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Instructor had a bird’s-eye view of history

For Raymond Shelton, service to both his country and others has been a driving force in everything he’s done, from his long military career to his decade-plus of teaching at University of Phoenix.

“I try to put a human perspective on history from a guy who has been there,” ...

Doctoral student inspires “Gimme Shelter” movie

Kathy DiFiore didn’t set out to start a ministry. “I just wanted to help homeless women,” says the University of Phoenix® School of Advanced Studies student. “If I could inspire people along the way, that would be good, too.”

DiFiore’s New Jersey-based Several Sources Shelters provides help for women ...

Campus tours showcase John Sperling Center

How do you draw blood from a manikin? What percentage of recycled materials were used to build the University of Phoenix® Main Campus?

You can get the answers to these questions and more during a complimentary guided tour of the campus, also known as the John Sperling Center for ...

Success tips from University of Phoenix students

Whether they’re checking email messages after a long workday, taking kids to after-school activities or squeezing in a workout, these four University of Phoenix® students still manage to make higher education a priority in their already packed schedules.

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 ...

How the University’s doctoral residency works

Whereas University of Phoenix® online doctoral programs allow you to pursue advanced studies from home while fulfilling your personal and professional obligations, they also include a face-to-face component: doctoral residency.

This short-term requirement — residencies occur each year for four years — ...

How the doctoral dissertation process works

Completing your doctoral dissertation is likely one of the most challenging things you’ll ever do, according to Amanda Stevens, a student in the University of Phoenix® Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership program.

Scholarship helps business student dream big

It wasn’t an episode of “Sex and the City” or the bright lights of Manhattan that fueled Stephanie Brovender’s fantasies about one day living and working in New York City. It was her aunt.

“I watched her as a single mom, working and living in New York,” Brovender ...

What StackTrack can do for you

The StackTrack™ certificate option at University of Phoenix can help you gain marketable job skills earlier in your degree program by allowing you to take career-related, core courses — and earn certificates for your efforts — well before completing the rest of your general education requirements and receiving your diploma, according to Hinrich Eylers, PhD, executive dean of ...

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® ...

Cybersecurity expert uses hacking skills for good

Summer Lee only needs to press a few keys on her computer to break into online computer networks and potentially wreak havoc.

But the University of Phoenix® student isn’t a hacker — she just plays one to teach companies and IT professionals how to prevent computer systems from ...

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).

University of Phoenix named Military-Friendly School for fifth consecutive year

University of Phoenix continues to be a top education destination for military students: It was named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s 2014 list of Military-Friendly Schools for the fifth consecutive year, and earned the same honor for the sixth straight year from Military Advanced Education magazine.

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 ...

Poll: Students reveal the best music to study to

If you crank up the tunes when doing your homework, you aren’t alone. A recent informal poll on the University of Phoenix Facebook® page shows that aficionados of listening to music while studying outweigh those seeking silence by a 10-to-1 ratio.

Finding inspiration on “Roadtrip Nation”

Olivia Zanfardino, a student in the business management program at University of Phoenix, quit her job, put her studies on hold and packed her bags last summer to take part in the PBS reality TV show “Roadtrip Nation.” For seven weeks, she traveled the country, interviewing everyone from an accountant who started a cold-pressed juice bar to an Internet entrepreneur ...

Grants help fund faculty research and innovation

Research funding isn’t just for the ivory tower. Thanks to the Office of Scholarship Support (OSS), all University of Phoenix faculty members, online or at a campus, are eligible to apply for grants to support their own research and innovation.

Instructor’s nonprofit helps young people flourish

“I’ve devoted my life to telling young people they can lead productive, well-educated lives,” says Gladys Pearson, an online instructor in the general studies program for University of Phoenix, and founder and CEO of Making It To The Finish Line, a nonprofit mentoring program for youths ages 7 to 17. ...

Living in a straw house isn’t just a fairy tale

You might think straw houses only exist in “The Three Little Pigs.” But environmental engineer and University of Phoenix online instructor David Barraza discovered that a straw bale home is an inexpensive, eco-friendly option for the real world.

New center to offer career coaching services

University of Phoenix students and alumni in need of academic or career support soon will be able to visit the state-of-the-art Phoenix Career and Coaching Center.

“At University of Phoenix, we’re interested in not just providing a solid ...

Student honored by MLB and People magazine

Shortly after Kevin Burciaga returned home in 2008 from a tour in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps, he received a call that would change his life — and that of a complete stranger.

The call also would eventually lead the former military police officer to be ...

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 ...

NFL pro Larry Fitzgerald has a different goal

Along with scoring touchdowns for the Arizona Cardinals and traveling the world on exotic adventures, All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has another important role: college student.

Even with an eight-year contract that he signed in 2011, Fitzgerald remains ...