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The University of Arizona Parents & Family Magazine is published twice a year by the Dean of Students Office and Arizona Student Media. It is designed to introduce new UA families to our dynamic community.



Rare Student Property With a “No Party” Policy
Of all the selling points to publicize, one student property advertises a “quiet environment” and a “No Party” Policy.
If you research the student housing market in Tucson, AZ you will find that most properties are very similar with only slight differences. Of course, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some properties include all utilities in the rent. Some do not. Some are luxurious (one even has a real mini movie theater). Some are miles away. Some are just steps away from the campus. Some rent to students only. Some will rent to anyone. Some are for students on a budget and offer no amenities. And some are similar to resorts in the range of amenities they offer…you get the idea. But Sahara Apartments stands alone by advertising a “No Party” Policy. Sahara Apartments, located less than one mile west of the UofA campus on N. Stone Avenue, has had a “No Party” Policy in place since it opened seven years ago. In that time there have been no wild parties, no accidents, no drunken or drug-related injuries, and no Red Tags given by the police. Red Tags are given to properties when the police are called for disturbances or illegal activity. Yes, not a single Red Tags in seven years. “Yes, some people view our ‘No Party’ Policy as a negative and frankly, some students choose not to live here because of the policy,” says Ted Mehr, owner and developer of Sahara Apartments. “ We look at Sahara Apartments as a sanctuary for students where they can feel safe, secure and free from the usual commotion that goes on in most student oriented apartment buildings. The kinds of things that can disturb a student’s sleep or study time. As a student-only property, we do not consider ourselves to be in the nightclub business, or the bar and entertainment business. There are plenty of choices for those activities all around Tucson. We are a student’s home away from home.” Sahara Apartments sponsors social events on a monthly basis. These social activities are held both on and offsite. When they are offsite, Sahara’s shuttle provides free transportation to the events and brings the residents back. Residents can have their friends over and socialize with them in the student lounge, entertain them in the game room, use the swimming and whirlpools, or study together in Sahara’s study room with free use of the Internet connected terminals. “Safety is the number one thing parents are concerned about when their child moves away from home,” says Ted Mehr. “The concept of Sahara was born out of my concern for my own daughter’s safety as she was preparing for college. I wanted her to be in a safe and comfortable living environment no matter where she lived. I simply asked myself, what kind of place would I want my daughter to live in for the times I could not be there to watch over her? Sahara Apartments was my answer to that question.” The concern for safety and security is evident as you approach the entry gate, or when you step into the leasing office. Sahara Apartments steps up with state-of-the art fire safety and security measures that are unmatched by any building in Tucson. The gated property includes an electronic key system with retrievable history of every entry into each apartment and through each gate. The property is equipped with 80 security cameras that monitor all public areas on a 24/7 basis. There is even a network of infrared beams over the perimeter walls that sound an alarm and calls the owner on his cell phone if the perimeter walls are breached… regardless of the time of day or night. “If someone breaches the security of the building, I want to be the first one to know. If I wanted it for my daughter, I am sure you would want it for yours. It may be considered overly protective, but I would prefer to wake up and investigate in the middle of the night than to find out in the morning that something happened that could have been prevented,” admits Ted Mehr. What else needs to be said about Sahara Apartments? They have a good long list of modern amenities that the students want, such as ALL utilities included in the rent, VERY high-speed Internet, kitchens and private bathrooms in each apartment, FREE shuttle service to and from campus, FREE bicycles for use as long as you are a resident, lower prices than the on-campus residence halls and comparable off campus student apartments, and you might have guessed… Sahara Apartments is the one property with the minimovie theater. Check out Sahara’s Website for all the information about this unique student property at or stop in and take a tour. The friendly staff at Sahara Apartments would be happy to show you around. Sahara Apartments 919 N. Stone Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701 520-622-4102 Ted Mehr, Owner [email protected]


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Table of Contents
Parents & Family Association Fall Update
All the latest news on how PFA is supporting UA parents and students. page 5

SALT Center Receives Generous Support
Learn how the Bartlett family is committed to UA’s SALT Center

UA’s New Degree Tracker
A new initiative will guide students through their academic journeys at UA.

page 21

page 11

Dr. Ann Weaver Hart: UA’s New President THINK TANK Success Stories
Students demonstrate the importance of academic support on campus President Hart comes to UA as a proven leader with broad experience. Read about her plans for the university.

page 15

2012 Phoenix Summer Send-Off

page 26

New incoming freshmen and their families were welcomed into the Wildcat Family at summer send-off events.

page 7

2012-2013 PFA Grant Awards

Thank You Parents and Family Association Donors!

UA Represented in London Paralympic and Olympic Games
Read about UA’s stellar athletes and their many achievements at the London summer games

See how your donations are supporting student success at UA

Recognition of our 2011-2012 supporters whom donated $100 or more to support student success

page 30

page 9

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Important Contacts
▷ Advising Resource Center Academic advising & advisor contact
information ■ (520) 626-8667 ■

▷ Meal Plan Office Purchasing and updating student meal plans
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▷ Office of Student Computing Resources: Student computer labs
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▷ BookStores books, supplies, computer hardware & software purchases
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▷ Police (University of Arizona) Emergency response, crime prevention 911 or (520) 621-UAPD ■

▷ Bursar’s Office

Billing questions, paying tuition and fees

▷ Registrar’s Office Verification of enrollment, change of schedule,

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health insurance ■ (520) 621-6490 ■

grade replacement opportunity ■ (520) 621-3113 ■ http://www.registrar.

