ANR Employees
University of California
ANR Employees

ANR Update

Newer ANR academics invited to Programmatic Orientation Feb. 22-24

Recently hired academics are invited to join ANR leadership for the third Programmatic Orientation, Feb. 22-24, to discuss the mission of UC ANR and our varied roles in California and the university.

The orientation will be held at Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center in Parlier. On the second day, participants will tour successful research and outreach programs in the area.

Take this opportunity to engage in discussions with colleagues about the resources and opportunities available through ANR as a division.

All UC Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists, academic coordinators, academic administrators and Agricultural Experiment Station faculty who have been hired in recent years and have not attended ANR's Programmatic Orientation in the past are welcome.

A draft agenda for this year's programmatic orientation is available and will be updated with tour details at http://ucanr.edu/sites/orientations/Programmatic_Orientation_819/Agenda_840. Lodging is available for participants, see http://ucanr.edu/sites/orientations/Programmatic_Orientation_819/Location_and_Lodging.

Register at http://ucanr.edu/sites/orientations/Programmatic_Orientation_819/Registration.

For more information, contact UC ANR Program Support Unit at (530) 750-1256 or (530) 750-1260.

 

View or leave comments for ANR Leadership at http://ucanr.edu/sites/ANRUpdate/Comments.

This announcement is also posted and archived on the ANR Update pages.

Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Reminder: Town hall 2 p.m. tomorrow to discuss UC ANR Strategic Plan

Vice President Glenda Humiston will host a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., to discuss UC ANR's new five-year Strategic Plan. The plan defines 15 goals to enhance UC ANR's research and extension mission, support employees and volunteers, address financial stability, bolster administrative excellence and increase awareness of UC ANR's value. Members of the senior leadership team will present the main points of the plan and address any questions you may have.

The strategic plan, which can be viewed at http://ucanr.edu/stratplan1.10.2017, will guide us as we “operationalize” our Strategic Vision 2025.

In her Jan. 10 message, VP Humiston wrote, “As you read through the strategic plan, please think about how your work aligns with the goals in the plan. I consider this to be a living document that we will modify, add to, and improve upon over time, so your feedback is not only welcome, it's vital.”

The town hall will be held in the Valley rooms at the ANR building in Davis and via Zoom at https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/416321603. Please test the Zoom link in advance. If you need to download Zoom, go to https://zoom.us/download. To join via mobile device, use the mobile app.

For help with Zoom, contact the ANR IT Service Desk at help@ucanr.edu or (530) 750-1212.

View or leave comments for ANR Leadership at http://ucanr.edu/sites/ANRUpdate/Comments.

This announcement is also posted and archived on the ANR Update pages.

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 1:27 PM

ANR embarks on development of action plans for five-year Strategic Plan

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to invite you to a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., to discuss the new five-year UC ANR Strategic Plan. Members of the senior leadership team will present the main points of the plan and address any questions you may have.

In August 2016, President Napolitano requested a five-year strategic plan for UC ANR by December 2016. To meet that ambitious deadline, the Senior Leadership Team worked closely with the strategic planning resources at UCOP and UC ANR to guide us through a rigorous process. We enlisted the assistance of representatives of programs and administrative units and drew upon strategic plans that already existed within the statewide programs, strategic initiatives, research and extension centers and budget plans. We also consulted UC ANR advisory groups and committees. When I presented our draft plan to President Napolitano in November, she was clearly pleased with its goals and key strategies for achieving them. The final plan was submitted to the President in late December.

I am now very excited to share the strategic plan with you; it is available at http://ucanr.edu/stratplan1.10.2017. This plan will guide us in a thoughtful and timely manner as we “operationalize” our Strategic Vision 2025. As you read through the strategic plan, please think about how your work aligns with the goals in the plan. I consider this to be a living document that we will modify, add to, and improve upon over time, so your feedback is not only welcome, it's vital.

The five-year plan calls for an estimated $54 million in one-time new costs, including approximately $40 million for capital investments in UC ANR facilities and system infrastructure. To fund the one-time costs, we will finance debt, expand our fundraising capacity and deploy some of our reserves. Ongoing annual costs for the five-year plan are estimated at $6.5 million and will be funded from projected revenue increases of $12 million, which will leave us an estimated annual net operating increase of $5.5 million.

The plan defines 15 goals to enhance UC ANR's research and extension mission, support employees and volunteers, address financial stability and administrative excellence, and increase awareness of UC ANR's value. As you can see on page 30 of the attached plan, each goal has been assigned an “owner,” who will be responsible for overseeing our progress toward its attainment. Our next step is to develop specific action plans with point people, metrics and target dates to reach our goals.

To move the strategic plan from paper to action, I have invited 22 people representing campuses, counties, research and extension centers, administrative units and more to meet at the end of this month. At the two-day meeting, we will begin developing action plans to achieve the 15 goals in the strategic plan. We will also explore how best to engage all UC ANR members in this process because everyone's contribution is critical to the UC ANR mission.

As we map out the paths to our goals, we will be soliciting feedback and engaging different people within UC ANR and external stakeholders. We will keep you apprised of our progress via ANR Update, social media, our website and other reporting. In addition to those regular communications venues, Wendy Powers, associate vice president, will provide informal updates through a new blog she recently launched at http://ucanr.edu/ANRAdventures.

You can offer feedback and collaboration via our many workgroups, advisory committees and public forums, or by sending a comment here.

By identifying and taking specific steps that lead to our goals, we will successfully achieve our Strategic Vision. If you have comments or suggestions for this process, I would love to hear from you. Please submit them to me using this link http://ucanr.edu/5yearplancomments.

