January 5, 2021
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. University of Arizona-Roosevelt Early Childhood Family Resource Center Keeps Reaching Out
  3. WRRC Brown Bag: Two-part Webinar on Water Transfers in Arizona
  4. Rabies Outlook in Arizona 2021 Webinar
  5. Call for Nominations

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 I hope that everyone in the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) has been able to capture some well-deserved rest and recuperation over the holidays.  As we begin this new year, we do so with a sense of optimism and confidence in our ability to manage this organization through many forms of challenge.

Some good news is that vaccinations for COVID-19 are on the way and every County Extension Director (CED) is working with local county health departments for the inclusion of CES personnel on the roster as educators.  We are hopeful that we can realize significant progress in vaccinations for CES personnel in the next couple months.  For local questions on this process, please refer to the CED for the county in question.

Unfortunately, Arizona continues to experience very high COVID-19 case numbers in all counties and serious pressures are being exerted on our health care systems.  Therefore, compliance with basic public health practices remains essential.  For the time being, all CES units and county operations will continue to manage in Phase 0 conditions.


We look forward to significant progress in this new year and we appreciate your continued diligence and cooperation as we move ahead in 2021.

University of Arizona-Roosevelt Early Childhood Family Resource Center Keeps Reaching Out

On December 12 and 18th, a total of 174 families that include 615 children participated in a drive-through holiday gift-giving event. As part of the University of Arizona-Roosevelt Early Childhood Family Resource Center’s community outreach in South Phoenix, faculty and staff organized and coordinated a way for this annual event to be held in keeping with COVID-19 protocols. The gift-giving to families whose children would not otherwise have received toys and books was accomplished with financial and in-kind assistance from United Healthcare, Walmart, Charles Schwab, South Mountain-Laveen Festival Committee, Prince Hall Masons, author Sharon Penchina, UArizona Cooperative Extension-Maricopa County office faculty/staff and other individual contributors. The family resource team includes Extension Agent, Patty Merk and staff:  Ginamarie Nieves, Tamara Floyd, Kathleen Tapia, Yahaira Campana, Gloria Gomez and Hadeel Aborached. Stephanie Wiersma of United Healthcare wrote, “We are so happy to be involved in helping you reach our communities this year and in 2021.”

WRRC Brown Bag: Two-part Webinar on Water Transfers in Arizona

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Two-part Webinar on Water Transfers in Arizona
Part 1. Colorado River Water Transfers – Let’s Discuss
Patrick Cunningham, Senior Advisor on Water Management Issues, HighGround Public Affairs
Part 2. Transfer of Water Rights in Arizona
Michael J. Pearce, Gammage & Burnham, PLC
Followed by Q&A and discussion

Colorado River Water Transfers – Let's Discuss
This presentation will discuss points and counterpoints of rural water issues, then look at the efforts to transfer Colorado River water rights from farmlands along the river into Central Arizona for municipal uses. The advantages of such transfers and the difficult public policy issues will also be presented.

Transfer of Water Rights in Arizona

This presentation will review water transfers in Arizona, from the simple to the complex, with emphasis on agriculture to urban transfers and the unique issues associated with transferring mainstream Colorado River water.

Patrick J. Cunningham brings 32 years of public sector experience to public affairs consulting at HighGround. He specializes in the natural resource and water policy arena. Cunningham was Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality from 2003 through 2009 and worked for 12 years in the Arizona Attorney General’s office as Chief Counsel of the Environmental Enforcement Section and Criminal Division.

Michael J. (Mike) Pearce is a Partner at Gammage & Burnham, PLC. Since 1989, his professional career has focused exclusively on water rights, where he has assisted numerous cities, districts, mining companies, private land developers, and individuals in complicated water development, allocation, and transfer issues. Pearce received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona in 1981 and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1978, both with distinction. 

Webinar Attendance Information:
The WRRC hosts its Brown Bag Webinars using Zoom.
To register for and join this webinar, visit https://tinyurl.com/azwater-transfers
Attendees will be able to ask questions using the Zoom chat function.
To request an alternate format of this webinar for disability-related access, please contact us at wrrc@email.arizona.edu

Rabies Outlook in Arizona 2021 Webinar

January 14, 2021 11:00am to 12:00pm 

Featured Speaker: Jerlyn K. Sponseller, DVM MPH PhD, brings a wealth of animal knowledge and experience as a private practice veterinarian and a former veterinary school instructor who now works in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry. She has 15 years of clinical veterinary experience in Indiana, Tennessee, England, and Massachusetts, including starting her own small animal hospital. Dr. Sponseller earned her DVM from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, achieved her MPH from the University of Tennessee, then completed her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She is also a licensed member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS). Dr. Sponseller is interested in zoonotic diseases, those that affect both animals and people. She hopes to aid in zoonotic disease prevention through public health education and vaccination to enhance both animal and human health.

Webinar Overview: Are you curious about rabies? Need to review the rabies laws in Arizona? Wondering who is at risk? This talk will answer commonly-asked questions and dispel rabies myths. The questions below will be addressed, and attendees should feel free to bring their own questions for discussion. • What is rabies? • How serious is rabies? Can rabies be treated? • How do animals get rabies? How do people get rabies? • When should you worry? • Who should be vaccinated? • How common is rabies in Arizona? Join us for a lively discussion!

Zoom Link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/83377806479 Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required

Check out the Garden & Country webpage for the rest of this month’s line-up: https://extension.arizona.edu/garden-country-extension-webinar-series

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 15, 2021

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 15, 2021

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 15, 2021

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 gallardk@arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520-621-7145).

TMN Submittal Process

Please submit your news by 4:00pm Monday to TMN [tmn@cals.arizona.edu].

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