University of St. Augustine featured on NBC 6 in Miami

Good Day live in Austin

I had the pleasure of welcoming a news crew from FOX 7’s Good Day Austin to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences campus for these three live segments with faculty and students in celebration of National Physical Therapy Month.

Physical Therapy Professor Competes on American Ninja Warrior

A faculty member from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Dr. Todd Bourgeois, appeared on a local news show discussing his experience on the American Ninja Warrior program. Dr. Bourgeois has energized students, faculty and staff at the university through his appearance on the show; he’ll compete in the finals being held in Las Vegas later this summer. We’ll be rooting for you, Dr. Bourgeois!


Happy National Nurses Week!

May 6 kicked off National Nurses Week, an annual event highlighting the important role that nurses play in society. In celebration of National Nurses Day and the start of Nurses Week, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) President Dr. Divina Grossman was live on “Good Morning San Diego” discussing the rewarding career of nursing and the critical need for nurses. Dr. Grossman started her career as a nurse and served as a long-time nurse educator prior to becoming a leader in higher education and being appointed president and chief academic officer at USAHS. It was a pleasure to be at the KUSI studios for this live interview.


UOP on NBC Sacramento – Audiologists warn about hearing loss

Most teenagers listen to music with ear buds, but did you know there is a very real risk of permanent hearing loss from long periods of exposure to high volume? Experts from the audiology faculty at University of the Pacific have some recommendations.


OpEd Placement: UOP President on tax plan

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As Congress engages in drafting a series of changes to the tax code, I join the growing number of university leaders who have significant concerns about these proposals, because they would create insurmountable financial hurdles for college-going students and their families. Taxing higher education — an investment in our nation’s future strength — to pay for reductions in other areas of the federal budget is bad public policy that would threaten economic growth and educational opportunities for generations to come.

House Republicans passed a bill on Nov. 16 that will make it considerably more difficult for students to access a college education at private, not-for-profit institutions. The Senate Republican bill will likely follow suit with similar negative impacts. Tucked away in the fine print of the House tax reform bill is a tax on tuition reductions that universities provide to employees and graduate students, turning a valuable benefit into one that most will no longer be able to afford. In addition, both bills will tax endowment returns at private not-for-profit colleges, which will result in a significant reduction in scholarships and other financial aid, threatening access to higher education for low-income families.

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UOP on NBC Sacramento: Feature news story about music industry students

UOP on FOX 40: Cybersecurity expert give tips for Cyber Monday

UOP on NBC Sacramento: Thanksgiving for International Students

UOP on CBS Sacramento: Thanksgiving on campus

UOP on CW Sacramento: Water polo player is also academic star

ACP 2017 Convocation

I visited San Diego for this story about the ceremony inducting new Fellows.

Winter Fantasy at Sawdust in Laguna Beach

Winter Fantasy kicked off at the Sawdust festival grounds in Laguna Beach and I visited for this community news feature on Facebook.

What was in the Dana Point time capsule?

What was buried for 50 years in the time capsule at Dana Point Harbor? Watch my story to find out.

Front page feature story about 64-year-old graduate

tn-tn-dpt-me-0529-brandman-grad-2-jpg-20160528Reporter Alex Chan, who writes for the LA Times and Daily Pilot, visited the 2016 Southern California Commencement ceremony for Brandman University for this story and feature photos about a 64-year-old graduate who has had quite the journey:


CBS Los Angeles Feature on Graduation Speaker

CBS-LA feature on commencement speaker

It was a pleasure to work with reporter Laurie Perez on this feature for CBS News in Los Angeles. Laurie visited the Brandman University Southern California commencement ceremony because of a graduate from the Santa Maria campus. Monica Careyette went from rock bottom to college graduate, and shared her deeply personal story as the student speaker, with the compassionate judge who changed her life by her side. The single mom overcame addiction to thrive and turn her life around.

