»Schedule of Events

+-Friday, October 10

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Chapman Day of Service Check-In
Chapman alumni, faculty, staff, families and students are invited to engage in service together at a variety of public service agencies in the Orange County community. 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 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 and located in the lower level of the Leatherby Libraries.

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
Pick your bib and goodie bag for Saturday morning’s 5K.


Faculty Master Classes
Get back in the classroom, learn from distinguished faculty members and get taste of what academic life is like for Chapman students.

2 - 3 p.m.
Biology of Aging
Frank Frisch, Ph.D.
Learn the science behind aging with Frank Frisch, director of kinesiology

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. In this presentation, we will explore the mystery, history, and controversy of the remaining fragments of the surviving Mayan written word. Jessica Bower discusses her research on the written texts of the Pre-Colombian Maya with visual examples from the collections of the Leatherby Libraries.

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 and read a climatically thematic chapter from Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. In the remainder of the class, participants will 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.
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. Keller and Chapman University students are exploring this hidden world in a variety of wetlands, including Minnesota bogs and California salt marshes.

3 - 4 p.m.
Walt Disney and Charles Darwin: The Pursuit of Happiness and Knowledge
Brian Alters, Ph.D.
We will explore not only accomplishments of these two giants in history (Disney & 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.
Haney Amphitheater, Lyon Conference Center, Argyros Forum, Room 202

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, Bill 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 why it is still the primary tool for movie marketing.

3 – 4 p.m.
Why People Lose Money in the Stock Market
Terry Burnham, Ph.D.
Get insight on the stock market with Associate Professor Terry Burnham, an economist who studies the biological and evolutionary basis of human behavior.

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



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.

5 – 6 p.m.
Dialogue with the Deans
In these informal sessions, parents, alumni, students, and community members can meet and get to know the deans of Chapman’s schools and colleges.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Ring Dedication Ceremony
At this exclusive event for new Chapman ring-holders and their guests, the newest additions to the Chapman ring family will be dedicated in the Halfacre Fountain of the Fahmy Attallah, Ph.D. Piazza. Watch as the rings are imbued with the spirit of Chapman and the values embodied by the four pillars of the fountain.

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

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.
COPA Performance: Hot Mikado
Based on the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta and set in a 1940s jazz club setting, Hot Mikado weaves a tale of hilarious proportions and, 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
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, finisher’s medals and a healthy “breakfast of champions” at the end of the race.

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Registration and Check-In
Pick up your packet, event schedule, tickets, map and more.

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. Founding dean Dr. Janeen Hill 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 to as high as No. 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 – 10:30 a.m.
Alumni Legacy Wall Tribute and Reception
Please 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 a chance to snap a picture next to your name with President Doti. Light refreshments will be served.

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 – 11:30 a.m.
Honors Program Coffee Open House
Parents, alumni and students are invited to drop in and join us for an Honors Program open house and meet the program director and faculty.

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.

11:30 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 join us for a fun afternoon of lunch and lawn games on Bert C. Williams Mall. Enjoy a freshly cooked BBQ lunch and challenge your friends to a game of giant Jenga, 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
Come join us for a friendly competition of Tug of War between the senior class and alumni. The war begins on the “Sunken Lawn” during the Lunch and Lawn Games. All participants win a prize.

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.

12 – 4 p.m.
Student End Zone Party
UPB, Greek Life and SGA will be pulling out all the stops to host a student driven 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.
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 – 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 $1 each. The sale will be held at a special Leatherby Libraries booth during the chili cook off.

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 p.m. – 4:00 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.
COPA Performance: Hot Mikado

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
President’s Welcome and University Update
President Doti welcomes the Chapman Family to campus and shares 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.

6 – 9 p.m.
Welcome Home, Phi Sigma Sigma
Celebrate Phi Sigma Sigma! This cocktail reception will bring Phi Sigma Sigma alumni, active members and their families together to share stories and reconnect with sisters. Appetizers and drinks will be served while watching the sunset over Chapman’s beautiful campus.

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

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.

7:30 p.m.
COPA Performance: 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!

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Big Band Bubbly Brunch
Co-Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and the College of Performing Arts
This festive champagne brunch will feature 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.

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