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Alumna honored for work with special needs kids

Advocating on behalf of her own child with special needs came naturally to Lisa Blue. She soon discovered that helping other parents who were struggling with their kids who needed extra help in school and life came just as easily.

Blue received a University of Phoenix® Spirit of Service Award last year for ...

University alumna is a financial role model

Kim Murphy is a University of Phoenix graduate four times over: She holds bachelor’s degrees in business and criminal justice, and master’s degrees in adult education and management.

Now the financial services community manager for the PhoenixConnect® ...

MBA grad conquers Mount Everest, inspires others

Brian Dickinson is proof that it’s possible to reach great heights in many areas of life.

An avid mountain climber, endurance athlete and outdoor survival expert, Dickinson, who earned his MBA degree from University of Phoenix in 2003, is ...

One-time dropout becomes an award-winning teacher

Last year, Apryl Shackelford found herself in front of a cheering crowd, still in disbelief that she’d been named 2013 Teacher of the Year in Duval County, Florida. The reading teacher known as “Ms. Shack” had once been a high school dropout, but had returned to school and earned a master’s in education/curriculum and instruction in 2008 from University of Phoenix....

Chronic MS couldn’t stop alum’s graduation walk

When Aubri Shauger-Haley followed her husband, Richard, across the stage at a University of Phoenix commencement ceremony last summer, the moment marked more than an academic achievement. The couple also celebrated Aubri’s success in the face of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS).

Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt scores big in 2013

It was quite a year for Arizona Diamondbacks First Baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

In only his second full season in the big leagues, his hitting and fielding statistics earned him nearly every award possible in 2013, including a trip to the All-Star game and a second-place finish among sportswriters’ votes for ...

Cancer survivor’s foundation eases others’ pain

When Sandra Wing was battling ovarian and uterine cancer, she found that she dreaded chemotherapy more than the disease.

“I felt defeated and immobile, unable to perform the simplest of tasks” as a result of chemo, says Wing, who earned her MBA degree in 1995 from the ...

Quitting was never an option for this alumna

“This is your future — your time to shine,” Shermona Woodley tells students at the University of Phoenix Knoxville Campus. “Don’t let anything get in your way.”

Since graduating in 2012 with a bachelor’s in health administration, Woodley ...

Alumna Christa Sorenson parties with a purpose

Christa Sorenson loves to party — especially when it’s for a good cause. The longtime enrollment representative for University of Phoenix education programs and health care programs is passionate about helping others. With an emphasis on fun, her fundraisers are usually packaged as after-work happy hours, weekend comedy shows or girls’ shoe-shopping sprees....

What’s your best advice for first-year teachers?

Summer means school’s out, but it also means new teachers are preparing for their first year in the classroom. We asked several University of Phoenix College of Education graduates — who are also experienced teachers with years in the classroom — to share their advice for their newest colleagues:

University of Phoenix alumnus runs for Ariz. office

There’s a fresh face in Arizona politics these days: University of Phoenix alumnus Matthew Cerra is running for a Democratic seat in the Arizona House of Representatives on a platform of education reform.

Cerra found inspiration in an unlikely place: an Arizona prison, where he ...

College of Nursing graduate named “Notable Nurse” by Nurse.com

An accomplished nurse throughout her long career, Sally Grimm, RN, MSN, CEN has advanced to the highest levels of the profession by letting her actions do the talking.

“I don’t like to toot my own horn,” says Grimm, a Master of Science in ...

70-year-old Roberta Torres graduates from University of Phoenix

Few good things in life come easy, and nobody knows this better than Roberta Torres. The 70-year-old has endured numerous trials throughout her lifetime: failed marriages, loss of three children, diabetes, abuse.

But that hasn’t stopped Torres from pushing toward her dream of a college ...

Second chance: Thomas Lee finds a new career in the classroom

Learning that your longtime employer is closing up shop and moving out of state would be a crippling blow for some. But for Bay Area middle school teacher and STARS grant recipient Thomas Lee, MAED, it was a golden opportunity.

Elena Asher built her career on flexible skills — and now she’s teaching others to do the same

Elena Asher defies natural disasters, embraces outsourcing and thrives on logistical adversity. She admits it’s the kind of flexible job skills not typically affiliated with the public’s nuts-and-bolts concept of manufacturing, but for this senior customs and logistics manager at Gear For Sports Inc., they help her deliver the company’s customized clothing goods — ...