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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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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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Marketing students discover there are lessons in pie sales

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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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

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

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 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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Topics: Alumni, School of Education