»Schedule of Events

Homecoming is right around the corner and we can't wait to welcome you to campus! Start planning your weekend now by checking out the complete schedule of events below. There are programs and events exclusively for alumni and parents, plus plenty of opportunities for the Chapman Family to come together and celebrate our Panther pride. 

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+-Friday, October 2, 2015

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Chapman Day of Service Check–In and Registration
Chapman alumni, faculty, staff, families and students are invited to engage in service together on campus and at a variety of public service agencies in the Orange County community. Three shifts are available for community service, with the last shift returning to campus around 3:30 p.m. If you haven’t already registered, stop by to find out how you can impact our community today!

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
California’s Gold Exhibit and Huell Howser Archive
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.

11 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!

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Chapman Family Hospitality Retreat Suite
Drop by to rest your feet, charge your phone or tablet and learn more about Chapman.

11 a.m. 
Men's Soccer vs. Claremont–Mudd–Scripps
After missing the SCIAC Tournament in 2014, CMS aims to rebound against Chapman, which is looking for its first conference championship after placing second last year.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
State of the Academy Address
Join Chancellor Daniele Struppa as he showcases Chapman's exciting academic successes and challenges over the last year and discusses its future path.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Celebrating 50 Years of Semester at Sea
Hosted by the 50 Year Club
All alumni who have participated in Semester at Sea, World Campus Afloat, or University of the Seven Seas are invited to join the 50 Year Club for a luncheon luau to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first voyage of the University of the Seven Seas program. Family and friends of alumni are welcome. Tickets are $30 and be purchased as part of your homecoming registration. Be sure to wear your cruise attire!

12 – 6 p.m.
Chapman University Toyota of Orange 5K Run/Walk Check In
Get a head start and pick up your race bib and goody bag for Saturday morning’s 5K.

1 – 4 p.m.
Faculty Master Classes
Head back into the classroom and enjoy master classes taught by your favorite professors.

1 – 2 p.m.
Cancer Research: Thinking Outside the Tumor and Political Boundaries
Marco Bissofi, Ph.D., Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology, School of Pharmacy
Learn more about Dr. Bissofi’s work on the molecular analysis of tissues surrounding the tumor, as opposed to the tumor itself (hence the term "outside the tumor") and explore the ongoing international effort to promote and progress cancer research.

1 – 2 p.m.
Adventures in Environmental Geochemistry: Undergraduate Research as a Means for Transformative Learning
Christopher S. Kim, Ph.D., Schmid College of Science and Technology
Find out why independent, faculty–mentored undergraduate research/creative activity (UR) is one of the highest–impact learning practices that students can engage in during their college years, and why Chapman University is an optimal environment for undergraduate students to engage in valuable one–on–one interactions with faculty members in their scholarly disciplines.

1 – 2 p.m.
The Obama Presidency: Lessons and Legacies
Lori Cox Han, Ph.D., Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Get an expert’s insight and assessment of the Obama presidency in the areas of domestic policy, foreign policy, congressional relations, the federal courts, and communication strategies/press relations, and learn more about the prospects for the 2016 presidential election and the post–Obama years.

1 – 2 p.m.
Going Off–Script: Improvisation for Leading, Creating, and Collaborating
Theresa R. Dudeck, Ph.D., College of Performing Arts
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 – 3 p.m.
Structural Changes in Law Firms to Protect Clients from Lawyers and to Protect Lawyers from Each Other
Ronald D. Rotunda, JD, Fowler School of Law
How can we better protect the public from unethical lawyers? How can we better protect good lawyers from bad ones? Join Professor Ronald D. Rotunda from the Fowler School of Law to find out how lessons learned from economics, psychology, history and philosophy can help lawyers stay on the ethical path.

2 – 3 p.m.
Walt Disney and Charles Darwin: The Pursuit of Happiness and Knowledge
Brian Alters, Ph.D., College of Educational Studies
Join Brian Alters, Ph.D., professor and president of the National Center for Science Education, to explore not only accomplishments of these two giants in history (Disney and Darwin), how they interrelate in often strange and counterintuitive ways, and how their accomplishments are even greater today than during their lifetimes, but also delve into what their ideas could mean to increasing the pursuit of knowledge and happiness for ourselves and others. And maybe – just maybe – we may even increase our understanding of some profound questions and ideas underpinning our origins and our happiness.

2 – 3 p.m.
Fear in America
C. Ann Gordon, Ph.D., Lemuel E. Day, Ph.D., and Christopher Bader, Ph.D., Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
The Chapman Survey of American Fears is an ongoing, multidisciplinary project in Wilkinson College. Join faculty members as they explain the project, present results on what Americans fear most, describe who is most fearful, and discuss how these fears impact our society.

