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+-Friday, October 10

9 – 11:30 a.m. 
Chapman Day of Service Check-In
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!

For more information (including a list of the participating community organizations) and to register for a shift, click here. 

If you have questions, contact civic@chapman.edu

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 new 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. – 5 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 and Tech Center
Stop by throughout the weekend to rest your feet, charge your phone or tablet and learn more about Chapman.

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. Dr. Struppa will explain our progress and explore the future of Chapman University.

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.


Faculty Master Classes

1 - 2 p.m.
When Johnny [and Jane] Come Marching Home
Kyndra Rotunda, JD
Delve into the legal issues facing today’s returning service members and veterans with Kyndra Rotunda, associate professor of military and international law and executive director of the Institute for Military Personnel, Veterans, Human Rights and International Law and AMVETS Legal Clinic.

1 – 2:30 p.m.
Interdisciplinarity in the Music Composition Continuum
Sean Heim, Ph.D.
Explore how composers have been inspired by and have interacted with theoretical concepts, aesthetics and works from disciplines outside of music. Through musical examples that exemplify their interactions with visual art, literature, architecture, math, the physical sciences and other fields, we’ll begin to reveal the diverse interests of some of history’s finest musical minds.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
The Neuroscience of Stroke Recovery: From Cells to Society
Alison L. McKenzie, DPT, Ph.D. 
Join physical therapy professor Dr. Alison L. McKenzie and gain a deeper understanding of the process of recovering from a stroke.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Walt Disney and Charles Darwin: The Pursuit of Happiness and Knowledge
Brian Alters, Ph.D.
Delve into not only the 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 what their ideas could mean to increasing the pursuit of knowledge and happiness for ourselves and others. And maybe -- just maybe -- increase your understanding of some profound questions and ideas underpinning our origins and our happiness. 

2 – 3 p.m. 
Fragments of History: The Mysterious Mayan Written Word
Jessica Bower, MLS
During the colonization of the Americas, the written texts of the Maya were destroyed and their ancient language nearly lost. Explore the mystery, history, and controversy of the remaining fragments of the surviving Mayan written word in this fascinating presentation.

2 -3 p.m.
Humanomics: From the Laboratory to Literature and Back Again
Bart Wilson, Ph.D. and Jan Osborn, Ph.D. 
Participate in a market experiment prototypical of the research at Chapman's Economic Science Institute. Then, read a climatically thematic chapter from Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and discuss how the economic experiment informs the scene from the novel and how the novel informs the lessons of the experiment.

2 - 3 p.m.
Biology of Aging
Frank Frisch, Ph.D.
Join Dr. Frank Frisch, professor and director of kinesiology, in the classroom to get an expert’s insight on the biology of aging.

2 – 3 p.m.
Beneath the Surface: Soil Carbon Cycling in Wetland Ecosystems 
Jason Keller, Ph.D.
Wetlands are among the world’s most beautiful environments, but many of the ecological processes in wetlands take place out of sight, below the soil surface. Find out how Dr. Jason Keller and Chapman students are exploring this hidden world in a variety of wetlands, including Minnesota bogs and California salt marshes.

3 – 4 p.m.
Get It Together: Movie Magic and the Art of Compositing
Bill Kroyer
Director of Digital Arts Bill Kroyer looks at the history and technology of a key ingredient of movie magic: compositing, how images from different worlds are combined on-screen. From the earliest matte paintings to recent student work, Kroyer will explain how fantasy characters, props and environments are combined with live images.

3 – 4 p.m.
Movie Trailers as Marketing Tools
Jim Frederick 
Entertainment marketing professor Jim Frederick will showcase the movie trailer and offer insight about why it is still the primary tool for movie marketing.

3 – 4 p.m.
The Neural and Emotional Basis of Herding in Financial Markets
Terry Burnham, Ph.D.
Since the creation of financial markets, people have exhibited herding behavior. Recently, scientists have begun to understand the neural and emotional basis of herding. Learn more about this fascinating topic with an expert in the field.

3 – 4 p.m. 
Good Intentions But Unintended Consequences 
Anuradha Prakash, Ph.D.
Dispel myths about sustainable food with Dr. Anuradha Prakash, professor and director of the food science program.


4 – 5 p.m. 
Schmid College Reception 
Mix and mingle with students, parents, alumni and faculty of Schmid College.

