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New strategic plan to expand career and leadership development

UC ANR's new strategic plan emphasizes expanding career and leadership development for our members in one of its goals. Strategies for achieving the goal include training staff and academics in people management, preparing future leaders and developing cultural competencies. To foster your own professional development, you can talk with your supervisor and peruse the career development tools at ANR Learning and Development.

“Onboarding New ANR Employees: Supervisor's Guide” just published

Congratulations to supervisors who have recently hired a new employee. Before you go searching for your old checklist and other HR resources to make sense of the orientation process, check our new guide.

ANR Learning & Development just published “Onboarding New ANR Employees: Supervisor's Guide” to help supervisors onboard new staff and academic employees. 

In addition, and currently underway, is a guide for new ANR employees. ANR L&D will also develop an onboarding buddy guide for employees to help new colleagues.

If you have any additional information or comments, please contact me, Jodi Azulai, at

What happened to Lynda? 

If you try to log in to from your ANR Portal, you will see that we are taking a break to upgrade our subscription.

The new subscription to will give each ANR employee a personalized dashboard, transcripts for completed courses, and certificates of completion that can be added to your LinkedIn profile. When you take a break from a session, it will show you where you left off.

By mid-February we should be fully integrated. We will send out announcements on how to sign in and access a new experience. 

Upcoming employee learning events

Below is a list of some upcoming training events that ANR Learning and Development is sponsoring.


Crucial Conversations®

Crucial Conversations® training is aimed at providing skills and confidence to improve your performance at work, strengthen a strained relationship, speak up and advocate for yourself and your ideas, engage in productive dialogue, and more.

Dates: Feb. 1-2, 2017, Davis, and April 26-27, 2017, South Coast REC in Irvine

Contact: Jan Corlett


Sustainable Communities:  Online course explores community systems (eXtension)

As communities struggle with increasingly complex social, economic and environmental issues related to sustainability they need the expertise of community development professionals now more than ever. Whether your expertise is in agriculture, natural resources, youth, family or economic development you will be asked to help guide a stakeholder group through a difficult decision making process. The Foundations of Practice course, Sustainable Communities, offers you the tools, skills and knowledge to be the trusted resource community groups need in the emerging dialogs around local foods, energy and natural resources. For more information read here.

Contact:  Mary Peabody, or 802-656-7232. (Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Mary Peabody by Jan. 27, 2017.)


Webinar: Beyond Surveys

Program evaluation is critical to help develop and improve programs, share program outcomes and generate funding for further programming. However, evaluation is commonly in the form of long, tedious surveys that can lead to inaccurate data. The purpose of this webinar is to share ideas with and among participants of engaging ways to collect program delivery (formative) and outcome (summative) data from youth. (Kendra Lewis, Academic Coordinator California 4-H)

Date: Feb. 2, 2017

Time: 10-11 am


Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US toll)

Meeting ID: 598 226 612

Contact: Gemma Miner


Informatics and GIS Training  

Agricultural Remote Sensing with Drones

Date: Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017

Time: TBD

Location: Desert Research and Extension Center


Image Processing and GIS for Agricultural Mapping

Date: Thursday Feb. 9, 2017

Time: TBD

Location: Desert Research and Extension Center


Drone Technology and Regulations for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Date: Tuesday Feb. 21, 2017

Time: 1-4:30 pm

Location: Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center


For more IGIS training events, check out the IGIS website.


Programmatic Orientation (register here)

Who should attend? All early career UC Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists, academic coordinators, academic administrators, and Agricultural Experiment Station faculty.

Join ANR leadership 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.

The program will begin at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and end at noon on Friday, Feb. 24. Take this opportunity to engage in discussions with colleagues about the resources and opportunities available through ANR as a division.

Contact: ANR Program Support (530) 750-1256.


Webinar: Culturally Relevant Programming (Karina Diaz Rios, UC ANR Specialist)

This session will explore concepts to consider when communicating with culturally diverse audiences, and strategies to develop cultural competency.

Date: March 2, 2017

Time: 10-11 am


Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)

Meeting ID: 598 226 612

Contact: Gemma Miner


Water Strategic Initiative & Sustainable Food Systems Strategic Conference

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

Date: March 14-17, 2017

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Ontario Airport

More information:  


Essential Facilitation®

The skills and techniques offered in Essential Facilitation® are designed to produce significant performance improvement, career development and personal growth. Essential Facilitation® shows how to effectively facilitate in situations that have one or more of the following "three Cs":

  • Complex or high-stakes content.
  • Conflict — the situation is emotionally-charged or controversial.
  • Context — when you must balance multiple stakeholders' needs and points of view

 Date: March 28-30, 2017, Davis

Contact: Jodi Azulai


Statewide Manager Workshop

Training objectives include providing updates of UCCE financial services, account management, and timekeeping/payroll processes between UCCE county offices and the Business Operations Center.  These include purchasing, travel, entertainment, gift acceptance, cash collections, timekeeping, payroll changes, and account management updates.  This two-day session will also serve as an orientation opportunity for new UCCE office managers to network with other office managers and meet BOC staff. (Cherie McDougald, Emily Larue)

Date: March 7-8, 2017, Davis

Contact: Emily Larue


Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP)

The Management Skills Assessment Program is designed to strengthen the engagement and preparation of high potential UC supervisors, managers, and professionals. It offers an intensive, off-site, assessment center experience for early career managers.

Date: April 17-20, 2017, at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead

Contact: Jodi Azulai


UC Cybersecurity

As part of the university's ongoing efforts to secure our information systems and data, the UC Office of the President maintains a mandatory security awareness training program for all UC employees. All UC faculty, staff and student employees are required to complete the standard online UC Cybersecurity Awareness Training when they begin their jobs, as well as complete a shorter, refresher course during each subsequent year. The refresher training has been updated for 2017 and is accessible through the UC Learning Center (


ANR Learning and Development

To position ANR as the premiere source of knowledge and science for agricultural and natural resources issues, it is vital that our people keep their knowledge and skills at peak performance. The ANR Learning and Development website offers an array of opportunities for employee learning and professional development that can help serve that goal. I strongly encourage employees to take full advantage of these resources as well as other opportunities to enhance their personal and professional growth. –Glenda Humiston, Vice President




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