A light drizzle couldn’t dampen the spirits of 200 aspiring educators who attended Brandman University’s Education Job Fair on October 18 at the San Diego County Office of Education. Afterall, there were jobs to be filled and futures to be made.
A light drizzle couldn’t dampen the spirits of 200 aspiring educators who attended Brandman University’s Education Job Fair on October 18 at the San Diego County Office of Education. Afterall, there were jobs to be filled and futures to be made.
With the emergence of Competency-Based Education (CBE) in the higher education cosmos, the journey seeking continues. The career professional, retired service member, 'career changer,' overachiever and the like, are looking for ways to expand their knowledge bases and ultimately, earn degrees that acknowledge their skill sets. Discover how they are finding new ways of thinking through and realizing their education.
What does your personal brand say about you? Do you have or even need one? And what exactly is it?
When you brand yourself you are aiming to portray who you authentically are and what you want to be known for. As you embark on your job search, it is helpful to have a well rounded understanding of yourself, the ideal employer, industry and job opportunities to show the company you choose to interview that you are the best candidate for the position. Always remember, the person who knows you best is you!
LinkedIn is dominating the digital world for professionals and job seekers who use it as an online resume, a portfolio and a networking tool. Leverage some of these LinkedIn best practices and build a stellar online presence so employers can discover you and your talents.
Halloween is the one day out of the year where people morph into ghouls and goblins while pumpkins transform into creepy jack-o-lanterns. The season is one of Brandman's dedicated service desk technician's favorite seasons because it gives her the opportunity to express her creativity by constructing some of the best homemade costumes.
This is probably a very acceptable way to make a date with a friend, but is it an appropriate model for all online communication purposes? The answer: Not if you expect to be identified as a professional.
With Veterans Day less than a month away, Brandman University is honored to present the four recipients of the inaugural Bryan A. Fazio Scholarship. Fazio recently presented scholarship checks to two of the four winners from our valued military community. Join us in congratulating them as we highlight their amazing stories of challenges and triumph.
In today’s digital world one in four people spend more time communicating online than in person. Whether it is a discussion, timeline, or circle we are all involved in group communication in some way.
But how effectively are you communicating?
Technology is meant to enhance our lives by making it easier to work and play. But what happens when the best of intent goes into creating computer efficiencies and everything goes terribly wrong? From security services to automation algorithms, check out these top fails in computing history that impacted companies, people and governments from around the world.
What is the future of the virtual education environment and is the model effective? We sought out the insights of the top leaders in the tech-ed landscape and compiled the most relevant resources for our own expert interview about online learning. Get inspired as they break down the facts about the innovations that are changing the world for the better.
There are so many new technologies and devices that have advanced the way we operate that it can be hard to decifer between them all when deciding what's the best fit for us. Take this quick 5 question quiz, that is certainly more fun than those you take in class, to determine which type of computer you are at heart.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…There was a dream to automate and expand communication to allow people to share information at light speed. Lord Darth Vader shares the force with you by sharing his essential guide to computers in the digital age.
What is the greatest quality that is attributed to a lifelong learner? Colleges and universities believe in the power of education and employers often filter candidates by level of degree attainment. However companies also place high priority on proven skills, abilities and overall intelligence.
When TV newscaster Diane Sawyer was asked the secret to her success, she said, “I think the one lesson I’ve learned is there is no substitute for paying attention.” Although we love the taste of our favorite Starbucks drink, there are other ways to improve your concentration that have benefits that reach far beyond the report card. Here are some of our favorite tips to improve your attentiveness throughout the day.
Service is at the very heart of our values here at Brandman University and we are proud to say its rubbed off onto our graduates. As part of living out our beliefs, our alumni are passing down best practices to those that still have homework assignments to do.
Fall has officially arrived and just as the leaves turn our wardrobes must shift along with them. Whether you are in a state of mourning the annual passing of summer or praising coat season, we're here to remind you that it’s important to look your best in the workplace. Here are some different looks for professionals to help them dress for success this fall season.
As the air starts to cool and promotions of pumpkin spice begin to abound, we are reminded that summer has ended and fall is upon us. It is this time of year that people head back to school, gear up for the holidays and begin to think about the New Year. Fall is notorious for being filled with sweet treats, colder weather and the desire to stay inside.
Next June, thousands of spectators will descend on University Place to watch one of the biggest golf tournaments to ever be played in Washington state – the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, near Tacoma.
“Family…where life begins and love never ends.” Our loved ones are the most important people in our lives, and oftentimes they are near the top on the list of reasons why many people go back to school to earn their degrees. They support us, motivate us and inspire us to always do our best. But once class has started and papers are due, how do we ensure we are still giving our family the quality time and attention they deserve?
No matter what point you are on your professional path, it's important to make sure your career survival kit is always ready when you need it. Whether you are job searching, looking to advance, changing careers, entering the workforce or staying the course, it's best to be prepared for the future.
Innovation is a wonderful thing, especially when it involves creating technologies that make our lives more efficient. Although many times there is a learning curve with any new gadget, companies are focusing on creating a positive user experience for consumers which translates into ease of usability. Tablets have become a staple item in every home and office which is why we are sharing some of the top apps for productivity in the market today.
Military transitioning has become a real hot topic as of late. With our troops being pulled from Iraq and now the remainder being extracted from Afghanistan, we are soon to have the largest contingency of student veterans ever. Currently, the GI Bill is providing assistance to nearly 800,000 veterans and their family members, but this number is expected to increase to over 2 million in the next couple of years.
It’s easy to identify the benefits of applying your attention to short-term tasks and feel a sense of accomplishment by checking items off a set list. However, sometimes the more challenging scenario arises when you try to fit those and other responsibilities into a long-term focus. Discover some ways that can help you develop this extended perspective.
