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It started with a wire coat hanger, 50 ideas, six people and, yes, more than a little conflict.

In the end, the winner of the Value This! contest, a key element of the School of Education’s doctoral immersion program, transformed a group of individuals into a team, a bunch of wire coat hangers into drying racks for lavender and a school project into a community project that involved community groups, two schools, 65 volunteers and a heartwarming video.

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Psychology professor teaches online, connects worldwide

Their faces say it all: Ugandan women with wide smiles and Dr. Sharon Mijares looking equally delighted. Even in a still photograph you can almost hear the music and see the swaying hips and tapping feet. Could there be a better way to say “thank you?”

 “When they first started, I started to video them, but then I thought ‘no, I should be joining them’,” said Mijares of her impromptu dance. It’s one of the many ways that Mijares exemplifies what Associate Dean Michael McGuire calls “the wonderful and creative work of Brandman instructors.”

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MFT stipend winner eager to give back to those in need

Crystal Amick, a student in the marriage and family therapy (MFT) master’s program at Brandman’s Victorville campus, is one of eight students in the Inland Empire to receive an $18,500 state stipend to be used toward education. She almost missed her chance.

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Brandman makes U.S. News rankings for 2015

Brandman University has once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the annual college rankings. This year, Brandman programs were honored in the categories of Best Online Undergraduate Programs, Best Online Graduate Education Programs, Best Online MBA Programs and Best Online Graduate Business Programs.

Since 2012, Brandman has consistently been ranked by the magazine’s annual list in these areas, as well as being named one of the top online institutions for Veterans last year.

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Online writing and math help can curb anxiety before it begins

By Cindy O'Dell on Jan 9, 2015

A blank page stares back from the computer screen. The muscles in the neck tighten into an unforgiving knot. Formerly nimble fingers feel as if they’re made out of lead. The imaginary sound of the deadline clock changes from a hum to a gong.

It’s writer’s anxiety, and you have it bad.

If you think you’re the only person to ever suffer from it consider this: Dr. Michelle Rosensitto, director of Brandman’s Online Writing and Math Community (OWMC), knows all about writing anxiety and not just because of the help her program has offered Brandman students.

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Topics: Front Page, Student Life

12 events, 12 months, 12 ways to grow your skills and effectiveness

By Cindy O'Dell on Jan 8, 2015

Registration is underway for the School of Extended Education’s yearlong 2015 NOW Seminars, Symposia and Forums at the Irvine campus. The interactive events are designed to provide information and best practices in leadership, education and technology that can be taken back to the workplace and applied immediately.  The 2015 NOW Event Series will culminate in a keynote event in December 2015, which will be free to attend.

Leadership NOW Seminars will be held bimonthly, beginning with “Building Accountability” on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Each 2 ½-hour Leadership NOW Seminar begins at 6 p.m. and includes a light dinner, instruction, and interactive exercises that allow participants to acquire and practice relevant tools, tips, and techniques. Attendance is worth .25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and participants can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending four or more seminars.

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Topics: Career, Schools, Front Page, School of Extended Education, Alumni

Starting the year with a new MBA, a new job and a great outlook

By Cindy O'Dell on Jan 6, 2015

What do you want to do in 2015? That question is still lingering for both dedicated New Year’s resolution makers and even for those who avoid them.

Recent Brandman graduate Diana Shaw has some advice that might help: “Go to school. It’s such a good investment in oneself. It will pay off.”

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Topics: Career, Schools, Front Page, School of Business & Professional Studies, Alumni

Holiday party leftovers help feed the homeless in L.A.

By Cindy O'Dell on Jan 5, 2015

Brandman University's annual staff and faculty holiday lunch was over with food to spare, but when Kenneth Lewis, a guest at the party, heard it was going to be discarded, he quickly hunted down a way to donate the food to help feed the hungry and homeless on L.A.'s Skid Row.

Lewis, a junior at St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey, was the guest of Dr. Michelle Rosensitto, director of Online Writing and Math Community (OWMC), and is the son of OWMC tutor Dr. Nicole Johnson.

"It shouldn't go to waste. People are hungry and will appreciate this food," he told Rosensitto when he heard two women asking Brandman employees to take plates of food because leftovers would be thrown away.

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Topics: Front Page, Faculty Spotlight

Competency-based education development a major achievement in 2014

By Cindy O'Dell on Jan 3, 2015

For the School of Business and Professional Studies, the work done to develop Competency Based Education, Brandman’s newest method of helping students gain a business degree, was the school’s most important accomplishment.

