» Schedule of Events

There's something for everyone at The Chapman Family Homecoming Celebration (September 30 - October 2, 2016). Check out the complete schedule of events below. Space is limited at many events so register today to make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun. 

 

+ - Thursday, September 29, 2016

6 – 8 p.m.
Argyros School Second Annual Alumni Reconnect Event
The Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University welcomes our alumni to the second annual Alumni Reconnect Event. Dean Reggie Gilyard and the Argyros School would like to reconnect with you! The Argyros School will host a special evening exclusive to business school undergraduate and graduate alumni that will include food and drinks, networking, a photo booth, music and more.

+ - Friday, September 30, 2016

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration and Check-In
Pick up your packet, event schedule, tickets, map, and more to start the weekend off right!

10 – 11 a.m.
Interfaith Prayer Service
Bringing together community religious and spiritual leaders from throughout the region, this will be a service of blessing to mark President Struppa's Inauguration.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Center for American War Letters Archives
The Center for American War Letters (CAWL) is a unique and extensive manuscript collection of previously unpublished war letters from every American conflict, beginning with handwritten missives composed during the Revolutionary War and continuing up to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan. These personal war-related correspondences are a vital record of the collective memory of the American people, as witnessed and articulated by service members, veterans, and their loved ones, who experienced these wars firsthand. The archives reading room features banners and displays of selected letters and artifacts from the CAWL collection. The exhibit is free and open to the public and located in the lower level of the Leatherby Libraries.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
California's Gold Exhibit and Huell Howser Archives
The joy that the late TV legend Huell Howser shared with generations of Californians infuses a 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.

12 – 1:30 p.m.
The President’s Chapman Family Picnic
Join the Chapman Family as we celebrate this historic day at the President’s Picnic. The celebration will include performances by Chapman student organizations and a welcome by President Daniele C. Struppa.

2 – 3:30 p.m.
Live Stream of Formal Investiture Ceremony
Please join us for a live streaming of the formal investiture of Daniele C. Struppa, Ph.D. as Chapman University’s 13th president, a historic and memorable occasion in University history. Learn more about the Inauguration »

6 – 8:30 p.m.
Homecoming Shabbat Dinner and Service
Join Chapman Hillel for an inspiring and uplifting Shabbat experience. Our student-led egalitarian services will be followed by a kosher dinner. $36 per person; free for current Chapman students with ID.

7 p.m.
Women's Volleyball vs. Whittier College

9 – 11 p.m.
Chapman's Got Talent
Dance and music student organizations will show off their Panther Pride by sharing their talents for fellow students. At the end of the night, any student will be able to showcase his or her musical talent during an open mic session.

+ - Saturday, October 1, 2016

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration and Check–In
Pick up your packet, event schedule, tickets, map, and more.

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Panther Retreat Suite
Be sure to stop by this swanky suite to rest your feet, reconnect with friends and family, leave a message for classmates, and take some “me” time!

9 – 10:15 a.m.
Panther Pride Breakfast
All members of the Chapman Family are invited to enjoy complimentary fresh pastries, yogurt, fruit, and plenty of coffee.

9:15 – 10 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. Catch up with friends and meet more members of the alumni community, enjoy light refreshments, and snap a picture next to your name on the Alumni Legacy Wall.

10 – 11 a.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.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
California’s Gold Exhibit and Huell Howser Archives
The joy that the late TV legend Huell Howser shared with generations of Californians infuses a 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.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Center for American War Letters Archives
The Center for American War Letters (CAWL) is a unique and extensive manuscript collection of previously unpublished war letters from every American conflict, beginning with handwritten missives composed during the Revolutionary War and continuing up to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan. These personal war-related correspondences are a vital record of the collective memory of the American people, as witnessed and articulated by service members, veterans, and their loved ones, who experienced these wars firsthand. The archives reading room features banners and displays of selected letters and artifacts from the CAWL collection.

10 – 11 a.m.
Steel and Sunshine: A Tour of Chapman's Outdoor Sculpture Collection
Enjoy a private tour of Chapman's Escalette Permanent Collection of Art, led by the collection's Student Art Ambassadors. The tour will focus on our vibrant works of outdoor sculpture, providing insight and background information about the artists and artworks that enliven our campus landscape. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about Chapman’s premier collection of art on campus!

