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» Chapman Hope: Providing Calm, Care, and Compassion in Times of Crisis

In our continued effort to provide calm, care, and compassion to you—even virtually—the Fish Interfaith Center is pleased to launch a new online platform CHAPMAN HOPE—including resources, meditations, virtual faith services, tele-counseling, videos, a blog, and more.

Please reach out to our staff and avail yourself to the valuable resources at CHAPMAN HOPE, if you are struggling with this time of transition. As we collectively adjust to this new normal together, the Fish Interfaith Center is here for you—always.

Connect and see our DAILY messages of faith, hope, and inspiration 
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Hashtags - #ChapmanHope #ChapmanCalm

Fish Blog - Stay positive and strong with our weekly blogs and articles by the Fish Interfaith Center Staff

Contact us with any questions at

Stand together. Blessings to you all.

Dean Gail Stearns, Dr. Jay Kumar, Shaykh Jibreel Speight, Rabbi Corie Yutkin,
Rev. Nancy Brink, Rev. Cisa Payuyo, Dr. Jacob Rennaker, Kari Kempf, Jen Ruby, Linda Mueller


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Weekly Prayer Gathering in the Time of Covid

Every Friday 10:30-45am PST

Join Rev. Nancy Brink, Attallah Endowed Director of Church Relations at Chapman University, and members of the Chapman community as we lift our hearts together, engaging resources from the Bible as well as from contemporary writers.

Each session will be recorded and made available here online.

Open to all.

Links to Prayers Services: 

Friday, April 10

Friday, April 17

Friday, April 24

Friday, May 1

Friday, May 8

Friday, May 15

Friday, May 22

Friday, May 29

Friday, June 5

Friday, June 12

Friday, June 19

Friday, June 26


Friday, July 10

Friday, July 17

Friday, July 24

Friday, July 31

Friday, August 7

Friday, August 14 - no Prayer Gathering this week

Friday, August 21

Friday, August 28

Friday, September 4

Friday, September 11

Friday, September 18

Friday, September 25

Centering Prayer

Coming soon! For more information please email


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Meditation for Calm

Every Tuesday 12-12:45pm PST

There will not be a "Calm Mindfulness" live on Tuesdays at noon until August 11 - but there will be a new video meditation posted here every Tuesday morning.

Join a weekly Calmness practice via Zoom, led by Dean Gail Stearns. Open to All: students, staff, faculty and community.

Join Zoom Meeting

Enjoy the below meditation video from Dr. Stearns.

To see past sessions visit our Facebook page here

Mindfulness Meditation with Sound Healing


Free Mindfulness Meditations available below, led by Dr. Gail Stearns, Dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel and Mindfulness Teacher;
Sound by Jody Theissen, Sound Alchemist and Yoga Instructor

Additional meditations by Gail Stearns along with the Mindfulness Meditation with Sound Healing are available on Chapman's own ITunes U appDownload it, try it, and feel calm!

 Intro To Mindfulness

Body Mindfulness

Emotions Mindfulness

Thoughts Mindfulness

Private Group Meditation Sessions

For a guided virtual session for your group, department, or staff on tools to stay calm, centered, and connected, or for mindfulness, contact us:

Dr. Jay Kumar, Director of Contemplative Practices & Wellbeing, at

Dr. Gail Stearns, Dean, Wallace All Faiths Chapel,

FISH Support

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Chat with a Chaplain

Visit our Booking Page to make an appointment

Chat with a Chaplain Booking Page

Daily Every Monday-Friday 1-3pm PST

Connect with Fish Interfaith Chaplains just to chat about any concerns you have!

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: Rev. Cisa Payuyo
  • Tuesdays: Rev. Nancy Brink
  • Thursdays: Rabbi Corie Yutkin
  • Fridays: Shaykh Jibreel Speight

For more information, please contact Rev. Cisa Payuyo at

Open to all.

Support from the Rabbi

For regular emails or support from a Chaplain, contact Rabbi Corie Yutkin,

Weekly Qur'an Study

Qur'an Study
Wednesdays 6-7pm PST join us for weekly Qur'an Study with Shaykh Jibreel
Join Zoom Meeting and email for the password to join 


For regular emails or support from a Chaplain, contact Shaykh Jibreel Speight,

Support from the Catholic Priest

For Chaplain support, contact Fr. Rafael Luevano, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, contact

Individual Support/Counseling

For Individual sessions for grief counseling, or any concerns you may have, contact: and we will connect you with a chaplain as soon as possible.

Mental Health and Wellness

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Weekly Wellness Webinars

We are launching weekly wellness webinars. Info coming soon!

In the meantime please enjoy this short mindfulness podcast by Dr. Jay Kumar

Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind

Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind sessions have concluded for the summer. Please check out the Facebook playlist for past sessions. Stay tuned for Fall 2020 sessions! 

“Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind” series with Dr. Jay Kumar (Director of Contemplative Practices & Wellbeing). Join us in a weekly webinar offering advice, Q&A and tools for applying science-based strategies and spiritual wisdom to promote emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. All sessions will be recorded and supplemented by a podcast, short video and blog post. 

Watch all episodes at our Facebook Playlist

Past Webinars:

All Webinars are hosted on our Facebook page and can be viewed here.

Apr. 16 “Be Adaptive, Not Reactive” – employ behavioral strategies to help you adjust to the challenges and disruption caused from remote working/learning. 

Apr. 23 “How to Cope When You’re Cooped In” – discover cognitive-based techniques for you to manage work, family, and life while “self-isolating”.

Upcoming Webinar Topics:
Apr. 30 “Reaching Out While Remote Working” – utilize technology and other innovative ways to stay socially connected with your colleagues and friends while physically distancing.

May 7 “Tips for Calm in Times of COVID” – learn meditation practices for staying calm, centered, and focused during your day.

May 14 “Practicing Proper Mental Hygiene” – apply strategies from science and wisdom from spirituality into your daily routine for maintaining a healthy brain, a healthy mind, and a healthy outlook on life.

June 4 “Staying Safe & Social this Summer” – learn helpful tips how you and your family can enjoy the fun and sun of summer, while coping with the COVID crisis.

June 11 “Turning Your Stress to Strength” – discover ways to turn stress into your advantage for achieving greater stamina and strength.

June 18 “How to Be Kind to Your Mind” – engage in practices to help boost your emotional and mental wellbeing.

June 25 “Accepting Uncertainty and the Unknown” – train your brain to embrace change and crisis in order to gain greater peace of mind and stay calm. 

July 2 (no live webinar this week)

July 9 “Science behind Meditation” – improve your mood, sleep, performance and outlook on life with the latest discoveries on the numerous health benefits of meditation.

July 16 “Finding Growth in Grief” – recognize how personal grief and loss can become opportunities for growth and transformation.

July 23 “Make Kindness Contagious” – discover how engaging in acts of kindness and compassion can make you happier and healthier.  

July 30 “Science and Spirituality of Resilience” – apply strategies from brain science and wisdom from spiritual traditions to become more adaptive to change.  


More to come...

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Student Wellness Resources

Dean of Students  


Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm  

  • We are continuing to provide student support and advocacy virtually or via phone call. 
  • Concerned about a student? If a student is in distress and facing a non-emergency related situation, you can report using the online Student Concerns Intervention Team (SCIT) Report For any questions on reporting, you may contact the Dean of Students office.
  • For emergencies, please call 911 or the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (714) 997-6763. 
  • If a student needs assistance currently with access to a laptop; any personal, financial, academic, or medical challenges; and/or with access to basic needs that interfere with their academic experience, please contact us.

Student Psychological Services Center (SPCS) 

(714) 997-6778 (24/7 crisis and consultation line), 

Monday-Friday, 10 am - 4 pm Phone Calls to Main Office  

For emergencies, please call 911 or the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (714) 997-6763. 

  • Therapists will continue to work with those students that were already receiving services with SPCS via tele-medicine and will offer consultations via tele-medicine with new students.  You may call SPCS call for an appointment. SPCS will also be providing crisis management strategies for people. 
  • Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)- self-help modules; available to the Chapman community.
  • LGBTQIA+ Students Text “Start” to 678678
  • Students of Color Text “Steve” to 741741
  • Orange County WarmLine call or text (714) 997-6412
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255
  • Trevor Lifeline (866) 488-7386

Student Health Services 

(714) 997-6851 

Monday-Friday, 10 am – 4 pm  

For emergencies, please call 911 or the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (714) 997-6763. 

  • Health care services include: first aid (cuts, abrasions, and burns), acute illness (fever, sore throat, sudden pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, doctor's hours (physician and gyn nurse practitioner visits available by appt), health maintenance (immunizations, TB skin testing and tetanus boosters), Health screening (pregnancy, PAP, STD's, blood pressure, & diabetes screening)
  • As of now, Student Health Services continue operating as usual.

Please call if you have any questions. 

Disability Services 


Monday-Friday, 10 am - 4pm  

  • Disability Services is legally mandated to continue providing accommodations for students with disabilities in the virtual environment. 
  • We are providing intake appointments/accommodation advising appointments virtually (via Zoom or Microsoft Teams) or via phone; we are not providing in person intake appointments, accommodation advising appointments, or testing reservations in the Testing Center while the campus is in closure.

