Dr. Helen Eckmann from the Irvine faculty presented to hundreds of attendees at the International Association of Plastics Distributors annual meeting in Chicago recently. Her presentation “Building a Better Workplace: Understanding Gender Roles” was co-authored by Alison Jones, Global Director of Supply Chain Operations for the Delphi Corporation.
The Ontario campus held professional development sessions with Adjunct faculty during their annual fall meeting. The sessions were led by Ontario faculty members Dr. Jalin Johnson, Dr. Christopher Deulen, Dr. Nicole Schneider, Dr. Raymond Hurst, and Campus Director Patrick Pierson. Topics included use of technology and innovation in the classroom, the BU Center for Instructional Innovation offerings, BU’s Online Writing and Math Center resources for students, ADA and 504 compliance efforts/awareness, community partnership opportunities and competency-based education.
Brandman University was a major sponsor of the Quality Start OC Early Childhood Education Conference, held in Anaheim last month. This year the theme was Inclusive Practices, also sponsored by a number of agencies including OCDE, CSUF, Help Me Grow OC, OC Head Start and Social Services of Orange County. Brandman School of Education faculty member Dr. Faith Polk, served on the planning committee and presented workshops. Dr. Sue Yockelson also presented workshops to the more than 500 attendees – educators and administrators from across Southern California.
The Riverside County Office of Education’s Center for Teacher Innovation hosted a collaborative meeting at Brandman’s Ontario campus. About 75 participants attended from local school districts and universities. Prasad Ram, CEO for Google’s Gooru, discussed his company’s support of educational technology endeavors in local districts. Kati Croy from CTC provided key updates from the Commission. Attendees had opportunities to work in collaborative groups discussing how changes to induction assessment were related to teacher preparation, Common Core, and English Language learners. Dr. Lynn Larsen and Dr. Kimberly Greene were in attendance, networking with key leaders in the region and establishing contact with Gooru. “Many thanks to Dr. Raymond Hurst and Patrick Pierson from the Ontario campus for hosting this wonderful meeting,” Dr. Larsen said.
On Veterans Day Brandman also launched an online fundraising campaign for the Bryan A. Fazio Scholarship with the goal of raising $10,000. Brandman Chancellor Gary Brahm challenged faculty and staff to participate in the social media campaign announcing the fundraiser, pledging a $2.00 donation for every like, comment and share; his cash contribution to the scholarship totaled $2,000 based on social media activity. To-date the online effort has raised $2,725 and will continue through the holiday season.
“I was thrilled by the showing of social media support by faculty and staff in this endeavor,” Chancellor Brahm said. “Bryan continues to inspire us at Brandman and this was a very meaningful way to salute the many veterans who are part of the Brandman family.”
“I am passionate about continuing to be an active member of the Brandman community and advocate for fellow veterans. I hope my story continues to provide hope and strength for fellow disabled veterans, and others facing terminal cancer. I am so very honored by the scholarship Brandman created and my mother and I are both personally involved in selecting the recipients,” said Bryan Fazio.
Dr. Laurie Dodge, Vice Chancellor of Institutional Assessment and Planning is serving as co-chair of The Competency-Based Education Network (CBEN), a Lumina-funded consortium supporting colleges and universities moving forward with CBE learning models among 18 member institutions, including Brandman University. The network has seen growing interest in competency-based education in the year since it launched – from Congress, the Education Department and individual universities, and continues to grow. Dr. Dodge says expanding the network now “will make our work even stronger and continue to inform the field.”
Staff and friends from the Fairfield campus represented Brandman University on Thanksgiving morning at the Solano Turkey Trot 5K, an event sponsored by Solano Hearts United, a collaboration of four non-profit organizations who have joined together to raise awareness and support for children, adults and seniors in Solano County.
The Brandman Business Society hosted a special event at the Irvine campus and Associate Dean Cathy Margolin greeted the more than 20 guests. The keynote speaker, Ginger Silverman, currently President of Golden Communications, developed her own successful consulting business Aha! Unlimited Consulting, Inc. Ginger also teaches the Capstone business class at Brandman for BBA’s and MBA’s. Her presentation was focused on how to establish a successful consulting practice.
The new Roseville campus opened for business and earlier this week, staff and faculty gathered with community leaders to celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony and holiday mixer. Among the guests who attended were representatives from the Roseville Chamber of Commerce and members of the Roseville City Council. “We are really enjoying this new location with much easier access to major freeways and better visibility for Brandman,” said Campus Director Kimberly Pellow.