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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 ...

Security chief faces fear and earns college degree

Jason Hudson built a career on grit and courage. He served as a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force. He joined the protection details for celebrities and world leaders. And then he worked his way up to become director of security and safety at the Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Navy master chief turns rejection into opportunity

In 2005, then-U.S. Navy Master Chief Evelyn “Vonn” Banks was interviewing for a high-level enlisted position in the service when the conversation took an unexpected turn.

“I was told, ‘Your operational performance is head and shoulders above your ...

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 ...

Former Oracle talent director and alum successfully changed careers from technology management

Arthur Jue already had a successful career in technology management when he decided to enter the doctoral program in organizational leadership at University of Phoenix. That move helped spur a wholesale change in his professional life, leading him to a new career in talent development, first at Oracle and then at Tectura Corp....

MBA grad makes a name for herself and her cupcakery

“I’ve always had something in the oven,” Kimberly Greenwell says, laughing, about her decades-long baking career. “But for a lot of years, I was always in school, so baking took a back seat.”

Not any longer. Greenwell, who began baking as a young girl in her ...

Lucky Socks may knock your (other) socks off

When University of Phoenix students and alumni pull on their Lucky Socks, they’re sharing something meaningful. Like wearing a club emblem or pin, donning the bright red socks bearing the University’s rising phoenix logo is a way for more than 1 million students, alumni and staff to show solidarity.

Alumna went to war zone for doctoral research

Having a college education can give women in Afghanistan the opportunity to help rebuild their war-torn country, according to research by University of Phoenix alumna Khalida Mashriqi. But first, they must be able to get to school safely. In some Afghan communities, she points out, just talking about educating women is forbidden....

Education helped reshape this alum’s future

Ron Smith (left), Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, 2010

Ron Smith wasn’t ready for college after high school. Yet today, he holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from University of Phoenix, is working on publishing a book and teaches courses at two universities....

MBA graduate’s unusual rags-to-riches tale

For University of Phoenix alumnus Atour Eyvazian to go from Iranian refugee to the largest Jack in the Box® franchise owner in the United States, he literally had to climb mountains. And that was just the beginning of his journey.

University of Phoenix alum’s career path has been roundabout, but always aimed at helping others

James Cannon’s focus has never been about limiting his options.

At 23, he earned his MBA. A few years later, he became chief financial officer for a Fortune 500 company. In his 30s, he switched careers from finance to health care and became a physician assistant. He’s currently a ...

What studying the humanities and sciences has meant to 4 alums

When these four University of Phoenix graduates decided to pursue their passions for the humanities and sciences — history, the arts, philosophy, languages and environmental science — they knew they’d gain valuable skills, such as critical thinking and written and verbal communication.

Alumna is Johnson & Johnson’s “Amazing Nurse”

Last year was a “blur of excitement” for nurse Ann Coyle. In May 2012, she earned a bachelor’s in psychology from University of Phoenix. In the fall, she won the Johnson & Johnson Amazing Nurses Contest, a national competition for caregivers. Next, she appeared on “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” an annual televised event celebrating individuals who do extraordinary work ...

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 ...

Doctoral graduate focuses on empowering women

For University of Phoenix alumna Mary Ann O’Neil, a rain puddle is not an obstacle — it’s an opportunity.

That’s how the founder of Successtrogen.com approaches life these days. “It can be the littlest things that make me stop and think,” she says. “Like that ...

7 ways to power up your career with Pinterest

When it comes to your career, can you pin it to win it? Pinterest® Pin Boards get their fair share of cute photos of kittens climbing out of hatboxes, and pictures of cotton balls made into Halloween ghost pins. But you can also use the Pinterest business pages, which are designed for commercial use, to offer a clear picture of your professional expertise....

Chief lowers crime while raising his education level

John Dixon has tunnel vision — at least when it comes to his career.

The ability to zero in on a goal helps explain Dixon’s rise from the tough streets of Philadelphia to chief of police in Petersburg, Virginia. “When I see something I want, I’m willing to do everything I can to go after it,” he ...

Chief Mark Henderson was destined for law enforcement, but his education shaped his career

Forget those gritty crime dramas on TV: The job of a suburban police chief isn’t usually like that. But it’s not necessarily “Mayberry” either.

For Mark Henderson, it’s academic. Literally. In fact, now that he has a master’s in administration of justice and security from University of ...

When it came to school, former major leaguer Chris Woodward decided it was time to play ball

A funny thing happened to Chris Woodward on the way to completing his bachelor’s degree: He became a better baseball player.

“If I’d known then what I know now,” says the former major leaguer, “I’d have gone back to school a lot sooner.”...

Alumna Christa Sorenson parties with a purpose

Christa Sorenson loves to party — especially when it’s for a good cause. The longtime enrollment advisor 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....

5 ways to reach out to fellow graduates

Succeeding in business is often about whom you know. But how do you stay in touch with the people you meet to continually expand your network and help boost your career?

Consider calling on your fellow alumni for help. At University of Phoenix, ...