Thank you Wildcat Mothers

University Relations - Communications
May 9, 2014

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix students submitted a video, "Your Love," to the annual "Memmys," or medical student Emmy awards. The video is inspired by the stories of medical students.

Fourth-year medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix starred in, directed and produced a music video in honor of those who helped them leading up to their graduation, including mothers. 

For many in the Wildcat family, mothers have been a lasting influential force in life, offering guidance and support through the most challenging moments and also standing nearby during those victorious achievements, like graduation.

In honor of Wildcat moms, we asked students and employees to share the many ways their mothers have been a support leading to their academic and professional success.


"My creator, my parental unit, the warden, the only goddess I know that walks the earth – my mother pushed me harder than I ever had the will to go. I am the man that my mother made me, and on May 17th, 2014, this man graduates from college. Thank you #MyRock…Flawless." -Steven Palmer, a physiology major, in honor of Alison Agustin

"My mom has always been very supportive of my academic pursuits from an early age. She taught me the importance of being kind and helping others. She is a preschool teacher, and I am majoring in English, and also have a desire to teach. Together, we share a passion for teaching and strive to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Thanks mom, I love you!" -Gabriella Gutierrez, a UA Honors College student studying English, in honor of Dora Gutierrez

"Having my mom as my support system, even from states away, has helped me to achieve more than imaginable! My mother has always been my stronghold when times got rough. She is my number one fan and supporter and has been the first one to celebrate when I achieve a goal. She also is a giver of wisdom and love! Our hearts will forever be connected, and I am so appreciative for all that she has done and continues to do for me! I couldn’t ask for a better Momma! You are amazing and I am truly blessed to have you as a role model, an source of inspiration, a supporter, counselor and, of course, mother!" -Lorene Fisher, who is studying business administration, dance and Africana studies, in honor of Shirley Fisher

"More than anything, my mother is my friend. Throughout all my life, she has treated me as an equal, as a partner, as a friend. My mother has helped me find my dreams by always supporting and always listening to me. She is my best friend and I don’t know what I would do without her." -Caitlin Hawley, a psychology and anthropology major, in honor of Janet Hawley

"There is no doubt that I have the best mom in the world! I admire her so much and there is no way that I would be here at the UA without her unwavering love and support. My mom is always just a phone call away no matter what. More than anything, she sets a positive example for me through her hard work and impeccable style. I love you and hope you have a great Mother's Day!" -Tyler J. Mcdowell-Blanken, who is studying Africana studies, creative writing and journalism, in honor of Theresa McDowell-Blanken

"My beautiful, vibrant mother is the reason I’m graduating this May. Mamita is my best friend, my cheerleader, my words of wisdom. When I wanted to skip college she convinced me to 'just go for a year,' and she supported me every year after that – even when I changed my major. Three times!" -Geneva Faye Vasquez, a French major and lead marketing assistant for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, in honor of Iselda Mendez

Photo credit: Durango Mendoza

"My mom, Regina Tsosie, sacrificed many things, including being close to her side of the family on the Navajo reservation, so that my sister and I could have better access to educational opportunities. Her passion for and support of our educational success is the reason why my sister, Cydney Mahieu, and I have had the fortune of being students here at the University of Arizona. Ahe'hee shima! Thank you, Mom!" -Ashley Tsosie-Mahieu, a doctoral student in the American Indian Studies Program and a research assistant for the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, in honor of Regina Tsosie (at left). Her sister, Cydney Mahieu, is on the right.

"As a first-generation college student, I did not have someone to rely on to navigate college. I struggled a lot in college, but my Mom's support and advice helped me become the first in our family to receive a bachelor’s degree in 2012 and, now, a master's degree. She taught me to fight and never give up on my goals. I wouldn't trade that for anything." -Bryant Valencia (left), a master's student in higher education, in honor of Lora Valencia. His father, George Valencia, is on the right.


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