March 24, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Vote for Navajo County 4-H
  3. Workshop Dates for Promotion Review Dates
  4. WRRC 2020 Summer Writing Internship
  5. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 In the past week the University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension System (CES) has made a major transition and we are now working remotely from our offices on campus, in the county units, and Arizona Experiment Station sites in response to the COVID-19 situation.  This transition has taken place for the UA campus, including the completion of all spring semester classes on-line and the cancellation of an in-person commencement in May.

Experts have continually told us the absolute best way to control the spread of this virus is through social distancing, and we are doing our part to ensure we adhere to that primary recommendation.  The health and well-being of everyone at the UA, in the CES, and in our communities is of utmost importance.

Consistent with our basic mission of “bringing the university to the people and bringing science to bear on practical problems”, we are all working together in the CES to provide the best examples we can to flatten the curve in an effort to prevent overwhelming impacts on our healthcare system.

We continue to bring the university to the people, even in this trying time. With precautions in place, we are productive, and we continue to help and serve in our communities across Arizona.

Cooperative Extension personnel are providing examples of the recommended best management practices based on good science in communities across the state.  Please continue and remember that our actions are providing an example for our families, our colleagues and the community at large.


The 2020 Extension Conference is being cancelled.  Financial constraints are the primary reason for the cancellation of this conference, which is now further compounded by the COVID-19 circumstances.

Due to the current conditions associated with COVID-19, all Extension events have been cancelled or postponed through July 2020.  We will re-evaluate and make an assessment on how we move forward beyond July as time and conditions advance.  In the meantime, Extension programs are being delivered remotely and through methods other than face-to-face.  We are doing this in an effort to protect the health and well-being of Extension personnel and people in our communities through the use of appropriate social distancing.

Vote for Navajo County 4-H    Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition

Navajo County 4-H is excited to announce that out of nearly 3,000 entries, the Blue Ridge Junior High 4-H Physics and Engineering Club has been selected as one of the top 20 National Finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition.  Our project video is published on social media for voting.  The video with the most votes wins an additional $10,000.00 in technology for the classroom.  We need your vote.  Please follow this link: to vote for Blue Ridge Junior High 4-H Physics and Engineering Club (third video on the top).  Also, please share your vote on Facebook and Twitter when prompted. We appreciate your continued support!

Vote for your favorite school once a day through March 30th.

Workshop Dates for Department Heads and Committee Members on the Promotion Review Process

Online workshops for department heads, unit directors, and separate workshops for committee members, are available for registration.  These workshops will provide an overview for the given roles in the  promotion review process for 2020-2021 and include training in Review, Promotion and Tenure system.

All workshop dates will be recorded.  Register for a workshop date appropriate to your role in the promotion review process with one of the links below.  Please save the date, time and Zoom information before submitting the
RSVP.  If there are any questions, please email
Heads/Directors Workshops

Committee Members Workshops

WRRC Writing Internship - Summer 2020

The University of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center is offering a paid summer internship for a student who wants to gain experience writing about environmental and water issues.  The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue. Arroyo is recognized as a source of objective, accurate and understandable information and reaches a wide audience that includes policy makers and water professionals as well as the interested public.

The next Arroyo will reflect the theme of the WRRC's 2020 Annual Conference, "Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years." It will cover the past, present and future of Arizona's groundwater management and address issues of sustainability and the role of government in water management. Under guidance from WRRC personnel, the intern will produce a draft Arroyo, using published and posted materials, which may be augmented with interviews and other resources.

The applicant must be an enrolled student at the University of Arizona.

The position requires excellent writing skills, specifically, the ability to write clearly, objectively, and effectively; good time management skills; some familiarity with water resources issues in Arizona; and proficiency with word processing software. Graphic design experience is preferred but not required.

The intern will work approximately 20 hours per week for 8 weeks between May and August 2020, for a stipend of $3,000. The intern will work at the WRRC offices in Tucson.

To Apply:
Complete an application form available here

Email the completed form, along with a writing sample and a letter of recommendation, to Susanna Eden at   

The writing sample may be on any topic; however, it should not be a technical report. It should avoid jargon and be understandable by general readers. The sample should be no longer than 700 words. Applicants are encouraged to look at previous issues of Arroyo on the WRRC website.

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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