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WebANR Café Thursday

Join us on June 21 at noon for our next WebANR Café Thursday: “How Your Work Builds ANR's Public Value” (or, how we impact California).

Learn about the public value movement and how it is being embraced by Extension and research, become familiar with the UC ANR public-value statement development process, and explore practical uses for public value statements.

Speakers include

For more background on ANR public values, see ANR Public Value Statements. 

Join us at:

Take 18 minutes to get a better feedback session 

It's employee appraisal feedback season. What if an 18-minute learning module could steer you into successful feedback sessions and help you navigate through negative reactions?

Is it worth your time?

CEB Now Garter has an excellent module called Dealing with Negative Reactions to Performance FeedbackIt provides two scenarios, one to avoid and one to employ. If you have not taken advantage of CEB Now Gartner, you can register for free. ANR pays for an annual subscription for all ANR employees.

This module will help managers:

  •     Understand the types of reactions to feedback they may encounter
  •     Recognize that avoiding conflict is not the solution
  •     Prepare themselves to handle possible negative reactions effectively 

For more information on registering, just go to the Welcome page and start using this great resource!

MSAP mobilizes ANR people managers into professional development and helps MSAP assessors catch trout

From left, Christine Davidson, Shirley Salado and Emma Sandoval participated in the 2018 MSAP.

For four days, ANR supervisors Christine Davidson, EFNEP program supervisor in Riverside and San Bernardino counties; Shirley Salado, EFNEP community education supervisor in San Diego County; and Emma Sandoval, UC CalFresh program supervisor in Riverside County; 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 employees for future leadership roles in their workplaces and within the UC system.

 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 employees for future leadership roles in their workplaces and within the UC system.

During the April 2018 training, Salado, Sandoval and Davidson participated in simulated UC management scenarios, received behavioral feedback from trained assessors, attended career development workshop 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.

“Being a people manager is not easy and that is why it is important for supervisors to participate in evaluation,” Shirley remarked of her experience. “MSAP provided me with that evaluation. It assessed my people manager skills, highlighting my strengths and identifying areas in which I could grow. Working through the MSAP process, I found I could stretch myself because I care about my work, staff and the entire UC system. The way I will do that is by setting goals through my continued professional development as a people manager.”

Emma emphasized the value of objective feedback: “My experience at MSAP was great; it helped me be aware of the way I supervise my team. I recommend the training because it supplied me with objective feedback about my performance from a professional, which was spot on. Since I am a new supervisor, my goal is to work on leadership with my employees. This assessment program has helped me be more self-aware and given me the tools to identify areas for improvement, so I can reach my goals.” 

Christine echoed the others, saying, “MSAP was a great experience. The program gave me an opportunity to really focus on my personal development as a supervisor.  It was very encouraging to highlight my strengths and be given tools and small goals to improve weaknesses.”

Tunyalee Martin caught a trout at Lake Arrowhead after the April MSAP.
MSAP cannot take place without assessors

A big THANK YOU is in order to Tunyalee Martin, associate director for UC IPM Communications, for serving as an assessor at the April MSAP.

“My second experience as a MSAP assessor was even better than my first wonderful experience,” Martin said. “The assessees I worked with are amazingly talented and truly dedicated to their teams. They were there to learn about themselves and practice their communication and team-building skills in a safe environment. My assessees were kind enough to open up to me so that we were able to have in-depth discussions about the action plan they'd implement when they returned to their jobs. I commend my assessor partner, the assessees, and the MSAP trainers and coordinators for a job well done.”

The next MSAP will be held Oct. 8-11. Contact Jodi Azulai at if you have any questions about being an assessee or assessor.

Skills for all ANR employees can be learned on

Each week presents a new opportunity for you and your team to learn the skills necessary to take on your next big ANR challenge. provides the help to make that happen.

Each week, Lynda adds to a 12,000+ course library. Below are new courses covering everything from IT networking to Microsoft Excel to how to make a career change.

