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What’s on your desk? Alan Dumke

September 01, 2015
Alan Dumke

Alan Dumke, senior academic advisor at the Ontario campus with on of the symbolic imagery projects gifted to him.

The 'You Say It's Your Birthday' gerbill.

The “They Say It’s Your Birthday” gerbil.

Alan Dumke has a plant in his office that is older than some Brandman University students. Since 1989, it has followed him from Brandman sites at Norton Air Force Base, Twenty-nine Palms, Moreno Valley and finally Ontario, where he has an entire office to decorate as senior academic advisor. Joining the hardy plant on the overflowing bookshelves are gifts of “symbolic imagery” created by students he’s gotten into English 104 classes (“I think it’s their way of getting me back,” he said with sly smile), photos of his family (his granddaughter, Parker, gets top billing), various beanie babies and a singing gerbil he brings out for staff and faculty birthday celebrations.

Tucked away on his desk, but quickly mentioned by others at the Ontario campus, is his C.A.F.E. award, given this spring for his integrity. Dumke’s nominators said he was “never too busy to stop and listen” and “in this crazy work, with many people wanting only for themselves, to work with a person like Alan allows a hope that mankind is going to be alright.”

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