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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 students inspired to help homeless women veterans

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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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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Brandman University named Top School by Military Advanced Education

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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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

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

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

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

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