I am very pleased to share the news that the University of Arizona has been selected to participate in the national Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, a landmark study of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors affecting the health of a million or more people.
The excitement that has been building this week across the University of Arizona campus culminated tonight as we celebrated the Class of 2016 at Commencement. Degrees were conferred upon nearly 6,000 Wildcats who have earned bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees.
In less than a month, the University of Arizona will hold its 152nd Commencement. Along with the rest of the faculty and staff, I am so proud of our graduates, many of whom will have an Engaged Learning Experience notation on their academic transcript. This will signify that these graduates pursued 100% Engagement opportunities where they applied their learning in diverse and dynamic settings, developing professional and personal skills that have prepared them to launch meaningful careers.
With the official start of spring less than two weeks away, students across Arizona and the nation are making decisions about where they will pursue their undergraduate or graduate studies. To make that selection easier, Forbes has picked the best college or university in every state.
The next few months will bring some amazing opportunities for members of the community to engage with world-renowned University of Arizona faculty members whose passions lie in science, literature, history, and many other disciplines.
Collaboration is essential in everything the University of Arizona undertakes, whether it is educating tomorrow's workforce, conducting research, testing solutions with industry, or creating and sharing knowledge with communities across Arizona.
I have been thinking and writing about innovation for my blog this month. It is an important concept in the contemporary world, driving inventors, artists, scientists, businesses large and small, and many others to push the boundaries of human knowhow and capability, while cities, towns, states, and nations compete to create the economic, cultural, and social conditions that allow innovation to happen and innovators to thrive.
Earlier this month, the University of Arizona held Family Weekend. Students welcomed their moms, dads, sisters, and brothers to campus and showed them around the place that has become their home away from home.
I hope this past month has gone well for you, and I hope you are as excited as I am for the onset of fall. The UA just held Family Weekend, which was a wonderful opportunity to meet parents and friends of current students.
We have begun a new academic year here at the University of Arizona, and our campuses in Tucson, Phoenix, and at UA South are filled with students. The energy from their return is wonderful, particularly with the largest freshman class in UA history, and I am so glad to see both new and familiar faces as I go about my daily work.
This time of year is always exciting for the University of Arizona community. With the start of classes less than a week away, the UA will once again be a bustling place as thousands of Wildcats join us to begin or continue their college experience.
Last month I shared some of the exciting ways that the University of Arizona continues to impact our state and world, even with the advent of the summer heat and the temporary drop in our campus population. This work continues as we prepare for the rapidly approaching 2015-2016 school year.
We have much to celebrate at the University of Arizona this month. UA alum and thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert has won the Triple Crown; UA alumni Steve Kerr, Andre Iguodala, and Luke Walton won the NBA title with the Golden State Warriors; UA Press author Juan Felipe Herrera has been named U.S. Poet Laureate; the UA has two new Regents' Professors in Bruce Tabashnik and Julia Clancy-Smith; and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) recognized the UA as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University for its accomplishments in economic development, technology innovation, and commercialization.
Last weekend I had the honor of celebrating the achievements of the remarkable women and men who have completed their degrees at the University of Arizona. They include first-generation college students, international scholars, entrepreneurs, world-class dancers, and future physicians.
Two days ago I had the privilege of recognizing six outstanding faculty members who have been inducted as Regents’ Professors, University Distinguished Professors, and University Distinguished Outreach Faculty.
It’s a great time to be an Arizona Wildcat! Our football team has had one of its most successful seasons in the history of the program, and the fan support throughout the fall has been absolutely wonderful.
One of the best things about working at the University of Arizona is that every day is different. I am fortunate to regularly cross paths with innovative faculty and engaged students who are coming up with unique solutions to our most pressing problems.
As U.S. institutions of higher learning seek to address the problems of affordability, budget shortfalls, and access to education, alternative learning environments have emerged as possible complements to the traditional college classroom and central campus.