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Wildcats are global citizens with the knowledge, skills, and desire to engage in a global society. Engaged leaders who design and lead the future of their communities and their world. Fulfilled individuals who engage in productive lives and personally satisfying work — and all of whom embody competitive excellence.

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  • Media
    Frank Sotomayor co-founded the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and the California Chicano News Media Association. He worked at the Los Angeles Times for 35 years. He received the Centennial Achievement Award from the University of Arizona in 1998 and in 2002 was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
  • Sciences
    Sherwood Clark "Woody" Spring is a retired United States Army colonel and former NASA astronaut. Spring logged 165 hours in space, 12 of which were spent conducting spacewalks. Spring also accumulated 3,500 hours in 25 different military and civilian aircraft; over 1,500 of those hours were spent in jet aircraft.
  • Business
    Jeff Stevens has worked his entire career in the petroleum industry. In 2000, he became one of the founding partners of Western Refining Inc., and was recently serving as chief executive officer. In 2017, Western Refining was purchased by Tesoro Corp, and currently Jeff serves on Tesoro and Tesoro Logistics’ board of directors. He also serves on the board of directors for Vomaris Innovations, Inc., a privately held medical device company. In 2009, Stevens and his wife, Sharon, committed the lead gift to launch the campaign for the north end zone facility at Arizona Stadium, now called the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. 
  • Sports/Olympics
    Damon Stoudamire is a retired American professional basketball player. The point guard was selected with the 7th overall pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 1995 NBA Draft and he won the 1995–96 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He is currently an assistant coach at the UA.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Jason Terry is an American professional basketball player who currently plays in the NBA. His nickname, "JET," derives from his initials.
  • Literature
    Vicki Lewis Thompson is a best-selling US American writer of over seventy romance novels. She has also been published under the pseudonyms Cory Kenyon and Corey Keaton with Mary Tate Engels.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Tom Tolbert is an American retired professional basketball player and sports broadcaster. He played a total of seven seasons in the NBA. After retiring from basketball, Tolbert became a radio show co-host in San Francisco and NBA commentator for the television networks NBC, ESPN, and ABC.
  • Public Service
    Ayọ Tometi (formerly known as Opal Tometi) is a human rights activist, writer, strategist, and community organizer. She is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter. She is the former executive director of the United States’ first national immigrant rights organization for people of African descent, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI).She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Arizona. 
  • Sports/Olympics
    Darian Townsend is a South African swimmer and Olympic gold medalist.
  • Public Service
    Morris K. Udall (1922-1998) was an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Arizona from May 2, 1961 to May 4, 1991. A former professional basketball player with the old National Basketball League Denver Nuggets, he was noted for his liberal views.
  • Public Service
    Stewart Udall (1920-2010) was an American politician and later, a federal government official. After serving three terms as a congressman from Arizona, he served as Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969, under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • Film/TV
    Lindsay Utz is a documentary film editor. She is an 2003 alumna of the University of Arizona’s School of Theatre, Film & Television. Utz was part of the team that won the Oscar for best documentary for "American Factory."