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Honors Program Coffee
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. – 1 p.m.
UPB Alumni Brunch
The University Program Board invites UPB alumni and their parents along with current members and their parents to a special reunion brunch.

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Boxed Lunches
Enjoy a delicious gourmet boxed lunch and take in a Dialogue with the Dean or Faculty Master Class, or find a shady spot and enjoy the beauty of Chapman’s campus.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Dialogue with the Deans
Mix and mingle with the deans of Chapman’s schools and colleges, and get an update on programs, research opportunities, and what’s in store for the future.

Lisa Sparks
College of Communication Studies
Meet Dr. Lisa Sparks, dean of Chapman’s newest academic unit, and learn how the School of Communication will prepare leaders to shape commerce via strategic communication, public opinion, health behavior and communication innovation.

Margaret Grogan
College of Educational Studies
Dean Margaret Grogan and the other deans from the College of Education Studies will share news about the exciting new programs and upcoming events for CES.

Giulio Ongaro
College of Performing Arts
Join Dean Giulio Ongaro to find out what’s on the horizon for the performing arts at Chapman University.

Janeen Hill
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Get to know more about Crean College, its programs, facilities, research opportunities, and future growth in this discussion with founding dean Dr. Janeen Hill. Light refreshments will be served.

Bob Bassett
Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Join the 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.

Matthew J. Parlow
Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Get some insider insight into the world of sports law with Dean Matthew J. Parlow, who serves as a consultant to professional sports leagues and teams.

Andrew Lyon
Schmid College of Science and Technology
Join Dr. Andrew Lyon, dean of Schmid College of Science and Technology, for an open conversation about the future of science and technology at Chapman. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Lawrence M. Brown
School of Pharmacy
Dr. Lawrence M. Brown, associate dean of students and professor at the School of Pharmacy, will share his expertise in his presentation, “The World of Pharmacists That You Never Knew About”.

Patrick Fuery
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Join Dean Patrick Fuery as he addresses the issues of our graduates in the 21st century, including a changing landscape and the essential skills and knowledge to be successful in their future careers.

Charlene Baldwin
Leatherby Libraries
The Leatherby Libraries celebrates the Inauguration of Chapman University’s thirteenth president with a special display to honor his career at Chapman. Take a trip through the archives with Dean Charlene Baldwin, and learn more about Daniele C. Struppa’s legacy as mathematician, scholar, professor, chancellor, and now president.

Gail Stearns
Wallace All Faiths Chapel
Learn more about the Fish Interfaith Center, Chapman’s faith-based heritage, and how the Wallace All Faiths Chapel and its staff serve our students.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
50 Year Club Luncheon and Class of 1966 Reunion
Be a part of this milestone celebration as we induct the Class of 1966 into our 50 Year Club and celebrate their 50 Year Reunion. 50 Year Club members, friends and family are welcome to attend. Your luncheon ticket includes served lunch, dessert and refreshments. Learn more and purchase tickets »

12:30 - 4 p.m.
Leatherby Libraries Open House
Come enjoy a self-guided tour of the arts and displays of the Leatherby Libraries. Meet staff and librarians, and learn more about the many programs, awards, benefits and services offered to Chapman University graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, faculty, and community members.

12:30 - 5 p.m.
Dodge College Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts! Dean Bob Bassett invites you to Marion Knott Studios and the Digital Media Arts Center for the Alumni Showcase, 2016 First Cut films screening, and an interactive open house showcasing work of current and past students. Network with fellow members of the Dodge College community and reflect on your noticeable impact on our legacy.

1 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs. Claremont–Mudd–Scripps
With a new Chapman president comes new interests and passions, and President Struppa is an AVID fan of European Futbol, or as we call it here in the states, soccer. Join us as the Panthers take on rivals Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. You won’t want to miss halftime where some alumni soccer stars will return to the field and welcome President Struppa!

1 - 2 p.m.
Estate Planning 101 Class
Having a complete and proper estate plan is an important gift of peace for your loved ones. Whether you have a plan in place or want to learn for the future, the presenting attorney will highlight core documents needed in a properly planned estate as well as review common estate planning mistakes. All attendees will receive a complimentary guide to planning a will and trust.

