November 6, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Mexican Fresh Tomato Study
  3. National Urban Extension Conference
  4. New Publication
  5. 4-H Robotics
  6. Reducing Bird Activity in Leafy Green Fields
  7. Dogs 'n' Denim Fashion Show
  8. Leadership Fellows Program
  9. Professional Empowerment Workshop Series

Jeff Silvertooth

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

In the Cooperative Extension System (CES) we try to utilize many facets of communication to provide information from the Extension administration to all elements of the organization. 

Based on the input from the climate surveys for the CES over the past several years, and most recently for the entire Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE); we find that communication from the administration to the broader organization remains an issue of concern for some people.

In response to these concerns three years ago, we developed an Intra-Extension Advisory Council (IEAC) in an effort to help facilitate communications within the CES.  The IEAC has good representation from all sectors of the CES including faculty and staff, all program areas, and from each of the unit types that we have (county, academic, and center units).  The IEAC has provided questions and comments from within the CES and we have used the recently developed Q&A webinar sessions to address those questions openly. 

We continue to seek new and/or better methods of communication.  Therefore, I am openly soliciting input from the CES regarding what we can do to address any communication deficiencies.  Please share your suggestions with the Extension administration, your unit leader, or through the IEAC. 

“What I know concerns me. What I don’t know concerns me even more. What people aren’t telling me worries me the most.”  Robert M. Gates
Today is election day 2018 and I am offering the following quote from Plato for consideration:

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”     Plato


Mexican Fresh Tomato Study

A new study by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and the UA's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics says imported fresh tomatoes from Mexico contributed $4.8 billion in sales to the U.S. economy in 2016.

National Urban Extension Conference

It isn't too late to submit your proposal! Submit by Nov. 21st.

Washington State University and the National Urban Extension Leaders are pleased to jointly announce a call for proposals for the National Urban Extension Conference on “Innovation in the City: A Land Grant University Experience,” which will be held in Seattle, Washington, May 20-23, 2019.  The 2019 NUEC will focus on four core elements of building successful urban projects and programs: core competencies, subject matter expertise, personal experiences, and innovation.  Proposals may be for presentations, workshops, posters, and panels for the 2019 Conference. Abstracts that highlight research and/or outreach activities that involve partnerships between researchers, practitioners and Extension professionals are especially encouraged. We are also looking for innovative ideas that are just that, ideas.  Submit proposals at

New Publication

Elise S. Gornish, Peter Coffey, Kris Tiles, Leslie M. Roche

A description of how Cooperative Extension jobs operate and tips on how to get them. This is a really nice resource to provide to students who might be interested in jobs in Cooperative Extension. 

4-H Robotics

Sixty students from the Flagstaff area attended the 2018 White Mountain Robotics Conference building circuit boards, using a 3-D printer, writing code, and participating in other STEM activities.

The big conference this past weekend was at the Blue Ridge 4-H Fab Lab in Lakeside.
Participants were also able to meet with specialists in the engineering and robotics industry.
Click here to read the full article in the White Mountain Independent.

Reducing Bird Activity in Leafy Green Produce Fields with Dr. Paula Rivadeneira

Dr. Paula Rivadeneira, Extension Specialist Food Safety and Wildlife, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension based at the Yuma Agricultural Center, explains her research on reducing birds in fields.  Listen here.

Dogs 'n' Denim Fashion Show

UA Mall, Tuesday, November 27, 5:00 p.m. to meet the dogs, 6:00 p.m. show begins

Through sustainability practices, UA Fashion minor students will be designing and crafting capes to be modeled & auctioned to raise funds for the Humane Society.  More info here

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

Professional Empowerment Workshop Series: In-Person Seating is Full, Remote Attendance Now Available

The Professional Empowerment Workshop Series was developed with the goal of providing targeted professional development opportunities for career track faculty, appointed professionals, and staff; with an emphasis on topics which are particularly relevant to underrepresented groups.  The 6-workshop series will run throughout the 2018-2019 academic year.  

In-person seats have all been filled, however due to high demand; remote attendance for the 3rd workshop has been implemented.  

Workshop #3: Public Speaking Tips: How to Tell Your Story with Style.  Thursday, November 8th, 11:00 – 1:00. For more information on this workshop, please follow this link.  To register for remote Zoom attendance, please follow this link.  

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