The rise of social media has armed consumers with new powers to complain — and prompted companies to re-examine how they respond to grievances aired publicly on platforms such as Facebook or Twitter. Companies that ignore those gripes, or just get defensive, do so at their own peril. 

Love of southern Arizona’s landscapes and a desire to preserve them for future generations brought Diana Freshwater ’83 and Liz Petterson ’95 together at the nonprofit Arizona Land and Water Trust.

The trust raises funds to protect large areas with water and high biodiversity — often farms and ranches — from development.

“Many areas are adjacent to already-protected public lands,” says Freshwater, who was the trust’s executive director from 1999 to 2011 and now is president of its board.

In February, the UA’s James E. Rogers College of Law became the nation’s first law school to accept either the GRE exam or the LSAT from any applicant. The move, which came after the college participated in a study showing the GRE is as good a predictor of law school success as the LSAT, garnered national attention throughout the legal profession and coverage in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

University of Arizona graduate programs in management information systems, rehabilitation counseling, speech-language pathology and earth sciences retained their top-10 status in the 2017 Best Graduate Schools rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The UA’s audiology and photography programs moved into the top 10.

Included this year were first-ever rankings for doctor of nursing practice programs. Among 149 DNP programs nationally, the UA College of Nursing was ranked No. 28. The college’s master’s programs were ranked No. 30 among 259, up from No. 38.

Ten years ago, they threw their caps in the air and collected their diplomas. Some had come to the UA directly from high school, while others began as mature adults starting new careers. Many were at a point somewhere in between. For each, 2006 was the year to finish a degree and begin something new. 

It is a sound familiar to everyone in Tucson. A fire engine negotiating a busy intersection in afternoon traffic sounds its siren momentarily and suddenly, in response to it, the hills around explode with coyote howls. The howls seem to come from everywhere — from parking lots, playgrounds, backyards. For a few minutes the wave of howls rolls through the foothills, then it stops as suddenly as it erupted, the afternoon’s peace restored. 

Dynasties are built by sustained success and their greatness is measured in decades. Some require no introduction: The New York Yankees. The Rockefellers. MGM. 

The UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, or LPL, falls into its own category as a science dynasty. It has had a hand in nearly every interplanetary spacecraft sent from Earth. Among its accomplishments since its founding in 1960:

Rudy Molina can’t help but smile as he talks about the ongoing renovations at the Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center. 

For the director of the SALT Center, the expansion of the 15-year-old building could not come at a better time, as enrollment has climbed to more than 550 students in recent years and the need for updated technology has grown. 

On the west end of the UA campus students make their way to a small foundry in the School of Art. Here, they learn to make bronze and aluminum sculptures in a hands-on 3-D class.

“A lot of kids, they don’t do anything with their hands anymore, except punch buttons on their phone or computer. They don’t have tactile hand-eye coordination skills,” says Carlton Bradford ’86, associate professor of sculpture in the UA School of Art’s 3-D and extended media program. 


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