April 17, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. 2018 Women in Agriculture Conference
  3. Incredible Wearables
  4. Congratulations Pamela Denney
  5. Congratulations Patty Merk
  6. Horticulture Agent Opening
  7. Raise your hand
  8. CALS Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series
  9. Did you know?
  10. WRRC Brown Bag

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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

There have been some recent efforts to excite people in the Cooperative Extension System (CES) to political action on federal legislation.  I am sure these efforts are well-intended, but if CES personnel do not strictly adhere to some basic guidelines, unintended and negative consequences could result.

It is very important to point out the fact that as university employees, particularly in the CES, if you do engage in political advocacy that must be done on a personal level.  Two very important points or guidelines to understand and adhere to are: 1) Do not use your university email account, use your own personal email address, and do not make phone calls on your University land line or cell phone; 2) Speak as a private citizen and not in your professional capacity.

I request that all CE faculty and staff adhere to these requirements, thus maintaining all your political action on a private level and focus our efforts on directing good programs, which is the best ammunition we have for supporting the value of our work.

Thanks again and keep up the great work you all do for Cooperative Extension!

2018 Women in Agriculture Conference

The 2018 Women in Agriculture Conference will be held July 12th and 13th at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Early Bird Conference Registration deadline (including reduced hotel rates) is June 21, 2018. The UA’s Dr. Sam Garcia will be a panelist on Friday morning. Hope to see you there!

Incredible Wearables

“Incredible Wearables” the 2017 4-H National Youth Science Day – took place on March 28th at the Mojave Cooperative Extension County office in Kingman AZ.  Gerald Olson, 4-H Agent along with Jamie Campbell, 4-H program coordinator hosted the 2017 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) “Incredible Wearables” challenge in partnership with Dr. Gerardo “Jerry” Lopez – U of A, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist 4-H STEM with the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. Youth, ranging from 4th to 6th grades, participated in small teams along with parents to learn about “Incredible Wearables” and successfully design, build, test and refine their wearable health monitor devices.

The 4-H NYSD connects young people from around the world in an exciting, interactive learning experience in the form of a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) challenge.  Last year’s 4-H NYSD challenge focused on “Incredible Wearables”, where youth were led to work together in small engineering teams to build a functioning health monitor using a small computer and low-cost sensors.  Once the health monitors were built, the youth collected and analyzed body temperature, heart rate, and step data that was wirelessly transmitted to iPads.  Health monitoring is just one area of wearable technologies.  By studying 4-H STEM subjects, youth obtain knowledge that can lead to future careers as adults in science, technology, engineering, and math. Please contact Jerry  if you would like to offer this fantastic NYSD activity to your 4-H members.

Maria Teresa Velez Outstanding Mentor Award – Classified Staff ---  Pamela Denney

Pamela Denney, Administrative Associate of the Prescott office, has been awarded the Maria Teresa Velez Outstanding Mentor Award through the University of Arizona. Denney brings more than 15 years of experience working in UA Cooperative Extension to her role at the office in Prescott. This mentoring award is given to those who have proven their excellence in diversity, inclusion and mentoring  and she will be honored at the Visionary Leadership Awards Ceremony this week.  

Congratulations Pam!  

Congratulations Dr. Patty Merk

Dr. Patty Merk was awarded the 2018 Community Service by Women Revealed, a women’s empowerment organization.  The award was presented during the annual Celebration of Women luncheon for International Women’s Day on March 8.  Patty is Area Extension Agent and Regional Specialist, Family, Consumer and Health Sciences at Maricopa County Cooperative Extension.  Her work through the Roosevelt Early Childhood Family Resource Center and with the surrounding communities has helped hundreds of families over the years.

Horticulture Agent Opening

Maricopa County Cooperative Extension is seeking an assistant/associate horticulture agent. If you know of any qualified candidates, please encourage them to view the job positing at the following link: https://uacareers.com/hr/postings. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ed Martin, CED and chair of the search and screen committee.

Also be sure to check out other available positions within Cooperative Extension by visiting https://extension.arizona.edu/arizona-cooperative-extension-employment-opportunities

Support Arizona 4-H Programs

Support Arizona 4-H Programs by going "Raising Your Hand" in support.  Vote for Arizona 4-H at the National 4-H Website and help Arizona 4-H to win $20,000.  ANYONE can raise their hands but we hope that current and alumni leaders and members will not only RAISE THEIR HANDS, but all those who know about the good work 4-H programs have been doing for over 100 years will also show their support.
So please go to :https://4-h.org/ and vote for Arizona 4-H,  include the link in all your communications with Extension friends and partners and post flyers in your offices.  

CALS Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no!  Negotiations are opportunities that happen to us every day.  In this session, we’ll look at our view of negotiations and opportunities to be creative in asking for what we want. Learn how to prepare and develop strategies for mapping out your next negotiation.
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 18 from noon – 1 pm
Location:         Forbes Building, Room 124A
Notes:              Lunch provided – first come, first served!

Did you know?

The same Bio that you enter in UA Vitae appears on UA Profiles?

Search your name in UA Profiles, if you do not have a Bio and would like one to appear, be sure to update your profile in UA Vitae!  The link to "Edit My Profile" is located at the bottom of your personal UA Profiles page for your convenience. 

Biographical information that appears in UA Profiles can include:
  • Biography
  • Degrees
  • Previous Work
  • Awards
  • Licensure & Certification
  • Interests
  • Scholarly Contributions
  • Creative Works
Note: Once the revision is made in UA Vitae it will not be immediately updated in UA Profiles.  The time for the revisions to sync between systems could take up to a week.

WRRC Brown Bag

Navigating Water Policy in Uncertain Times:  New vs. Old Paradigms

Melanie A. Stansbury, Sr. Advisor and Consultant, Utton Transboundary Resources Center, University of New Mexico

April 25, 2018
12:00 – 1:15pm
WRRC, Sol Resnick Meeting Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.)
This presentation will NOT be recorded
Cindy Wallace, Research Geographer, USGS Western Geographic Science Center

April 26, 2018
WRRC, Sol Resnick Meeting Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.)
GoToWebinar is available for this one.

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