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Oct. 7, 2021

Media Advisory: Announcing New Name for UArizona Honors College

  • What: News conference announcing a major gift and renaming of the University of Arizona Honors College
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 9. Doors open at 9 a.m. (PT); announcement at 10 a.m. (PT)
  • Where: Honors College Village, 1101 E. Mabel St.
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  • RSVP: Those who plan to attend in person should email Katy Smith,, by Friday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m.

TUCSON, Ariz. — During Family Weekend, the University of Arizona will announce a major gift and the renaming of the university's Honors College.

The gift will provide student support in the form of scholarships, stipends to defray the cost of living in the Honors Village and funding to help students develop global leadership skills through study abroad. The gift also will establish an endowed chair for the college's dean and a new Honors Faculty Academy.

The donor will speak at Saturday's event, along with University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins, Honors College Dean Terry Hunt, Honors College Associate Dean Cheree Meeks and Honors College student Jennifer Garnica.

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Media contacts:
Katy Smith
University and Alumni Development Program

Liz Warren-Pederson
University and Alumni Development Program

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Now in its 63rd year, the University of Arizona Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the University of Arizona through philanthropy. Since its inception, the foundation has helped generate more than $3 billion in private funding to support and elevate the university's global leadership position in experiential and interdisciplinary education, research and entrepreneurial partnerships. The University of Arizona is ranked No. 92 on The Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of America's Favorite Charities, the 100 American organizations that raise the most money annually.


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