▷ Campus Health Service Health care, psychological care, student ▷ Career Services Part-time jobs on and off campus, internships &
(520) 621-2588 ■
co-ops, full-time post-graduation employment and career exploration

▷ Residence Life On-campus housing ■ (520) 621-6501 ■

▷ Residency Classification Determination of in-state or out-of-state
residency for tuition purposes ■ (520) 621-3636 ■ http://www.registrar.

▷ Commuter Student Affairs Off-campus housing, commuter student
support ■ (520) 621-5859 ■ duct, complete withdrawals ■ (520) 621-7057

▷ 24/7 IT Support Ctr. Student computer support ■ (520) 626-TECH

▷ Dean of Students Office Advocacy, academic integrity, code of con

▷ Tutoring at the Think Tank Drop-in, by appointment, course
reviews and more ■ (520) 626-0530 ■

▷ Graduate College (520) 621-3471 ■

▷ UA Parents & Family Association (520) 621-0884


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Parents & Family
Issue 12
The University of Arizona Parents & Family Magazine is published twice a year by the Dean of Students Office and Arizona Student Media. The University of Arizona PO Box 210021 Tucson, AZ 85721 Editor Kathy Adams Riester Associate Dean of Students Director UA Parent & Family Programs [email protected] 520-621-0884 Advertising Milani Hunt Marketing Coordinator Arizona Student Media [email protected] 520-626-8546 Design & Production Cindy Callahan Creative Services Manager Arizona Student Media [email protected].edu 520-621-3377 Circulation: 15,000
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Greetings Wildcat Parents & Families, Welcome to our twelfth issue of the Parents & Family Magazine! You’re receiving this magazine because you are one of our valued Parents Plus members and/or you have made a generous donation to support the goals of the UA Parents & Family Association. I thank you for your support! We are also sending copies of the Fall Edition to parents of current freshman due to a generous grant from the Freshman Fee Committee. I love all the fun activities of the fall semester from all of our Wildcat Welcome events in August for students and families to fun traditions like Family Weekend, Homecoming and cheering on the football team! It is also nice when the temperature in Tucson finally stays below 90 degrees! I want to send a special thanks to all the parents and family members who were able to come to campus for Family Weekend October 19-21. It was fun seeing so many of you on campus spending time with your students. Thanks also to all the parents who joined us in our 3nd Annual Family Weekend Golf Tournament at Skyline Country Club. We had a great time and raised more than $8600 for the PFA Grant program (see page 12 for the winning team details)! For those of you wondering about the date for Family Weekend 2013 — we should have it set sometime in January. Once it is confirmed, it will be posted on the Parents & Family Association Website. In the Fall Edition of the Parents & Family Magazine we have a feature article on the 21st President of the University of Arizona, Dr. Ann Weaver Hart (see page 22). You will also read about how well UA was represented at both the Olympics and Paralympics Games in London this August (page 30) and about a new tool UA has built to help your student keep track of their degree progress called Degree Search (page 21). I want to thank local artist, Diana Madaras for allowing us to showcase the Fountain at Old Main on our magazine cover. In the fall we also recognize the parents and family members who have contributed $100 or more to the UA Parents & Family Association during the past year. On behalf of the PFA Board, our students, and the Parent & Family Programs staff — thank you to everyone who made a contribution! I hope that you will do so again this year — every bit counts and makes a difference in supporting UA students’ success. We want our parents to GET INVOLVED! We are looking for some good volunteers who have a little bit of time and talent to give! You don’t have to live in Arizona to join us. For more information on our Committees see the Fall Update on Page 5. Be sure to bookmark our website: It is an excellent source of information and support! I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful parent volunteers who have served the association over the past year — I really appreciate your dedication and support — and so do our students! As always, don’t hesitate to give the Parents & Family Association a call or send us an email if you have a question or concern. Barbara Camp, Karina Salazar and I are happy to be of assistance. We can be reached at (520) 621-0884 or via email at [email protected] With Wildcat Pride,

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By Kathy Adams Riester, Associate Dean of Students & Director, Parent & Family Programs There are great things happening with PFA Committees! ▷ The Legislative Affairs Liaison, Gail Griffin is working with our Director of State Relations on the Cats at the Capitol Event planned for February 21, 2013. In addition, the committee would like to work with instate parents to “Adopt a Legislator” so, let us know if you are interested in participating in one or both activities. You can also join AdvoCATS which is part of UA State Relations if you would like to be more involved with ongoing Advocacy Events. ▷ The Student Recruitment & Retention Committee, co-chaired by Laurie Laychak (out of state) and Christine McNeal (in state) are working with the UA Office of Admissions to recruit parents who are interested in helping UA to recruit new students. This can be as simple as adopting a high school in your local area and/or assisting with a college fair. Admissions provides the training and materials and together we give you ongoing support. Football Coach, Rich Rodriquez. The committee is starting to work on the event for next year and is recruiting volunteers and sponsors! ▷ The Campaign Committee, chaired by Michelle Capin and Natalie Morehouse awarded four grants to help support student success on campus for the 2012-2013 academic year (see page 9). The committee also held the 3nd Annual Family Weekend Golf Tournament which raised more than $8,600 to support PFA grants and parent outreach.


