When Melissa Watkins decided to leave the University of Arizona in 2010, she hadn’t yet finished her degree. “I did everything I could to try to be a successful student,” Watkins says. “But it got to a point where I said, ‘I can’t keep fighting. This isn’t the right time in my life.’”
It’s not surprising that Suzanne Rauscher’s most enduring University of Arizona memories come from the sheer variety of people she met on campus. Especially since her favorite thing about being a top-flight reality television producer — “Big Brother,” “The Last Resort,” “Toddlers in Tiaras” — is the fascinating cross-cut of humanity she encounters on the job.
Since graduating from the University of Arizona, Anthony Orlando ’13 has dedicated his life to helping others. It’s a journey that has taken him across three continents in just five years, with stints in China, Malawi and Sierra Leone.
Ryan Kanto ’07 and his wife, Sarah, are dedicated believers in research and the scientific method.
Ben Vernon ’10, who started the brewery with his wife, Julie, is a UA environmental science grad, so the man knows his way around a periodic table.
University of Arizona alumni are full of stories. Some of them bring laughter, like cramming for tests in a malodorous basement.
Jeff and Sharon Stevens met while they were University of Arizona students in the early 1980s. Since their student days, they have been quintessential Wildcats — proud ambassadors for the university, role models in their fields and generous philanthropic supporters.
As surely as the sun sets every day over the Pacific Ocean, marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols ’03 gets asked the same question whenever he gives a public talk.
Now celebrating 35 years of success, Madden Media has become an industry leader in creating multimedia packages for more than 600 tourism offices across the country. Plenty of Wildcats are along for the ride, too, with more than 30 currently on staff.