The Office of University Communications is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except on University of Arizona holidays.
Location: Marshall Building, 100
Street address: 845 N. Park Ave Tucson, 85719
Mailing address: P.O. Box 210158, Tucson, AZ 85721-0158
About University Communications
University Communications advances the reputation and priorities of the University of Arizona by producing and distributing news about the UA, managing relationships with the media, and expanding public understanding of the value and land-grant mission of the UA at the local, regional, national and global level. The team acts as the primary liaison with the media and is responsible for identifying, producing, pitching and tracking news stories and multimedia content about the most significant achievements and activities across the university.
University Communications provides and/or produces the following:
- Media relations
- Strategic communications planning
- Issues management and crisis communications
- Media training
- UANow, a weekly e-newsletter sent to more than 100,000 subscribers
- UANews – the central news website for the University of Arizona
- Lo Que Pasa, a weekly employee e-newsletter
- UA@Work – the central employee news website for the University of Arizona
- Master Calendar – the central calendar for the University of Arizona
- UAnnounce – the internal memo system for the University of Arizona
Office of University Communications Staff
Pam Scott is the AVP for External Communications for the Office of University Communications, responsible for publicizing the university as a premier institution of higher learning and research. She oversees media relations and assists with issue management. Previously, she worked for a public hotel company based in Washington state where she oversaw media and investor relations, internal communications, crisis communications, guest relations and social media. She has experience working for a destination marketing organization, a regional newspaper and a local ABC television affiliate. Scott began her public relations career at the Arizona Health Sciences Center and the University of Arizona, where she earned a degree in journalism.
Pila Martinez assists the Associate Vice President for Communications in oversight of the office, including special projects that require collaboration and partnership with other entities within or outside of the university. Martinez also is the editor of the Lo Que Pasa employee newsletter and oversees the UA@Work website and UA Master Calendar. Prior to joining the UA, Martinez worked for the Tucson Citizen, the Arizona Daily Star and The Associated Press. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in legal studies.
Stacy Pigott oversees content development and management for UANews and UANow. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, she was an editor and writer for news magazines in California, Texas and Oklahoma. She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in animal science and agricultural communications.
Alexis Blue assists with media relations and is a senior writer in the office, covering areas including psychology, social sciences research, business and law. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.
Andy Ober assists with content development and covers areas including business, fine arts, education and law for UANews and UANow. Before joining the University of Arizona, he oversaw content efforts at Inside Indiana Business, a statewide business news network in Indianapolis. He graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in history with minors in telecommunications and political science.
Daniel Stolte is the senior science writer for the office. Stolte coordinates with university researchers, external funding agencies and partnering institutions and organizations in developing engaging stories that showcase the impact of UA science research.
Nick Prevenas serves as a senior news writer for the office, covering the areas of research, technology and rankings. He is also responsible for producing the daily news summary, while analyzing the UA's media relations efforts and maintaining the office's media contacts database.
Arlene Islas manages video communications for the University of Arizona and brings the campus to life through compelling imagery. She previously worked at Arizona Public Media, the PBS and NPR affiliate in Tucson, as a television director and producer. Her work has earned several awards including two regional Emmys, three regional Edward R. Murrows, and the 2019 national Edward R. Murrow in the feature reporting category. Arlene, a native of Mexico, graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a photography emphasis. In 2019, Arlene earned a Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development graduate certificate from Arizona State University.
She is passionate about visual storytelling and believes that teams produce better work when they have diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas.
Nancy Montoya an award-winning broadcast journalist, has more than 40 years of journalism experience. Early in her career, the Arizona native worked at newsrooms in Pittsburgh, Denver, Dallas, Nashville, Charlotte and others. Nancy has earned four Emmys and the Columbia University’s Alfred I. duPont Silver Baton for her coverage of civil wars in Central America for ABC News. Nancy has produced for PBS, CNN and NBC News. She most recently served as senior reporter for border and immigration issues at Arizona Public Media. Nancy is married to fellow news producer, Kirt Ijams. They own Media Source America and produce independent documentaries. They have two adult sons, Ben and Hal.
Kyle Mittan helps manage content for the Lo Que Pasa employee newsletter as well as the UA Master Calendar, the UAnnounce memo system and other content on the UA@Work website. He earned a degree in journalism from the University of Arizona, and worked as a reporter at newspapers in Washington state before returning to Tucson.
Mikayla Mace Mikayla Mace works with university scientists to share their fascinating research with media and the public in an accessible way. She earned her bachelor's in neuroscience and cognitive science with a minor in astronomy and master's in journalism from the University of Arizona. Mace worked as a science, health and higher-ed newsroom reporter in Tucson before returning to the university.
Jennise Taylor supports the Vice President for Communications, Chris Sigurdson, and the Associate Vice President for External Communications, Pam Scott. In addition, she serves as the office manager for the University Communications team and helps keep the office running efficiently. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, she worked in a similar capacity for Sears, Roebuck and Co. Though she grew up in a military family, she considers herself a Tucsonan. Jennise is also a UA alumna, earning her bachelor's degree in education.
Chris Sigurdson manages external and internal communication activities, including media relations and issue management. He has worked for four universities. Three are land-grant universities and all four are members of AAU, placing them in the highest array of global higher education institutions. Sigurdson also has worked with federal agency administrators, industry leaders and large conferences to help enhance their public relations efforts. Recent presentations include "A Beginner's Guide to Animal Activists," "How to Turn a Crisis Into a Fiasco" and a public relations primer for entrepreneurs. He has a degree in broadcast journalism from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in agricultural and extension education from Purdue University.