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Greater Phoenix Area Summer Send-Off
By Charlene Duff & Patti Teter, 2012 Chairs The Greater Phoenix Area Summer Send-Off was held on July 29 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. We welcomed more than 1,200 incoming freshmen and their families from the greater Phoenix area and showed them the support they will have from not only the university, but from Phoenix, Tucson and the surrounding communities and businesses. The attendees were able to meet UA President Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, Athletic Director Greg Byrne, Arizona Head Football Coach Rich Rodriguez, Alumni President Melinda Burke, and many other UA dignitaries. Participants were able to interact with their fellow incoming freshmen, UA Alumni, as well as our amazing sponsors, all in a relaxed and fun-filled environment. The atmosphere was exhilarating and U of A red and blue dominated in maroon and gold territory! Each student attending received a welcome bag filled with items donated by the generous businesses supporting the Send-Off. Students had the chance to spin the prize wheel and play corn-hole toss to win fabulous prizes. Prizes included gift certificates, UA logo merchandise, dorm supplies, t-shirts, and much more, valued at over $39,000! Students were also entered into a free drawing for some of the larger donations that included a 32” LCD television, iPad, digital camera, and UA football/basketball tickets. Parents were entered into a free drawing for hotel stays donated by our amazing sponsors. Wilbur and Wilma were in attendance, as were the Cheerleaders and The Pride of Arizona marching band. They are not only current UA students, but the BEST representatives of the incredible spirit that surrounds the university. The Pride of Arizona marching band built the excitement with their entertainment and playing of songs. The crowd learned the UA fight song, and we are pretty sure we could be heard all the way down to Tucson! We hope you will be sure to visit all of our sponsors — they are listed below. We would appreciate you personally thanking them for their support; this fantastic event would not happen without them! When you visit our sponsors, please tell them that the Summer Send-Off team sent you! Bear Down and have a great time in Wildcat Country!

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2012-13 PFA Grant Awards Support UA Programs
By Karina Salazar, Graduate Assistant, UA Parents & Family Association The UA Parents & Family Association (PFA) is excited to announce the 2012-2013 Grant Award Recipients. Thanks to the generosity of UA Parents, PFA was able to award grants to four UA programs and departments. These grants provide necessary financial support for programs that include campus safety, academic resources, and transportation assistance. Below is a summary of these grants.

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The University and Dean of Students Office responds to emergencies and crises that directly impact students, families, and community members on and off campus. Because each student brings a different level of knowledge of university resources, this grant aims to make important safety information readily available for students to use. With the help of PFA funding, the Dean of Students Office provided students with direct safety tools to have throughout their time at the UA. SafeCats Safety cards were one of the tools given to each student during the fall semester and to parents attending orientation. These conveniently sized cards include safety resource information from UAPD, Dean of Students, Safe Ride, Hazing Hotline, CAPS, OASIS, UAlert, and SafeCats multimedia sites. Each year, students are involved in extraordinary academic, research, public service, and entrepreneurial activities around campus. With the help of PFA, the Student Storytelling Initiative will enable the Office of University Communications to equip many of these students with the multimedia tools needed to chronicle the UA student experience and share it across many UA communications platforms. The initiative hopes to chronicle the experiences of UA students as they engage in activities that expand the classroom experience. Activities filmed will include participation in research, study abroad, community service, special athletics events, and music performance. Past Perfect Online is an initiative by the University of Arizona’s Museum of Art in creating a more technologically savvy way for students to benefit from the Museum’s collection. The initiative will assist students conducting research by launching the Museum’s collection into a searchable online database. Through the use of Past Perfect software, each object in the Museum’s collection will be conveniently available to the UA student population. This initiative by UA Parking and Transportation Services focuses on supporting and enhancing sustainable alternative options to drive alone commuting for students, staff, and faculty members. With the help of PFA, Parking and Transportation services have installed three additional free use bicycle repair stands at key locations on campus. These easily accessible and vandal resistant units include stands, pumps, and basic tools needed for students and staff to perform most minor repairs and adjustments on their bicycles.

