March 27, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. UA Turf Field Day
  3. Arizona School IPM Conference
  4. New Publication
  5. UA Vitae Changes
  6. University Career Architect Project
  7. Arizona Gives Day - April 3
  8. Biosystems Engineering Club
  9. The Arizona Pest Management Center (APMC) Takes International IPM Symposium in Baltimore by Storm
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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 When asked about my vision for the Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES), I commonly state that my vision for the CES in Arizona is that we should focus on the fundamentals of bringing the university to the people of the State of Arizona and bringing science to bear on practical problems. 

We must be fully accountable for the state appropriated funds that provide our foundation and we must be able to demonstrate the economic and social impacts of the CES in Arizona.  Accordingly, we should always work to strengthen our connections with stakeholders, identify areas of critical need, and deliver well-integrated strong programs across the state. 

Our strategic goals state that we will direct our programs towards 1) healthy people, 2) healthy communities, and 3) healthy environments in Arizona.  We do this by delivering strong programs in 1) 4-H Youth Development; 2) Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences; and 3) Agriculture and Natural Resources.

UA Turf Field Day

Mark your calendars for May 3, 2018 to plan on attending the Annual UA Turf Field Day at the UA Rincon Vista Sports Fields in Tucson. For tentative program and registration to the cost-free event, go to: 

Arizona School IPM Conference

The 1st Arizona School IPM Conference is less than a month away. 

To those who have registered, thank you! Please mark your calendars, and remember to attend. Please spread the word. 

To those who have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible, seats are filling up fast!
1st Arizona School IPM Conference, April 17, 2018

Early Bird Registration Deadline:April 3, 2018

Earn 7 Continuing Education Units (AZ Dept. of Ag. Pest Management Division) for Indoor or Outdoor track.

Have a question? Call 520-374-6299 or email Shaku Nair

Venue: Carl Hayden Community High School, 3333 W Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85009

New Publication

Elise S. Gornish, Erica Case,  Matthew Valle, Travis M. Bean, Kara A. Moore-O’Leary

Goatgrass (Aegilops) species are some of the most aggressive invasive plants in the Western U.S. Despite intense management efforts, goatgrass continues to reduce the ecological and economic integrity of natural and agroecological systems. The mismatch between current research outcomes and practical needs of land managers is likely a result of imitations associated with generalizing from single location, treatment, or season studies.

UA Vitae Changes

Coming this Friday, March 30th, UA Vitae will have a new landing page (the webpage you land on after logging in). 
What’s changing? Quite a bit. The new UA Vitae interface will have a different look and feel for both faculty and administrators.

Faculty and administrators in your college and departments can refer to this handy “how-to guide”, The New UA Vitae Interface – March 2018 ,which highlights some of the changes or function differences. Be sure to log in after Friday to get familiar with these changes.

For questions or concerns about the new UA Vitae home page, please email the support team at:

University Career Architect Project

Classified Staff and Appointed Professional employment groups are merging:  Learn more about UCAP

The University Career Architecture Project (UCAP) is a UA-wide 2 year project scheduled to go live July 2019 that will merge Staff and APs, provide greater career structure and progression paths, and allow for market-based salary ranges for all positions. To learn more, get involved, and keep apprised of progress visit the official project website.

Arizona Gives Day - April 3, 2018

Every year on one special day, non-profits from around Arizona combine their resources and strengths to raise funds needed to support their many programs.  The Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation is one of those non-profits.  The organizing group, the Alliance for Arizona Non-profits is coordinating these efforts. They are especially excited because they want to support rural programs and they love the fact that Arizona 4-H serves all counties.

So you can support the Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation and/or any of hundreds of local groups as well, by going to this website. AZGIVES.ORG.  You can donate to one or many important non-profits in AZ.  Not only will the non-profit receive the bulk of your investment, but you can also help them win prizes for many different contests.  In fact, AZ 4-H has selected 7-8 pm as our POWER HOUR.  So if we get the most donors and/or most money during that time, we may win more money! This could lead to more funds to support needed programs from around the state.  You can also support the local non-profits that make real differences in your community.  

Please share this opportunity with others in your community.

Biosystems Engineering Club

Sustainable Production of Ethanol from Sweet Sorghum

Matthew Katterman, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering Ph.D. Student

Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at 5:00pm in Shantz 440

Refreshments provided!

The Arizona Pest Management Center (APMC) Takes International IPM Symposium in Baltimore by Storm!

Congratulations to UA-APMC scientists for strong showing in Baltimore last week!

Please follow this link to review this impressive list of recognitions and awards our Extension personnel received. 

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