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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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  • Film/TV
    Jonathan Van Ness is a hairdresser, podcast host, activist, actor, author, and television personality. He is best known from "Queer Eye," for his work on the web series parody "Gay of Thrones" and for hosting the "Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness" podcast.
    Van Ness majored in political science at the University of Arizona and was a member of the cheer team.
  • Film/TV
    Jack Wagner is an American actor and singer, best known for his roles on the soap operas General Hospital, Santa Barbara, The Bold and the Beautiful and Melrose Place.
  • Literature
    David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, professor of English at Illinois State University, and professor of creative writing at Pomona College. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which was cited as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005 by Time magazine.
  • Film/TV
    Kate Walsh is an American film and television actress, best known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC dramas Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Luke Walton is a former American professional basketball player. After the 2010 NBA Finals, Walton and his father, Hall of Famer Bill Walton, became the first father and son to both have won multiple NBA championships.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Davellyn Whyte was the Arizona women’s basketball team's No. 2 career leader in points scored (2,059), No. 1 in career starts (126), and No. 1 in minutes played (4,243). In addition she was also ranked the highest WNBA draft pick in Wildcat history when she was selected 16th in 2013 by the San Antonio Silver Stars.
  • Film/TV
    Kristen Wiig attended the University of Arizona as an art student while occasionally taking acting class as an elective.  Encouraged by her professor to pursue acting, Wigg is now well known as a former cast member of "Saturday Night Live" from 2005-12.  In 2011, she co-wrote and starred in the movie "Bridesmaids", along with Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne.  The film was a box office hit and won several awards, in addition to winning two Oscar nominations and two Golden Globe nominations.
  • Sports/Olympics
    1. Derrick Williams is an American professional basketball player who currently plays in the NBA. He was considered one of the top prospects for the 2011 NBA Draft before being selected with the second overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves, making him the highest draft selection in franchise history.