Campus News

New UA Office Centralizes Services for Current, Prospective Transfer Students

Services for current and prospective transfer students have been centralized with the creation of the Office of Transfer Credit and Articulation. "As a former transfer student myself, I know how hard it is for students to determine which credits are transferrable, the time to complete a degree, and the cost of degree options," says the office's senior director, Nicole Kontak. "With the creation of this office, we're empowering students because they'll have answers to these questions before they even apply."

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Faculty/Staff Email Migrations Will Begin Soon

Migration of individual accounts to the University's new cloud-based email and calendaring service, Microsoft's Office 365, begins this month. Faculty and staff will receive a notice when the process to copy their mailbox begins, and when it has been completed. Access to email and calendar services will continue without disruption during the migrations. Once users have moved to the new system, they'll enjoy a significant increase in mailbox size, online storage space and access to online and downloadable Office software.

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User Feedback Helps Shape Redesign of UA Mobile App

Using feedback solicited via a survey, the Arizona Mobile app has been redesigned to improve its look, speed and functionality. "We heard that one of the biggest areas for improvement with the app was to make it faster," says Ami Buczek, principal applications systems analyst at UITS. "By breaking it up, we improved the design and functionality."

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UA Scholarly Work More Accessible After First Year of Open Access Policy

UA faculty gathered last week to discuss the impact of the UA's Open Access Policy in its first year. The policy, which aims to expand access to UA scholarly and research outputs, calls on faculty members to submit their final accepted manuscripts to the UA Campus Repository. "Land-grant universities were created by Congress to create knowledge for the public good. The public isn't benefiting from the knowledge if we cloister it in high-end journals," said UA School of Journalism Director David Cuillier.

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Awards and Accolades

Congratulations to these recently honored employees: Robert Williams, professor of law; Kacey Ernst, associate professor of epidemiology; Hoshin Gupta, hydrology and atmospheric sciences professor; Fiona Grugan, international student adviser; Sheilah Nicholas, associate professor in the College of Education; Ravi Tandon, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Qing Hao, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering.

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UA Expanding Spring Break Study Abroad Options

A crash course on biodiversity in the Amazon represents a relatively new model for UA Study Abroad. Based on positive feedback from students who participated in a winter break program in the Amazon, the office recognized an opportunity to provide more short-term explorations. Starting in 2018, students can use their spring break to tour historic sites such as Naples, Rome, Florence and Venice.

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Robbins Expected to be Named UA President at ABOR Meeting

The Arizona Board of Regents is expected to approve the appointment of Dr. Robert Clayton Robbins as the 22nd president of the University of Arizona at its April board meeting. The regents also will discuss 2017-18 tuition rates, an agreement to lease Hi Corbett Field from the city of Tucson, three new proposed academic programs and three nominees for Regents' Professor.

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Awards to Recognize Leaders in Mentoring, Diversity and Inclusion

The UA community is invited to attend the Visionary Leadership Award Ceremony, where students, employees and programs will be honored for leadership in mentoring, diversity and inclusion. "These awards are important because they recognize and honor UA community members who are playing vital roles in advancing diversity and inclusiveness on our campus," said Jesús Treviño, vice provost for inclusive excellence and senior diversity officer.

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Happening in April

Get ready to enjoy fried food, cotton candy and thrilling rides because Spring Fling is returning to the UA Mall. But that's not all that's happening on campus during the month of April. There also are musical performances with dance legend Ben Vereen, baseball and softball matchups against Arizona State University and a red-carpet screening of shorts by the UA's most talented filmmakers.

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