Longtime friend, supporter, and alumna Naomi Karp, who received an honorary degree from the college in 2010, was honored with the Leadership Award from the Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children. For 20 years, she served in the U.S. Department of Education, 10 as director of the Early Childhood Research Office. Today, she leads a First Things First early childhood professional development grant at United Way of Tucson.

The college Alumni Council's second annual Wine Harvest Homecoming Reception was a huge success. About 120 guests came to honor our Alumna of the Year, Danielle Thu '72 '95, and our Professional Achievement Alumna Award recipient, Gina Murphy-Darling '79 (aka Mrs. Green). Both were flattered to receive awards and spoke about being proud College of Education graduates. The Alumni Council was surprised to receive the Alumni Association's UA College Alumni Council Red & Blue Award, presented by Melinda Burke, president of the UA Alumni Association. 

Geraldo Rivera, an American attorney, reporter, author, and talk show, host visited the college recently.

Underrepresented students are about to get a lift on the road to a doctoral degree. A new $1 million grant will fund one-year fellowships for underrepresented students, with the goal of helping these students prepare for doctoral studies. The grant from the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education will fund one-year fellowships for up to 48 students over the next five years.

Associate Professor Todd Fletcher began Resplandor in Guanajuato, Mexico, in 2009 to promote education and health in nearby rural communities, and thereby, improve social and economic development. The nonprofit center offers health and sex education, nutrition, and early childhood education.

The UA has launched a project to encourage ROTC students and student veterans to pursue careers as scientists and engineers with the U.S. Navy.

The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning got a boost when it was awarded $26,000 from the UA Green Fund. The award will be used to provide UA students with opportunities to participate in educational experiences in environmental learning both on the main campus and through community outreach at the center, which is located 20 minutes west of campus in the Tucson Mountains. Each year, the Green Fund awards up to $400,000 to support projects that make the UA a more sustainable place to live, work, and learn.

Alumna Amanda Bozack, who graduated with a doctorate in 2008, is the new director of the School of Teacher Education and Leadership in the College of Education and Human Development at Radford University in Virginia.

The Arizona Minority Student Progress Report 2016: The Transformation Continues, written by Educational Policy Studies & Practice Professor Jeff Milem (now the College of Education dean at the University of California Santa Barbara) and graduate students W. Patrick Bryan and Karina G. Salazar, details trends in demographics and education in Arizona. Selected data from the P-12 and higher education sectors are highlighted to provide information about some of the significant educational challenges and opportunities our state faces.

As the call intensifies for stronger polices and practices to improve diversity and inclusion within the nation's higher-education sector, our Project SOAR program is responding.

Project SOAR (Student Outreach for Access & Resiliency), established 10 years ago, regularly involves more than 100 undergraduate students in the examination of college access and equity issues, training them to serve as mentors to middle school students.