Asian American Faculty Staff & Alumni Association (AAFSAA)

The Asian American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association (AAFSAA) was established in 1989 at the University of Arizona to support and recognize the achievements and interests of Asian American faculty, staff, alumni, and students. It is the mission of AAFSA to develop partnerships between UA organizations and community business, professional, and service organizations to promote the academic, intellectual, and cultural needs and interests of the UA community and its broader constituency and to foster greater understanding and appreciation of Asian or Pacific American traditions and heritages.


AAFSAA will honor University of Arizona faculty and staff, as well as outstanding student-scholars, alumni and community members during its 27th anniversary dinner celebration on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, 6-9 p.m. at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center. 

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2016 Faculty & Staff Award Recipients 

2016 Outstanding Faculty Award
Jill Koyama, Ph.D.
College of Education


2016 Outstanding Staff Awards (in alphabetical order)

Ranjini "Jill" Kandyil, M.A.
Department of Aerospace and
Mechanical Engineering
Amanda Lee Parkman, B.S.

2016 Outstanding Alumni Awards (in alphabetical order)

Kevin Lau
Allen Lew


2016 Outstanding Community Service Awards (in alphabetical order)

Paul Gee, M.D.
Daisy Rodriguez Pitel, Ph.D.



Awarding scholarships with the charitable support of donors, friends, and the Arizona community is one of the most important things we do! Scholarships provide access to college for students who otherwise could not afford it, bring the best and brightest minds to the UA, and energize the economy through employment, internships, and research.

Criteria for scholarship recipients

UA Alumni Association scholarships are awarded in two categories: Merit-based — to attract and retain students of exceptional academic quality, and need-based — for students who demonstrate great financial need. (Need-based scholarship applicants must complete a free application for federal student aid.)


Board of Directors

  • Theodore Tong, president
  • Peter Chan, vice president
  • Cheryl Tomoeda, treasurer
  • Josie Gin, secretary
  • Linda Don, member
  • Howard Eng, member
  • John Fung, member
  • Caryn Jung, member
  • Pasty Lee, member
  • Dan Xayaphanh, member
  • Silvia Xu, member



AAFSA relies on donations and community support to fund events and its scholarship fund. AAFSA greatly appreciates donations of any size (which are tax deductible).

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