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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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Online Tutoring Supports Student Success

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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Graduate Has Early Childhood Education Close to Heart

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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Transformational Change Project Boosts Ed.D Student into Leadership Role

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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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

Meet Brandman Student Jennifer Marzocca

By Gustav Deutsch on Apr 12, 2013

Jennifer Marzocca (MAOL) has a vision. After retiring from the U.S. Navy as an intelligence specialist, this single mother of three is now pursuing her education so that she can launch a program designed to help teenagers transition into adult life. “I have 19 and 17 year old sons, and a six year old daughter,” said Marzocca. “I want to create a program to help parents understand adolescence, how to inspire their children to grow without smothering them, and to provide tools for teenagers to give them confidence as they become adults.”

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Topics: Student Life, Student Spotlight