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Become a Staff Assembly ambassador

 

Staff Assembly ambassadors keep colleagues apprised of opportunities including the Staff Assembly education reimbursement program, which provides financial assistance to UC ANR Staff to pursue career interests.

UC ANR's Staff Assembly invites staff members to serve as ambassadors for their colleagues at their locations.

Staff Assembly ambassadors represent all UC ANR and County paid staff in their local office at ambassador meetings. It is a great way to develop relationships and enjoy networking opportunities with other ANR staff members throughout the state.

ANR locations needing ambassadors:

  • Hopland REC
  • Intermountain REC
  • Kearney Agricultural REC
  • UCCE Butte/Glenn
  • UCCE Central Sierra (Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado and Tuolumne)
  • UCCE Colusa
  • UCCE Humboldt/ Del Norte
  • UCCE Kern
  • UCCE Lake
  • UCCE Lassen
  • UCCE Mendocino
  • UCCE Merced/Mariposa
  • UCCE Modoc
  • UCCE Napa
  • UCCE Plumas/Sierra
  • UCCCE San Benito/Santa Cruz
  • UCCE San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara
  • UCCE Solano/Yolo/Sacramento
  • UCCE Sonoma

Each ambassador acts as a conduit for Staff Assembly, relaying messages (via email, flyers, verbal communication) to staff members at their location. They informally collect information, ideas and suggestions from local staff and share them with ANR Staff Assembly Council.

Ambassadors also encourage and promote participation in Staff Assembly activities and opportunities – such as ANR Grows, education reimbursements, wellness activities and council vacancies – and UC ANR activities.

When possible, ambassadors may attend monthly drop-in-meetings via Zoom and attend the annual UC ANR ambassador meeting via Zoom or in person during their two-year term.

If you would like to be a Staff Assembly ambassador, email co-chairs Suzanne Lake at slake@ucanr.edu and Rosalinda Ruiz at rlruiz@ucanr.edu.

 

Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 3:49 PM

UC ANR Staff Assembly to reimburse staff members to grow food

Last year, Minerva Gonzalez, lab assistant III in Kern County, used ANR Grows funds to grow vegetables and fruits.

UC ANR Staff Assembly is launching ANR Grows 2022

The UC ANR Staff Assembly program awards $50 reimbursements to cover the costs of materials and supplies related to growing a food garden. Staff members may submit reimbursement requests beginning Nov. 1, 2021. 

Soil, seeds, transplants, compost and tools are among the gardening supplies that qualify for reimbursement, according to David Alamillo and Vanity Campbell, Staff Assembly Ambassadors for the Second Street Building in Davis.

Applications will be accepted through March 30, 2022, or until funds run out, whichever comes first. Funding is limited for this popular annual program. 

For more information and to apply, please see the ANR Grows application form at https://ucanr.edu/sites/Staff_Assembly/files/360135.pdf.

 

Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 4:56 PM

ANR Staff Assembly seeks active members

The mission of the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) Staff Assembly is to cultivate satisfied, dedicated and professional staff and to work with UC ANR Senior Leadership and other members of the ANR community to promote the interest and welfare of all staff employees. The Staff Assembly Council represents all UC ANR staff – full-time, part- time, limited-term, contract, career, represented, unrepresented and contingent employees.  Members of the council seek staff input on policies, processes and programs, and serve in an advisory capacity to UC ANR leadership, giving staff a collective voice on issues of concern. The council offers wellness programs, educational reimbursements, the ANR Grows program, and ambassadors for each ANR location. 

For Staff Assembly to be successful, volunteers are needed on the council.

Are you interested in:

  • Building leadership skills?
  • Offering opinions and recommendations to senior leadership?
  • Fostering an understanding of ANR's mission?
  • Helping ANR staff members further their career advancement?

If so, please consider being nominated for one of the following vacant positions.

Jr. Council of University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) delegate (Two-year term and employee must be unrepresented)

Delegates for this position should demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Possess a broad knowledge and understanding of the University of California system.
  • Understand concerns and issues faced by staff.
  • Have ability to consider and speak to issues from various perspectives.
  • Make a commitment to attend and participate in quarterly CUCSA meetings and committees.
  • Have full support from supervisor to participate in all CUCSA activities

For more information go to https://cucsa.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2018/01/junior_delegate_info_sheet.pdf

Scribe (one-year commitment)

Duties for this position include:

  • Takes and prepares Staff Assembly Council minutes, including capturing action items.
  • Provides timely written minutes to all SA Council members. Uses Collaborative Tools to maintain archive of minutes and to disseminate notes. 
  • Consults with the chair and vice chair on the appointment of committees and committee members.
  • Works with the chair and program chair to send “thank you” letters to guest speakers.
  • Assumes other responsibilities as specified elsewhere in the bylaws or as requested by the chair.
  • This is a 2.5 to 5 hour per month time commitment, depending on time of year and voluntary extra activities with the SAC.