Students at Brandman’s Victorville and Ontario campuses routinely run into Dr. Christopher Deulen. With his long hair, it’s hard not to take notice of the assistant professor of Psychology and Marriage Family Therapy. The licensed clinical psychologist is a cancer survivor. Recently, he made a commitment to himself and his family to help defeat cancer, and in the process, get healthier.
We all have goals we want to achieve – finally getting that degree, getting in shape, eating healthy, raising healthy, happy, well-educated children. For most of us we do this by setting goals. If you have headed back to school you may already be feeling the pressure of homework, family, and other obligations. The dream of doing it all is nice but the reality is that life gets in the way. So how can you continue your back to school focus and still meet your other obligations?
The decision to go back to school at any level or age entails a lot of debate. After all, it is a life changing situation that requires investing significant time and resources. To get started on your own reflection consider some of these pros and cons to include in your analysis of determining what's best for you - working or going back to college.
Mothers who dedicate themselves to achieving their professional goals while they set positive examples for their kids are some of the most inspiring people. Working and raising a family on your own is challenging enough, but adding college to the mix pretty much bedazzles the cape of the supermom outfit. To help out the best way we know how, here are some tips for those going back to school as single parents.
Just as the world tends to do, academia has changed drastically over the past 20 years. Even the most established brick and mortar universities have transitioned into the digital age, and more adults are going back to school than ever. But how do these nontraditional students return to the classroom or cloud after such a long hiatus?
There is an array of resources out there that help traditional students get ready for the first day of school, from dorm room decor to the latest tech and fashion trends. But how do nontraditional students prepare? Brandman is here to help year-round scholars and professionals get ready for their busy back to college seasons with this essential checklist.
As September draws near and the weather begins to change we are quickly reminded that summer is coming to a close and the back-to-school season is upon us. Whether you graduated from your school this past May or 15 years ago, this time of year is a great opportunity to reminisce on your past accomplishments and reconnect with your alumni community.
When Ruth Dutton couldn’t find adequate educational support for her gifted kindergartener, she decided to take it upon herself to become an educational entrepreneur of sorts. “There was no effort to adjust curriculum or instruction to differentiate for her needs,” said the Brandman University master’s degree graduate. “I had gone through the same schools in Visalia, and when I did there were efforts made to meet my needs.
Mid August is still summer but as the month progresses our thoughts begin to turn back to the new school year. Parents and students are shopping for back to school supplies, including computers, books, planners, organizers and clothes. But how do teachers prepare for the first day back?
Among the shopping sprees and excitement of advancing to the next levels in life, we take a moment to recognize the hard work that our teachers contribute to molding the minds of future generations. As the demand for early childhood educators grows Brandman’s Career Services office explores professional pathways these dedicated individuals may follow.
We all know there is an app or a tool for just about anything you can think of and that certainly applies for the world of education. Time and time again I have wondered if there was an app for a specific dilemma I was experiencing or a tool to simplify a process, and each time I was able to find one that solved my problems and made my life just a tad bit easier.
There are so many factors to consider when selecting the right university for you to achieve your degree at. Once you've selected your program and researched universities that offer it, you'll likely run into narrowing down your options by school type. Here are our top five reasons to apply to a private school for your education.
For most working adults it is not just the time it takes to go back to school it is the money too. The good news is that you may be able to get your employer to pay for college or at the very least some of your educational expenses.
As a mother of three children, Jennifer Marzocca knows the importance of a strong community, and the positive impact it can have on teenagers. The retired Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy is volunteering at the Coupeville Boys and Girls Club to help expand the programs it offers teenagers.
Brandman University, formerly known as Chapman University College, is proud to have a thriving alumni network. As we venture into the back to school season, we highlight the hard work that many of our teachers and current students have done. This is the story of Don Maker, a businessman turned teacher turned storyteller, as he becomes an expert in diversity in his own words.
One of the most rewarding careers is being a teacher. These dedicated individuals work every single day to shape future generations, create meaningful connections and make a lasting impact on people's lives. But it is easy to feel burned out or want a different challenge beyond the classroom.
For most teachers it’s getting down to the wire on prepping the classroom for the upcoming school year. To help our fellow educators we’ve put together a cheat sheet of some of the best teacher discounts and back to school sales 2014.
The decision to pursue a higher education is one that will likely change your life, which of course means it involves evaluating many different factors. Will your investment of time and funds provide a considerable return? What is your motivation to do so and what are your goals? Here are five simple questions to help you answer that daunting question: “Should I go back to school?”
For some educators, the back to school season means more than stocking up on supplies and new outfits for the first day of school. A recent graduate may be planning to launch a teaching career, and long-time professionals may consider new opportunities for growth. As the teacher shortage intensifies to a critical level, we explore the top places in the U.S. for educators.
In the words of our distinguished dean, Dr. Glenn Worthington, "Ultimately, your success story is our success story at Brandman." We thank our wonderful students and alumni for sharing their tales about those who supported them and inspired them to achieve their degrees.
Inspiration often comes from those who are closest to our hearts. Recent alumnus and long-time single mother Sandy Ramos has experienced this firsthand.
Now more than ever before is the best time to be a teacher! The state of California alone is experiencing a huge shortage of qualified educators. According to the California Teachers Association,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a student-centric university, Brandman is dedicated to building a strong culture of support for its students and community members. Our academic advising team is a primary part of the many ways we ensure that students are provided the help they need to transition
As the lead professional tutor for Brandman's Online Writing Community (OWC), I frequently interface with many of our wonderful adult learners. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting one stellar student, Robert Smith, in one of our online workshops. I've learned a lot about Robert and recently interviewed him to share his experience with the OWC and the support that it has provided him throughout his academic career.
