August 11, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. CALS Webinar: Distance & Digital Tools for Extension
  3. 25th Arizona Pecan Growers Conference
  4. Revised University Travel Authorization Policies
  5. The Garden Kitchen - Interactive, live cooking classes taught on Zoom
  6. Educational Communication: Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

The management of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) in this new COVID-19 world includes the implementation of best public health practices that are central to our ability to manage this disease. 

As we prepare to move the organization through the phases of transition, we will be working with CES unit heads, primarily in county units, but also with experiment stations and academic units where Extension personnel reside, to make assessments and decisions based on public health data and an interpretation of the local nuances associated with management at the unit level.

A general explanation of this phased gating process can be found at this link:


In addition, a detailed version, which includes internal protocols for CES personnel, is available here.  Because this is an internal document, you must log in to access the portal.

All CES units are currently operating in Phase 0.  We will initiate the review process this week with an opportunity to review requests from County Extension Directors (CEDs) to move a county unit to the next phase.  If approved by the Extension Administration Team (EAT), notification will be provided to the CEDs and implementation can possibly begin thereafter.  

That does not mean that we will be moving CES units and programs to further stages but simply that we are initiating the review process on a biweekly basis.

The Extension Administration Team is working closely with the CEDs to manage the transition process in a complex environment.  We appreciate everyone in the CES for their continued cooperation.

CALS Webinar: Distance & Digital Tools for Extension

Please join us for a webinar highlighting tools available to all Extension professionals though the University, to help deliver our programs remotely. The presenters are CALS’ own Arin Haverland and Kayle Skorupski, leaders of the Professional Learning Community. This webinar is meant for everyone in Extension, from all program areas.
When: Thursday Aug 13, 2020 01:00 PM Arizona 

Please register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We have also created a Google Docs for everyone to provide input regarding what topics you would like to see covered in the webinar.

Please contact Vanessa da Silva ( or the presenters ( and with any questions.

2020 Arizona Pecan Growers Conference

25th Arizona Pecan Growers Conference – Virtual and Live August 27th & 28th – Get your tickets today!

This year’s pecanference has gone digital by unanimous decision of the Arizona Pecan Growers Association Board of Directors.

So, for a ‘nutty’ experience registration is open and available at

Tickets available include a ‘General Admission’ this year given the need to extend educational reach through this new online delivery method.   See ticket pricing categories.

The educational line-up organized by Educational Chair, Joshua Sherman, includes an engaging experience with both University of Arizona and New Mexico State University specialists in various disciplines, and other primary stakeholders in the pecan industry, including Jim Walworth, Jeremy Weiss, Dari Duval, Alex Hu, Richard Heerema, and Jennifer Randall.

Topics include: 
      Environmental Stress and Effects on Development
      Diseases & Pests
      Measuring Water Stress
      Climate Outlook
      AZ Industry Economic Report
      Phosphorus Nutrition
      Genetic Tools Emerging for Producers
      American Pecan Council Update, and more. 

See the line-up at the website above.

Revised University Travel Authorization Policies

The University has announced revised travel authorization policies for domestic out of state and international travel.  The revised travel  policies are available here

In state travel for institutional research or essential meetings is currently not restricted. All travelers should follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation. 

Out of state travel is permitted for essential research and non research activities according to the procedures and processes detailed on the travel authorization web page.   Out of state travel will not be approved to attend conferences or for professional development activities. 

The approval process for domestic out of state travel requires stepwise approval at the unit, college and university levels using the Coronavirus Domestic Travel Questionnaire, which is  available here.  Steps to request and receive approval are as follows
1. Complete the Coronavirus Domestic Travel Questionnaire in consultation with your unit head or his/her designated appointee.

2. Submit the completed and signed questionnaire to your unit head.

3. Unit head will review, approve and forward  the questionnaire to me for approval and final submission to RII. RII will review and return for revision or approve.

4. Upon travel request approval by RII, your unit business office will initiate a domestic travel authorization using the standard travel authorization form and process.

International Travel is permitted for essential research and non research activities.  Please refer to the travel authorization web page for policies and travel request procedures.

The Garden Kitchen   

Interactive, live cooking classes taught on Zoom

All proceeds from these classes go towards our free programming, empowering Pima County residents to build community wellness and make healthier choices through food, fitness, and gardening education.
Online Hands-On Cooking Class

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Register Here!

With interactive step-by-step guidance from our instructor, you'll create a delicious weekend brunch for your family that is the perfect mix of sweet and savory.

Menu: Savory bread pudding; Crepes with yogurt and fruit

Instructor: Jennifer Parlin
Class fee of $40.00 per household
Optional: Pick-up groceries needed from The Garden Kitchen for additional $25 (must register 3 days in advance)
Knife Skills

Online Hands-On Cooking Class

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time: 5:30 pm am to 7:30 pm

Register Here!

In this hands-on class, you’ll hone basic knife skills and practice the fundamental cuts-mince, dice, brunoise, bâtonnet and julienne.  We’ll practice how to cut a wide range of food items like a head of cabbage, delicate herbs, and onions, with practically no tears!  We’ll also learn techniques for safety and keeping your knives maintained and sharp. Join us to become more efficient and effective in the kitchen!

Instructor: Jennifer Parlin
Class fee of $40.00 per household
Optional: Pick-up groceries needed from The Garden Kitchen for additional $15 (must register 3 days in advance)

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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