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Check out the action-packed schedule of events to find out what's in store for The Chapman Family Homecoming Celebration this fall, October 11 - 13, 2018

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+ - Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dedication and Grand Opening of the Keck Center for Science and Engineering
It’s finally here: the 140,000-square-foot Keck Center for Science and Engineering is open for business. Join the Chapman Family as we celebrate this transformational moment in our University’s history. Save the date and check back soon for more details!

+ - Friday, October 12, 2018

3 – 7 p.m.
Homecoming Registration and Check–In
Roszak Lobby, First Floor Beckman Hall
Pick up your event schedule, tickets, maps and more to kick off the weekend.

Time TBD
Keck Center for Science and Engineering Open House
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Lobby, First Floor, Keck Center for Science and Engineering
Come see and tour the new Keck Center and witness science on display! Start exploring by checking in at the Beckman Lobby on first floor of the Keck Center, across from Argyros Forum.

5:30 - 6:45pm
The Class of 1968 and 50-Year Club Huddle
Location TBD
The Class of 1968 and 50-Year Club Members are gathering for light refreshments, appetizers, and “pre-event gab” prior to the 7 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Awards.

6 p.m.
Shabbat Dinner and Service
Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center
Come and experience a Shabbat service and complimentary kosher dinner provided by the non-denominational Chapman Hillel. Everyone is welcome, especially those who are attending their first Shabbat.

7 p.m.
Distinguished Alumni Awards
Bert C. Williams Mall
We’re proud to honor Chapman University alumni who are making significant contributions to businesses, organizations and communities. Join us for an evening of mixing, mingling and merriment featuring hosted wine and beer (plus a signature cocktail), food stations and entertainment throughout the evening. Learn more »

7 – 9 p.m.
Leo Freedman Foundation First Cut Screening
Folino Theater, Marion Knott Studios, Room 106
This annual event in Dodge College of Film and Media Arts presents the top student films from the previous year as determined by a panel of distinguished alumni and industry representatives. Films screening at this event are made possible in part through a grant awarded by the Leo Freedman Foundation. Parking is available in the Marion Knott Studios Lot or the adjacent West Campus Parking Structure.

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Chapman Orchestra and Chapman University Wind Symphony Concert
Julianne Argyros Orchestra Hall, Musco Center for the Arts
Enjoy the musical stylings of Chapman's own orchestra and wind symphony in the spectacular Musco Center for the Arts. Note: tickets must be purchased separately.

8 p.m.
UPB’S Panther Nights
Student Union Ballroom, Argyros Forum, Room 119
Students: don’t miss this fun-filled evening, hosted by the University Program Board.


Athletic Events

5 p.m.
Women’s Soccer vs. UC Santa Cruz
Ernie Chapman Stadium
The Panthers take on the Banana Slugs in the first game of our double-header. This non-conference game is free and open to all.

7 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs. Cal Tech
Hutton Sports Center
The Chapman Panthers take on the Cal Tech Beavers in this conference match. Admission is free.

7:30 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. UC Santa Cruz
Ernie Chapman Stadium
The Panthers and the Banana Slugs meet again, this time with the men’s team taking the field. This non-conference game is free and open to all.

+ - Saturday, October 13, 2018

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Homecoming Registration and Check–In
Roszak Lobby, First Floor Beckman Hall
Pick up your event schedule, tickets, maps and more.

9 – 10:45 a.m.
Pop Up Magazine Mimosa Breakfast
Location TBD
Our award-winning Chapman Magazine comes to life with fascinating speakers, interactive displays and more. Enjoy a mimosa and light breakfast while you explore the content and mingle with the Chapman Family. Space is limited – register soon!

10 – 11 a.m.
Faculty Master Classes
Get back into the classroom with Chapman’s world-renowned professors as they share their expertise and insight across a broad array of topics.