2 – 3 p.m.
How Writers Write
Richard Bausch and Tom Zoellner, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
The creative process is a mysterious force and writers use different methods for attacking a blank page. Two members of Chapman's creative writing faculty –– novelist Richard Bausch and nonfiction writer Tom Zoellner –– discuss their own strategies as well as those of authors throughout history.

2 – 3 p.m.
Giving Birth to the Maternal Brain
Laura Glynn, Ph.D., Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
The perinatal period represents a critical period of neurodevelopment in the lifespan of the female. Get expert insight on what we know about the dramatic remodeling of the architecture of the maternal brain and how these transformations affect the female's repertoire of motivations and behaviors in order to optimize care of her precious offspring.

3 – 4 p.m.
Executive Authority of the President of the United States
Dean Tom Campbell, Ph.D., JD, Fowler School of Law
Join Tom Campbell, dean of the Fowler School of Law, former U.S. congressman from California’s 12th and 15th districts, and former California state senator, for a master class focusing on the executive authority of the president of the United States

3 – 4 p.m.
Teaching Documentary Film
Jeff Swimmer and Sally Rubin, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Documentary professors Jeff Swimmer and Sally Rubin share their insight, expertise and experiences in teaching documentary film. The master class will feature examples of student work and cover techniques to overcome challenges related to the production of student nonfiction work.

3 – 4 p.m.
The Digital Humanities at Chapman University
Douglas R. Dechow, Ph.D. and Jana Remy, Ph.D., Leatherby Libraries
Learn more about digital humanities, a highly interdisciplinary field that unites 21st–century digital technology with the institutional humanities. At Chapman University, digital humanities can be found in the classroom in the form of new digital humanities courses—English 521: Humanities Computing and English 584: Introduction to the Digital Humanities—and in research projects such as the digitization and analysis of the University's War Letters Archive (WLA), a part of the Center for American War Letters.

2 p.m.
Women's Volleyball vs. Claremont–Mudd–Scripps
The Panthers take on the defending West Region champion Athenas in an important SCIAC match which marks the halfway point of the conference schedule.

2 p.m.
Bible Case and Book of Mormon Case Dedication
Join us at the Fish Interfaith Center as we dedicate two original marquetry cabinets by artist William Tunberg. The first holds Bibles from C.C. Chapman’s collection and the second exhibits an original print Book of Mormon. All are welcome to celebrate the dedication of these two wonderful additions to our center, which houses the largest collection of functional artwork in Orange County.

3 – 4 p.m.
A Chapman Magazine “Off the Page” event: “To Madam President and Beyond”
It seems arcane to think there’s a leadership role women can’t fill, and yet the U.S. presidency remains a male–only fraternity. A panel of women in government and other positions of leadership shares insights on breaking through glass ceilings. They also consider what barriers remain, including what it will take to elect a woman president. Panel speakers: U.S. Congress Member Loretta Sanchez ’82, Professor Lori Cox Han, City of Orange Mayor Tita Smith, public policy expert Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg ’03. Moderator: College of Educational Studies Dean Margaret Grogan

Dialogue with the Deans
All sessions run from 5 – 6 p.m.

Margaret Grogan, College of Educational Studies
Within each of us is the potential to be a leader, an educator, and a valuable contributor to the larger community. This is an opportunity to meet the new dean of the College of Educational Studies and hear about what students will experience during their years at Chapman University.

Janeen Hill, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Get to know more about the new Crean College, its programs, facilities, research opportunities and future growth in this discussion with founding dean Dr. Janeen Hill. Light refreshments will be served.

Bob Bassett, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Join the dean for a discussion about the story of Dodge College and learn how it continues to build upon its high quality programs through connection, creativity and collaboration.

Charlene Baldwin, Leatherby Libraries
The Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives preserves and provides access to rare and unique collections of books, manuscripts, letters, maps, art and artifacts, as well as materials about the history of the university, the Chapman Family and Southern California. Come hear more about the Leatherby Libraries, see some of its unique treasures, and learn how the library remains relevant in a university in the 21st century.

Giulio Ongaro, College of Performing Arts
Meet the new dean and find out what’s on the horizon for the performing arts at Chapman University.

Bill Hall, Musco Center for the Arts
The spectacular Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts opens in March 2016. Join Bill Hall, founding dean and artistic director, to get the scoop on this exciting new addition to the Chapman campus and learn about the many opportunities it will create for our students and our community.

Andrew Lyon, Schmid College of Science and Technology
Join Dean Andrew Lyon as he shares his vision for the college and get an update on its programs, research opportunities and the coming Center for Science and Technology.

