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January 2015 marks an important milestone for Capt. Chris Phillips, who retires from the U.S. Navy after a 32-year career and has already landed a job in the civilian sector as the new city manager for Mukilteo, Wash.

“I knew what I wanted to do,” said Phillips. “Municipal government is much like my job managing the base at NAS Whidbey Island, so it’s worked out pretty well.”

Phillips took terminal leave from the Navy in August 2014 and landed the new job in September, but he started laying the groundwork much earlier for his transition from the military to a new career. He started networking months in advance, reaching out to others who had made a similar jump and asking for their advice.

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Doctoral students inspired to help homeless women veterans

On a rainy, blustery day in Seattle, Brandman University doctoral students Jennifer Marzocca, from Whidbey Island, and Karen Bolton, from Bremerton (shown at left, form left) have tables filled with goodie bags, jewelry, makeup and clothing at the Seattle Stand Down Event, designed to offer aid to veterans.

One by one, women veterans, some homeless and others fighting to make ends meet, come by to study the items.

“They’re for you,” said Marzocca. “Please take what you need.”

The women take an item or two, careful to take only what they need so there’s something for others. One woman veteran explains she needs socks and receives a couple of new pairs. Another woman’s face lights up when she spies the makeup.

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Education Helps Kitsap County Volunteer Impact Her Community

When a previous boss told Audrey Wolf she should ‘go to college,’ she listened. Wolf first received her associate’s degree at Olympic College in Bremerton, and then completed her bachelor’s degree at Brandman University in 2010. In the four years since graduating with a BA in Organizational Leadership, Wolf is having an impact on her community. “I first became interested in non-profit and volunteer work when I worked in a financial planning office,” says Wolf. “I could see the good that could be done.”

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University Degrees Play Larger Role for Law Enforcement Officers and Recruits

Competition is fierce in the job market, and nowhere is that more true than in the field of law enforcement. As agencies look to hire top candidates, the new Police Chief in Milton, Washington, Tony Hernandez, says obtaining a university degree is of growing importance for job candidates. “The role of education is so important to contemporary policing,” says Hernandez. “What we’re starting to see is that for sergeants and above, people need to have that bachelor’s degree and beyond. For upper tier management, you need at least a master’s degree.”

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Veteran Couple Turn to Education for Next Career Launch

By Margo Myers on Nov 14, 2014

Take two full careers in the U.S. Army, a stint in the National Guard, a return to the Army, 22 years of marriage, three children raised to adults, and add in a return to college for university degrees. It’s a recipe Terry Bradshaw and Cheryl Montgomery are using to successfully advance their post-military careers before they finally retire. “The good thing about school is that I went later in life,” said Bradshaw. “Once you get started with classes, you start putting goals together and I think to myself, ‘I can go for this, I can go for that.’ You start being more innovative and creative for yourself, more doors open up and you have more choices.”

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Topics: Career, Front Page, Student Life, Military

Brandman Graduate Carlene Joseph Gives Back to Military as Community Volunteer

By Margo Myers on Nov 5, 2014

Education ‘Key’ for Credit Union Senior Manager

If you ask Carlene Joseph, she’ll tell you it took her 20 years to obtain her bachelor’s degree, which she received in 2002 from Brandman University (then Chapman University College). “My husband was in the Air Force Reserve, and I was busy raising our kids, so as soon as they left home, I got my degree,” said Joseph. “Attending classes both online and in-person was easy to do, and I would recommend it to other working adults who are seeking a degree.”

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Topics: Alumni

Brandman University Graduate Elected Mayor of University Place

By Margo Myers on Sep 23, 2014

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.

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Topics: Front Page, Alumni, Student Spotlight

Brandman Graduate Seeks to Improve Teen Progams in Local Community

By Margo Myers on Aug 12, 2014

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.

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Topics: Alumni, Military, Student Spotlight

While Recession Ends One Career, Education Begins Another

By Margo Myers on May 27, 2014

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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Topics: Student Life, School of Business & Professional Studies, Student Spotlight

JBLM Campus Honors Dr. Mary Dean as Top Faculty Member

By Margo Myers on May 13, 2014

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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Topics: Happenings, Front Page, School of Arts & Sciences, Faculty Spotlight

Military Student Shares His Inspiration with the World

By Margo Myers on Apr 22, 2014

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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Topics: Student Life, School of Business & Professional Studies, Alumni, Military

Brandman Couple Puts Their Education to Work by Going Fishing

By Margo Myers on Apr 8, 2014

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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Topics: Student Life, School of Business & Professional Studies, Alumni

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

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.