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Welcome Home, Alumni: Residence Hall Tours
Take a stroll down memory lane and get insight on what residence life is like for Chapman students today as you dine in Randall Dining Commons and tour the residence halls, new and old, including Morlan Hall, the Davis and Harris Apartments, Henley Hall, Glass Hall, Pralle-Sodaro Hall and Sandhu Residence and Conference Center.


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

Roxanne Miller and Kimberly White-Smith, College of Educational Studies
Learn more about how the College of Educational Studies is “Changing Education and Changing the World” in this discussion with Kimberly White-Smith, associate dean, and Roxanne Miller, assistant dean of undergraduate and dual degree programs in education.

Gail Stearns, Wallace All Faiths Chapel
Join the dean to discuss current trends in spirituality and religion among college students and learn how the Wallace All Faiths Chapel offers unique support for students' various spiritual journeys at Chapman University.

Charlene Baldwin, Leatherby Libraries
The Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives preserves and provides access to rare and unique collections: books, manuscripts, maps, art, and artifacts as well as materials about the history of the university and the Chapman Family. Come hear more about the Leatherby Libraries, see some of its unique treasures, and learn how the library supports student research and learning.

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

Andrew Lyon, Schmid College of Science and Technology
Meet the new dean of Schmid College of Science and Technology, Dr. Andrew Lyon. Learn about the college, its programs, research opportunities and the coming Center for Science and Technology.

Reginald Gilyard, Argyros School of Business and Economics
Meet Dean Reginald Gilyard and find out what’s on the horizon for the Argyros School - Beckman Hall, Room 401

Dale Merrill, College of Performing Arts
Learn more about how the College of Performing Arts provides unmatched excellence in undergraduate arts education in this discussion with Dean Dale Merrill.

Bob Bassett and Michael Kowalski, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Join the dean and associate 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.


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.

7 – 10 p.m.
Welcome Home, Phi Sigma Sigma 
Celebrate Phi Sigma Sigma! This cocktail reception brings together Phi Sigma Sigma alumnae, active members and their families to share stories and reconnect. Enjoy appetizers and drinks while watching the sunset over Chapman’s beautiful campus.

7:30 – 10:30 p.m. 
Gamma Phi Beta 25th Birthday Party
Join the ladies of Gamma Phi Beta, including current student members, alumnae, parents and friends, for a celebration of the 25th birthday of their chapter, Epsilon Nu. Enjoy light appetizers, catch up with old friends and make some new ones at what's sure to be a fun-filled evening under the crescent moon.

7:30 p.m.
“A Golden State of Mind” Documentary Screening
Check out a screening of A Golden State of Mind: The Storytelling Genius of Huell Howser (directed by Jeff Swimmer, associate professor in Dodge College of Film and Media Arts) and celebrate the incredible legacy of Huell Howser, who was a dedicated member of the Chapman Family.

7:30 p.m. 
The College of Performing Arts Presents: Hot Mikado
Based on the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta and set in a 1940s jazz club, Hot Mikado weaves a tale of hilarious proportions. Despite the life or death stakes, characters still find time to tap their toes and do their fair share of scatting. Chapman Family members can purchase tickets for just $5.

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

+- Saturday, October 11

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Chapman University Toyota of Orange 5K Run/Walk
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. – 5 p.m.
Registration and Check-In

9 – 9:45 a.m.
Dialogue with the Dean: Janeen Hill, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Learn about Chapman University’s newest college, the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Janeen Hill, founding dean, will discuss the new college, its programs, facilities, research opportunities and future growth. Light refreshments will be served.

9 a.m.
Men’s Water Polo vs. Golden West College
Climbing as high as #3 in the Division III rankings last season, the Panthers take on Golden West College in a non-conference exhibition at the Allred Pool.

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
California’s Gold Exhibit and Huell Howser Archive

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Leatherby Libraries 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 just $1 each. Alumni author Dick Immel '56 will also be signing copies of his book, Damn Californians: A Family's Great Escape, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m.

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. Enjoy each other’s company (and light refreshments) and snap a picture with President Doti next to your name on the Alumni Legacy Wall.

10 – 11:30 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.