Forensic Science in the Courtroom
Mario Mainero, JD, Fowler School of Law
Aitken Trial Courtroom, Kennedy Hall, Room 255
Delve into the nature of hearsay, from the trial of Sir Walter Raleigh in 1603 to the present, and then discuss evolving issues in one aspect of hearsay: the use of scientific tests in cases involving alcohol, drugs, and DNA. Should the scientists who conduct forensic tests have to testify? Or are their reports good enough?

The Science and Engineering of the 2018 Nobel Prizes
Dean Andrew Lyon, Ph.D., Schmid College of Science and Technology
Location TBD
Typically, we find that the work behind a Nobel Prize occurs at the dynamic interface of creativity, science, and engineering, with each step forward in one domain leading to tremendous momentum in the others. Dean Lyon will dig into those intersections in an attempt to dissect these transformative advances into the smaller components that made it all possible.

Movie Advertising and the Important of Opening Weekend
Jim Frederick, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Durant Tiered Classroom, Marion Knott Studios, Room 132
Did you go to an actual movie theatre this weekend? Did you actually pay $15 for the experience?! Let's talk about how hard it is to convince consumers to do likewise.

What the $!@% is Creative and Cultural Industries?
Dean Patrick Fuery, Ph.D., Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Location TBD
The 21st century has witnessed a profound shift in the way we view the world and ourselves in it. A key part of this shift is the rise of ‘The Creatives’ – individuals, institutions, cities and regions that engage in issues and ideas from a distinctive and unique perspective. Dean Fuery will show how the discipline of Creative and Cultural Industries looks at the vast array of cultural and creative activities from a local to global perspective.

Do Concussions Impact our Ability to Learn?
Mary Kennedy, Ph.D., Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Location TBD

Social Media for Good
Sophie Janicke-Bowles, Ph.D., School of Communication
Location TBD
Is social media the root of all evil in today’s society? Find out why or why not, and get some practical tips for using social media platforms in ways that foster connection and well-being.

The Spread of Resistant Superbugs: The End of the Antibiotics Era?
Enrique Seoane-Vazquez, Ph.D., School of Pharmacy
Location TBD
The introduction of antibiotics in clinical practice represented one of the most important advances in medicine, allowing for the expansion of interventional medicine. Today, antibiotic resistance threatens to undermine the health gains derived from these wonder drugs and is considered as one of the most important threats to public health worldwide.

Reinventing K-12 Education in the 21st Century
Dean Margaret Grogan, Ph.D., Attallah College of Educational Studies
Kathleen Muth Reading Center, Reeves Hall, Room 3
Education needs a new generation of professionals (teachers, counselors, leaders, researchers, and community agencies) who are dedicated to changing the status quo and ensuring all students have the opportunity to learn. Explore the kinds of changes we need in K-12 education for meaningful and purposeful innovation.

The Future of Real Estate Education at Chapman University
Dean Tom Turk, Ph.D., Argyros School of Business and Economics
Location TBD
Get a glimpse into the Division of Real Estate of the Hoag Center for Real Estate and Finance, coming soon to the Argyros School of Business and Economics. Dean Tom Turk and his colleagues will highlight current programming and share their vision for the future of real estate education at the Argyros School.

10 – 11 a.m.
Parent Perspectives: Staying On Course
Lyon Conference Center, Second Floor, Argyros Forum
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: 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 – 11:30 a.m.
College of Performing Arts Facilities Tour
Tours begin at Moulton Hall
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the facilities for the College of Performing Arts! The tour will include Moulton Hall, Waltmar Theatre, Bertea Hall, Oliphant Hall, the Entertainment Technology Center and the Partridge Dance Center.