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Former student’s family supports SALT Center
Ben Bartlett, now a proud UA Alumni, and his parents Bruce and Patricia Bartlett generously committed $2 million to support UA’s SALT Center. UA Student Affairs Marketing photo By Lindsey Griffin that I felt could meet my son’s needs; where he could go to a large university and succeed,” said Patricia. “We were really In more than three decades of service excited about the SALT program.” to students with learning and attention As a college freshman, Ben faced challenges, the SALT Center has seen its challenges that many students encounter number of students grow from three in during their first-year transition. 1980, to more than 500 per semester today. “I wanted to take in the whole college It has seen its work expand from the baseexperience but I was not exactly ready for ment of a university building to a contem‘prime time’ college life. I was too busy porary three-story structure, equipped with other adventures to fully take adwith tutoring labs and technology, and it vantage of the SALT program and I made has seen thousands of incoming freshmen all the classic mistakes freshmen and transform into confident, independent sophomores do to sabotage their success,” young men and women. said Ben. In 2012, the SALT Center’s milestones “Fortunately my mother, my strategic continue to grow. learning specialist, and Dr. Jeff Orgera Bruce and Patricia Bartlett, parents of [ former SALT Center Director] and the former SALT Center student Ben Bartlett, rest of the SALT Center staff refocused my have generously committed $2 million attention to worthwhile in support of student goals. As I started to scholarships, health Bruce and Patricia Bartlett, achieve some academic and wellness services, victories, I found a and program improveparents of former SALT deepened appreciation ments; prompting the Center student Ben Bartlett, for the SALT Center SALT Center to honor their generosity by have generously committed staff and a deeper love and appreciation for renaming its facility as $2 million in support of my mother and the the Patricia A. Bartlett student scholarships, health sacrifices she made on Building. The SALT Center’s and wellness services, and my behalf.” Ben graduated from bond with Bruce and program improvements… the UA in 2010 with Patricia, both former a degree in Regional teachers, began as they Development. He is currently working undertook the college search process for as an IT Manager for Excel in Carlsbad, the youngest of their three children, Ben. California. An immediate connection to the SALT “The SALT Center is very important to Center and the University of Arizona surus for personally helping Ben become the faced during their search. confident young professional he is today, “I did a lot of research at different and for helping so many other students schools and I just found that there is nothreach their goals,” said Patricia. ing that compared to the SALT program

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“I think sometimes, especially freshman year, kids just need a little extra support, someone to talk to, or some reinforcement in a particular subject. I think the SALT Center can make all the difference in the world for that student.” The SALT Center’s comprehensive model offers one-on-one meetings between the student and the strategic learning specialist in order to help students with learning strategies specific to their needs. The SALT Center also provides tutoring, workshops, and a computer resource lab updated with the newest assistive technology software. “A lot of students who have various learning disabilities have grown up feeling like no one understood their problems and for them to reach the same amount of success [as their peers] was usually much harder,” said Bruce. “To see a program that not only let them know that they recognized their difficulties but also provided various coping strategies to overcome their difficulties was really amazing for any parent to witness.” The Patricia A. Bartlett Building now stands as a testament to the passion and commitment the Bartlett Family has for the SALT Center program. “Bruce and Patricia’s generosity will enable the SALT Center to remain innovative in how it facilitates academic success and learning for individuals with challenges,” said Dr. Orgera, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. “It will allow the professional staff to think creatively about the best ways to keep the SALT Center as the premier program for university level students with learning and attention challenges.” The Bartlett’s generosity exemplifies the tremendous work of the SALT Center staff, and will undoubtedly impact future SALT Center students, like Ben, for years to come. “If you’re lucky, sometimes in your life something will come along that becomes a passion for you; something that you need to be a part of, you never thought you would be a part of, but you just cannot let it go and it becomes part of your life,” said Patricia. “And SALT has become a part of our life, it really has.” “I know I have benefited from a dream. A dream that my parents started for me a long time ago. Together, my mentors at the SALT Center and my parents helped me find my way. Their dream now is to help other students like me reach their goals and dreams in life.”


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Family Weekend Golf Tournament Raises Money
By Karina Salazar, Graduate Assistant, UA Parents & Family Association The Parents & Family Association would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2012 Parents & Family Association Family Weekend Golf Tournament. We had a great turn-out with more than 50 players and volunteers participating on a bright desert day in Tucson. With your help we were able to raise more than $8,686 to aid in supporting student success on campus through the PFA Grants Program. The UA Parents & Family Association would like to thank our Tournament Sponsors for their support!
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pFA golf tournament first place team. is also very excited to congratulate the winners of the 2012 PFA Family Weekend Golf Tournament. Our first place team included Michael Guidroz, Jerry Cacciatore, Tom McCausland and Eric Rustand who had the winning team score of 58. Congratulations also go out to our second place team of Dan Pion, Scott Neely, Alan Stein, and Hubert Sims who had a team score of 61.

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By Dorothy Briggs, Director Frequently I have the opportunity to talk to parents and families about the services provided by the Think Tank. While many universities offer academic support, none parallels the level of support provided by the Think Tank. The UA is set apart because the Student Services Fee (SSF) Board, made up of students, allocates funding for support from the SSF levied on all students. While many parents recognize the importance of support, I am also met by skepticism.

Students at UA’s Think Tank demonstrate the success and importance of academic support at UA. FJ Gaylor photo I’ve been told, “my son is an honor student, so he won’t need tutoring,” or, “she is the salutatorian; she won’t need help.” These families have embraced a common paradigm. Let me take this opportunity to share with you three very different success stories. Nicole, Samantha and Perry are all Think Tank patrons; that’s all they have in common. Nicole O’Connor is a junior double majoring in BioChem and Psychology. During her freshman year she came almost daily to get calculus help. She found that by spending time at the Think Tank she surrounded herself with people who are doing homework in a positive environment. When Nicole’s English Instructor told her she should apply to be a writing tutor she decided that she wanted to continue to

