Oct. 30, 2023

Media Advisory: University of Arizona announces Fuel Wonder fundraising campaign

  • What: News conference announcing the public phase of the University of Arizona's new fundraising campaign, Fuel Wonder.
  • When: Friday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.
  • Where: Bear Down Building, 1428 E. University Blvd.
  • RSVP: Contact Nick Prevenas at nprevenas@arizona.edu.

TUCSON, Ariz. – Media are invited to a news conference announcing the public phase of the Fuel Wonder fundraising campaign. The announcement, coinciding with Homecoming celebrations, will includes gifts aimed at igniting the aspirations and goals of students, faculty and staff.

Moderator Alex Flanagan, Class of 1993 (ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL Network and NBC Sports), will be joined by University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins, campaign co-chairs Marianne Cracchiolo Mago, Class of 1993 (president and CEO, Steele Foundation), and Terry Lundgren, Class of 1975 (retired chairman and CEO, Macy's Inc.), University of Arizona Foundation President and CEO John-Paul Roczniak, and others to make the announcement.

Scholarships and student success, part of the Wildcat Journey pillar of the university's strategic plan, are among the campaign's top priorities. Funding for endowed faculty positions that help recruitment and retention efforts is a key campaign priority. At the news conference, Arizona Public Media will announce gifts raised or pledged for its building project, the Paul and Alice Baker Center for Public Media at the University of Arizona Tech Park at The Bridges.

Media can preview the Wildcat for Life Tailgate on the Mall, scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, which includes a special walk-through experience this year.

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Media contacts:
Sarah Beaudry
University of Arizona Foundation

Liz Warren-Pederson
University of Arizona Foundation

The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation's top 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 2021 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading Research 1 institution with $824 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 71 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. and Canada. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $4.1 billion annually.