- Author: Jodi Azulai
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
9 a.m.–10 a.m.
Presenters: Rose Hayden-Smith and Cynthia Kintigh
Join via Zoom: https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/564553833
(669) 900-6833 or (646) 558-8656
Webinar ID: 564 553 833
In this fast-paced webinar, we'll cover the basics of communicating your story through blogging, including:
- Why you should blog
- Techniques and best practices to get started…or get better
- Crafting catchy headlines and smart ledes
- Using images and video to enhance your posts
- Using your blog on the ANR website and on other publishing platforms, including LinkedIn
- Quick tips for effectively using Sitebuilder
Participants will also be provided access to a range of resources and tools to support their blogging efforts, including samples, tip and FAQ sheets, guidelines and more. Join us at https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/564553833. This webinar will be recorded and archived on the WebANR page.
If you or your people managers are ready for a leap in professional development, we encourage applying for the Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP). The next program will be held April 8-11, 2019, at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center
Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. Apply at http://msap.ucr.edu.
How does this program work?
This program assesses the management skills of high potential, early career supervisors and managers for future leadership opportunities at the University of California. This program is for supervisors and managers with 1 to 5 years of people management experience who exhibit potential for management development.
Who is eligible?
Eligibility requirements include:
- Full-time career status with a current, satisfactory (or better) performance evaluation
- Career Tracks job classification as a supervisor or manager with 1 to 5 years experience
Participants will be selected based on an evaluation of the applicant's 1) career goals in management, 2) level of skills essential for performing management functions, and 3) demonstrated career path and/or strong commitment to management skill development.
ANR Learning & Development pays your expenses – program cost $1,350 plus transportation and other related travel costs.
What to expect?
- A demanding program with assessees in activities from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
- No time to check email or attend to work responsibilities.
- Eat with other assessees and share small condos.
Application instructions and further information about the program are at http://msap.ucr.edu/. Choose UC ANR (not UC Davis) in the application.
A UC ANR committee will review all applications and make the final selection. Completed applications must be submitted online at http://msap.ucr.edu by Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.
As supervisor, you will also have a required portion in the submission for application consideration and commit to participate in the required post-program activities.
For more information, contact Jodi Azulai, ANR learning and development coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 750-1239.
For four days, ANR supervisors Shannon Klisch and Stephanie Monteroza shared an amazing experience at a systemwide program for UC People Managers at the gorgeous retreat grounds of the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center. The goal of the Management Assessment Skills Program (MSAP) is to address skill gaps and grow competencies that will prepare internal employees for future leadership roles in their workplaces and within the UC system.
During the April 2018 program, Klisch and Monterroza participated in simulated UC management scenarios, received behavioral feedback from trained assessors, attended career development workshops, and connected with colleagues from throughout the UC system. Before arriving at Lake Arrowhead, they participated in pre-assessment components and will be involved post-program activities to continue their professional development.
Monterroza, a UCCE nutrition supervisor in Orange and Los Angeles counties, agreed with the importance of the MSAP experience, “Attending MSAP was one of the best decisions I have made for my professional development. It was an eye-opening experience that not only helped me network with other professionals within all of UC but helped solidify my strengths and the confidence to work on my developmental areas. I encourage all managers and supervisors of all levels to take this step in learning more about yourself with the support of the MSAP program and its amazing coordinators. Thank you, UC, for providing this incredible experience!”
A big THANK YOU is in order to John Borba.
John Borba, UCCE 4-H Youth Development advisor in Kern County, served as an MSAP Assessor at both the recent October program as well as in October 2016.
“The whole process is an eye opener for the assessee and the assessor,” Borba said of the experience.
The next MSAP will be held April 8-11, 2019. Contact Jodi Azulai at email@example.com if you have any questions about being an assessee or assessor.
