March 12, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth 
  2. Ag STEM Candidate Presentations
  3. Save-the-Date:  Next Live Q & A Webinar, March 26, 1:30
  4. You Asked...We Answered:  Marketing Flyers Available
  5. Arizona Pistachio Grower’s Meeting
  6. We are Looking for a Few Good Members - IEAC
  7. Maricopa County Extension Newsletter
  8. Congratulations Elise Gornish
  9. 4-H Area Agent Candidates
  10. AZ-NV Academy of Science
  11. Appointed Professional Award Nominations Deadline

Jeff Silvertooth

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

In 2015 the Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center (NRULPC) was formed as a joint venture between the Cooperative Extension System (CES) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Law (COL). 

There are three main points motivating this enterprise: 1) In the CES we commonly encounter the need for a center of this type in response to requests presented by stakeholders across the state.  2) This center provides us the opportunity to address our mission of bringing the university to the people and bringing knowledge and information to bear on practical problems in a manner that we could not do before working strictly within the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.  3) Working with the COL we are working across campus and partnering with another college in an effort to address this aspect of our mission and the needs of stakeholders in the state. 

In September 2017 Dr. George Ruyle, Extension Rangeland Ecology & Management Specialist and Mr. John Lacy, Esq., adjunct Professor in the COL, began serving as co-Directors for the NRULPC.  George and John are doing an excellent job providing direction for the NRULPC and coordinating nicely with the Natural Resource Use and Management Clinic in the COL, directed by Bethany Sullivan, Esq.  I am delighted to see the great progress that George, John, and Bethany are making with these programs.  This center is a nice addition to the CES organization.

Agricultural STEM Candidate Presentations

Candidates for the Assistant/Associate/Full Programmatic Area Agent - Agricultural STEM

Candidate seminars will be presented at 10:00 and will be streamed via ZOOM for faculty and staff that cannot attend

Presentation Title: My vision of an Ag. STEM program integrating innovated instruction and Classroom Science Standards

Gigette Webb - March 12, 2019  - 10:00  Join Zoom Meeting
Chelsea Corkins - March 18, 2019 - 10:00 Join Zoom Meeting

For more information - contact Ed Martin

After each presentation or interview  - please fill out the evaluation form and email to Ed Martin

You Asked...We Answered:  Marketing Flyers Available

Two customizable flyer inserts have been created – that are available to all Cooperative Extension personnel. 

You can fill in your program specifics, and even print on your office printer.
Those flyer inserts can be found at:

***Remember:  You'll need your net id, and a  VPN connection, to access the pages***

Arizona Pistachio Grower’s Meeting

In collaboration with The American Pistachio Growers and Arizona Cooperative Extension (Cochise County), the Arizona Pistachio Growers’ Association (including New Mexico members) will be meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 for an educational day on topics for controlling leaf and fruit diseases and managing weeds in the pistachio orchard. Speakers include Drs. Bill McCloskey (UA), Themis Michailides (UC), and Paulo Lichtemberg (UC). The event will offer continuing education credits for folks needing these for a permit with the Arizona Department of Agriculture.

Location and Time: At the newly renovated Big Tex BBQ Restaurant conference room at 130 E. Maley Street in old downtown Willcox, Arizona from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Coordinated by and for more information: Josh Sherman at 

We're looking for a few good members - IEAC

We're looking for a few good members to join the IEAC...

Our goal is to communicate with *all* Extension personnel throughout the state, share what we know, and get concerns and questions for the Quarterly Live Q & A Webinars with Dr. Jeff Silvertooth.

We meet quarterly - via conference call.

We have 2 slots open... nominate someone, or volunteer yourself,  to be a part of the committee.  Email with nominations, or self-nominations.

Current members are:
Hattie Braun
Connie Forsyth
Tamara Floyd
Betsy Greene
Bindu Poudel
Russ Tronsdad
Ashley Wright
Faith Schwartz - Chairperson

Reach out to any of your IEAC representatives with questions, or concerns.

Maricopa County Extension Newsletter

Catch up on what's going on in Maricopa County.  See the March-April 2019 newsletter here.


Congratulations to Elise Gornish on receiving the 2019 Excellence in Campus-Community Outreach for STEM Diversity Award, presented by the UA Women in Science and Engineering Program.  The award honors an individual who works to build connections between UA students/faculty/staff and the larger southern Arizona community in the name of promoting diversity in STEM fields.

4-H Area Agent Candidates

Below are the links to the presentations of the two candidates for the 4-H Area Agent position. 

March 5th interview: To view Mr. Hooper’s presentation please click here.
March 6th interview: To view Mr. Thoutt’s presentation please click here.

Be sure to submit your feedback survey (one for each candidate) no later than Tuesday, March 12th. Please click on the following link for the survey.

You may submit a survey by email as well to:, or print and mail it to: UA Cooperative Extension, c/o Evelyn Whitmer 1140 N Colombo, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Evelyn Whitmer at (520)458-8278 x2178.  We look forward to your participation and receiving your feedback.

AZ-NV Academy of Science

The Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science (fondly called ANAS) is hosting its annual conference on April 6th in Yuma, Arizona for the very first time because SWES's own Dr. Paula Rivadeneira (fondly called @PaulaThePoopDr - do you see a trend here?) will become the President of the organization at the meeting! 

This conference is one of the most student-friendly conferences in the country and promotes all aspects of science. Students can do an oral presentation or a poster presentation/lightning talk. Lightning talks are new this year - students will get 3 minutes and 3 slides to tell the audience about their internship, research, interests, and goals. It's a great way to get them to commit to an elevator speech, and industry is welcome to attend to find their next new hire superstars! We are encouraging all students, even those not presenting a poster, to do a lightning talk.

Register here and encourage ALL of your students to attend and present. Time to start working on those student resumes! If you have questions, please contact Dr. Paula or 928-919-2611.

Dr. Paula has arranged for ALL students who register for the ANAS conference to do so for FREE


Deadline This Friday! ALVSCE Appointed Professional Award for Excellence.

The ALVSCE Year-to-Year Appointed Professional Award for Excellence was created to recognize and honor outstanding achievements and contributions by an individual in a year-to-year appointed professional position. Nominations for this award may be made by any employee or student in the Division of Agriculture, Life & Veterinary Sciences & Cooperative Extension, and are due to Jeffrey Ratje in Division Business Services, Forbes 322, no later than this Friday, March 15, 2019.

Nomination procedures and guidelines for the award can be found here, as well as in the link below. 

Please note that the Arizona Board of Regents has created two distinct types of year-to-year appointed professionals: 1) Academic Professionals, and 2) Service Professionals. Both types of employees are eligible for nomination and reception of the award. The awardee will receive a check for $1,000 and a plaque, and will be recognized at the upcoming Spring 2019 ALVSCE Faculty/Staff Luncheon on April 30, 2019. 

For additional information or questions, please contact Brian Berrellez or Mary Carroll.  Brian can be reached by email or by phone 520-626-9132.  Mary can be reached by email or by phone 520-621-7195.

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