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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
    Richard Russo is an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and teacher. His 2001 novel Empire Falls received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has written six other novels and a short story collection. Russo co-wrote the 1998 film Twilight with director Robert Benton.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Rory Sabbatini is a South African professional golfer.
  • Film/TV
    Ari Sandel is the director of the short film, West Bank Story, which won the 2006 Academy Award in the category Best Live Action Short Film.
  • Business
    Robert Sarver is the current majority owner of the National Basketball Association franchise Phoenix Suns. He bought the NBA franchise from Jerry Colangelo in the spring of 2004. He is also the owner of the Women's National Basketball Association franchise Phoenix Mercury.
  • Arts
    Fritz Scholder (1937-2005) was a controversial artist who embraced paradoxes and his painting is what lead to a revolution to the concept of "Indian Artist."
  • Sciences
    Richard “Dick” Scobee (1939-1986) was an American astronaut. He was killed commanding the Space Shuttle Challenger, which suffered catastrophic booster failure during launch of the STS-51-L mission.
  • Public Service
    John Shadegg is the former U.S. Representative for Arizona's thirrd congressional district, serving from 1995 until 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party.
  • Film/TV
    Garry Shandling is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is best known for his work in It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sanders Show.
  • Film/TV
    Ron Shelton is a U.S. film director and screenwriter, most notable for the many films he has made about sports. Shelton was a minor league baseball player in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization from 1967 to 1971. His 1988 film "Bull Durham," based in-part off his own baseball experiences, earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
  • Sciences
    Peter H. Smith is a senior research scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona, where he holds the inaugural Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair in Integrative Science. He is also the principal investigator for the $420 million robotic explorer Phoenix which landed at the north pole of the planet Mars on May 25, 2008.
  • Sports/Olympics
    J.T. Snow is a former Major League Baseball player. He played all but two games in his career as a first baseman, and played nine of his 13 and a half seasons with the San Francisco Giants. He was known for his exceptional defense. After his retirement as a player, Snow worked in radio and television broadcasting. He is now a special assistant to the general manager for the Giants.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Annika Sorrenstam is a retired Swedish professional golfer whose achievements rank her as one of the most successful female golfers in history. Before stepping away from competitive golf at the end of the 2008 season; she won 90 international tournaments as a professional, making her the female golfer with the most wins to her name.
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