Café WebANR Thursday
Video recordings that win
Join us to learn
- if video is right for your story
- what equipment you'll need
- shooting do's, don'ts, tips and tricks
- an introduction to editing concepts and software
Steve Elliott, Communication Coordinator, Western IPM Center
When: noon, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
Where: https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/963167636(646) 558-8656 or (669) 900-6833
Webinar ID: 963 167 636
Tuesday, April 23 - Thursday, April 25, 2019
Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center (KARE), Parlier
The UC ANR Programmatic Orientation will be taking place April 23 - 25, 2019. The orientation is designed to help academics jump start their programs by focusing on program design and showcasing successful projects of other ANR academics.
Who should attend: Open to all early-career UC Cooperative Extension advisors, UC Cooperative Extension specialists, academic coordinators, academic administrators and Agricultural Experiment Station faculty who were unable to attend in the past.
We are excited to announce that on Oct. 30 ANR commenced its first staff mentorship program — a pilot. The nine-month program is the result of the ANR Strategic Plan 2016-20 Career Development Goal.
ANR mentees represent staff from different locations, units and job titles. Mentors include administrative directors, county directors, REC superintendents, advisors, business officers, SRAs, academic coordinators and administrative managers.
The pilot will include three in-person meetings: An Orientation, StrengthFinders Workshop, and an Individual Development Plan Workshop to conclude the program. Both mentors and mentees will be asked to provide feedback during the program to help improve possible future staff mentorship programs at ANR.
Currently, an academic mentoring program is under review.
If you are interested in being part of the ANR Supervisor Networking Cohort for 2019, please fill out this survey.
Being an effective and professional people manager takes many skills and considerable development and the best people managers develop both their employees and themselves.
One of the ways ANR people managers have been developing themselves is by completing UC People Management Series Certificate modules and participating in monthly facilitated networking calls to review what they've learned, ask other supervisors for advice, and share successes. Participants enjoy scenario-based role-playing, excellent tools, a fun and challenging group assignment, and networking.
A new cohort will form in January 2019. If you are interested, please fill out this survey. Supervisors who complete the series will be eligible to apply for the 2019 systemwide UC People Conference and preference will be given to networking cohort participants. See what our current and past participants say about the networking cohort experience:
Ron Walker, Sr. Systems Administrator, ANR IT:
Being a member of the UC People Networking Cohort has been/continues to be an extreme honor and privilege. Each member is encouraged to enjoy sharing best practices and world-class management techniques, in addition to experiencing the diverse and unique nature of our organization. All discussions are raw/unfiltered and feature real world situations/solutions while maintaining privacy and confidentiality. I always learn something new, and my opinions/contributions are welcomed and invigorated. Special thanks to Jodi and team for fostering this exceptional collection; I look forward to our continued growth and synergy.
Kari Arnold, Advisor, UCCE Stanislaus:
This management course is great! I'm happy these programs are being developed. Being relatively fresh out of graduate school, I think this course would be a great benefit for graduate students and professors as well. I encourage the participation in this training by anyone managing people, whether it be colleagues, graduate students, staff, technicians, project scientists or other. If we can build ourselves into compassionate leaders and communicators, our efforts are extended far beyond the office, lab or classroom.
Discover with Arianna Huffington and Joey Hubbard how to go from coping and surviving to thriving here.
Wanted: YOUR Lynda.com user feedback
Do you use Lynda.com? Would you like to share with colleagues what courses or modules you have reviewed and how they have helped you on the job? Please fill out this short survey and your feedback will be shared in an upcoming ANR Report.
Books 24x7 provides on-demand access to a goldmine of intelligence
In partnership with industry's foremost publishers, industry vendors, analyst firms, business thought leaders and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies, the Books24x7 On Demand Platform offers on-demand, instant access to the complete text of thousands of best-in-class books, book summaries, research reports and best practices. New titles are added every week.
To Access Books 24x7:
- Launch: http://lms.ucdavis.edu (UCD Login required)
- Search for “books”
- Select “U-Learn Books 24x7” in search results
- Click Start button to launch the Books 24x7 website
Check out UC Davis' Career Catalyst Lunchtime Series for wonderful lunchtime workshops. Many are available through Zoom! The following workshops are coming up this winter and spring:
- Transferable Talent: Thinking Outside the Box
- Star Interview Techniques
- Introverts at the Office
- Informational Interviewing to Explore Careers
Goals are to provide opportunities to:
- Learn about the ANR's Vision and Mission.
