University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona
Bear Down! The University of Arizona was established in 1885 and quickly became a leading University in the country for it's quality of programs in medicine, engineering and education. Also, in the past 20 years it has quickly risen to the national stage as a PAC 12 competitor in basketball and football. The University of Arizona is home to about 40,000 students and hundreds of thousands of dedicated Wildcat Alumni.
The Four Points Tucson Airport is a quick 20 minute drive from the sprawling University of Arizona campus. Whether you're coming to the University to get a new student settled in, catch a game or do some research, the Four Points by Sheraton Tucson is the perfect place to stay.
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University of Arizona Research Expertise
The University of Arizona researchers are a diverse community of people who thrive on innovation and collaboration. Many have played a part in groundbreaking projects ranging from the exploration of Mars to the development of new cancer treatments and pioneering breakthroughs in heart transplantation.
Areas of Research Expertise include:
- Space Exploration and Observation
- Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL)
- Climate, Environmental, Water & Energy Sustainability
- Bioscience and Biotechnology
- Cancer Research
- Optical Sciences
- Management Information Services (MIS)
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Arizona Presents
The University of Arizona's professional performing arts presenter, brings the world's finest theatre, dance, classical, jazz and world music to the communities of Southern Arizona. Past and future performances including Blue Man Group, Bill Maher, Patti LaBelle and K.D. Lang.
History of the phrase Bear Down
There's no doubt that at any game and at any time on the University of Arizona campus you will hear the phrase "bear down". The University of Arizona Wildcats' battle cry of "Bear Down" comes from the dying words of a popular student-athlete, John "Button" Salmon. He was president of the student body, starting quarterback, and three-year catcher for the baseball team.
In 1926, Salmon was in a tragic car accident that left him with a serious spinal cord injury. He passed away on October 18, 1926 but not before he could deliver a final message to his teammates, given to coach McKale - "Tell them...tell the team to bear down."
A year later the student body voted to make "Bear Down" the official slogan of all Wildcat teams and in 1939 the State of Arizona issued a proclamation declaring the phrase "Bear Down" to be the sole and exclusive property of the University of Arizona.