2 - 3 p.m.
California Visions: A Tour of Chapman’s Hilbert Museum
Participants will tour Chapman’s new Hilbert Museum of California Art, led by the collection's Student Art Ambassadors. Learn about this unique period in 20th century California art, through paintings that feature the Golden State’s landscapes, beaches, and rapidly evolving cityscapes. Join this unique opportunity to learn more about Orange County’s newest museum and its role on the Chapman campus.

2 - 4 p.m.
Soundcheck 10th Anniversary Celebration
Come celebrate Soundcheck’s 10th anniversary by returning to campus for a reunion celebration! Fans and friends of Soundcheck are also welcome to attend. Your ticket includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

2 – 4 p.m.
Faculty Master Classes
Head back into the classroom and enjoy master classes taught by your favorite professors.

2 - 3 p.m.
Coloring Inside the Lines: Do Rules Cramp Creativity?
Wendy Salmond, Ph.D., Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Join Dr. Wendy Salmond, professor of art history, for a lively discussion about the pros and cons of following rules as part of the creative process.

2 - 3 p.m.
Concerts in the Library? Connecting CoPA to the Leatherby Libraries in Unexpected Places
Taylor Greene, Leatherby Libraries
Forget your stereotype of a university library. The 21st century Leatherby Libraries provides an exciting, experiential learning and collaboration space, especially for musicians, dancers, and actors. Performing Arts Librarian Taylor Greene will showcase the partnerships between CoPA and the Leatherby Libraries through special events and exhibitions – such as Shakespeare-themed displays and chamber music concerts and discuss how these promote student academic success.

2 - 3 p.m.
Campaign 2016: The State of the Race
Lori Cox Han, Ph.D., Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Don’t miss this opportunity to get an up-to-date analysis of the current presidential and congressional campaigns from a political science standpoint.

2 - 3 p.m.
Standing Tall: How Does Postural Control of the Trunk Keep Us Upright and What Happens When Things Go Wrong?
Jo Armour-Smith, Ph.D., Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Postural control of the trunk is essential to keep us balanced over our feet, and to provide a stable base for movement of the upper and lower limbs. Our ability to stay upright depends on complex interactions between the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Using examples from her own biomechanical and neuroimaging research, Jo Armour Smith will explore the latest evidence for how postural control of the trunk is affected by low back pain and by aging, and how it contributes to elite athletic performance.

3 - 4 p.m.
Research at the Intersection of Soft Materials, Physics, and Wound Healing
Andrew Lyon, Ph.D., Schmid College of Science and Technology
In this discussion, Dean Andrew Lyon will explain how obtaining a deep understanding of how to create synthetic and bio-synthetic materials that integrate with the human body can produce new approaches to healing wounds and regenerating tissues. The physics of the complex interplay between human tissues and foreign materials will be explored with the goal of advanced biointerfaces.

3 - 4 p.m.
Waging Faith-Based Wars: Explaining the American Roots of Global Conflict
Greg Daddis, Ph.D., Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
This lecture will focus on America’s deployment of military power during the last fifty years and how that deployment has rested on a set of absolute beliefs. These convictions, shared by policymakers and citizens alike, rely on a deep, enduring faith that the United States, via its military forces, has the power to transform societies abroad.

3 - 4 p.m.
Going Off-Script: Improvisation for Leading, Creating, and Collaborating
Theresa R. Dudeck, Ph.D., College of Performing Arts
Improvisation is not just for actors! "Applied Improvisation," that is, impro theatre methods and theories applied to human development and training, is a rapidly growing field of practice. Organizations ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to governmental agencies to nonprofits are now hiring impro-trained facilitators to teach their people to do offstage what successful improvisers do onstage. Dr. Dudeck will share her expertise on applied improvisation and offer some basic impro techniques to enhance the people skills we use in everyday work and life.

2:45, 3:30, 4:15, 5, and 5:45 p.m.
Musco Center for the Arts Tours
Join us for a tour of our new facility, Musco Center for the Arts. There are 5 tours available and each tour will last 30 minutes. Space is limited and registration is required.

3 - 4 p.m.
A Golden State of Mind Screening
Join us in the Huell Howser Archives for a special screening of the documentary about Huell Howser’s life and career, A Golden State of Mind.

