»Volunteer Opportunities

Chapman’s campus is always buzzing with activities and events! Volunteering your time at Chapman events is a great way to get involved on campus and support your alma mater. Check back throughout the year and keep an eye out in the alumni e-newsletter for opportunities to volunteer at special events on campus. 

If you’re interested in volunteering your time at Chapman events, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (714) 997-6681 or via e-mail.

Showcase your pride by displaying your Chapman degree in your home or office, your alumni license plate on your car, or even sport a Chapman t-shirt at events. Share your campus experiences with current students, attend an upcoming event, or sign up to be an alumni volunteer! 

+-Event and Program Volunteer Opportunities

Senior Week
April 21 - 27, 2014
Senior Week is the opportunity for Chapman seniors to get together one last time before graduation. University Program Board (UPB) is looking for alumni to volunteer their time to both help at events and meet some of the 2014 class of alumni. Past events include Dave & Busters, Angel's games, Taco Night, and an off campus formal.
Contact: Jordan Olson, UPB Director of Special Events and Traditions

Spring Sizzle
April 23, 2014 
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Spring Sizzle is the annual carnival that brings students together for free food, entertainment, and performances. University Program Board (UPB) is looking for alumni to volunteer their time to help at the event.
Contact: Jordan Olson, UPB Director of Special Events and Traditions

Midnight Breakfast
May and December
Midnight Breakfast is one of Chapman’s most beloved traditions. UPB is looking for alumni to volunteer their time at this annual event.
Contact: Jordan Olson, UPB director of special events and traditions

Senior Convocation
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Join us at one of Chapman’s newest traditions to congratulate and distribute medals to graduating seniors.
Contact: Office of Alumni Relations

Commencement
May 23 – 24, 2014
Congratulate and distribute goody bags to the newest members of our alumni family as they cross the stage.
Contact: Office of Alumni Relations

Welcome Receptions
Summer 2014
Join us in welcoming the incoming Class of 2018 at our Summer Welcome Receptions across the country from Boston to Hawaii. We are looking to alumni to share Chapman stories, perspectives and advice with incoming freshmen from your home area and their families.
Contact: Parent Relations Office

Homecoming
October 10 - 12, 2014
We've got a great weekend planned for you, packed with fun events for you to reconnect with old friends and make new ones, too! Join us in welcoming alumni back to Chapman and more!
Contact: Office of Alumni Relations

Chapman Day of Service
Chapman alumni, faculty, family members, staff, and students were all invited to engage in service together at a variety of public service agencies in the Orange County community. With three different time shifts for service available throughout the day to make the event accessible to all, participants spend 2.5 hours working with agencies across 25 miles to address immediate community needs.  
Contact: Justin Koppelman, assistant director, student civic engagement

Big Orange Book Festival
This large-scale event will feature free talks and panels by acclaimed authors and literary figures from Orange County, Southern California and around the world, as well as festival booths throughout the campus showcasing new and classic books and book-related merchandise. We're looking for alumni authors, writers and storytellers to participate in the event.
Contact: Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications

TEDx
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. We're looking for alumni to participate in TEDTalks video and be live speakers for our well-known event. 
Contact: Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications

+-Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

President’s Volunteer Service Award
Alumni are eligible for different levels of presidential recognition if they have performed 100+, 175+, or 250+ hours of community service within a 12 month timeframe. Awards are provided based on the qualities of the person nominated for the award.
Contact: Justin Koppelman, assistant director, student civic engagement

Alumni Guest and Event Bloggers
We’re looking for alumni contributors to the Chapman Alumni Blog. Blogs topics can range from career advice, alumni spotlight stories, event reporting after attending a Chapman event and more. 
Contact: Hallie Nicholson, manager of constituent communications

Alumni Social Media Ambassador
We’re looking for alumni to regularly check social media pages: Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin and respond to alumni comments and questions or make suggestions of content to post regularly on social media.  
Contact: Hallie Nicholson, manager of constituent communications

Diversity & Equity Initiatives Student Groups and Organizations
Connect with students and become a panelist, speaker, mentor and/or advisor for student groups and organizations such as American Sign Language Club, Black Student Union, Chapman Feminists, Disability Alliance of Chapman, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.), Queer Straight Alliance (formerly known as GLBA), and more.
Contact: Erin Pullin, assistant director, diversity & equity initiatives 

