Happening in December
Before the University closes Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, check out some of the exciting activities happening this month.
Are you a fan of the NBC show "Shark Tank"? You can watch teams of UA faculty plan and pitch a project to a panel of judges and a live audience in the second annual Playground Games, a “Shark Tank”-style competition.
You can also enjoy performances by rising stars in the School of Theatre, Film and Television and check out a screening of the explosive disaster film "Dante's Peak."
Other events this month include a poetry reading in the UA Arboretum, a UA BookStores holiday book drive and a Pearl Harbor memorial dedication.
If you want to learn about more UA happenings, be sure to check out the UA Master Calendar.
Second Annual Playground Games | Dec. 2
What is Playground Games? Think a speed-networking event meets "Shark Tank," with an academic spin. UA faculty, in teams of four, will meet for the first time to plan and pitch a project to a panel of judges and a live audience for the chance to win $1,500 in start-up funds. The theme this year is "Sense of Place: Creatively Shaping Our Community." The games will take place on the rooftop of Playground Bar & Lounge, 278 E. Congress St., and it's free to the public.
The UA Humanities Seminars program presents its third annual Prof at the Loft event, with UA geoscientist George Davis serving as guide to the epic explosion disaster movie "Dante’s Peak." The screening of this fast-paced film about a volcanic eruption in the Cascades of Washington state will take place at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Davis will explain plate tectonics science and decision-making for population evacuation.
Pō-é-tree Reading and Discussion | Dec. 5
The Poetry Center is partnering with the UA's Campus Arboretum for a poetry reading with a twist. Pō-é-tree is a reading and discussion event that takes place under the trees of the Campus Arboretum. These discussions follow arboretum tours led by docents. The theme of the event this month is "Poetry and Science," a celebration of former UA Poetry Center director Alison Hawthorne Deming.
For the 74th anniversary of the attack that caused America to enter World War II, the UA Vets Alumni Club will honor the sacrifices of USS Arizona survivors and their shipmates. The club will dedicate a memorial to those whose loss mobilized an entire generation of Americans. Join club members and a USS Arizona survivor for a dedication ceremony at the Student Union Memorial Center.
UA’s Encore and Freshman Debut | Dec. 9
For one night only, the newest members of the School of Theatre, Film and Television will share their talents with an audience, performing collections of scenes and monologues in the Freshman Debut. It will be paired with "Encore!," an exciting revue created for freshman musical theater majors. Those interested in attending the performance should reserve a seat and purchase tickets through the UA Fine Arts Box Office.
UA BookStores’ Holiday Book Drive | Nov. 19-Dec. 18
This holiday season, give the gift of reading to young children in our community. Join UA BookStores in supporting Make Way for Books, an early-literacy organization that provides children throughout Tucson and southern Arizona with access to books. You can help by bringing in gently used or new children's books to participating UA BookStores locations. Donations also are welcome.