February 5, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Save-the-Date: How to Order Marketing Items Webinar
  3. Cooperative Extension Website:  Need Help?
  4. WRRC Conference Wrap-Up
  5. Promotion Workshops
  6. Latino Farmer Symposium
  7. New Extension Publication
  8. Livestock News
  9. Botanical Relations
  10. CEAC's Short Course
  11. Cooking Class
  12. Nobuko 'Kay' Hongu

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

In the Cooperative Extension System (CES) we are always looking for ways to provide opportunities for professional development for faculty and staff.  Sometimes openings develop within the CES, which can offer possibilities for internal candidates to step up to leadership positions, new responsibilities, and the potential for professional growth.
A good example was presented recently with the retirement of Darcy Dixon after 35 years of outstanding service to the CES and the University of Arizona.  Not only has Darcy directed an outstanding Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences program, but she has also done an excellent job as the County Extension Director (CED) for Santa Cruz County for many years.  Recently, Darcy has also served as the CED for Cochise County.
Following Darcy’s retirement last week, Evelyn Whitmer has agreed to step up to the duties as the interim-CED for both Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties.  Evelyn has been serving as the interim-CED for Pima County while Dan McDonald is serving as the interim-Director for the Norton School.  With Evelyn changing duties, Rick Gibson is now serving as the interim-CED for Pima County.
Obviously, one opening can create a “domino effect” with several associated internal changes.  We are fortunate to have good and capable people prepared to step up and take on these new duties.
Please join me in congratulating Darcy Dixon on an excellent career and wish her well in retirement as well as thanking Evelyn, Dan, and Rick for their willingness to serve in these important leadership roles for the benefit of the organization.

Save-the-Date:  How to Order Marketing Items Webinar 

There's a new procedure through the University of Arizona to order marketing items for your programs or events.

Join the team from Licensing & Trademarks for an informational session on February 13, where you can ask *your* questions, directly.

Need Help on Cooperative Extension's Website?

Need help marketing and promoting your programs and outreach on Extension's website?

We've seen growth and brand awareness on extension.arizona.edu, since launching last March - which is great news for those who'd like to publicize your events and other offerings to increase participation and impact!

If you'd like to learn more about increasing your program's reach potential, or need general assistance, please reach out to Kelly Arizmendi via Extension's Support Tracker to initiate.  

WRRC Conference 2019

On the heels of the state lawmakers approving a drought contingency plan in Arizona just last Thursday, organizers are calling the 2019 WRRC Conference "Arizona Runs On Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions" - a success.

About 383 water partners from across Arizona registered for the event, which included representatives from the 'water industry' around the state, as well as Extension personnel.

UA President Dr. Robert "Bobby" Robbins spoke at the beginning of the Conference, and Sen. Martha McSally, addressed conference attendees.

Various panels - including a panel of legislators, Tribal Officials, and Community Water Groups - addressed water issues, answered questions, and opened a dialogue about the future of water in Arizona.

Organizers say the conference happened at an opportune time for water discussions; Friday Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation after lawmakers approved the plan Thursday afternoon, clearing the way for Arizona to join in the three-state Drought Contingency Plan together with California and Nevada.

To learn more about 'the world of water', check out the Water Resources Research Center's Website: https://wrrc.arizona.edu/ 

Promotion Workshops

Each Spring, the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs initiates the mandatory promotion process by conducting Promotion workshops.

Promotion Workshops begin February 6, 2019.   Due to requests from Extension personnel, these workshops will be streamed live via Zoom.  

Register in advance for this webinar
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The workshops are critical to preparing a strong dossier for promotion.

For more information, contact Jean McLain, Assistant Dean for Faculty Advancement

Latino Farmer Symposium - February 20, 2019

Latino Farmer Symposium. for Hispanic farmers, including new and beginning farmers, aspiring farmers, and young farmer entrepreneurs. This event is hosted in partnership with UA Yuma, Arizona Western College, and Southwest Ag Summit on Wednesday, February 20th. Check out the program here

New Extension Publication

Septic System Owner's Guide
Kitt Farrell-Poe

A Septic System owner's guide (packet) filled with peer-reviewed expert knowledge on how to maintain, manage, clean, inspect, and transfer ownership for your home and RV system.


Livestock News

On January 11, 2019 the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension hosted the First Reproductive Diseases of Beef Cattle Workshop. Held at the Marana Stockyards in Marana AZ and sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, Animal Health Express, and Allflex, the workshop included local and national experts speaking on the importance of reproductive disorders in the livestock industry, especially Trichomoniasis (Trich). The workshop drew in over 70 attendees, highlighting the importance of this topic to the beef industry.
This workshop was possible thanks to the support of sponsors, speakers, and Cooperative Extension administration and specialists, as well as the committee of southern Arizona ranchers, veterinarians, and industry partners who worked together with Ashley Wright (UA Cooperative Extension Livestock Assistant Agent) to put this program together.

Botanical Relations

The University of Arizona Museum of Art presents Botanical Relations
January 26 – March 31, 2019

Drawn from various collections at The University of Arizona, Botanical Relations explores the nature of plant life both above and below the ground. The exhibition investigates concepts of the individuality of plants, vegetal eroticism, dis/order, and vegetal violence. This exhibition is co-curated with Professors Joela Jacobs, German Studies and Ursula Schuch, School of Plant Sciences.

Feb. 14, 2019 presentation “Vegetal Eroticism, Imagining Our Botanical Relations,” presented by Dr. Joela Jacobs followed by a reception at 5 pm.

CEAC’S Short Course

CEAC’S Short Course is coming March 2019

CEAC’S Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course will be held March 11-15, 2019.

Three days of lectures from prominent CEA experts from Arizona and around the country, a full day of hands-on workshops that focus on different aspects of CEA, and great networking opportunities with peers, industry experts, and educators from all over the world!

For more information, schedule, and registration please visit here 

Save $100 on your registration when using the code EARLYBIRD at checkout!

Cooking Class 

Special Cooking Class Featuring The Garbanzo Bean

February 23 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

FREE --- Join the Garden Kitchen for a special cooking class featuring the garbanzo bean! The Kala Chana Garbanzo bean was chosen as the 2017 One Seed Pima County seed to celebrate the resilient foods we can grow together. The class will give participants the opportunity to discover new ways to prepare the mysterious garbanzo bean. A recipe handout and samples will be available to participants.

Nobuko ‘Kay’ Hongu 

One of our favorite people, Nobuko ‘Kay’ Hongu, is retiring and returning to Japan this semester. Nutritional Sciences is compiling notes, stories, and photos from faculty and students she’s worked with into a notebook she can take with her after retiring. If you would like to be included, please send your personal blurb and photos and how you’d like your name to be signed to Alma Verdugo, averdugo@email.arizona.edu, by no later than February 18th. We thank you for your contribution! 

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