Creating broader access to a University of Arizona education is an integral goal of the UA’s Never Settle initiative. With the launch of UA Online, the University has taken a significant leap toward this goal. The new virtual campus will give Arizonans — and the rest of the nation — access to the same great education UA alumni have already experienced, culminating in a world-class University of Arizona degree.

Brian Njenga moved to Minnesota at age 10, leaving behind his Kenyan homeland. But today, at 23, he spends plenty of time in Africa as a full-time employee with the strategic planning group of mining giant Freeport-McMoRan, based in Phoenix. In between, he gained a top-notch education in the UA’s Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, a program infused with the progressive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — or STEM — approach to learning. Those studies led to a pair of valuable internships, including one with Freeport.  

By the time this UA Mining Engineering student graduated in May, she already had three summer internships under her belt with the international mineral and gas company Freeport McMoRan. She now has a full-time, project-planning job in Freeport’s Southern Arizona office. 

Ashlyn Hooten felt STEM’s impact after finishing many of her initial engineering classes — math, chemistry, science — and moving into the core mining curriculum.  “A lot of those mining-specific classes use things we learned our freshman and sophomore years,” she says, “and then built on them.” 

When it was time for Jerri-Lynn Kincade ’15, a biomedical engineering graduate, to choose where she wanted to attend college, there was only one choice.

“I’m native to Tucson and I didn’t want to go somewhere else like ASU,” she says. “I wanted to stay here in Tucson so the UA was definitely my pick.”

She received a scholarship from the UA Black Alumni Club which supported Kincade throughout her UA career. “It’s really a family community. They helped and supported me a lot over the years and reminded me to invest in and support other youth just like they invested in me.” 

American Indian languages are in peril. When Europeans arrived in North America, approximately 300 American Indian languages were spoken. Today, about 100 are still spoken and only a few, such as Navajo and Tohono O’odham, are being learned by children in the home, often in more remote regions of the reservations. But even in such communities, the number of children who can speak these languages is dropping rapidly.

Experts on venomous creatures at the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center advise gardeners, hikers, and youngsters to be especially cautious about rattlesnakes during the summer months. 

Whether human desert dwellers are ready or not, Arizona’s rattlesnakes are welcoming offspring. Baby rattlers are born and active in July and August. The baby snakes have no rattle until they first shed their skins, so they make no warning sound before striking.

As the biggest and most comprehensive water campus in the world, the UA is discovering solutions for the state of Arizona and for arid and semi-arid regions that make up about 40 percent of the Earth’s landmass.

Water is arguably the most valuable resource in the Southwest. California is facing record-breaking heat and drought, adding to its already shrinking reservoirs, and nearly 70 percent of Arizona is classified as being in a state of severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor website.

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