These new courses are now available on LinkedIn Learning:

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Time Management

Time Management Tips, Weekly

Managing Your Calendar for Peak Productivity

Business Software

Excel: Statistical Process Control with Curt Frye 

Microsoft Teams Essential Training with Nick Brazzi 

Microsoft Teams Tips and Tricks with Nick Brazzi 

Career Development

Making a Career Change with Stacey Gordon 

Customer Service

Customer Service: Handling Abusive Customers with David Brownlee 

Education and Instructional Design

Photoshop for Teaching and Learning with Chris Mattia 

Leadership and Management

Delegating Tasks with Dorie Clark 


PowerPoint: Designing Better Slides with Heather Ackman


Learning Web Analytics with Matt Bailey 

Social Media Marketing: Social CRM with Megan Adams 


AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training with Josh Modglin 

Graphic Design

Design Thinking: Data Intelligence with Randall Elliott 

InDesign CC 2018 New Features with Anne-Marie Concepción 


Online Video Content Strategy with Roberto Blake

Video Script Writing with Rick Allen Lippert 

Back-end Web Development 

Advanced SQL for Data Scientists

Machine Learning & AI Foundations: Recommendations

Data Science

R Programming in Data Science: Set up and Start


Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9:55 AM
  • Author: Jodi Azulai

Apply for UC Management Skills Assessment Program

Staff and academic people managers, are you ready for a leap in your management development? If yes, we encourage you to apply to the Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) by Wednesday, Jan. 18.

This program is designed to assess the management skills of high potential, early career supervisors and managers for future leadership opportunities at the University of California. The next MSAP will be April 17-20, 2017, at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.

Two seats for the spring 2017 MSAP program are available for UC ANR employees.

Eligibility requirements include

  • Full-time career status with a current, satisfactory (or better) performance evaluation
  • Career Tracks job classification as a supervisor or manager

Participants will be selected based on an evaluation of the applicant's career goals in management, level of skills essential for performing management functions, and demonstrated career path and/or strong commitment to management skill development. The supervisor of the applicant is also required to complete a supporting statement as part of the application process and commit to participate in the required post-program activities. 

The cost for the program is $1,095 (including all program materials and room and board for three days and two nights). This does not include transportation or other related travel costs. ANR will cover the cost of the program (including eligible travel expenses) for the successful applicants.

Participants can expect a demanding program of activities from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day, with no time in between to check email or attend to work responsibilities. Assessees also eat with other assessees and share small condos.

Application instructions and further information about the program are at  For affiliation, chooseUC ANR 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, Jan. 18, 2017. Supervisors also must complete a required section in the submission for application consideration. 

For more information, contact Jodi Azulai, ANR learning and development coordinator, at

Comments from MSAP participants

Vanessa Kenyon
Vanessa Kenyon

Nutrition Education Program Manager, UCCE Sacramento

MSAP brought to awareness things right under the surface that I could not pinpoint. I received confirmation on things I already knew about myself and areas I was grappling and how to hone in on these areas to make modifications to get a better response. I found MSAP to be a unique experience that brings together its people and talents while creating a space for deeper reflection, awareness and collective synergy. I was reminded just how vast and wide our spectrum of experience and knowledge truly is. It was a wonderful experience.

Rob Bennaton
Rob Bennaton

County Director, UCCE Alameda

MSAP helped me with goal setting, prioritizing, communication skills and gradually increasing efficiency. It also provided a greater context of the Country Director's role from a leadership perspective in team building.

MSAP cannot take place without Assessors. A big THANK YOU to Tunyalee Martin, associate director for UC IPM Communications, who said:

Tunyalee Martin
I was impressed by the MSAP assessees' communication and team skills, and ability to adapt and think on their feet. They were truly committed to going through the process and learning from the program. As a first time assessor, I felt welcomed and supported by my trainers to enable the learning process. What I wasn't prepared for was the intensity of each activity and how quickly the program went!  As a 2013 graduate of the MSAP program, I learned about myself and gained confidence as I worked through the activities. Being able to give back to the program was exceptionally rewarding. I feel fortunate to be able to experience MSAP again and I'm looking forward to next time.

Middle managers can become MSAP assessors

Assessors learn to observe and provide constructive feedback. They benefit in multiple ways:

  • Receive intensive practice using a feedback method that promotes effective interaction with employees and sound management
  • Contribute to the retention, growth, and development of University employees
  • Expanded contact and collaboration with other University managers committed to professional excellence
  • Develop greater self-awareness themselves
  • Expand their own professional networks across UC beyond their individual location
  • Learn better management practices from assessor training and from new colleague

Help UC ANR serve this systemwide initiative for upward mobility in the UC system. Academics may add the assessor service to their merit and promotion package. For information on how to become an assessor, contact Jodi Azulai at


Posted on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 10:34 AM
  • Author: Jodi Azulai

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