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Thank you to everyone who joined us for The Chapman Family Homecoming Celebration (October 6 – 7, 2017)! Because of the support and enthusiasm from members of the Chapman Family like you, this event continues to grow every year. Please know how grateful we are for your involvement and we hope to see you at more Chapman events in the future!

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Check out the 2017 schedule of events to get an idea of what's in store next year for The Chapman Family Homecoming Celebration!

+ - Friday, October 6, 2017

4 – 7 p.m.
Greek Week Banner and Chant Competition
Wells Fargo Stage, Attallah Piazza
Greek Week comes to a close with a final competition between fraternities and sororities. Come find out who has the most Panther Pride!

4 – 7 p.m.
Homecoming Registration and Check-In
Roszak Lobby, First Floor, Beckman Hall
Pick up your event schedule, tickets, and more.

5 – 6 p.m.
Meet and Greet Chapman's Director of Jewish Life and Chaplain to the University
Wilkinson Founders Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center
We are thrilled to introduce Rabbi Corie Yutkin as the newest member of the Fish Interfaith Center staff; join us as we officially welcome her to the Chapman Family. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Jewish Life and interfaith activities at Chapman University, and chat with Rabbi Corie about your ideas and suggestions for programming.

5 – 8 p.m.
50th Reunion Class Dinner for the Class of 1967
Barbara Bush Patio, Bush Conference Center, Beckman Hall, Room 404A
Be a part of this major milestone as we commemorate the 50-Year Reunion for the Class of 1967. Reminisce with friends and find out how Chapman has grown and evolved over the decades since your graduation.

6 – 8:30 p.m.
Homecoming Shabbat Dinner and Service
Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center
Join Chapman Hillel for an inspiring and uplifting Shabbat experience. Our student-led egalitarian services will be followed by a kosher dinner.

7 p.m.
Women's Volleyball vs. Vanguard University
Hutton Sports Center
Cheer on our Panthers women's volleyball team as they go head-to-head with the Vanguard Lions.

7 – 9 p.m.
Leo Freedman Foundation First Cut Screening
Folino Theater, Marion Knott Studios
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.
7 – 10 p.m.
Chapman University Distinguished Alumni Awards
Bert C. Williams Mall
The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Chapman University alumni who have achieved remarkable professional success and who have made significant contributions benefiting businesses, organizations and communities across the nation and around the globe. Meet the honorees and learn more about the event »

7 – 10 p.m.
5-Year Reunion for the Class of 2012
Lineberger Loggia Terrace, Third Floor Argyros Forum
It’s been five years since the Class of 2012 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.

7 – 10 p.m.
10-Year Reunion for the Class of 2007
Performers Court, Musco Center for the Arts
Much has changed since the Class of 2007 graduated from Chapman University 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 you and your classmates have enjoyed over the past decade.

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. Purchase tickets »

+ - Saturday, October 7, 2017

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Homecoming Registration and Check–In
Roszak Lobby, First Floor, Beckman Hall
Pick up your event schedule, tickets, and more.

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Panther Retreat Suite
Pankey Visitors Center, First Floor, Argyros Forum
Be sure to stop by this swanky suite for a break from the heat while you reconnect with friends and family, leave a message for classmates and friends and take some “me” time! The Panther Retreat Suite is brought to you by Todd Koren ’00 and Absolute Exhibits.

9 – 11 a.m.
Socktober Saturday
Paws for Pancakes: Community-Wide Pancake Breakfast
Bert C. Williams Mall
The Chapman Family will be collecting new and unopened packages of socks or underwear all week to donate to those in need at Mercy House Living Center. Be part of this community service project and get fueled up for an action-packed day of Panther Pride by bringing items to donate and chowing down at our pancake breakfast, sponsored by Ayres Hotels (Ayres Hotel Anaheim, Ayres Hotel Orange, ALO Hotel).

10 – 11 a.m.
Alumni Legacy Wall Reception
Doti Hall
Join us as we recognize alumni who have become leaders on campus by giving generously 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
Haney Amphitheater, Lyon Conference Center, Argyros Forum, Rooms 201, 202, 206A, 206B, 206C, 208
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 - 11:30 a.m.
College of Performing Arts Facilities Tour
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 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Italian Studies Program Retreat and Lunch
Fowler School of Law, Kennedy Hall, Room 237B
Join Italian Studies alumni and current students for a virtual retreat to Italy! The annual Italian Studies program retreat provides prospective and current students of Italian with essential advising and mentorship support from faculty, alumni and friends of the program. The event includes presentations, workshops and social activities to learn, ask questions, share and connect. Refreshments will be served.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Crean College Reunion and Mixer
Atrium, Crean Hall
Please join the Departments of Health Science, Kinesiology and Psychology for a fun-filled alumni and student mixer. This is a great opportunity for current students, faculty, and alumni to reminisce, network and catch up. This event also serves to recruit alumni ambassadors who are frequently invited to campus to participate in events. Food, beverages and free gifts will be available to all attendees.  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -- Health Science and Kinesiology | 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. -- Psychology

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 (which is free and open to the public) 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. 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.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Faculty Master Classes (Session One)
Get back into the classroom with Chapman’s world-renowned professors as they share their expertise and insight across a broad array of topics.

