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EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT.

OPEN DOOR POLICY.

EMPOWERMENT.

We've all heard these "buzz words" and phrases for years - popular ideas that we hope are panaceas to make our work environment more pleasant and productive. Employee turnover, discontent and squandered talent are issues all organizations face, and yet some do a better job at retaining and motivating their employees than others. At times, we end up scratching our heads, wondering which, if any, of the newest ideas could work for us. Instead, I want to turn our attention to a concept whose foundation predates buzz words. I want to talk about creating a Culture of Support.

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Career Driven And Tech Talented: Alumnus Pursues Her Passion

Like many nontraditional students, Tami Frankenfield began many years ago following her career opportunities and aspirations. While exploring her options and personal interests she soon found her passion and place in today's technology-driven world. Here she shares with us her journey to personal and professional success.

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Brandman Instructor Honored At MLB All Star Game

When Keith Debro boarded a Greyhound bus bound for the 1959 World Series in Los Angeles, he never could have imagined that 55 years later, and well after his playing days were over, he would take the field for a Major League Baseball All-Star Game. On July 15, 2014 there he was representing the Oakland Athletics as part of the People All-Star Teachers Program.

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A Model Leader Creates A Model Community

As educators, we are proud to feature stories that celebrate the success of our students and alumni, especially when their efforts contribute to the betterment of schools and their systems. Today we highlight Rochelle L. Franco as she tells her story becoming a leader, president and catalyst for positive change in her community.

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How To Build Your Professional Network

By Autumn McClenaghan on Jul 16, 2014

One of the common questions I get from students about is, "How do I meet people to network with?" My answer is always the same, "Begin with people you already know!" Networking involves creating a supportive system that allows individuals and groups with common interests to share information and services. Here are a few channels you can use to build, create and strengthen professional contacts and relationships.

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Topics: Career, Schools

Social Media: A Valuable Networking Tool

By Jina Smith on Jul 15, 2014

The concept of social media may bring up a mixed bag of opinions but however you feel about it, it is an effective tool for professional development. Don't overlook this important digital support system. It can help you find jobs, meet potential mentors and grow your personal network. Here are some ways to utilize social media as a support system:

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Topics: Career, Student Life

From Aspiring To Inspiring: An Educator's Story Of Achieving Her Dreams

By Katherine Bumgardner on Jul 10, 2014

Katherine Bumgardner walked across this year's commencement stage full of joy, pride and love for her wonderful, supportive family. As a two-time Brandman University graduate, we are happy to feature her journey from being a once aspiring teacher to becoming an inspiring educator, leader and lifelong learner. Here is Katherine's story in her own words.

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Topics: Alumni, School of Education

Top Ten Technology Tools For Educators

By Vicki Brannock on Jul 9, 2014

It may be summer vacation but educators are always looking for ways to enhance the student experience. There are so many sites competing for your attention it is hard to sift through them all. We have put together a list of some of the best websites and apps for teachers today. This is not exhaustive by any means but it certainly gets you started.

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Topics: Schools, School of Extended Education, School of Education

Criminal Justice Professor Reflects on Emotional Police Unity Tour

By Dr. Karin J. Storm on Jul 8, 2014

In May, Dr. Karin J. Storm, assistant professor in criminal justice at Brandman University, supported thousands of law enforcement cyclists as they took part in the annual Police Unity Tour. The three-day fund raising ride took place on the east coast and raised almost $2 million dollars for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Here is Dr. Storm's account of this year's event.

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Topics: Happenings, School of Arts & Sciences, Faculty Spotlight

Proud To Be A Humble Servant To Our Military And Future Leaders

By Lindsay Amanda on Jul 4, 2014

Our military education programs and student support systems have come a long way since the day Chapman University opened its first campus for nontraditional students on El Toro Marine Air Station in 1958. Today that single location has evolved into a system of over 25 Brandman University campuses as part of the Chapman University System.

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Topics: Front Page, Student Life, Military