November 26, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Pima County Changes
  3. Smartscape Video
  4. Congratulations
  5. Maricopa County Newsletter
  6. CEAC Intensive Hydroponic Workshops January 2020
  7. WRRC Brown Bag Seminar
  8. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director 

I encourage everyone in the Cooperative Extension System to take advantage of the official break this week to spend quality time with family and friends and to enjoy the benefits of this wonderful season and holiday. 

                                            Many thanks to all of you for all that you do.

                                                           Happy Thanksgiving!

Pima County Changes

Ethan Orr has accepted the Interim County Director position in Pima County starting November 25, 2019.  Rick Gibson will be the Chair of the search and screen committee for the new Pima County Extension Director.

Thank you Rick and Ethan!

Smartscape Video

Smartscape video

The Smartscape Program - a program under UArizona Cooperative Extension - focuses on landscape water conservation and education. Smartscape promotes best management practices based on Xeriscape principles for creating and maintaining healthy, water-efficient landscapes.  Watch the video to hear from our own Karen Hanshaw, and program participants.


Two Cooperative Extension employees won national first-place awards from the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. The awards were presented at the association's annual session in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which ran from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3.

The association "educates and recognizes extension professionals who improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities."

Katherine Speirs, assistant professor in the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences and an assistant state specialist for early childhood in Cooperative Extension won a first-place award in the program excellence through research category. The award "emphasizes the use of research results to improve existing programs or to develop new programs."

Speirs was recognized for a study that examined what, when and how teachers and providers feed preschool-age children. The study's results guided the development of an online training program for child care providers to improve how they promote healthy eating.

Speirs' research involves early care, education, and obesity prevention for young children, particularly the feeding practices of child care providers, the connections between education settings and the home, and how policy can shape children's well-being. She joined the University in 2016.

Jennifer Parlin, an assistant in extension in Cooperative Extension's Garden Kitchen, won first place in the social media education category.

Parlin and other Garden Kitchen staff members were recognized for "The Garden Kitchen Big Changes Start Small Social Media Campaign," which helped grow The Garden Kitchen's participation from the community and program visibility.

Other Garden Kitchen staff who were recognized include Jazmin Lopez, senior office specialist at the Pima County Cooperative Extension, and Rachael Hearne, a research technician in the Department of Immunobiology.

Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Newsletter

Check out what has been happening in Maricopa County.

CEAC Intensive Hydroponic Workshops January 2020

Are you interested in our Intensive Hydroponic courses? For all those folks with an interest in learning to grow lettuce and greens or tomatoes within hydroponics in a greenhouse growing make sure to check out our January 2020 workshops! Join Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) and Arizona Vegetable Co. from January 2-6, 2020 for the Tomato Intensive Workshop with Stacy Tollefson and January 5-9, 2020 for the Lettuce Intensive Workshop with Myles D. Lewis . Spots are limited for each workshop, so be sure to register for your spot as soon as possible!  

WRRC Brown Bag Seminar

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Speaker: Laura Condon, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Time: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.)

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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