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Donna Swaim Memorial Endowment

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105 Donors
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Project ended on November 08, at 11:59 PM MST
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In Memory of Donna Swaim

Donna Swaim, a revered teacher and mentor whose 50-year University of Arizona career stretched broadly across campus, from humanities to medicine to athletics, and included trips to dozens of countries for many students' study abroad, passed away in late 2020. From 1964 until her retirement in 2014, Swaim taught courses in English, humanities and medical humanities, and religious studies, and served as a Faculty Fellow in the athletics department and Native American Student Affairs.

Dr. Swaim created some of the university’s first study abroad trips, starting in 1979, before there was even a formal structure to do so. In total, she led students on 24 trips abroad, visiting a wide array of countries including England, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Mali, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Romania, Moldova, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland & the Faroe Islands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Nepal and Cambodia.

The College of Humanities honors her memory through The Donna Swaim International Award For Religious Studies, which helps students study the religions of the world in the contexts of their own cultures through study abroad opportunities. We ask you to contribute a gift toward our goal of turning this award into an endowment, ensuring that her legacy of enriching students' lives will continue in perpetuity. Thank you for your support.

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Trips Abroad

For the number of study abroad trips that Donna led


Years of Service

For the number of years that Donna taught at the UA


Athletics Fellow

McKale 109B was the faculty fellow office for athletics


Humanities Champion

For Donna's popular Humanities course, HUM 250B


Spirituality in the Arts

For Donna's popular Religious Studies course, REL 307


A Global Legacy

In 1979, Donna led students on UA's first ever study abroad trip

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