Fall 2015

Arizona NOW: Gift Impact

Arizona NOW, the campaign for the University of Arizona, is a commitment to invest in our future with the goal of raising $1.5 billion. Gifts to the UA will advance our institution and help reinvent higher education through engagement, innovation, and partnerships. We could not be more grateful to the thousands who have given more than $1.273 billion to close out the 2015 fiscal year.

Closely aligned with the UA’s Never Settle strategic academic and business plan, Arizona NOW focuses on three critical priorities: enhancing the student experience, empowering innovative thinkers, and expanding the UA’s reach. Here are three examples of how our donors are supporting the UA’s campaign priorities.      

Enhancing the Student Experience 

As an honors student in college, and a fourth-grade teacher of the gifted and talented for most of her adult life, Grace Victoria Giuè understood the value of an honors curriculum and its lifelong impact on students.

Truly passionate about education and supporting high-achieving students, Giuè made a bequest from her estate and established the Giuè Family Honors Scholarship Endowment in recognition of her parents, who supported her education throughout her life.

Today, her gift provides scholarships for students enrolled at the UA Honors College. These four-year scholarships lessen students’ financial burdens and provide funds for life-changing study abroad opportunities. 

Honors College and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences senior Joel Rose is a recipient of the Giuè Family Honors Scholarship, which helped pay for a summer study abroad in Namibia. He worked on his honors thesis about the effectiveness of the water management system in the country. 

“I was amazed by what the literature doesn’t cover and how much I learned from interviewing people in Namibia and getting my boots on the ground,” Rose says. “I also was able to learn from my colleagues and gain a different perspective, which makes my research stronger.” 

Empowering Innovative Thinkers 

Since 2012, the annual 1885 Society Distinguished Scholars Award has acknowledged the scholarly work of faculty who have demonstrated leadership within their field and commitment to student engagement. 

1885 Society Distinguished Scholars receive a $10,000 award. The award is supported by and named after the 1885 Society, a donor leadership group dedicated to furthering excellence at the UA by providing an annual, consistent source of funding to the Office of the UA President. The 1885 Society supports graduate student fellowships, a faculty chair, UA outreach, and the heritage collection in newly renovated Old Main in addition to the Distinguished Scholars.

“The 1885 Society serves as the perfect example of how we can support our faculty and help advance academic scholarship and research that answers critically important questions facing our society,” says John-Paul Roczniak, interim president and CEO of the University of Arizona Foundation.

Recipients represent a range of fields of study from across campus. This year, David Marcus, a James E. Rogers College of Law professor, was among the three faculty members selected for the award. 

“The award will enable me to pursue the sort of interdisciplinary study of American civil litigation that I've been trying to start for years,” says Marcus.  

Expanding the UA’s Reach 

Located a few miles north of campus, Tucson Village Farm has something for everyone. 

Elementary school students participate in Growing Forward youth programs and learn about working on the farm, planting and harvesting, and making healthy food choices. 

Founded in 2010, Tucson Village Farm teaches children and youth about farm life, food production and preparation, and nutrition as a part of the UA’s land-grant mission. Since its inception, the farm has grown from 1,200 youth and adults served in 2010 to 22,300 in 2014. 

Much of the farm’s success is due to a $70,500 grant awarded by Tucson nonprofit Angel Charity for Children, Inc. The grant enabled the hiring of a volunteer coordinator to recruit and train new volunteers. Since October 2014, volunteers have contributed more than 3,281 hours; the monetary equivalent of those hours is $73,997.  

“The funding has been a tremendous benefit,” says Elizabeth Sparks, 4-H youth development assistant agent for the farm. "Our volunteer coordinator has been able to tap into our volunteers' potential and make a huge difference in our food production and programmatic efforts."