Chapman's Greatest Traditions
The University Program Board (UPB) is looking to bring back treasured Chapman traditions and needs alumni to help identify traditions from the past decades. If there are any traditions or events you enjoyed during your time at Chapman that you would like to see brought back, contact Jordan Olson.
Contact: Jordan Olson, UPB director of special events and traditions

Panther Pride
UPB is looking for alumni who are interested in sharing and helping create ideas to promote Panther Pride at Chapman, and especially at athletic events.
Contact: Jordan Olson, UPB director of special events and traditions

Panther Nights
Hosted by UPB, Panther Nights brings students together for some fun every Friday evening. UPB is looking for alumni to share their talents, their short films for movie nights and much more for this weekly event.
Contact: Kristen Pedley, UPB Panther Nights director 

+-Career Services and Mentorship Volunteer Opportunities

Think Chapman First!

Think Chapman First! is a referral program designed to encourage Chapman University alumni, family, and friends to consider CU graduates and students when hiring for internships or jobs.  If you or your company is looking for bright talent to fill roles within the organization, look no further than our outstanding Chapman alumni and students. 

If you are interested in receiving applicants and candidates from Chapman University, submit your internship or career opportunity by filling out this form 

Alumni Speakers for Desserts and Dialogue

Dessert & Dialogues are conversations led by alumni from different professional industries. These take place in the evening to facilitate our speakers’ schedules. The Dessert & Dialogues encourage connections and networking and consist of 1-3 alumni speakers, who visit with a number of students over dessert and coffee in a roundtable setting. If you are interested in participating in a Dessert and Dialogue, contact Eric Deovlet, manager of career and industry, at (714) 744-7090 or via e-mail.

Alumni Speakers for Career Lounge Events

A Career Lounge is an informational career fair, where alumni mentors have a table or section of the student lounge. Students can visit professionals as they circulate around the room. These events are held numerous times per year to provide students with the opportunity to “pick the brains” of the professionals and executives presented at the Career Lounge in a casual setting. If you are interested in participating in a Career Lounge, contact Eric Deovlet, manager of career and industry, at (714) 744-7090 or via e-mail.

Chapman Chats: Student and Young Alumni Perspectives

Interested in coming back to campus to interact with and mentor current students? Chapman Chats gives students and alumni the chance to interact and develop relationships in an informal setting where alumni will share their experiences and offer advice to students. For more information contact Jessica Price ’11 at (714) 628-2777 or pricej@chapman.edu.

+-Host an Event

Host a Chappy Hour in Your Region

On the third Thursday of every other month, Chapman grads across the country get together for happy hour, networking and of course, fun!  The primary goal of Chappy Hour is to build a stronger Chapman network across the country. Relationships made at Chappy Hour have resulted in new friendships, job opportunities, and the recruitment of passionate alumni to reinvigorate their connection with Chapman. Visit the Activities and Events page for a schedule and complete listing of locations.

Chappy Hours are currently hosted in the following cities/regions: Orange County, San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, Washington D.C. and Denver.  If you’re interested in becoming a regional ambassador and hosting a Chappy Hour in your area, contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

Alumni Host, Speakers and Mentors for Welcome Receptions

Chapman families across the nation, from Boston to Hawaii are opening their homes this summer to host Welcome Receptions for new students and their families. These events provide a chance for incoming students to get to know their fellow classmates before beginning their lifelong journey as members of the Chapman community. Welcome Receptions are also a great opportunity for parents to meet members of the Chapman community including alumni, current students, incoming students, families, and Chapman staff, who are all ready to welcome them to the Chapman Family!

If you’re interested in hosting or attending a Welcome Reception in your area, contact the Office of Parent Programs at (714) 997-6558 or via e-mail.  

Host a Regional Event

The Office of Alumni Relations plans events throughout the country every year and we welcome the help of our alumni. You can host an alumni event by selecting a date, make arrangements with the venue or open your home or business to the event, and serve as our point person at the event. Alumni Relations will take care of the website and email communications, collect RSVPS, and send a package to the host with nametags, sign in sheets and giveaways. For more information about hosting a regional event, contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

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