Chris Hutchison, Ph.D.
Director, Student Engagement
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Chris Hutchison, Ph.D., serves as the assistant dean of students in the Division of Student Affairs at Chapman University. In this role, he oversees a broad array of student engagement avenues, including civic engagement initiatives, the cross-cultural center, Greek life, student organizations, the Argyros Forum Student Union, Julianne Argyros Fitness Center, and the Doti-Struppa Rock Wall. He serves as an advisor to the Student Government Association, and also serves on the University’s Diversity Response Committee and the Community Engagement and Service Learning Working Group.
Additionally, Chris is an instructor for Chapman’s Attallah College of Educational Studies, teaching in the undergraduate Leadership Studies Minor and the Higher Education Emphasis for the Master of Arts in Leadership Development programs. Chris is an active member of the professional association NASPA—Student Affairs in Higher Education, and has served on regional conference planning committees. Chris has presented at regional, national, and international conferences on the topics of pedagogy, civic learning and democratic engagement, interfaith dialogue, leadership, sustainability in higher education, and arts-based inquiry/action-research.
Chris received his M.A. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego and his M.S. in Educational Studies-Higher Education from the University of Oxford. He also received his Ph.D. in Education from Chapman University, researching undergraduate civic learning and the impact of democratic pedagogy, embedding experiential processes, and centralizing university-community dynamics within the curriculum. His research interests include civic learning and democratic engagement, college student learning and development, and topics related to experiential learning environments, democratic pedagogy, democratized classrooms, and university-community dynamics. Chris began his career in higher education in 1998.
Justin Koppelman, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Student Civic Engagement
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Justin Koppelman serves as an Associate Director of Student Engagement at Chapman University in Orange, CA. His administrative responsibilities include direct oversight of Civic Engagement Initiatives and the Cross-Cultural Center, advising the Student Government Association, and coordinating Graduate Assistant recruitment and development. Justin is also an instructor Chapman’s College of Educational Studies, teaching undergraduate courses on leadership and civic engagement and a graduate course on college student development theory.
Justin has published and presented at regional, national, and international conferences on the topics of assessment, civic engagement, interfaith dialogue, leadership, and sustainability in higher education. Justin has also been an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators since 2008, serving in a variety of regional and national volunteer roles. Most recently, Justin represents Chapman University as a Lead Advisory Institution, supporting efforts to advance civic learning and democratic engagement in the field of student affairs. Previously, Justin has served on regional conference and knowledge community committees.
Justin has a B.A. in Organizational Leadership, a M.A. in English, and a Ph.D. in Education from Chapman University. Justin’s research interests include civic learning and engagement; college student development; and topics related gender and masculinities in postsecondary education.
Assistant Director, Greek Life
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Assistant Director, Student Union, Fitness Center & University Program Board
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Michael Keyser is a student affairs professional who currently serves as an Assistant Director for Student Engagement at Chapman University in Orange, California. In this role, Michael’s administrative responsibilities include the Argyros Forum Student Union, Fitness & Recreation Services and advising major on-campus student programming. Michael directs the day-to-day operations for three major facilities on-campus: the 19,000 sq. ft. Argyros Forum Student Union, the 4,000 sq. ft. Julianne Argyros Fitness Center, and the 51-foot tall Doti-Struppa Rock Wall. Michael also is a faculty lecturer in Chapman’s College of Educational Studies where he teaches in the Leadership Studies program.
Prior to working at Chapman, Michael served as a Graduate Assistant for the Honors & Scholars Program at The Ohio State University. Michael has been an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators since 2009. Michael enjoys traveling the world and completed a study abroad internship program at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom in 2010 and a study abroad business marketing program in Western Europe in 2007.
Michael served as a Big Brother Mentor in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program for four years and was selected as Big Brother of the Year in Orange County, California in 2016.
Michael has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University.
Program Specialist, Student Engagement
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Kayla Wiechert is a Program Specialist in Student Engagement. She is responsible for supporting recognized student organizations, with specific oversight of academic student organizations. She also assists with the administration of general departmental projects, programs, and services. Kayla is one of the advisors to the Student Government Association, supporting their finance and public relations efforts. Kayla has also served as an Associate Director in the department during which time she led the advisement of recognized student organizations, oversaw administrative operations, served on campus climate committees, and trained as a Title IX investigator and hearing officer.
Prior to joining Student Engagement, Kayla served as the Residential Education Coordinator from 2010-2013 and Program Assistant for Orientation and First Year programs in 2010 at Chapman. Her professional interests include connecting students activities outside of the classroom to their academic pursuits. She has presented at Western Regional Conferences for NASPA, as well as served on several professional association committees. Kayla was also the recipient of the 2013 NASPA Region VI Dorothy Keller New Professional Award.
Kayla has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and religious studies from Saint Mary’s College of California and a master’s degree in student affairs from University of California, Los Angeles.
Program Coordinator, Cross-Cultural Center
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Under the direction of the Student Engagement team, Topper currently serves as the Program Coordinator of the Cross-Cultural Center at Chapman University at the Orange, California campus. As an advocate for building healthy communities for positive student development, Topper works with the Student Engagement team and various campus partners to create an inclusive, welcoming, and educational environment for the Chapman community through unique programming focusing on social justice, diversity, and breaking stereotypes and biases for students, staff, and faculty.
Topper comes to Chapman from his hometown of Golden, Colorado by way of Fort Lewis College where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Geology and Texas Tech University for completion of his Master’s in Higher Education.
Program Coordinator, Student Engagement
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Negeen Lotfi serves as the Program Coordinator for the Department of Student Engagement at Chapman University in Orange, California. In this role, she facilitates experiences that expose, affirm, and support students through various programs and resources. She also helps facilitate the use of the Cross-Cultural Center by overseeing its operations and student staff. Negeen is passionate about leadership development and social justice, and she seeks opportunities to cultivate an empowering community that contributes to student success and learning.
Negeen received her bachelor’s degree in Strategic and Corporate Communication and is anticipated to receive her master’s degree in Leadership Development in May 2018, both from Chapman University.
Department Assistant, Student Engagement
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Karla Monterrey is a new student affairs professional who currently serves as a Department Assistant for Student Engagement at Chapman University. In this role, Karla's responsibilities are divided by day-to-day operations in the department as well as overseeing the production of marking and design needs for student engagement programming.
Prior to working at Chapman University, Karla lived in Chicago and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to persue a master’s degree in Art History Theory and Critic. She left SAIC and moved back to California and spent some time working as an independent artist.
Karla has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the Cal State, Fullerton and is currently working on a master degree in Leadership Development at Chapman University