Join Team Brandman to make dreams come true

The April 29 Walk for Wishes in Irvine will include a team from Brandman University thanks to organizer Massiel Perez-Calhoon. The event benefits Make-A-Wish programs in Orange County and the Inland Empire.

TeamBU can use both volunteers to walk on the day of the event and people to sponsor other walkers financially.

“By supporting each other, we accomplish more than what is possible individually. Let’s walk and make wishes come true,” said Perez-Calhoon, manager of Community and Corporate Relations at the Irvine campus and a member of the university’s Wellness Committee, which promotes health activities for Brandman employees.

To join the team or get more information, go to

Teacher preparation CBEST workshops launch

UPDATE: Santa Maria campus added as test prep site; instructors announced.

Brandman University is piloting a CBEST workshop to support future teachers.

As the demand for credentialed teachers grows, school districts say the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is a stumbling block for some individuals trying to enter the education field.  Brandman partnered with Princeton Review to create a hands-on resource to help students master the CBEST.  The result is the Crack the CBEST workshop presented by the Princeton Review, creators of the test preparation guide of the same name.

Topics covered:
•Critical Analysis and Evaluation
•Comprehension and Research Skills
•Estimation, Measurement, and Statistical Principles
•Computation and Problem Solving
•Numerical and Graphic Relationships
•Essay Organization
•Test Taking Strategies
•Continuing Your Prep 

The $99 course gives participants three hours of expert instruction, test-taking tips, practice tests and the “Cracking the CBEST” test preparation book.  The first workshop will be held April 1 from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Irvine campus and linked virtually via Telepresence to the Roseville and San Diego campuses. Heidi Torres, a master tutor with Princeton Review, will lead the class. She holds a multiple subject teaching credential and has been a Princeton Review teacher and tutor since 2009. She co-wrote the third edition of “Cracking the CBEST.”

The Santa Maria campus will host a workshop on April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. The instructor will be Rob Seitelman, director of Educational Partnerships with Princeton Review with single subject teaching certification in English, social science and drama.

The Modesto campus will also host a workshop on April 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.

For more information and to RSVP for any of the campus locations, go to

Immigration lawyer speaking at SHRM student chapter event

Sean Oldender

Sean Olender, immigration and employment lawyer

Immigration law is a hot topic in the media and among many business organizations. To help human resource professionals Brandman’s SHRM student chapter is hosting a discussion and Q&A with guest speaker Sean Olender, an immigration and employment lawyer. At 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, Olender will discuss “From Chaos to Calm in HR: Today’s immigration policies and the impact on organizations” at Brandman’s San Diego campus and virtually via Adobe Connect.

Associate professor, Kath Bates, Ph.D. will also give participants a glimpse into Brandman’s newly designed Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHR) program. More information is available at the registration links: RSVP for virtual attendance or RSVP for in-person attendance in San Diego.

Early childhood education students ‘play to practice’

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Students from both Brandman University’s Modesto campus and Merced College, a community college in Merced, California, got together recently to experience play from a child’s perspective. Early childhood education (ECE) faculty member Julianne Zvalo-Martyn led the 24 students through a   “Play to Practice” workshop to help students understand the vital role that play has in learning and development.

“Attendees shared their insight and strategies about the barriers they experience and how to remove or mitigate boundaries around directed play,” said Zvalo-Martyn.

Whidbey Island campus celebrates with Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Banquet

Brandman staff members in the back row (Michael Goodnow, Kathy Bash, Susanna Hedrick, Mary Ellen Schief and Carlos Alamo) were joined by other members of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce (front row) at their table.

Staff members from Whidbey Island campus used the annual Oak Harbor Chamber Of Commerce Banquet to kick off their efforts to make the campus more visible in the community. And they did it with style by winning the contest for the best table decorations based on the evening’s “Vegas Baby!” theme.

Under the direction of Michael Goodnow, manager of Corporate and Community Relations for the campus, the entire staff banded together to create a Luxor Hotel theme to match the “pyramids” in the Brandman logo.

Navy operations officer, Brandman undergraduate featured in hometown paper

Christopher Twitty

Christopher Twitty

Christopher Twitty, an undergraduate studying majoring in social sciences at Brandman University, is featured in an article in the Stanwood Camano News, covering the Stanwood and Camano Island areas of Washington state. Twitty started taking online courses at Brandman in 2009 and plans to graduate in August.

“The professors do a great job of laying out the class.They are always responsive and helpful,” he’s quoted as saying.

