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

»Parent Spring Summit

We are excited to invite you back to campus for our annual Parent Spring Summit on Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21. Come enjoy our full line-up of events on both Friday and Saturday. 

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Friday, Feb. 20 
11 a.m. 
State of the University Address presented by President James L. Doti
12:30 p.m. 
Grand Opening and Dedication of the Digital Media Arts Center
2 p.m.
Master Class with Esmael Adibi, Ph.D., Director, A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, titled Is the Economy Changing Trajectory?

* Presidents Circle members will receive an additional invitation to the semi-annual breakfast which will take place on Friday, Feb. 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 21
Make plans to be on campus for this educational half-day forum. Invite your student to join you, if you can get them out of bed! The summit is complete with a continental breakfast and keynote speaker. The program is specifically designed for parents to gain insight on YOUR student’s Chapman experience. The summit is presented in four separate tracks (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior) so you can gain the most relevant information to your student’s stage in their Chapman journey.

8 a.m. Check-In and Dialogue and Donuts with the Deans where you can enjoy a continental breakfast and chat with the dean of your student’s school or college.
9 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Address with Chancellor Daniele Struppa
9:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions (details below)
12:30 p.m. Lunch ‘n Library and discover the many treasures hidden within the walls of Leatherby Libraries. Purchase tickets for lunch »

Parking Permits are required to park on campus for any events occurring over the Parent Spring Summit weekend. Click here to download a permit, valid for the Lastinger or Barrera Parking Structures. 

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • 9:45 – 10:30 a.m.  The Freshman Experience
    Dr. Jerry Price, vice chancellor and dean of students
    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 course. Dean Price will relay insight received directly from students and explain how Chapman uses this information to enhance the student experience.

    10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  Study Abroad: A Life Changing Experience
    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 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 to partake in an international experience.

     11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Housing: What Options Are Available For Your Student
    Sherri U. Akau, associate director, Housing and Residence Life, Amanda Zamora, off-campus housing coordinator
    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.

  • 9:45 – 10:30 a.m.  Fostering Relationships: Student and Faculty Interaction
    Dr. Wendy Salmond, professor, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    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. 

    10:45 – 11:30 a.m. – An Insider’s Guide to Succeeding at Chapman University
    Dr. Jerry Price, vice chancellor and dean of students
    Did you know that Chapman has numerous programs and resources that are designed to encourage and support your student’s success?  Often times many students (and parents) leave these resources untapped, simply because they are unaware of, or don’t know how to properly utilize them. This session is designed to give you and your students the tools to maximize their experience as a panther.

    11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Academics: Staying on Track
    Roberto Coronel, director, Academic Advising
    Even as a sophomore, 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 with “all their ducks in a row.”
  • 9:45 – 10:30 a.m.  Branding Yourself
    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
    Sally Jafari, assistant director, Career Services
    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.

    11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Post Graduate Planning: Graduate School, Fellowships and Scholar Programs
    Shannon McCance, counselor, Graduate Admissions, Eileen Jankowski, 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
    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 and your student’s “big day.” 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
    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.

    11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - “There’s No Place Like Chapman:” University Support for Alumni
    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 offer to all graduates after they have finalized 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)!