Campus News

New Engineering Dean Aims to Foster Diversity, Provide More Hands-On Learning

The College of Engineering's new leader says he is excited to be at a university where the mission matches up perfectly with his vision for engineering education. "The University of Arizona has so much positive change going on right now, with a new provost, new deans and a new, visionary president," David Hahn says. "My vision for the college is fully aligned with the strategic plan of the University."

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Input Wanted for Campus 'Road Map'

The UA's 2020 Master Plan, set to be finalized in May, will guide the physical development of campus in alignment with the University's strategic plan. "It's like a road map for campus and how we want to develop in the future," says Peter Dourlein, campus architect and assistant vice president for Planning, Design and Construction. A series of workshops and forums will be held to gather input on the plan.

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Use BookStores' New Payroll Deduction Option to Buy Your Next Laptop

A new BookStores program offers interest-free financing and payroll deduction for technology purchases up to $2,000. "We've been working to bring this program to UA faculty and staff for more than three years," says Mike Wang, procurement and technology manager. "We hope that it provides all of our employees additional flexibility when it comes to meeting their technology needs."

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Occupational Health Has New Clinic, More Services

The Occupational Health Clinic has moved to a more central location and expanded its services. "The new location brings together services that include baseline evaluations, hearing conservation, respiratory fit testing, work-specific immunizations, and chemical, biological and radiation medical surveillance," says Ken Kerns, who oversees the clinic.

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New Buses Being Added to Cat Tran Fleet

Two new Cat Tran buses have joined the fleet, with two more arriving soon. Riders on the purple and green routes already are enjoying upgraded features, including quieter trips, front boarding for wheelchair users and monitors displaying upcoming stops.

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Construction to Begin Soon for New Student Success Building

Initial construction on the Student Success District is underway, including the new Student Success Building. During renovations, library services and hours will be maintained, though some services will move to temporary locations. "Our plan is to keep the construction process from constantly changing and shifting, which will keep the impact on vehicle and pedestrian traffic at a minimum," says Melissa Dryden, senior program coordinator for Planning, Design and Construction.

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New Applicant Tracking System Chosen as Part of Effort to Streamline Recruitment Process

The Division of Human Resources has selected Cornerstone OnDemand as the University's new provider of the applicant tracking system used in recruiting faculty and staff. The move aims to streamline the recruitment process. "We heard from our community that there is a strong desire to find an applicant tracking system that automates recruitment processes and simplifies hiring," says Helena Rodrigues, associate vice president for human resources.

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Awards of Distinction Recognize Excellence in Teaching, Mentoring, Research

Seven faculty members and a staff scientist were honored for excellence in teaching, mentoring and research at the annual Awards of Distinction. The awards were presented by the Office of the Provost, the Honors College, the Graduate College, and the GIFT Center at the UA Foundation. This year's ceremony included two new awards, Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring and Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar.

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