Family and community. These 10 graduates found them at the University of Arizona, and 10 years after graduating, their experience as Wildcats continues to evolve and deepen. Through giving and service, they’re helping new members of the UA family discover what community means to us.
When it comes to pursuing drug discovery at the University of Arizona, “Everything is finally aligned,” says Rick G. Schnellmann, dean of the College of Pharmacy.
Acting on a desire to “do what we can while we’re living,” Jerry and Kathy Short made a $1 million gift to establish the Founders Endowed Chair in Education for Global Children’s and Adolescent Literature within the University of Arizona College of Education’s Worlds of Words.
University of Arizona alumni Guy Weinzapfel ’65, Bill Brown ’62 and Fred Pace ’62 learned to plan, design and construct buildings in an unlikely place. In 1958, the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture’s design studios were located in a former Safeway grocery store on Park Avenue, a block southwest of the college’s current location.
Two years ago, University of Arizona alumni David and Diana Freshwater attended a class that taught a different approach to working with challenging behavior from children, including symptoms that accompany behavioral diagnoses such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.
The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies in the University of Arizona’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has received a new commitment of $1.5 million from Bettina B. and Kenneth A. Plevan, which will be combined with a previous gift of $500,000 to endow a chair in Modern Israel Studies in memory of their son Jeffrey B. Plevan.
Kethia Kong ’16 and Morgan Larson ’14 ’15 share similar stories. Both were high-performing students in high school who earned a place at the University of Arizona but were unable to afford the cost of a college education.
Mia Mason knows what it’s like to overcome adversity. At age 12, she was diagnosed with ependymoma, an extremely rare form of brain cancer. With support from family, medical treatment and determination, Mason was able to beat the disease.
Emma Paunil is passionate about researching viruses, and an Honors College grant is helping her take her passion to the next level.