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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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Santa Rosa College bond measure passes with help from Brandman student

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 student has global perspective on special education needs

Zhanna Preston can’t help having a global outlook.

Born and raised in Kazakhstan, she has pursued her education in Moscow, Russia, Arizona, the former Chapman University College branch (now Brandman) in San Diego and at Brandman’s Riverside campus. She’ll be making use of that global perspective when she presents a paper this summer in Poland to the International Association of Special Education.

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Marine Corps Veteran Jamie Kincaid Shares Her Amazing Story

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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Bryan Fazio Rewards Veterans with Scholarships

By Joe Cockrell on Oct 14, 2014

With Veterans Day less than a month away, Brandman University is honored to present the four recipients of the inaugural Bryan A. Fazio Scholarship. Fazio recently presented scholarship checks to two of the four winners from our valued military community. Join us in congratulating them as we highlight their amazing stories of challenges and triumph.

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Topics: Happenings, Military, Student Spotlight, Disability Services

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

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

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

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: Front Page, Student Life, Student Spotlight

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

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