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Program Team meetings, fire summit and programmatic orientation dates set

River Fire burning at Hopland Research and Extension Center in July 2018.

Save the dates for Program Team meetings, a fire summit and UCANR's programmatic orientation.

Vision 20/20: A fire-resilient California: April 16-17, ANR-only follow-up meeting, April 18, Redding CA

The fire summit will bring together community leaders, policymakers, and movers and shakers—people like you!—from a wide range of disciplines on April 16-17. Vision 20/20: A Fire-resilient California will expand our understanding of California's fire problem and provide an opportunity to build connectivity, interaction and integration across disciplines and better understand the complexity of and find solutions to California's wildfire challenge.

On April 18, we'll have an internal ANR meeting where we can share our own work in fire and strategize how together we can better respond to California's fire challenges at local and regional levels. We hope ANR academics and staff from a wide range of disciplines will attend. Travel funds will be available for ANR-affiliated academics and programmatic staff.

Open to ANR academics and programmatic staff – registration now open.

UC ANR Programmatic Orientation: April 23-25, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Parlier, CA

Plan to join ANR leadership for the Programmatic Orientation to discuss the mission of UC ANR and our varied roles in California and the University, as well as see examples of successful research and outreach programs. Take this opportunity to engage in discussions with colleagues about the resources and opportunities available through ANR as a UC division. 

All early career UC Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists, academic coordinators and administrators are invited to attend – registration now open.

Upcoming Program Team meetings

                Water Resources PT – March 5-7 – Registration

                Positive Youth Development Meeting – March 18-20 – Registration

                Pomology (PECC) PT – March 27-28 – Registration opening soon

                Dairy Production and Food Safety PT – April 9-10 – Registration opening soon

                Research to Policy PT – April 10-11 – Registration opening soon  

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6:04 PM

Learning and Development opportunities

Communicating Your Story: Blogging Basics

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

9 a.m.–10 a.m.

Presenters: Rose Hayden-Smith and Cynthia Kintigh

Join via Zoom:

(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 This webinar will be recorded and archived on the WebANR page.


Call for applications to Management Skills Assessment Program

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

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.

Who pays?

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  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 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 or (530) 750-1239.

Shannon Klisch
Klisch and Monteroza value the MSAP experience

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.

Stephanie Monterroza
Of her experience, Klisch, a UC CalFresh nutrition education program supervisor for San Luis Obispo County, remarked, “MSAP is a unique experience where you really get to focus on your own development, using meaningful data and feedback, over several days. For me, MSAP, helped me to stop and take a breath, analyze my strengths and weaknesses, and make a plan for improvement. One of my specific goals is to improve my two-way feedback and transparency with the staff I supervise and partners I collaborate with.”

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!”

John Borba
MSAP cannot take place without assessors

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 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: 558-8656 or (669) 900-6833
Webinar ID: 963 167 636


SAVE THE DATE: UC ANR Programmatic Orientation

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.


First ANR staff mentorship program starts in November

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. 

Apply Now! UC People Manager Networking Cohort

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.







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Career catalyst lunchtime series (Zoom options!)

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


New Academic and Staff Administrative Employee Orientation

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.

Register here


Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 8:04 PM
  • Author: Jodi Azulai

Learning and development update

Programmatic Orientation to be held Oct. 17-19

UCANR's Programmatic Orientation will be held Oct. 17-19 at Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC), located at 4070 University Road, Hopland, CA 95449.

Programmatic Orientation is designed to help academics jump start their programs by focusing on program design. The event will showcase successful projects of other ANR academics.

The orientation is 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 2014 or 2015 or who have been recently hired. Register here.

To learn about the administrative units that support your career, remember to sign up for the New Employee Orientation also.

New Employee Orientation to be held Nov. 14

The New Employee Orientation will be held Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UC ANR Building at 2801 Second Street in Davis. 

The New Employee Orientation is for staff and academics. It introduces statewide programs, focuses on administrative units and services and provides an overview of ANR structure, vision and mission. Register here.

Webinar: Transforming Extension

A webinar titled “Transforming Extension: Enhanced Engagement Through Client Management Systems” will be presented on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.

Kyle Flinn, University of Missouri Extension, extension enterprise project director, is the presenter.

The University of Missouri Extension is investing in transformative technology platforms to enhance engagement with the citizens of Missouri. During this webinar, the speaker will provide details about the specific e-commerce, e-marketing, online learning and event management platforms that will be launched in 2017. In addition, information about how the systems will complement tools like 4H Online will be shared. This new platform provides Missouri Extension with a new website, a new content management system and seeks automate a number of manual tasks.

