The annual Parent Spring Summit is designed to educate parents about their student's current stage in college

»Parent Spring Summit

This year's program is specially designed to give parents the information most relevant to your student's stage in college. Four separate tracks, each pertaining to a specific class year in school, are offered to give you insight on your student's current experience and how to prepare for the future, whether that be the next class year or life after graduation. Join us Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 for a complete weekend of educational and informative activities. Register now!

Friday, February 21

11 a.m
. State of the University Address - Memorial Hall
2 p.m. Master Class with Marilyn J. Harran, Ph.D., Director, Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education- Through the Lens: American Filmmakers in Dialogue with the Holocaust

Saturday, February 22
(activities begin at 8 a.m.)

8 - 9 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast 
9 a.m.
Keynote Address
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions by class year (topics listed under each tab).

A special thank you to our sponsors:

Willits Realty

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • 9:45 – 10: 30 a.m. – The Freshman Experience   
    Presenters: Dr. Jerry Price, Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
    The freshmen experience is a unique and exciting time in your son or daughter’s life. Hear from our Dean of Students about this journey and how students navigate their own course. Dean Price will relay insight received directly from students and how Chapman uses this information to enhance the student experience.

    10:45 - 11:30 a.m. - Study Abroad: A Life Changing Experience
    Presenter: Jodi Ebner, Program Manager, Center for Global Education
    Chapman boasts an education that develops students as global citizens, and encourages all students to study abroad for a semester, summer or January. Students interested in study abroad should begin their planning process early on. Learn what your student should be doing to properly prepare to partake in a semester-long, academic year, summer of January international experience.

    11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Housing: What Options Are Available For Your Student
    Presenters: Sherri U. Akau, Asst. Director, Housing and Residence Life, Amanda Zamora, Off-Campus Housing Coordinator
    Residence life will present options for housing and 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.

  • 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. - Fostering Relationships: Student and Faculty Interaction
    Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Murphy, Associate Professor, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs
    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 from the perspective of a faculty member and how your student can make the most out of this opportunity. 

    10:45 – 11:30 a.m. – Academics: Staying on Track
    Presenter: Roberto Coronel, Director, Academic Advising
    From the moment your student steps on to campus, parents and students alike hear the phrase, “Get Involved!” Come learn exactly what that means, and why it is important in the long run for student success.

    11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Real World Study: The Value of Internships
    Presenter: Sally Jafari, Career Relations Specialist
    Receive advice from the Career Development Center on the steps your student can take to secure an internship and how best they can prepare. Learn about the wide array of opportunities available to your student and how an internship can supplement their classroom learning.

  • 9:45 – 10: 30 a.m. - Branding Yourself
    Presenter: David May, Director, Web and Interactive Marketing

    In this digital age, having a good and respectable online presence is nearly a requirement. This program focuses on 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 as a tool.

    10:45 – 11:30 a.m. - Internships and Career Planning: Guiding Your Student
    Presenter: Sally Jafari,Career Relations Specialist
    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 time and how best they can equip themselves for future career endeavors.

    11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Post Graduate Planning: Graduate School, Fellowships and Scholar Programs
    Presenter: Eileen Janksowki, Assistant Professor, Director, Fellowships and Scholar Program
    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 their junior year. Learn how to best support your student in this important process. 

  • 9:45 – 10: 30 a.m. - Commencement Preparation: Logistics and Planning
    Presenter: Rebecca Green, Academic Events Coordinator
    This session will be your play-by-play for commencement weekend and all that leads up to it. Learn about Chapman’s commencement ceremony traditions and the meaning of the regalia worn by students, staff and faculty. Get your questions answered directly from the staff member charged with planning the ceremonies and get tips on making this memorable day run smoothly and stress-free.

    10:45 – 11:30 a.m. - Career Development: Expectations Upon Entering the Work Force
    Presenters: Alumni Panel
    Hear directly from Chapman Alumni who have made a name for themselves in their industry.  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 experience and expectations your student should come to expect. Enjoy a Q&A session with these alumni and get all of your working world questions answered.

    11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - “There’s No Place Like Chapman:” University Support for Alumni  
    Presenters: Young Alumni Panel
    Making the transition from the college lifestyle to the working world can be a different experience for all students. Learn about the lifelong programs and benefits that the Alumni Association offer to all graduates after they have finalized their degree. Hear the experiences of recent graduates, what they wish they had known, and wish their parents would have told them!