Throughout the Brandman Blog you'll find articles that explore many different topics that apply to our everyday lives. From work-life balance, and burnout to stress management tactics, we understand that being a student is hard enough, but incorporating school into an already full life adds a layer of complexity. At the heart of all of these articles is the desire to achieve success without sacrificing health or quality of life. It requires a sustainable approach to success.
"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad." This is one of my favorite quotes from novelist C.S. Lewis (1952), that inspired me to reflect on my experience at Brandman
There is no single definition of "success." Many different people have their own interpretation of the word that is often based on personal values, experiences, beliefs and other complex factors. Sometimes it's a mix of factual evidence and emotional sentiments that influence its meaning, while other times it can skew stronger in one direction than the other.
I am human like everyone else. I try. I strive. I fail. I lapse. I start over. I achieve. I learn. I share. My life, like many others, is a work in progress. As a business owner, single mother to a 12 year old son, practicing yogi, dog owner and community volunteer, I am often asked, "How do you do it all? How do you achieve that ever illusive work/life balance?" My answer - Integration.
As a full-time marketing professional and mom of two little kids, pursuing my master’s degree was not high on my list of priorities. Although I never ruled it out, I always wanted to be sure that if I went back to school it would be for personal achievement and growth rather than simply getting a piece of paper.
In order to analyze our own work life balance we have to first define what it means. There are some great definitions out there that can get us started but what it really comes down to is evaluating what our personal values and experiences are. The process involves understanding ourselves and the forces that are at play in our daily schedules. Based on a few basic questions and work life balance assessment tools you can discover what it means in your life.
As time accelerates our lives to nearly light speed, it can be difficult to manage all of the things we should and should not do, especially with all of the devices at our disposal that keep us connected with our networks around the clock. Here we talk about the top things you need to stop doing now to create a better work-life balance. It involves balancing the scales with your time and technology use. There are some things you may be doing at work that you should stop right now.
With technology making it easier for us to access work from anywhere, it is harder and harder to separate professional time from personal time. Some people may take pride in working non-stop but boundaries must be set before it takes a toll on their physical and mental health.
Melissa Underwood has been teaching at the Child Development Center at West Hills College in Lemoore, California for the past two years. “I love it so much that the pay really isn’t important,” said Underwood. “I know that sounds really cheesy and cliché, but I love the atmosphere and the experience.” This recent Brandman University graduate has not only inspired her own professional future but has also made a lasting impact on her daughter's educational dreams.
Location. Location. Location. House hunting requires a significant amount of business sense and self-reflection since our places of residence often help shape our professional and personal life experiences. We consider everything: our career opportunities, costs of living, expenses and cultural support for making a home in an area where we can also live out our personal interests.
Summer is here and the kids are looking forward to their break. You want to make the time together special but you have a million things to do. Down at the pool your attempts to complete that homework assignment is competing with calls of "Mom/Dad watch this!," as they try to perfect the dive or belly flop. You answer with, "That's great" even though you didn't quite catch the entry.
Damien Phillips never expected to be a school principal less than two years into his profession as an administrator. However, his acceptance into Brandman’s educational doctoral program has given Phillips the nudge he and his school district needed in order to chart a new course for not only his career, but for the culture of Kings Community School in Hanford, California.
Part of maintaining a healthy balance between work and life not only involves beating burnout at work but also includes taking care of your physical wellbeing. One of the main reasons it is so challenging to fit exercise into our busy schedules is that it’s simply not part of our daily routine. Brushing our teeth is easy because we are used to it, and the same can be true for fitness.
For some people work is something they simply have to do, for others it may be their motivations to wake up in the morning. Wherever on the spectrum an employee resides, at some point during the natural cycles of life, both personally and professionally, there will be times when their fire may fade. Fight to bring back the blaze with these tips on how to beat burnout at work.
The popularity of offering flextime programs to employees is skyrocketing among modern companies in efforts to encourage a healthy balance between work and life commitments. Although it seems like an ideal concept for many busy professionals who have to drop their kids off at daycare or school before work, a new study reveals that it may present the biggest morning work mistake for the career conscious.
With all of the commitments that we have in our day-to-day schedules it is often easy to become stressed out. Of course no one likes to be hit with the anxiety and pressure that ensues, but what many people don’t realize is just how important stress management can be to living a long and healthy life.
The question needed to be asked, “Is Brandman University the most romantic university around?”
“No, don’t go that far,” said graduate, Michelle Muncy-Silva, while giggling with excitement.
The concept of balancing work and life has often been described as a myth itself, when in fact it has the potential to be the truth that will set you free. A few years ago when Entourage was all the rage, and pulled us into the life of talent agent Ari Gold in Hollywood we learned a valuable lesson – work can take over your life. I’m sure many of us didn’t need the entertainment industry to tell us that though, we understand that truth just fine.
Entrepreneurs exist in every arena, from corporate america to political circles, consumer electronics and beyond, there are lessons out there that can help you build your own business. We take a look at those that came straight from the lips of some of the greatest influencers of our time to inspire new college grads to go forth and change the world.
Brandman University is proud to help develop the leaders of tomorrow and congratulates all new grads for their great accomplishments. As part of the Chapman University System, the Alumni Association is dedicated to providing its members with career enrichment tools, mentorship programs and networking opportunities.
When the economic downturn hit in 2008 it meant economic hardship for many realtors, including Emily Hetland of Olympia, Washington, who suddenly saw her income plummet. “Here I am with the recession hitting, in the middle of a divorce, and with two teenagers ready to graduate
After the handshake snapshots and cheers have commenced the next few steps you take off the stage are filled with feelings of accomplishment and hope for the future.
