Edition Topics

January 17, 2023

  1. Message from the Interim Director of Extension
  2. Meet our newest UA Wildcat Corps Team Member
  3. Pinal County Quarterly Newsletter
  4. Congratulations Jenny Zamora-Garcia
  5. Apply to Become a WELD Intern
  6. 7th Annual Southern Arizona Equine Health Symposium
  7. Save the Date - Native Women in Agriculture & Natural Resources Symposium
  8. Pinal County Cooperative Extension, Assistant Extension Agent Position, Casa Grande, AZ 
  9. Southwest Groundwater Project (USDA-NIFA) Stakeholders' Meeting
  10. Arizona section of the Society for Range Management Meeting

Message from the Interim Director of Extension 

I thank everyone who participated in the New Faculty/Staff tour last week. We had a great time visiting and engaging with Extension offices and the faculty/staff in Pima, Yuma, and Cochise counties, and the Maricopa Agricultural Center. There are too many to name here, but I assure you that everyone appreciates your efforts. Also, thanks to all those who were on the tour. It was great to put faces to names and bodies to faces, for those we only met on Zoom. I would be remised if I didn’t thank our team at the state office that put this all together; Sandra Saad, Dominic Rodriguez, Cathy Martinez, Patty Merk, Jennifer Gardner Smith, Kristie Gallardo, and Carolyne Greeno… many thanks to you and everyone who worked so hard to make the tour a success.

Meet our newest UA Wildcat Corps Team Member 

Hello everyone! My name is Aneissa Bernal, and I am the new Administrative Assistant for AmeriCorps at the University of Arizona. I graduated from the U of A in May 2022 with my bachelor’s in psychology. Just a few things about me that may be interesting to note are that I was raised here in Tucson, I enjoy reading, and meeting new people. I am really looking forward to being a part of AmeriCorps and hopefully getting to meet all the members and site supervisors along the way. 

Pinal County Quarterly Newsletter

  AZ Health Zone
•  First Smiles Oral Health
•  Garden and Landscape
•  And More!


Jenny Zamora-Garcia named Flagstaff Citizen of the Year

Jenny Zamora-Garcia, an oral health professional in the Coconino County Cooperative Extension office, has been named the Flagstaff Female Citizen of the Year by the Arizona Daily Sun.

The honor recognizes her decades of service as a dental hygienist and volunteer in the community. In addition to performing screenings for schoolchildren through the cooperative extension office, Zamora-Garcia has worked with multiple organizations to provide dental care to low-income families

The Arizona Daily Sun has been sponsoring the Flagstaff Citizen of the Year awards for more than 60 years. The awards are presented in three categories: Male Citizen of the Year, Female Citizen of the Year and Organization of the Year. The publication announced this year's winners in a series of stories over the last few days of 2022. Zamora-Garcia and the other honorees will be recognized at a banquet on Feb. 2.


Apply to Become a WELD Intern!

The Western Extension Leadership Development (WELD) program is designed for Cooperative Extension professionals in the Western United States and Territories.  It requires a 15-month commitment from participating interns. The WELD program consists of four dynamic learning experiences:  

1.  A personal leadership inventory and assessment;
2.  A leadership seminar covering leadership styles, defining direction, working together
     through teams, community action process, ethical decision-making, and more; 
3.  An individual innovative leadership project with support and resources, such as a case study
     documentation and mentoring relationships; and
4.  A capstone seminar during which participants share their innovative projects. 

To review past WELD Seminar 1 and 2 program agendas, visit the WELD website at https://weda.extension.org/committees/weld/

WELD XI Program Important Dates: 
  April 2023    WELD XII Seminar 1- Tucson, Arizona April 23-28     
  Aug  2023    Personal Leadership Inventory and Assessment completed by Interns 
  Sept 2024    WELD XII Seminar 2- Location and specific dates TBD 

Applications are due to Dr. Ed Martin (cc: Kristie Gallardo) by January 20, 2023  


7th Annual Southern Arizona Equine Health Symposium

7th Annual Southern Arizona Equine Health Symposium
January 21, 2023
7:30am - 4:00pm

UArizona Campus Ag Center
4101 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719

This one-day event will feature equine health lectures and demonstrations for all horse owners delivered by local veterinarians, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, and industry leaders.

Register now to receive the early-bird registration rates! Student rate available; check out our website for more details.

Click to Learn More and Register

Native Women in Agriculture & Natural Resources Symposium

I am pleased to announce that this Spring I will be partnering with the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society to co-host the 2023 Native Women in Agriculture & Natural Resources Symposium- March 2-4, 2023. The Agriculture & Natural Resources, as well as STEM related fields, are seeing an increase in women joining the field; that being said, we wanted to host an event that celebrates, encourages and supports Native Women. I am beyond excited to plan a program around highlighting successful Native women, providing professional development discussions, and also networking opportunities. This event is open to all Native women and will include an afternoon youth track as well.   For more information - Alexandra Carlisle 

Pinal County Cooperative Extension, Assistant Extension Agent Position, Casa Grande, A

Pinal County Cooperative Extension seeks a creative and innovative person to serve as the Assistant Extension Agent for our 4-H Youth Development program. This position is a continuing – eligible (i.e. comparable to tenure) position located in Casa Grande, AZ. The Agent in this position is 100% responsible for 4-H program management and will administer and oversee the recruitment, certification, training, and management of 4-H Volunteer Leaders.  Please check out the posting and share with those you feel meet the qualifications! If you have any questions, contact Anne Lesenne.

Southwest Groundwater Project (USDA-NIFA) Stakeholders' Meeting

The Arizona Team for the Southwest Groundwater USDA - NIFA Project cordially invites you to join us on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, for a project overview and update. The meeting will be held in the Multipurpose Room (Room 3) at the University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center (37860 W Smith Enke Rd, Maricopa, AZ 85138). This is a hybrid meeting with both in-person and virtual options; lunch will be provided.

If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP by Thursday, January 19, 2023, via email to Debankur Sanyal at dsanyal@arizona.edu and indicate if you plan to stay for lunch. 
We are excited to share our project’s progress with you! Please see the flyer for the agenda.

Arizona section of the Society for Range Management Meeting

The Arizona section of the Society for Range Management is hosting a meeting Feb 6-7 at the Maricopa Ag Center. The theme is ‘Management of rangelands and the people who rely on them: from soil to snout.’ Topics will cover management of arid rangelands from the soil level, to the plant level to the herd level. Information and registration can be found here: https://azrangelands.org/winter-meeting-2023

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