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May 2021

UC ANR employees get moving for UC Walks

Susan Weaver also won a fashion photo award for her UC ANR Walks team shot at Martial Cottle Park.

More than 50 ANR people got their daily steps in while participating in the annual UC Walks on May 12. They gathered online for light stretching to warm up, then went outside to walk or stayed on Zoom for group yoga. After the invigorating activity,...

Names in the News

Chandra Richards

Richards named ag land acquisitions academic coordinator Chandra Mercedes Richards joined UC Cooperative Extension as agricultural land acquisitions academic coordinator II for San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties on May...

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Program Team formed

Last month, UC ANR approved the creation of a new Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) Program Team. The aim of this program team is to provide a forum for networking and cross-program/cross-disciplinary dialogue on DEIJ issues that promotes...

Join conversations with UC ANR senior leaders June 23

UC ANR employees are invited to engage informally with UC ANR senior leadership and to discuss what's on your mind. The first Open Conversation session is 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, with AVP Wendy Powers and AVP-Business Operations Tu Tran. To allow...

Strategic Initiative Brief: Virtual lessons learned

4-H and other programs developed resources for virtual program delivery.

Unify-Communicate-Advocate The Strategic Initiatives offer a home for strategic thought, drawing on members of the wider UC ANR community and beyond to 1) help people connect and 2) to help them identify and address issues of current and...

STAR winners and retirees to be recognized June 17

ANR will host a special staff recognition event on Thursday, June 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.  via Zoom. We will be celebrating our ANR colleagues who are retiring in June, and we will also recognize the 2020-2021 ANR Staff Appreciation and...

Interested in exchanging video ideas?

Jeff Mitchell thinks video is an important tool to teach and inspire. His videos have elicited tens of thousands of views with comments from viewers all over the world.

ANR offers online training on how to make videos. To further hone video-production techniques, Jeff Mitchell, UCCE specialist, is wondering if ANR colleagues would be interested in an informal way to exchange ideas.   “I am talking...

Dig into the Big Dig Campaign-In-A-Box toolkit

Big Day June 4

Your Campaign-In-A-Box toolkit is available to begin promotions for Big Dig Day, ANR's statewide giving day, on June 4.  Check out these resources in the Campaign-In-A-Box: Save-the-date flyers for each program Peer-to-peer...

New tools in ANR communications toolkit

overview slides 2021

See what's new in the ANR communications toolkit at Upon request, new slide templates have been added to the kit. Google Slides A Google Slides version of our UC...

Join ANR Pride Month activities in June

ANR Pride

ANR's LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group has lots of activities planned for celebrating Pride Month in June: interactive Zoom sessions and weekly emails on the history of Pride, LGBTQ+ basics, and more. “First, we will send out weekly educational...

Get to heart of science communication with virtual book club June 17

Scientists and science writers see the value of employing Kearns’ advice to improve public science literacy.

  Getting to the Heart of Science Communication: A Guide to Effective Engagement will be discussed at the eXtension Virtual Chat Book Club June 17. The newly released book authored by Faith Kearns is garnering rave reviews. Kearns, academic...

Learning & Development - Emergency Preparedness, Intro to ArcGIS, Allyship and more

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

  EXTENSION DELIVERY Inaugural Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery ConferenceJune 1-3, 20218 to 11 a.m. PDTRegister here. Click for more information. Southern University's Cooperative Extension Program will be hosting the inaugural...

Update on Accellion data breach

UC was one of more than 100 institutions targeted by a nationwide cyber-attack. As a result, certain university data was accessed without authorization. Protecting the UC community remains the university's top priority. Visit UCnet's...

Urban Agriculture Workgroup invites new members

Urban ag

The UC ANR Urban Agriculture Workgroup recently became official after years of meeting informally and is welcoming new members. The workgroup develops resources, training, and materials for the specific needs of California's urban farmers, and...

Debra Driskill retires after more than 30 years

Debra Driskill, shown riding high in Alaska, retired from UC ANR in January.

Debra Driskill, business officer for the Research and Extension Center System and office manager at ANR Desert Research and Extension Center, retired in January after more than 30 years of service to UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. After...

Lindcove REC calls for research proposals

Lindcove Research & Extension Center, located in the foothills of Tulare County, has land, labor and facilities available for 2021-22 research projects.

Lindcove Research & Extension Center (LREC), located in the foothills of Tulare County, has land, labor and facilities available for 2021-22 research projects. The Research Advisory Committee reviews proposals and projects are evaluated based on...

June 1 Zoom cloud recording data retention policy for UC ANR changes

Starting on June 1, 2021, Zoom cloud recordings will only be retained for 120 days and then automatically deleted. This means any existing cloud recordings will be deleted 120 days after June 1, 2021. Likewise, any new cloud recordings...


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