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When going to school is like a game of tennis

October 26, 2017 by Cindy O'Dell

Unless you’ve taken an organizational leadership class at Brandman and played tennis, the connection between the two might not be obvious.

Tennis champions
Kaellie Stone (sixth from left) helped her Vacaville, California, tennis team earn a national championship. She's a student in the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program at Brandman University.

It is to Kaellie Stone, who recently helped her Vacaville, California, tennis team take the U.S.T.A. National Championship for her age and ability group.

“Tennis ups my mental game and taught me more patience both at work and at school,” she said.

Stone, who took up tennis about two years ago and is about halfway done with earning her master’s degree in organizational leadership (MAOL), called the tennis win a huge team effort for the group of 10 women. In their final set of matches, they played a very competitive team from Florida, winning 3-2 thanks to a long tiebreaker that had them biting their nails.

Stone, who plays both singles and doubles in league play, played doubles at the national tournament. The team of women, ages 18 and over play, at the 3.0 level (middle-level amateurs).

Kaellie StoneIn her non-tennis life, Stone is a device support specialist for the Novocure, an oncology company specializing in medical devices for treating brain tumors. She works with patients to help them set up and use their devices.

“I always wanted to go back to school. Brandman had the degree and the courses I wanted to take,” she said. It also provided the personal touch she thought was missing from other online programs. That personal touch continued during her Fall 1 class with Associate Professor Helen Eckmann, Ed.D. The elective course focused on supply chains. “It was a struggle but a very good one. Dr. Eckmann is amazing.”

“Lifelong learning, that’s my big thing,” said Stone. “If you’re not learning, you’re going backward.”  

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