April 3, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Respirator Fit Testing Training
  3. Natural Resource Users Law & Policy Center Seminar
  4. Integrated Pest Management Seminar
  5. New Employee Onboarding Video
  6. WRRC Seminar
  7. NACAA Spring Board Meeting
  8. 2018 Promotion Workshops
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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

As the Director of the Cooperative Extension System (CES) I believe there are five basic functions that this administration needs to provide: 1) structure, 2) support, 3) functionality, 4) direction, and 5) organizational accountability. 
  • The structural needs refer to the organization of people and limited resources to accomplish our mission.
  • The administration has the responsibility to provide support financially and programmatically by directly engaging with faculty, staff, and stakeholders and understanding the diverse and complex physical, social, and political environments we work in.
  • Our organization and system must be functional in terms of processes and procedures needed to maintain and support financial, personnel, and physical resources, and ensure fairness and equity.
  • The administration is responsible for directing the CES in a manner consistent with our mission.
  • Ultimately, the CES central administrative team, and the unit heads, must be fully responsible and fully accountable for our leadership and management decisions. This is true in every aspect of the organization: financial, personnel, programs, and physical resources.  As the Director, I am responsible for all that we do or strive to accomplish in the CES.  I am fortunate that our CES is an energetic and dynamic organization that delivers effective programs and produces important accomplishments are a regular basis. 

Respirator Fit Testing Training

The University of Arizona Pesticide Safety Education Program will be offering two Respiratory Fit Testing Training events in May (Yuma May 1st & Maricopa May 3rd). The events will focus on respiratory safety related to pesticide usage. These events will cover regulatory requirements, identifying and purchasing respirators and cartridges, training requirements, medical clearance, fit testing, and safe use of respirators. The program will also prepare someone to become a Respiratory Safety Program Administrator and provide CEU safety training for applicators, mixer, and loaders using respirators.

Additionally, the opportunity to be professional fit tested for a respirator will be provided. Those who wish to be fit tested must complete their medical clearance and bring their certificate to the event. These events are bringing two subject area experts from the NC Agromedicine Institute to AZ. They bring years of experience and insights gained while conducting trainings in 4 states for over 200 individuals since 2014.  

Further details including; locations, times, and registration links are available on the attached flyer.

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Mike Wierda.

NRULPC Presents a Special Webinar on WOTUS with Mr. Jim Burling, Esq.

April 24, 2018 @ 11:00am - Noon

ENR2 S107 (refreshments provided)

REMOTE ACCESS:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1872291670474784513

Mr. James S. Burling is the Vice President of Litigation and principal attorney in the Pacific Legal Foundation’s Property Rights practice group.  His cases have focused on environmental and land use regulations, eminent domain, and Indian law.  He has successfully argued a property rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court and is currently involved in Waters of the United States litigation. There will be time for questions following Mr. Burling’s presentation.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, contact:  Barbara Hutchinson 

Integrated Pest Management Seminar

Please join us for a seminar presented by Dr. Al Fournier, “The Adoption Continuum: Documenting Integrated Pest Management Outcomes with Evaluation Research” brought to you by the Department of Entomology.

Seminar on Monday, April 9, 2018, 10-11am, Forbes 412

Dr. Fournier is being evaluated for a continuing-track position as Associate Specialist in Entomology. He is currently an Adjunct Scientist in Entomology and affiliated with the Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC) as Associate Specialist, non-continuing track. He is also IPM Program Manager and Associate Director of the Arizona Pest Management Center (https://cals.arizona.edu/apmc/). Al began his position at MAC in 2005 and has been an Associate Specialist since 2011. He develops, implements, and measures the impact of IPM programs. He has garnered over $7.5 million in competitive grants as lead PI ;or co-PI.

New Employee Onboarding Video: Share with all new employees 

CALS has a new employee onboarding video that gives folks an overview of the structure, goals, and purpose within our division. You can share it with all recently hired, and future employees, to give them a good overview and understanding what it means to be part of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.
Special thanks to Cody Sheehy and Cassie Rosa of CCT for the filming and editing of the video, and a number of CALS employees who participated!

WRRC Special Brown Bag

Speaker:  Felicia Marcus, Director, State Water Resources Control Board, California

Date/Time Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:00 – 5:15 pm 

Location: ENR2, Room S107
Please note special time and location

For a bird’s eye view of California’s movement toward integrated water management, join us for a special seminar by Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board for California. Ms. Marcus will offer insights about California’s efforts to reach across traditional geographic and organizational silos to create its 2014 California Water Action Plan. As climate change, population growth, and other drivers challenge our resources, Ms. Marcus will look toward the future and describe strategies and lessons we can all use to get the best water outcomes possible.

Video will be recorded and posted shortly after the presentation

NACAA Spring Board Meeting

The National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Spring Board Meeting in Tucson was a great success. We had NACAA board representation from AK, TN, KS, FL, NC, MD, PA, MS, MI, UT, SD, and Illinois!

Our local AAEA officers/board members  showed them a great variety of AZ agriculture on Tour day, starting with an informative tour of the Ag Research Center and description of the UA equine program activities, stops at Civano Nursery, Green Valley Pecans, a quick drive through Saguaro National Park East for cacti photo ops, a visit with head Wrangler/UA alumnus Hope Martin at the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch to learn about the 150 year old ranch and Agri-tourism, before ending with a banquet at the Mountain Oyster Club.

Ashely Wright and Betsy Greene would like to extend a special thanks to Josh Sherman (Commercial Horticulture) and Duarte Diaz (Dairy Cattle) for helping with the tour, and for sharing their expertise and projects/programs in Cooperative Extension. Ashley (Beef Cattle) and Betsy (Equine) also gave the low down on our programs and industries in AZ.  It was great to show off the good things that UA Cooperative Extension has going on to the National Board of our ag organization.

2018 Promotion Workshops

The Spring 2018 Workshops for promotion schedule has been released.  The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs initiates the mandatory promotion process by conducting the following workshops each Spring.  
Preparing the Promotion Dossier

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 8:00-9:15 am, Old Main Building, Silver and Sage Room, no RSVP required.

The Annual Workshop on Promotion, Tenure, and Continuing Status provides an overview of the review process for candidates, committee members, staff, and administrators.  We will review the parts of the dossier and the ways they can be used to document and assess the quality and impact of candidates.  To get the most out of the workshop, participants should review our Guide to the Promotion Process and the Promotion Dossier template.

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