The first museum that painter Joe Forkan ’89 ever visited was the University of Arizona Museum of Art — the UAMA.

He was a teenager at the time, a high school student in a rough part of Tucson. But he liked art, and one day he took himself to the museum. 

“There was a beautiful Hopper on the wall,” Forkan reminisced recently, just before the museum opened a major solo exhibit of his work. “There was a Pollock, a Rothko.” 

The panels along the north wall of Hillenbrand Aquatic Center tell the distinguished history — in names, events, times and years — of the Arizona swimming and diving program.

When we catch up with Bryan Carter, he’s in Paris.

In real life.

In talking about Carter, UA assistant professor of Africana Studies and intrepid trekker of the digital universe, that’s a critical distinction.

Dark clouds kept Staff Sgt. Travis Baldwin on the alert in Iraq. As a military weather forecaster, he had to help Army helicopters stay safe, and dark clouds could mean deadly conditions.

“A lot of dust storms,” he recalls. “It was nasty.”
In Afghanistan and Germany, he had more time to watch storms — and make plans for his future. He set himself a goal: get a university degree in meteorology by age 30.

On a sunny afternoon in late February, three dozen dancers careened across the floor in the airy upstairs studio of the UA’s Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. 

“You’re floating here, like dust,” Yaniv Abraham called out in a soft Israeli accent as he spun across the room with the students, leaping, twisting, and turning. “It’s like flying in the air.” 

His co-teacher, Guy Shomroni, gave his own instructions to the soaring students. “Soft, but physical,” he said. “Even in the biggest jump you’re going to remain soft.” 

When W. James Burns ’92 switched his major to history as an undergrad at the University of Arizona, his adviser wanted to know what the young man planned to do after college.  

Burns wasn’t sure. The adviser, history professor Jack Marietta, now retired, pointed to a chart on his office wall that he kept for just such occasions.  

“It was titled, ‘Careers in History,’” recalls Burns. “I read down the list and saw ‘museum curator.’ I liked that idea.”

So Marietta dispatched Burns to the Arizona State Museum across the grassy UA Mall from the history department.  

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear,” goes the Zen proverb, and few students ever were more ready than Steve Kerr to learn about leadership.

For 30 years, he took notes in a high-level course the likes of which few others have been privileged to take. The teachers kept appearing, and they were Basketball Hall of Fame faculty: Lute Olson, Lenny Wilkens, Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich.

It is a rare and wondrous occurrence in sports when a coach shares his vision and passion so clearly that everyone around him — his fellow coaches, the players, and even the fans — become one, joined in the quest. So it is with Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcat football team. 

For the fifth year in a row, the University of Arizona Foundation and the UA Alumni Association have teamed up to present 10 by 10, highlighting 10 UA alumni who graduated 10 years ago and who have demonstrated a commitment to giving back. Join us as we get to know the 2015 10 by 10 honorees and what makes them tick. 

Honorees are chosen because of their history of philanthropic giving and engagement. As a whole, they represent a broad range of experiences and identities. 

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