10 – 12 p.m.
Italian Studies Retreat
Kennedy Hall, Room 237
Italian Studies alumni and current students are invited to enjoy presentations, workshops and social activities. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get to know Italian Studies professors, classmates and alumni, get insight on degree requirements and course offerings, and learn more about internships and study abroad programs. Note: this event is exclusively for Italian Studies alumni, current students, faculty and staff.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Keck Center for Science and Engineering Open House
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Lobby, First Floor, Keck Center for Science and Engineering
Come see and tour the new Keck Center and witness science on display! Start exploring by checking in at the Beckman Lobby on first floor of the Keck Center, across from Argyros Forum.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Entrepreneurial Launch Labs Open House
Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship & Business Ethics (549 W. Palm Ave.)
Hop on a shuttle from Schmid Gate and head down the street to visit the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics. This innovative 20-room, 7,000 square foot 'garage’ is the center of gravity for all things entrepreneurial at Chapman University

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
California’s Gold Exhibit and Huell Howser Archives
Lower Level, Leatherby Libraries
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. 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 Archive
Lower Level, Leatherby Libraries
Visit this 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.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Keck Center Art Tour
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Lobby, First Floor, Keck Center for Science and Engineering
Join Art Collections staff for a special tour of the Keck Center’s art installations and discover the intersection of science and art. Explore artwork specially commissioned for the Keck Center, as well as pieces from Chapman’s Escalette Permanent Collection of Art chosen for this new site.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hilbert Museum of California Art Tour
Hilbert Museum of California Art (167 N. Atchison St.)
Led by Director Mary Platt
Enjoy a guided tour of the museum’s permanent collection and its current exhibitions, including “Magical Visions: The Enchanted Worlds of Disney Legend Eyvind Earle,” “The Star Wars Art of Robert Bailey,” and “Scenic View Ahead: The Automobile Club of Southern California’s Westways Cover Art Collection.” Catch a shuttle at Schmid Gate to take you to the museum, if you'd like!

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
50-Year Club Luncheon
Bush Conference Center, Beckman Hall, Room 404
Though decades have passed since their graduation, the Chapman spirit burns brightly within members of our 50-Year Club. This year, we’re inducting the Class of 1968 in celebration of their 50-year reunion.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Chapman Family Picnic: Red, White and Blue Salute to Our Hometown Heroes
Bert C. Williams Mall
Enjoy an afternoon of fun for the whole family including life-sized lawn games, build-your-own “hero” sandwiches, salads, sides and frozen treats as we recognize and thank our Hometown Heroes: veterans, active-duty military and first responders.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Estate Planning 101
Lyon Conference Center, Argyros Forum, Room 206
Whether you have a plan in place or want to learn for the future, this is your chance to get insight about the core documents needed in a properly planned estate as well as review common estate planning mistakes.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Reeves Hall Learning Labs Showcase
Teaching and Learning Lab, Reeves Hall, Room 1
Visit the newly renovated historic Reeves Hall for a demonstration of Chapman’s new learning labs, where Attallah College of Educational Studies faculty and staff will showcase innovative technology for the 21st century classroom.

12:30 – 4 p.m.
Leatherby Libraries Open House
Leatherby Libraries
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.

1 – 3 p.m.
Alumni Association Past Presidents’ Advisory Council Social
Town & Gown Conference Room, Beckman Hall, Room 401
Past presidents of the Chapman University Alumni Association from across the decades are invited to a social gathering to share memories and discuss their vision for the future of the Alumni Association.

2 – 3 p.m.
Faculty Master Classes
Get back into the classroom with Chapman’s world-renowned professors as they share their expertise and insight across a broad array of topics.

Film Scores: The Power Behind the Picture
Dan Pavelin, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
M. Douglas Film Studies Theater, Marion Knott Studios, Room 111
Film scores are far more than just background music. Get insider insight into musical strategies film scores use to enhance mood, plot, setting, characterization and more.

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Medication
Kathleen Hill-Besinque, Pharm.D., School of Pharmacy
Location TBD
When was the last time you checked your medicine cabinet? Get the scoop about the best ways to use medication and learn how to avoid medication-related problems.

Vietnam’s Long Legacy: Withdrawing from a War Not Won
Greg Daddis, Ph,D., Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Location TBD
Fifty years on, the war in Vietnam continues to elicit strong debate among Americans. Was it necessary? Who was most responsible for its outcome? This master class delves into America’s final years in Vietnam and tackles some of these deeply contested issues while offering important historical perspective.

