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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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Brandman University Graduate Elected Mayor of University Place

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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Graduate Opens K-8 Charter School

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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Brandman Graduate Seeks to Improve Teen Progams in Local Community

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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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.

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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.

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

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: Student Life, Student Spotlight, Online

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: Student Life, Student Spotlight, Hanford, School of Education

Transformational Change Project Boosts Ed.D Student into Leadership Role

By Steve Quis on Jun 10, 2014

Damien Phillips never expected to be a school principal less than two years into his profession as an administrator. However, his acceptance into Brandman’s educational doctoral program has given Phillips the nudge he and his school district needed in order to chart a new course for not only his career, but for the culture of Kings Community School in Hanford, California.

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Topics: Student Spotlight, School of Education

While Recession Ends One Career, Education Begins Another

By Margo Myers on May 27, 2014

When the economic downturn hit in 2008 it meant economic hardship for many realtors, including Emily Hetland of Olympia, Washington, who suddenly saw her income plummet. “Here I am with the recession hitting, in the middle of a divorce, and with two teenagers ready to graduate

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Topics: Student Life, School of Business & Professional Studies, Student Spotlight

Brandman Honors Veteran MBA Student Bryan Fazio with Scholorship

By Gustav Deutsch on Jun 24, 2013

Brandman student Bryan Fazio was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma and given only a 15% chance to live. After his diagnosis he was left with the difficult reality of having to give up his Navy career. Bryan didn't give up though, he choose to refocus his energy on education and earning an advanced degree. Watch his story and what he has to say to those fighting their own battles both big and small.

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Topics: Student Life, Student Spotlight

Meet Alumnus Mike Tassin: Helping Veterans Find Jobs

By Anonymous on May 20, 2013

Mike Tassin listens to people. He says he’s always been the person people opened up to, ever since he attended high school in New Orleans. Now he is putting those listening skills to good use, helping military veterans and their immediate family members find jobs as the Program Director and Veterans Career Navigator for a unique program called Operation: Goodjobs at Tacoma Goodwill.

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Topics: Student Life, Alumni, Military, Student Spotlight

Meet Brandman student James Pike: Walking Proud

By Anonymous on Apr 30, 2013

James Pike, 42 will walk proudly at the Southern Region commencement on May 19th, where he will receive his Master's in Organizational Leadership (MAOL). In September, Pike continues at Brandman’s Riverside Campus pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership (Ed.D.). “I believe an educated person believes more in possibilities and sees a spectrum of opportunities,” notes Pike.

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Topics: Student Life, Riverside, Student Spotlight

Brandman University Graduate Honored as Volunteer of the Year

By Gustav Deutsch on Apr 18, 2013

Crestina Marez has received the Maxine Strom Volunteer of the Year award for her 15 years of service at a Tacoma, Washington food bank, serving the homeless and families in need. The team at My Sister’s Pantry honored Marez at its annual dinner. “I was completely caught off-guard by this,” said Marez. “I expected this award to be given to somebody else.”

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Topics: Student Life, Student Spotlight, JBLM McChord Field