Brandman University’s revised Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences could be called Earth Day, Every Day. Like that nearly 50-year-old environmental movement, the newly relaunched program wants students to not just understand the relationship between society and the environment but to come up with data-driven, well-researched ideas for solving challenges in the public, private, educational and nonprofit sectors. [Read more…]
Angelo Clements Jr. spent the first part of his career in the U.S. Air Force where he had top-secret security clearance and held various positions at the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). After 22 years of active duty, he attended Brandman University to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational leadership, graduating magna cum laude. [Read more…]
UPDATE: Hundreds of people celebrated the life of teacher Karen Smith on April 22. Actress Holly Robinson Peete announced that her nonprofit, the HollyRod Foundation, is renaming an award in honor of the Brandman student – ABC-7 news report.
The Brandman University community is mourning the sudden loss of one of their education students, who dedicated her studies and her teaching to the needs of special education.
On April 10, Karen Smith died after being shot at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, where she was a teacher. She also was a Chapman University College/Brandman University student since 2006; first achieving multiple subjects and special education teaching credentials along with an autism added authorization. She was pursuing her master’s degree in special education at the time of her death.
“Karen Smith had been a student at Chapman University College/Brandman University since 2006, when I first met her as her faculty mentor and advisor. She always had clear aspirations and was determined to be the best special education teacher that she could be. She was an excellent student, showing an intuition about her students and their individual needs that is uncommon for candidates in pre-service programs,” said Dr. Lynn Larsen, associate dean of the School of Education at the Brandman Riverside campus. “Her contributions in class and discussions in my office about special education always focused on what was best and needed for her students. A bright light for students with disabilities is no longer shining.”
“We are devastated to hear of the loss of Karen Smith. Karen exemplified the best of what Brandman strives to produce in the education workforce, a career changer whose passion and dedication transformed students to achieve their maximum potential both in and out of the classroom. Her dedication to students with special needs, in particular, is to be commended and we are proud to honor her legacy as it is sure to inspire future graduates,” said Dr. Christine G. Zeppos, dean and professor for Brandman’s School of Education.
Zeppos and the Brandman community extend their sympathies to the family, friends and students of Karen Smith.
On World Health Day, Brandman nursing student has global perspective
Brandman University’s nursing students come from around the globe to add new skills to their nursing practices. In honor of World Health Day, we’re profiling Jacinta Aernan, whose work is already making an impact internationally. Born and raised in Nigeria, Aernan switched to nursing after a career in diplomacy. She couldn’t ignore what she considers her true calling or the words of her father, who was also a nurse: “When your heart is in it, you would not even know how many hours you are working or how much you are doing.” [Read more…]
“What’s on your desk?” is back by popular demand. We may not all have corner offices with beautiful views, but nearly everybody has a way of making their office space their own. This is how Brandman University staff and faculty make their spaces special.
Sarah Mosley’s office has no windows. But the financial aid analyst and staff development officer’s third-floor office is surprisingly cheery and welcoming. The bulletin board next to her desk is covered in pink paper and family pictures. Mosely says she incorporates brightly colored decorations and photos of her travels to energize her workspace, located in the financial aid suite at Brandman’s central office in Irvine. [Read more…]
The Brandman community is mourning the passing of a colleague. Joseph Ovick, Ed.D. died unexpectedly on March 30. A memorial service will be held Monday, May 1, at 4:30 p.m. at Christ the King Church in Pleasant Hill, California.
“Joe was a long-time advisory board member and adjunct at Brandman University, formerly Chapman University College. His mentoring and instruction over the years helped shape outstanding educational leaders and he made a thumbprint of distinguished leadership on our program. He was one of the most outstanding educational leaders I’ve ever met. While we will miss him, the loss to the profession is truly profound,” said Christine Zeppos, dean of the Brandman University School of Education. [Read more…]
When Melissa Taylor enrolled at Brandman University’s Lacey campus, she didn’t realize it was about to lead to bigger career goals.
She learned about Brandman from a presentation by the university at her workplace. Although the presentation was an effort to start an MBA cohort, her co-workers encouraged her to ask about the bachelor’s degree programs and possible tuition assistance. She’s glad she did. [Read more…]
Assistant Vice Chancellor Loren O’Connor and Alex Price, coordinator for the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services at Brandman University, recently talked about Brandman’s approach to making education accessible to students with learning and physical disabilities with faculty members and students at the United Arab Emirates University in Abu Dhabi. [Read more…]
Philanthropist and Tech Coach Angel member Dick Dadamo will discuss “Managing Your Start-up” at the 11 a.m. April 29 meeting of the Brandman Business Society.
The meeting will be a virtual presentation. Instructions on how to be included are available from Deborah Ferber, assistant professor in the School of Business and Professional Studies. Contact her at email@example.com.
In addition to being the founding director of several small start-ups and businesses, Dadamo has served on publicly traded boards as well as a CEO and a COB at Burroughs, Unisys, Electronic Memories and TRW. After years of sitting on publicly traded boards, he retired and started investing, mentoring and coaching small business and start-ups.
Graduation season may seem a long way away, but plans are already well underway at Brandman University. With nine ceremonies beginning in early May and ending in June and spread across eight locations in California and Washington, it takes an army of volunteers to make each event special for the graduates and their families. [Read more…]