By Keren G. Raz & Christian Ramos
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday Januay 29, 2003
Humanities council awards grants to faculty mentors
The Arizona Humanities Council awarded a $3,000 grant to six faculty members from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
The grant is for faculty to work as mentors in the organization Voices, Inc., publisher of the magazine 110 Degrees.
Low-income adolescents, in collaboration with UA professors, produce the magazine.
110 Degrees focuses on Tucson's history and the lives of contemporary youth. The magazine is part of an after-school project run by Voices, a four-year-old not-for-profit organization. Voices is committed to fostering a love of writing in Tucson youths who others call "at risk."
The professors will teach from their fields on oral history, race, gender and communities. They will help students research, write, edit and refine their stories, and act as their educational mentors. The faculty members include Ana Ortiz, assistant professor of anthropology; Sarah Deutsch, professor of history; Gregory Rodriguez, assistant professor in the Mexican-American studies; and assistant professors Laura Briggs and Sandra Soto and Professor Elizabeth Kennedy from women's studies.
Juntos group donates hard drives to Chicano Center
The Chicano/Hispano Center has just received an additional 10 new computer hard drives.
The Juntos student organization bought the computers with $5,000 they earned by working in the community to increase voter participation during the last election. Ten Hispanic organizations on campus participated in this effort. These organizations are all represented in Juntos, a student advisory council.
MIS regents' professor wins lifetime achievement award
Professor Jay F. Nunamaker has won the LEO Lifetime Exceptional Achievement Award from the Association for Information Systems at its annual conference in Barcelona, Spain.
Nunamaker is a regents' professor and the Soldwedel professor of management information systems, computer science and communication at the Eller College of Business and Public Administration.
During his 28-year tenure at the University, Nunamaker has been at the national and international forefront of MIS research and education. He established the MIS department at the University of Arizona, one of the first MIS departments in the nation, in 1974 and served as the department head for 15 years. He also developed the bachelor's, master's and doctorate programs in MIS and is the founder and director of the Center for the Management of Information.
Nunamaker established the first campuswide instructional labs at UA and attracted quality faculty to the MIS department. He also attracted major research grants totaling more than $35 million from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, IBM, AT&T and Intel, among others.