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Honors Program Coffee Open House
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. – 5 p.m.
The Chapman Family Hospitality Retreat and Tech Center

11 a.m.
Women’s Soccer vs. University of Redlands
There’s no love lost between the Panthers and Bulldogs: two soccer rivals from before their days as inter-conference foes. Redlands took both matches from Chapman last year, but the Panthers reached the SCIAC Tournament while Redlands watched from home.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Chapman Family Lunch and Lawn Games
All members of the Chapman Family (alumni, students, faculty, staff, families and friends) are invited to come together for a fun afternoon on Bert C. Williams Mall. Enjoy a freshly cooked BBQ lunch and challenge your friends to a game of life-size chess, lawn bowling and more. Join in the fun at reserved tables for alumni groups including BSU, Dodge College film and communications alumni, 50 Year Club and more.

11:45 a.m.
Tug of War: Seniors vs. Alumni
Participate in (or just watch) a friendly competition of Tug of War between the senior class and alumni during Chapman Family Lunch and Lawn Games. All participants will win a prize!

12 – 4 p.m.
UPB Presents: Student End Zone Party
UPB, Greek Life and SGA are pulling out all the stops to host a student end zone party that won’t soon be forgotten. Join fellow Panther students adjacent to the Schmid Gate for games, food and beverages, and plenty of fun as we get ready for the big game kick-off!

1 – 2 p.m.
Alumni Ice Cream Social
Cool off with an ice cream float after Chapman Family Lunch and Lawn games, mingle with former classmates, and meet more members of our alumni community. Bring your family!

1 – 2 p.m.
Chapman Magazine presents “Off the Page: Underwater Puppies” with author Seth Casteel ‘03
His bubbly, irresistible photos of underwater dogs made Seth Casteel ’03 an international phenomenon two years ago, and also gave Chapman Magazine its most popular cover ever. Since then, Seth’s images have been featured in National Geographic, The New York Times, the Today show and on Good Morning America, and his first book, Underwater Dogs, became a New York Times best seller as well as the top-selling gift book in America. Now his latest release, Underwater Puppies, is getting a splashy launch, making this an exciting time for Seth to return to Chapman and share his story with fellow alumni and friends. He’ll display his latest underwater images and talk about his journey, including how he volunteers his time to help shelter pets find forever homes. His books will be available for sale and signing after Seth’s presentation.

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 – 2 p.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.

1:30 – 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 from days gone by.

2 p.m.
The College of Performing Arts Presents: Hot Mikado

2:30 – 3:45 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 – 5 p.m.
Communications Sciences and Disorders Alumni Reunion: College of Educational Studies
Mingle with former classmates and meet new friends at this gathering of current Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate students, alumni and friends of the CSD program.

4 p.m.
Men’s Water Polo vs. Concordia University
The Panthers aim to avenge a 15-9 loss to Concordia last year as the two teams battle for Orange County supremacy in a non-conference match.

4 – 6:30 p.m.
5th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Tailgate
Something spicy is in the air for Chapman’s 5th 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 beer and wine garden.

Interested in competing and having a booth at the Chili-Cook Off and Tailgate?

6:30 – 10 p.m.
Homecoming Game Viewing Party in the Piazza
All members of the Chapman Family are invited to stay in Attallah Piazza after the Chili Cook-Off and Tailgate and watch the big game on live streaming TVs. The beer and wine garden will remain open and food will be available for purchase.

7 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game vs. Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
Last Homecoming, the fireworks on the field were even more impressive than the ones in the sky as the Panthers set a stadium record with 72 points. This year they’ll take on SCIAC foe Pomona-Pitzer in a game that is expected to have playoff implications for the mighty Cardinal & Gray. Tickets for the football game are not included in online registration and must be purchased separately on the Athletics website

Important note: This event is open seating until capacity is reached. A ticket guarantees entrance into the game, but does not guarantee a seat on the home side. A wristband will also be needed to enter on the home side. Wristbands will be available starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 11 at the entrance of the stadium. 

7:30 p.m.
The College of Performing Arts Presents: Hot Mikado

+-Sunday, October 12

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!

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Delta Gamma’s 25th Anniversary Brunch
Delta Gamma alumnae, current parents and current members are invited to celebrate Delta Gamma’s 25th anniversary at Chapman University with a delicious brunch.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Big Band Bubbly Brunch
Co-Sponsored by the Alumni Association and the College of Performing Arts
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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