KANSAS CITY, MO. , December 18, 2008 — For the first time in University of Phoenix's 32 year history the institution held an alumni homecoming event. Each campus throughout the nation designed its event around individual needs and unique situations. The Kansas City campus elected for a football theme held at the 810 Zone on the Plaza featuring the Phoenix Cardinals vs. the San Francisco 49ers for Monday Night Football.

According to Jeannine Lake, Kansas City Campus Director, "Most people are familiar with homecoming being associated with football, so we felt it was a natural fit. Our alumni and staff had a special connection to this Monday night game because it was played in the stadium that bears the University's name." The Phoenix Cardinal won the game 29 to 24.

University of Phoenix homecoming events were established to reconnect alumni, build networking opportunities and encourage participation in the 2008 Paying it Forward scholarship program.

A total of 64 graduates and guests gathered to reconnect and network with former classmates and become a part of the University of Phoenix Kansas City Alumni Association. Those in attendance were able to nominate individuals for the Pay It Forward™ Scholarship, a special full-tuition scholarship given out by University of Phoenix to a deserving candidate. Pay it Forward award winners will be named in early 2009.

"We were fortunate to have Robert and Stephanie Lasister attend homecoming to advocate the Pay it Forward Scholarship as Robert was a recipient of this award last year," Lake says. "He received the scholarship from a nomination made by his wife, Stephanie who was a previous recipient."�

The evening's festivities also included the recognition of two outstanding students who were among Kansas City Campus' first graduating class. The Pioneer Award was given to Janice Wallace and Robyn Reynolds, both received their Masters of Business Administration in the first graduating class of the Kansas City Campus in 2003.

"A pioneer is defined as one who is first or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise or progress," Lake says. "Janice and Robyn are the essence of the word and definition. Since their graduation five years ago, the two have accomplished much and have exceeded their personal goals. We congratulate them and their efforts."�


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