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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.

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Professor Makes Commitment To Fight Cancer And Finish Disneyland Run

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.

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Graduate Opens K-8 Charter School

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.

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Brandman Instructor Honored At MLB All Star Game

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.

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Graduate Has Early Childhood Education Close to Heart

By Steve Quis on Jun 16, 2014

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.

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Topics: Student Life, Student Spotlight, Hanford, School of Education

Transformational Change Project Boosts Ed.D Student into Leadership Role

By Steve Quis on Jun 10, 2014

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.

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Topics: Student Spotlight, School of Education

Brandman University: The Perfect Date Night Spot

By Steve Quis on Jun 2, 2014

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.

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Topics: Monterey, Alumni

Leaving Lemoore, Next Stop... Disneyland?

By Steve Quis on May 21, 2014

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.

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Topics: Happenings, Lemoore NAS

Nearly 70 Brandman Students Walk in Combined JBLM Commencement Ceremony

By Steve Quis on May 2, 2014

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.

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Topics: Happenings, JBLM Lewis, JBLM McChord Field

West African Native Accepts Master’s Degree at Lacey Commencement

By Steve Quis on May 2, 2014

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

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Topics: Happenings, Lacey

56-Year Old College Grad is Highlight at Bangor Commencement

By Steve Quis on May 1, 2014

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.

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Topics: Happenings, Bangor NBK

Creating Community in an Online Learning Environment

By Steve Quis on Mar 11, 2014

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.

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Topics: Happenings, Online

Steve Quis

As the Director of Public Relations at Brandman University, Steve Quis serves as the spokesperson and brand advocate for the school. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Media Arts and Broadcast Journalism and has received numerous industry recognitions including a top honor from the Associated Press.