For the past year, 38 year-old Jerry “Skeeter” Thompson hopped in his car twice a week and drove 80 miles roundtrip from his home in Tulare, CA to Brandman’s campus located at NAS Lemoore. “The smell of the jet fuel in the hot air took me back to my days serving on an aircraft carrier.” But the 10-year U.S. Navy veteran didn't make the trip to stroll down memory lane.
Job seekers and employers alike understand the value of attaining a higher education, which is why graduation season is the perfect time of year to focus on tool to building connections that count. Whether your next steps as a new alumnus is to continue on to graduate school or to pursue a new job opportunity, networking is an important part of every journey.
Graduation season is one of the happiest times in our lives. It is a time to applaud hard work and celebrate the journey that has brought us to where we are today. From professional development certificates to master’s degrees and everything in between, the diplomas we earn mark huge milestones and open doors to new adventures.
Now that the caps have flown and tassels have been hung beside the diploma with care, it’s time to enjoy the reward of achieving your dreams. Take that well deserved break and relax with a quick trip, or relive the triumph with a great adventure.
Every great accomplishment deserves a great celebration. Graduation season creates some of the most memorable moments for us, our friends, family and supporters, so get them all together this season to relish in the feeling of achievement. To help you throw a stellar party without the stress of doing so, here are a few planning tips for new grads.
When Dr. Mary Dean started teaching at Brandman University nearly ten years ago, she never could have imagined that she would receive not one, but two faculty distinction awards over a 4-year period. But on May 1, Dr. Dean was named 2014 Faculty of the Year honoree for the JBLM campus, her second such honor.
Many organizations that practice corporate wellness strategies encourage their employees to pursue certificate courses, workshops or seminars with the goal of fostering individual and overall success. This past week we’ve kicked off graduation season by highlighting the top career paths in a variety of fields including business, psychology and liberal arts, nursing and education.
As a liberal arts and sciences degree, psychology is an interdisciplinary major that can open doors to a variety of career opportunities, which is why it is one of the most popular options at colleges worldwide. Most schools designate learning outcomes that foster critical thinking, methods of inquiry, research methodology, processes and the application of psychological principles
The world of health care would not be able to survive without the critical contributions of hard working nurses. Their purpose is to provide quality care to those in need by promoting health, preventing disease and helping patients cope with illness. As educators of future leaders in the field, we celebrate new graduates of nursing programs by highlighting the top career paths for their futures.
The popularity of education both as an area of study and as a career field is due in large part to the dedicated current and prospective teachers that are motivated to inspiring future generations. It is definitely a commendable professional path which is why we have done our research to help recent education graduates find their perfect job in the field.
All around the nation, at public and private universities alike, graduation season is officially under way. After the speeches have been read, the tassels and caps have flown, hoods and stripes have been granted, the graduates and their supporters excitedly dream about what’s to come.
Another day of sun and warm weather in the Northwest for nearly 70 Brandman graduates as they took part in Joint Base Lewis/McChord’s Combined Graduation Recognition Ceremony in Lakewood, WA.
Twelve years ago, Fatoumata “Fifi” Doumbouya lived in the tiny West African nation of Guinea-Conakry where French is the official language. At the time, she was in her 20s and never could have imagined that by 2014 she would become a U.S. Citizen
When Floyd Robinson, a 56-year old, first-time college graduate, started his degree program, Brandman University was known as Chapman University College and George W. Bush was in his first term as President of the United States. Eleven years later, Robinson crossed the stage in lightning quick speed to finally take possession of his bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership.
With National Nurses Week just a few days away, we’re kicking off the celebration by honoring the lives of those who paved the way for the health care industry. These iconic women, many of whom were educators and esteemed authors, represent the history and purpose of modern medicine.
The Whidbey Island campus commencement kicked off the first of eight Brandman University commencement ceremonies. Thirty-nine graduates donned their caps, gowns and excited smiles to walk across the stage at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge.
Health care professionals and administrators are constantly exploring new ways to employ innovative principles in the industry. Brandman University's Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions is proud to train some of the nation's next great leaders in a world focused on improving lives through patient-centered care.
As employees we tend to focus on the goals designated to our department and can lose touch of the importance of applying systems thinking tactics to improve our organizations overall. Every company should have a corporate wellness program that contributes to the betterment of the employees.
Practicing mental health strategies is not just for psychology students, but can be beneficial for all lifelong learners. A regular exercise regimen will reduce your stress, lift your mood, improve your self-esteem and help you get a restful night’s sleep. Try some of these fun activities to help boost your brain power.
Maintaining healthy lifestyles often require us to leverage our personal strengths and interests. Depending on the source, there are between six to ten different categories of wellness. This short health assessment will help you find your focus and identify areas that may enhance your overall welfare.
Online education has completely transformed how students engage in learning and apply their newly acquired skills to their careers. Brandman University is proud to make education accessible to nontraditional students, including those with military commitments that need high levels of flexibility to fit their studies into extremely busy schedules.
Students, professionals and full-time parents alike have realized the importance of managing personal health and wellness as a way to increase productivity and lower stress. It’s been proven true that eating poorly will stress your system, and lacking sleep will strain your body of its much needed rejuvenation time.
Is work stressing you out? Between the meetings, appointments, deadlines and that flashing red light on your phone - on top of your never ending to do list - it can all be overwhelming. April is National Stress Awareness Month, which means its the perfect time to get started managing and eliminating that extra anxiety at work.