- Learn about ANR structure and individual programs and units.
- Interact with ANR leadership and directors.
- Meet and network with new colleagues from around the state.
- Get answers to burning questions about health benefits, AggieTravel and more.
Who should attend: All UC ANR employees (academics, staff and affiliated staff on campuses, counties and RECs) who have not participated in an administrative orientation in the past. Priority will be given to those hired by ANR within the past year.
- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
UC ANR's 4-H Youth Development Program raised $80,619 for California youth from its supporters purchasing paper clovers at Tractor Supply for $1 or more Oct. 3–14, finishing second only to Texas in the 2018 Fall Paper Clover campaign during National 4-H Week.
For the first time ever, 4-H nationally raised over $1 million in a single Paper Clover campaign. The $1,032,711 is the highest amount ever raised in the annual fundraising campaign.
Enhancing the Tractor Supply Campaign was National 4-H Spirit Day on Oct. 9, on which everyone nationwide was encouraged to wear a 4-H shirt, a clover or green and post selfies on social media using #InspireKidstoDo or #TrueLeaders to show support for 4-H youth. People throughout the state turned green, including many right here at ANR.
By posting photos of ANR employees demonstrating their 4-H spirit on social media, Suzanne Morikawa, marketing and communications specialist for 4-H and EFNEP, took the opportunity to show the connection between 4-H and other ANR programs.
“We really appreciate our ANR colleagues participating in these fun ways to support our 4-H youth!” said Shannon Horrillo, statewide 4-H Program director.
The Paper Clover campaign contributes to the support of California 4-H leadership and camp activities. The funds raised will benefit California 4-H members who wish to attend 4-H camps and leadership conferences across the country.
Since it began in 2010, the partnership between Tractor Supply and 4-H has generated more than $11 million in essential funding nationwide.
Boards of supervisors in Sonoma, Fresno, Marin, Glenn, San Luis Obispo, Mariposa, Santa Barbara, Kern, San Diego, Napa and Imperial counties presented their local 4-H members with resolutions or proclamations for National 4-H Week.
UC ANR vice provost Mark Lagrimini visited the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, the Lindcove REC and the West Side REC in October as he continues to become familiarized with the diversity of resources in the Division.
After a morning meeting with Kearney director Jeff Dahlberg on Oct. 15, Lagrimini traveled 45 miles southeast to the Lindcove REC. At Lindcove, director Beth Grafton-Cardwell led Lagrimini on a tour of the facility's greenhouse, laboratories, office facilities, the screenhouse, conference facility and research packing line.
The next day, Lagrimini was 70 miles due west to visit the West Side REC, where director Bob Hutmacher showed him research projects at the center in pistachios, cotton and other row crops.
This partnership will provide $1.1 million to hire 10 UC Cooperative Extension community education specialists who will be deployed to 10 counties statewide to assist and encourage farmers to participate in CDFA programs aimed at increasing adoption of smart farming and ranching practices.
“Agriculture is an important part of the climate solution,” Ross said. “This funding enables CDFA and UC ANR to partner with farmers to scale-up climate smart agricultural practices.”
The new program is funded by California Climate Investments dollars through the Strategic Growth Council (SGC),
“Farmers and ranchers are key to carbon sequestration and a sustainable California,” said SGC chair Ken Alex. “The Strategic Growth Council is pleased to fund this partnership for smart agricultural practices.”
The partnership is focused on implementing on-farm solutions to improve soil health, nutrient management, irrigation management, on-farm composting and manure management – smart farming practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.
- State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program
- Healthy Soils Program
- Alternative Manure Management Program
This new joint effort reflects our commitment to extending research-supported solutions to our farming community so they have the information and tools they need to make climate-smart decisions,” Humiston said. “It also demonstrates our shared goal of promoting new practices that are grounded in science.”
The 10 new education specialists will serve in Mendocino, Glenn, Yolo, San Joaquin, Merced, Kern, Imperial, San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz counties.
