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Water Strategic Initiative Conference to be held March 14-17 in Ontario

Mark your calendars for the ANR Water Strategic Initiative Conference, which will be held in collaboration with the Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Strategic Initiative, on March 14-17 in Ontario at the DoubleTree by Hilton Ontario Airport.

The conference will provide an opportunity for colleagues to learn about the projects, programs and research efforts related to water that are happening throughout the Division. Presentations and discussions will include:

  • Climate Change
  • Salinity: What are Remediation Steps?
  • Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)
  • SGMA Town Hall Discussion: The State of Your Water Resources
  • Water Conservation Goals Across the State

Time is reserved for workgroups and program teams to meet on the afternoon and evening of Thursday, March 16, and Friday, March 17. To schedule a meeting, the program team leader or workgroup chair should complete the brief form and the Program Support Unit will respond to you as soon as possible.

Registration and travel fund requests will be available in early-mid January. For conference updates, check

ANR-affiliated academics including UC Cooperative Extension advisors, UC Cooperative Extension specialists, Agricultural Experiment Station faculty, program directors, academic coordinators and programmatic staff are invited to attend. Programmatic staff should obtain approval from their supervisor and statewide program director. 

Contacts for more information: 

Program: Doug Parker, Water Strategic Initiative Leader, or David Doll, Sustainable Food Systems Strategic Initiative Leader.

Logistics: ANR Program Support Unit, Lauren McNees, (530) 750-1257, or Danielle Palermini, (530) 750-1328.

Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 10:15 AM

UC releases principles in support of UC community members

Dear Colleagues,

UC Office of the President has issued a statement of its principles regarding the privacy and civil rights of undocumented members of the UC community. These principles may be of interest to UC ANR volunteers, program participants and other stakeholders.

In the press release, UC President Janet Napolitano said, “While we still do not know what policies and practices the incoming federal administration may adopt, given the many public pronouncements made during the presidential campaign and its aftermath, we felt it necessary to reaffirm that UC will act upon its deeply held conviction that all members of our community have the right to work, study, and live safely and without fear at all UC locations.”

Feel free to share this link to the press release:


Glenda Humiston
Vice President

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Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Join the #GivingTuesday movement!

#GivingTuesday starts at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. Help UC ANR reach for California's greatest potential for #GivingTuesday! Please let your social network know about this charitable effort.

#GivingTuesday is a movement about ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things. Everyone can participate by donating time or money for #GivingTuesday.

  1. "Make a Gift" to UCANR 
  2. Take an #UNselfie photo (Download and print a sign from
  3. Share the photo on social media and tag @ucanr and #UCANReach!

For more information and to donate, visit You can donate directly to the UC ANR program and location you choose to support.

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Posted on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 11:22 AM

UCANR to reach out to donors on #GivingTuesday

Dear Colleagues,

ANR will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of our social network. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season.

“We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to raise some funds for our ANR programs while raising the visibility of the ways Californians benefit from your work,” said VP Glenda Humiston.

It's as simple as a tweeting a photo with “What are you thankful for? Take part in #GivingTuesday today to give back to your community! #UCANReach @ucanr”

You don't use social media? No problem, email your friends. They probably wonder what you do for work. Tell them what your role is in this magnificent organization that's making life better for Californians and invite them to support our efforts by donating, sharing our message or volunteering.

A website has been created with links to all of ANR's programs, Research and Extension Centers and extension offices: It invites donors to designate the program or location to which they wish to donate.

The website also contains a toolkit for county offices and programs to participate. It includes:

  • A customizable letter to send to stakeholders
  • Templates for “unselfies.” Donors may take photos of themselves holding an unselfie sign and share on social media how they are giving.
  • Sample tweets and social media posts
  • Sample thank you note

Last year, the 4-H Youth Development Program and UC Master Gardener Program successfully participated in #GivingTuesday campaigns.

“GivingTuesday is a wonderful opportunity to gain support, donations, increase awareness and generate a buzz about UC ANR and all of our programs,” said Missy Gable, UC Master Gardener Program director.

‘We are excited to be participating in the movement this year and hopeful that the results will be even better that the success we saw in 2015,” she said. “UC Master Gardener volunteers are passionate about how we serve our communities and the incredible impacts we are making. #GivingTuesday is a great opportunity to highlight the impacts we are making, build relationships and thank those who have supported us along the way.”

The UC Master Gardener Giving Tuesday website is at  

4-H also has its own website Last year, 4-H programs in 17 counties participated.

“Our goal for 4-H was to raise $10,000 and we exceeded our goal with donations totaling over $13,000,” said Andrea Ambrose, acting director of Development Services. “UCCE Placer County collected the largest amount for the 4-H Youth Development Program. We'll see which county collects the most this year.”

Although not as widely recognized as the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday appeals to people swept up in the spirit of giving at the end of the year.

“By joining the #GivingTuesday campaign, people involved in all ANR programs will have an opportunity to supplement their funding with private donations and have some fun,” said Ambrose.

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11:09 AM

Update on Vice Provost – Statewide Programs/Strategic Initiatives search

Dear Colleagues,

Following an interview process, assessment of the feedback collected from the search committee and seminar attendees, and my own careful review of application materials, I am requesting that the Vice Provost – Statewide Programs/Strategic Initiatives position be reposted so that we may solicit more candidates for consideration.

While a new position for UC ANR, the Vice Provost – Statewide Programs/Strategic Initiatives is a key position, particularly given our current strategic planning process. This individual will provide oversight, coordination and vision for our programmatic efforts and ensure that the tremendous amount of outstanding work already underway across the state not only continues but excels.

Although we saw several strong applicants, we want to be certain that we have done our due diligence in finding the very best person for this critical job.

I want to thank the search committee for the exceptional work they have done to date. I especially appreciate their continued willingness to search for that extraordinary leader who possesses the unique set of skills needed to build on UC ANR's current successes and direct our programs toward California's future needs.

The ideal candidate will be a leader who

  • understands and appreciates the breadth of work conducted through UC ANR and the complexity of our partnerships across UC and California
  • can create, gain buy-in to and deploy a strategic vision
  • can quickly get up to speed, building on his or her past demonstrated expertise in strategic leadership and team building
  • has extensive experience in managing a large number of intelligent, high-performing directors and supporting and empowering those directors to reach new heights 

The Vice Provost – Statewide Programs/Strategic Initiatives position will be reopened for recruitment very soon. Please talk with colleagues who fit this description and encourage them to apply for this important leadership role.



Glenda Humiston
Vice President


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Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 1:02 PM

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