The University of Arizona

Medicine Alumna of the Year: Adele Marie O'Sullivan

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

Her religious community, the Sisters of St. Joseph, led Adele Marie O'Sullivan to the UA to study toward becoming a "sister doctor" with a career focused on caring for the poor and homeless.

Eller Alumna of the Year: Sarah Brown Smallhouse

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored with alumni of the year awards.

Tucson native and UA alumna Sarah Brown Smallhouse is president of the Thomas R. Brown Foundations, named for her late father.

Honors College Alumnus of the Year: Nick T. Spark

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

Nick T. Spark enrolled at the UA as a Flinn Scholar.

Science Alumnus of the Year: Kenneth Krane

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

Kenneth Krane, a Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oregon State University, is a prominent experimentalist in nuclear physics, and he is the Alumnus of the Year for the College of Science.

Engineering Alumnus of the Year: David Hutchens

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

David Hutchens is president and CEO of UniSource Energy Corporation, the parent company of Tucson Electric Power. Since joining UNS Energy in 1995, he has held various management positions, including vice president of energy efficiency and resource planning, vice president of wholesale energy and vice president of UNS Gas.

SBS Alumna of the Year: Melody S. Robidoux

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

On an August day in 1976, Melody Robidoux's grandparents dropped her off at the UA's Maricopa Residence Hall. She remembers feeling slightly overwhelmed — and very warm. The campus was far different from her hometown of Flagstaff, Ariz., but her adventure was about to begin.

Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year: Jeffrey Haskell

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

Jeff Haskell, a pianist, arranger and conductor, entered the world of professional music at age 12, working along jazz greats such as Ray Smyth and Jackie Davis. He began as a scat-singing boy soprano and, by age 16, he was working with saxophonist Lew Tabackin.

Education Alumna of the Year: Colleen Niccum

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

Nursing Alumnus of the Year: Rudy Valenzuela

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

The first child of a Mexican immigrant family to attend college, Rudy Valenzuela was called first to the priesthood and earned his UA doctorate in nursing in 2010. He is this year's Alumnus of the Year for the College of Nursing.

Agriculture Alumnus of the Year: P. Andrew 'Andy' Groseta

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

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