Patrick Fuery, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Learn more about Chapman’s largest college in this discussion with Dean Patrick Fuery.

6 – 7:30 p.m.
Shabbat Dinner and Service
Experience a Shabbat service and complimentary kosher dinner provided by Chapman Hillel for the Chapman Family and those attending their first Shabbat.

6 – 9 p.m.
Class of 2010 5–Year Reunion
The Class of 2010 was the first class that was too big to have a graduation all at once! Commencement was a highlight for all and now it’s time to celebrate that milestone again. Learn more and register »

6 – 9 p.m.
Class of 2005 10–Year Reunion
The Class of 2005 and friends in the Classes of 2004 and 2006 come together for a fun–filled reunion with classmates, former professors and staff. Learn more and register »

6:30 – 9 p.m.
Argyros School of Business and Economics Alumni Reconnecting Event
Business school undergraduate and graduate alumni are invited to reconnect at this exclusive Argyros School event for an evening of food and drinks, networking, a photo booth, music and more.

7 – 10 p.m.
Class of 1990 25–Year Reunion
Members of the Class of 1990 are invited to come back home to have some fun, reconnect with friends and find out how Chapman has grown and evolved over the years. Learn more and register »

7:30 p.m.
Rent, presented by the College of Performing Arts
Directed by distinguished Chapman alumnus Matthew McCray ’98, Rent took the Broadway world by storm, sharing the stories of impoverished New York City artists struggling to survive the HIV/AIDS crisis. Loosely based on Puccini’s La Bohême, Rent’s enduring popularity is testament to its memorable characters, iconic music and universal themes. Tickets are $5.

8 – 9:30 p.m.
First Cut Screening
View the work of the storytellers of tomorrow at this screening of student films from Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

8 – 10 p.m.
Chapman’s Got Talent
Sponsored by UPB
Dance and music student groups take the stage in the Student Union to show off their skills and Panther pride. Later in the evening, an open mic session will let individual student showcase their talent.

+- Saturday, October 3, 2015

7:30 – 9:30 a.m. 
10th Annual Chapman University Toyota of Orange 5K Run/Walk 
Race starts at Schmid Gate and ends in Attallah Piazza
Be part of the Chapman 5K and enjoy a scenic route through the Old Towne Orange Historic District. Enjoy goody bags, finishers’ medals and a healthy “breakfast of champions” at the end of the race. Learn more and register for the 5K »

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

9 – 10 a.m.
Chancellor’s Coffee and Parents Ambassador Council Welcome 
Parents, join Chancellor Daniele Struppa for a cup of joe and mingle with fellow Panther parents.

10 – 10:30 a.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 with President Doti next to your name on the Alumni Legacy Wall.

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
California’s Gold Exhibit and Huell Howser Archive 
Explore images, texts, and artifacts that depict TV legend Huell Howser’s career and legacy in California. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Join us at 2 p.m. for a special showing of A Golden State of Mind, the documentary about Howser’s life and career. Space is limited.

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
Leatherby Libraries Author Showcase and Book Sale
Hundreds of gently used books in all academic disciplines as well as an extensive range of books about travel, cooking and gardening will be available for purchase for $1 each. Special guests include Seth Casteel ’03, signing his newest book, Underwater Babies, and Kevin Staniec ’01, hosting an interactive booth for Black Hill Press.

10:15 – 11 a.m. 
Parent Perspectives: Staying on Course through Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Year
Get insight from parents who have been in your shoes and learn what the upcoming year has in store for your student and your family. Attend the session for your student’s current class year and get answers to your questions while making new connections. Each year holds something new for students and our panel of Chapman parents is here to lend some advice and help guide you through your student’s Chapman journey.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Class of 2015 Senior Legacy Time Capsule Dedication
Join the Class of 2015 Senior Legacy Committee in commemorating four years of friendships, trends, traditions and more as they dedicate the Class of 2015 Time Capsule. Seniors who gave a senior class gift of $20.15 or more were given the opportunity to include a letter in the time capsule, which will be opened during the Chapman Family Homecoming Celebration in the year 2040, at their 25th class reunion.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Steel and Sunshine: A Tour of Chapman’s Outdoor Sculpture Collection 
Learn more about the sculptures found across Chapman’s campus on this private tour of Chapman's Escalette Permanent Collection of Art, led by the collection's Student Art Ambassadors. The tour will focus on vibrant works of outdoor sculpture, providing insight and background information about the artists and artworks that enliven our campus landscape.

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Chapman Family Hospitality Suite
Drop by to rest your feet, charge your phone or tablet and learn more about Chapman.

