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+ - Freshman Parent Topics
The Freshman Experience
Dr. Jerry Price, vice chancellor and dean of students, Office of Student Affairs
The freshman experience is a unique and exciting time in your student’s life. Hear from our dean of students about this journey and learn how students navigate their own courses. Dean Price will relay insight received directly from students and explain how Chapman uses this information to enhance the student experience.
Study Abroad: A Life-Changing Experience
Jodi Hicks, overseas program manager, Center for Global Education
Chapman boasts an education that develops students as global citizens and encourages all students to study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer or interterm. Students interested in study abroad should begin their planning process early. Learn what your student should be doing to properly prepare for an international experience.
Handout: Study Abroad
Housing: What Options Are Available For Your Student
Sherri U. Akau, associate director of Housing and Residence Life, and Amanda Zamora, off-campus housing coordinator, Office of Housing and Residence Life
Housing and Residence Life will present options for housing on and off campus, and will address any issues that students may be having. With an ever-growing student population, housing is a hot topic, so come learn what opportunities your student should be exploring and what this timeline should look like.
+ - Sophomore Parent Topics
Dr. Jason Keller, associate professor, Schmid College of Science and Technology
The relationship between students and faculty is extremely important. Students have access to a diverse set of talented faculty members who can assist them beyond the classroom ― from undergraduate research, to additional assignment input and discussing career opportunities. Come learn about this special dynamic and how your student can make the most out of this opportunity.
It’s Never too Late to Get Involved
Jaclyn Dreschler, program coordinator for Greek Life, and Kayla Wiechert, associate director of Student Engagement
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE Studies) shows that student success is directly linked to student involvement. Hear from members of the Student Engagement team on all the ways your student can become involved on campus! From Greek Life to Student Government and everything in between, Chapman University offers students endless opportunities for engagement and leadership as members of the Chapman Family.
Academics: Staying on Track
Roberto Coronel, director of Academic Advising
Even as sophomores, students should be planning ahead for graduation. Learn how you can best support your student on their path to graduation and how they can be setting themselves up to graduate on time.
+ - Junior Parent Topics
Connect with the Chapman Family and put Your Best Foot Forward (Online)
Michelle Leslie, interactive marketing specialist, Strategic Marketing and Communications
Learn the best ways to find information about things happening on campus and keep up to date as a student or a parent. We want the Chapman Family to stay connected with stories, social media and email so you don't miss valuable information or opportunities. This session will also cover branding one’s self from the social media perspective, which can have a direct impact on employment and opportunities. See what groundbreaking technology Chapman is introducing and learn how your student can use social media and blogs as tools.
Internships and Career Planning: Guiding Your Student
Sally Jafari, director of the Career Development Center
Learn about the services the Career Development Center can offer your student now and after graduation. Get advice from professional staff members on what your student should be doing at this point in their education and find out how best they can equip themselves for future career endeavors.
Post-Graduate Planning: Graduate School, Fellowships and Scholar Programs
Catherine Greenberg, director of Graduate Admission, Dr. Julye Bidmead, associate professor, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciencesand Dr. Eileen Jankowski, assistant professor, director, Fellowships and Scholar Programs and
If your student is interested in pursuing a graduate degree or plans on applying for a fellowship or scholar program after graduation, it is important for them to start preparing for post-graduate plans as early as junior year. Learn how to best support your student in this important process.
Handout: Graduate School
Handout: Fellowships and Scholar Programs
+ - Senior Parent Topics
Commencement Preparation: Logistics and Planning
Brittany Rodriguez, associate director of academic events, Institutional Event Management
This session will be your play-by-play for commencement weekend and all that leads up to it. Learn about Chapman’s commencement ceremonies and your student’s “big day.” Get your questions answered directly from the one of the staff members charged with planning the ceremonies and get tips on making this memorable day run smoothly and stress-free.
Career Development: Expectations upon Entering the Work Force
Jo Bandy, director of Career and Industry, Alumni Panel
Hear directly from Chapman alumni who have made a name for themselves in their industries. This panel will give you and your student insight on attaining a job post-graduation and how to forge a path in your student’s chosen industry. Hear stories about real world work experiences and expectations. Enjoy a Q&A session with these alumni and get all of your working world questions answered.
“There’s No Place like Chapman”: University Support for Alumni Brady Hogan, director of Alumni Engagement, Alumni Panel
Making the transition from the college lifestyle to the working world is a different experience for all students. Find out about the lifelong programs and benefits the Alumni Association offers to all graduates after they have finished their degree. Learn about the experiences of recent graduates and get insight on what they wish they had known and wish their parents would have told them!