Bear Down & Rock Out: A Spotify playlist curated by University leaders (UPDATED)

Bear Down & Rock Out: A Spotify playlist curated by University leaders (UPDATED)

By University Communications
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(Note: We continue to hear from University leaders who want to contribute to our Bear Down & Rock Out! playlist. Recent additions appear in red and have been added to the Spotify playlist.)

We sent a call out to University leaders to contribute some of their favorite songs to a Spotify playlist to mark the beginning of the academic year.

The result: a soundtrack for a semester like none other.

Just like the disciplines the leaders represent, the songs span the spectrum of music, from newer hits to well-known classics to some obscure choices you may be hearing for the first time.

See the contributions below, listen to them on Spotify, and Bear Down/Rock Out!

Michael Abecassis
Dean, College of Medicine – Tucson

  • "Sultans of Swing" – Dire Straits

Shane Burgess
Vice President for Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension
Charles Sander Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • "Renegade" – X Ambassadors

Elliott Cheu
Interim Dean, College of Science

  • "Over the Rainbow" – Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
  • "A Sky Full of Stars" – Coldplay

Jon Dudas
Senior Vice President/Senior Associate to the President
Secretary of the University

  • "I Won't Back Down" – Tom Petty

Alain-Philippe Durand
Dean, College of Humanities

  • "World Hold on (Children of the Sky)" – Bob Sinclar

Julie Funk
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine (See Funk's full playlist)

  • "Good as Hell" – Lizzo, feat. Ariana Grande
  • "Bad Reputation" – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  • "Honey Bee" – Lucinda Williams

Paulo Goes
Dean, Eller College of Management

  • "Sir Duke" – Stevie Wonder
  • "Jamming" – Bob Marley & The Wailers

David Hahn
Craig M. Berge Dean, College of Engineering

  • "God's Plan" – Drake
  • "Harvest" – Neil Young

Bruce Johnson
Dean, College of Education

  • "White Sox" – Mr. B
  • "Pinetop Boogie Woogie" – Pinetop Perkins

Laura Todd Johnson
Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel

  • "The Change in Me" – Casting Crowns

John Paul Jones III
Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • "It's So Easy" – Linda Ronstadt
  • "La Charreada" – Linda Ronstadt

Jennifer Lawrence
Chair, Appointed Professionals Advisory Council
Business and Finance Manager, College of Science

  • "Peace of Mind" – Boston
  • "Baker Street" – Gerry Rafferty

Marc Miller
Dean, James E. Rogers College of Law

  • "Rockin' in the Free World" – Neil Young
  • "Here Comes the Sun" – The Beatles
  • "Pipeline Sequence" – Honk
  • "Two Hearts Beat As One" – U2

Steve Moore
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

  • "Dixie Chicken" – Little Feat

Nancy Pollock-Ellwand
Dean, College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

  • "Highway to Hell" – AC/DC
  • "River" – Joni Mitchell
  • "Constant Craving" – k.d. lang

J.P. Roczniak
President and CEO, University of Arizona Foundation

  • "Running to Stand Still" – U2

Lisa Rulney
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  • "In Un'Altra Vita" – Ludovico Einaudi

Andrew Schulz
Vice President for the Arts
Dean, College of Fine Arts

  • "Breathe (2square Remix)" – Telepopmusik

Shilpita Sen
President, Graduate & Professional Student Council

  • "Brave" – Sara Bareilles
  • "Happy" – Pharrell Williams

Tara Singleton
President, Associated Students of the University of Arizona

  • "Adore You" – Harry Styles
  • "Hey Jude" – The Beatles

Jessica Summers
Chair of the Faculty
Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies

  • "Heroes" – David Bowie
  • "Shake the Disease" – Depeche Mode

Shan Sutton
Dean, University Libraries

  • "Eyes of the World" – Grateful Dead
  • "The Song Remains the Same" – Led Zeppelin

Kasey Urquidez
Vice President of Enrollment Management
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

  • "The Sound of Sunshine" – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • "I Wanna Rock" – Twisted Sister
  • "Halo" – Beyoncé
  • "Defying Gravity" – Idina Menzel

Kendal Washington White
Vice Provost of Campus Life
Dean of Students

  • "Summer" – Calvin Harris
  • "Summertime" – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince


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