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Recent Avila grad earns perk for student referral

March 4, 2011
For more information, contact Bob Luder at 816.501.2434.

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ipad winnerKANSAS CITY, Mo - - Andrea Turner said she's never been lucky when it comes to winning prizes, whether through drawings, raffles, contests, etc. But that all changed recently, all because she did something positive for her alma mater.

Turner, who graduated from Avila University's MBA program last fall, recently told a co-worker of hers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City about the program. That co-worker, Kimberly Bao, enrolled at Avila, giving credit for the referral to Turner.

"I'd worked with Kimberly for a couple years when I was going through school," said Turner, who works in the bank's Customer Contact Center. "I told her about how great I thought it was."

For her referral, Turner was entered in Avila's Purple Perks program, which placed her in the running to win a new Apple iPad. As it turned out, her name was drawn.

"I didn't know about the program," Turner said. "It's great. I don't win very much. I was very surprised when I got the e-mail."

Turner received her iPad Feb. 28, when MBA director and professor of business Wendy Acker took a class to the Federal Reserve Bank for a field trip.

"It's a great perk," Turner said. "And, it's something that's easy to do, especially when you've had an enjoyable experience like I had at Avila."



Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.