November 20, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Maricopa Ag Center Family Farm Day
  3. Extension Program Web Pages
  4. FCHS Program Development Mini-grant Winners
  5. Maricopa County Newsletter
  6. Toys For Tots
  7. 2019 WRRC Annual Conference
  8. Call for Nominations
  9. Leadership Fellows
Jeff Silvertooth

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

Thanksgiving comes at a beautiful time of year and with it, we have the benefit of a very nice holiday.

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!

Maricopa Ag Center Family Farm Day

The Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC) hosted the MAC Family Farm Day on Saturday, 17 November with more than 2,000 participants.  It was a beautiful day, a great event, and a wonderful opportunity for community relations.

The MAC facility is a 2,100 acre unit with the Arizona Experiment Station and due to urban development in the past 20 years, it is now bordered on three sides by residential communities.  Thus, it is a good example of the ag-urban interface that is very common in many parts of southern Arizona. 

Accordingly, developing and maintaining good relationships with the urban community is an important element in the operation of a local agricultural enterprise.  In addition to good community relations, the MAC Family Farm Day highlighted many outstanding Extension programs based at MAC and the Pinal County Extension Office.  

Congratulations and many thanks to MAC faculty and staff who organized and directed this event!

For videos and photos captured using a drone during Family Farm Day - click here.

Extension Program Web Pages

Do you have a state or county extension program that does not have an online presence yet?

Feel free to reach out to Kelly Arizmendi through Support Tracker to submit your request for support in building a needed web page for your Extension program. 

FCHS Program Development Mini-grant Winners

FCHS Extension Development funds were made available for Professional Development and Programming. The objective of the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Development Fund is to provide support and enhance FCHS programs where regular annual university budget allocations are unavailable. Funds are to be utilized by or through FCHS Extension faculty and staff to enhance county or statewide Extension educational program efforts. A review committee selected one professional development and two programming proposals to fund this year: Request for funds to attend the "Fatherhood is Leadership" National Conference (PI: Esther Turner), Implementation of the National Diabetes Prevention Program through UA Cooperative Extension (PI: Vanessa da Silva), and Seed to Read Pilot Test (PI: Hope Wilson). Congratulations to the proposal winners! 

Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Newsletter

Maricopa Extension November/December newsletter is here!  Please click on the link to read and share with others.

Watch for our next issue in the new year, January 2019! 

Toys for Tots

The Cooperative Extension office, Forbes 301,  is hosting a drop-off box for the Toys For Tots program.  Please drop off your new, unwrapped toys by December 13.  

2019 WRRC Annual Conference

Arizona Runs On Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions
February 1, 2019
Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix, AZ  85021

How do Arizona communities ensure that they have sufficient water to meet their future needs? This is the critical question being addressed at the upcoming UA Water Resources Research Center annual conference to be held on February 1st at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Join us for informative presentations and lively conversation about how Arizona communities are addressing their water challenges through collaboration, conservation, market-based approaches, long-term planning, and more. One size does not fit all! 

Early Bird registration is open until December 21.  Full agenda posted 

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. 

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 form.   – Submission deadline – February 4, 2019

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria.  – Submission deadline – February 4, 2019

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 4

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  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520.621.7145).

Leadership Fellows Program for Staff and Appointed Professionals

Year 2: Apply by December 14

The Vice President for Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the second annual distinguished leadership development program for exceptional appointed professionals and classified staff.  Given that two-thirds of the employees in CALS are non-faculty, it is conspicuous that, until last year, there had been no formal program to support the transformational leadership and professional development of rising star APs and staff. 

This program requires a significant commitment from both the nominee and the mentor to develop future higher education leaders through stretch experiences, transformational professional development, and tailored mentoring.

Eligibility and submission packet materials can be found here.  Complete applications are due December 14, 2018.  Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.  Nominees and mentors will be notified in writing in early February 2019.

Nomination packets should be submitted electronically to this email address

Example Scenario: Wilma Wildcat desires to be a vital student advisor and leader in CALS and at the UA.  She identifies a mentor in Nancy Rodriguez-Lorta.  Together, they develop a detailed development plan including stretch projects where Wilma leads change efforts in advising within CALS.  The plan also identifies the need for Wilma to become a certified advisor, which requires $2,000 in course work and testing.  Nancy actively mentors Wilma in the achievement of her goal.  As an alumna of this program, Wilma will be expected to continue to give back to CALS through service on future Fellowship selection committees, leading future initiatives, consultation with senior leaders of the division, et

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