CA teacher shortage – live on Good Day Sacramento

New Year’s Resolutions Campaign for 2016

I partnered with Nielsen Media Research to conduct a Harris Poll (on behalf of Brandman University) regarding New Year resolutions for 2016. The survey results were shared with news media across the country via an online newsroom. News stories about the poll conducted for Brandman University ran on more than 200 television stations in the U.S., numerous radio stations and was even mentioned in newspapers such as the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, and the Sacramento Bee & Modesto Bee newspapers. I made live TV appearances on “Good Morning San Diego”, “Good Day Sacramento,” “Good Morning Arizona”, and was interviewed on radio talk shows including KOMO in Seattle, WCBS in New York City and KNX radio in Los Angeles.


National buzz about Brandman University

MyPath, Brandman’s new competency-based bachelor’s program where students earn a bachelor’s degree entirely on an iPad, made a lot of headlines this week. A story with CBS News reporter Chris Martinez, featuring an interview with Chancellor Gary Brahm and student Colin Grieg, landed on CBS This Morning and was aired on over 100 local CBS affiliates across the United States. In all, the story was seen by more than 10 million people. Below you’ll find clips from some of the markets where Brandman University operates in California, and Seattle.

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Labor of Love

I spent the morning on Labor Day this year with my friends at Good Day Sacramento for two live in-studio segments about the teacher shortage in California, and an exciting new program launching at Brandman University. Check out the clips below.




Live on Good Day: Tips for Job Seekers

It was a pleasure to be back on Good Day Sacramento discussing the Tri-County Job Fair and providing tips for viewers.

Kelly Craig visits WCU Miami

It was a pleasure to welcome NBC South Florida’s Kelly Craig to campus at West Coast University in Miami for this “look live” segment.

In-studio with David Aizer

It was a pleasure to sit down with with Dave Aizer for this in-studio interview on ‘Inside South Florida’ discussing the new BSN program at the new  West Coast University campus in Miami, careers in nursing and the WCU nursing simulation center.

People Magazine: Dr. Jennifer Arnold gives commencement address

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NBC-LA: Scooter Riding Pup Pays It Forward

Chiquita the Scoot Pooch

KTLA: Local Students Spread Joy and Stuffed Animals at Boyle Heights Hospital

It was a pleasure to work with KTLA on this story for American Career College.

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KTLA feature: Long Beach Teen Gets Second Chance

It was a pleasure to work with KTLA on this story about David Rodriguez, a 19-year-old who will be graduating from the Medical Assistant program at American Career College in Long Beach.

NBC 4 Los Angeles: Skateboarding pup finds new home

Skateboarding pup

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My column in Laguna Beach Indy: A Rescue Who Turns Heads

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By Joe Cockrell, Special to the Independent

I love dogs. I’ve had a canine companion for most of my adult life, including an Australian Shepard named Libby that I rescued five years ago. In 2012, I was recruited to move to Southern California from my native Iowa for a position in higher education. With such a big move, I thought it might be best for Libby to wait until I got settled into my new life in Orange County. After I was established with my new job and moved into a pet-approved apartment in Laguna Beach, I was ready to bring Libby out to join me in our new home. But, in an unexpected turn of events, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and Libby would become a vital distraction for her during the first few weeks of chemotherapy. My father had little doubt that the affectionate dog was making a huge difference in their lives, and suggested that they adopt Libby and keep her there permanently. “Libby is her rock. It’s amazing how that dog helps her through it,” he told me. Libby had a new purpose in life.

Photo by Nik Sarac Local resident Joe Cockrell discovered his rescue dog, Chiquita, prefers a scooter to taking long walks because of a birth defect.

Local resident Joe Cockrell discovered his rescue dog, Chiquita, prefers a scooter to taking long walks because of a birth defect. Photo by Nik Sarac.

Not long after, I saw the cutest video on a local newscast: a small dog who could ride a doggie scooter, made from an old skateboard. The adorable video clip made me instantly smile, but the pup was not on the news because of her unique talent. Somebody had abandoned the six-year-old Chihuahua mix in Los Angeles and she needed a new home. Scooter included.

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