16, 2021

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Spots available in Diabetes Prevention Program class starting Nov 30th
  3. Cyber Attacks
  4. UACE Youth Reporting Training 
  5. Arizona FCHS honored at the 2021 NEAFCS Virtual Annual Session
  6. WRRC Brown Bag Series - Making Sense of the COP26 Climate Talks - Reporting Back from the Field
  7. Release the Beavers! San Pedro River
  8. Native Plants for Arizona Mountain Landscaping Webinar
  9. Tuberville Speaker Series Event with Dr. Ted Futris

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

Last week we celebrated Veteran's Day.  The day started as Armistice Day in 1919 with a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson.  This was in connection to the end of World War I, when the Armistice was signed at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.  In 1938, it was made a national holiday, and in 1954, the word Armistice was replaced with Veterans to honor veterans of all wars.  Although the date was set on November 11, the holiday changed dates to accommodate a three-day weekend for a few years.  However, this didn't sit right with many people, and in 1978, Veteran's Day was brought back to November 11 for good. As the son of a veteran of World War II, I always take pride in my father's service. This is a day to remember all those that served and all those now serving. 

Spots available in Diabetes Prevention Program class starting Nov 30th

We are starting a new Diabetes Prevention Program class on Nov 30th at noon, and will meet entirely over Zoom. Our lifestyle change program has helped hundreds of Arizonans adopt healthy habits and lower their risk for diabetes. This program is intended for overweight people with prediabetes or at high risk for diabetes.

Sign up here: https://redcap.uahs.arizona.edu/surveys/?s=Y339TNLRC7ATPEJ8

Cyber Attacks

As a general reminder, this time of year, when people are doing more online holiday shopping, cyber-attackers see this as an opportunity.  Please be vigilant of e-mail phishing attacks and protect yourself from attacks.  Report anything suspicious to phish@arizona.edu.  A general rule of thumb is if you’re not expecting anything, don’t open anything or click on any links until you can verify its validity.  For more information, please visit https://security.arizona.edu/content/report-incident.

UACE Youth Reporting Training

For Arizona Cooperative Extension employees who provide youth development and educational opportunities through direct teaching or curriculum it is important to be consistent in reporting. This recording provides guidance on how to report youth participants and impacts.  https://arizona.zoom.us/rec/share/1Q4lFVv5bwRG1Cj8ckWGQ6UQXvyDcYz7xtLKgHXtV7C6TGhm6UvGnuKEXdVoMNz5.aGAdTlj6K4XnfU1K

Youth Participation Reporting Guide

Arizona FCHS honored at the 2021 NEAFCS Virtual Annual Session 

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Family, Consumer and Health Sciences faculty and staff were honored recently at the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) 2021 Virtual Annual Session held September November 2-5, 2021. 

Evelyn Whitmer and team: Community Partnership Award, National Winner for “Moving the needle on health by Building Healthy Communities!!!”: Learn simple ways to change health outcomes with existing programs. Learn to partnership with communities through collective impact and the social determinants of health with policy, systems, and environmental changes. 

Debbie Curley and team: Excellence in Teamwork Award, Western Region Winner for “Arizona Extension 21st Century Share Fair”: Arizona Extension delivered the first annual 21st Century Share Fair via Zoom with valuable activities and connections for 75 afterschool program staff and engaging 33 Extension faculty and staff across disciplines. 

Ashley Dixon, Ben Downer, Thuy Bishop and Chrisann Dawson: Family Health & Wellness Award, Western Region Winner for “Rural Gila County, Arizona Developmental and Sensory Screening Program”: The Gila County Cooperative Extension Developmental and Sensory Screening Program targets rural Gila County and San Carlos Apache families with young children ages 0-5 to provide early screenings and education. 

Benjamin Downer, Cate Gore, Chrisann Dawson, Thuy Bishop and Ashley Dixon: Communications Internet Education Technology Award, Western Region Winner for “UACE Healthy Families Outreach Initiative”: Virtual education campaign helping Gila County and San Carlos Apache families create financial stability, support children's development, and create nurturing environments at home. 

Daniel McDonald, Ashley Dixon, Melissa Wyatt, Sybil Peters, Cate Gore, Noel Wilkinson, Cathy Martinez and Evelyn Whitmer: Dean Don Felker Family Resource Management Award, Western Region Winner for “Arizona Extension Building Financial Security Program”:  The Building Financial Security program is a four-part series of 90-minute of financial literacy workshops designed for adult participants with limited resources who reside in rural areas of Arizona. 

