What would motivate a Los Angeles real estate mogul to give tens of millions of dollars to the College of Fine Art’s School of Music, aspiring to see it become the finest in the world? In a word: love.  

Alan Fox and his wife, Daveen, gave $20 million to the School of Music in honor of Alan’s 100-year-old father, master teacher and legendary French horn player Fred Fox. The Foxes’ connection to the UA is through associate professor of music Daniel Katzen, who is a former student of Fred Fox’s.


University Rankings

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the UA’s graduate program in speech-language pathology fifth in the nation in its 2016 ranking of graduate schools. This continues a 31-year tradition of top-10 rankings for the program. The Doctor of Audiology Program, also in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS), was ranked 12th in the nation. 

UA geologists have discovered that Iceland’s rapidly retreating glaciers are prompting parts of the island nation’s crust to rise by a startling 1.4 inches each year. Never before have contemporary glacier melts — caused by global warming — been directly linked to what’s described as a trampoline effect.

“Iceland is the first place we can say accelerated uplift means accelerated ice mass loss,” University geosciences professor Richard Bennett told UA News.  

High-performance cyber infrastructure is crossing the Atlantic, thanks to a partnership between the UA-led iPlant Collaborative, scientists at three United Kingdom universities, and The Genome Analysis Centre in Norwich, U.K.

The initiative known as iPlant UK, which will extend into the United Kingdom the data storage and analytical platforms provided by the iPlant Collaborative, recently was funded at £1.8 million (about $2.7 million) by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

The Wildcat Fencing Club was founded in 2009 by James Fowler ’13. The club enthusiastically shares the sport of fencing with nonfencers and also trains for competitions around the country.

The club, which has 15 members including undergraduate and graduate students as well as members of the Tucson community, defeated ASU in their fall duel.

For more information, join the Wildcat Fencing group on Facebook.

Trevor Gervais, a UA political science major, is among 147 undergraduate and graduate students in the United States selected to serve in the White House Internship Program. Raised by a father who served in the Marine Corps and a mother who is a kindergarten teacher, Gervais says he learned early and often the importance of service to his community and country.

“Their actions showed me that there are a variety of ways to serve your country,” says Gervais, a UA Honors College student studying in the School of Government and Public Policy.

It all started with one handshake, one hug, one welcome into a club that would forever change their lives and the history of the University of Arizona. Fraternities and sororities celebrate 100 years at the UA this Homecoming, Oct. 22-24.

More than just joining a club, the men and women who became part of Greek life have made an eternal impact on this desert school, with a legacy threaded through almost every milestone and tradition celebrated here. 


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