January 22, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Save-the-Date: How to Order Marketing Items Webinar
  3. National Sustainability Summit
  4. WRRC Chocolate Fest
  5. Fit First Saturday
  6. Research Workshop
  7. Call for Extension Awards Nominations
  8. YCEDA launches new funding program
  9. Seeking Nominations, ALVSCE Appointed Professional Award
  10. WRRC Conference
  11. Perspectives on Diversity
  12. Work-Life Balance

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

Last week I communicated the fact that annual performance reports (APRs) for all Cooperative Extension System (CES) faculty are due 1 February 2019 via the UAVitae system.  This includes faculty in academic and county units. 

Since then several individuals have asked for clarification since later dates have been identified in their individual units and non-Extension faculty have more time to complete their APRs.

The 1 February due date is established for CES faculty because the individual APRs are reviewed for Extension faculty prior to every unit's annual review. 

The information provided in the individual APRs for Extension faculty is extensively utilized in the development of the annual report that is filed by the CES administration to the USDA-NIFA.

Therefore, complete APRs for Extension faculty serve as a benefit to the individual, the unit, and the entire CES organization in the review of our capacity to deliver on our mission.

Save-the-Date:  How to Order Marketing Items Webinar 

There's a new procedure through the University of Arizona to order marketing items for your programs or events.

Join the team from Licensing & Trademarks for an informational session on February 13, where you can ask *your* questions, directly.

National Sustainability Summit & National Extension Energy Summit

National Planning Team, Partners, and Colleagues: the early bird registration fees for NSS+NEES 2019 ends after this Wednesday January 23rd. 

15th Annual WRRC Chocolate Fest

Mark Your Calendars!

Sol Resnick Conference Room, 350 N. Campbell Ave.

Friday, February 15, 2019     3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Don't miss the 15th Annual WRRC Chocolate Fest! Share your favorite treats and try sinfully spectacular creations from your water friends and colleagues. Come applaud the WRRC’s photo contest winners while celebrating the joys of chocolate. Invite your friends to join the fun! We hope to see you all there!

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Fit First Saturday

February 2nd, 2019- Fit First Saturday
Class Line-up!

Join us for our FREE monthly fitness, cooking, and gardening classes at the Garden Kitchen! An opportunity to come together as a community in support of creating healthier, more well-balance lifestyles.  Hope to see you there!

Research Workshop at Maricopa County Extension Office  1/30/19

ALVSCE Research Workshop  

The ALVSCE Research Office is offering a Research Workshop to provide comprehensive research introduction to all ALVSCE Employees (Faculty, Specialists, Agents, Administrators, Business Officers, Staff, Students, Postdocs - all are encouraged to attend).

Please RSVP here you wish to attend.

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Maricopa County Extension Office, Phoenix, AZ
Lunch will be provided

The following offices will be making presentations:
Sponsored Projects Services
Contract & Research Support Program
Procurement & Contracting Services
Responsible Conduct of Research
Conflict of Interest
Developing a Grant Proposal
ALVSCE Data Solutions Team
There will also be a session on Budget Basics
General questions can be sent to Zaida Zalbidea  or 520-621-5242.

Sangita Pawar, PhD, MBA
Assistant VP, Research, ALVSCE

Call for Nominations

Each year we recognize our faculty, staff and strong contributors to Cooperative Extension with the Extension Faculty of the Year Award, the Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award, and the Extensionist of the Year Award. 

The Cooperative Extension Faculty of the Year award recipient will receive $1,000 and an award.  Click here for Extension Faculty of the Year Award criteria and nomination form.   – Submission deadline – February 4, 2019

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria.  – Submission deadline – February 4, 2019

The Extensionist of the Year award recognizes and honors a resident of the State of Arizona who has demonstrated extraordinary contributions, through UACE, to improving the lives of people in their community and state.  The award will be presented at an appropriate division-wide event.  Letters of nomination from UACE or non-UACE faculty and staff and/or peers should focus on the following criteria:  1) the nature and extent of the contribution provided by the individual (35%), 2) how this contribution has benefitted people in the community (15%) and the state (15%), 3) leadership qualities (25%), and 4) support for UACE (10%).  – Submission deadline – February 4

All awards will be presented at an appropriate Extension or ALVSCE event.  Please read the criteria carefully, submitting only the materials noted.  Submit your nominations and support letters c/o Kristie Gallardo, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, PO Box 210036, Tucson, AZ, 85721 or gallardo@cals.arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520.621.7145).

