Stevie Lopez beams like a proud parent when talking about her AVID students at Tulare Western High School in Tulare, California. She has been with them for the past three years, starting when they were freshmen. The AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness program that helps students develop skills they need to be successful in college. Most AVID students are aspiring first-generation college students without support to pursue college. Lopez can relate to her students because she was once an AVID student at the very same high school where she now teaches. [Read more…]
Brandman University is a repeat winner in the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Innovation Award Program. The custom-designed Student Accounts Receivable (SAR) performance metrics and collections system earned the university the honor – its second NACUBO award in two years.
The system increased cash balances and decreased SAR balances – days before student payments are received – and reduced the amount of staff time spent on follow-ups. [Read more…]
If you missed the most recent Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles baseball game, you can walk by John Reyes’ desk in the Online campus to get the scoop. The self-described superstitious sports nut only opens his cabinet of bobble heads for exhibition when the Angels have won the game. Reyes, an academic advisor, decorates his desk with sports memorabilia to connect with coworkers and says it’s a great conversation starter.
Reyes, who has worked at Brandman for seven and half years, said his bobble head collection started with a gift from a past co-worker and has grown throughout the years. His cabinet now also houses Los Angeles Rams decorations. Reyes is proud to display his newly relocated NFL team and hopes to add more to his desk but is mindful to not go overboard. “I’ve had six desks in my time at Brandman. That means I’ve boxed up and unpacked my desk six times. It’s a lot of work!” said Reyes.
Reyes also decorates his desk with photos of his wife and children to stay focused on his real passion, family. Which is why he says also appreciates the family-like environment of the Online campus. He really enjoys that his current cubical is surrounded by fellow academic advisors and One Stop specialists from his campus. “It’s awesome to have a collaborative work space. We all have one goal, to help our students,” said Reyes.
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For Jill Biden, the wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, teaching was “the family business.” It was the business she first learned about while ringing the bell at the one-room schoolhouse where her grandmother taught, a memory she shared as part of the California Teachers Summit 2017.
While she always knew she wanted to be a teacher, how she became one will sound familiar to Brandman students. “My path was a bit meandering.” [Read more…]
Brandman University was well represented at the recent Esri Education. Esri Business and Esri User conferences held in San Diego at the beginning of July. The conferences gave university representatives the opportunity to highlight the collaboration between Brandman University and Esri in the development of training and education programs using geographic information system (GIS) data. [Read more…]
Not enough credit is given to baby steps, according to Dinah Martin.
Whether she was teaching independent living skills to high school special needs students, or job skills to welfare recipients, or social skills to the more than a dozen teenage boys she and her husband have foster parented – she clung to each tiny amount of progress.
“You have to be able to appreciate the baby steps that the parents are taking. You always need to be able to see that growth over time the kids have. Even when it’s not always so obvious,” Martin said. [Read more…]
When Ed Cora took on the role of superintendent of the Guadalupe Union School District six years ago, the district was a lot like a house where the owners have lived a long time.
Those closest to it loved it and had learned to overlook what needed fixing.
“It takes a fresh pair of eyes to see what might need work,” said Cora of the district that serves about 1,300 children in K-5 schools and 800 more in grades 5-8 middle school. [Read more…]
Use does not equal impairment.
Does that matter?
When it comes to cannabis in the workplace, it could, according to a panel of experts who participated in a recent Brandman University Master of Science in Human Resources webinar about the policy considerations employers may need to address. The MSHR program aligns with today’s ever-changing laws, policies and issues in human resources. [Read more…]
Sharon Mijares wasn’t expecting to meet Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama and spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, when she traveled to Dharamsala, in India.
The opportunity came after the Brandman University adjunct faculty member traveled to Himalayan enclave at the request of Tenzin Dhardon Sharling, information secretary for the Central Tibetan Administration. Both women attended the Women’s Economic Forum in Delhi, India. Sharling invited Mijares to visit Dharamsala to give a talk. Sharling previously had contributed a chapter to “A Force Such as the World Has Never Known: Women Creating Change,” which Mijares edited. [Read more…]
Terry Tate may have worked on the railroad “all the live-long day” but he started there on a whim. A friend encouraged him to take a job with Union Pacific when he was 19. He expected to work there a few years and then go to back to school. The pay and advancement opportunities kept him working and pushed college to the back burner.
Tate admits that he took the “long road” to both of his college degrees by working and going to school full time. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado Denver and always knew he wanted to pursue an MBA. Life continued to get in the way of that dream. After two failed attempts at other universities, Tate came to Brandman to earn an MBA in finance in 2014. [Read more…]