The University of Arizona

Happening This Month

By Shelley Shelton, University Communications | May 2, 2012

Sure, spring commencement and Memorial Day keep people busy enough, but there are still plenty of other events to check out.

Former College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Eugene G. Sander is wrapping up his yearlong UA presidency.
Former College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Eugene G. Sander is wrapping up his yearlong UA presidency.
Food industry leaders plege to market healthy foods even as they advertise unhealthy eating habits, mainly to children. That issue is the subject of an upcoming webinar.
Food industry leaders plege to market healthy foods even as they advertise unhealthy eating habits, mainly to children. That issue is the subject of an upcoming webinar.
The Department of Ceramics Art Clayworks club is putting on its end-of-semester show and sale this week. It's a great place to find unique Mother's Day gifts or just to treat yourself.
The Department of Ceramics Art Clayworks club is putting on its end-of-semester show and sale this week. It's a great place to find unique Mother's Day gifts or just to treat yourself.

It's true that in many ways, once school is over, things slow down a lot on campus. No more need for the hustle and bustle. Time to breathe.

That time is on the horizon, as spring commencement happens for graduate students on May 11 and for undergraduates on May 12, featuring Nobel Prize winner Brian Schmidt and UA trauma surgeon Peter Rhee, respectively, as the keynote speakers.

Mother's Day is right after graduation, on May 13.

And nothing says "beginning of summer" like Memorial Day, which caps off the month with a nice three-day weekend for most of us.

But not so fast – there are still things to do and see during the month, from supporting the University's ceramics club to saying "thank you and farewell" to our president, to unveiling a big symbol of kindness.

And if nothing listed here catches your fancy, check out the UA Master Calendar to find something that does. 

ASUA Art Clayworks Club Ceramic Art Sale | May 3
Art Clayworks is the clay club for the Department of Ceramics. The group meets Wednesday evenings throughout the semester to throw vessels on wheels, create great art in hand-built form and glaze and fire its clay works. At the end of each semester, the club has a show and sale that includes works from the club and from beginning and advanced ceramic students. The group uses the funds in and around the studio to supplement supplies, equipment repair and visiting artists. Need to find a Mother's Day gift? Stop and shop for one-of-a-kind bowls, cups and vases.

Thank-You Party for President Eugene G. Sander | May 4
By now, most people know the story: Sander, the longtime dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was headed out the door toward retirement when former UA President Robert N. Shelton resigned suddenly last summer. Sander was asked to delay his retirement and serve one more year at the UA, this time as its 20th president. He stepped right into the role, hosting monthly town hall forums on the main campus as well as in Phoenix and at the Arizona Health Sciences Center, representing the University through tuition talks, disparity funding and the prospect of legislation that would have allowed guns on campus. His busy year is coming to an end, and this is the campus community's chance to thank him and wish him well. No RSVP is required.

Webinar - 'Food Marketing in Context of Childhood Obesity' | May 14
If you've ever been concerned about the mixed messages food industry leaders send to children – pledging to market healthy food while using targeted advertising that promotes unhealthy eating habits, according to webinar organizers – you'll want to tune into this webinar put on by the Arizona Public Health Training Center, part of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. UA public health professor Douglas Taren, who is also director of the training center, interviews professor Dale Kunkel, who has studied children and media issues for more than 25 years. Live questions will be welcomed from the online audience.

Presentation of the College of Education and Ben's Bells Kindness Mural | May 22
Ben's Bells has been helping to assemble a series of kindness-themed mosaic art and murals created by local artists, students and community members. The mural at the College of Education will be the first kindness mural on the UA campus. Community members will have the chance to meet Ben's Bells founder Jeanette Mare and her Ben's Bells staff as well as mural artist Kari Imoro.

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