October 8, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Welcome Robert Masson
  3. Suicide Prevention Movie Screening
  4. Growing Season in Review Workshops for Arizona Winegrape Growers
  5. Arizona Insect Festival
  6. Positive Discipline 
  7. Training Repository Suggestions Box
  8. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

In any large organization like the University of Arizona (UA) or the Cooperative Extension System (CES), every person at every level of the organization is accountable for their responsibilities, including reporting to an immediate supervisor.  Without exception, every person at the UA and in the CES must understand the role of the subordinate in the organization.  

It is also extremely important to understand that working as a subordinate, in any organization, absolutely does not imply or require subservient behavior.  In fact, it is essential for everyone to understand the importance of working as a subordinate while at the same time maintaining individual professional independence in carrying out one’s duties.

In the CES, it is imperative that everyone understands their role in the organization and can take initiative as needed to do their job with a strong sense of professionalism and independence.  A progressive organization has high standards of professionalism and never an expectation of subservient attitudes or behavior. 

We value strong, resilient, and effective teams in the CES consisting of individuals in command of a solid skill set that can work both independently and in groups to accomplish the overall CES mission.  

Welcome Robert Masson

Welcome  Robert Masson -- the new Yuma County Ag Agent. Prior to coming to work for Yuma County Cooperative Extension, Robert received his M.S. in Plant Science from North Carolina State University where he also worked for the Weaver Popcorn Company and the USDA. He came to Yuma in 2017 and worked as a Research Agronomist for RD4AG before coming to the U of A.  Robert's contact information is below so please don’t hesitate to contact him and introduce yourself or introduce him to one of the problems you are having in the Ag Industry.

Robert Masson
Assistant Ag Agent
Yuma County Cooperative Extension
2200 W 28th St, Ste 102
Yuma AZ 85364
Office Phone: 928-726-3904
Cell Phone: 919-889-0855
E-Mail: masson@email.arizona.edu

Suicide Prevention Movie Screening

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

Suicide: The Ripple Effect
This film 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!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7:00 PM • Tucson Village Farm: 4210 N Campbell Ave

Q&A and Discussion on the topic will follow the film.

Tickets available at the door for a suggested $10 donation. The proceeds from this event will be used to support TVF’s camp scholarship fund. For more information, contact Becky Yim: byim@email.arizona.edu (520) 626-5161.

Growing Season in Review Workshops for Arizona Winegrape Growers

If the 2019 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 (register)
Date: October 17, 2019
Location: Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus
                Building G, Room G106
Time: 11:00am – 1:45pm
Cost: free
Lunch: provided

Southeastern Arizona edition (register)
Date: October 25, 2019
Location: Cochise College Benson Center
                 Rooms 113 and 115
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Cost: free
Lunch: provided

For more information, please contact:
Jeremy Weiss
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension

Arizona Insect Festival - Sunday, October 20th 
The 2019 Arizona Insect Festival will take place on Sunday, October 20th, from 10am to 3pm in and around the Environmental and Natural Resources 2 (ENR2) building on the University of Arizona campus.

Attracting an estimated 5,000 of visitors each year, the free family-friendly festival hosted by the University of Arizona's Department of Entomology features interactive exhibits on insects and insect-based research taking place at the University of Arizona and within the Tucson community.  
This year’s Festival is going to honor and raise awareness of the fact that the area around Tucson has one of the highest diversities of native bee species in the world. Come learn more about the fact that we live in a biodiversity hotspot! 

The festival is free. Free parking will be available in the Sixth Street Parking Garage. More information can be found at

Positive Discipline

Free Parenting Workshops for Families with Teens 
The Positive Discipline parenting workshop series is a 5-session program focusing on using kindness, firmness, dignity and respect. After these workshops, parents and caregivers will be empowered with tools to improve communication gaps, reduce problematic behavior,  and strengthen their child’s life skills.

Dates: Wednesdays 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Cost: Free
Location: Campus Agricultural Center, 4101 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ

RSVP to dianem1@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-0921

Training Repository Suggestions Box

How would you like to have a one stop shop for all things training related?

    •  A place where you could let others know of training and professional development                 
         opportunities you already know about that you think are useful
       A place where you can request training that may not yet exist
       A place where you can request existing training that you are not sure where to look for it

Look no more!  The Training and Development Task Force is pleased to announce the training repository suggestion box.  Your entries will be automatically
emailed to the Training and Development Employee Engagement Task Force, Pam Denney, Hanh Do, and Karen Pizzuto, as well as the leaders of the employee engagement initiative, Heather Roberts-Wrenn and Dominic Rodriguez.

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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