Communications chair/coordinator (one-year commitment)

Duties for this position include:

  • Serves as a liaison between Staff Assembly Council and all UC ANR staff to promote and advocate improved communication and interaction.
  • Maintains and updates website as needed to reflect current and accurate information.
  • Promotes UC ANR Staff Assembly events and programs as needed and works in conjunction with appropriate workgroup or committees to disseminate appropriate promotions.
  • Creates and manages social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Attends Monthly Staff Assembly Council meetings, bi-annual meetings and annual ambassador meetings.
  • Assumes other responsibilities as specified elsewhere in the bylaws or as needed.
  • This is 5-10 hour per month time commitment, depending on time of year and voluntary extra activities with the SAC.

For more information, please contact your local ambassador or go to our website:  http://staffassembly.ucanr.edu.

 

Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 2:46 PM

Humiston addresses CUCSA

 
VP Humiston fielded questions about ANR from CUCSA delegates. Screenshot by Dohee Kim

Vice President Glenda Humiston spoke to the Council of UC Staff Assemblies delegation at their quarterly meeting on March 4. To give the CUCSA delegates an overview of UC ANR, she presented "Bringing the power of UC directly to all Californians."

Starting with UC's establishment as a land grant institution in 1868, Humiston described how ANR serves Californians through campuses, county offices, statewide programs and institutes, and research and extension centers. She also explained how ANR partners with all 10 UC campuses, the national labs and medical centers on projects.

Turning to external partnerships, Humiston provided several examples of ANR's collaborative projects, including the new AI Institute for Food Systems, bringing ultra-fast broadband capability to Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the surrounding area, and South Coast REC's new HUB for Urban Living.

“Her presentation was great, and it was well received,” said Dohee Kim, ANR's senior delegate. “She answered questions after her presentation regarding organization fiscal matters (budget stuff) and how ANR is getting through the pandemic.”

Humiston explained how ANR brings together the expertise of Agricultural Experiment Station faculty, Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, volunteers and others for research and outreach. The citrus industry has benefited from this collaborative approach.

CUCSA delegates represent Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Office of the President and UC ANR. Each site sends a senior and junior delegate. LeChé McGill is currently ANR's junior delegate. 

The delegates meet quarterly with the locations taking turns to host. The March meeting was hosted by UC ANR.

Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 4:09 PM

ANR GROWS bears fruit

Michael Zwahlen's family really digs gardening. One of many ANR staff members who participated in ANR GROW, Zwahlen planted vegetables.

ANR Staff Assembly's ANR GROWS program was so successful in 2020, they plan to offer it again this year, according to Marvin Flores, Staff Assembly chair for 2020-21.

“The ANR Grows program was birthed out of an NPR radio program discussing Victory Gardens during WWII and food insecurity in California,” Flores said. “During the time of Covid-19, many folks were working from home and needed projects to invest their energy into.”

Staff Assembly members curtailed travel due to COVID-19 restrictions and decided to allocate a portion of their unused travel funds to the UCANR Grows Program.

ANR employees can get reimbursed up to $50 for soil, seeds, transplants, compost and gardening supplies. To participate, fill out the form at ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/346146.pdf. ANR Staff Assembly is accepting receipts from Jan. 15 to May 15.

Jessica Conde-Rebholtz, Sue Lake,Jasmin DeToro and Kathryn Stein collaborated with Flores to structure and implement the program.

“I am overjoyed that the 2020 ANR Grows program was able to reach 114 recipients; astonishingly, such a small investment helped so many during this difficult time,” Flores said.

A few ANR staff members who got growing with the seed money from ANR Staff Assembly shared some of their thoughts and photos of their gardens with Flores.

“I was so inspired by reading the testimonials from the ANR Grows program. Especially those that discussed getting their whole family involved in the garden, how their garden provided clean, great-tasting veggies, a quiet space to think, and some therapeutic healing. 

"I was also impressed by how many first-time gardeners were inspired by the ANR Grows Program to get out and try out their green thumbs.” 

Some of the comments and photos sent to Flores are shared below.

Jenel Vincze had to compete with bugs for her vegetables.

Jenel Vincze, program administrative assistant in Santa Clara County: “I received a reimbursement this past year for some veggies to plant in a garden, but had a heck of a time with something that kept eating the leaves off of all of the plants. I really appreciate UC ANR for giving me the opportunity to try my hand at gardening during this strange year.” 

