Office of Accessible Education extends its message to Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi classroom

Female students in Abu Dhabi listen to the presentation on making education accessible that featured both other students and Loren O’Connor and Alex Price from Brandman.

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…]

Business Society focusing on how to manage a start-up

Dick Dadamo

Dick Dadamo

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 dferber@brandman.edu.

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.

Kailani Quichocho: Brandman staff member is a student for life … so far

Kailiani Quichocho, Lacey 2016 graduation

Kailiani Quichocho with a classmate at the Lacey campus 2016 commencement.

How do you go from being a high school student on work study to a doctoral student? Ask Kailani Quichocho. Step one was walking through the doors of Brandman’s Lacey campus at age 17.

Now 25, Quichocho has become indispensable to the rest of the Lacey team and along the way she’s become not just a great person for students to talk to, she’s become also become a Brandman student. [Read more…]

Brandman University receives Institutional Transformation award from ACE

Elizabeth Kiss, president, Agnes Scott College, and Brandman Chancellor Gary Brahm. The schools received the Institutional Transformation Awards for their categories of student popuations.

Elizabeth Kiss, president, Agnes Scott College, and Brandman Chancellor Gary Brahm. The schools received the Institutional Transformation Awards for their categories of student populations. Photos by Tim Trumble for ACE

Chancellor Gary Brahm accepted the American Council on Education (ACE)/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation on behalf of Brandman University at ACE’s 99th annual meeting on Sunday, March 12. Brandman won for the category of institutions serving student populations of 5,001 or more. Agnes Scott College in Georgia received the award for those up to 5,000 students. [Read more…]

Meet Brandman’s Joint Base Fort Lewis-McChord Field staff

JBLM Brandman University staff

Niki Greene, Lorine Hill, Jessica Freier and Ken Rosario bring academic and military experience to their jobs at JBLM.

Campus Director Lorine Hill‘s staff at Fort Lewis and McChord Field (better known as JBLM) boasts a wealth of military and higher education experience. So much so, she thought it would be good to highlight her team. Although some have been with the university in other positions, they’re all in new posts at JBLM. [Read more…]

Alumni Q & A – Tami Frankenfield

We’re launching a new monthly question and answer session between Shannon Feightner, manager of Alumni Relations at Brandman University, and one of our outstanding alumni. 

Tami Frankenfield

Tami Frankenfield

Tami Frankenfield almost earned her bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton, but her career took off during her senior year, so she left before graduating. After 20 years of growing through career experiences, she turned to Brandman University to formalize her learning through a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems.

Now, Frankenfield is the senior director of Analytics and Enterprise Data for Mercury Insurance.  She is also a founding member of the Brandman University – Chapman University Alumni Association and was recently named president.  Frankenfield is continuing her education by pursuing a Master of Science in predictive analytics from Northwestern University. [Read more…]

Paving the way for women in technology

Celeste Blodgett

Celeste Blodgett is a Brandman University alumna and vice president of Human Resources, Learning and Development, and Knowledge Base for the internet security company ESET.

Education is an ongoing theme in Celeste Blodgett’s life. It’s also one she wants to make sure is an opportunity that other people get, especially women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Blodgett, a 2015 Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHR) graduate of Brandman, is the vice president of Human Resources, Learning and Development, and Knowledge Base for the internet security company ESET, based in San Diego. [Read more…]

Alumni spotlight: Chip Monaco understands the business of government and garbage

Chip Monaco

Chip Monaco is a municipal market manager for Waste Management, which operates through Southern California. He’s also a Brandman alumnus and adjunct faculty member.

Standing in the bright February sunshine, Chip Monaco was living out the dream of 3-year-olds everywhere. He was surrounded by trucks. Big trucks. Big trucks that pick up trash.

It’s not the Brandman alumnus and adjunct faculty member’s job to drive those Waste Management trucks. But he does play a critical role in making sure they show up on a weekly basis in cities throughout Orange County. He handles the government contracts that make that possible. [Read more…]

Jan Hartz retires as Irvine campus director

Jan Hartz (second from left, seated) Is joined by members of the Irvine campus and his wife, Louise (seated, far left) at a farewell luncheon.

Jan Hartz (second from left, seated) Is joined by members of the Irvine campus and his wife, Louise (seated, far left) at a farewell luncheon for the Irvine campus director.

Jan Hartz won’t exactly be riding off into the sunset now that he’s leaving behind his position as Irvine campus director. But creating beautiful sunsets and other artistic touches in wood will be part of his post-Brandman life.

Hartz was the guest of honor at a beach ball/Hawaiian-themed pizza lunch put on by members of the Irvine campus staff on Monday, turned 70 on Tuesday (not that anybody would have guessed that) and by Wednesday had his office reduced to one box waiting to be moved to his car. Senior academic advisor Rebecca Warner is stepping in as interim director with a permanent replacement decision coming later this summer. [Read more…]

Education Expos benefit school districts, job seekers, university

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Six Brandman University campuses hosted Education Expos on Saturday. Statewide, the events put representatives from 59 school districts in touch with 363 attendees. About 20 job offers were in the works by the end of the events, with many more applications gathered by school districts. [Read more…]

Adjunct faculty member explains the link between armlifting and teaching

Riccardo Magni

Riccardo Magni competes in the Silver Bullet arm lifting competition at the 2017 LA FIT EXPO Visegrip Viking contest. He competed against people from Norway, Sweden, Russia. England and Latvia as well as the U.S.

Riccardo Magni lifts heavy objects for fun, but not just any heavy objects. He lifts Viking hammers, bars the diameter of coke bottles and weights hanging from a hand grip, known in the armlifting world as the “Silver Bullet.”

He also teaches high school biology and environmental science and as a Brandman University adjunct faculty member trains the next generation of teachers. [Read more…]