April 16, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth 
  2. Mark Apel Retirement
  3. Candidate Presentations for Greenlee 4-H/FCHS Candidates
  4. National 4-H Conference
  5. Service Awards Congratulations
  6. New Extension Publication
  7. Laura Scaramella Appointed Norton School Director
  8. WRRC Internship Application
  9. CEAC Covering Environments Seminar
  10. Hygiene Supply Drive
  11. Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series
  12. The Garden Kitchen Hands-On Cooking Classes

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

My vision for the Cooperative Extension System (CES) in Arizona is to focus on the fundamentals consistent with the land grant mission of bringing the university to the people of the State of Arizona and bringing science to bear on practical problems. 

The formal or complete Arizona CES mission is stated very directly as:

To engage with people through applied research and education to improve lives, families, communities, environment, and economies in Arizona and beyond.

Our programs in all areas of the CES are doing well when we are working to accomplish this mission and document that fact.

This translates to a simple message of three fundamental goals for each of us individually:  

      1) Do your job
      2) Be a professional
      3) Be a good teammate to your colleagues

Many thanks to everyone in the CES for the great work you do and adherence to these fundamentals.

Mark Apel Retirement

After nearly 12 years as a Community Resource  Development Agent, Mark Apel will be leaving Cooperative Extension on April 26. Mark’s programs in land use planning and sustainable development have helped clientele understand and embrace changes to Arizona’s rural landscapes. Planning commissioners around Arizona have benefitted from Mark’s citizen planner trainings and numerous UA students have taken advantage of externship opportunities throughout the state working with Extension faculty and staff through Mark’s Green Fund initiative as samples of his varied work. Mark says “My unique position in Extension as a Community Resource Development agent has exposed me to an extraordinary depth and breadth of talent, compassion and dedication in Extension and I am privileged to have worked with awesome faculty and staff in this career. I look forward to the next adventures in my life.” 

Candidate Interviews for Greenlee 4-H/FCHS Agent

Links to the recordings for the Greenlee 4-H/FCHS Agent position and the evaluation form can be found below. Please send evaluations to Kim McReynolds, kimm@cals.arizona.edu by Friday, April 19th.

Joe Garcia
Ashley Jeffers-Sample
Evaluation Form

L-R:Renee Carstens, Alia Camacho, Amelia Brackett, Ryan Francione, ElizabethMcGibbon, Jolene Addington, Katie Pascavis, Dr. Jeremy Elliott-Engel 

National 4-H Conference

After a decade hiatus Arizona 4-H had a delegation at National 4-H Conference. Six youth from 5 counties traveled to the National 4-H Conference to join with their peers from across the country to develop briefings on issues facing youth.  Arizona 4-H youth presented to USDA and the House Agriculture Committee on the future of agriculture; at the Department of Health and Human Services on developing a holistic Youth Policy, on addressing the opioid epidemic, and on how to reduce cyber bullying; and, the Department of Business Administration to give a youth perspective on entrepreneurship. 

The Arizona delegates shared the importance of the connection of the Smith-Lever Act, the Land-Grant University to the implementation of 4-H which is the largest youth development organization in the United States.  In Arizona, 4-H has 6,000 youth participating in 4-H clubs alongside 2,000 volunteers, and 200,000 youth or 16 percent of the youth population in Arizona are served by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension professionals.  

The delegates in attendance were selected from across the state through an intense review process. Members researched and prepared a short video (5 minutes) around a youth issue effecting their communities, and submitted a cover letter, resume, and references.  

Each youth has action plans to start working on addressing these important issues in their communities. Arizona State 4-H Program Leader, Dr. Jeremy Elliott-Engel said of this experience “this is the very best of what we strive to do in 4-H.” He continued “this experience places young people in a development process so that they can have voice and effect change for their club, community, and their world.” 

Ryan Francione, Cochise County 
Jolene Addington, Cochise County 
Alia Camacho, Greenlee County 
Katie Pascavis, Maricopa County 
Amelia Brackett, Mohave County 
Elizabeth McGibbon, Pima County

The committee that developed and implemented the process are: Josh Moore, Renee Carstens, Eric Thoutt, & Malisa Grantham


April 4th, 951 UA employees were recognized at the University of Arizona Service Awards ceremony. 

Andy Medina, Information Technology Support Analyst, Senior was recognized for his 40 year milestone work anniversary.  Congratulations Andy!

Francine Correll, Office Specialist, Senior from Pima County Cooperative Extension was recognized for her 35 years at the University of Arizona.  Congratulations Francine!  

The following CES Employees earned Years of Service Awards in 2019:

40 Years
Andy Medina – State Office

35 Years
Francine Correll – Pima

25 Years
Michael Hauser – Apache
Margarita Peralta – Pima
Glenda Thompson – State Office
Kai Umeda – Maricopa

20 Years
Marikelly Arizmendi – State Office
Connie Callahan – Pima
Christopher Jones – Gila
Marlena Parrott – Yuma

15 Years
Carolyne Greeno – State Office
Jeanette Spears – Mohave
Diane Tyler – Pima

10 Years
Malisa Grantham – State Office
Janine Lane – Yuma
Esther Turner – Pinal


New Extension Publication

Ashley K. Bickel, Dari Duval, Vanessa A. Farrell, Linda Houtkooper, Jeffrey Vautour, Scottie Misner

This report summarizes the total annual economic contributions of the UA SNAP-Ed program spending, including multiplier effects, to the Arizona economy for fiscal years 2013-2016. Although presented together in this study, results provide a snapshot of economic activity in a given year and are therefore not cumulative over time. Updates to this study will occur annually, as data become available.