Esther Turner, Cathy Martinez, Ashley Dixon, Esther Turner, Jennie Treadway, Benjamin Downer, Thuy Bishop, Shevonda Joyner, Tamara McCarville, Florence Bargo and Chrisann Dawson:  Social Media Education Award:  Western Region Winner for “Pivoting to Social Media (Pinal, Gila, and San Carlos)”: The Developmental and Sensory Program provided information, education, and resources for families with children ages 0-5 and allowed for social distancing by creating several different social media accounts. 

Esther Turner, Jennie Treadway, Shevonda Joyner, Tamara McCarville and Florence Bargo: Florence Hall Award, Western Region Winner for "Greetings from Our Meeting on Zoom!": The Developmental and Sensory program created a hybrid model of hearing, vision, and developmental screenings, along with vision and hearing training, conducted virtually and in person. 

WRRC Brown Bag Series

Making Sense of the COP26 Climate Talks - Reporting Back from the Field
Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Arizona Time

Betsy Wilkening, President, Polar Educators International
Kristen Poppleton, Senior Director of Programs, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation empowers individuals and communities to engage in solutions to climate change. They are sending a delegation to the United Nations 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland this November to bring the international climate negotiations to a larger audience. This year’s delegation represents professionals who support the work of Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE). ACE is a term adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to denote work under Article 6 of the Convention (1992) and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement. The overarching goal of ACE is to empower all members of society to engage in climate action, through education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information, and international cooperation.
Two members of the delegation will report back on the proceedings to share what they learned, what it means, and how all community members can engage in climate action.

Release the Beavers! - San Pedro River

Efforts to Restore Beavers to the San Pedro River Riparian Corridor and Why It's Important!

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Lauren Monheim of the Watershed Management Group, Tucson will talk about efforts to restore beavers to the San Pedro River riparian corridor. Historically, beavers played a key role in maintaining watershed health for the Santa Cruz and San Pedro Rivers before they were wiped out by fur trappers in the 1800’s. The beaver population made an initial comeback due to relocation efforts in 1999, and with education, community science, and advocacy, we can bring the beavers back and grow their impact to reach our 50-year vision of restoring southern Arizona’s creeks and rivers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Beavers are one of the best local helpers for restoring desert creeks and rivers. Beavers build dams that slow down creek and river flow, a process that helps flowing water sink into the aquifer below and recharges groundwater! At the same time, beavers create critical wetland habitat —ciénegas—for our Sonoran Desert ecosystems.

Visit waterwise.arizona.edu to make a reservation.

Binational Beaver Survey Along the San Pedro River video

Event Contact:
MaryAnn Capehart
WaterWise Program Coordinator

Native Plants for Arizona Mountain Landscaping Webinar

November 18, 2021 11:00 a.m.

Featured Speaker: Gayle Gratop, Coconino County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program. Gayle has been working with native plants in northern AZ for over 15 years. She learned the importance of gardening with native plants as an intern at The Arboretum at Flagstaff in the early 2000s after earning her B.S. from Northern Arizona University. Since then, she has worked as a horticulturist in the native plant nursery for Grand Canyon National Park, served as the Greenhouse Manager for The Arboretum at Flagstaff, and recently began her own backyard nursery to provide the community of Flagstaff with locally adapted native plants. Gayle holds a M.S. in Agricultural Education from the University of Arizona, a certificate of Production Horticulture from Yavapai College, and just recently earned a certificate of Horticultural Therapy from the Horticultural Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado.

Webinar Overview: In this webinar, we will learn about some of the native plants that are available in the nursery trade and where these plants grow around northern AZ. Matching the microclimates in your garden with where native plants are found naturally in the environment will help you become a better native plant gardener by providing your plants with the best conditions to thrive. We will also discuss where you can find native plants for sale and learn about resources for obtaining seed for growing your own plants that are hard to find in the nursery trade. 

Facilitator: Chris Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension
Zoom Link:  https://arizona.zoom.us/j/85646234693.

Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.
Cost: Free 
Registration: Not required

Turbeville Speaker Series Event with Dr. Ted Futris

Join us on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM as Dr. Ted Futris, Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at University of Georgia, presents his research titled "Elevating Relationships Through Couples Relationship Education."

Abstract: Couple relationship education (CRE) shares information and skills that can help couples develop and maintain a satisfying, healthy, and stable relationship. Since 2006, federal funding for couple-focused intervention services has supported both the formative evaluation (e.g., implementation studies) of CRE as well as summative investigations of program impact and outcomes. Research evaluating the growing number of evidence-based CRE programs has offered a strong foundation for best-practices and shown that these educational interventions can be effective, albeit many gaps still remain in understanding who benefits most from CRE and the mechanisms of change. Dr. Futris will share an overview of this body of work and describe the development and evaluation of a CRE program supported by this initiative, ELEVATE: Taking Your Relationship to the Next Level.

To register for the event click here: https://bit.ly/3BhAxYT

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