May Friends of UA

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Dear Friend of UA, Just two weeks ago, the University of Arizona celebrated its 151st commencement, with more than 5,600 students graduating at Arizona Stadium. The event was a wonderful way to wrap up the academic year, and our new alumni will go on to benefit Arizona and the world as innovative leaders in every sector of our society. I was so very proud to help honor their accomplishment and am excited to see what they will go on to achieve in the years to come. There are many great stories, and I encourage you to read some of them at the UA Commencement website. I want to highlight just a couple.

May 29, 2015

 
 

 

Dear Friend of UA,

 

Just two weeks ago, the University of Arizona celebrated its 151st commencement, with more than 5,600 students graduating at Arizona Stadium. The event was a wonderful way to wrap up the academic year, and our new alumni will go on to benefit Arizona and the world as innovative leaders in every sector of our society. I was so very proud to help honor their accomplishment and am excited to see what they will go on to achieve in the years to come. There are many great stories, and I encourage you to read some of them at the UA Commencement website. I want to highlight just a couple.

 

Among the students who graduated this year was Earl Mitchell, a former Arizona Football standout and current defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins. Even though he left school a semester early to begin training full time for the NFL draft, Earl eventually continued his studies through online courses and occasional trips to Tucson. You can read more about his story in UANews.

 

Another wonderful example of our students’ success is Stephanie Kha, a winner of the Robert Logan Nugent Award, which is given to students who exemplify the values of “active and enthusiastic participation and service in community and University endeavors.” Stephanie earned a B.S. in biochemistry with a minor in sociology and plans to begin medical school this summer. During her time here at the UA, she participated in a five-week medical internship in Thailand, where she gained valuable hands-on experience in emergency room and other medical settings while also expanding her knowledge of Thai language and culture. The experience deepened her ability to interact across cultures, and she wrote an insightful essay about her work and travel that you can read here.

 

The UA is working to create this kind of opportunity for every student through the 100% Engagement initiative so that every graduate is ready to impact Arizona and the world when they receive their degree. We have seen a great deal of success with this important component of the Never Settle academic and business plan this year: the launch of the Institute for Career Readiness and Engagement is exposing students to even more career development opportunities, several departments have begun using a redesigned approach to educating students in STEM fields, and other vital efforts are helping students to unlock their potential and make important contributions to Arizona, often even before they graduate.

 

 

As the 100% Engagement initiative moves forward, the University’s goals are directly supported by the Arizona NOW campaign. For instance, Stephanie Kha’s internship was enabled by a scholarship from the Honors College Dean’s Fund for Excellence, and she is not alone in receiving that kind of support. This academic year alone, $34,000 in Alumni Legacy Grants were awarded through the Fund to support thesis research, career development, and professional development opportunities; 75 study abroad scholarships were awarded; and $52,000 in support allowed 37 students to participate in internships here in the U.S. and abroad.

 

This level of support is possible in part because of annual giving to colleges and programs throughout the UA. Together these gifts are a vitally important part of the Arizona NOW campaign, which – just over a year out from its public launch – has raised $1.24 billion, or 82% of its total goal. You can read more about the impact that annual giving and other forms of philanthropic partnership have in this month’s blog post, and this month’s insert profiles two of the major gifts the University has received this year. The video included in this letter also shares more.

 

Finally, with the recent good news that the Brookings Institution ranked the UA the highest in Arizona for graduate’s salaries and earning power, the success of the 100% Engagement initiative is a positive indicator that the UA will continue to produce similar outcomes for our students and the state for many years to come. Along with the entire UA community, I am very proud of the contributions that our recent graduates will make, and I hope you will join me in applauding and encouraging their continued success.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ann Weaver Hart
President
University of Arizona

 

 

 
 

 

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