Publication Number: AZ1781-2018

Laura Scaramella appointed director of Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Laura Scaramella is the new director of the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences after more than 15 years of experience at the University of New Orleans (UNO). She begins her new role at UA on June 1.

Scaramella has been chair of UNO’s Department of Psychology for the past three years. Her research interests have focused on parenting and child development. 

She plans to work with faculty and community partners to reimagine the school’s strategic vision to better match community and research needs, securing more resources for its programs in doing so. She also plans to support a diverse student population with a curriculum that extends learning outside the classroom.

“I am excited to partner with the faculty, staff and students to create a bold and innovative path for the Norton School,” said Scaramella. “This path will uniquely leverage our greatest assets: the culture and diversity of Arizona’s heritage. Together, we will discover and disseminate new knowledge that will improve the lives of students, families and industry for decades to come.”

To read the rest of this announcement, please visit: https://cals.arizona.edu/news/scaramella-appointed-director-norton-school-family-and-consumer-sciences

WRRC 2019 Summer Writing Internships

The WRRC is now accepting applications for our Summer Writing Internship

This paid summer internship at the University of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center offers a student the opportunity to gain experience writing about environmental and water issues. The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue. Arroyo is recognized as a source of objective, accurate and understandable information and reaches a wide audience that includes policy makers and water professionals as well as the interested public.

To Apply: 

Complete an application form available at https://wrrc.arizona.edu/2019-summer-writing-internship and email the completed form, along with a writing sample and a letter of recommendation, to Susanna Eden.

CEAC Covering Environments Seminar

Please mark your calendars for the following event:

Harnessing Secondary Metabolites from Nematode Bacterial Symbionts: Application in Pest Management

April 26, 2019, @ 4:15-5:00 pm Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, 1951 E Roger Rd

S. Patricia Stock, PhD; Professor Dept of Entomology, Sch of Plant Sciences; Dir Sch of Animal & Comparative Biomed Sci 

You are welcome to attend the seminar virtually via Zoom. If you have already registered to attend virtually in the past you do not have to register again. Once registered you will receive a reminder email about the seminar that also contains a link to the webinar. If you have not registered you are welcome to do so by using the link below. 

Hygiene Supply Drive

As a member of the Greater Tucson Leadership Class of 2019, Ashley Bickel (Agricultural & Resource Economics/Cooperative Extension) is a proud to host a hygiene supply drive to support the Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF), providing free toiletries to all Tucson Unified School District students and families.
The supply drive will be held Friday, April 12th through Friday, April 26th. Donations can be dropped off in the green boxes in McClelland Park (1st floor lobby) and Forbes (1st floor lobby). 
Hygiene supplies needed include: shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, razors, and laundry detergent (pods). Other hygiene supplies welcome!
Should anyone have questions or if you would like to arrange a pick up, please email Ashley Bickel.
For more information on the Greater Tucson Leadership Program go to:  https://greatertucsonleadership.org/
For more information about the GTL & EEF hygiene pantry project, see this local news coverage:

Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series

Join us on 4/17 for the next speaker of the Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series!

Resources from the Dean of Students Office—Rosanna Curti

We will provide LUNCH for this event! It's first-come, first-served, so make sure you show up early!

This presentation will review issues relating to student conduct policies, disruptive or threatening behavior, and community standards.

Wednesday 4/17/19 12:00pm-1:00pm -- Where: ENR2 Room 225 & Virtually via Zoom

Plan on attending virtually?  Register for the Zoom Webinar for all speakers during Spring 2019: https://tinyurl.com/spring2019perspectives

Event Page

Brought to you by: the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion Council and the 
Office for Diversity & Inclusive Excellence

The Garden Kitchen Hands-On Cooking Classes

Healthy and Delicious: With a Latin Twist 
Saturday, June 29, 2019  -- 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

No need to give up flavor to cook healthy meals! Learn new techniques and add some Latin flavor to your cooking, that will delight your palate without the guilt!

Refreshing Gazpacho
Spinach and Quinoa Fritter with Lemon Cilantro Crema
Cauliflower Ceviche

Skills taught: Making a cold soup, how to make a sauce, how to create full flavor vegetarian entrees.

Class fee $55.00 per participant, includes lunch of all dishes made.

To register go to: https://thegardenkitchen.org/events_page/

Pasta class: Fresh Pasta from Scratch
Saturday, May 25, 2019  -- 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Think outside the boxed, and learn to make your own fresh pasta at home. Join in the fun as we mix, roll, shape and cook fettuccine and tortellini from scratch.

Tortellini with Sunflower Parmesan Pesto
Parsley Laminated Fettuccini with Putenesca
Demonstration of Lemon Basil Granita

Skills taught: How to make and roll pasta, how to fill pasta, how to create, cook a raw sauce, how to make a low calorie dessert.

Class fee $55.00 per participant, includes lunch of all dishes made.

To register go to: https://thegardenkitchen.org/events_page/

Ultimate Date
Saturday, June 8, 2019 -- 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Forget the typical dining experience and learn new culinary techniques for that special someone. Attend solo and surprise your partner with an unforgettable dinner, or for those who are passionate about food (and each other), a cooking class is the ultimate date experience.

Our take on Pollo al Mattone with Cornish Game Hen 
Spring Confetti Risotto
Tomato and Herb Salad with Balsamic 
Special demonstration of Lemon Granite

Skills taught: how to roast a whole hen, how to make risotto, how to pair a salad and dressing, how to make a simple dessert

Class fee $55.00 per participant, includes lunch of all dishes made.

To register go to: https://thegardenkitchen.org/events_page/

All proceeds from these classes go towards our free programming, empowering Pima County residents to build community wellness and make healthier choices through food, fitness, and gardening education.


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