January 2, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Congratulations to Dan McDonald
  3. Tutorial on Completing your APR
  4. Brush Management Workshop
  5. Call for Nominations
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Message from the Associate Dean

I hope that everyone was able to take advantage of the University of Arizona holiday closure period and spend quality time with friends and family.  Times like this are important for us all as we strive to strike a sustainable balance in our working and personal lives.
As we embark upon a new year, full of new opportunities and challenges, I look forward to working with everyone in the Cooperative Extension System as we work together to advance and build our organization.

University Distinguished Outreach Faculty

Dan McDonald, Pima County CED, will receive the University Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award at the 20th Annual Induction Ceremony on January 11, 2018.  This award recognizes faculty who have made outstanding contributions to outreach at The University of Arizona, in the State of Arizona and the nation.  Congratulations Dan and thank you for all you do.

Tutorial on completing your APR (for County Extension Agents)

County Extension agents may wish to review the revised “How to Complete Your APR” tutorial available at: https://arizona.box.com/s/iue8u0qu5rvegx8ja0wf7px6do1mmbtt The Tutorial is based on the peer review criteria that was in effect last year! The peer review criteria voted on in November will be used to conduct reviews in 2019 for the current year’s performance. Also, please note that the tutorial is not intended to assist with using the UA Vitae system, but rather to assist with reporting performance based on the review criteria.

The APR Guidance Committee has changed its name to: Extension Peer Review Guidance Committee. Its members include: Dan McDonald (chair), Mike Hauser, Amy Parrott, Ayman Mostafa, and Traci Armstrong Florian.

Brush Management Workshop (first in a series of three)

Date: January 22, 2018; Location: SRER, Florida Station.  Time: 8:00am – 3:00pm. 
Includes refreshments, lunch, and field trip.
The Altar Valley Conservation Alliance, The Rangelands Partnership, and CALS-SNRE are offering a series of Brush Management Workshops funded by the WSARE Professional Development Program.  The first workshop will focus on “Historical Perspectives and Current Trends: Brush and Woody Species Management and Environmental Conditions on Southwestern Grasslands”.  Speakers include:  Mitch McClaran, Elise Gornish, Dan Robinett, Mike Crimmins, Amy Ganguli (NMSU), and Mark Heitlenger.  New videos produced by Cody Sheehy will also be featured.   Further details and registration.

For more information, please contact:
Barbara Hutchinson – barbarah@cals.arizona.edu

Call for Nominations

Each year we recognize our faculty, staff and strong contributors to CALS Extension with the Extension Faculty of the Year Award, the Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award, and the Extensionist of the Year Award.  Submit your recommendations:   
  • The 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 form.   – Submission deadline – February 1
  • The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria.  – Submission deadline – February 1
  • 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 college-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 1
All awards will be presented at an appropriate Extension or CALS 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 gallardo@cals.arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520.621.7145).
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