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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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Santa Rosa College bond measure passes with help from Brandman student

Santa Rosa College IT Director Scott Conrad had a problem.

Money from a 2002 bond measure used to fund computers, software and network infrastructure was gone. A proposal put before the community college’s board of trustees in 2012 never made it past the trustees. But the growing college that serves 26,000 students in five locations needed a way to fund technology and other infrastructure for the nest 20-30 years.

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Doctoral student has global perspective on special education needs

Zhanna Preston can’t help having a global outlook.

Born and raised in Kazakhstan, she has pursued her education in Moscow, Russia, Arizona, the former Chapman University College branch (now Brandman) in San Diego and at Brandman’s Riverside campus. She’ll be making use of that global perspective when she presents a paper this summer in Poland to the International Association of Special Education.

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12 events, 12 months, 12 ways to grow your skills and effectiveness

Registration opens Monday, Dec. 15, for the School of Extended Education’s yearlong 2015 NOW Seminars, Symposia and Forums at the Irvine campus. The interactive events are designed to provide information and best practices in leadership, education and technology that can be taken back to the workplace and applied immediately.  The 2015 NOW Event Series will culminate in a keynote event in December 2015, which will be free to attend.

Leadership NOW Seminars will be held bimonthly, beginning with “Building Accountability” on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Each 2 ½-hour Leadership NOW Seminar begins at 6 p.m. and includes a light dinner, instruction, and interactive exercises that allow participants to acquire and practice relevant tools, tips, and techniques. Attendance is worth .25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and participants can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending four or more seminars.

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Brandman’s new tablet-based business degree is making headlines

By Joe Cockrell on Dec 14, 2014

The word is out: an innovative new program at Brandman University is poised to be a game-changer in American higher education. It is a self-paced Bachelor's in Business Administration (BBA) degree program that students can complete entirely online and on any device, including tablet computers and smartphones. There are no textbooks to purchase for this new program because all material is contained within the new online platform, which has been developed specifically to prepare graduates who can clearly demonstrate personal mastery of core business competencies.

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Topics: Front Page, CBE

Doctoral students inspired to help homeless women veterans

By Margo Myers on Dec 12, 2014

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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Topics: Schools, Front Page, Student Life, School of Education

Marketing students discover there are lessons in pie sales

By Cindy O'Dell on Dec 10, 2014

Students in Dr. Tim Becker’s graduate level course on marketing management got to do some real life marketing last month and participate in a Pie in the Sky fundraiser that provides meals to homebound cancer and AIDS patients.

“This a perfect example of Brandman University students learning, knowing and doing, and in this case doing good for others. I encourage other faculty to incorporate more doing activities in their classes,” said Becker, who created the assignment as an option for students to choose over two regular assignments.

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Topics: Front Page, Student Life, Alumni, Brandman, marketing

Hanford responds to substitute teacher shortage with job fair Thursday

By Cindy O'Dell on Dec 9, 2014

The Hanford campus of Brandman University will host its first ever job fair aimed at creating more substitute teachers in the San Joaquin Valley.

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Topics: Career

Brandman University named Top School by Military Advanced Education

By Cindy O'Dell on Dec 4, 2014

Brandman University’s reputation for providing quality military and veteran education opportunities grew a notch this month with its Top School designation from the 2015 Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges & Universities. The guide will be released in the December issue of Military Advanced Education and will be available mid-December online at www.maekmi.com

This year institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. Prospective students will be able to evaluate the more than 600 private, public, for-profit, nonprofit, four-year and two-year colleges surveyed for the guide and quickly target schools that follow the best practices in military education.

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Topics: Front Page, Military, awards

Brandman Extended Ed Launches New Social Recruiting Certificate Program

By Joe Cockrell on Dec 3, 2014

Social media recruiting is becoming an essential skill in business today. According to the 2013 Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey, 78 percent of recruiters have successfully hired through a social network, up from 58 percent in 2010. Getting the right information and professional training can provide an edge on the competition, that's why the Brandman University School of Extended Education has launched its new Social Media Recruitment certificate program. In partnership with The Sourcing Institute, Brandman now offers ten professional online course modules that teach participants how to use social media to attract top talent and build professional brand credibility.

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Topics: School of Extended Education

U.S. Army Veteran Has New Mission: Serving Students

By Joe Cockrell on Nov 28, 2014

Michael Brouillette has spent more than half his life serving this country in the U.S. Army. In fact, that service that came close to ending his life. In 1976, at just 20 years old, he was wounded when his squadron was ambushed in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). He was awarded the Purple Heart, but even after being seriously wounded he was determined to stay in the Army.
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Topics: Front Page, Military, Faculty Spotlight

Giving Thanks at Brandman University

By Joe Cockrell on Nov 25, 2014


Thanksgiving was always one of my favorite holidays as a kid growing up in the Midwest. It still is. I think fondly about my grandmother on this holiday because she was such a magician in the kitchen, but also because of her Thanksgiving tradition: before we could dig in to the tantilizing feast that she worked so hard to prepare, everyone around the table had to share what they are most thankful about. It always seemed to create a pleasant atmosphere for my family on Thanksgiving, and it turns out my grandmother was wise with this approach. As John Tourney explains in the New York Times, cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others. 

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Topics: Front Page

Grad Student Demonstrates Bravery and Determination, Both on and off the Battlefield

By Joe Cockrell on Nov 20, 2014

After he graduated from high school, Peter D'Andrea enrolled in a community college in his native New Jersey with the hope of eventually transferring to the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). But, like so many others across the country, it didn’t work out and during the first semester, he dropped out. One recent study shows that over 90 percent of community college students stop at some point, and the longer those students pause their education, the less likely they are to earn a degree.

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Topics: Career, Front Page, School of Business & Professional Studies, Alumni, Military

Education Helps Kitsap County Volunteer Impact Her Community

By Margo Myers on Nov 18, 2014

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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Topics: Career, Alumni

University Degrees Play Larger Role for Law Enforcement Officers and Recruits

By Margo Myers on Nov 17, 2014

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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Topics: Career, Front Page, School of Business & Professional Studies