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February 01, 2019

Book Fair helps support teachers

To celebrate reading, the Monterey campus partnered with Old Monterey Book Store Company for a book fair. The Old Monterey Bookstore donated a large quantity of gently used art, kids, history, cook, and many more books to Brandman University. All the books were presented to the community, Monterey Brandman University students, staff, and faculties. All the donations collected from the book fair event were donated back to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD) to support teachers for school supply use.  The Monterey campus dedicated their time and efforts to promote local school districts. The Brandman University Monterey campus understands the importance of supporting future educators. (Submitted by Seble Ayalew, Monterey campus director) 

Active shooter training in Monterey

On Friday, Jan. 18, the Monterey campus hosted active shooter training for staff and faculties.  The training conducted by Monterey Police Sgt. Jeremiah Ruttschow and Brandman University alumni.  The exercise highlighted faculty and staff how to be prepared in times of chaos and unpredictability occurs. The training helps to enhances preparedness through a whole community strategy method by providing products, tools, and resources to support the staff and faculties prepared for and respond to an active shooter event.  (Submitted by Seble Ayalew, Monterey campus director) 

Helping the homeless

Deputy Bronson Graham, a deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and a B.A. in Organizational Leadership student at the Menifee campus, reached out to the campus to collect toiletries, snacks, socks and other items to be given to homeless people he encounters.

“I am the Homeless Outreach liaison for the Hemet and San Jacinto Stations. Part of my duties are to identify and meet with the homeless in my jurisdiction and see what resources the county of Riverside can provide them,” said Graham. “Some of these outreaches involve housing the homeless and some involve giving the transient population toiletry bags containing soaps, lotions, toothbrushes, water bottles, and food.  Sometimes we can provide immediate resources and others take time to coordinate.  Homeless looking for housing is completely voluntary and waivers are signed by each individual transient, on a case by case basis.” 

Students and staff at the campus donated a variety of items. 

“We are so proud of him, both as a student and for his work with the homeless,” said Amy Myrick, assistant director for One Global Southern Region based at the Menifee campus. (Submitted by Amy Myrick, Outreach)

Menifee fills record number of deployment boxes

Myrick Parker-Drumwright
Amy Myrick (left) and Tori Parker-Drumwright with a few of the 40 deployment boxes prepared by the Menifee campus.                    

Each year since 2016, staff members and students at the Menifee campus prepare deployment boxes for military personnel stationed or about to be stationed away from home for the holidays. This year a record 40 boxes were prepared with help from students Tori Parker-Drumwright, Benz Teeranitayatarn and members of the Little Bit of Everything club, as well as Amy Myrick, assistant director of Global One Stop for Brandman's Southern California campuses, and Miguel Aranda, campus director at Menifee.

Myrick first introduced the idea when she learned that members of her son's military unit weren't getting letters and packages from home. The boxes prepared at Menifee included toiletries, snacks, handwritten notes, socks and at least one fun item such as a Nerf football, Silly Putty or a game to help pass the time.

Ontario campus celebrates Veterans Day, launches canned food drive

The Ontario campus celebrated Veterans Day with drinks, cookies and popcorn. Among those greeting veterans and other students at the campus were Martha Stephanie Herrera, a new One Stop specialist, and Cody Belcher, the VA student worker and a veteran.

Ontario events

The Ontario campus also launched its annual Fall Can Drive. Donations help families in the Ontario area and will be accepted until Dec. 1. 

Monterey earns National Military Test Center honors for 2017-18

For the fifth consecutive year, the Monterey campus is a Top 25 Military Test Center for the College Boards' College Level Examination Program, known as CLEP. The Monterey campus serves the soldiers stationed at the Presidio of Monterey, many of whom are completing their degrees at the Defense Language Institute, as well as the greater Monterey area.

College Board honors its Top 25 CLEP test centers for maintaining the overall testing process in a professional manner.

Victorville campus director highlights High Desert Education Consortium

Victorville Chamber eventSusanne Eisenhart, Victorville campus director, and her colleagues from the High Desert Education Consortium (HDEC) highlighted consortium’s work at the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting. The HDEC is a partnership of universities, colleges and local businesses interested in promoting higher education in the Victor Valley. HDEC’s mission is helping graduates reach their career goals, while seeking economic development and improved productivity in the high desert. They also provide encouragement and support to the area’s K-12 educators. The event was attended by several local dignitaries including Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, 33rd District (pictured).

Professor brings her GIS roadshow to Modesto and Fairfield

Modesto Advisory BoardProfessor Sheila Steinberg, Ph.D., was the guest speaker this morning at the Third Annual Modesto Campus Business Advisory Board meeting. In attendance were two local financial institutions, a Brandman MBA alumnus and business consultant, Heinemann Publishing, and the city of Manteca. Steinberg talked about the Brandman programs emphasizing data analytics and GIS. The audience shared ideas and asked questions. The primary goal of Advisory Board meetings is to update the business community on what Brandman is doing to meet the rapidly changing needs within the business world and to solicit feedback from community and business leaders and city and state government leaders. Steinberg talks about technical solutions and options that everyone could understand and relate to their own business challenges.
"I was so impressed with the innovation and energy of the Brandman University Modesto campus and their Business Advisory Board and Richard Carnes and Elizabeth Fachana,” Steinberg said. “It was my pleasure to share about Brandman's great work in this area and to interact with local community members who see the economic and community development strengths that can come from using GIS in local businesses, governments and organizations.”

Fairfield GIS event

In Fairfield, Steinberg was joined by Linda Montenegro, campus director for Fairfield and Travis, at the regional GIS group of Solano County where she talked about Brandman’s new GIS programs and courses. Among those were representatives from the cities of Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista and Vallejo; Solano County’s GIS coordinator; and representatives from the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District, LAFCO, Solano Water Agency, Solano Irrigation District, Solano Transportation Authority and the Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control District.

