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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

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JBLM Campus Honors Dr. Mary Dean as Top Faculty Member

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.

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Military Student Shares His Inspiration with the World

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.

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Brandman Couple Puts Their Education to Work by Going Fishing

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.”

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Brandman University Alumnus Mike Tassin Wins Innovation Award

By Margo Myers on Mar 25, 2014

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.

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Topics: Alumni, Military

Tenino Mayor Bret Brodersen Adds Full-time Study to His Schedule

By Margo Myers on Feb 11, 2014

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.

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Topics: Student Life

Army Couple Takes on College Degrees

By Margo Myers on Jan 2, 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.”

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Topics: Student Life, Military

Classmates Band Together to Provide Support & Friendship in Master’s Program

By Margo Myers on Nov 7, 2013

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.’

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Topics: Student Life

Navy Reservist Takes on New Challenge, Pursues Graduate Degree

By Margo Myers on Oct 8, 2013

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.

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Topics: Student Life, Military

Priorities + Perseverance = Accomplishment at JBLM

By Margo Myers on May 15, 2013

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.

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Topics: Front Page, JBLM Lewis, JBLM McChord Field

Margo Myers

Margo Myers is the Principal at Margo Myers Communications, a Seattle-based PR firm. She works with Brandman University in the Puget Sound region, sharing stories about Brandman students, faculty and programs.