Online and blended academic programs provide students flexible options to fit course work into their busy schedules. At Brandman University our faculty and staff understand that when scholars need guidance their support services must be timely and offer many avenues for communication, which is why we created the Online Writing Community (OWC). As the Lead Professional Tutor for the service, I am proud to highlight an excellent writer and student who I have worked with over the past few sessions, Louis Espinal, and his experience with the OWC.
We understand that as a college student, you are constantly on the go, especially if you have full-time commitments in addition to homework and class. With only a few minutes between meetings, soccer practice, dinner and commuting it’s important to have healthy snacks throughout the day that are quick and good for you. Here are some of our favorite spring produce and nutrition bar options to help get you through your busy schedule.
Throughout the month of April, the Autism community is spreading awareness about this challenging yet inspiring health condition. They call it a “spectrum disorder,” which in many cases can be attributed to not only the severity of the disease, but also to the range of emotions that many go through when caring for an autistic person.
For Marc Bush, ‘a day at the office’ means loading up the fishing gear, hauling the boat and taking clients out on the water for guided fishing trips. “I like the challenge of fishing,” says Bush. “I’ve been fishing all my life after my grandfather taught me, and now I like to share that knowledge with others.”
Teachers, students and parents alike understand the value of receiving a quality educational opportunities. Now experts are finding a correlation between this basic human right and the betterment of our bodies. This month we're celebrating health and wellness in our community by highlighting five ways education benefits our welfare.
Competency based education (CBE) is rising to the top headlines in both nontraditional and traditional higher education news. But what are the core benefits of this innovative new approach to learning? Here are 10 important facts about CBE and what it means for the future of academia.
One of the most recent trends in career planning is the integration of innovation as a concrete skill demanded by today’s employers. The word is popping up more frequently in job descriptions and even official titles. In fact, a quick search using the term returns over 1,600 results on Indeed.com and over 5,000 on LinkedIn. But what exactly is innovation and how does it apply to your career search?
With its strong foundation as a military friendly school, Brandman University is proud to share success stories of community members that positively impact the lives of military personnel and their families. Last May we highlighted alumnus Mike Tassin and his valuable contributions helping veterans find jobs by working with Operation: GoodJobs in Tacoma, Washington.
Learning is the natural instinct that fuels evolution. We often speak about how our complex societies and economic well being affect education without thinking of the past and what it took to get us where we are. Here we explore the greatest technological breakthroughs in educational innovation and celebrate the successes that took us this far into the future.
Established in 1958 Brandman University, formally Chapman University College, boasts a wealth of alumni talent and distinction. As the community continues to expand with the addition of new graduates, it is important to recognize the notable achievements of past leaders and create new opportunities for future visionaries to come.
With the 2014 Winter Olympics come and gone, and snow season in full force, it's the perfect time to hit the slopes and e-books. Find out 5 surprising things snowboard legend Shaun White and Online Education have in common.
Many teachers actually use TED Talks to support the lessons they deploy to students. In fact the nonprofit network offers an entire section of their site dedicated to providing free tools for teachers to utilize in the classroom. The organization began in 1984 and represents the conversion of Technology, Entertainment and Design, and now incorporates endless topics on “ideas worth spreading.” This article pulls some of the best blockquotes on the education revolution stated by true visionaries in the field.
LinkedIn is the world's largest professional social network with more than 277 million members in over 200 countries and territories. Over 30 million students and recent college graduates have recognized this and are now leveraging the power of this amazing platform, Brandman University Social Work students included.
For 33 years, Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning have provided opportunities for the presentation of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. This interdisciplinary conference includes faculty, administrators, and graduate students from across the United States and abroad.
What does innovation mean to you? Is it simply an overused buzzword or does it provide inspiration for advancement? As technology evolves at light speed, innovation impacts all aspects of the economy including how we learn. Here we explore five innovative higher education trends.
It's that magical time of year when caps are thrown in the air and the world seems full of possibility. Ah, graduation, at long last! Fast-forward six months. If you used federal financial aid loans to cover tuition and other school-related expenses, your first payments are now due. Just like a mortgage or car loan, a student loan impacts your credit score. Staying current on loan repayment is critical to building a solid financial foundation.
For many states including California, the timeline for filing for financial aid is getting down to the wire. For those who are late to the party here are some financial aid tips and tricks to filing a FAFSA for the 2014-2015 year.
Military service members at a Wounded Warrior Education Fair on Joint Base Lewis McChord have a better understanding of how to select the right university for their situation after attending ‘College 101.’ Brandman University’s Kelly Hudson, the military and veterans outreach program manager in Washington State, shared critical information on Feb. 19 for service members deciding where to get their degree.
Out of all of the seasons that we look forward to throughout the year, tax season is generally not one of them. All of the forms, calculations, and software needed for filing can get exhausting. But the best part about it is the opportunity to maximize your return, and student loans can play an important role in doing so. Depending on the type of loan, a student loan interest deduction may be available. Ask your tax professional
The final days of an undergraduate program often brings reflection and excitement of the future to come. Many start to seriously consider their options for the future and ask, “Do I try to find a job in my field or go directly to graduate school?” Depending on your professional field it may be necessary to pursue an advanced degree. Personal experience is also important during
Brandman One Stop Specialist Brad Bourdon sat down with us to talk over four big financial aid questions. Financial aid can often be a point of confusion for many students and is an important part of attaining one's educational goals. In this video Brad walks through the financial aid process and what students should expect during the processing and disbursement of aid.
Not all scholarships are created equal. Although there are many websites that help students navigate through the process, the search in itself may be overwhelming. Brandman University first cautions students to remember when finding scholarships for college to never pay for an award opportunity or any services to help them find one. It may sound obvious but even if the fee is only a few dollars, the request itself indicates a high likelihood of being a scam since all credible options are intended to be free college scholarships. With that critical detail addressed we begin the scholarship search.
