October 15, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Arizona Extension FCHS Faculty and Staff Honored
  3. Growing Season in Review Workshops for Arizona Winegrape Growers
  4. Arizona Insect Festival
  5. Benefits Open Enrollment
  6. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

In any organization like the University of Arizona (UA) or the Cooperative Extension System (CES), there is an organizational structure that describes the relationships of all positions and programs.  In a graphic manner, this is commonly referred to as an organizational chart or org chart.

The chain of command refers to levels of authority in the organization from the top position, e.g. the president in a university, down to the employees working on the front line.

Organizations institute a chain of command to provide employees at all levels with a supervisor to whom they may ask questions, report problems, or facilitate interactions with other elements of the institution. When this hierarchy is not supported and respected, the organization and the personnel may suffer from confusion and miscommunications.

In the CES, we have a large distributed organization across the entire state that includes Extension offices in every county, several American Indian Reservations, Arizona Experiment Station sites, and every academic and support unit in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  Working within our organizational structure and the chain of command facilitates proper function and provides a benefit for us all.

View the  AZ Cooperative Extension Organizational Chart

Arizona Extension FCHS Faculty and Staff Honored 

Arizona FCHS honored at the 85th Annual Meeting of the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences held in Hershey Pennsylvania

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) 85th annual session held September 29 – October 3, 2019 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Ashley Dixon, Assistant Agent, Gila County and team of Cathy Martinez, Esther Turner, Jennie Treadway and Thuy Bishop received the NEAFCS Marketing Package Award:  Second Place Western Region for Developmental and Sensory Screening Outreach and Marketing Packet in Arizona: Pinal and Gila County.

Debbie Curley, Area Assistant Agent, Pima County and team of Katherine Speirs and Ashley Dixon received the NEAFCS Innovation in Programming Award:  Second Place Western Region for the Parent Input Project

Jennifer Parlin, Assistant in Extension of the Garden Kitchen, Pima County and team of Jazmin Lopez, Rachael Hearne, Kayla Williams, Anna Cosgrove and Sarah Whelan received the NEAFCS Social Media Education Award:  First Place National and First Place Western Region for The Garden Kitchen Big Changes Start Small Social Media Campaign.

Jennifer Parlin and team of Eldaa Galindo, Erika Alvarez, Glenda Garcia, and Sydney Devlin received NEAFCS Family Health and Wellness Award: Third Place National and First Place Western Region for The Garden Kitchen Physical Activity Program for Early Childhood Education Centers.

Katherine Speirs, Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor of the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences received the NEAFCS Program Excellence through Research Award:  First Place National and First Place Western Region for The Feeding Young Children Study and Resulting Online.

Traci Armstrong Florian, Associate Agent, Maricopa County and the interstate team of Ines Beltran, Liz Brunscheen-Cartagena, Lorrie Coop, Diana Romano, Andrea Scarrow and Glenn Sturm received the NEAFCS Newsletter Communication Award: First Place Western Region for the Enlace Latino Newsletter.

Growing Season in Review Workshops for Arizona Winegrape Growers

If the 2019 growing season is on your mind, we would like you to attend this event! There will be activities and discussions with other growers that detail growing conditions from this year, including important weather events and other issues like pests and disease, responses to such challenges, comparison to previous growing seasons, and assessment of cultivar performance.
Verde Valley edition (register)
Date: October 17, 2019
Location: Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus
                Building G, Room G106
Time: 11:00am – 1:45pm
Cost: free
Lunch: provided

Southeastern Arizona edition (register)
Date: October 25, 2019
Location: Cochise College Benson Center
                 Rooms 113 and 115
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Cost: free
Lunch: provided
For more information, please contact:

Jeremy Weiss
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension


Arizona Insect Festival

10am to 3pm, Sunday October 20, in ENR2

Free parking, free admission and fun for all!

The festival is free. Free parking will be available in the Sixth Street Parking Garage. More information can be found here.

Benefits Open Enrollment

Benefits Open Enrollment for the 2020 plan year starts next week.
Begins:   8:00 a.m. on October 21
Ends:      5:00 p.m. on November 8

During Open Enrollment, you may enroll in, cancel, or change your 2020 plan coverage elections for:
Supplemental Life
Short-Term Disability
Flexible Spending Accounts (

Do I need to take action during Open Enrollment?

You need to take action only if:
        You want to participate, or continue participating, in the
Healthcare and/or Dependent Care
         FSA plans in 2020. FSA elections do not automatically carry over from year to year.
      You want to make changes to your other current benefits.

What happens if I do nothing?
If you do not make any changes, your current benefit elections, with the exception of
FSA, will automatically carry over into the 2020 plan year. Remember, outside of Open Enrollment, you can only change your elections if you experience a qualifying life event, such as marriage, birth of a child, or loss of other coverage.

Is anything changing in 2020?
Changes include increased medical plan deductibles and a provider change for life insurance and disability insurance.

How do I learn more?
For information on the benefits available to you, as well as more details on what’s changing for 2020, please visit the Division of Human
Resources' Open Enrollment website.

For questions, email hrsolutions@email.arizona.edu or call: 
Main Campus
(520) 621-3660

UA Health Sciences
Tucson (520) 626-5593
Phoenix (602) 827-262

Educational Communication: Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

In the "digital age" - with the quest for information, but shorter attention spans - educational organizations are communicating more and more via social media, websites, and using digital communications, like Zoom.

Arizona Cooperative Extension is working to be at the forefront of this trend, in communicating with short, to-the-point videos.

                           Check out the Arizona Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel:

Please make sure you're helping us advance the Cooperative Extension message.  Please like, share and link through your social media channels, and help us do all we can to share with all stakeholders and communities.

TMN Submittal Process

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

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