Campus News

The Doctor Will See You Now – On Your Phone

How would you like to receive urgent care without having to actually go to an urgent care facility? UA employees can now do just that with the Doctor on Demand service, which connects patients to doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists via their computer, smartphone or tablet. "It's like Uber for urgent care," says Thomas McDonald, director of strategic initiatives in the Division of Human Resources. The service, which is open to anyone, is discounted for benefits-eligible UA employees.

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New UA Center Helps Students Thrive, Not Just Survive, College

A new UA center is dedicated to helping students learn how to thrive during their college years – in and out of the classroom. With that mission in mind, it's no surprise how the Thrive Center got its name. "We really wanted to communicate that we want students to do more than just survive college – that we really want them to thrive during college," says Cynthia Demetriou, associate vice provost for student success and retention innovation. "That means that they're growing not just intellectually, but also socially, emotionally, and that they're building a network and planning a pathway so that they're thriving overall as individuals."

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Construction Begins on Student Success District

The Student Success District will integrate the Main Library, the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library and Bear Down Gymnasium along with a new building, which is being constructed immediately south of Bear Down. Some disruption due to construction is to be expected. "We are certain the temporary inconveniences will be well worth the end result: an integrated approach to student success that will benefit every UA student for generations to come," says Jeff Goldberg, interim senior vice president of academic affairs and provost.

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Faculty Senate Approves Statement Affirming Free Expression at UA

A statement approved by the Faculty Senate is intended to be a proactive step to ensure freedom of expression at the UA. Daisy Pitkin, assistant professor in the Honors College and a member of the Faculty Senate, said the statement "is pretty much in line with what we already do and promote and value at the UA."

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New Fellowship Develops UA Leaders While Advancing HSI Efforts

A new fellowship centered on the University's HSI designation has a dual purpose: to help the fellows develop leadership skills and – through the fellows' work – to expand the UA's capacity to serve Hispanic students. "One of the interesting things about the HSI designation is that it really is what the University wants to make of it," says Marla Franco, assistant vice provost for HSI initiatives. The first cohort of 10 fellows will spend the spring semester working on three HSI-related projects.

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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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