Edition Topics

September 6, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin 
  2. Arizona Experiment Station (AES) Outstanding Staff Award 
  3. Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC) seeking a new Business Manager, Senior
  4. Nominations are open for ALVSCE Administrator of the Year
  5. Child Care Survey 
  6. New Extension Publication

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

Needs assessment is a cornerstone of Extension work. With accurate information on the needs and issues challenging our stakeholders, Extension can have significant impacts on changing the lives of Arizonans across the state. You have, undoubtedly by now, heard me talk about our three-prong approach to defining 21st-century UArizona Cooperative Extension: Economic Impacts, Needs Assessment, and Strategic Planning. The economic impact has been completed, and soon you will be hearing and seeing the results of that study. Phase two - needs assessment - is quickly approaching the implementation stage. Dr. Michele Walsh and her team have put together a survey that will help us prioritize existing Extension programs and identify new areas. You will soon get a request to have these surveys filled out. Her team has set target numbers for each county and has even identified how many surveys are needed for specific zip codes within the county. This is being done to ensure we have a representative sample from across the state. I want to thank Michele and her team for their outstanding work, and I want to thank all of you in advance for your support and help in getting these surveys filled out. The results from the needs assessment will help shape future programming investments.

Arizona Experiment Station (AES) Outstanding Staff Award

Outstanding AES Staff Award was created to recognize and honor exceptional dedication and outstanding contributions by staff members in the Arizona Experiment Stations (AES). AES Staff are significant contributors to the overall mission, delivery, and success of AES units under CALS within the division. Recipients of the Outstanding AES Staff Awards represent individuals who, through their actions, go above and beyond their role. Awards in the amount of $500 each will be given semi-annually. Individual plaques will be presented to the recipients at the semi-annual awards ceremony.

Complete nomination packets must be sent to Amanda Stevens no later than 5:00 PM on September 19, 2022.

Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC) seeking a new Business Manager, Senior

Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC) within the Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences & Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) is seeking a growth-minded and innovative Business Manager, Senior to lead the day-to-day financial, budgeting, and HR functions at this Arizona Experiment Station (AES) site. Attention to detail with the ability to understand the big picture is crucial for success. A positive attitude, grounded in commitment to customer service excellence is essential to this position. The successful candidate should be skilled in financial management, budgeting, forecasting, and managing multiple projects with competing deadlines in a fast-paced business office.

Initial reviews will begin on September 9, 2022.


Nominations are open for ALVSCE Administrator of the Year!

The Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) Administrator of the Year Award was created to recognize and honor outstanding achievements and contributions by an administrator in ALVSCE.  This annual award consists of a plaque for the recipient and a monetary award of $1,000 to be made to the winner’s administrative unit in honor of the recipient.

Nominations of candidates for this award may be made by faculty, staff, alumni, students or other administrators in ALVSCE. Nominations for administrators who are not selected will be retained for future consideration by the committee for a total of three years.

Deadline for nominations: October 17, 2022

For more information, including award criteria: https://compass.arizona.edu/awards/administrator

Please forward any questions regarding the nomination process to CALS Asst. Dean Jean McLain, mclainj@arizona.edu

Child Care Survey

University students and employees who have a child under the age of 12 or who plan to have, adopt, or foster a child within the next two years, are invited to complete the Child Care Survey by Tuesday, Sept. 6. The survey takes about 20 to 25 minutes to complete. The link below will save your responses and allow you to return at a later time.

To complete the survey, you will need to log in using your NetID to verify that you are a University of Arizona employee or student. Your name and your individual responses will remain confidential.

In support of the University of Arizona’s commitment to being a family-friendly university, this effort is being coordinated by the Office of University Initiatives and the Campus Early Childhood Education and Care Working Group with diverse representation from students, faculty, and staff.

In addition to completing the survey, you are encouraged to explore the University’s existing child care resources including the Childcare Choice program for employees, the Childcare Choice program for students, and Sick and Backup Childcare.

New Extension Publication

Michael Crimmins, Zack Guido, and Ben McMahan

The southwest U.S. has a unique climate characterized by distinct wet and dry seasons that emerge throughout the annual cycle (Sheppard et al. 2002). In Arizona and New Mexico, the annual pattern of precipitation is characterized by rapid onset of the summer monsoon thunderstorm activity in late June that persists through late September and a more gradual onset of winter storms in late October that can persist through the spring. These two rainfall periods set the conditions for seasonal fire activity, streamflow and water supply, and rangeland conditions (Crimmins et al. 2017).

TEN Submittal Process

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

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