Act Naturally: How Performance Techniques Taught Me to Be Myself
Michael Nehring, College of Performing Arts
Moulton Hall
Find out how decades of studying performance techniques can impact one’s approach to relationships. Our faculty expert offers simple breathing exercises and fun performance techniques that can help you be more relaxed and present in your relationships.

Creating the Future: Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century
Matt Hanson, Ph.D., Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics
Location TBD
Explore how new companies are created—by people just like you—to meet each other’s needs, grow communities and strengthen societies.

Happiness and Health
Julia Boehm, Ph.D., Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Location TBD
Do happy and optimistic people have better health and live longer than less happy and optimistic people? Get insight on recent findings from the field of psychology that help answer this question.

The Briefcase, the Bottle and the Trunk: Encountering the Holocaust through Material Culture
Marilyn Harran, Ph.D., Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education
Location TBD
Often we think of history in terms of events and people, but material culture offers us another vantage point from which to view history, illuminating relationships among people, events, and places and leading to new questions and discoveries.

Designing for Diversity
LouAnne Boyd, Ph.D., Schmid College of Science and Technology
Location TBD
Human-centered computing has become a popular approach to designing technology. By focusing on factors such as usability, learnability, and the user’s overall experience, designers can ensure the success of their products. Join our expert to learn about some of the ways that designing for diversity improves access and outcomes for all.

Mathematics as Play
Cathery Yeh, Ph.D., Attallah College of Educational Studies
Location TBD
Mathematics is often valued for its ability to describe the world in beautiful ways. However, mathematics in practice often falls short of these ideals. Come engage in mathematical play and consider how the innate ways we see and engage in mathematics can be channeled to not only cultivate mathematical knowledge but also build perseverance, community, and joy.

Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
Mary Gutierrez, Pharm.D., School of Pharmacy
Location TBD
Explore the intersection of human sexuality and pharmaceutical science, and get an overview of the four components necessary for good sexual function, prevalent sexual dysfunctions, and common drugs and medical conditions that impact sexual function.

2 – 3 p.m.
Charitable Giving with the New Tax Laws
Lyon Conference Center, Argyros Forum, Room 206
If the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has you scratching your head about how to maximize charitable deductions in 2018 and beyond, join us for this educational session and get insight from David Moore, assistant vice president for Legacy Planning, about strategies for continuing your support of nonprofit organizations.

2 – 3 p.m.
Hilbert Museum of California Art Tour
Hilbert Museum of California Art (167 N. Atchison St.)
Led by Director Mary Platt
Enjoy a guided tour of the museum’s permanent collection and its current exhibitions, including “Magical Visions: The Enchanted Worlds of Disney Legend Eyvind Earle,” “The Star Wars Art of Robert Bailey,” and “Scenic View Ahead: The Automobile Club of Southern California’s Westways Cover Art Collection.” Catch a shuttle at Schmid Gate to take you to the museum, if you'd like!

2 – 5 p.m.
Class of 1968 Social
Elliott Alumni House
It’s been 50 Years since graduation.  Isn’t it time you got caught up?  Reminisce, laugh, share photos and memories of such an impactful year.  Vietnam, the Cold War, civil rights, human rights, youth culture and of course, Chapman in the 60’s.  You have much to talk about!  Enjoy lights snacks and drinks with old and new friends. 

3 – 4 p.m.
Remembering War in Southern California
Henley Galleria, Lyon Conference Center, Second Floor, Argyros Forum
Take a tour of this war memorialization exhibit, presented by M.A. in War and Society students in coordination with the Chapman University Director of Arts Collections, and explore research developed from memorials across Southern California honoring a wide range of conflicts.

