According to a Gallup poll conducted this year, UA alumni are significantly more likely than graduates of comparison groups to be thriving in each element of well-being: purpose, social, financial, community and physical.
Molly Baker Siegle ’88, current UA student Brianna Siegle and future Wildcat Jason Siegle in Juneau, Alaska, at the Mendenhall Glacier in August.
Al Scorsatto ’70, from Upland, California, and Sam Pinterpe ’70, from Huntington Beach, show their Wildcat pride in their license plates after eating lunch at Cortina’s Italian Deli in Anaheim. They both graduated from the College of Pharmacy.
The Mesa Police Forensic Services Division is full of Wildcats! Keia Kloss ’96, crime scene specialist; Steve Valdez ’86, forensic scientist supervisor; Sarah Phillips Fredricks ’02, quality manager; April Stonehouse ’98, forensic scientist; Natalie Wiegers ’08, forensic scientist; Kimberly Meza ’99, forensic services administrator.
Julia Kard '13 studied Borneo’s primate denizens, including the orangutan, and developed new ways to engage communities worldwide in primate conservation. Julia, an outreach specialist at the Phoenix Zoo, took the summer 2017 graduate course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program.
Lila Javan ’94, an LA-based cinematographer, is working on the documentary of her career — a film about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for cancer research. Cancer survivor Lila and her team, which includes her oncology doctors and nurses as well as friends touched by cancer, climbed the 19,341-foot mountain in January.
Marla Smith-Nilson ’91 and Crissy Ahmann Perham ’94 represent the Wildcats and Water First International in Honduras. Marla is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit, which travels the world to help water-stressed communities. Crissy, a 1992 Wildcat Olympian, joined Marla and her team to support this work.
Four UA alumni meet in Muscat, Oman, in January 2017.
From left: Andrew Leavitt ’88, Abdulaziz AlKindi ’87, Karen Leavitt ’87 and Saeed Al-Muharrami ’88. The Leavitts visited the University of Nizwa to honor its partnership with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Tammie Kennedy ’05 received an Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award at a ceremony in April from the University of Nebraska at Omaha Alumni Association in honor of her distinguished teaching. She is an associate professor in UNO’s College of Arts & Sciences. She earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Arizona.
Dan Nathan '67 came from Brooklyn and lived in Apache Hall all four years. He earned a B.S. in chemistry and worked 38-plus years as a criminalist for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in the crime lab.
The UA Twirling Team, coached by Shirlee Bertolini ’58 and Kirsten Grabo ’00, comprises state, regional, national and even world champion baton twirlers from across the U.S.
Anna Woyjeck ’84 started the Kevin Woyjeck Explorers for Life Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, after her son Kevin passed away. Kevin Woyjeck was one of the 19 wildland firefighters killed on June 30, 2013, in Yarnel, Arizona.
As a student Pat Matthews ’87 won the prestigious William Wilde Memorial Award as the top designer in the UA’s College of Architecture. After graduating, he became a successful architect, but also had a desire to create meaningful works of art. He now is a full-time artist, taking inspiration from a lifetime of outdoor experiences.
Tod Brown ’94 was inducted into the Sabino High School Hall of Fame. At Sabino, Tod earned eight varsity letters: three each in baseball and soccer and one each in football and golf. After graduating from the UA, he played professional baseball for three years before turning to coaching.
Kent Underwood ’02, a fifth-generation dairyman, is chief operating officer of Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company. After graduating from the UA, he took over the operations of a rapidly growing dairy business in Wisconsin and led them from 100 to 900 milking cows in three years. He attended the UA on an FFA scholarship.
A spark of lightning flashes above Tucson during the summer monsoon. Chris Richards photo