be a part of the positive environment, in a new role. Nicole is now a writing tutor. Samantha Dibaise is a sophomore Honors student majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. A tour of the UA took her past the Think Tank. While the guide talked about the Think Tank, her mother leaned over to her and whispered, “Don’t be shy about asking for help.” When she was faced with math that she hadn’t seen since 9th grade, she remembered her mother’s words. She found the Think Tank to be convenient and a good way to spend time between classes. Samantha earned a 4.0 during her freshman year. Samantha is a new math tutor at the Think Tank. Perry Kronfeld is a senior majoring in Family Studies. Perry is a successful student that has been on the Dean’s List and studied abroad. She is looking forward to graduation in May. But the outlook wasn’t always so bright for Perry. During her first and second semesters she didn’t do so well academically. She wound up on academic probation. By her third semester she faced possible disqualification. Perry knew she had to make changes. She said, “I didn’t know what I needed to do. I didn’t know how to study.” Perry was referred to work with a Learning Specialist as part of her contractual requirement to remain in school. Perry met with Cassandra Hirdes, a Learning Specialist. Perry shared with me that when she “applied the techniques I was shocked at how well it worked!” She learned how to formulate study plans. Perry said, “I’m very grateful for the support.” Perry points out that there is always room for improvement; it’s never too late to make changes. The Think Tank offers assistance to honors students adjusting to the new culture of a Research One institution, students looking for a positive learning environment, and struggling students in need of support. Nicole learned to balance work, classes and fun. Perry was able to study in Florence because she earned the required GPA. The student members of the SSF Board know the importance of academic support. The success stories of Nicole, Perry and Samantha demonstrate it. Samantha offers up this advice, “Encourage your kids to go – don’t make it a bad thing to get help.” Success is never bad.

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All UA Parents can sign up to join the UA Parents & Family Association online at www. and you will receive Paw Prints our E-Newsletter and urgent parent communications. We also know that some parents want more information. For those parents and families we have created the Parents Plus Membership which provides enhanced communication along with some great benefits! Parents know that being well oriented to campus and having a working knowledge of resources for their student is a key way to help their student become a safe, happy, successful graduate from UA. Becoming a Parents Plus Member of the Parents & Family Association will give you increased communication,

information and helpful resources that you can in turn share with your student. Being a Parents Plus Member gives you the inside track on the latest information on what is happening on campus and how it might be affecting your student’s life. From freshman year through Graduation, the UA Parents & Family Association is here to support you in your efforts to support your student’s success here at UA. Your Parents Plus Membership not only supports the programs and services the UA Parents & Family Programs offers; it also helps support student success by contributing funding to our Annual Grants Program. Show your Wildcat Pride – join today!


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The Parents & Family Association wants to sincerely thank all the parents and family members who made a contribution to PFA. This support enables the Parents & Family Association to fund grants for programs and services that support UA students success in and out of the classroom. OUR STUDENTS THANK YOU! The donors listed below*
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made a contribution of $100 or more to the Parents & Family Association between Oct. 1, 2011-Nov. 2, 2012.

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Polly & William Morehouse Teresa & Mark Morgan Margaret & David Morgan Mary Morphy Sandra Morris Natalie & Dennis Morrison Ann & Joseph Murray Anne & Martin Myers John & Alice Mace Nakanishi Douglas & Janice Naylor Beverly & Michael Neal Jodette & Scott Neely Cathie Nelson Hannah W Njuguna Craig & Erin Olschansky Mary & Lee Olsen Bettina O’Mara Jeffrey & Nicole Orgera Nancy Otton Harumi Owen Nancy & Matthew Paine Silvia & Bruce Parry Cheryl Partee Mark & Lori Pasteur Richard & Linda Pavlik Kelly Pecavar Glenn Peliska Sergio Penaherrera Rob & Brenda Pennell Henry & Barbara Perkins Lisa & Wallace Peterson Lisa Peterson Smith & Jeffrey Smith Robert & Ruth Phillips Diane Piergallini David Pill Andrea & Dan Pion Jim Pitman Mary Planck Sarah & James Poindexter Joan Poladian Craig Poropat Jane & Michael Powell John & Katherine Poxon David Prendergast Jeffrey & Sheryl Prieto Julie & Ed Pullen Ralph Quijano Mitchell & Kathy Racoosin Mary & Michael Rank Jeanne Rapley Thomas Coons Andrew & Margaret Rath Barbara Rathborne Head & Graham Head Deborah & David Rawson Susan & Peter Reagan Joel & Jo Pamela Redmon Martin & Ruth Revallier Richard & Rosa Rhoades Abraham & Nancy Ripps Cynthia & Brion Rittenberry Carla & Bruce Roberts Gail Robins Gayle Rodenbostel John & Aleida Rodenburg Diana & Brad Rodgers Rebeca & Julio Rodriguez Caroline & Dan Rodriguez Trudy & Thomas Rogers Jack & Melinda Romanoff Colette Rosati Kathleen Rosen Harvey Rosenberg Joyce Rosenthal Jerry Rosette Susan Roth Lee Rubin Sunny & Larry Russ Brandon Sadigh Jose & Cynthia Salazar Gladys Sanchez Scott Sanchez Jose & Yolanda Sandoval Michelle Sandoval Gerard & Beverly Santinelli Laura Scheyer & Steve Cohn Dave & Jennifer Schneider Jeanette & Michael Scholl Laura & Thomas Schultz Thomas Schwarz Mike Schwencer Amy Searight Michelle & David Seeger Anita & Ashvin Shah Susan & Robert Sharp J. Michael & Mary Sherer Gabriella & Joe Sheridan Kishla Sheridan Mary E. Shetter Cecily Shull Michael Sickle Beth Simon Hubert Sims Mills Sinclair Joshua & Lois Siskin Colleen Sizer Richard Slavin Jeffery Sloan Jeffrey & Mary Smalle Bryan & Maria Smith Kenny & Joanna Smith David & Janis Smith Nora & Chris Sorenson Mark Souza Maisie & James Sparks Daniel St. Germain James & Maryellen Stamos John C. & Jennifer S. Stancil Susan Staples Alan & Janet Stein Mark Steinman Adrian & Michelle Stern Brenda Stewart Ted Stovall Thomas & Barbara Strauss Stephen & Susan Struck Susan & John Suman Lori Suriano Karen Sutter Joan Sweeney & James Godbout James & Melba Swift Susie & Nigel Taplin Christina & Howard Tay, M.D. David & Isel Taylor Bernarda & Carlos Teran V. Colleen Terian Bryan Terrell Andreas & Maria Theodorou Josephine Thoman Tod Thrasher Clinton & Andrea Thute Elizabeth Tilson Fred Toffel & Arlene Bumbaca Lynn Toler Lori Tomasa Maria Torres Joen Traeger-Casey & Charlie Casey Joanna Travis Marisue & Ralph Trevino Darcy Turner

