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Ken Pisani has done stand-up comedy, written for television and won an award for a comic book. He credits his UA education for preparing him for the many turns his career has taken. "I didn't want to graduate only knowing art," he says. "I took astronomy, I took humanities, I took business courses and creative writing classes, and that strong foundation is all stuff that helps you in any career."
During his 10 years at the UA, Dave Strack hired the first African-American head coach at a major university, oversaw the opening of McKale Memorial Center and was instrumental in Arizona’s transition from the Western Athletic Conference to the Pac-10. Strack died Saturday at the age of 90.
The UA is one of four universities selected to participate in 100,000 Strong in the Americas, U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature education initiative, which seeks to increase study abroad between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as position students for a competitive advantage in their careers as global leaders, professionals and citizens.
The Pat Tillman Foundation, which gives scholarships to military veterans pursuing higher education, has again named the UA as an official university partner. "We assess our university partnerships based on several criteria, all of which the University of Arizona excels at," says Michelle McCarthy, the foundation's spokesperson.
Dr. Mindy Fain, co-director of the UA's Arizona Center on Aging and a widely recognized leader in gerontology, has been named the Anne and Alden Hart Endowed Chair in Medicine. Fain works with faculty in the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health, encouraging them to develop new ways to provide high-quality care at lower costs. She also is working with an interdisciplinary team to establish an ACE – acute care of elders – unit at UAMC – South Campus.
Reducing the risk for Alzheimer's disease through lifestyle, education and new treatments is at the focus of this year's conference, which is open to the public.