Happening in February
February has us thinking about love – including all the reasons we love the UA. One big reason is that there's always something to do on campus, including fun and unique performances, intellectually stimulating lectures and tons of family-friendly events.
This month, you can join in on the events planned in celebration of the Chinese New Year, like the Arizona Chinese New Year Festival and a performance by China's Peking Acrobats. Additionally, stay inspired for your own New Year resolutions with the help of a four-week workshop series offered by Life & Work Connections.
Also this month, explore space through works of art at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory's art exhibition. Or enjoy the warmer weather by attending a softball or baseball game. Both teams open their seasons this month.
If you want to learn about more UA happenings, be sure to check out the UA Master Calendar.
Join Sherry Turkle, author, consultant, researcher and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for a talk about the power of talk. Turkle, who has studied people's relationships with technology for more than 30 years, will share her thoughts on the generation whose members have grown up feeling they would rather text than talk, and offers ideas about what can be done about the "flight from conversation." The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Environment and Natural Resources 2, Room N120. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The Chinese New Year Festival returns to Centennial Hall in honor of the Lunar New Year, which began Saturday. Attendees will experience Chinese culture while they celebrate the Year of the Rooster. The director of the festival, Larry Lang, program manager in the Office of Global Initiatives, has created an event that will feature more than 200 local, national and international artists. Performers include Chinese folk singers from Shaanxi Normal University, Chinese instrumental soloists, martial arts masters and Chinese dancers, along with the winner of the International Violin Competition at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. For more information, visit the Confucius Institute's website.
The UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory presents a weekend celebrating the elegance of science through works of art created from and inspired by the scientific data we use to explore our solar system. The art featured in the exhibit is a selection from artists and scientists of all levels, ages and types. The exhibit aims to show a different side of science and features the beauty of our solar system. Throughout the weekend there will be special presentations and a guest musical performance. For more details, click here.
Experience China's top gymnasts, jugglers and cyclists as they perform flips, tricks, contortions, and balance and strength acts on the stage of Centennial Hall. For almost 50 years the acrobats have entertained audiences of all ages. Now it's your turn to enjoy entrancing acrobatics with the entire family. Tickets are $15 for children. Tickets for adults start at $20. Purchase tickets online or at the Centennial Hall box office.
Need some inspiration to keep your New Year's resolution? Join Life & Work Connections for a four-week lunchtime workshop that will inspire balance and positivity in your daily life and with you New Year's goals. Explore evidence-based practices to tap into your intuition and develop habits that create ease and enjoyment in work and life. The workshop will focus on practices such as exercise, energy management, power foods, connection and upside thinking. All employees are encouraged to join. To RSVP, email Susan Pickering at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get out your peanuts and baseball caps because the softball and baseball spring seasons have arrived. Softball starts 2017 play Feb. 9 when the team takes on the Fordham University Rams at Hillenbrand Stadium. The game will begin at 6 p.m. Also this month, the baseball season takes the field for the first time this year on Feb. 19. The Wildcats will take on Eastern Kentucky University at 1 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field. To purchase tickets and view the full schedules, visit Arizona Athletics.