Published by alumni
|The Backwards Town
By Justine M. Theer
Justine M. Theer, Associate of Arts in Elementary Education (AAEE) ’09, creates a fanciful story about a boy who is forced to take action when Christmas is outlawed in The Backwards Town. With the help of a few friends, including a mysterious new girl, nine-year-old Johnny proves that when the stakes are high, anything is possible. The Backwards Town is an inspiration story geared toward children of all ages.
Justine M. Theer has been a soldier, a volunteer firefighter, a ranch hand, an author and this past August, she became mom to a beautiful baby daughter named Rose. Theer is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree.
The Backwards Town can be purchased at amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and will soon be available as an Amazon Kindle eBook.
|Start with Humility
By Dr. Michael Comer and Dr. Merwyn Hayes
In Start with Humility, Michael Comer, Doctor of Management of Organizational Leadership (DM) ’03,, explores the role of humility in leadership. Comer and co-author Dr. Merwyn Hayes discuss what humility is and what it is not, addressing the topic through the stories of five highly successful leaders who exemplify humility as the core of their leadership style. Start with Humility, is an excellent tool for leaders at all levels and types of organizations.
Dr. Michael Comer is a consulting partner with The Hayes Group International Inc., responsible for areas of organizational and team development, leadership assessment and development, executive coaching and training development and delivery. Comer has more than 25 years of consulting experience and his planning and team development sessions have helped senior-level leaders improve working relationships, productivity and effectively manage conflict.
Start with Humility, can be purchased at startwithhumility.com and amazon.com.
Phoenix Focus first profiled Dickinson and his seven-summit goal in its January issue. Everest marks Dickinson’s fourth climbing expedition, many of which were paired with a charitable service project. Among them: gathering toys for orphans in Africa (Kilimanjaro) and St. Petersburg, Russia (Mt. Elbrus). Dickinson also leverages the attention he receives for climbing to raise awareness and funds for the AIDs Research Alliance. Dickinson is currently an instructor with University of Phoenix. “I’m not sure if any UOPX professors have [summited Mt. Everest] before,” he says, “… but they have now.”