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The University of Arizona Ombuds Program provides an informal means of problem resolution for students, parents, and university employees who have a concern, conflict, or dispute. Ombuds are faculty and staff appointed by the President to provide assistance. An Ombuds is not empowered to change a decision, but through intervention or a clarification of matters, information may emerge to assist in problem resolution. Call the Coordinator at (520) 626-5589 or visit the Ombuds website at to find contact information for the Ombuds.

Due to the confidential, informal, and neutral function of the Ombuds, communication with the Ombuds does not constitute notice to the University. Email is not appropriate for confidential communications.

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Car Sharing: A program designed to provide hourly car rentals to students and staff. This is a great program for our alternative transportation users that may have an off-campus appointment! Bike Sharing: Students and employees may enjoy the use of a free loaner bike by checking one out from our on-campus bike share stations. Biking: Take advantage of the over 11,000 free bicycle parking spaces or park your bike with added security at one of our secure lockers or enclosures. Biking is a joy for the mind and body – the perfect infusion of healthy energy to get you where you need to be. Disability Cart Service A free service provided to all UA faculty, staff, and students who have a temporary or permanent impairment. Carts operate M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 5 P.M. Sun Tran U-Pass: All UA students, faculty and staff are eligible. The U-pass gives you unlimited use of Sun Tran. Parking & Transportation pays for up to 50% of the cost of the full fare rate. Sun Tran provides maps, schedules to help plan your route! No worries…just time to enjoy your journey. Cat Tran: Getting around campus is easier than ever with the Free CatTran Shuttle. Six routes serve the campus with over 45 stops. Three routes also serve six off-campus Park and Ride Lots. Shuttles operate M-F, 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. NightCat operates M-F, 6pm to 12:30 am. There’s a shuttle sure to suit your needs. Bike Valet Program: Secure, free, valet parking in front of the Nugent Building. Open M-F, 8am- 6pm. Call 626-PARK for more info. Bike Fix-it Stations: There are 6 locations on campus to self-repair your bicycle , available 24/7 with tools and a bike pump. More Information: Parking & Transportation Services 1117 E Sixth St. Tucson, AZ 85721-0181 520.626.PARK (7275) [email protected]

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Dr. Rachel Beech Director, International Admissions The Degree Tracker Project is a new initiative of the University of Arizona designed to help your student find their place as they move along their academic journey. Students want and look for guidance and confirmation that the choices they make are propelling them in the right direction and in making those decisions they are identifying academic options that are a good fit for their interests and talents. The Degree Tracker Project consists of two components to help your student in navigating this complex decision making process, Degree Search and the Smart Planner. Degree Search (degreesearch.arizona. edu) launched in the fall 2011 semester and is designed as a snapshot tool for students who want to better understand the degree options available to them at the UA, what the curriculum of each major looks like over the course of four years, and what career options may be available to them upon graduation. Degree Search provides a way for students to quickly get this information in an easy to read format. The online tool also assists students who are making decisions about what type of major to pursue to narrow down their choices based on fit. Students can search for majors based on Holland codes, which help to identify how their strengths may be best suited for a particular degree, by selecting specific academic areas or even by the amount of Math or Second Language courses required for the degrees. Students will be further assisted in making progress toward their degree completion by the Smart Planner tool, which will be available to all freshmen and sophomore students in the spring 2013 semester. The tool makes suggestions for future semester course enrollment based on a curriculum provided by a student’s academic department, a sequence that has been approved by the academic advisor to assure that the suggestions are not only accurate, but also balance the types of courses in any semester so that the academic load is consistent throughout a student’s academic experience. The Smart Planner utilizes information from a student’s record, such as transfer credits, test scores and course enrollment so that the course suggestions provided in any given semester are specific to a particular individual’s experience. This in turn will help students by ensuring that they are not enrolling in duplicative course work and are making progression toward their goal of graduation. The Smart Planner will help your student to prepare for their advising appointments, allowing for time to be spent on more in-depth questions regarding their academic planning and potential opportunities such as internships and study abroad. The University of Arizona has invested in the Degree Tracker project and the two tools it has generated, Degree Search and Smart Planner, in order to help your student to make critical decisions that affect their pathway to graduation. Our hope is that in doing so we can better assist students in understanding how they move from semester to semester and year to year toward the attainment of their bachelor’s degree.


