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SBS Alumna of the Year: Melody S. Robidoux

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

On an August day in 1976, Melody Robidoux's grandparents dropped her off at the UA's Maricopa Residence Hall. She remembers feeling slightly overwhelmed — and very warm. The campus was far different from her hometown of Flagstaff, Ariz., but her adventure was about to begin.

Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year Jeffrey Haskell

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

Jeff Haskell, a pianist, arranger and conductor, entered the world of professional music at age 12, working along jazz greats such as Ray Smyth and Jackie Davis. He began as a scat-singing boy soprano and, by age 16, he was working with saxophonist Lew Tabackin.

Education Alumna of the Year: Colleen Niccum

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

Nursing Alumnus of the Year: Rudy Valenzuela

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

The first child of a Mexican immigrant family to attend college, Rudy Valenzuela was called first to the priesthood and earned his UA doctorate in nursing in 2010. He is this year's Alumnus of the Year for the College of Nursing.

Agriculture Alumnus of the Year: P. Andrew 'Andy' Groseta

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

Architecture Alumnus of the Year: James Edward Richärd

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored with alumni of the year awards.

James Edward Richärd, seated center in front (Photo courtesy of James Edward Richärd)

Optical Sciences Alumnus of the Year: Jacobus “Jim” Oschmann

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

Humanities Alumnus of the Year: Eric Scott Baker

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

Old Main: The Best of Times

What is it about Old Main that draws people to it? Why do University of Arizona students, employees and visitors consistently stop in for a stroll around the veranda or take a seat nearby for lunch? Decade after decade, people have taken photos with the building, planned romantic dates to visit Old Main and even proposed marriage on the site. Photo opportunities have become part of the life of the building. 

Career After College: Alumni Share Tips for New Students

For students hoping to be competitive in the job market after graduating, the hard work must begin now – during college.

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