December 10, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Welcome Isaac Mpanga
  3. New Extension Publications
  4. Nominations for Leadership Fellows Program
  5. Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series
  6. Toys for Tots
  7. Call for Nominations - Extension Awards
  8. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director 

Integration among all elements of the Cooperative Extension System (CES) is an essential aspect of a well-functioning Extension organization.  One form of integration in the CES consists of unit heads, faculty, and staff interacting and working together across all appropriate units at the campus, county, and center levels to deliver programs, carry out basic business operations, and address the Extension mission. 

One example of good integration across the CES is with programs delivered through a collective effort among Extension Specialists based on campus or at a center working with Extension Agents in the counties at the points of delivery with program stakeholders.  This involves all appropriate faculty and staff working together and bringing their complementary skills together to address a common problem or issue and deliver our mission.

Another aspect of integration that is extremely important with CES programs is the close interconnection between the research and Extension education programs that Extension personnel direct.   The complete integration of research-based education programs is fundamental to our overall CES effort.

Collectively, the integration of programs and operations is essential for a strong and effective CES.

Welcome Isaac Mpanga to UA Cooperative Extension

Please welcome Isaac Mpanga as the new Area Associate Agent in Commercial Horticulture/Small Acreage in Yavapai (80%) and Coconino (20%) Counties. Isaac is a citizen of Ghana where he earned his B.S. in agricultural education. Isaac then earned two degrees from the University of Hohenheim, near Stuttgart, Germany: his M.S. (2015) and Ph.D. (2019) in Crop Sciences. His recent work has focused on nutrient availability of N and P in the rhizosphere and how microbial bio-effectors influence their availability. Isaac’s Extension programs will seek to improve and innovate small farm production and explore and research new opportunities for small scale fruit and vegetable production in Yavapai and Coconino Counties. Isaac will be housed in the Camp Verde Cooperative Extension office and his contact information follows: (928) 554-8999 ext. 8995,, 2830 N Commonwealth Dr. Suite 103, Camp Verde, AZ 86322.
Welcome, Isaac!

New Extension Publications

Forest Bathing – Connecting to Nature to Improve Health
Patrick M. Rappold and Ashley L. Dixon

The term forest bathing first emerged through an initiative by the Forest Agency of Japan to promote exercise and improve the health of Japanese citizens (Marcus and Sachs, 2013). While it can take many forms, essentially, forest bathing involves immersing oneself in a forested or natural environment where all five senses receive input from the surrounding environment (Zheng and Yang, 2013). For some, this may involve taking a brief hike or stringing a hammock between two trees for an afternoon nap. Forest bathing has been shown to have beneficial impacts on human health and can be easily done by most people whether they live in an urban or rural environment. The purpose of this publication is to present the benefits of forest bathing and how the practice can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.

Home Food Preservation: Drying Vegetables
Melissa Wyatt, Hope Wilson, Asuka Suzuki and Nobuko Hongu

Food drying (dehydration) has been used to preserve food for centuries. Drying removes water from foods so that bacteria, mold, and yeast cannot grow and spoil the foods. It also slows down enzyme activities. Enzymes are naturally occurring substances within foods that, after harvesting, can cause foods to decay. Dried foods take little room to store and can be used for an extended time. This article provides the step-by-step instructions for drying vegetables and recipes using them for your meals and healthy snacks.


Final Call -- For Nominations 2019/2020 Leadership Fellows Program for Staff and Appointed Professionals

The Vice President for Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the third annual distinguished leadership development program for exceptional appointed professionals and classified staff.  Given that two-thirds of the employees in CALS are non-faculty, it is conspicuous that, until its induction in 2017, there had been no formal program to support the transformational leadership and professional development of rising star APs and staff. 

This program requires a significant commitment from both the nominee and the mentor to develop future higher education leaders through stretch experiences, transformational professional development, and tailored mentoring.

Eligibility and submission packet materials can be found here.  Completed applications are due December 13, 2019.  Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.  Nominees and mentors will be notified in writing in early February 2020.

Example Scenario: Wilma Wildcat desires to be a vital student advisor and leader in CALS and at the UA.  She identifies a mentor in Nancy Rodriguez-Lorta.  Together, they develop a detailed development plan including stretch projects where Wilma leads change efforts in advising within CALS.  The plan also identifies the need for Wilma to become a certified advisor, which requires $2,000 in course work and testing.  Nancy actively mentors Wilma in the achievement of her goal.  As an alumna of this program, Wilma will be expected to continue to give back to CALS through service on future Fellowship selection committees, leading future initiatives, consultation with senior leaders of the division, etc.

Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series

Serving the College Student: Introduction to Food Justice & Food Insecurity
Wednesday, 12/18/19  12pm – 1pm
ENR2 S215

Aileen Cerrillos
Intro to Food Justice and Food Insecurity is an interactive presentation on what food insecurity looks like on college campuses and how a larger movement of Food Justice can be utilized to frame solutions that address short and long term solutions for those facing food insecurity. Additionally, we will share how the UA Campus Pantry itself has fought food insecurity since it opened in 2012.

Aileen is a first year masters student at the UA's higher education program who recently graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Sociology. Her background is in LGBTQ/Social Justice programming and peer education and she is currently a graduate assistant for the UA Campus Pantry.

There will be a collection bin for food donations, please bring non-perishable items to help  us fundraise for the holiday season

Light lunch will be provided

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Toys for Tots

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 December 17.

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 4, 2020

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 4, 2020

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 4, 2020

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 c/o Kristie Gallardo, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, PO Box 210036, Tucson, AZ, 85721 or  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520.621.7145).

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.

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