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Robbins Asks University Employees to 'Lean Into' Strategic Plan

In a Q&A with the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council, UA President Robert C. Robbins encouraged employees to share their thoughts on the strategic plan and to complete the organizational health index survey. "I would encourage everybody to lean into the strategic plan," he said. "There are plenty of opportunities to get your thoughts known."

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Strategic Plan, UA South Rebranding Among Topics Discussed at Faculty Senate

Members of the Faculty Senate were updated on strategic planning, senior-level searches and the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. Breaking into the top 50 public universities "is a good thing for the University because there are plenty of prospective students and their families that are looking at these rankings," UA President Robert C. Robbins said.

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24 Campus IT Professionals Selected for 2018-19 Leadership Academy

Two dozen information technology professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills make up the 2018-19 IT Leadership Academy class. "By increasing the opportunity for IT professionals to develop soft skills, or emotional intelligence skills, the idea was that they would have a lot more opportunity and a lot more mobility inside of the organization," says Tom Bourgeois, executive director of campus IT operations and co-chair of the ITLA steering committee.

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2020 Election, Health Care Disparities Among Topics to be Explored by New Udall Center Fellows

Four faculty members from across campus will tackle public policy projects within their disciplines as the newest cohort of Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy fellows. Melanie Hingle, assistant professor of nutritional sciences, will spend her fellowship strengthening the connection between two organizations that serve low-income populations. "They realize that their folks have similar issues, and they want to do something about it," Hingle says. "What's missing from that picture is the connecting-the-dots part, and that's the part that I hope to help with."

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Diverse Group of Fellows Picked for Academic Leadership Institute

Twenty-six UA leaders have been selected to participate in the next Academic Leadership Institute, a yearlong professional development program. The 2018-19 cohort will begin the program in August. "More than anything, I'm really hoping to meet other leaders and potential leaders on campus to hear about their perspectives and their ideas and to also share my perspectives and my ideas," says incoming ALI fellow Jessica Summers, an associate professor in the College of Education and chair of the UA faculty. "The more people I know, the better I can serve the faculty."

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Nearly 300 UA Retirees Honored for Service

Nearly 300 UA retirees who have worked a collective 6,300 years at the UA were celebrated last week at a dinner hosted by the Division of Human Resources. "Each of you has been an integral part of the University's success," UA President Robert C. Robbins told the honorees. "You have prepared our students for a changing world, launched discoveries that make Arizona and the world better, and built memories that will last a lifetime."

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New UA Faculty Chair Seeks to Create 'Marketplace of Ideas'

Jessica Summers, an associate professor of teaching, learning and sociocultural studies, hopes to apply what she has observed as an educational psychologist to her newest role: chair of the UA faculty. "People want to feel comfortable and know that it's a safe space to express their thoughts," Summers says. "That's what I'm aiming to achieve in this position – a marketplace of ideas where everyone's input is valuable."

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Awards to Recognize Excellence Among Employees, Units

Employees and teams that have gone above and beyond their usual responsibilities to advance their units and the University will be honored Friday at the Awards for Excellence ceremony. The awards are sponsored by the Classified Staff Council, the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council and the President's Cabinet.

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