Turning Tucson Green: UA Student-Run Composting Program Partners With City
Compost Cats, a UA student-run organization, has partnered with the city of Tucson to reduce food waste in area landfills, improve local air quality, address climate change and help improve food safety. Among other things, the agreement calls for Compost Cats to be provided with manure from herbivores at Reid Park Zoo.
Students Invited to Join UA's Peace Corps Legacy
The UA has a long-standing reputation for being a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers, having supplied more than 1,500 Wildcats to the organization since 1961. This week, the University is inviting students to learn more about service opportunities during the annual Peace Corps Fair.
Undergraduate Researchers to Share Discoveries at Expo
The Honors Research Expo will showcase the discoveries of undergraduate researchers from across campus. This year, students will share their work in areas such as the effects of hypertension on memory, adaptability in indigenous communities, fault blocks at Kartchner Caverns and modern applications of acupuncture.
Conference Connects UA Students With Industry Executives
Industry executives from Nike, Target and PetSmart will visit campus later this month for a conference aimed at helping students leverage their unique millennial talents to advance their careers. The conference, which is coordinated by the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the UA, also will address the value of diversity in the workplace.
First-Year UA Minority Student Retention Rate Highest Ever
The first-year retention rate for ethnic minorities who were first-time freshmen in fall 2012 was 80.9 percent. Student diversity also is up. During the fall semester, more than 36 percent of students were minorities, up from 34.9 percent during the fall of 2012 and 24.4 percent a decade ago.
Black History Month events at the UA have begun, including lectures, film screenings, a field trip and block party. Several UA departments, centers and student organizations are hosting more than one dozen events.
Astronomy Camp, run by UA Steward Observatory's Don McCarthy, has introduced students and others to science for 25 years. The American Astronomical Society has recognized McCarthy and his efforts with its annual education award.