May 19, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Congratulations Sandra Saad
  3. ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series
  4. New Extension Publication
  5. Funding Opportunity
  6. Pima County Extension Director Opening
  7. Associate Director, Ag & Natural Resources Opening
  8. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

After more than two months of dealing with COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2, we are enduring and adapting to this pandemic. Endurance tests our patience, fortitude, and commitment.  In the University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension System (CES) we are adjusting and bending but not breaking.

We are seeing that important decisions are being made at the local, community, and family levels.  For example, Governor Ducey’s new executive order 2020-36: Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger issued on 12 May directs Arizona businesses to gradually reopen while still promoting good social physical distancing measures and increased sanitization standards.  We also recognize that people are making decisions at the individual and family levels in terms of how they choose to re-engage.

In the CES, we are developing draft transition and reopening plans with input from County Extension Directors and the Transition Working Group.  This CES plan is being developed in concert with the UA guidelines that are addressing eight segments of the university, including the CES.  Dr. Jeremy Elliott-Engel is representing the CES on the university-level committee and engaging with our Extension Transition Working Group (Ed Martin, Ethan Orr, Channah Rock, Dominic Rodriguez, and Evelyn Whitmer) to assist in this process.  No specific date or plan has been developed.

We do know that whatever we do in the CES, we must provide guidance to the organization and flexibility for adaptation at the local community level.  Conditions across this state can vary tremendously.  Our county CES units need flexibility and still work within the UA and CES guidelines.

We continue to endure, draw on our patience, and recognize the importance of working together through the process.  I appreciate the patience and endurance demonstrated by everyone in the CES.  Please continue to work together and help each other through this.  We will keep you posted on any new developments as they become available.

Keep up the great work! 


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Sandra Saad Wins Outstanding Staff Award

Sandra Saad, program coordinator, senior in Cooperative Extension Administration, was selected for the 2019 Fourth Quarter College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Staff Award. We all know Sandra from the many events she plans and coordinates, so please join us in congratulating her for a job exceptionally well done.

ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

Please Join us for the ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series
Thrive with US!

Wednesday, May 20th | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | ZOOM Only

Join us as we provide a brief overview of Student Success and Retention Innovation (SSRI) and dive into the support offered through the Thrive Center. We'll discuss the programs within the area and also how they approach their work with first-generation college students, students with high financial need, and students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education.

Speaker: Patrick Bryan (he|him|his|él) serves as Associate Director for Mentoring and Cultural Programs in Thrive Center.  He works with an amazing team that supports mentoring programs like First Cats, Thrive Guides and Cultural Learning Communities, the New Start Summer Program, Arizona Assurance, and the Men’s Outreach Initiative for men of color.  Patrick has an extensive background in college access and success spanning the educational pipeline from Pre-K-12 outreach with the College Academy for Parents, through to medical school with the Pre-Medical Admissions Pathway, and now all points in between.  He is a Wildcat for life, a New Start alumnus, and a strong advocate for first-gen, low-income and underserved students.

Speaker: Teejay Brown currently serves as Associate Director for Persistence & Completion with Thrive Center at the University of Arizona and Virtual Counselor for Northern Virginia Community College. His primary areas of responsibility at the University of Arizona include oversight of a dynamic team charged with the following areas: academic interventions (supporting students on academic probation), financial wellness initiatives, first cats initiatives, and supporting transfer students (Transfer Student Center) and students who have experienced the foster care system, food insecurity, and/or homelessness (Fostering Success). He previously served as Assistant Director for Student Support and Program Director for the Student Transition Empowerment Program at George Mason University. His experience ranges from counseling, academic advising, coaching, student organization advising, student leadership development, and cultural competency training and development.
Register for the Zoom Webinar for all 4 Speakers during Summer 2020:

Brought to you by: the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion Council

New Extension Publication

Tips for Desert Riding
Elizabeth A. Greene


Funding Opportunity

FCHS Extension Development funds are available for Professional Development. The objective of the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Development Fund is to provide support and enhance FCHS programs where regular annual university budget allocations are unavailable. Funds are to be utilized by or through FCHS Extension programs to enhance county or statewide Extension educational program efforts.

Up to $1,000 total will be made available to fund at least one person’s professional development. 

Eligibility: FCHS agent, FCHS specialist, full-time
FCHS program staff; program staff must have their supervisor approve their application).

Funds must be expended between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (details regarding access to funds will be sent to those funded). In the event that the professional development opportunity is cancelled or altered, recipient(s) will be asked to submit a revised proposal and budget.

The deadline for submitting proposals is May 29, 2020 at 5pm. Apply for these funds through the following link:

An announcement of the winning proposals will be made after June 26, 2020 in

For more information please contact Kate Speirs (

Pima County Extension Director Opening

Pima County Cooperative Extension is excited to announce that we are searching for a dynamic leader to serve as our County Extension Director! The position announcement  is now available on the HR Site and we are anxious to review applications. This position is open to UA Employees only and we are wanting to have the new director in place by July 1, 2020. The Pima County CED Position is a 100% Administrative appointment located in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. The Pima County office is a great place to work, and is actively seeking a great CED! Any questions can be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Rick Gibson at  Connie Callahan at can answer any questions related to the application process. Please pass the word.

Directions to position post:

1) Go here: 
2) At the top it says:  I am a....(select) current UArizona employee 
3) That takes you to UAccess---login
4) Click "career center"
5) From there you can search either Pima County or Extension Manager III

Associate Director, Ag & Natural Resources Opening

Agriculture and Natural Resources Associate Director position has been posted.  Please check and pass along to those internal candidates that might be interested.

                             Upper right corner --  I am : “a current UArizona employee”  (dropdown menu)
                             Log in
                             Go to “Career Center”
                             Search   “req851”  Associate Director, Programs ANR

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.

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