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Best Friends Receive Pioneer Award from University of Phoenix

KANSAS CITY, MO. , December 18, 2008 — In November, University of Phoenix Kansas City Campus held its first ever homecoming event for alumni. During the event, two best friends were recognized for their commitment to their education and for their community involvement. Janice Wallace and Robyn Reynolds were presented with the prestigious Pioneer Award.

Janice Wallace, from Grandview, was encouraged by her sister to go back to school for a master’s degree; but it was her best friend Robyn she called to go through the process with her.

“I was going back to school to get my master’s degree and didn’t know about University of Phoenix," Wallace says. “I was set on a different university until I talked to Robyn who suggested we find out about University of Phoenix."

Wallace’s reaction was, “University of who?” But the two went together and talked with an enrollment counselor. It was a no-brainer after that.

Robyn Reynolds, from Kansas City, recalls, “I was excited to get started after our meeting, and I signed up right away. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.”

For Reynolds, the classes were in the perfect setting; the instructors were excellent; and the lengths of the classes were great.

“I brought my work experience to the classroom and took my classroom learning to work. It was great because even though all of us students came from different industries, we were all able to learn something from each other,” Reynolds explains.

Wallace and Reynolds attended undergraduate school together at Missouri Western State University. Wallace received a bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting and Reynolds received a bachelor of science in Business Administration with a double major in Accounting and Management. For the two friends, it only seemed natural to graduate with their MBAs together during the first commencement for the University of Phoenix Kansas City Campus.

Today Wallace works as a Resource Specialist at University of Phoenix Kansa City Campus. Reynolds is an IT Account Manager for Sprint.


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of August 31, 2008, 362,100 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


Wendy Paul