The University of Arizona

$10M Gift to Optical Sciences is Largest Gift for Scholarships in UA History

UANews | February 5, 2014
The gift from James C. Wyant, professor emeritus of optical sciences, will go toward scholarships for graduate students. "His gift helps ensure that our legacy of innovation and excellence continues for another 50 years and beyond," said Thomas L. Koch, dean of the College of Optical Sciences.

To Unplug to Not to Unplug: UA Tool Helps Measure Energy Use On and Off Campus

UANews | February 4, 2014
A tool developed by the UA to help students and employees measure energy consumption in dorm rooms and campus offices has been expanded to allow apartment-dwellers and homeowners to use it too. The UA is one of a handful of institutions in the country to offer "virtual room" software, and the first known college or university to include an off-campus living space.

UA Awarded JedCampus Seal for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention Programs

UANews | January 31, 2014
The UA is among the first 37 schools in the nation to be recognized with the JedCampus Seal for having strong mental health and suicide prevention programs on campus. The seal is awarded by the Jed Foundation, which promotes emotional health and suicide prevention among college and university students. The foundation is named for a former UA student who took his own life.

UA Black History Month Events Explore Blackness, Race Around the World

UANews | January 31, 2014
In honor of Black History Month, the UA is hosting film screenings, networking opportunities, writing workshops, lectures, discussions and other events. This year, community members are being urged not only to reflect on the contributions of the black community, but also to consider how the black experience informs and coincides with that of other communities in the world.

Alum Says Time at UA Prepared Him for Unpredictable Career Path

UANews | January 28, 2014
Ken Pisani has done stand-up comedy, written for television and won an award for a comic book. He credits his UA education for preparing him for the many turns his career has taken. "I didn't want to graduate only knowing art," he says. "I took astronomy, I took humanities, I took business courses and creative writing classes, and that strong foundation is all stuff that helps you in any career."

In Memoriam: Former AD Dave Strack

UANews | January 27, 2014
During his 10 years at the UA, Dave Strack hired the first African-American head coach at a major university, oversaw the opening of McKale Memorial Center and was instrumental in Arizona’s transition from the Western Athletic Conference to the Pac-10. Strack died Saturday at the age of 90.