Acting on a desire to “do what we can while we’re living,” Jerry and Kathy Short made a $1 million gift to establish the Founders Endowed Chair in Education for Global Children’s and Adolescent Literature within the University of Arizona College of Education’s Worlds of Words.
University of Arizona alumni Guy Weinzapfel ’65, Bill Brown ’62 and Fred Pace ’62 learned to plan, design and construct buildings in an unlikely place. In 1958, the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture’s design studios were located in a former Safeway grocery store on Park Avenue, a block southwest of the college’s current location.
Two years ago, University of Arizona alumni David and Diana Freshwater attended a class that taught a different approach to working with challenging behavior from children, including symptoms that accompany behavioral diagnoses such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.
The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies in the University of Arizona’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has received a new commitment of $1.5 million from Bettina B. and Kenneth A. Plevan, which will be combined with a previous gift of $500,000 to endow a chair in Modern Israel Studies in memory of their son Jeffrey B. Plevan.
Kethia Kong ’16 and Morgan Larson ’14 ’15 share similar stories. Both were high-performing students in high school who earned a place at the University of Arizona but were unable to afford the cost of a college education.
Mia Mason knows what it’s like to overcome adversity. At age 12, she was diagnosed with ependymoma, an extremely rare form of brain cancer. With support from family, medical treatment and determination, Mason was able to beat the disease.
Emma Paunil is passionate about researching viruses, and an Honors College grant is helping her take her passion to the next level.
John Somerhalder ’77 and his wife, Rebecca, have made a $1 million gift to the Dean’s Endowed Fund for Excellence in Engineering, a crucial resource for College of Engineering Dean Jeffrey Goldberg and future deans of the college.
Two recent gifts are contributing to the future of engineering: One provides an opportunity to usher in a new era of computing technology. The other builds the College of Engineering’s financial foundation for today’s students and coming generations.
Heidi M. Mansour and Ken Coit ’67 are two of 136 donors who have answered the Skaggs Challenge, a $25 million campaign to transform the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy’s Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center into a hub for innovative research and education.