October 22, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Yuma Plant Pathology
  3. Pre-season Wheat Meeting
  4. Suicide Prevention Movie Screening
  5. Successful Home Canning
  6. Nominations for Leadership Fellows Program for Staff & Appointed Professionals
  7. The Garden Kitchen Culinary Class
  8. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

Teamwork is essential in carrying out the basic operations and delivery of all programs in the Cooperative Extension System (CES). 

In 2002, Patrick Lencioni published “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” and outlined the essential components of a functionally strong team using a pyramid analogy (see below).  From Lencioni’s model, we see the five functional elements that should exist with a good team:

           1)  Team members trust each other.
           2)  They can engage in unfiltered conflict around ideas.
           3)  They collectively commit to decisions and plans of action.
           4)  They hold one another accountable for delivering against those plans.
           5)  They focus on the achievement of collective team results.

This all sounds very simple.  However, putting this model in practice is extremely difficult and it requires high levels of professional discipline.  When we really consider this honestly, we usually realize that just a few teams can actually do all of this.  It is also interesting to note that trust is the foundation and the element that holds the team together.

In the CES, teamwork is essential and Lencioni’s model is worthy of our consideration as we work together to address stakeholder needs and accomplish the mission of this organization. 

Yuma Plant Pathology

Learn about the Plant pathology program of Yuma County Cooperative Extension. Information about the plant clinic, how to submit samples and plant disease diagnostic. Plant pathology research, field trials, upcoming events, resources, extension and outreach related to plant health. And last but not the least, all the information/resources you need about hemp and hemp research.

View recent KYMA TV feature about the Yuma Plant Health Clinic

Pre-season Wheat Meeting

The Cooperative Extension and Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA) are hosting a pre-season wheat meeting on Thursday, October 31 at the Yuma Ag Center. Join us from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm for informative presentations on the latest tools for sustainable desert wheat production by Drs. Michael Ottman, George Frisvold, Pedro Andrade-Sanchez, and Andrew French and panel discussions on wheat marketing outlook, wheat varieties, and wheat tissue testing. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by October 25 to Sonnet Nelson at sonnetnelson@email.arizona.edu or 928-782-5873.

Tucson Village Farm presents a film and a movement for hope and healing

This film, Suicide: The Ripple Effect, is part of a global mission to help reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts around the world. Through sharing stories of survival and recovery we are creating significant awareness of this health crisis, while helping people find the support they need to stay alive, heal and #BeHereTomorrow!

Tonight  -  Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Tucson Village Farm, 4210 N Campbell Avenue

Successful Home Canning Methods

The White Mountain Independent publishes a monthly article written by Cooperative Extension personnel in Apache and Navajo Counties. View the current article, Successful home canning methods, written by Joyce Alves, Apache County Extension Director and FCHS Extension Faculty.

Now Accepting Nominations 2019/2020 Leadership Fellows Program for Staff and Appointed Professionals

The Vice President for Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the third 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 its induction in 2017, 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. Completed applications are due December 13, 2019.  Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Nominees and mentors will be notified in writing in early February 2020.

Example Scenario: Wilma Wildcat desires to be a vital student advisor and leader in CALS and at the UA.  She identifies a mentor in Nancy Rodriguez-Lorta.  Together, they develop a detailed development plan including stretch projects where Wilma leads change efforts in advising within CALS.  The plan also identifies the need for Wilma to become a certified advisor, which requires $2,000 in course work and testing.  Nancy actively mentors Wilma in the achievement of her goal.  As an alumna of this program, Wilma will be expected to continue to give back to CALS through service on future Fellowship selection committees, leading future initiatives, consultation with senior leaders of the division, etc.

The Garden Kitchen's Culinary Class

Fresh Pasta From Scratch

Tortellini with Sunflower Parmesan Pesto
Parsley Laminated Fettuccine with Puttanesca
Served with Fresh Salad and Drink

Skills taught: How to make and roll pasta, how to fill pasta, how to create and cook raw sauce

Thursday, October 24, 2019
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Class fee $55.00 per participant, includes lunch of all dishes made.

Educational Communication: Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel 

In the "digital age" - with the quest for information, but shorter attention spans - educational organizations are communicating more and more via social media, websites, and using digital communications, like Zoom.

Arizona Cooperative Extension is working to be at the forefront of this trend, in communicating with short, to-the-point videos.

                           Check out the Arizona Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel:

Please make sure you're helping us advance the Cooperative Extension message.  Please like, share and link through your social media channels, and help us do all we can to share with all stakeholders and communities.

TMN Submittal Process

Please submit your news by 4:00pm Monday to TMN [tmn@cals.arizona.edu].

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