Happening in April
April showers bring more than May flowers. Between plotting April Fools' Day pranks and enjoying the springtime weather, be sure to check out some of the fun and exciting events happening around campus all month long.
Warm your heart with some romance at Arizona Repertory Theatre's performance of "A Little Night of Music." Learn more about the importance of catching z's at a Downtown Science Café exploring the science of sleep. And for the second consecutive year on the UA Mall, you will be able to binge on corndogs and cotton candy at Spring Fling, happening April 10-12.
If you're interested in learning about more events happening in April, don't forget to check out the UA Master Calendar.
The UA Graduate Center invites campus community members to attend a panel discussion on fostering interdisciplinary research and collaboration at the University. Faculty members, from disciplines ranging from music to neuroscience, will share their insights and expertise in developing effective interdisciplinary teams. Hor d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Advance registration is required.
Spring Fling | April 10-12
The Associated Students of the UA held the first Spring Fling carnival 41 years ago. This year, the festivities return to the UA Mall for a weekend filled with rides, games, food booths and entertainment. Around 50 student organizations participate in the event, which benefits UA clubs. For information about hours and ticket prices, visit springfling.arizona.edu.
Happiness and Buddhism | April 14
Buddhism is practiced by millions of people around the world. As part of the UA Buddhist Studies Lecture Series, sociology professor Celestino Fernandez will address how happiness and Buddhism are related, and what Buddhism can teach us about happiness. The lecture series is co-sponsored by the UA College of Humanities' East Asian Studies department and the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. It precedes the UA's launch of a Buddhist studies minor, which will be available starting in the fall.
Opening Night – 'A Little Night Music' | April 15
"A Little Night Music" is a five-time Tony Award-winning musical based on the film "Smiles of a Summer Night." It shares the stories of several couples in the various phases of love and features the popular song "Send in the Clowns." Tickets are $29 for UA employees, and the play will run April 15 through May 3 in the Marroney Theatre. Visit the Arizona Repertory Theatre website for more information.
Anyone with children is likely familiar with the nightly struggle to ease their young ones to sleep. Yet sleep is essential in for learning and brain development, and naps may be as important as learning time for young children. Rebecca Gomez, associate professor in the UA Department of Psychology, will discuss her research investigating the role of sleep in newly formed memories for infants, toddlers and preschool children. The Downtown Science Café begins at 6 p.m. at Magpies Gourmet Pizza, 605 N. Fourth Ave.
Global Retailing Conference | April 23-24
Representatives from Macy's, Teavana, PetSmart and Google will all take part in this year's Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing Global Retailing Conference, being held at the Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. The conference will feature top executives sharing their insights and expertise. Anyone interested in learning directly from top business leaders will take away valuable lessons from the event. More information and online registration is available at globalretailingconference.org.