Academic advisors from Roseville, Travis and Victorville attend national conference in Arizona

Academic advisorsAcademic advisors Courtney Crosta from Roseville, Meghan Thompson from Travis and Emily Dubay from Victorville, and Don Scot, Ed.D., director of Advising and Retention Services, spent Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 with 3,600 other academic advisors from around the nation at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference theme was “Life Stories: The Art of Academic Advising.” Dubay also presented “Advisor Burnout: Reviving the Academic Helper” to a standing room only session of 250 people as part of NACADA’s Adult Learning Commission, one of only three such sessions.

Menifee campus hosts Speed Networking event

Menifee Speed NetworkingStudents, alumni and community members gathered at the Menifee campus on July 23 for the Menifee Speed Networking event. The goal was to bring potential mentors and students together to learn more about each other.

Menifee Speed NetworkingMeeting with Brandman students, including 12 military students, were representatives from the city of Menifee, the U.S. Marine Corps, H.Y.P.E. (Helping Young Professionals Exceed), the Hemet Unified School District, the Murrieta and Wildomar Chamber of Commerce and Morrison McNabb.

The event was co-sponsored by Brandman Alumni and the Career Services Center. The goal, according to Katy Curameng, director of Career Services, was to provide students with insight into a variety of careers and the education needed to be successful and advance. The mentors described their own paths to success and offered encouragement and advice.

San Diego campus director nominated for leadership award

Phil ArnoldPhil Arnold, campus director for the San Diego campus, was among those honored in late June by the North San Diego Business Chamber for his contributions to leadership in the San Diego area. Arnold and other nominees were honored at a dinner on June 27 at the Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernado. 

State Senator Joel Anderson, County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar and Assemblyman Brian Maienschen also presented certificates of recognition honoring Arnold for his leadership in the community through his work at Brandman.

San Diego campus hosts pair of workshops for early childhood education policy makers, directors and providers

Spring was a busy time for workshops on Brandman’s San Diego campus. Suzanne Yockelson, Ph.D., associate professor of special education, conducted two different two-day trainings for early childhood policy makers, directors and providers.  

The first two-day session was in coordination with First-5, Help Me Grow, WestEd and the Department of Education to support the State Wide Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement System. People traveled from around the state to attend that training. The purpose for the training was to develop interagency systems for early identification, referral and support for young children who have disabilities and their families.   

The second training was localized to San Diego and was in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) who, together with First-5, provide services to at-risk infants and young children through a variety of programs. The second training was attended by home visitors through the AAP, YMCA Resource and Referral personnel, and the director and staff from the U.S. Navy new mother support program. Phil Arnold, campus director in San Diego welcomed the group to campus and joined in for a photo. Yockelson is at far right.

San Diego event

Capistrano Unified principals introduced to Brandman programs

CUSD appreciation

Dean Christine Zeppos talks about Brandman programs, achievements.

The Irvine campus and the School of Education treated 70 Capistrano Unified School District principals and administrators to lunch while taking the opportunity to introduce (or, in some cases, remind) the CUSD leaders about the benefits of a Brandman education and how it can help a school district face the challenges of the changing world of education. 

Irvine campus Director Melissa Reyes and Massiel Pérez-Calhoon, Ed.D., manager of Community and Corporate Relations, organized the program. School of Education Dean Christine Zeppos, Ed.D., talked about the long relationship between the School of Education and the school district, including work with Carl Hankey School on its international baccalaureate standing, as well as reviewing the full range of degree proggrams offered. 

Associate Dean Patricia White, Ed.D., shared university research on what organizations need when they hire educational leaders.

Capistrano Unified appreciation lunch

Pictured from left are Josh Hill, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for grades 6-12, K-8 and alternative education; David Stewart, executive director for professional development for CUSD; Brad Shearer, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction preschool through grade 5; Pérez-Calhoon; White; Reyes and Zeppos.

Uhazy family
The Uhazy family in front of the newly named Uhazy Hall of Health and Sciences at Antelope Valley College.


Antelope Valley campus helps celebrate Uhazy Hall naming

The Antelope Valley campus turned out in force to help the Uhazy family celebrate the dedication of the Uhazy Hall of Health and Sciences at Antelope Valley College, named for Leslie S. Uhazy, Ph.D., a member of the Brandman campus’s advisory board and husband of Jane Uhazy, assistant director for advising and retention at Brandman. 

The dedication recognized the microbiologist and dean’s lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, commitment to student success and dedication to the college and his community.

Uhazy Hall dedication

Pictured from Brandman are Mary Rockwell, an academic advisor; Beth Couch, faculty services specialist; Les and Jane Uhazy; Norma Contreras, Antelope Valley campus director; and Sandra Lopez-Magdaleno, campus clinical coordinator.

Brandman representatives participate in Citrus College Promise launch

Citrus College Promise
Citrus College Promise dedication.


Executive Vice Chancellor Tod Burnett, Ontario campus Director Patrick Pierson and Felix Kalinski Jr., account manager for the Ontario, Riverside, Menifee and Palm Desert campuses, participated in the kick-off program for Citrus College Promise, a two-year program for first-time students at the Glendora, California, designed to increase access to services and promote completion of educational goals. 

The program waives enrollment fees and other costs and provided an unlimited pass to use Foothill Transit buses. The college announced the program in late April. More Citrus College graduates increases the pool of potential Brandman students, said Kalinski. 

Citrus College Promise

Pictured are Pierson and Kalinski as they sign congratulatory messages to the college.

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