Three UCCE advisors will mentor and assist the new educators: water quality and management advisor Laurent Ahiablame, based in San Diego County; area dairy advisor Betsy Karle, based in Glenn County; and irrigation and cotton advisor Dan Munk, based in Fresno County.
In addition to working with the new educators, the UCCE advisors conduct research on farming and ranching practices that boost efficiency and protect the climate, therefore serving as a conduit between discovery and implementation.
“This is a great opportunity to really support growers find the right balance between food production and effective management of natural resources,” Ahiablame said. “With the 10 community education specialists, we will be one step closer to the producers across the state. I look forward to the opportunity to mentor these specialists, who in turn will be making direct impacts on the community.”
Karle said she was interested in participating in the program as a way to encourage dairy operators to try practices they are interested in but consider too costly.
“I've worked here locally with dairy producers who wanted to implement practices, but need financial assistance in order to make it feasible,” Karle said. “They need assistance in the grant application process and technical support to make changes on their farms.”
The Citrus Research Board and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources have established a $1 million endowment to fund the Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection at the UC Lindcove Research and Extension Center. The endowed researcher will provide a UC Cooperative Extension scientist a dedicated source of funds to support scholarly activities focused on the long-term sustainability of the citrus industry.
“I wish to thank the Citrus Research Board for establishing the Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection at LREC endowment,” said UC ANR vice president Glenda Humiston. “This gift, coupled with the $500,000 match from the UC Office of the President, will help to ensure the long-term success of exemplary research focused on the California citrus industry.”
UC President Janet Napolitano provided half the funds for the endowed researcher; the CRB donated the other half.
“We are gratified that President Napolitano has selected the CRB for this prestigious match program,” said CRB Chairman Dan Dreyer. “It will be invaluable in helping us to pursue critical research that will yield beneficial findings to support the sustainability of the California citrus industry.”
The new endowment supports the UC Citrus Clonal Protection Program, which distributes pathogen-tested, true-to-type citrus budwood to nurseries, farmers and the public to propagate citrus trees for commercial and personal use. The CCPP maintains blocks of trees that serve as the primary source of budwood for all important fruit and rootstock varieties for California's citrus industry and researchers.
The CCPP is a cooperative program between UC ANR, CRB, the California Citrus Nursery Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. CCPP director Georgios Vidalakis, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in plant pathology at UC Riverside, shared his appreciation for the efforts that led to the creation of the new endowed researcher position.
“My thanks to the citrus growers for their decades-long support, especially the members of the CCPP committee of the CRB for their vision, and UC's Greg Gibbs for coordinating all of the efforts,” he said. Vidalakis also praised Lindcove director Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell “for making the case to our growers about the importance of this endowment and for making plans to house the UC ANR endowment at the LREC.”
A selection committee will award the endowment to a distinguished UC ANR academic. An annual payout will be used to provide salary, graduate student and/or program support. The researcher will be named for a five-year term. At the end of that period, the appointment will be reviewed and either renewed or taken back to a selection committee to choose another UC ANR academic.
“I would like to thank the CRB for this generous gift and their continued support of our research for CCPP at the LREC,” said Greg Gibbs,UC ANR director of major gifts.
The CRB administers the California Citrus Research Program, the grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 under the California Marketing Act, as the mechanism enabling the state's citrus producers to sponsor and support needed research. More information about the Citrus Research Board may be found at www.citrusresearch.org.
The Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection is the fifth $1 million UC ANR endowment to support California agriculture. The other endowments are:
- UC Cooperative Extension Presidential Chair for Tree Nut Genetics, formed with the California Pistachio Research Board in October 2015
- UC Cooperative Extension Presidential Chair for Tree Nut Soil Science and Plant Water Relations, formed with the California Pistachio Research Board in October 2015
- UC Cooperative Extension Presidential Chair for California Grown Rice, formed with the California Rice Research Board in September 2016
- UC Cooperative Extension Presidential Chair for Agricultural Education in Orange County, formed with the Orange County Farm Bureau in October 2017