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UA President Ann Weaver Hart envisions that the University’s future will be marked by an even greater emphasis on local, community-centered immersion and the type of practical engagement that will have a global impact.
By University Communications Four months at the helm, University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart has appointed key administrators and staff and engaged deans and other UA officials in short and long-term planning initiatives to better position the institution financially, academically and socially. The UA’s future largely will be shaped by both a state and global context, informed by the nation coming out of one of the worst recessions in its history, at a time of increasing costs and when higher education opportunities are in greater demand. But Hart acknowledges that tremendous opportunities also exist, particularly in public-private partnerships, knowledge production and technology transfer, community-based collaborations and the engagement of the University’s auxiliary units, such as Arizona Athletics. “We must not lose sight of how critically important it is for our state and for our ability to have a prosperous and culturally and socially productive future that we have very well-educated citizens,” said Hart, who also holds a faculty appointment in the College of Education’s educational policy studies and practice department. “We need to be careful to plan academically and also know our core strengths. We need a campus plan to provide both a great setting and also a financial plan. This is one of the most important things to do.” Hart came to Tucson with a tenacious advocacy for the improved support of public institutions like the UA. Immediately upon beginning her post on July 1, Hart organized several groups that were then tasked with developing strategic plans around academics, physical facilities and financial plans to aid in advancing the University. Hart also asked key administrators and deans to advise her as she devised three, six and 12-month plans to make the transition into her presidency the most effective. “I believe that leadership is a shared success story,” Hart said. “I’ve accomplished what I have because of the great people I have worked with. We often are very, very busy, but it is the people we work with and for who make us successful.” State and federal relations along with the UA’s fiscal well-being naturally are top priorities for Hart, who said enhancing support to medical education and research enterprises also are top priorities, along with improved student success and community involvement. Also, Hart has started discussions toward initiating a major capital campaign. The last UA campus wide fundraising initiative, Campaign Arizona, closed in 2005 with more than $ 1 billion raised for the institution. “The consequences of not supporting institutions like the University of Arizona are many. They are both personal and societal,” said Hart. Likewise, Hart emphasized the University’s mission to expand educational opportunities, to generate new knowledge and also to attract top-level scholars and accomplished graduate students. In searching for the 21st UA president, Arizona Board of Regents and search committee members were looking for someone “who was going to lead the University of Arizona in a different future than has been in the past,” Regent Rick Myers said. “The University of Arizona is one of the most comprehensive universities in the nation,” Myers said, noting the UA’s land-grant and research missions with an emphasis on medical education, the arts and humanities. “And there aren’t a lot of universities with that scope and breadth.” Wanda H. Howell, Chair of the Faculty, said she is encouraged by Hart’s leadership style and vision for the University. “She’s actually thrilled to be part not only of the University, but of Tucson and the surrounding areas,” said Howell, a UA Distinguished Professor of nutritional

President Hart’s vision for the UA promotes the institution as locally centered with a global impact. University Communications photo sciences. “She’s learned that we cannot separate ourselves from the community, and that is very encouraging and can only be good for us.” Indeed, Hart’s vision for the UA promotes the institution as locally centered with a global impact, an adherence to its land-grant mission while being simultaneously true to its research mission. “Although complicated problems exist, she brings a bright mind and wisdom to these problems,” said Leslie P. Tolbert, UA’s senior vice president for research “She seems very committed to this place. She wants to be here for a while and really make a difference and make an impact on advancing the UA,” Tolbert said. “The breadth of her experience is really remarkable, but she isn’t simply going to take what she has done elsewhere and apply it here.” Myers and Tolbert each noted that Hart is a proven leader with broad experience and that she brings a promise of inspiring and guiding the institution. Now a threetime university president, Hart in her presidency at Temple University successfully led the institution in a major capital campaign that resulted in $380 million in funding, more than the initial goal. Hart, both in her work at Temple and also at the University of New Hampshire, also has been lauded for initiatives to expand research portfolios, improve student diversity and success, usher in Continued on page 25