3 – 4 p.m.
Interfaith Interfananza
Fish Interfaith Center
Sponsored by the Dean of the Chapel and the Interfaith Council.
Join Chapman’s spiritual organizations to experience a labyrinth walk, a meditation or mindful coloring. Take a guided tour of the Fish Interfaith Center and its artwork.

3 – 4 p.m.
“A Golden State of Mind” Screening
Huell Howser Archives, Lower Level, Leatherby Libraries
Check out a special screening of this documentary about Huell Howser's life and career.

3 – 5 p.m.
Musco Center for the Arts Tours
Musco Center for the Arts
Explore this spectacular venue and learn about its architecture and technology on a quick guided tour, beginning at the Global Citizens Plaza, continuing inside the theatre and concluding at the lobby doors.

4 – 6:30 p.m.
9th Annual Chili Cook-Off
Presented by Chapman University Alumni Association
Aitken Arts Plaza, Musco Center for the Arts
It’s back and better than ever! Don’t miss this beloved Chapman tradition, featuring a record number of teams cooking up the best chili in Orange. The competition is fierce as teams battle to take home the highly-coveted awards. Enjoy sampling unique chilis, visiting with friends, and hanging out on the beautiful Bette and Wylie Aitken Arts Plaza.

College Tailgate Zone
While you're enjoying your chili, explore our College Tailgate, which features a hub of free activities, games, prizes, and fun for all ages, showcasing programs, services, and colleges from across the campus.

Food Trucks
Tummy still rumbling? Feast on fare from a selection of our favorite food trucks right here on campus from 4 – 8 p.m.

4 –6:30 p.m.
Student End Zone Party
Performers Court, Musco Center for the Arts
Heads up, students! Looking to grab a bite and have some 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.

4:30 – 7 p.m.
Fish Interfaith Docent Reunion
The Fashionables Courtyard, Fish Interfaith Center
Stroll down memory lane with previous docents and staff of the Fish Interfaith Center from across the years, and enjoy an evening of food, friends and FIC-inspired games.

5 – 7 p.m.
First-Gen Family Social
Lineberger Loggia Terrace, Third Floor, Argyros Forum
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 invited to mix and mingle with fellow first-gens while enjoying some food, fun, and Chapman spirit!

6:30 – 10 p.m.
Panther Pub Party: Growls, Grub and Good Times
Women of Chapman Gallery, Third Floor, Keck Center for Science and Engineering
Calling all alumni! Want the best seats in the house to watch the Homecoming football game? Head to the third floor of the Keck Center for this exclusive alumni party loaded with food and fun, including a hosted beer and wine bar. Be sure to register online - ticket prices go up at the door.

Heads up, Classes of 2008 and 2013! In celebration of your milestone 10- and 5-year reunions, your ticket to the Panther Pub Party will also include a bonus Chili Lover’s Package, which includes a free drink ticket for beer or wine and five chili tastings for the 9th Annual Chapman Chili Cook-Off.

7 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game vs. Occidental College
Ernie Chapman Stadium
It wouldn’t be Homecoming without the big game! It’s a battle of the big cats as our Chapman Panthers take on the Occidental Tigers.

Please note: tickets for the football game must be purchased through the athletics department and will be available after August 10. A ticket does not guarantee entrance to the stadium; you must also obtain a wristband, which you can pick up from the box office beginning at 5 p.m. on game day. Quantities are limited.

7 – 10 p.m.
Piazza Pack
Attallah Piazza
Can't get tickets to the game? Or are you looking for a more casual atmosphere where you can enjoy beer and wine while you watch? Head to the Piazza where we’re live-streaming the football game on big screen TVs.

Calling All Chili Chefs!

Got a great recipe for chili? We're looking for teams to participate in the 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off!

Register a team for the Chili Cook-Off »

Learn more about the rules, regulations and timeline »

To learn more about entering a team in the Chili Cook-Off, contact Deanna Blanchet '12

Contact Us

For alumni inquiries:

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

For parent and family inquiries:

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

For general inquiries:

homecoming@chapman.edu