11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Alumni Retreat Suite 
Stop by to relax, grab a snack and mingle with fellow alumni. You can also leave notes for alumni friends and classmates on our interactive message board.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Chapman Family Picnic
All members of the Chapman Family (alumni, students, faculty, staff, families and friends) are invited to come together for a fun and relaxing afternoon on Bert C. Williams Mall. Enjoy delicious picnic fare and challenge your friends to games of corn hole, life–size croquet and other lawn games. Bring a picnic blanket if you wish or join in the fun at reserved tables for alumni groups including Greek Alumni, 50 Year Club and more.

12 – 2 p.m. 
Chapman50 Scholars Luncheon
This private luncheon brings Chapman50 alumni members, accomplished Chapman University students, and University leaders together for a unique opportunity to connect and network.

1 – 2 p.m.
A Chapman Magazine “Off the Page” event: How to Tell Your Personal Travel Tale
From the Australian Outback to the Arctic Circle, Karyn Planett ’70 and Geoff Thompson have crisscrossed the globe, sharing a lifetime full of wanderlust that never abates. Their award–winning photos and stories fill several books, including the recently released How to Capture Your Travel Stories in Words & Pictures. Via their images and adventures, they offer tips on enhancing your own travel tales.

1 – 4 p.m.
Library Open House 
Come explore the arts and treasures of the beautiful Leatherby Libraries, meet some of the 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. A self–guided tour of the arts and displays of the Leatherby Libraries will be available.

1 – 2 p.m.
The Argyros School Alumni Reception with Dean Reginald Gilyard
Alumni, meet Dean Reggie Gilyard and learn about his vision and strategic plan for the future of the Argyros School.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Color, Line and Plane: A Tour of Chapman's Modern and Contemporary California Artworks
Get an in-depth look at Chapman's Escalette Permanent Collection of Art through a private tour lead by the collection's Student Art Ambassadors. The tour will focus on works displayed in Beckman Hall, which houses one of Orange County's leading collections of California abstract paintings and prints, and will cover key moments and ideas in the development of Southern California’s art scene.

2 p.m. 
Rent, presented by the College of Performing Arts

2 – 4 p.m.
Dodge College Film and Communications Alumni Reunion 
Reconnect with old friends from the film school and its precursor, the Department of Communications. See your work or yourself on screen as we revisit film treasures and memories from days gone by.

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
President’s Welcome and University Update
Join President Doti in the beautiful and historic Chapman Auditorium where he will welcome the Chapman Family to campus and share updates about the latest and greatest Chapman news and happenings.

3 – 6 p.m.
Student End Zone Party 
Sponsored by UPB 
Pump up your Panther pride before the big game with food, music, face–painting, giveaways and more.

4 – 6:30 p.m. 
6th Annual Chili Cook–Off and Tailgate
Something spicy is in the air for Chapman’s 6th 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.

Download the Chili Cook-Off team information packet to learn more about rules, regulations and logistics »

Enter a team in the 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off »

4 – 7 p.m. 
College Tailgate
Visit the pop-up tents for Schmid College of Science and Technology, the School of Pharmacy and the College of Educational Studies to meet faculty and staff and have some fun before the game.

5 – 7 p.m.
Promising Futures Program Family Social 
First–generation alumni, students, and families are all welcome to attend the Family Social for Promising Futures, a program dedicated to creating 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.
Banjo Bash
Presented by Greek Alumni
Head to the steps of Memorial Hall for a good ol‘ time with old and new friends. Enjoy live music by local folk band Vinnie and the Hooligans, delicious appetizers and beer or wine. There’s nothing like a little folk and fun under the warm October sky—especially with your Greek Chapman Family. Tickets are $25 and include two drink tickets. The event is open to the entire Chapman Family, age 21 and older.

6:30 – 10 p.m.
Homecoming Game Viewing Party at the Panther Pub
All members of the Chapman Family are invited to stay at the Panther Pub in the Piazza to watch the big game on live streaming TVs. Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase throughout the football game.

7 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game vs. Claremont–Mudd–Scripps
Chapman is looking for its fifth straight win over the upstart Stags who tied for third in the SCIAC in 2014. The defending conference champion Panthers have won five Homecoming games in a row. Tickets for this event must be purchased through the athletics department. A ticket does not guarantee a seat; the game is open seating until capacity is reached.

7:30 p.m. 
Rent, presented by the College of Performing Arts

+-Sunday, October 4, 2015

10 – 11 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
This festive champagne brunch features 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. Cheverton Award winners and past Alumni Association leaders will be recognized.

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Office of Alumni Engagement
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