University of Arizona departments and programs are hosting events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which included the destruction of the USS Arizona, the American battleship to which the UA has close ties.

Dec. 7, 2016, marks the anniversary of “a date which will live in infamy,” in the words of then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The attack eventually propelled the United States into World War II.

The world was watching — and rather intently — a year ago after a black-chinned hummingbird laid two eggs in a small nest she had built on the fifth floor of the ENR2 building on the south side of campus.

Nature lovers from around the world couldn’t get enough of the nest, on which a video camera was trained, recording every movement of the mother and her two babies. A shadowbox now marks the spot.

More Arizona residents are opting to attend the University of Arizona, whose incoming class this fall also features ethnic diversity, high academic performance and an increase in international transfer students. The UA began its new semester on Aug. 22.

Fall enrollment figures indicate that the UA will welcome more than 10,000 new students including more than 8,000 new freshmen and more than 2,000 transfer students — not including students returning after a break in their education.

Overall, 56 percent of freshmen are Arizona residents, up from 53 percent last year.

It’s good to be a Wildcat.

That’s the conclusion The Princeton Review reached in its annual survey of American college students, as it listed the University of Arizona in “The 381 Best Colleges: 2017 Edition.” 

The Princeton Review assigns scores ranging from a low of 60 to a high of 99 in a variety of categories, based on the opinions of more than 143,000 students.

The UA excelled in campus sustainability or “green” initiatives (93), quality of life (92) and fire safety (91).

The University of Arizona Health Sciences and Banner Health have been awarded a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to participate in the Precision Medicine Initiative® (PMI) Cohort Program, which aims to enroll one million U.S. participants to improve the prevention and treatment of disease based on individual differences in lifestyle, environment and genetics. The award, which totals $43.3 million over five years, is the largest NIH peer-reviewed grant in Arizona history.

At a dinner recognizing Arizona Assurance Scholars a few years back, the room got quiet when a young student stood up to speak. 

Amer Taleb ’15 had thought he wouldn’t be able to go to the University of Arizona, he told the gathering. His family couldn’t afford it. Yet the aspiring journalist did attend — with the help of the Arizona Assurance Scholarship. 

It’s nearly impossible to imagine the University of Arizona without Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat, “A” Mountain and the “Bear Down” rallying cry. If not for the 101 years of Greek life that have helped to shape the University and its traditions and symbols, the UA might be a different place altogether. 

The new Geraldo Rivera Greek Heritage Park recognizes the contributions of 50,000 alumni from 90 Greek organizations and provides a dedicated venue for fraternity and sorority activities as well as outdoor space for everyone to enjoy.

As Arizona Football fans drive toward the stadium on Enke Drive for home games this fall, they will notice a new 15,000-square-foot building south of McKale Center, near completion in October.  

The new C.A.T.S. Academic Center, dedicated to providing academic and life skills for student-athletes, was made possible by several donations, including a $2.5 million leadership gift from University of Arizona alumni Andrew and Kirsten Braccia and a $1 million gift from David Lapan and his family. 

It is a promise for the future — a hub for finding dream jobs — the Karl and Stevie Eller Professional Development Center. 

Students will meet there with recruiters from companies like Microsoft, Macy’s and Goldman Sachs. Alumni will mentor students on how to succeed in a highly competitive job market. Career coaches will help students discover their strengths and align with career goals.   


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