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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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  • 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
    Caren Kemner played two seasons of college women's volleyball at the University of Arizona. She won the bronze medal with the USA National Women's Team at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and was inducted into the international Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2013.
  • 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."
  • Film/TV
    Greg Kinnear is an American actor and television personality. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in “As Good as It Gets.” Kinnear has appeared in many popular films, including “Sabrina,” “You've Got Mail,” “Friends,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and much more.  A few of his most recent well known films include “The Last Song,” and “Heaven is for Real.”
  • Arts
    Aline Kominsky Crumb is an underground comics artist. In 2007 she released a memoir entitled Need more Love: A Graphic Memoir.
  • Public Service
    Jon Kyl is a former United States Senator from Arizona, where he served as Senate Minority Whip, the second-highest position in the Republican Senate leadership. He currently works in the lobbying group at the law firm Covington & Burling.
  • Film/TV
    Tamika Sonja Lawrence is a Grammy-winning recording artist, songwriter, and Broadway, television and film actor.
  • Literature
    Kevin Leman is a psychologist and New York Times Bestselling author of more than 40 books. He is dealing with topics that range from raising children and birth order to business and marriage.
  • Business
    Gary LeMel is best known as the long-serving president of music at the Warner Bros. film studio. Before his work at Warner Bros., LeMel was head of music at Columbia Pictures. There, he put together a string of hits that included "The Big Chill," "Ghostbusters," and "Against All Odds."
  • Sports/Olympics
    Alison Levine is an American mountain climber, sportswoman, explorer, and entrepreneur. She has ascended the highest peaks on every continent and also skied to both the North and South Poles. In 2010 at age 44, she completed the Last Degree Adventure Grand Slam by reaching the summit of Mount Everest, having fallen only 200 feet short in her previous attempt in 2002 as part of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition.
    Photo by Eric Philips
  • Sports/Olympics
    Kenny Lofton is a former MLB outfielder. Lofton was a six-time All-Star (1994–1999), four-time Gold Glove Award winner (1993–1996), and at retirement, was ranked 15th among all-time stolen base leaders with 622.