By day, Bret Brodersen is a senior financial accountant for the state of Washington, setting policies for state employees’ travel rules and solving problems about financial processes. He’s also the Mayor of Tenino, working to get the city of 1700 people back on a firm financial footing.
The Law Enforcement Agency Leadership program graduated its first class of students to successfully complete all three courses of the program. This program was developed in a partnership between Brandman's School of Extended Education and the Orange County Sheriff Department and consists of three 45 hour courses dedicated to personal leadership, team leadership, and organizational leadership. Each student was joined by
Achieving a higher education degree requires significant investments of both time and money. It is easy for new students to become overwhelmed when researching their options for financial aid and other resources for success. There are numerous sources of information available to help guide students through the process. Brandman University offers a virtual guide to help its students navigate through their financing options. It is important to be aware of specific deadlines for filing for aid based on federal and individual university schedules. Explore the top 5 questions that students ask when beginning their road to graduation.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. It is comprised of three commissions including the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (ACSCU), Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and Accrediting Commission for Schools (ACS). Brandman University is part of a network of over 170 institutions that collaborate with WASC on the senior level to implement the most effective strategies for student success. As a private, nonprofit institution, discover how Brandman aligns with WASC standards to provide students with busy schedules quality education without exception. Read on to learn the pillars of excellence that the accrediting body measures colleges and universities on and how Brandman lives up to these qualities.
With New Year’s celebrations having come and gone and resolution season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the reasons for the goals that we promised ourselves in 2014. Education finds itself in the #6 spot with many people determined to learn something new and exciting, which is why Brandman brings you inspiration and statistics for success in this time of recommitment.
Although she excelled in art in high school, she did not consider herself a strong student. Nevertheless, taking a leap of faith, she enrolled at Brandman University and earned a California State teaching credential. Her greatest fear, she said, was whether she would get a job. Yet, upon graduation, she had two interviews to teach high school art classes and received job offers from both. She accepted a full time position at Pinole Valley High School and is delighted in her new role.
It is no surprise that the landscape of higher education has transformed dramatically in recent years. With the advancement of technology, the explosion of massive open online courses and internet-based learning, the line between traditional and nontraditional schools has been steadily blurring. As a result of these and other influencers there are five top stories to watch for in 2014.
First and foremost, Chris and Lyn Armstrong want you to know they’re a team. Chris retired from the U.S. Army after serving 22 years, and his wife Lyn, is on active duty at Joint Base Lewis McChord, with more than 20 years served. Together, they’re not only raising four children, but they’re working towards college degrees at Brandman University. That moment when Armstrong decided to go for his Bachelor’s degree? “It was when I saw my 22 year old son, Jabb, graduate from college, and I realized I had to stop slacking,” he says. “It opened my eyes, and going to college was something I had always told my soldiers to do. I had to start walking the talk.”
With unemployment hovering at 7.3 percent and many employers still holding off hiring despite strong profits, the challenge facing many adults is whether or not to seek additional education in hopes of being prepared to jump back into the work force or to advance their current careers. With competition on every front, this is especially true for those who often have to juggle the responsibilities of a family, elderly parents and work. The emergence of online education as a viable alternative to traditional brick and mortar learning provides an avenue to take the next step.
Brandman University’s Dr. Loren O’Connor, director of Americans with Disabilities Act services, will present at the 2013 International Conference on Universal Design and Assistive Technology (UniDAT) in New Delhi, India Dec. 19-21.
Brandman University employees and students at the Irvine campus celebrated Veteran’s Day by raising $1,448.05 for the Bryan A. Fazio Scholarship Fund with a bake sale. Navy Veteran Bryan Fazio is a recent Brandman graduate, who when given a terminal diagnosis of Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, still pursued and earned his MBA this past summer.
They come from varied backgrounds and different parts of the country. They’re different ages, genders and race. But what’s drawn this group together is their pursuit of higher education, and the opportunity to ‘give back,’ especially to military veterans. And what’s transpired is a bond of friendship and support that lives even outside of the classroom. Meet three members of what Brandman University professors fondly call the ‘Band of Brothers and a Sister.’
25 year old Ryan Tomei has always set goals. From following in his grandfather’s footsteps and joining the Navy, to learning how to fly and getting his pilot’s license, Tomei’s determination has always led him on to the next goal. But he’s also learned the path to reaching those goals can take unexpected turns and lead to new challenges.
Staying current in a profession is important, and education is no different. It is important to stay current in all aspects of education as a professional educator. Being a professional educator requires knowledge of current trends, research, and best practices. However, remaining current in all of these areas, as well as educating, leaves little time to keep a professional portfolio updated and reflective of accomplishments and documented currency.
Brandman student Bryan Fazio was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma and given only a 15% chance to live. After his diagnosis he was left with the difficult reality of having to give up his Navy career. Bryan didn't give up though, he choose to refocus his energy on education and earning an advanced degree. Watch his story and what he has to say to those fighting their own battles both big and small.
Brandman University’s 2013 Faculty of the Year Award/School of Arts and Sciences, was presented to Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, David Long, who joined us as an adjunct in 2008. David is a true example of an instructor who makes the classroom experience relevant to the real world. I met with David to talk about his background and teaching philosophy.
Doug Del Campo was in the U.S. Air Force when he suffered a traumatic brain injury, but that did not stop him from earning a degree at Brandman University at the Travis AFB campus, and attending online.
