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Help HAS Build a Modern Collaborative Learning Space

Raised toward our $100,000 Goal
86 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on August 23, at 09:00 PM MST
Project Owners

THANK YOU and join us October 14th!

August 27, 2019

This week has been a busy one on campus as new and returning students started class on Monday. Thanks to your generosity, we completed renovations to Room 110 in the Harshbarger Building just in time last week, giving our faculty and students even more to look forward to this semester.


We have heard great feedback thus far from our students. Rachel Spinti, an undergraduate student majoring in Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources, shared the following:

"I am excited about the new classroom because I really enjoy sitting in groups in class. We are able to discuss questions we have and clarify topics we do not understand. There have been a few times when I did not understand something in a class and I find that my classmates can often explain concepts in a different way than the instructor."

Take a look below at some photos from our very first opportunity to use the space for Friday's New Graduate Student Orientation.


We hope you will mark your calendar and plan to join us on Monday, October 14th from 3-5pm to celebrate the completion of the room renovations.


With gratitude,


Martha Whitaker

Associate Professor of Practice


THANK YOU for helping us reach our goal!

August 22, 2019

Thanks to your generosity and that of all the HAS alumni, faculty, staff and friends who have supported this project, we have officially exceeded our $100,000 goal!!


Your enthusiastic response to this project shows that you believe in the exceptional educational experience our HAS students receive, the dedication of our HAS faculty and staff, and the impact that we collectively have in solving the earth’s water, hydrogeologic, weather and climate-related problems. It also shows your desire to help us continue to raise the bar in how we prepare the next generation of leaders in our field.


We could not be more grateful.


All gifts raised above our $100,000 goal will go to support our HAS students. This includes scholarships, recruitment, outreach, improvement of student computer lab facilities, travel to conferences, and more.


Eric Betterton

Department Head


One week left!

August 15, 2019

We are down to the wire! We continue to make great progress in an effort to reach $100,000 for the renovation project. We have a few weeks before our students return. Your support will demonstrate your commitment in their academic success!


As of this update, we have reached $86,750 toward our total $100,000 goal.


If you have made a gift, please consider asking friends, colleagues and employer to make a gift. If you have not yet made your gift, you still have a few remaining days to do so.


We are almost near completion, and with your help we can reach our goal!

Construction Progress

August 01, 2019

We continue to make great progress in our fundraising efforts for Harshbarger Room 110, thanks to the generosity of alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the Department of Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences.


As of this update, we have reached $73,850 of our total $100,000 goal.


To those who have given, THANK YOU. If you have not yet made your gift, you still have a few remaining weeks to do so.


We also continue to make progress on the renovation efforts in the room. See below for a few photo updates that reflect the progress made so far this summer. We can't wait to share more soon.


Eric Betterton

Department Head

THANK YOU for supporting improved student learning!

July 18, 2019

We are grateful to those of you who have joined us as early investors in this project!


Thanks to your generosity, we have reached $69,850 of our total $100,000 goal. It sounds like a long way to go, but remember all gifts continue to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the department.


My HAS colleagues and I have all indicated our commitment to capitalizing on the pedagogical techniques that would be facilitated in Room 110, once it is renovated. This video shows just one example from Dr. Katie Hirschboeck (joint HAS associate professor emerita) about how a collaborative learning space allows us to offer students engaged, hands-on learning, and flexibility for student assessment.


Martha Whitaker

Associate Professor of Practice


P.S. If you’re feeling inspired, you can share the link with your friends and family and ask them to join you in supporting this project with a gift of any size.

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Gifts of Any Size

With your gift of any size, we will be one step closer to re-imagining student learning in Harshbarger Room 110. Join us!


Call to Action

Gifts of $50 or more will help us answer the call to action from the UA Provost's Office. Thanks to the $50,000 ISLE grant, we're half way to raising funds for the proposed renovations, but the grant is incumbent upon alumni and friends raising the remaining amount.


Visual Appeal

Gifts of $100 or more will allow us to paint and re-plaster the 900 square foot space. Creating greater visual appeal in a high foot traffic area will also impact prospective students, faculty, and visitors coming for outreach education or professional training activities.


Student Impact

Gifts of $250 or more will help us create, for the Fall 2019 semester alone, about 250 undergraduate seats (243 to be exact!) and 168 graduate seats in classes that will be more engaging and more effective because of the global learning facilitated by a modern collaborative learning space.


Adaptable Furniture

Gifts of $500 or more will allow us to purchase specialized and adaptable furniture that will require students to face one another, encouraging engagement with their peers, and will require the instructor to move, engaging with each table group of students around the room.


High-Definition Interaction

Gifts of $1,000 or more will allow us to purchase the high tech computers and four high-definition screens that will compel students to interact seamlessly with the material, the instructor and their peers.


HAS Champions

Donors who give $2,500 or more to this project will be acknowledged on a plaque in JW Harshbarger Room 110 for their dedication to recruitment and retention of top-notch HAS students and faculty, improved student learning and department collaboration, and increased impact in solving our world's water challenges.

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