YCEDA launches new funding program

We are excited to announce that, in order to encourage advances towards solving the pressing problems of desert agriculture, the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA) has launched a new funding program. This program will provide up to $10,000 in funding quarterly to support preliminary research for future grant program applications or proof-of-concept of new agricultural applications for a new or existing technology. For more details visit our funding webpage.

Seeking Nominations: ALVSCE Appointed Professional Award for Excellence

The ALVSCE Year-to-Year Appointed Professional Award for Excellence was created to recognize and honor outstanding achievements and contributions by an individual in a year-to-year appointed professional position. Nominations for this award may be made by any employee or student in the Division of Agriculture, Life & Veterinary Sciences & Cooperative Extension, and are due to Jeffrey Ratje in Division Business Services, Forbes 322, no later than Friday, March 15, 2019.

Nomination procedures and guidelines for the award can be found here, as well as in the link below. 

Please note that the Arizona Board of Regents has created two distinct types of year-to-year appointed professionals: 1) Academic Professionals, and 2) Service Professionals. Both types of employees are eligible for nomination and reception of the award. The awardee will receive a check for $1,000 and a plaque, and will be recognized at the upcoming Spring 2019 ALVSCE Faculty/Staff Luncheon on April 30, 2019. 

For additional information or questions, please contact Brian Berrellez or Mary Carroll.  Brian can be reached by email bberrell@email.arizona.edu or by phone 520-626-9132.  Mary can be reached by email marymcarroll@email.arizona.edu or by phone 520-621-7195.

For more information: http://cals.arizona.edu/about/workplace/employee-awards/ap

WRRC Conference 2019 - Arizona Runs On Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions

Join us for the UA Water Resources Research Center annual conference to be held on February 1st at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Join us for informative presentations and lively conversation about how Arizona communities are addressing their water challenges through collaboration, conservation, market-based approaches, long-term planning, and more.

For more information, visit out conference website.

Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series

Join us for Lunch TOMORROW
The Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series is brought to you by the Division of ALVSCE Diversity and Inclusiveness Council and the Office of Inclusive Excellence.  Our upcoming presentation is:
“Increasing Intercultural Competence” – Robert Cote

This dynamic, interactive presentation will introduce attendees to common issues that may cause cross-cultural misunderstandings. Participants will watch humorous videos, explore bias, “solve” real-life case studies of intercultural miscommunication, and engage in a Q&A session. Audience participation and feedback is expected.

January 23, 2019 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, ENR2 Building Room 225, Lunch provided.

Register to attend via Zoom Webinar

Work-Life Balance Reminders

In pursuit of our Foundational Goal to be the most sought-after place to be a part of, we recognize that enabling employees to balance work and home life is a critical aspect of overall well-being. With that in mind, we would like to remind folks that the UA has several policies and benefits in place that help them do just that.
During the State of the College meeting in January 2015 Vice President and Dean Burgess emphasized the importance of work-life balance and then sent a memo to his direct reports entitled “Guidelines for Temporary Assignment of Alternative Duties for Appointed Personnel, Health-related Leaves, and Clock Delay”. Although the memo primarily refers to AP and Faculty policies, the applicable policies are also found in the Classified Staff HR Policy Manual, Section 2.
Additionally, Life & Work Connections offers numerous benefits to employees including:
Childcare resources (including a reimbursement program for childcare)
Elder Care resources
Employee Assistance (including stress management, communication, and counseling)
Employee Wellness (including free confidential and personalized nutrition and/or fitness coaching)

TMN Submittal Process

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

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