May 29, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Note from Gloria Blumanhourst
  3. 2018 Arroyo 
  4. New Botanical Book
  5. University Career Architecture Project: Merging Staff & APs
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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 Every year in the Cooperative Extension System (CES) we have a total of about 15,000 to 20,000 volunteers engaging in our programs across the state.  The majority of the volunteers working with the CES are associated with the 4-H and Master Gardener programs.  However, volunteers are associated with all of the CES program areas and working in many locations.

The appropriate integration and management of volunteer personnel with CES programs is extremely important and challenging.  The challenges have increased in recent years with the extra demands imposed upon the system in terms of enrolling volunteers appropriately and taking care of the proper background checks, particularly for anyone working with youth.

Recognizing the demand and responding to the needs of Extension personnel working in many locations and types of programs, we have been considering how to provide the proper administrative support.  We have listened and considered many suggested paths or methods of support for volunteers in the CES.

Note from Gloria Blumanhourst

Greetings to all from Gloria Blumanhourst, program coordinator for the Arizona Cooperative Extension volunteer program.  I met some of you at the 4-H meeting on May 7-8 in Phoenix, and I look forward to meeting everyone else soon.  
At the May 7 meeting, we went over the draft of the new Volunteer Screening Procedure.  If you didn’t get a copy of the notebook with the draft procedures and templates, let me know and I’ll send a .pdf.  I am currently working on making the templates into editable documents so you can adapt them to your county.  Additionally, we are working to revise the procedure so that we are in compliance with all University of Arizona policies, and so that the procedure and templates meet the needs of all the local offices.  If you have feedback about the procedures or requests for changes to templates or additional templates, please let me know. 
I’m also working on lists of volunteers who do not yet have fingerprint clearance so that we can work to take this important step forward in protecting our youth (and complying with the university Youth Safety policy.)

My future goals include expanding the screening procedure and templates so that they can be used by all volunteer programs in the state; figuring out how to provide regular updates on volunteer approval processes to make the job easier for local offices; collaborating with local staff to set up orientations and trainings to provide consistent messaging for new volunteers; and helping facilitate the trainings in the various regions of the state.    
Thanks for your help, guidance, and patience as we work towards these goals.

2018 Arroyo

The WRRC is pleased to announce the publication of our 2018 Arroyo, "Water and Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona." Irrigated agriculture accounts for close to 70 percent of Arizona’s water demand and uses its water to produce food and fiber for local, national, and international markets. The pressure on water and food supplies are both growing with population. When thinking about our water future, it is important to understand the place of irrigated agriculture in our overall sustainability. This Arroyo, written by the 2017 WRRC Summer Writing Intern, Tim Lahmers, and WRRC Assistant Director, Susanna Eden, is an accessible introduction to the subject and should serve as a handy reference.

New Botanical Book: Annotated Flora of the Santa Catalina Mountains  

Framing Tucson with rugged beauty, the Santa Catalina Mountain range may be the most famous of Arizona’s Sky Island ecosystems. Those who love botany treasure the Catalinas for a diversity of plant life, a place where plants from different floristic regions can be found – and at limits of their geographic ranges; from towering cypress and fir trees to unusual orchids. Jim Verrier has developed an annotated flora of the Santa Catalina Mountains based on his intensive field work over the past decade.

The flora is 292 pages and includes an annotated checklist of vascular plants and a checklist of non-vascular plants. The introduction includes sections on collection history, vegetation associations, floristic diversity, rare plants, invasive plants and plants at the edge of their range.  Images include topographic maps, over 100 color photos of landscapes and plants, and 40 pages of flower photos. The publication can be purchased for $35 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Desert Survivors Native Plant Nursery, Plants for the Southwest, B & B Cactus Farm, or by contacting the editor ar 

University Career Architecture Project: Merging Staff and APs

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. Make s
ure you check out the FAQs page, as many of your questions about the project are addressed here!

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