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When Tech. Sgt. James Schols learned he would be getting the 2014 Military Scholarship from Career Step, the first person he knew he had to thank was his wife. The second person was his academic adviser at Brandman University.

“My counselor Carmen (Gonzalez) is awesome,” said Schols, an operations intelligence journeyman in the Oregon Air National Guard. Gonzalez steered Schols to a list of scholarship links on the Brandman website, wrote letters of recommendation and encouraged Schols to pursue his dream of getting a master’s degree from Brandman after he graduates this spring with a bachelor’s in legal studies.

Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and career training, established its military scholarship as a way to support education on a broader level and further give back to the military community. They’ll provide $2,000 toward his pursuit of an MBA.

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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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Veteran Couple Turn to Education for Next Career Launch

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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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

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

Social Media: A Valuable Networking Tool

By Jina Smith on Jul 15, 2014

The concept of social media may bring up a mixed bag of opinions but however you feel about it, it is an effective tool for professional development. Don't overlook this important digital support system. It can help you find jobs, meet potential mentors and grow your personal network. Here are some ways to utilize social media as a support system:

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Topics: Career, Student Life

Proud To Be A Humble Servant To Our Military And Future Leaders

By Lindsay Amanda on Jul 4, 2014

Our military education programs and student support systems have come a long way since the day Chapman University opened its first campus for nontraditional students on El Toro Marine Air Station in 1958. Today that single location has evolved into a system of over 25 Brandman University campuses as part of the Chapman University System.

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Topics: Front Page, Student Life, Military

Graduate Student Thanks Her Support System And Inspires Positive Change

By Lindsay Amanda on Jul 3, 2014

As a student-centric university, Brandman is dedicated to building a strong culture of support for its students and community members. Our academic advising team is a primary part of the many ways we ensure that students are provided the help they need to transition

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Topics: Student Life, School of Arts & Sciences, Student Spotlight, Disability Services

Online Tutoring Supports Student Success

By Margaret Moodian on Jul 2, 2014

As the lead professional tutor for Brandman's Online Writing Community (OWC), I frequently interface with many of our wonderful adult learners. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting one stellar student, Robert Smith, in one of our online workshops. I've learned a lot about Robert and recently interviewed him to share his experience with the OWC and the support that it has provided him throughout his academic career.

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Topics: Front Page, Student Life, Student Spotlight

How Coaching Creates Sustainable Success

By Micah Stover on Jul 1, 2014

Throughout the Brandman Blog you'll find articles that explore many different topics that apply to our everyday lives. From work-life balance, and burnout to stress management tactics, we understand that being a student is hard enough, but incorporating school into an already full life adds a layer of complexity. At the heart of all of these articles is the desire to achieve success without sacrificing health or quality of life. It requires a sustainable approach to success.

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Topics: Front Page, Student Life

Student Stories: Balancing Life and Work

By Diana Santos on Jun 24, 2014

As a full-time marketing professional and mom of two little kids, pursuing my master’s degree was not high on my list of priorities. Although I never ruled it out, I always wanted to be sure that if I went back to school it would be for personal achievement and growth rather than simply getting a piece of paper.

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Topics: Student Life

How to Disconnect From Work and Relax

By Jina Smith on Jun 17, 2014

With technology making it easier for us to access work from anywhere, it is harder and harder to separate professional time from personal time. Some people may take pride in working non-stop but boundaries must be set before it takes a toll on their physical and mental health. 

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Topics: Career, Front Page, Student Life

Graduate Has Early Childhood Education Close to Heart

By Steve Quis on Jun 16, 2014

Melissa Underwood has been teaching at the Child Development Center at West Hills College in Lemoore, California for the past two years. “I love it so much that the pay really isn’t important,” said Underwood. “I know that sounds really cheesy and cliché, but I love the atmosphere and the experience.”  This recent Brandman University graduate has not only inspired her own professional future but has also made a lasting impact on her daughter's educational dreams.

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

Monotasking Vs. Multitasking - Finding The Balance

By Vicki Brannock on Jun 11, 2014

Summer is here and the kids are looking forward to their break. You want to make the time together special but you have a million things to do. Down at the pool your attempts to complete that homework assignment is competing with calls of "Mom/Dad watch this!," as they try to perfect the dive or belly flop. You answer with, "That's great" even though you didn't quite catch the entry.

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Topics: Career, Front Page, Student Life