Residence Life & First Year Experience 

(714) 997-6603,  

  • All dining services and restaurants on campus will closed effectively from March 17thuntil the remainder of the semester. Students using dining services will receive pre-packaged meals. 
  • The Randall Dining Commons will be open for food pick up during the following hours:
    • Breakfast from 7:30?a.m.?to 9:30 a.m.? 
    • Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.? 
    • Dinner from 5:00?p.m.?to 7:00 p.m.
  • If students pack up their room and check out, they will be refunded prorated room and board charges. If students leave their belongings and plan to return, they will be refunded prorated board (resident meal plans) charges, as applicable, but not room. 
  • For more information, please review the RLFYE COVID-19 FAQ's)

Morlan Food Pantry- The pantry will continue to be stocked and accessible to students during this time (until further notice). Students who need access to the pantry can fill out this form. 

***Currently, grocery stores have a limited amount of inventory on many of the items we previously had available in the pantry. We want to remind students that they should be mindful to only take food intended to last for one week at a time 

Fish Interfaith Center 

(714) 628-7260 (further contact info on website) 

  • In our collective commitment to provide you with support and guidance during these challenging and uncertain times, the Fish Interfaith Center will be offering a weekly online meditation class—led by Dean Gail Stearns and staff—for the entire Chapman community every Tues., 12-12:45pm PT. The first one starts Mar. 24th
  • Link to weeklyZoom Mindfulness Meditation. 
  • The Fish Interfaith Center is launching an online resource platform "Chapman Hope" to provide calm, care, and compassion to our Chapman community. Learn more
  • In the meantime, please enjoy our most recent blog on "Tips for Calmness & Compassion in Times of Crisis

Fitness and Recreation 

(714) 997-6761  

(follow @LifeatCU on Instagram!) 

  • Chapman’s two fitness centers may be closed, but you can still find creative ways to stay healthy and fit! Regular exercise along with a healthy diet, drinking water, and sleep are proven to build a strong immune system. 
  • Chapman Fitness & Recreation will continue to update the Rec Portal with more information each week. In the meantime, check out the Rec Portal to find on-demand workout Apps, fitness tips and online videos.
  • We strongly encourage our students to continue taking care of themselves and hope you will use At Home Workout Resources as a great temporary option. Go to Rec Portal here

Virtual Activities and Programming:

Break a sweat!

Want high quality on-demand fitness classes streamed to your phone? Looking for ideas for beginner workouts you can do with limited equipment? Check out Rec Portal “At Home Workout Resources” today! Fitness & Recreation will continue updating new information weekly. Go to Rec Portal today (!

Cross-Cultural Center Virtual Stop-in Hour

Keep the conversations going and stay connected with the Cross-Cultural Center team in a casual, online setting via Google Hang Out starting:

  • Monday March 23rd 12pm-1pm PST,
  • Tuesday, March 24th 1pm -2pm (PST)
  • Wednesday, March 25th 2pm-3pm (PST)
  • Thursday March 26th, 3pm-4pm (PST)
  • Friday, March 27th 12pm-1pm (PST)

Celebrate APIDA Heritage Month

The Cross-Cultural Center has coordinated a Virtual community Engagement Mixer to celebrate APIDA Heritage month join us via ZOOM on Wednesday, April 8th 4pm-6pm (PST)

Keep Civically Engaged

Stay updated on the election and voter registration deadlines via Instagram and TikTok. The Civic Engagement team will stream virtual tabling on Wednesday, March 25th at 10am PST, March 26th 4pm PST and March 27th 10am PST

Global Citizens Wall is being made available to you virtually. Leave your thoughts on the Engage discussion section or on @lifeatcu’s Instagram story. Last week’s responses are posted on Engage.

Together, in the Union

Global Citizen and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched a virtual concert series to promote unity amid the COVID-19 pandemic’s social distancing protocols called Together, at Home. View concerts here:

Netflix Party

Every Thursday Nights the Student Union will host a digital movie night via Netflix Party Follow us on @lifeatcu for the movie of the week

Other ideas and resources?

Museum from Home

Financial Aid: 

For the Undergraduate Financial aid office: 

  • The best form of communication is currently email,  We should be able to receive phone calls starting next week at our main office line of (714) 997-6741.
  • If a student is a graduating senior, check out our Graduating Seniors webpage for detailed financial aid information.  Students can also email with any loan questions. 
  • If a student needs to submit documents to our office, the documents can be mailed, emailed or faxed.  We will still be processing mail.
  • Utilize the free financial wellness platform iGrad to search for any topics relating to finances, budgets and loan repayment. 

Yoga and Mindful Breathing

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Grounding Yoga Practice

Grounding Yoga Practice

Every Tuesday, for 7 weeks (Until June 16th) 5pm-6pm PST on Zoom. 

Join me in an all-levels Grounding Yoga Practice at home. All you need is a matt and wear some comfortable clothes. This will be a practice for all levels. Beginners are welcome. I will give modifications as much as possible.

If you have specific requests or questions please reach out

Let's be well, together, during this global health crisis. 

Zoom ID: 967 1798 7431

Password: bewell

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