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There's something for everyone at The Chapman Family Homecoming Celebration (September 30 - October 2, 2016). Check out the complete schedule of events below. Space is limited at many events so register today to make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun. 

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+ - Friday, September 30, 2016

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration and Check–In
Pick up your packet, event schedule, tickets, map and more to start the weekend off right!

10 – 11 a.m.
Interfaith Prayer Service
Bringing together community religious and spiritual leaders from throughout the region, this will be a service of blessing to mark President Struppa's Inauguration.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Center for American War Letters Archives
The Center for American War Letters (CAWL) is a unique and extensive manuscript collection of previously unpublished war letters from every American conflict, beginning with handwritten missives composed during the Revolutionary War and continuing up to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan. These personal war-related correspondences are a vital record of the collective memory of the American people, as witnessed and articulated by service members, veterans, and their loved ones, who experienced these wars firsthand. The archives reading room features banners and displays of selected letters and artifacts from the CAWL collection. The exhibit is free and open to the public and located in the lower level of the Leatherby Libraries.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
California's Gold Exhibit and Huell Howser Archives
The joy that the late TV legend Huell Howser shared with generations of Californians infuses a permanent exhibit sponsored by the Automobile Club of Southern California and housed in Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries. The exhibit includes images, texts, and artifacts that depict Howser’s career and legacy in California. The exhibit is free and open to the public and located in the lower level of the Leatherby Libraries.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The President’s Chapman Family Picnic
A festivity for the entire campus and community to enjoy.

2 – 3:30 p.m.
Live Stream of Formal Inauguration Ceremony
Please join us for a live streaming of the Inauguration of President Daniele C. Struppa as Chapman University’s 13th president, a historic and memorable occasion in University history.

6 – 8:30 p.m.
Homecoming Shabbat Dinner & Service
Join Chapman Hillel for an inspiring and uplifting Shabbat experience. Our student-led egalitarian services will be followed by a kosher dinner.
$36 per person; free for current Chapman students with ID. 

7 p.m.
Women's Volleyball vs. Whittier College

9 – 11 p.m.
Chapman's Got Talent
Dance and Music student organizations will perform for their fellow students and exhibit their school pride. At the end of the night, any student will be able to showcase their musical talent during an open mic session.

+ - Saturday, October 1, 2016

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration and Check–In
Pick up your packet, event schedule, tickets, map and more.

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Welcome Home Suite
Stop by throughout the weekend to rest your feet, charge your phone or tablet and learn more about Chapman. 

9 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.
Panther Pride Breakfast
Start Homecoming Weekend off right with complimentary fresh pastries, yogurt, fruit and penty of coffee.

9:15 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Alumni Legacy Wall Tribute and Reception
Join us as we recognize alumni who have become leaders on campus by giving to the Chapman Fund, which supports student scholarships. Catch up with friends and meet more members of the alumni community, enjoy light refreshments and snap a picture next to your name on the Alumni Legacy Wall.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Center for American War Letters Archives
The Center for American War Letters (CAWL) is a unique and extensive manuscript collection of previously unpublished war letters from every American conflict, beginning with handwritten missives composed during the Revolutionary War and continuing up to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan. These personal war-related correspondences are a vital record of the collective memory of the American people, as witnessed and articulated by service members, veterans, and their loved ones, who experienced these wars firsthand. The archives reading room features banners and displays of selected letters and artifacts from the CAWL collection. The exhibit is free and open to the public and located in the lower level of the Leatherby Libraries.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
California's Gold Exhibit and Huell Howser Archives
The joy that the late TV legend Huell Howser shared with generations of Californians infuses a permanent exhibit sponsored by the Automobile Club of Southern California and housed in Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries. The exhibit includes images, texts, and artifacts that depict Howser’s career and legacy in California. The exhibit is free and open to the public and located in the lower level of the Leatherby Libraries.

10 – 11 a.m.
Steel and Sunshine: A Tour of Chapman's Outdoor Sculpture Collection
Participants will be given a private tour of Chapman's Escalette Permanent Collection of Art, led by the collection's Student Art Ambassadors.  The tour will focus on our vibrant works of outdoor sculpture, providing insight and background information about the artists and artworks that enliven our campus landscape.  Join this unique opportunity to learn more about Chapman’s premier collection of art on campus! Space is limited to 20 guests.

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Honors Program Coffee
Parents, alumni and students are invited to drop in for an Honors Program open house to meet the program director and faculty.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
UPB Alumni Brunch
The University Program Board invites its alumni and their parents along with current members and their parents for a reunion.