Shulamit Shroder and her partner planted tomatoes, peppers, beans and zucchini.

Shulamit Shroder, UCCE community education specialist 2 in Kern County: My partner and I planted tomatoes, peppers, beans and zucchini. This was his first time having a backyard garden and he was blown away by the taste of freshly picked, homegrown tomatoes.” 

Michael Zwahlen, safety and facilities assistant: “My kids and I really got busy last spring and planted lots of vegetables in both our front yard and backyard. The pumpkins were the most successful as well as string beans and sunflowers. I got my kids out there weekly with me preparing the soil, planting the seeds, pulling weeds and watering frequently. We also grew tomatoes, squash and corn.”

Ryan Keiffer harvested a bounty of shishito peppers.

Ryan Keiffer, agricultural technician for UCCE Mendocino County: “I was a recipient of ANR Grows and had great success in my shishito peppers this year. Sun Gold tomatoes graced many salads, pastas, and on top of cottage cheese all summer.” 

With advice from the UC Master Food Preservers, Katie Churchill stored some okra that she grew in her garden.

Katie Churchill, administrative officer and financial manager for UCCE Capitol Corridor: “I really appreciate the ANR Grows project! It allowed me to begin a project I probably would not have started on my own, and I enjoyed having something ‘new' to do at home while getting rewarded with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Additionally, my favorite was working with the UC Master Food Preservers of Solano and Yolo Counties for advice on how to safely pickle okra. With their instruction, I made four jars of pickled okra, which my family loves and we've already devoured three of the jars!” 

Minerva Gonzalez added plants to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to her garden.

Minerva Gonzalez, lab assistant III in Kern County: “Our garden this year provided us with plenty of vegetables and fruits. For the first time, we added a butterfly and hummingbird habitat.”

Emily Dimond grew her own tomatoes and basil for fresh caprese salad.

Emily Dimond, community education specialist II for the CalFresh Healthy Living Program in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties: “Thanks to the ANR Grows award, I was able to purchase tomato and basil seedlings and a bit of fertilizer to work on my garden. I made a tasty, fresh caprese salad with our harvest to share with my family. Thank you for helping me jump-start my garden and share delicious meals!”  

Elaine Silver's dog helped her grow cabbage.

Elaine Silver, CalFresh Healthy Living, UC nutrition educator for San Mateo-San Francisco counties: Because of the funds I received from UCANR, I was able to grow beautiful heads of cabbage! These pictures show how big they got! My dog loved being in the garden with me too!

Stephanie Rill and her daughter tended the garden together.

Stephanie Rill, UCCE entomology research associate in Kern County: “My daughter and I spent many hours in the garden planting, tending and harvesting. We have continued now with a fall garden and are still harvesting bell peppers from the spring. The funds helped us develop a drip system for the garden that helped so much this year.”

Dana Brady, climate-smart agriculture community education specialist in Glenn County: “I received a GROWS reimbursement this past spring and it helped kick start our garden – we went to the local Ace and bought some starter plants, tomato cages and some compost. From there we caught the gardening bug and kept expanding our garden into two raised troughs and 4 beds on the ground!”

Nicole Vital credits gardening with helping keep her mind and body healthy while pregnant during the pandemic.

Nicole Vital of the Nutrition Policy Institute: “I can't express how thankful I was this year to have the luxury of being able to supplement my meals with homegrown veggies. The ANR GROWS program encouraged me to broaden my garden to include much more than herbs. My family enjoyed a bountiful harvest of eggplants, beans, daikon, celery, tomatoes, tomatillos, cucumber, squash, and bell peppers. Working in the garden provided me with an outlet for stress from being pregnant during a pandemic in addition to moderate exercise, helping keep both my mind and body healthy during a difficult time. “

Gwen Conville has new respect for farmers after growing vegetables.

Gwen Conville, illustrator at Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center: “Very gratifying to get food from essentially nothing and know exactly where it came from and watch veggies mature. It wasn't all success, but gave me such an increased appreciation of farmers, especially small organic farmers. Anyone who eats should experience the same; there'd be less food waste if we realized how difficult it is to make food. Vegetables are a bargain. I don't know how growers make a profit on their products.  

Tammy Majcherek, community education specialist II for Orange County at South Coast Research & Extension Center: “Being able to create this small garden was a really nice diversion during this unusual time period with the added benefit of some fresh food.”

Yolanda Silva, UCCE nutrition educator for Alameda County, grew flowers as well as vegetables.

 

Posted on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 6:05 PM

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