April 2016 Friends of UA

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Dear Friend of UA, What a busy spring! We have lots of good news and many great things happening at the University of Arizona!

April 7, 2016

 
 

 

Dear Friend of UA,

 

What a busy spring! We have lots of good news and many great things happening at the University of Arizona! For instance, this week you can visit Spring Fling, the largest student-run carnival in the nation and the primary fundraiser for hundreds of student clubs on campus. And last month, the University hosted the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books, which is an important part of our efforts to foster literacy and learning in Southern Arizona and beyond. The enthusiasm for learning and the excitement that so many people find during the Festival is also a reminder of what makes the University such a special place, and I am always glad to see that spirit alive and well in our community.

 

Since my last Friends of UA, we also have been hard at work to foster the environment of collaboration and respect so crucial to that spirit of learning within the campus community. As I mentioned in my September blog post, shared governance and collegiality are at the heart of the modern research university, and while we often think of these values with faculty in mind, they also include the University's students. Thus, over the past several months, student leaders have again played an important role in the University's tuition setting process for the next academic year.

 

Equally important, the UA's leadership team and I have been meeting with student groups to discuss important questions about the unique nature of the UA's diverse community of learners and how we can foster the environment rooted in inclusiveness and respectful dialogue. The University's new task force on diversity will make recommendations on how to ensure that the UA is a community of learning rooted in diversity and inclusion.

 

This collaborative approach to working with students is vital to the University's mission. Along with helping them develop deep knowledge of the world and strong competency in their fields of study and likely professions, we are also tasked with helping students to develop the capacity to address the complexity of the world and new challenges that will arise in their lives after many of us who are now their teachers or mentors have moved on. This capacity is best created through an engaging and immersive learning process, whether it be in the classroom or laboratory, as I wrote in my October blog post, in the kinds of discussions we have been having with students over the past several months, or in the engagement activities that we have placed at the heart of the UA educational experience. I have shared more thoughts on this general topic, and specifically on the importance of faculty expertise and research in student engagement, in my most recent blog post. You can also read about UA students who are doing amazing work that embodies the UA's 100% Engagement initiative in this month's insert.

 

The distinctiveness and impact of the UA experience has also been the core of my message to the Arizona state legislature and other elected leaders over the past several months. Along with leaders from Arizona's public universities and the Arizona Board of Regents, I have been advocating for the new funding model proposed by ABOR and supported by Governor Ducey, which would fund 50% of the cost of educating Arizona resident students. The impact of the UA educational experience is crucial for Arizona, as our alumni return an average of $660,000 more to the state economy than high school graduates over their lifetime.

 

The synergy of teaching and research that drives the UA's impact will deepen because of our hard work to implement the Never Settle plan over the past several years. We have had encouraging news that our approach is working: the UA's Office of Research and Discovery recently announced that research activity at the UA topped $606 million in fiscal year 2015, exceeding 2014 expenditures by nearly $20 million. With this good news, we can expect that the UA and Arizona will see more exciting projects like the OSIRIS-REx mission, which will launch in September to rendezvous with the near-Earth asteroid Bennu, or the UA's strengthening partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico and related units.

 

President Hart joins Major Scott Clyman in the cockpit of an F-16 during a visit to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

President Hart joins Major Scott Clyman in the cockpit of an F-16 during a visit to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

 

With the UA's partnership with the Air Force in mind, I also want to share that I was incredibly grateful and thrilled to be invited on a civic leader flight by U.S. Air Force Colonel James Meger, Commander of Davis-Monthan's 355th Fighter Wing. Last month, I joined Major Scott Clyman in the cockpit of an F-16 for what was an absolutely amazing experience. As we continue to build the Defense and Security Research Institute at the UA, as with the recent launch of a new initiative in space object behavioral sciences, the UA's work with Davis-Monthan, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the entire Air Force will be crucial, and I am so very glad that we have strong institutional and personal partnerships driving that collaboration.

 

I want to close with good news from a few more areas of the University. First, UA community members Marvin Slepian and James Wyant have been inducted into the National Academy of Inventors for their ingenious contributions to scientific and technological advancement. In the health sciences, Nursing Professor Marilyn McEwen has been recognized by the American Public Health Association for her distinguished career in public health education and research, and the College of Medicine – Tucson received a record 6,457 applications for enrollment in the Class of 2020. You can read more about the College's degree programs, students, and faculty in its annual report.

 

Finally, the UA Foundation received a record $293 million in gifts and commitments in fiscal year 2015, success that will be certain to expand with the leadership of the Foundation's newly appointed president and CEO, JP Roczniak. As the momentum of the Arizona NOW campaign continues to drive us to our goal of $1.5 billion raised, I am so incredibly grateful for the generosity of our donors and supporters all over the world who make the UA's work possible.

 

As always, thank you for reading and thank you for your support.

 

Most sincerely,

 

Ann Weaver Hart
President
The University of Arizona

 

 

 
 

 

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