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Boxed Lunches
Enjoy a delicious gourmet boxed lunch and take in a Dialogue with the Dean, a Faculty Master Class, or find a shady spot and enjoy the beauty of Chapman’s campus. $20 per box.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dialogue with the Deans
Mix and mingle with the deans of Chapman’s schools and colleges, and get an update on programs, research opportunities and what’s in store for the future.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
50 Year Club Luncheon and Class of 1966 Reunion
Be a part of this milestone celebration as we induct the Class of 1966 into our 50 Year Club and celebrate their 50 Year Reunion. 50 Year Club members, friends and family are welcome to attend. Your luncheon ticket includes served lunch, dessert and refreshments. Learn more »

12:30 - 4 p.m.
Leatherby Libraries Open House
Come enjoy a self-guided tour of the arts and displays of the Leatherby Libraries. Meet staff and librarians, and learn more about the many programs, awards, benefits and services offered to Chapman University graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, faculty and community members. 

1 p.m. 
Men's Soccer vs. Claremont–Mudd–Scripps
With a new Chapman President comes new interests and passions, and President Struppa is an AVID fan of European Futbol, or as we call it here in the states, soccer. Join us as the Panthers take on rivals Claremont Mudd-Scripps. You won’t want to miss halftime where some alumni soccer stars will return to the field and welcome President Struppa! (no tickets required)

12:30 - 5 p.m.
Dodge College Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts! Dean Bob Bassett invites you to Marion Knott Studios and the Digital Media Arts Center for the Alumni Showcase, 2016 First Cut films screening, and an interactive open house showcasing work of current and past students. Network with fellow members of the Dodge College community and reflect on your noticeable impact on our legacy. For a detailed schedule, please visit https://events.chapman.edu/23504

1 - 2 p.m.
Estate Planning 101 Class
Having a complete and proper estate plan is an important gift of peace for your loved ones. Whether you have a plan in place or want to learn for the future, the presenting attorney will highlight core documents needed in a properly planned estate as well as review common estate planning mistakes. All attendees will receive a complimentary guide to planning a will and trust.

2 - 3 p.m.
California Visions: A Tour of Chapman’s Hilbert Museum
Participants will tour Chapman’s new Hilbert Museum of California Art, led by the collection's Student Art Ambassadors.  Learn about this unique period in 20th century California art, through paintings that feature the Golden State’s landscapes, beaches, and rapidly evolving cityscapes. Join this unique opportunity to learn more about Orange County’s newest museum and its role on the Chapman campus! Space is limited to 25 guests.

2 - 4 p.m.
Soundcheck 10th Anniversary Celebration
Come celebrate Soundcheck’s 10th Anniversary by returning to campus for a reunion celebration! Fans and friends of Soundcheck are also welcome to attend. Your ticket includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

2 – 4 p.m.
Faculty Master Classes
Head back into the classroom and enjoy master classes taught by your favorite professors.


2 - 3 p.m.
Coloring Inside the Lines: Do Rules Cramp Creativity?
Join Professor of Art History, Dr. Wendy Salmond, for a lively discussion about the pros and cons of following rules as part of the creative process.

2 - 3 p.m. 
Concerts in the Library? Connecting CoPA to the Leatherby Libraries in Unexpected Places
Forget your stereotype of a university library. The 21st century Leatherby Libraries provides an exciting, experiential learning and collaboration space, especially for musicians, dancers, and actors. Performing Arts Librarian Taylor Greene will showcase the partnerships between CoPA and the Leatherby Libraries through special events and exhibitions – such as Shakespeare-themed displays and chamber music concerts and discuss how these promote student academic success.

2 - 3 p.m. 
Campaign 2016: The State of the Race
An up-to-date analysis of the current presidential and congressional campaigns from a political science standpoint.

2 - 3 p.m. 
Standing Tall: How Does Postural Control of the Trunk Keep Us Upright and What Happens When Things Go Wrong?
Postural control of the trunk is essential to keep us balanced over our feet, and to provide a stable base for movement of the upper and lower limbs. Our ability to stay upright depends on complex interactions between the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Using examples from her own biomechanical and neuroimaging research, Jo Armour Smith will explore the latest evidence for how postural control of the trunk is affected by low back pain and by aging, and how it contributes to elite athletic performance.

3 - 4 p.m.
Research at the Intersection of Soft Materials, Physics, and Wound Healing
We will discuss how obtaining a deep understanding of how to create synthetic and bio-synthetic materials that integrate with the human body can produce new approaches to healing wounds and regenerating tissues. The physics of the complex interplay between human tissues and foreign materials will be explored with the goal of advanced biointerfaces.

3 - 4 p.m.
Waging Faith-Based Wars: Explaining the American Roots of Global Conflict
This lecture will focus on America’s deployment of military power during the last fifty years and how that deployment has rested on a set of absolute beliefs. These convictions, shared by policymakers and citizens alike, rely on a deep, enduring faith that the United States, via its military forces, has the power to transform societies abroad.

3 - 4 p.m.
Going Off-Script: Improvisation for Leading, Creating, and Collaborating
Improvisation is not just for actors! "Applied Improvisation," that is, impro theatre methods and theories applied to human development and training, is a rapidly growing field of practice. Organizations ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to governmental agencies to nonprofits are now hiring impro-trained facilitators to teach their people to do offstage what successful improvisers do onstage. Dr. Dudeck will share her expertise on applied improvisation and offer some basic impro techniques to enhance the people skills we use in everyday work and life.


2:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5 p.m., or 5:45 p.m.
Musco Center for the Arts Tours
Join us for a tour of our new facility, Musco Center for the Arts. There are 5 tours available and each tour will last 30 minutes. Space is limited and registration is required.

3 - 4 p.m.
"A Golden State of Mind" Screening
Join us in the Huell Howser Archive for a special screening of the documentary about Huell Howser’s life and career, “A Golden State of Mind.”

4 - 7 p.m.
Student Endzone Party
This program is for anyone who wants to get some food and have fun before the Football Game. UPB hopes to promote school spirit for the Panthers Football game. There will be music, food, face-painting, giveaways and more.

4 – 6:30 p.m.
7th Annual Chili Cook–Off
Something spicy is in the air for Chapman’s 7th annual Chili Cook–Off, sponsored by the Chapman University Alumni Association. The competition is tough and the prizes are smokin’. Enjoy sampling unique chilis and hanging out in the Panther Pub in the Piazza, which will be serving beer and wine.

Interested in entering a team in the Chili Cook-Off? Review the rules, regulations and timeline and then register your team online »

4 – 7 p.m.
College Tailgate
Visit the pop-up tents hosted by Chapman’s schools and organizations to meet faculty and staff and have some fun before the game.

5 – 7 p.m. 
First-Gen Family Social
First-generation alumni, students, and families are all welcomed to attend our Family Social. Promising Futures Program is a campus community for students who are the first in their family to attend (and graduate from) college. Mix and mingle with fellow first-gens while enjoying some food, fun, and Chapman spirit!

5:30 – 7 p.m.
Class of 2011 5–Year Reunion
It’s been five years since the Class of 2011 walked across the stage at commencement. It was truly an experience to remember and now it’s time to come together again and celebrate all that has happened since graduation! Your $25 ticket includes dinner and two drink tickets. Learn more »

5:30 – 7 p.m.
Class of 2006 10–Year Reunion
Much has changed since the Class of 2006 graduated from Chapman ten years ago, but the “Chapman Spirit” remains the same. Your 10-year reunion is the perfect time to catch up and celebrate all the successes and milestones your classmates have enjoyed over the past decade. Your $25 ticket includes dinner and two drink tickets. Learn more »

5:30 – 7 p.m.
Class of 1991 25–Year Reunion
1991 was a big year for Chapman College…ahem, Chapman University! Join us for your 25-year class reunion and reconnect with Chapman friends, share memories, and celebrate your many achievements over the past 25 years. Your $25 ticket includes dinner and two drink tickets. Learn more »

6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Faculty Families Homecoming Game Viewing Reception
(open to full-time and Emeriti faculty and their guests only; capacity limited to the first 100 RSVPs).
Bring your partners and kids and come watch the big game from the President's Skybox and Terrace with other faculty and their family members. Use the elevator in the Nancy & James Baldwin Family Pavilion to take you direct to the Skybox. Free event; food and drinks provided by the Office of the President. 

7:00 – 10 p.m.
Panther Pub
Enjoy a casual hangout with friends, Italian food options celebrating President Struppa and a live performance by 90's cover band, The Tripp. The football game will also be live streamed into the Piazza.

7 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Tickets must be purchased separately through Athletics at: chapman.universitytickets.com. You can also click here to be redirected. Open seating until capacity is reached! Ticket guarantees entrance into the game, but does not guarantee a seat in the stadium. A Wristband will also be needed to enter on the home side. Wristbands will be available starting at 5pm on October 1st at the entrance of the stadium.

+ - Sunday, October 2, 2016

10 – 10:45 a.m.
Spirituality Matters! An Interfaith Celebration
Join Chapman’s spiritual organizations for this special interfaith celebration. Share in song and prayer from a multitude of different faith traditions. All are welcome!

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Big Band Bubbly Brunch
Co-Sponsored by the Alumni Association and the College of Performing Arts 
This festive and relaxed champagne brunch will feature Chapman’s newest and brightest stars: our very own Big Band, under the direction of Albert Alva. A cross between Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr., this ensemble will leave you wanting more.

6:00 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Service
Hang out a bit longer with your students and join Chapman Hillel in celebrating Erev Rosh HaShanah. Services begin at 6pm and will be followed by a kosher dinner, complete with apples, honey and more. Registration is strongly encouraged. $36 per person; free to current Chapman students with ID.

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Contact Us

For alumni inquiries:

Office of Alumni Engagement
(714) 997-6681
alumni@chapman.edu 

For parent and family inquiries:

Office of Parent Programs
(714) 997-6558
parents@chapman.edu 

For general inquiries:

Nicole Shay '14
Event and Program Development Assistant
(714) 628-2874
nshay@chapman.edu 

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