Timeless stories, woven into the daily trappings of Native American life, are beautifully depicted in basket weavings and rugged sandals that protected ancient feet. They are part of a collection of indigenous fiber arts to be showcased at the Arizona State Museum.

The ambitious new exhibit, tentatively titled “Woven from the Center,” requires careful preparation and is set to open in early 2017. It will present revolving elements from an inventory that surpasses 20,000 pieces, from brawny burden baskets — once strapped across the foreheads of women — to yucca-fiber plaques.  

Professors and students appear in the curving corridors of the ENR2 building to listen to a classical guitar session. The harmony wafts toward the sky. 

Jose Luis Puerta practices the same composition for an hour, wiggling his fingers after missing a tough string of notes. He takes a deep breath and smiles at strangers as they get a closer look. 

“You definitely feed off the crowd when you perform,” Puerta says. “You can tell if they are paying attention. You connect with them.”

When donors Alan ’74 and Janice Levin met Dr. Clara Curiel and learned about the UA associate professor of dermatology’s work studying and treating skin cancer, they were moved to endow a chair for excellence in cancer research.

“Alan was so impressed with her and what she was doing at the UA Cancer Center, and I felt the same,” Janice Levin says. “We hope the endowment makes a difference in finding a cure or treatment for skin cancer.”  

Dana Menser ’14 graduated from the UA with bachelor’s degrees in studio art and environmental and water resource economics. You might expect to see her dabbing at a paint-dotted canvas or charting the costs of climate change. Instead, she’s a business operations manager and lead recruiter for a technology services company with roots in the UA’s Management Information Systems (MIS) program.

Menser is surrounded by Wildcats at the Tucson office of Mural’s MaaXcloud. A majority of its 60 employees, including Customer Operations VP Paul Soto ’11, are UA students or alumni. 

Back-to-back victories over Pomona College in 1914 and 1915 inspired football player and civil engineering student Albert H. Condron. He went to one of his professors and suggested building an “A” in rocks on the side of Sentinel Peak as a class assignment.

Construction began on Nov. 13, 1915, and was completed on March 4, 1916.

The land was cleared and rocks were hauled up the mountain by multiple six-horse teams. Students worked week after week and the “A” was finally white-washed nearly four months after construction began. Total cost of the project? $397.

In Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, everyone knew the precocious 8-year-old at the family hardware store who counted change for customers. Back then, he beamed with pride giving back 75 pesos for a 100 peso bill that had paid for a 25 peso wrench. He was helping out his hero and inspiration — his grandfather.

Today, that youngster is Manuel Felix, the ASUA student body president. He credits his grandfather, Joaquin Manuel Felix Castro, for showing him how to embrace the world. 

Leadership once seemed so simple. “Lead me, follow me, or get out of the way,” said Gen. George S. Patton, leader of 725,000 troops in World War II. 

Today, it seems there are almost as many theories of leadership as there are leaders. By one estimate, 140,000 books for leaders are for sale on Google Books, and upwards of 400 million websites offer tips. 

Here at the UA, faculty members have come up with their own take on leadership.

The University of Arizona was ranked 68th among more than 25,000 higher education institutions worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings.

The UA improved to 68th from 70th on the CWUR list in 2014 and 73rd in 2013.

“The University of Arizona does very well in international rankings thanks to the productivity and achievements of our faculty and the employability of our graduates,” says UA President Ann Weaver Hart. “The ranking is calculated on the quality, reach, and impact of the UA faculty’s award-winning research and teaching.”

The University of Arizona is among the schools included in “The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition,” The Princeton Review’s annual college guide based on a survey of 136,000 students.

The Princeton Review does not issue overall rankings for the 380 schools. Instead, it assigns scores ranging from a low of 60 to a high of 99 in a variety of categories. The UA excelled in campus sustainability or “green” initiatives (93), quality of life (88), and admissions selectivity (85).


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