Home > Blog >

Brandman University's Official Blog

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.

Read More

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.”

Read More

Brandman Graduate Carlene Joseph Gives Back to Military as Community Volunteer

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.”

Read More

Brandman Alumnus Navigates the World of Online Learning

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.

Read More

Back to School Advice From Brandman Alumni

By Jina Smith on Sep 30, 2014

Service is at the very heart of our values here at Brandman University and we are proud to say its rubbed off onto our graduates. As part of living out our beliefs, our alumni are passing down best practices to those that still have homework assignments to do.

Read More

Topics: Student Life, Alumni

Focusing on Your Wellness and How Brandman Does

By Shannon Feightner on Sep 24, 2014

As the air starts to cool and promotions of pumpkin spice begin to abound, we are reminded that summer has ended and fall is upon us. It is this time of year that people head back to school, gear up for the holidays and begin to think about the New Year. Fall is notorious for being filled with sweet treats, colder weather and the desire to stay inside.

Read More

Topics: Alumni, Student Spotlight

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.

Read More

Topics: Front Page, Alumni, Student Spotlight

Top 3 Ways To Reconnect With Your Alumni Community

By Shannon Feightner on Aug 27, 2014

As September draws near and the weather begins to change we are quickly reminded that summer is coming to a close and the back-to-school season is upon us. Whether you graduated from your school this past May or 15 years ago, this time of year is a great opportunity to reminisce on your past accomplishments and reconnect with your alumni community.

Read More

Topics: Alumni

Graduate Opens K-8 Charter School

By Steve Quis on Aug 26, 2014

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.

Read More

Topics: Front Page, Alumni, Student Spotlight

Top 5 Reasons To Apply To A Private School Vs A Public School

By Lindsay Amanda on Aug 14, 2014

There are so many factors to consider when selecting the right university for you to achieve your degree at. Once you've selected your program and researched universities that offer it, you'll likely run into narrowing down your options by school type. Here are our top five reasons to apply to a private school for your education.

Read More

Topics: Front Page, Student Life, Alumni

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.

Read More

Topics: Alumni, Military, Student Spotlight

Thriving Through Diversity: The Journey Of A Dedicated Educator

By Don Maker on Aug 8, 2014

Brandman University, formerly known as Chapman University College, is proud to have a thriving alumni network. As we venture into the back to school season, we highlight the hard work that many of our teachers and current students have done. This is the story of Don Maker, a businessman turned teacher turned storyteller, as he becomes an expert in diversity in his own words. 

Read More

Topics: Alumni, School of Education

Ultimately, Your Success Story is Our Success Story

By Lindsay Amanda on Jul 31, 2014

In the words of our distinguished dean, Dr. Glenn Worthington, "Ultimately, your success story is our success story at Brandman." We thank our wonderful students and alumni for sharing their tales about those who supported them and inspired them to achieve their degrees.

Read More

Topics: Front Page, Alumni, Student Spotlight, Disability Services

Who do Teachers Look up to? Who are Their Heroes?

By Sandy Ramos on Jul 30, 2014

Inspiration often comes from those who are closest to our hearts. Recent alumnus and long-time single mother Sandy Ramos has experienced this firsthand.

Read More

Topics: Schools, Alumni, Student Spotlight, School of Education

Career Driven And Tech Talented: Alumnus Pursues Her Passion

By Tami Frankenfield on Jul 23, 2014

Like many nontraditional students, Tami Frankenfield began many years ago following her career opportunities and aspirations. While exploring her options and personal interests she soon found her passion and place in today's technology-driven world. Here she shares with us her journey to personal and professional success.

Read More

Topics: Alumni