Guest Column

I'm Now That Bumper Sticker: 'Proud Arizona Mom'

College wasn't easy for Kasey Urquidez, who left Safford, Arizona, to attend the UA as a first-generation college student. Today, a big part of her job is helping families through the admissions and enrollment process. Next fall, she comes full circle when her daughter starts college (hopefully, here!).

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Give the 'Gift' of Self-Care This Thanksgiving

This season of giving can be challenging for caregivers, who are already giving so much. In this guest column, Caryn Jung and Lourdes Rodriguez from Life & Work Connections encourage caregivers to practice self-care, and share some tips and resources.

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Connect and Grow Through Faculty Learning Communities

Where do faculty go when they want to become more effective teachers? Faculty learning communities. In this guest column, assistant professor and FLC facilitator Zoe Cohen invites interested faculty to join one of nine FLCs forming for the fall semester.

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Four Options for Greener Travel

More than half of employee trips to the UA are made in vehicles carrying just one person – the worst mode when it comes to being environmentally friendly. Interested in a cheaper and healthier commute? Parking and Transportation Services has some options.

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If You're Not Getting 7 Hours of Sleep Each Night, Read This

Sleep is critical to overall health and well-being. It's one of the three pillars of health, alongside diet/nutrition and exercise/activity. Michael Grandner, assistant professor of psychiatry, psychology and medicine, explains why it's so important, and offers tips for getting better sleep.

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After Just 1 Year, UA Creative Has Impressive Results

About a year ago, more than 90 marketing professionals crowded into a classroom for a frank conversation about the UA's branding efforts. "It was the start of a spirited, productive and ongoing conversation," writes Tony Proudfoot, associate vice president for marketing and brand management. Today, the group now known as UA Creative includes 153 marketers and communicators from nearly 100 departments across 33 colleges and divisions. The results so far, Proudfoot says, are impressive.

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Guest Column: Building the Cross-Campus Team Behind the Largest STEM Event in Arizona

In this guest column, Science City executive committee co-chair Lisa Romero describes the evolution of the core team that puts on the annual event. "We have grown from a handful of people being challenged with random tasks into a well-defined, cooperative, passionate and effective team of colleagues with shared vision and trust," she writes. The committee has been selected to receive the 2017 UA Team Award for Excellence.

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Guest Column: Biosphere 2 Celebrates its 10th Year With UA

In the 10 years since the UA took it over, Biosphere 2 has become a global leader in research to better understand our planet and resources. "Its seven model ecosystems make up the world's largest living laboratory, providing the formerly missing link between Earth systems theory, experimentation and measurable outcomes," writes Joaquin Ruiz, dean of the College of Science. "With Biosphere 2's unique size and design, researchers here are doing studies that can be done nowhere else on Earth."

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