November 2, 2021

Edition Topics

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Turbeville Speaker Series Event with Dr. Ted Futris
  3. Journal of Extension
  4. Arizona Water Law 101
  5. Youth Reporting Guidance - Presentation
  6. The Garden Kitchen Position Opening
  7. Gowa: Teachable Moments for Apache Children Newsletter 
  8. Baby College 101: Courses for Ałchíní Yázhí
  9. Restoration during drought webinar 
  10. 104(b) Grant Program – Student Research Presentations
  11. ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series
  12. Growing Season in Review Workshops for Arizona Winegrape Growers

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

Wow, November already?  What happened to October?  As the nights grow longer and the temperatures begin to go lower, I am able to take advantage and extend my walks with my boys, Garfield and Otis, two rescue dogs who brighten up my days.  I would encourage everyone to take some time to get back out and enjoy our beautiful Fall weather here in Arizona.  During these walks, I often take some time to think about how 2021 started and how far we have come.  The next two months may be filled with friends, family, and a lot of travel.  I ask that everyone be careful out there and take time to enjoy our beautiful countryside and the wonderful people of Arizona.

Turbeville Speaker Series Event with Dr. Ted Futris

Join us on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM as Dr. Ted Futris, Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at University of Georgia, presents his research titled "Elevating Relationships Through Couples Relationship Education."

Abstract: Couple relationship education (CRE) shares information and skills that can help couples develop and maintain a satisfying, healthy, and stable relationship. Since 2006, federal funding for couple-focused intervention services has supported both the formative evaluation (e.g., implementation studies) of CRE as well as summative investigations of program impact and outcomes. Research evaluating the growing number of evidence-based CRE programs has offered a strong foundation for best-practices and shown that these educational interventions can be effective, albeit many gaps still remain in understanding who benefits most from
CRE and the mechanisms of change. Dr. Futris will share an overview of this body of work and describe the development and evaluation of a CRE program supported by this initiative, ELEVATE: Taking Your Relationship to the Next Level. To learn more about Dr. Ted Futris' work, visit

To register for the event click here:

Journal of Extension

Engaging Stakeholders in Extension Strategic Planning
Jeremy Elliott-Engel, Donna Westfall-Rudd, Virginia Tech, and Chelsea Corkins, University of Missouri Extension
Strategic planning is the deliberative, disciplined effort to produce decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, what it does, and why. [State] Cooperative Extension invested considerable time and effort in conducting a statewide process to engage internal and external stakeholders and nonusers. The strategic planning steering committee balanced negotiations in defining the process, determining who should be involved, and how to develop goals. The semi-structured interviews with the steering committee members, generated three themes: effectiveness of the team enhanced results; context and process can inhibit stakeholder participation, the steering committee needs a commitment to diverse voices.

Arizona Water Law 101

Please mark your calendars for another Verde Valley Arizona Water Law 101 virtual workshop to equip our community leaders and citizens with information and resources about the laws that govern use of our community’s most vital natural resource.

Youth Reporting Guidance - Presentation

To ensure county-based professionals, administrators, and legislators can confidently state the number of youths served by Cooperative Extension, we must be clear in our reporting procedure. Reporting is necessary for program evaluation and for ensuring Arizona Cooperative Extension is serving the citizens of the state. These two distinct purposes are mutually beneficial, and they are predicated on accuracy of the data reported. With more accurate numbers, we are able to understand the reach and quality of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension youth development programming more clearly. Different than other program areas, youth development has two data management systems. This adds unique confusion on how to report impact numbers. In an effort to help reduce confusion we have prepared a reporting guide and are inviting youth serving Cooperative Extension professionals to a training on Friday, November 5th at 11am. 

4-H Youth Reporting Participation Guide

Friday, November 5th at 11am presentation

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The Garden Kitchen Position Opening

We are reaching out to share our recently posted position with UA Cooperative Extension-The Garden Kitchen. The Garden Kitchen is a seed to table whole health program that aims to help make healthy choices easier choices for the community.  An ideal candidate for this position is someone with personal/professional ties to our Tucson/Pima County communities that has a desire to support policy, systems, and environmental changes over time, and is bilingual. The person hired for this position will work to create partnerships and relationships with stakeholders, local organizations, available health resource systems, and local communities, to promote supportive community engagement, local policies for positive health outcomes, and implementation of strategies toward those policies. REQ7206

Please share this post with anyone you feel might have an interest or share generally if you'd like. Please reach out to Jenn Parlin at with any questions or clarifications, or if you'd like us to expand on any of the requirements.

Gowa: Teachable Moments for Apache Children Newsletter 

Learn more about this early literacy program for parents, grandparents and other caregivers of young children on the San Carlos Apache tribal lands. 

Baby College 101: Courses for Ałchíní Yázhí

Learn more about this early literacy program for Navajo parents, grandparents and other caregivers of young children living near Sanders, AZ. 

Restoration during drought webinar 
free for students!

Please join us for a webinar that will highlight speakers who will talk about “Restoration during drought: challenges, successes and lessons learned."

The webinar is FREE for students and only $10 for everyone else. All proceeds from the webinar will be used to fund outreach events and student grants.

104(b) Grant Program – Student Research Presentations

Date: Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021 
Time: 12:00 - 1:15 pm Arizona Time 
Location: Webinar Only 
Sarah E. Abney, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Environmental Science, W.E.S.T. Center
Ammon F. Cadogan, Water Resources Engineer, Craftwater Engineering

Method Optimization for Reduction Analysis of Microplastics in Wastewater
Contamination of our environment from microplastics (1 mm to 5 mm in size) is gaining public attention due to their emergence as an environmental and potential human health threat. Microplastics have been detected in surface waters and treated wastewater effluents. The study's goal is to provide the first low-cost, high-volume microplastic filtering method and information on mass balance of microplastics in wastewater treatment plants to inform the use of Soil Aquifer Treatment. This study was conducted at the Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center in collaboration with the Pima County Reclamation Department.
Measuring River Discharge with Drones 
The accurate measurement of river discharge during flooding events has long been a challenging and dangerous task in the Southwestern US where flows are often flashy and have a high sediment concentration. Small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) can be deployed to access unsafe field sites and measure flow remotely. Using the sUAS footage along with Large Scale Image Velocimetry techniques can yield detailed surface velocity distribution. This research aims to improve the estimation of the velocity index by incorporating turbulence properties (e.g., energy dissipation rate) measured at the surface, channel roughness, and channel geometric properties.

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ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

Please Join the ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series in Supporting HSI Initiatives Next Event

What's the Buzz: Servingness, Humanities, and Working with Latinx Students & our Communities

Thursday, November 18th | 1:00 PM | Webinar Only

Ana Cornide, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Practice
Director, Critical Service Learning and Community Outreach Program
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The webinar series is FREE and OPEN to the public. All times are listed in Arizona time. 

Register Here

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Growing Season in Review Workshops for Arizona Winegrape Growers

If the 2021 growing season is on your mind, we would like you to attend this event! There will be activities and discussions with other growers that detail growing conditions from this year, including important weather events and other issues like pests and disease, responses to such challenges, comparison to previous growing seasons, and assessment of cultivar performance.

Verde Valley edition (registration)
Date: November 9, 2021
Location: Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus
                Building M, Room M-137
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Cost: free

Southeastern Arizona edition (registration)
Date: November 16, 2021
Location: Buhl Memorial Vineyard
                 6707 S Wayward Winds Rd
                 Willcox, AZ
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: free
For more information, please contact:
Jeremy Weiss
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension

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