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…]
The second of three baseball Alumni association events brought 25 people to the Padres vs. Giants game Sunday afternoon in San Diego. The porch location at the Petco Park gave them a perfect place to watch the Padres win, 7-1. A raffle of Padres jerseys, a fedora and a 4-pack of tickets for a 2017 Padres game raised $125 for the Alumni Scholarship fund. Aretha Southwell was the winner of the ticket package grand prize.
Alumni who are Angels fans will get a chance to cheer their team in September. Check for tickets here.
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…]
Kelly Huffman (MBA, Organizational Leadership, 2016) has joined Freed Associates, a California-based health care consultancy. Prior to joining Freed Associates, Huffman worked for Molina Healthcare where she led customer and employee satisfaction projects and public relations efforts. Her new role will draw on her expertise in project management for new implementations and information technology systems, organizational design, communications and public relations and program development, according to Freed Associates.
Alida Stanowicz (Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, 2017) starts her new position in August as vice president of Leadership, Learning and Development for CIT Bank, the parent company of OneWest Bank where she’s currently the Relationship Center manager. “I know that I would not be here if it had not been for Brandman, earning my Ed.D. and having such amazing people in my corner.”
Richard Mayorga (B.A. in Applied Studies, 2017) finished his deployment in May to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was promoted to sergeant in the U.S. Army while serving as a military police officer. He’s currently seeking a job with the Long Beach Police Department. He noted that if it wasn’t for the guidance and support of Miguel Aranda and Amy Myrick of the Menifee campus, he doubts he would have been able to finish his bachelor’s degree as planned. “I want to give them a huge thanks for constantly motivating and encouraging me through a tough time of getting ready to deploy. From the moment I met them in summer 2015, I told them I was deploying in summer 2015 and they quickly worked to help me get all the documentation in time to continue. If it wasn’t for them caring for me and checking on me … I wouldn’t have completed my bachelor’s.” [Read more…]
Brandman University’s Alumni Association has tickets available for the Sunday, July 16, 1:40 p.m. Padres game at Petco Park. It’s the second in a series of ballgame outings organized by the Alumni Association this summer.
The Dodgers game on June 24 sold out in 40 minutes. The lucky attendees saw the Dodgers win, 4-0, against the Colorado Rockies.
For the Padres game, the Alumni Association provides terrace seating, food and nonalcoholic beverages. They also host a baseball memorabilia raffle that supports the Alumni Scholarship fund.
Tickets to the Padres game are $30 and available here.
Questions should be directed to Shannon Cimino, manager of Alumni Relations.
Francisco Vazquez, who earned his B.A. in social science from Brandman University and worked as a One Stop specialist at the Riverside campus, recently surprised that campus by arranging for a flag to be flown over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and sent to the campus. The flags arrived on Flag Day, much to the delight of Kristin Plapis, Riverside campus director. [Read more…]
Keith Freeman took his passion for health care and helping people and turned it into a successful consulting business with what he learned while earning his MBA from Brandman University. Freeman has a storied career holding many positions including director of business development, branch manager at a nurse staffing agency and top turnaround specialist for mergers and acquisitions. He came to Brandman to earn an MBA and a graduate certificate in organizational leadership in 2015 after launching his own business in 2010. [Read more…]
Deb Ferber, assistant professor in the School of Business and Professional Studies, connected alumni and current students to the advantages and challenges of being entrepreneurs through a webinar sponsored by Career Services and Alumni Relations.
Ferber, who works with entrepreneurs both in her classes and through her venture capital work with Tech Coast Angels, offered advice on getting started, legal requirements, what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how to overcome some of. the challenges of finding funding and staying in business.
For those who missed the free event, the recording of the webinar is available through this Adobe Connect link.
For the second year in a row, Brandman alumnus Adam Coughran made the Center Club in Costa Mesa available to Brandman alumni, faculty and staff for the Summer Social. Among those attending were Chancellor Gary Brahm and other members of the senior staff.
“We were very pleased with the turnout,” said Shannon Feightner, manager of Alumni Relations, who coordinated the event. Upcoming alumni-oriented events include the Entrepreneurship 101 webinar on June 15 and the Beyond Brandman Career Exploration event on June 24, showcasing the transformational change projects at the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) immersion. More information is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond Brandman: News of our alumni
Maribel Lopez long dreamed of earning her Bachelor of Arts, Legal Studies. This year, she earned it and the right to give the undergraduate commencement address at the Southern Commencement for the School of Arts ad Sciences and Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions. According to Terry Hadfield, her academic advisor at the Irvine campus, Lopez aced every class and exceeded course expectations every session while staying on track with her work and family commitments. Here’s what she prepared to deliver Sunday, May 21.
Good evening honored guests, family, friends and the graduating Class of 2017. Thank you to all of you who came out to support our graduating class today.
Class of 2017, you have probably been congratulated a thousand times already today. But we have worked pretty hard to get here, so one more time couldn’t hurt.
Congratulations. We did it. [Read more…]