January 23, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Search and Screen Committee
  3. Coconino 4-H Horse Club
  4. University Career Architecture Project
  5. New San Xavier 4-H Club
  6. WRRC Brown Bag Series
  7. Call for Nominations
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Message from the Associate Dean

On 12 January 2018 Governor Doug Ducey released his state budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 (FY19).  We were delighted to learn that his recommendation for the state allocation for the Cooperative Extension System (CES) is consistent with the FY18 allocation. 

The recommended state CES allocation for FY19 is $16,358,100, which is the same as the past few years.  After the deduction for ERE costs, the CES is operating with a state allocation of $14.2M and a federal allocation from Smith-Lever funds of $1.9M for a total allocated base funding of $16.1M.  We will continue to monitor and work through the legislative process in an effort to secure this funding for the CES in the final FY19 state budget.

The CES is an entrepreneurial public enterprise with ~35% of our total operational funding coming from the state of Arizona.  We have vigorously embraced this challenge and working with this model we are finding new ways to grow the organization and deliver on our mission.

As always, we recognize that the CES is accountable to the state of Arizona for this core funding and we are continually working to improve our efficiency in providing programs to deliver on our mission of bringing the university to the people of Arizona and to bring science to bear on practical problems.

Family, Consumer, Health Sciences Council: In light of Darcy Dixon stepping down as Associate Director of FCHS for  the CES, I have asked Cathy Martinez, Dan McDonald, and Evelyn Whitmer to serve as a FCHS Council and to take turns attending Extension Administrative Team meetings. They have enthusiastically endorsed this approach for FCHS communications with EAT and EAT enjoys their vigorous interactions. Questions and concerns pertaining to FCHS should be directed to either of these three council members.

2018 Extension Conference

The 2018 Extension Conference will be August 7-8, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona. Mark your calendars!

Associate Extension Director for 4-H Youth Development

The Search and Screen Committee has been formed and Mike Hauser from Apache County is the Chair. Watch for more details. 

Coconino 4-H Horse Club

Coconino County 4-H horse club members had an excellent adventure traveling down to the University of Arizona farm last weekend to participate in the Southern Arizona Equine Health Symposium. A total of 12 members made the trip to learn about horse health topics. State Horse Specialist Dr. Betsy Greene and Area Agent Ashely Wright did a demonstration on Horse Handling Tips and Tricks to prevent injuries, and partnered with Tucson veterinarian Dr. Ann Pearson for Toxic Plants: Identification, Avoidance, and Treatment. The 4-Hers also enjoyed information from local and national experts on Choosing the right feed, Colic, Gastric Ulcers, Bandaging techniques, and much more. Coconino Program Coordinator Kim Horn shared the “Disaster Days” 4-H activities during the Disaster Planning presentation.

University Career Architecture 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.

Pima County Growing 4-H, New San Xavier 4-H Club

A fantastic collaboration has been in the works to start a new 4-H club at the San Xavier Co-op Farm at the San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation. The club will begin with three projects: Solar ovens, Coding and computer science, under water robotics and a clover bud group. The community partners are: the San Xavier Co-op Farm, Cie’na Schlaefli – Interim Farm Manager; San Xavier District Education Department, Victoria Hobbs – San Xavier District Education Director; Pima County Cooperative Extension Office, Joshua Moore – Pima County 4-H Agent and the UA Future STEMmers team; Dr. Bibiana Law – Associate Research Scientist, Melodie Lopez – Indigenous Strategies, Daniela Cabrera – Research technician/4-H STEM Cooperative Extension program coordinator and Dr. Gerardo (Jerry) Lopez – 4-H STEM Extension Specialist. These efforts have been possible with funding from the Agnes Nelms Haury Program in Environmental and Social Justice.

WRRC Brown Bag Seminars

Scottsdale Water Campus – 20 Years of Sustainable Water Management
Thursday, January 25, 2018  12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Brian K. Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water Director

The Scottsdale Water Campus is a unique and technologically advanced facility that is the center of Scottsdale Water’s Vision: Water Sustainability through Stewardship, Innovation and People. The campus started operations in 1998 and contains a water reclamation facility, an advanced water treatment facility and a surface water treatment facility along with over 60 vadose zone wells, and a water quality laboratory.  Currently the facility is able to treat 20 million gallons a day of sewage through its reclamation facility and advance water treatment facility for aquifer recharge and golf course irrigation.  Additionally, the surface water treatment facility is capable of treating up to 70 million gallons a day of Central Arizona Project (Colorado River) water for drinking water purposes. 

The WRRC offers remote access to Brown Bag Seminars via GoToWebinar. For details on joining this Brown Bag remotely, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4471319453377567489

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.  Submit your recommendations:   
  • The 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 1
  • The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria.  – Submission deadline – February 1
  • 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 1
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. If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520.621.7145).

Seeking Nominations for the Shirley O’Brien Diversity & Inclusion Award Due 2/23/18

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences values diversity and inclusion in its people and programs and strives to foster a fair and respectful community. The Shirley O'Brien Diversity & Inclusion Award was created in honor of Shirley O'Brien for her exemplary work in promoting diversity and an inclusive environment within CALS and across campus. We believe her efforts, in keeping with the college's emphasis on diversity and inclusiveness in its student body, faculty and programs, deserve recognition. The award will be given at the Spring Faculty/Staff meeting and will include a plaque and monetary gift of $1,000. We encourage members of the faculty, staff, appointed professionals and student body to nominate individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of diversity and inclusiveness within CALS. Additional information and the nominating form. Nominations are due by Friday 2/23/18.

Administrator of the Year Nominations Due 2/23/18 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Administrator of the Year Award was created to recognize and honor outstanding achievements and contributions by an administrator in the college. The award will be given at the Spring Faculty/Staff meeting and will include a plaque for the recipient and a monetary award of $1,000 to be made to the winner’s administrative unit in honor of the recipient. I encourage members of the faculty, staff, appointed professionals, CALS alumni, students, or other administrators in the college to make nominations for this award. View the list of previous recipients. Nominations will be active for a three-year period. The deadline for nominations this year is 2/23/18, and the winner will be announced at the CALS Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting.

This college has a large number of outstanding administrators who work hard to make good things happen. These deserving individuals cannot be recognized unless they are nominated.

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