The University of Arizona Alumni Association (UAAA) honors alumni and friends of the University this graduation season by naming honorees for its Honorary Alumni Award and Alumni Achievement Award.
The Honorary Alumni Award is given to non-alumni who have demonstrated continued interest in and exceptional loyalty and service to the University of Arizona.
Jane McCollum, the 2015 Honorary Alumni Award recipient, has demonstrated her loyalty and dedication to the University of Arizona for more than 20 years. She cares deeply about the UA student experience and gives her time and energy to raise funds for numerous UA programs, including the College of Fine Arts.
Since 2003, McCollum has served as general manager of the Marshall Foundation overseeing its real estate assets, including Main Gate Square retail area. Half of the $1.3 million generated by the foundation each year supports University programs including faculty members and need-based undergraduate scholarships. McCollum started one of the University’s newest traditions in 20015 — Bear Down Fridays at Main Gate Square.
Bear Down Fridays include pep rallies celebrating Arizona Football and showcasing the Pride of Arizona marching band. They offer an opportunity for the campus and Tucson communities to come together in shared spirit and support for the University.
McCollum also is a guest lecturer for the University’s “Heritage and Traditions” class where she emphasizes the impact of the UA on the cultural and economic health of Tucson. As a fan of the UA football, basketball, and softball teams, she is a season ticket holder for all three sports and a regularly attends volleyball matches and gymnastics meets.
McCollum manifests the spirit of service to her adopted alma mater. Her Wildcat red and blue enthusiasm is felt throughout the campus and Tucson community.