4 - 7 p.m.
Student End Zone Party
Looking to grab some food and have fun before the football game? Head to the Student End Zone Party, hosted by UPB, to pump up your Panther Pride with music, food, face-painting, giveaways, and more.

4 – 6:30 p.m.
7th Annual Chili Cook–Off
Something spicy is in the air for Chapman’s 7th annual Chili Cook–Off, sponsored by the Chapman University Alumni Association. The competition is tough and the prizes are smokin’. Enjoy sampling unique chilis, listening to music, and hanging out in the beer and wine garden. Interested in competing in the Chili Cook-Off? Check out the rules, regulations and timeline, and enter your team today »

4 – 7 p.m.
College Tailgate
Head to the sprawling Aitken Arts Plaza in front of Musco Center for the Arts for a hub of activities, games, prizes, and fun for all ages, showcasing programs, services, and colleges from across the campus.

A partial list of campus partners includes: Career Development Center, Chapman Family Authors, Fowler School of Law, Greek Alumni, Hula Club, Legacy Planning, Panther Autism Connection, Schmid College of Science and Technology, School of Pharmacy and Women's Basketball. Stop by the Leatherby Libraries tent to pick up some amazing deals on fiction, non-fiction and reference books all priced at just $1!

Be sure to visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters “Rock the Vote” VoteMobile trailer and register to vote for the upcoming November election. The #OCROV team will have staff on hand to provide voter information, volunteer opportunities to work at future elections, and more, along with a live band during the Chili Cook-off! (Brought to you by #OCROV and the Office of Civic Engagement)

5 – 7 p.m.
First-Gen Family Social
The Promising Futures Program is a campus community for students who are the first in their family to attend (and graduate from) college. First-generation alumni, students, and families are all welcome to attend the First-Gen Family Social. Mix and mingle with fellow first-gens while enjoying some food, fun, and Chapman spirit!

5 – 7 p.m.
Class of 2011 5–Year Reunion
It’s been five years since the Class of 2011 walked across the stage at commencement. It was truly an experience to remember and now it’s time to come together again and celebrate all that has happened since graduation! Learn more and purchase tickets »

5 – 7 p.m.
Class of 2006 10–Year Reunion
Much has changed since the Class of 2006 graduated from Chapman ten years ago, but the “Chapman Spirit” remains the same. Your 10-year reunion is the perfect time to catch up and celebrate all the successes and milestones your classmates have enjoyed over the past decade. Learn more and purchase tickets »

5 – 7 p.m.
Class of 1991 25–Year Reunion
1991 was a big year for Chapman College…ahem, Chapman University! Join us for your 25-year class reunion and reconnect with Chapman friends, share memories, and celebrate your many achievements over the past 25 years. Learn more and purchase tickets »

7 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game vs. Pomona-Pitzer
It wouldn’t be Homecoming without the big game! Watch the Panthers take on the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. Tickets for this event must be purchased through the athletics department. A ticket does not guarantee a seat; the game is open seating until capacity is reached. A wristband will also be needed to enter on the home side. Wristbands will be available starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 at the entrance of the stadium. Purchase tickets to the football game »

7 – 10 p.m.
Panther Pub
Enjoy a casual hangout with friends, delicious food celebrating President Struppa’s Italian heritage, and a live performance by 90's cover band, The Tripp. The football game will also be live streamed into the Piazza.

+ - Sunday, October 2, 2016

10 – 10:45 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. – 12:30 p.m.
Big Band Bubbly Brunch
Co-Sponsored by the Alumni Association and the College of Performing Arts
This festive and relaxed 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. We’ll cap things off with a special toast to the culmination of the Inaugural week ceremonies for President Struppa.

6 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Service
Join Chapman Hillel in celebrating Erev Rosh Hashanah. The service will be followed by a kosher dinner, complete with apples, honey and more. $36 per person; free for current Chapman students with ID.

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For alumni inquiries:

Office of Alumni Engagement
(714) 997-6681
alumni@chapman.edu 

For parent and family inquiries:

Office of Parent Programs
(714) 997-6558
parents@chapman.edu 

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(714) 744-7679
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