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Nov. 12, 2020

Media Advisory: Fuel Wonder Event to Showcase Impact of UArizona Gifts

  • What: The Fuel Wonder event, part of Homecoming 2020, will highlight how gifts are benefiting University of Arizona students. President Robert C. Robbins and other campus leaders will speak.
  • When: Friday, Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Online at

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona's virtual Homecoming continues tomorrow with a Fuel Wonder event to conclude Giving Day, a 24-hour giving campaign. Fuel Wonder will showcase ways in which gifts are fueling students' wonder so they can meet their potential and share it with the world. Giving Day results will be announced.

A panel of university leaders will share perspectives on the 360 Initiative, the university's vision to combine institutional and private resources to provide 360 degrees of student support. The following panelists will discuss the significance of gifts for students during the current environment, as well as the future of philanthropy at UArizona.

  • Robert C. Robbins, UArizona president
  • John-Paul Roczniak, UArizona Foundation president and CEO
  • Kasey Urquidez, UArizona vice president for enrollment management and dean of undergraduate admissions
  • Kendal Washington White, UArizona vice provost for campus life and dean of students

Tara Singleton, president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, will moderate.

Members of the media are invited watch the event livestream at Journalists can submit questions before or during the event by emailing Liz Warren-Pederson at

Panelists will be available for interviews after the event by pre-arrangement only. Email or call 520-404-7834 to schedule an interview.

About the 360 Initiative

Last November, the University of Arizona launched the 360 Initiative, a fundraising campaign intended to meet students' financial, wellness and academic needs.

Supporters have given $38.4 million toward the $50 million goal for scholarships, mental health services, tutoring, retention initiatives and related student needs.

"The 360 Initiative made student support a top university priority, and it's become even more crucial in the past year. That's why we're making Giving Day part of Homecoming for the first time in University of Arizona history," said John-Paul Roczniak, president and CEO of the UArizona Foundation. "We understand not everyone can make a large gift. Giving Day is an opportunity to pool many gifts and make an impact together. Every dollar given directly benefits students. It’s the perfect way to extend our generous Wildcat spirit during Homecoming."

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Media contacts:
Sarah Beaudry
University Alumni and Development Program

Liz Warren-Pederson
University Alumni and Development Program

The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation's top 40 public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1885, the university is widely recognized as a student-centric university and has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The university ranked in the top 20 in 2018 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading Research 1 institution with $687 million in annual research expenditures. The university advances the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 65 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $4.1 billion annually. For the latest on the University of Arizona response to the novel coronavirus, visit the university's COVID-19 webpage.

About the University Alumni and Development Program
The University of Arizona Foundation and Alumni Association united in 2020 to better serve constituents and the campus community. The two organizations combined budgets and staff to create a new, holistic office while retaining their status as separate 501(c)(3) organizations. The office's mission is to advance the university by engaging a diverse Wildcat community – including alumni, parents, students and friends – in meaningful ways that inspire lifelong connection and foster a culture of philanthropy that helps the university achieve its aspirations.