“Our faculty teamed with faculty from the School of Arts and Sciences to develop a competency-based undergraduate business degree.  Competency Based Education as a degree delivery framework is new.  It's exciting.  It's future-oriented.  We are pioneers striving to make a positive difference for our customers.  Our work on this program was motivated by our vision at Brandman:  We will be the leader in the evolution of adult learning.” Dean Glenn Worthington, School of Business and Professional Studies

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Topics: CBE

Hard work rewarded: More options for Arts & Sciences students

By Cindy O'Dell on Jan 2, 2015

The School of Arts and Sciences at Brandman University launched a variety of new programs in 2014.

"Thanks to the hard work of faculty and staff, the School of Arts & Sciences had a very productive year in 2014, launching new or enhanced programs in criminal justice and liberal studies, as well as the innovative general education curriculum in the pilot competency-based B.B.A. program. Congratulations to the many Arts & Sciences alumni who completed their associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in 2014!" – Dean Jeremy Korr

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Topics: Schools, Front Page, School of Arts & Sciences

2014 meant more Extended Education courses

By Cindy O'Dell on Jan 1, 2015

Brandman University School of Extended Education continued to grow in value, number of students and number or programs launched in 2014.

“The new 2014 program development and partnerships set the School of Extended Education up to further provide value to our students and community partners during 2015.  Thank you to all of our stakeholders for helping us serve our communities during the past year.”

– School of Extended Education Dean Nancy Salzman

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Topics: Schools, Front Page, School of Extended Education

School of Education's reputation continued to soar in 2014

By Cindy O'Dell on Dec 30, 2014

There was no shortage of accomplishments at Brandman’s School of Education in 2014.

“I am extremely proud of the school of education faculty and staff for continuing to refine and develop gold standard programs which have been acknowledged by receiving NCATE (CAEP) candidate status and the highest ratings on CTC biennial reports. We are proud to be developing the educators of the future that our community deserves.” – Dr. Christine Zeppos, Dean.

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Topics: Front Page, School of Education

Accomplishments of faculty and student are highlights of nursing program’s year

By Cindy O'Dell on Dec 27, 2014

The year 2014 was a time of transition and revitalization at the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions (MSNaHP).

We look forward to continued success as our programs grow.  It is an incredible honor to watch expertise faculty interact and teach highly innovative students who want to change the way we practice nursing, using evidence for best patient outcomes.” – Interim Dean Tyke Hanish, Marybelle & S. Paul Musco School of Nursing

Of particular note were faculty members who wrote questions for national exams and served on expert panels:

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Topics: Schools, Front Page, School of Nursing & Health Professions

'Tis the season at Brandman

By Joe Cockrell on Dec 23, 2014

One of the things I enjoy most about working at Brandman University is the constant reminder of our nonprofit mission: that we are here to serve our students and strengthen the community. During the holiday season, many from the Brandman community go above and beyond. Here’s a recap of efforts from local campuses and the central administration.

Kelly Rico stands amidst the gifts collected from Brandman University employees as part of Regional Center of Orange County’s Wish Tree program. Kelly, a former employee of RCOC, introduced the Wish Tree program to Brandman this year and was overwhelmed by the response.  Within hours of sending out an email asking her fellow employees if they wanted to participate, Kelly had enough requests to complete 25 sets of wishes. She contacted RCOC for additional names and in the end, 41 employees provided gifts for 55 children and adults with developmental disabilities.

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Topics: Front Page

Online military student wins scholarship, credits adviser

By Cindy O'Dell on Dec 19, 2014

When Tech. Sgt. James Schols learned he would be getting the 2014 Military Scholarship from Career Step, the first person he knew he had to thank was his wife. The second person was his academic adviser at Brandman University.

“My counselor Carmen (Gonzalez) is awesome,” said Schols, an operations intelligence journeyman in the Oregon Air National Guard. Gonzalez steered Schols to a list of scholarship links on the Brandman website, wrote letters of recommendation and encouraged Schols to pursue his dream of getting a master’s degree from Brandman after he graduates this spring with a bachelor’s in legal studies.

Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and career training, established its military scholarship as a way to support education on a broader level and further give back to the military community. They’ll provide $2,000 toward his pursuit of an MBA.

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Topics: Schools, Front Page, Student Life, Military, Student Spotlight, awards