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

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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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

Celebrating Veterans Day at Brandman University

By Joe Cockrell on Nov 10, 2014

In celebration of Veterans Day, Brandman University launches online fundraising effort to benefit wounded & disabled veteran students. 

There are more than 22 million veterans in the U.S. according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and as the nation rallies to salute those who have bravely served on this Veterans Day, Brandman University invites people to join a unique effort to support veterans who are overcoming obstacles to earn a college degree; today Brandman launched an online fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $10,000 for the Bryan A. Fazio Scholarship. The non-profit institution created the scholarship fund last year to assist veterans who are wounded, disabled or facing other medical challenges such as cancer.

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Topics: Front Page, Military, Disability Services

Marine Corps Veteran Jamie Kincaid Shares Her Amazing Story

By Joe Cockrell on Nov 6, 2014

Jamie Kincaid was seven years away from retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps when a drunk driver hit her. Soon after, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which would turn out to be her first of four bouts with four separate cancers. But she perservered and used her G.I. Bill benefits to attend Brandman University. Kincaid began her education in 2012 and two months later, she was diagnosed with another aggressive form of cancer and was advised to put her education on hold - but she didn’t. Kincaid pushed on, maintained a 4.0 GPA, and recently received her bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and is now working towards a master’s in Organizational Leadership at Brandman's Irvine Campus. She was recently a featured guest on a radio talk show where she shared her story, talks about receiving the Bryan Fazio Scholarship and credits the strong student support at Brandman as a key factor in her success. Click play below to hear the interview.

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Topics: Front Page, Student Spotlight

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

Calling All Veterans: November is Veteran Appreciation Month at Brandman University! #ThankYouVets

By Joe Cockrell on Nov 4, 2014

Everybody knows that Veteran’s Day is celebrated on November 11th each year, but Brandman University will be giving a special salute to the many students and alumni who are veterans of the U.S. armed forces throughout the entire month of November, as well as those brave students who are currently on active duty.

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Topics: Front Page, Military

How to use the Best Free Online Tools to Succeed In College

By Lindsay Amanda on Oct 30, 2014

“The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive.” This statement is just as true for business mogul Steve Ballmer as it is for students all over the world. Whether your classes are fully online or on campus get information you need to leverage some of the best free online tools to help you succeed in college.

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Topics: Front Page

Brandman Alumnus Navigates the World of Online Learning

By Kari Buist-Baker on Oct 29, 2014

Going back to school at any age can be a daunting and thrilling experience all at once. We checked in with Kari Buist-Baker, 2010 Brandman University graduate who shared her experience adjusting to computer-based education and how she ensured her success with new digital learning tools.

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Topics: Front Page, Alumni, School of Nursing & Health Professions

Brandman DNP Graduate to Aid in Fight Against Ebola Epidemic

By Joe Cockrell on Oct 28, 2014

Maj. Jack Miller, DNP, has been drawn to caring for others ever since he was a Boy Scout growing up in his native Dumas, Texas. Today he is living out his dream by working with some of the top health care organizations in the world and sharing his talents to help fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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Topics: Happenings, Military

Education Job Fair Attracts Aspiring Teachers

By Steve Quis on Oct 24, 2014

A light drizzle couldn’t dampen the spirits of 200 aspiring educators who attended Brandman University’s Education Job Fair on October 18 at the San Diego County Office of Education. Afterall, there were jobs to be filled and futures to be made.

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Topics: Happenings, Front Page

Competency-Based Education from a Subject Matter Expert

By Dr. Jalin A. Brooks Johnson on Oct 23, 2014

With the emergence of Competency-Based Education (CBE) in the higher education cosmos, the journey seeking continues. The career professional, retired service member, 'career changer,' overachiever and the like, are looking for ways to expand their knowledge bases and ultimately, earn degrees that acknowledge their skill sets. Discover how they are finding new ways of thinking through and realizing their education.

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Topics: Schools, School of Business & Professional Studies, School of Arts & Sciences, CBE

How to Brand Yourself for the Perfect Job

By Autumn McClenaghan on Oct 22, 2014

What does your personal brand say about you? Do you have or even need one? And what exactly is it?

When you brand yourself you are aiming to portray who you authentically are and what you want to be known for. As you embark on your job search, it is helpful to have a well rounded understanding of yourself, the ideal employer, industry and job opportunities to show the company you choose to interview that you are the best candidate for the position. Always remember, the person who knows you best is you!

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Topics: Career