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By University Communications More than 30 athletes and coaches with connections to the University of Arizona have competed and pursued gold in London this past summer in the Olympic and Paralympic games. The University of Arizona concluded a successful run in the 2012 London games with a total haul of five Olympic medals by current or former student-athletes and seven appearances in the largest ever Paralympic games. The University of Arizona is proud of the 24 Olympians and the tremendous feats they accomplished in the Olympic games. Abdi Abdirahman, Men’s Track and Field (USA) Alyssa Anderson, Marketing (2013), Women’s Swimming (USA) Brigetta Barrett, Theater Arts (2013), Women’s Track and Field (USA) Jean Basson, Finance (2011), Men’s Swimming (South Africa) Clark Burckle, Agriculture Economics and Management (2011), Men’s Swimming (USA) Simon Burnett, Business Economics (2007), Men’s Swimming (Great Britain) Frank Busch, UA Men’s and Women’s Swim Teams Head Coach (1989-2011), Men’s Swimming National Team Director (USA) Jill Camarena-Williams, UA Track and Field Assistant High jumper Brigetta Barrett poses with her silver medal Coach, Women’s Track and at the 2012 Olympic games in London. Errol Anderson photo Field (USA) Sara El Berki, Women’s Roland Schoeman, Psychology Swimming (Morocco) (2003), Men’s Swimming (South Africa) Matt Grevers, Men’s Swimming Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or, Men’s (USA) Swimming (Israel) Andre Iguodala, Men’s Basketball Albert Subirats, Communication (USA) (2009), Men’s Swimming (Venezuela) Robertas Javtokas, Men’s Basketball Nick Thoman, Men’s Swimming (Lithuania) (USA) Julie Labonté, Family Studies and Darian Townsend, Sociology (2010), Human Development (2013), Women’s Men’s Swimming (South Africa) Track and Field (Canada) Todd Wells, Management InformaBernard Lagat, Men’s Track and tion Systems (2000), Mountain Bike-Cross Field (USA) Country (USA) Georganne Moline, Psychology (2013), Women’s Track and Field (USA) Ana-Maria Montoya, Women’s SocParalympics cer (Colombia) Seven athletes from the University of Nicolas Nilo-Oliveira, Economics Arizona also competed in the largest ever (2011), Men’s Swimming (Brazil) Paralympics in the 2012 London games. Luis Rivera-Morales, Industrial The Paralympics featured 4,200 athletes Engineering (2010), Men’s Track and Field (Mexico) Continued on page 31

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UA Athletes …
Continued from page 29 from 160 countries who competed in 20 sports. Among them from the UA were Zachary Abbott, Bryan Barten, Jordan Bird, Tanner Gers, Adam Kellerman, Jennifer Poist and Noah Yablong. Here’s how they finished: Zachary Abbott, who has been wheelchair racing since he was 11, was born with sacral agenesis, a condition characterized by the absence of the variable portion of the caudal portion of the spine. “I’ve dreamed of going to the Paralympics – it was my childhood dream.” He said a visit to Tucson to compete in the Jim Click Run and Roll convinced him the UA was for him. Now a physiology major, Abbott raced in the 100, 200, 400 and 800-meter events. He advanced to the men’s 100-meter T53 wheelchair track final, where he finished eighth. Bryan Barten, a UA alumnus and wheelchair tennis and rugby coach, competed in wheelchair tennis quad singles. Seven-time USA World Team Cup member and currently ranked No. 9 in singles in the world, Barten recruited Yablong and Kellerman to the UA wheelchair tennis team. He credits the culture and outstanding opportunities in Adaptive Athletics at the UA for the successful representation in the Paralympics. He advanced to the wheelchair tennis quad singles quarterfinals. Jordan Bird lost his father and his ability to walk after the car they were traveling in was hit by a drunk driver at the age of 2. He started racing at age 5 and got faster and faster, over time deciding that the Paralympics was an achievable goal. Now a Junior majoring in psychology, Bird raced in the 400 and 800-meter wheelchair track competitions, and in the 4x400-meter relay. He advanced to the finals in the 100-meter race and placed sixth. Tanner Gers competed in the blind and visually impaired group at the 2012 Paralympics. Gers got his first taste of competition when he made the cut for the USA National Team in the long jump in his first qualifying meet in 2011. He gained selection to the 2012 Para Pan American games in the 100 and 200-meter races and placed first in the long jump. “My wife motivates me to do better. I’m excited to Continued on page 32
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Continued from page 31 compete – it’s going to be fantastic,” Gers said. Now a business administration and communication junior, Gers competed in the long-jump finals and finished 11th. Adam Kellerman, a sophomore physiology major, represented Australia in the wheelchair tennis men’s singles and doubles. Kellerman was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma at the age of 13. He survived surgery, but developed a bone infection that would take two years and 25 surgeries to overcome. He battled depression and isolation until in 2006, when he began playing wheelchair tennis which made him feel alive and excited about the

possibilities that lay ahead. Kellerman began studying and training at the UA in 2010. Kellerman ranked second in Australia and 29th in the world in both singles and doubles and reached round 16 in both events. Jennifer Poist, a second-year doctor of pharmacy student and the sole lady Wildcat in the Paralympics, competed with 11 other teammates for the USA women’s wheelchair basketball team. As a member of the UA women’s wheelchair basketball team, Poist was used to long hours of training with her teammates, but learning she was one of 18 women in the country to be invited to compete for a spot on the USA Paralympics team, she upped her routine and committed to solo

practices of shooting and endurance training. The team finished fourth, losing the bronze-medal game to the Netherlands. Noah Yablong, a May 2012 UA graduate in engineering management with a minor in aerospace engineering, competed in wheelchair tennis men’s singles and doubles. Yablong mostly looked forward to seeing friends from all over the world during the London Paralympics – friends he has made in the 10 years he has dedicated to wheelchair tennis. “Everything else pales compared to going to the Olympics. Life doesn’t get better than this.” Yablong reached round 64 in the singles competition and round 32 in doubles. Articles reprinted with the permission of University Communications 877.498.6776

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