Best regards,

Glenda Humiston
Vice President

 

View or leave comments for ANR Leadership at http://ucanr.edu/sites/ANRUpdate/Comments.

This announcement is also posted and archived on the ANR Update pages.

UC ANR STRATEGIC PLAN Jan 10 2017
UC ANR STRATEGIC PLAN Jan 10 2017

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 11:21 AM

UCCE advisors and specialists invited to Extension Showcase Jan. 26

The Graduate Students in Extension invite all UC Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists to an Extension Showcase on Thursday, Jan. 26, at UC Berkeley. The aim is to connect graduate students who are interested in working for UCCE with UCCE academics who are interested in mentoring them. The event will be held in 103 Mulford Hall at 3p.m., with presentations from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and a networking reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

UCCE academics are invited to give a lightning talk on their work or prospective research and to meet with interested students.

UCCE advisors Andrew Sutherland, Stephanie Larson and Rob Bennaton are mentoring graduate students they met at last year's Extension Showcase. Doctoral student Laura Ward is working with Sutherland on pollinator-friendly pest management for gardeners. Doctoral student Reid Johnsen is working with Larson on a conservation easement study. Doctoral student Laney Siegner is working with Bennaton on a climate-change curriculum pilot project with Oakland Unified School District. Details about their projects are at http://ucanr.edu/sites/GGCE/Current_Graduate_Student_Researchers_317.

GSE program

The Graduate Students in Extension (GSE) pilot program at UC Berkeley facilitates Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists to mentor current graduate students to conduct applied research and develop extension products. The three-year pilot program, currently under review, is intended to train graduate students for careers in extension research and outreach.

This year, while the pilot is being evaluated, the 25 percent mentor group contribution will be subsidized by ANR and CNR for the summer 2017 term only.  Normally, these GSE positions are funded 50 percent through UC ANR, 25 percent through the student's home department, and 25 percent through their mentorship group. The impetus for holding a special summer GSE program is to continue providing Cooperative Extension learning opportunities for students while GSE administration conducts an assessment of the pilot. A major goal of the summer-only program with no mentor matching requirement is to broaden opportunities. 

ANR academics from across the state are encouraged to consider participating as a mentor. First-year graduate students interested in assisting academics to learn more about extension and outreach, as well asmore seasoned graduate studentswho have research underway, are encouraged to apply.

The GSE program is available to graduate students in all departments within the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, which includes students in Environmental Science Policy & Management (ESPM), the Energy & Resources Group (ERG), Nutritional Science & Toxicology (NST), Agricultural Resources & Economics (ARE) and Plant Microbiology (PMB). 

Getting involved

To RSVP for the Extension Showcase, please email Alana “Laney” Siegner at asiegner@berkeley.edu. If you are unable to attend the Jan. 26 showcase but would like to connect with students, please send a paragraph to asiegner@berkeley.edu describing your work and potential research so it can be included in the literature for the event. 

Travel support may be available for CE advisors and specialists to travel to Berkeley for the event. In your RSVP, please note if you need travel support.

To view the summer 2017 RFP, please visit http://ucanr.edu/sites/GGCE/files/253806.pdf. For more information about the Graduate Students in Extension pilot program, visit http://ucanr.edu/sites/GGCE or contact Vanessa Murua at Vanessa.murua@ucop.edu.

View or leave comments for ANR Leadership at http://ucanr.edu/sites/ANRUpdate/Comments.

This announcement is also posted and archived on the ANR Update pages.

Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 3:52 PM

Thank you, and looking ahead for a great 2017!

Dear Colleagues,

As we wrap up 2016, I want to take a moment to thank you for everything you've done on behalf of UC ANR this year.  Whether you are conducting research, organizing extension programs, teaching nutrition, leading volunteers or quietly working behind the scenes to support our various activities, your work makes a huge difference in the lives of all Californians.

In addition to those activities, many of you also took the time to give feedback to the recent strategic planning exercise, gathered to exchange ideas at the Research to Policy conference, or contributed to enhancing the UC ANR mission in many other ways.  A special thanks to the folks who chaired a committee, led a program team or served as county director – having strong, passionate leaders at every level of this organization is what makes us effective.

We are continuing to grow in numbers as hiring outpaces retirements. We also established four new endowed chairs with matching funds from UC President Janet Napolitano, the California Rice Research Board, the California Pistachio Research Board and, recently, the Orange County Farm Bureau. Thanks to the hard work of many stakeholders – both internal and external – we identified 26 academic positions (http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/253192.pdf) for a new round of hiring priorities over the next two years. 

At the request of President Napolitano, we've submitted a five-year plan for UC ANR that will help us operationalize the Strategic Vision 2025 in a very thoughtful and timely manner. The next step is to further develop specific action plans for implementation and ensure the financial stability to support our vision. After the winter break, we will share the plan with the UC ANR community, as well as external stakeholders, and invite additional input as we move forward.

I'm very excited about 2017! Some great groundwork has been laid this past year to further enhance our ability to deliver the UC ANR mission and enjoy new partnerships. I hope you will have a chance to relax and enjoy the holidays with friends and family, and return refreshed to tackle the challenges that await us in the new year.

Happy Holidays!

Glenda

Glenda Humiston
Vice President

View or leave comments for ANR Leadership at http://ucanr.edu/sites/ANRUpdate/Comments.

This announcement is also posted and archived on the ANR Update pages.

Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 10:14 AM
Tags: Glenda Humiston (11)

Next 5 stories | Last story

 
E-mail
 
Webmaster Email: jewarnert@ucanr.edu