One of the best parts of my job is supporting Wildcat athletics, and men’s and women’s basketball had incredible runs this year. All of the renewed excitement about basketball gave me a chance to interact with alumni from all over the world, and while a big part of those conversations is the ’Cats, alumni always emphasize to me how much they appreciate their degrees and how proud they are of what their degrees allow them to accomplish in the world.
I am incredibly proud of all our alumni. Wildcats make the world a better place every day, which is why continuing to help our students succeed is one of the two most important things we do at the university. One of the many ways alumni can help with this top priority is serving as mentors. You can find advice to graduating seniors from some of our mentors on page 59, and a little from me on the following page.
The second most important thing we do is discovering new knowledge through research conducted by our faculty, staff and students. There are so many phenomenal things going on at the university every day: You have probably seen the James Webb Space Telescope in the news; Jennifer Barton has developed an early ovarian cancer detection technology; and through the Arizona Institutes for Resilience, we are partnering with tribal communities to develop solutions that improve people’s resilience in the wake of environmental shocks.
Finally, I hope you will watch some of the truly amazing presentations university visionaries shared at the Wonder House, our restaurant takeover in Austin at this year’s South by Southwest. You can find them at sxsw.arizona.edu, and if you are looking for something to do next spring break, head to Texas for our showcase during next year’s conference. It is going to be even better.
Bear Down and Go Cats!
Robert C. Robbins, M.D.
The University of Arizona