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Honoring the Power of ATHENA

Colleen A. Smith, Ph.D., believes it’s extremely important to support women in their professional interests and career choices, especially in male-dominated fields. “This support demonstrates to our society that there are options for women that both women and men may have never considered possible until they see women succeeding in these areas. We need to […]

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Channeling the Force

The costume is very familiar and was fashioned from $12 worth of golden fabric and fitted with its iconic belt. Meet C-3PO, the life-sized droid hero, noted for his perfect etiquette and protocol, who has been featured in almost every Star Wars film since the franchise first screened in May 1977. It took Geri Hongeva, […]

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Grand Canyon Saddle Maker Enjoying the Ride

Across from the Xanterra South Rim is a mule barn sitting on an inconspicuous lot at the Grand Canyon Village. The historic building was a blacksmith’s shop. Inside, the old wooden floors show their age, while the aroma of worked leather and mules give away its purpose. This is Joe Marshall’s territory: the Saddle Maker’s […]

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Training the Next

The searing flash of flames, the ground-shaking vibration, the deafening roar of engines – witnessing a space shuttle launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, is not something easily forgotten by most, but for Lauren Edgar, it was life altering. The then-second grader, who came to visit her grandmother in Florida, left her vacation with more than […]

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Hospitality from Kabul to the Grand Canyon

Traveling almost 8,000 miles to fill his new position as food and beverage director for Xanterra at the Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges was an “easy” decision, says Todd Rodemyer, who left Kabul, Afghanistan, for the Grand Canyon. “It was the best move I’ve made yet. I really like it here.” While in Kabul, Rodemyer […]

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Ski Industry Offering Mountain Living, Outdoor Recreation 

In his second season as assistant general manager at Arizona Snowbowl, Rob Linde said he is “living the dream.”  “It is a new adventure for me and my family.”   Linde’s duties include overseeing the day-to-day operation of the resort, which includes the ski school, food and beverage department, parking, the chairlifts and rental shop.  During […]

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Mary Jo West Uses Her Famous Voice to Advocate for Social Justice, Mental Illness, Children

She has interviewed presidents, flown with Mother Teresa, given a face to depression and helped HIV-infected orphans. Long-time Arizonans know her as the first primetime television news anchorwoman in the Phoenix market. But, teenage girls growing up in the ‘70s regarded her as their own personal hero, a real-life Mary Richards (played by Mary Tyler […]

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