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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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  • Arts
    John Hughes was a writer, director, and producer. He wrote and directed some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 90s, including "National Lampoon's Vacation" and its sequels, and "Mr. Mom."
    His work includes pioneering entries in the teen movie genre like "Sixteen Candles," "Weird Science," "The Breakfast Club," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Pretty in Pink" and "Some Kind of Wonderful." 
  • Sports/Olympics
    Ifunanya "Ify" Ibekwe is a former member of the Arizona Wildcats women’s basketball. She was drafted in 2011 by Seattle Storm.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Andre Iguodala is an American professional basketball player in the NBA. Iguodala has been named to the All-Star game and the NBA All-Defensive team, and was selected for the American men's basketball team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal both times.
  • Literature
    J.A. Jance is an American author of mystery and horror novels. She writes at least three series of novels, centering on retired Seattle Police Department officer J. P. Beaumont, Arizona county sheriff Joanna Brady, and Ali Reynolds. At signings, Jance asks bookstores to donate a percentage of their earnings from her appearances to various causes. Over the past 10 years, she has raised more than $250,000 for charity.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Richard Jefferson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays in the NBA. He was also a member of the USA men's national basketball team at the 2003 Tournament of the Americas and the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics.
  • Business
    Woody Johnson is an American businessman and philanthropist and the owner of the New York Jets of the National Football League.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Former University of Arizona basketball player Nick Johnson was drafted by the Houston Rockets in 2014, foregoing his final year of college.  As a freshman at the University of Arizona, Johnson was name to the 2012 Pac-12 All-freshman team, while also earing honorable mention Pac-12 All-defensive team honors, and Pac-12 player of the year during his sophomore and junior year.
  • Sciences
    Thomas Jones is a former United States astronaut. He was selected to the astronaut corps in 1990 and completed four space shuttle flights before retiring in 2001. He flew on STS-59 and STS-68 in 1994, STS-80 in 1996 and STS-98 in 2001. His total mission time was 53 days 48 minutes. He works as a planetary scientist, space operations consultant, astronaut speaker, and author.
  • Film/TV
    Kourtney Kardashian is an American television personality, fashion designer, and model. In 2007, she and her family were commissioned to star in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
  • Literature
    Kitty Kelly is an American journalist and author of several best-selling unauthorized biographies of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan, the British Royal Family, the Bush family, and Oprah Winfrey.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Steve Kerr is a retired American professional basketball player. Kerr is a 5-time NBA champion, winning three straight championships with the Chicago Bulls from 1996 to 1998 and two with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999 and 2003. Kerr is currently the head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
  • Literature
    Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist and poet. In 2000, Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize to support "literature of social change."

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