»Armen Sarkisian

Associate Director of Admission
sarkisia@chapman.edu  

Biography in Brief

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Armen graduated from Chapman in 2006 with a degree in business administration from Chapman’s Argyros School of Business and Economics. After two years of working in Admissions at Chapman, Armen decided to return to the Argyros School to earn his Masters in Business Administration completing his degree in 2010. As an undergraduate student Armen played lacrosse all four years and served as team captain his senior year. He was also an active member of Greek life during his time as a student. While pursuing his undergraduate degree he coached youth soccer and lacrosse teams as well as worked at Wells Fargo Bank. Currently, he is an advisor for the men’s lacrosse team and the women’s lacrosse team at Chapman. 

Advice from Armen

I think that it is absolutely imperative for students to get as involved with their community as possible. However, this is not to pad the resume. Sure it looks great to have leadership roles listed on your college applications/resumes and we DO value these greatly in our decision process but the life experience that you generate from your involvement is where the absolute value resides. Involvement in your community will shape the character of your life more than you would ever imagine. Service and involvement will continually enrich your life and that of those around you.

I also highly recommend going with soft tacos, chips and gauc (to share of course) and an Arnold Palmer (Ice Tea and Lemonade) the next time you find yourself at Chipotle.

Favorite spot on campus

This changes on a seasonal basis but overall I’d have to say the entire Lastinger Athletics Complex. I never had the opportunity to enjoy these facilities as a student athlete but I’m certainly reaping the benefits now as a fan. There is something truly special about NCAA Division III and club athletics. The Lastinger Complex is a beautiful home for panther student athletes and fans. The passion for sports is never forgotten, the competitive spirit can thrive, the value of teamwork is instilled, and leadership is earned. Although, I’m a die-hard Chapman lax fan so perhaps my perspective is biased. 

Best admission memory

I have now seen four years of applicants make it through to graduation and I almost feel like a proud parent. I’m incredibly thankful to be in a position to make a positive impact on the lives of young people while enriching the Chapman community, a community I have come to call home. The long road trips, extensive application reading, and late night admission committee meetings are all more than worth it!  

Best Chapman memory

I hate to go jock here but I have to. My entire Chapman experience has helped shape me into the man I am today but playing for the Men’s Lacrosse team iced the cake. Traveling with the team was always a blast but one trip in particular really brought things full circle for me. My Senior year we traveled to Florida to play University of Florida, Florida State, and University of Central Florida. This was my last trip as a player that I would make and in fact the final game was also the final game of our season and my career as we did not make the playoffs. The coaching staff took us to Wakulla Springs State Park for some back swamp gator watching and lake swimming (yes these bodies of waters were connected and we saw 15 ft. gators! Can we say sketchy?). Anyway, in the final game of the season and my career at UCF I happened to come down with a 103 degree temperature (this may or may not have had anything to do with Wakulla Springs) but it was the last game of my career and I had to give it a shot. Mid-way through the first quarter I realized that I was not going to make it much longer and it was about time to get my final goal and get off the field for good. Fortunately, I won the ensuing face-off, ran down the field, shot, saw the back of the net shake, and got off the field only to ask my coach if my little brother (a freshman at the time) could take my spot. He responded “I was going to do that regardless”. Best part was that as soon as my brother stepped on the field, he scored his first collegiate goal. In a moment where I couldn’t feel any worse physically I couldn’t have been happier and more proud of my brother, my lacrosse team, and Chapman University.

Fast Facts

Three Words to Describe Yourself: Resilient, Competitive, and Honest

Favorite Subject: Economics

Role Model: My Uncle

Favorite Musical Performer/Band/Composer: Zac Brown and The Rolling Stones

Most Prized Possession: My grandmother’s travel journal

Favorite Summer Activity: Golf or boating

Book You Would Read Again: Lonesome Dove – By Larry McMurtry (love Western fiction) or The Alchemist – By Paulo Coelho (love to dream)

Best Movie of All Time: The Shawshank Redemption or Tombstone

Favorite Quote (and by whom): “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Dream Job: General Manager of the Denver Broncos

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