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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.

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The Driven Dozen

Twelve Brandman Students Commute From Imperial Valley to Palm Desert for Almost Two Years to Earn Bachelor's Degree

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.

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Tribute to the Class of 2013!

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!

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Meet Alumnus Mike Tassin: Helping Veterans Find Jobs

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.

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Meet Dr. Loren O'Connor and The Office of Disability Services

By Anonymous on May 15, 2013

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.

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Topics: Schools, Faculty Spotlight, Disability Services

Brandman University Named a Top Online Institution for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report

By Anonymous on May 8, 2013

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.

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Topics: Front Page, Military, Online

Celebrating National Nurses Week

By Anonymous on May 6, 2013

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.

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Topics: Schools, School of Nursing & Health Professions

Meet Brandman student James Pike: Walking Proud

By Anonymous on Apr 30, 2013

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.

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Topics: Student Life, Riverside, Student Spotlight

Palm Desert Campus Staff and Students Participate in “Peace Over Violence” National Denim Day

By Anonymous on Apr 25, 2013

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.

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Topics: Happenings, Palm Desert

San Diego MBA Students Use Class Project to Support Local Veterans

By Anonymous on Apr 18, 2013

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.

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Topics: Student Life, Military