Homecoming weekend is a time to visit your old college stomping ground, celebrate with friends and family, and show your Wildcat spirit! Be sure to visit the UA Mall on Saturday, Oct. 28 prior to game time for food, festivities, and fun on what is sure to be a beautiful fall Tucson day.
The college, which customarily celebrates homecoming at The Shanty, is returning to the UA Mall for homecoming after an almost 15 year hiatus! We are excited to speak with our alumni, so please stop by our tent to chat with students and faculty and to learn more about what is happening in the college! Our tent will be part of “College Village,” north of Bear Down Gym!
2017 SBS Alumnus of the Year
For demonstrating the value of family and philanthropy and for their generous support of the UA, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is proud to name the members of the Harelson family, collectively, its 2017 Alumnus of the Year. They will receive the award at the annual UA Alumni of the Year Awards Ceremony on Oct. 27.
The Harelson family’s Wildcat story begins with Hugh Harelson, who earned a degree in journalism in 1952 and had a long and successful career, ultimately as the publisher of Arizona Highways. Hugh and his wife, Jan, and their sons, Matt and Scott, also earned UA degrees, and Matt’s oldest daughter, Sara, is a UA senior majoring in journalism.
The family’s significant career and academic achievements are matched by their philanthropic commitment to the UA. Hugh and Jan were regular donors to what was then the journalism department. When Hugh passed away in 1998, the family endowed the Hugh Harelson Reporting Lab. Hugh, Jan, and Scott have all served on the Journalism Advisory Council, with Jan serving as chair. Jan initiated the annual Hugh and Jan Harelson Award for Teaching Excellence, which is maintained through support from Matt and Scott. And since 2012, Matt and his wife, Julie, have provided an annual match toward a second endowment the family established to support the School of Journalism’s annual operating costs.
“The Harelsons exhibit an incredible passion for public service and making Arizona better,” said David Cuillier, director of the School of Journalism. “Few have had such an amazing impact on the school.” Read more about the Harelson family here.
More Alumni Kudos
Dillon Walker, a recent graduate from the School of Information, will be honored as University of Arizona Libraries’ Top Library Cat at their homecoming breakfast. Walker, who received his degree in 2016, played a key role in organizing the Libraries’ Hackathon.
Walker is the founder and principal of Hydrant, a digital studio providing web, digital marketing, and creative strategy. Dillon is also vice president of the Tucson Young Professionals and the director of communications and impact for Startup Tucson.