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Oct. 27, 2022

Media Advisory: Mural honoring UArizona President Emeritus Manuel Pacheco to be rededicated during Homecoming

  • What: Rededication of a mural honoring University of Arizona President Emeritus Manuel T. Pacheco
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m.
  • Where: Manuel Pacheco Integrated Learning Center, 1500 E. University Blvd.
  • RSVP: To RSVP for the event, email Jason Ground,

TUCSON, Ariz. – As part of this year's Homecoming festivities, the University of Arizona community will commemorate the foundational leadership of university President Emeritus Manuel T. Pacheco by rededicating a mural honoring his legacy and personal history. The mural is located at the Manuel Pacheco Integrated Learning Center, or ILC, in the heart of campus.

University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins and Chris Kopach, UArizona associate vice president of Facilities Management will speak at the event.

During his tenure as the university's 17th president from 1991-1997, Pacheco focused on strengthening undergraduate education while maintaining the university's excellence in research and fostering the development of a student-centered research university.

The mural at the ILC features a portrait of Pacheco, as well as images of his family and life growing up in northern New Mexico. The original mural suffered badly from weather and sun damage, so UArizona Facilities Management contracted to have the work reproduced using a more durable type of ceramic. The Facilities Management team installed the new and improved mural this month. It is mounted on a metal backing that will provide additional protection against the elements.

The ILC sits largely below ground in the middle of the University of Arizona Mall, providing classroom and meeting space for a variety of programs and departments, and serving as home to University of Arizona Libraries programs and the university's Office of Instruction and Assessment, which provides resources and support to all university instructors.

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Media contact:
Jason Ground
University Communications

The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation's top 50 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 2020 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading Research 1 institution with $761 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 66 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.

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