The complete story is available here:  Looking to the future: Navy operations officer is earning a college degree. Sailor considers teaching after retiring from the Navy

Human resources degree programs earn 5-year certification from SHRM

SHRMBrandman University’s degree programs for human resources received a five-year recertification from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), announced Kath Bates, associate professor of human resources and organizational leadership in the School of Business and Professional Studies. The certified programs are the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) with a human resources emphasis, the MBA with human resources emphasis and the newly revamped Master of Science in Human Resources (M.S. HR). [Read more…]

Palm Desert Education Expo leads off series of hiring events

Education Expo Palm Desert

The Palm Desert Education Expo was held Feb. 9. Other campuses are holding education hiring events Feb. 25 and in March. More information about Education Expos at other campus is available here.

The Palm Desert campus held their second annual Education Expo, making use of their new classroom and office facility. School districts from both the Coachella Valley and High Desert areas sent representatives to meet the more than 50 people who came seeking information about education careers at the Feb. 9 evening event.

Annica Meza Dawe, Community and Corporate Relations manager for the campus, said that district representatives commented on the quality and preparedness of the applicants, many of whom were Brandman students or graduates. A mental health facility and Imagine Charter School also sent representatives to the event in the hopes of finding strong job applicants.

Dawe said the campus is considering adding a job expo in later this year to provide career opportunities for Brandman’s high- caliber students and to meet the needs of local organizations outside the education field.

Palm Desert Education Expo

School districts met potential employees at the Brandman Palm Desert campus event on Feb. 9.

Striving to meet wellness goals with information, fun

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Brandman’s first onsite biometric screening was a success, reported Wellness Committee member Michael Ngo. About 140 employees from Brandman University’s central administration and Irvine campus participated.

A follow-up event “Know Your Biometric Numbers” open to both those who opted for the biometric screening and those who didn’t will help explain the meaning behind the blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index numbers provided confidentially during the screening.  The Wellness Committee will provide additional information but the March 8 event, which will be streamed to include all campuses but registration is available now at

Feedback from both participants and vendors was very positive, said Ngo. Other members of the committee are Heather Dilmagani, Lorean Davis-Burns, Kelly Rico, Shannon Feightner, Massiel Perez, Lee Porteneuve, Ron Miranda, Edward De La Torre, Kerri Melnikoff, Meghan Li and Jessica Trader.

“Our employees enjoyed that they had a nurse readily available to them that made simple suggestions on improving their numbers without being invasive,” said Ngo, stressing that information about individuals collected at the event is not being shared with the university. Even more popular than the screen were the free massages provided by Infinite Massage.

Business Society to hear Barry Lieberman on Feb. 25

Barry Lieberman

Barry Lieberman

Entrepreneur Barry Lieberman will discuss “Entrepreneurship and Funding” at the Saturday, Feb. 25, meeting of the Brandman Business Society. The virtual meeting begins at 11 a.m. For instructions on how to be included, contact Assistant Professor Deborah Ferber at

Lieberman has 35 years of experience bringing technology organizations to new markets and improving sales a customer retention.

Currently the president of Beatshare, a startup bringing multimedia content to messaging systems. Other ventures included Advantage Plus Marketing Group, Avenet Computer and a variety of interim executive roles.

Lieberman is on the board of the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship at Chapman University and an active member of the Orange County Angel investor community.

Brandman partners with San Luis Obispo to create teaching credential cohorts

San Luis Obispo County residents will be able to earn teaching credentials thanks to a partnership between the county Office of Education and Brandman University’s Santa Maria campus. Classes will be taught at the Office of Education, 3350 Education Drive, San Luis Obispo, by faculty members from the university.  Classes begin on March 6 (Spring II session) and May 1 (Summer I) with a significant scholarship available.

“This is an opportunity for the working professional, interested in earning a teaching credential, to do so through this nontraditional program setting,” said Dr. James J. Brescia, county superintendent of schools.  [Read more…]

Education Expos scheduled at Brandman campuses

Every table was busy at the Visalia Education Expo

Every table was busy at the Visalia Education Expo in 2016.

Seven Brandman University campuses will host education-hiring events this month. Brandman is partnering with school districts statewide to connect job seekers with full-time, part-time and substitute teaching positions.

The first event is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Palm Desert campus. More information can be found at

Eight other campuses – Fairfield, Hanford/Visalia, Irvine, Menifee, Monterey, Ontario, Walnut Creek and Yuba City – will host Education Expos on Saturday, Feb. 25.  The Modesto campus event is Thursday, March 2. Brandman representatives will also be at education-hiring events at county education offices in Santa Cruz and Placerville on Saturday, March 11. For more information, specific locations and times, go to or

Those attending the Education Expos can also learn about the university’s teaching credential programs and graduate-level programs for those interested in administrative positions. Job seekers should come prepared for interviews and networking opportunities.

Similar events last year connected more than 500 people with career opportunities at 125 schools and school districts.

The California Teachers Association estimates that the state will need 106,000 teachers in the next 10 years to meet the demands of growing school districts and to replace the many teachers reaching retirement age.