The New and Old

Members of Bobcats, the senior honorary at the University of Arizona, gathered at the recent induction of new members. From left Alec Demetre (new), Taylor Ashton (new), Forrest Gmitro, Aaron Whitelock, Flip May, Matt Yalung, Tom Arendt, Mike Harrold and David McEvoy.  Arendt attended to see his daughter inducted.

Posted 5/5/14

UA Gives Valeski an Honorary Degree

Brother Terry Valeski, ’68, was one of six people to receive honorary degrees for their accomplishments in the arts, humanities, business and public service at the 2014 Commencement Ceremony at the University of Arizona

 Here’s what the university wrote about him:

 Terrence (Terry) Valeski, vice chairman of T-Mobile in the Czech Republic

Valeski has launched and operated five different wireless operations in various countries around the world and, over his career, has gained an exemplary reputation in international corporate leadership.

Valeski earned his liberal arts degree from the UA and, after graduating, entered the U.S. Army as a lieutenant. He began his business career at J. Walter Thompson, a New York-based advertising firm, and eventually became senior vice president.

During his studies at the UA, Valeski was highly involved in student-run organizations including the Chain Gang Junior Honorary and Blue Key National Honorary. He was also a Sigma Chi Beta Phi chapter member, a varsity member of the wrestling team and business manager of the Arizona Daily Wildcat, the student newspaper. He also earned the Rawson-McRae Award as the UA's outstanding sophomore man.

Valeski is chairman of the Eller College of Management's national board, which advises the college dean.

Valeski, an executive in residence at Eller, is highly committed to supporting faculty research and is particularly invested in helping the college retain top quality faculty. He has made a multiyear commitment in support of faculty excellence, which helps to support a professorship for one of Eller's top management and information systems faculty members.

Having been a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity during his time at the UA, Valeski was instrumental as a member of the Sigma Chi Alumni Association in reinstating the Beta Phi chapter of Sigma Chi at the UA. He also helped reintroduce the chapter's Mentoring and Career Development Program.