UA music graduate Gabriel Ayala is a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe, born and raised in Texas. He’s also a classical guitarist who has performed for President Obama and Pope Benedict. His award-winning ninth album – Shades of Blue – showcases his own compositions of jazz-flamenco fusion. And he plays Bach at Native American powwows.
It's that time of year again. The UA spring undergraduate and master's commencement ceremony will take place at Arizona Stadium on Friday, May 10. Doctoral degree candidates will be honored at a separate ceremony at Centennial Hall on Saturday, May 11. Join the celebration!
The new UA STEM Learning Center aims to raise the profile of STEM activities at and beyond the University, and build partnerships between educators, families, organizations and industry. Also tasked with supporting pre-kindergarten to college STEM education pathways and workforce development, this interdisciplinary center will serve as a national model.
Forget everything you think you know about people in wheelchairs and play. Special education sophomore Chelsea Falnes is captain of the UA quad rugby team. Playing this sport also known as wheelchair rugby, Falnes has suffered multiple concussions and nearly broken wrists and fingers – all in the name of having fun and being tough. Strap yourself in; this is one bumpy ride.
In a world dominated by emails, tweets and one-liner updates, where do we slow down and find meaning? Professor Daniel Asia teaches music composition; his creations are played in music halls throughout the world. He has a deep understanding – as an academic and an artist – of what makes for beauty. And that understanding brings students like Aaron Mobley to study with this unique talent.
UA psychology major Rhiannon Miller had the idea to train psychiatric service dogs for veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder. Her idea led to the creation of Operation Wolfhound, which has been placing dogs with veterans across the nation.
Education isn’t all about classrooms, labs and lecture halls. Under the direction of Executive Chef Kevin Lau, the kitchens of the Arizona Student Unions bring incredible learning opportunities for student employees. Here, they get fed some of life’s most important lessons, from managing schedules to building productive team relationships to how to prepare the perfect cinnamon bun.
Be Kind Step Up, a collaboration between UA Athletics, UA Campus Health and local nonprofit Ben’s Bells, rewards intentional acts of kindness. The idea is to promote pro-social behavior on campus and in the wider community. Cross-country runner and Honors College senior Megan Meyer is a leader in the program, and she’s on the lookout for good deeds.
Building a championship baseball team takes more than a great coach and great players. It takes a special blend of the two and a laser focus on even the smallest every-day details to achieve excellence. And that is what 3-time championship coach Andy Lopez brings to his players and the ball field.
The experience of art is personal. But when artists display their work, it’s purely public: they must break the confines of comfort zones if they want to connect with audiences. It’s School of Art Galleries Curator Brooke Grucella’s challenge to help artists see their work from the point of view of the other, and test themselves to make those connections happen.
Emile Brink Gordon came to the University of Arizona on a scholarship to study political science. Today, having completed an impressive triple-major in microbiology, molecular and cellular biology, and human anatomy and physiology, he works doing research at the National Institutes of Health. An unlikely path? Maybe, but he says the UA paved the way.
Do you think of hip-hop as just catchy dance music with some rap thrown in for good measure? A new concentration in hip-hop studies in the UA’s Africana Studies program — the first hip-hop minor in the United States — challenges students to explore hip-hop as a worldwide phenomenon through which people explore identities, claim territories, protest injustice and change their worlds.
On November 30, 2012, Ann Weaver Hart will be inaugurated as the 21st president of the University of Arizona. All are invited, campus and community members alike, to come and participate in marking a new era as Arizona’s land-grant university moves into a future full of promise and opportunity.
Sydney Cope was terrified the first time she had to climb a telephone pole, then stand up on the cross beam 40 feet above the ground. She overcame her fear of heights and developed trust—thanks to the high-ropes adventure and other activities of Arizona Operation: Military Kids. The UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences program supports children of military reservists throughout the state.
How can a law student from China, India, Japan or Chile get the training they need to succeed as an international lawyer? Through the JDAS program at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law, students from law schools around the world are jumping at the opportunity to study here, earn a U.S. law degree and go on to great careers.
Kate Kenski, PhD, has made a career of studying the ins and outs of our political system. This fall, she is offering a course called "The Struggle for the Presidency," where students view popular films that explore the historical, political and global aspects of the presidential election. And the entire Tucson community is invited to participate in the discussion.
Since 1980, the University of Arizona Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center has been helping all kinds of learners overcome their challenges and achieve their goals. The Center was one of the key reasons that Ben Bartlett and his parents selected the UA -- and it turned out to be central to his UA experience.
When you think of 4-H, do you think of children raising sheep and rabbits for the county fair? Think again. Today, Arizona's 185,000 4-H participants are learning everything from engineering to computer science, and are developing friendships and skills for life. After 100 years, Arizona 4-H – run through Arizona Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – is stronger than ever.
Gaining a spot at the Paralympic Games represents the epitome of accomplishment for any adaptive athlete. This year, seven Wildcats will be among the 4,200 athletes from 160 countries converging on London to go for gold.
In today’s world of global markets and global workforces, diverse, distributed teams are common. But decades ago, when Anita Bhappu embarked on product development as a chemical engineer for Procter & Gamble, virtual collaboration was an uncharted territory — one her research has been illuminating ever since.