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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

Meet Reneisha Wilkes: Brandman Staff Member With a HUGE Heart

By Anonymous on Mar 10, 2013

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/

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Topics: Happenings, Irvine

Brandman University Student Brian Watts Recognized as ‘Best and Brightest’ in Missouri

By Anonymous on Mar 5, 2013

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.

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Topics: Student Life, Student Spotlight

Brandman Portrait Dedication Ceremony

By Anonymous on Feb 26, 2013

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.

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Topics: Happenings, Irvine

In His Own Words: James LeBlanc

By Anonymous on Feb 12, 2013

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!

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Topics: Student Life, Student Spotlight

Nursing Students Gather in Irvine for Immersion

By Anonymous on Jan 11, 2013

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.

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Topics: Schools, Irvine, School of Nursing & Health Professions