Sara Mendez, who recently received her BA in Early Childhood Education, commuted for almost two years from her workplace in Brawley, California to Brandman’s Palm Desert Campus -- a nearly two-hour commute each way. Sara was part of a group of twelve students that worked at Migrant Head Start Brawley Center and all commuted to Brandman together. They were able to use a 12-seat van provided by the agency that supports the Head Start Program.
Brandman presents a special musical video tribute to the Class of 2013 featuring footage from the Northern and Southern Region ceremonies in California, as well as Whidbey Island, Kitsap Bangor, Lacey, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington. Congratulations Class of 2013!
Dr. Lynn Larsen, Brandman’s University’s Riverside Campus’ Associate Dean, School of Education recently was the featured presenter at Moreno Valley Unified School District’s GATE Informational Parent Meeting at the Moreno Valley School District Board Office.
Mike Tassin listens to people. He says he’s always been the person people opened up to, ever since he attended high school in New Orleans. Now he is putting those listening skills to good use, helping military veterans and their immediate family members find jobs as the Program Director and Veterans Career Navigator for a unique program called Operation: Goodjobs at Tacoma Goodwill.
I had the honor to assist with Brandman University northern and southern commencements the past two weekends. It was an exciting time to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of Brandman graduates. I got asked all sorts of questions during the ceremony preparation, “Which way does my tassel go?”, “Is this on straight?” and “Where do I go?”. That last question was referring to lining up for the ceremony processional for most, but it was a question some have been asking themselves about life.
Brandman University is committed to providing support services to achieve equal access to the education experience. The Office of Disability Services - Accessible Education coordinates accommodations and services for students with disabilities in order to acquire skills essential to achieve academic and personal success.
Few accomplishments in life can match the satisfaction of earning your college degree. If you’ve successfully earned your Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree while serving on active duty, raising a family, or holding down a full-time job, the level of satisfaction can be that much greater.
U.S. News & World Report has a long, highly-respected tradition of evaluating the quality of higher education with its annual rankings and Best lists. To help veterans choose a quality online program, the publication has launched its first rankings of the Best Online Programs for Veterans, naming Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System, as the second-best in the nation for undergraduate programs. In addition, online graduate education programs at Brandman were ranked No. 10 and graduate business programs No. 11 on the Veterans list– all lead rankings for the state of California.
National Nurses Week, which was originally created by the American Nurses Association (ANA), begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, which is Florence Nightingale's birthday. Ms. Nightingale is considered the "mother" of nurse education. During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British military hospital, reducing the death count by two-thirds. Her writings sparked worldwide health care reform. In 1860 she established St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses.
When Greg Gilbertson walks into the classroom, he brings with him a wealth of real-life experience, from his stint in the U.S. Army and early career as a police officer, to training and mentoring law enforcement officials in the Middle East, and even owning a private investigation firm. With all that experience, it’s teaching about it that motivates him. Gilbertson is currently an Adjunct Professor at Brandman University’s Lacey campus, and an Associate Professor at Centralia College, teaching Criminal Justice.
James Pike, 42 will walk proudly at the Southern Region commencement on May 19th, where he will receive his Master's in Organizational Leadership (MAOL). In September, Pike continues at Brandman’s Riverside Campus pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership (Ed.D.). “I believe an educated person believes more in possibilities and sees a spectrum of opportunities,” notes Pike.
Brandman University staff and students at the Palm Desert campus participated in the national “Peace Over Violence” Denim Day rape prevention education campaign on April 24. Peace Over Violence asks community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement on Denim Day to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.
I just got back from a trip to the United Kingdom, what an incredible vacation! In addition to the sites, scenery, and history, it was fascinating to talk and meet people from all over the world. Of course after vacation I came back to work with an email inbox hundreds of messages deep. One of the emails I received though was from a recent graduate seeking a position in international business. She shared she loved to travel and wanted to work in a position that would utilize her knowledge and skills from her international business emphasis area.
Crestina Marez has received the Maxine Strom Volunteer of the Year award for her 15 years of service at a Tacoma, Washington food bank, serving the homeless and families in need. The team at My Sister’s Pantry honored Marez at its annual dinner. “I was completely caught off-guard by this,” said Marez. “I expected this award to be given to somebody else.”
MBA students from Dr. Tim Becker's Marketing Management class at the Brandman San Diego campus collaborated with the Veteran Artist Program (VAP) to host VETERANS+ART in downtown San Diego. The fundraising event showcased local veteran artists and their artwork, while sharing their compelling stories and educating visitors on VAP and the importance of art therapy.
Jennifer Marzocca (MAOL) has a vision. After retiring from the U.S. Navy as an intelligence specialist, this single mother of three is now pursuing her education so that she can launch a program designed to help teenagers transition into adult life. “I have 19 and 17 year old sons, and a six year old daughter,” said Marzocca. “I want to create a program to help parents understand adolescence, how to inspire their children to grow without smothering them, and to provide tools for teenagers to give them confidence as they become adults.”
Graduate students from Brandman University are collaborating with the Veteran Artist Program (VAP) to host VETERANS+ART on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Horton Square located at 225 Broadway in downtown San Diego. The fundraising event will showcase local veteran artists and their artwork while sharing their compelling stories and educating visitors on VAP and the importance of art therapy.
Brandman University hosted a special community celebration to mark the opening of the new Victorville campus (13911 Park Ave) on Tuesday morning. The ribbon cutting event featured tours of the campus with senior university administrators, remarks from Chancellor Gary Brahm and notable community leaders including Jim Kennedy, Victorville City Councilmember, Eric Camarena, Chairman of the Board, High Desert Hispanic Chamber of Commerc and David Greiner, Chairman of the Board, Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce.