To join the webinar, go to course feature: Building trust

You're responsible for building community, collaborating on a project, or managing a team. What's missing is a sense of trust. It appears not to be building by itself and it's time for change. Need a compass? Let author Brenda Bailey-Hughes teach you how to strengthen relationships, build trust in teams (even remote ones!), how to rebuild violated trust, and more. This course qualifies for professional development units through the Project Management Institute.

Implicit (unconscious) bias? Me?

Yes, you and me. We all hold bias and it can take a bit of courage to want to know what our inner biases are. In the coming months, especially for those of us involved in the hiring process at the University of California, we will be hearing more about implicit bias and receive UC-wide training in this topic area. Being aware of our biases will help us make better hiring decisions in the future.

In the meantime, Harvard University's Project Implicit® bias tests will give you an opportunity to click through a survey on any of the following areas to learn your level of bias for:

  • Age
  • Presidents
  • Religion
  • Sexuality
  • Arab-Muslim
  • Disability
  • Weapons
  • Race
  • Gender-Career
  • Gender-Science
  • Weight
  • Asian
  • Native
  • Skin-tone

After 5-10 minutes, you will receive a score. Be honest. Be prepared to learn about yourself.

Supervisor upskill: Learn, network and celebrate

Lori Renstrom
Learn: UC People Performance Certificate Series

Join ANR supervisors who have grown their people management skills by completing the UC Performance Management Series Certificate (UC Learning Center). (Browse course titles and codes here).

Like you, these supervisors face challenges. The series provided them tools and communication practices that help them make a difference in the growth, engagement, and productivity of their employees.

Lori Renstrom, administrative officer for UCCE San Diego, said: "The UC People Management Certificate series has helped me to be a more well-rounded and engaged supervisor. I have learned that performance management is more than a once-a-year performance evaluation endeavor; it's an ever-evolving process of setting expectations and goals, monitoring and giving staff feedback, coaching, reviewing expectations, evaluating results which replays continually.  

"Additionally, I have learned how to work with my staff to create SMART goals which benefit not only the employee, but the entire organization as well. Additionally, using the lessons learned in the series, an administrative succession plan has been formulated which will ensure continuity of services and institutional knowledge."

Upskill: UC People Management Networking Cohort

Fill out this interest survey if you would like to be considered for the winter 2018 networking cohort. ANR people managers meet for a facilitated call once a month for 10 months at a preset day and time to share:

  • Tools used from the UC People Management course and how they are affecting positive change
  • Guidance for challenges or issues in engagement, productivity or communication
  • Resolutions for workplace scenarios
  • Homework assignments from the course

Celebrate: UC People Management Conference 2018 Sponsorships

ANR Learning & Development will be sponsor 10 people managers who complete the UC Performance Management Series Certificate by June 29, 2018, to attend the second annual UC People Management Conference in August 2018! Check out last year's conference website.

Early registration discount for NAEPSDP annual conference ends Oct. 30  

The 2017 National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) Annual Conference will be held at Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 5-7, 2017. 

The keynote speaker will be our very own, Mark Bell, vice provost for Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs!

What could you gain by networking with extension colleagues from around the US?

  • Network with extension colleagues from other states
  • Learn from early technology adopters
  • Identify resources that can be shared
  • Find collaboration opportunities
  • Learn about NAEPSDP leadership opportunities
  • Connect with individuals who have statewide and regional responsibilities that often include adoption of new technologies or practices for program development or managing human resources

Register now to get the early bird discount! NAEPSDP was formed to bring the national community of program and staff development professionals together. This community includes individuals with a range of responsibilities in support of extension educators and the overall mission of Cooperative Extension. Explore the NAEPSDP website for more information.

NAEPSDP members include:

  • Middle managers
  • Staff development faculty
  • Evaluation specialists
  • IT specialists
  • Instructional designers
  • Administrators
  • Human resources managers
  • Program leaders

Questions? Contact Jodi Azulai at or (530) 750-1239.

Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:28 AM
  • Author: Jodi Azulai

Programmatic Orientation rescheduled to Oct. 17-19

Recently hired academics are invited to join ANR leadership for the third Programmatic Orientation on Oct. 17-19 to discuss the mission of UC ANR and our varied roles in California and the university. Please hold the dates.

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 an ANR Programmatic Orientation in the past are welcome.

The event will be held at a research and extension center yet to be determined.

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

Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 1:13 PM

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 past 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 Lodging is available for participants, see

Register at

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



Posted on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 5:03 PM

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