My friend Nicole has been thinking about changing careers to become a nutritionist, and we’ve been talking about it at least once a week for the past few months. In addition to my conversations with her, I’ve also come across the topic of changing careers on group discussion boards and during conversations with my network connections on LinkedIn. It seems like a lot of people are looking for a change these days.
Twanisha Robinson-Wilson is as passionate about Brandman as she is about the grand opening of her bakery, Sweet Tee’s Heavenly Cupcakes in Menifee, Calif. “I just love Brandman because of the wonderful experience I had there and where it led me.”
I was recently interviewed by a colleague for an upcoming student newsletter about Career Services. One of the questions was “How can a student’s writing skills help them in their career?”
I check my LinkedIn account at least once a day. I like to review the discussions in the groups I follow, review the updates from my connections, and check my notifications, messages, and invitations. I was surprised to see I had a message yesterday from a connection with the subject “Hey girlie!!” The message continued with updates ALL IN CAPS, shortcuts-how r u?, and lots of exclamation points!!! This was definitely not the format I send LinkedIn messages or the format I usually receive LinkedIn messages. It is important to remember LinkedIn is a professional networking site, and you always want to be professional when sending messages, responding to discussions, and sending LinkedIn invitations. Take some time to review your spelling and grammar, tone, and format before responding or reaching out-is it professional? You don’t want to miss out on information, a connection, or an opportunity because of an informal or unprofessional message.
Reneisha Wilkes is a One Stop service representative at the Central Administration building in Irvine. Helping students is a rewarding job, she says. That's no surprise to those who know her well - in fact, she's spent most of her adult life helping others. Reneisha is truly an inspiration. Among the many other ways she helps others in need, Reneisha set up a ride-share program to help Veterans get to doctor appointments and to the grocery store. She has been recognized by the California Senate for her service to the community, and she was named Volunteer of the Year by Ellen DeGeneres. Watch the video for her story. If you are interested in supporting her remarkable efforts, you can learn more at http://someonehelpedmehelps.wordpress.com/
Congratulations are in order for Brandman University student Sergeant First Class (SFC) Brian Watts, who is being honored by the USO of Missouri as one of 13 of the ‘best and brightest’ service men and women in Missouri.
Members of the Board of Regents took time this week to dedicate a special new portrait of Saul and Joyce Brandman that is now gracing the walls of the central administration building in Irvine. Mr. Brandman was a successful Orange County businessman who founded the Brandman Foundation. After his passing in 2008, Joyce took over as the President of the Foundation. The Brandman's made a very generous gift to the university, which is why our institution is named Brandman University. Brandman Hub was there for the dedication and Joyce was kind enough to share a few words with us. See the video below.
Thank you. Those two important words really do go a long way. Be sure to use them frequently when conducting your job search. Follow up with thank you notes to those in your network who help you make a connection. It is also very important to follow up with a thank you note after an interview, both job interviews and informational interview. Be sure to thank your network contacts for any referrals and recommendations.
Heather Glanz has been an adjunct Liberal Arts faculty member at Brandman since 2010 and a K-12 teacher in the Santee School District for 17 years. Having earned her Master's in Curriculum and Instruction in 2001, she uses her knowledge and passion for teaching in the classroom every day. Her enthusiasm has been recognized as she was recently named the Santee School District's teacher of the year!
Tell me about yourself. Hi my Autumn, my favorite color is blue. I have a Boston Terrier named Clover… oh it seems so easy to answer this question providing personal information but it is definitely not the way to respond when asked this important question during an interview. Tell me about yourself is one of the basic interview questions that you answer in almost every interview. It often the first questions asked and will set the tone for the remainder of the interview.
While in Washington last week I had the pleasure of meeting Brandman alumnus James LeBlanc IV, who has earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in Organizational Leadership. He says that his Brandman education helped land him his dream job at Boeing. James started in an undergraduate program at the Temecula campus while serving in the Navy and finished at the NBK Bangor campus, where he also earned his MAOL. Congratulations, James!
One time after a 30 minute meeting I was asked how many times I said “you know.” Apparently I used the phrase “you know” as space filler too many times during the meeting. After that meeting I became acutely aware of the phrase. I listened to myself. I listened to my coworkers, family, and friends. I asked my friends and family if I say “you know” too much. I recorded a few of my phone conversations. I put up a sticky note on my desk with the phrase “Do not say you know.” Although I didn’t find that I used it too frequently, once it was brought to my attention I made sure that I did not use it again.
At the end of the work day I take the last 30 minutes to review my to-do list and create one for tomorrow. I ask myself, what did I accomplish today? Did anything change today to affect tomorrow’s priorities? I go back through emails I had flagged throughout the day and review my notes from meetings I attended. What do I need to do to prepare for tomorrow? What do I list at the top? My to-do list along with my email calendar helps me stay focused and on track at work.
For nursing students at Brandman, the majority of coursework is done online, so students and faculty can continue working full time while pursing a degree. The online work is complemented by periodic in-person immersion sessions at the main campus in Irvine. This week, students in the doctorate program came to Irvine from all over the country and Brandman Hub caught up with a few of them to talk about nursing at Brandman. The video highlights Dr. Renee McLeod, Dean of the Musco School of Nursing & Health Professions, DNP students Joanne Goodchild and Renee Marque, and Dr. Mary Mackenburg-Mohn, a nursing faculty member.
As long as there is crime, there will be demand for skilled experts in the field of criminal justice. It is one of the fastest growing employment categories according to the U.S Bureau of Labor statistics, with tens-of-thousands of job openings in the next decade. As exciting as positions in local law enforcement or investigative work can be, the field of criminal justice is actually much larger than you may realize.