Mathematics and Imagination
Drew Moshier, Ph.D., Schmid College of Science and Technology
Student Union Ballroom, Argyros Forum, Room 119B
Mathematics is often cast as a mechanical exercise -- take the some prescribed steps and get the right answer. For a mathematician, though, this misses the key ingredient of imagination.  Mathematics has the capacity to surprise us, provided we bring our creativity to the game. Participants will experiment with several simple, yet deep, questions where mathematical imagination is at play.

Truth or Lies? A Reading and Discussion of Real and Unreal Characters
Richard Bausch, James P. Blaylock, Douglas R. Dechow, Ph.D., and Anna Leahy, Ph.D., Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Center for American War Letters, Lower Level, Leatherby Libraries
Get inside the mind of a writer as you learn from our panel of presenters who will read excerpts from their latest books and discuss the ways writers build and convey characters on the page, whether in novels, short stories, nonfiction or poetry.

The New Realities of Digital Arts
Bill Kroyer, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Cloobeck Screening Room, Digital Media Arts Center, Room 123
Find out how emerging technologies like virtual reality and augmented reality are changing education, the entertainment industry
and personal experiences.

On the Fringes: Paranormal Beliefs in the United States
Chris Bader, Ph.D., Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Argyros Forum, Room 211
Using the latest data and survey research, this master class will offer an overview of the extent of paranormal beliefs and experiences in the United States and explore how such beliefs and experiences relate to other aspects of life.

Adam Smith in the Laboratory: Making Invisible Visible
NOBEL PRIZE WINNER Vernon Smith, Ph.D., and Bart Wilson, Ph.D., Economic Science Institute
Beckman Hall, Room 205
Delve into the fascinating world of economics and philosophy with two experts in the field as they conduct and discuss laboratory experiments that demonstrate the ideas in Adam Smith's two great books, The Theory of Moral Sentiments and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.

Giving Birth to the Maternal Brain
Laura Glynn, Ph.D., Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Beckman Hall, Room 214
The prenatal period represents a critical period of neurodevelopment in the lifespan of a female.  This presentation will survey what we know about the dramatic remodeling of the architecture of the maternal brain and how these transformations affect the female's repertoire of motivations and behaviors in order to optimize care of her offspring.

Pricing at Uber, Disneyland, and American Airlines and Other Applied Economic Issues
Raymond Sfeir, Ph.D., Argyros School of Business and Economics
Pralle Lecture Hall, Beckman Hall, Room 104
Explore practical issues in economics that shape our daily lives, such as price determination by Uber and Disneyland, the disruption of the hospitality industry by Airbnb, sellers charging different prices to different customers, weather impact on farmer's income and the impact of interest rate changes.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Art Tour: Discovering Chicano Art in Orange County
Guggenheim Gallery
Join us for a special guided tour of Chapman’s contribution to the 2017 Getty Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, highlighting Chicano art in Orange County. This exhibition presents the work of prolific OC muralist, Emigdio Vasquez, alongside contemporary Chicano artists who celebrate local people and places in tandem with imagery from Mexican and American history and culture. After the exhibition, we’ll head to Moulton Courtyard for a sneak peek at the early stages of Chapman’s new mural-in-progress.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hilbert Museum of California Art Docent Tour
Hilbert Museum of California Art 167 N. Atchison, Orange
Enjoy a guided tour of Chapman’s Hilbert Museum, which focuses on the works of California’s top artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. This tour will include the permanent-collection galleries and will preview the five new exhibitions officially opening tonight: Making Waves: Rick Griffin, John Severson and California Surf Art; California Masters: Bradford Salamon; World in Changes: California Art in Transition 1940-1970; American Illustration: Children at Play; and The Magic of Disney Production Art.

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 1967, in celebration of their 50-year reunion.

11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Black Student Union 50th Anniversary Luncheon
SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Conference Suite, Lyon Conference Center, Second Floor, Argyros Forum, Room 209ABC
This event will not only celebrate 50 years of BSU, but also fundraiser for the remaining balance of the Paul Mayfield Endowment Fund! Enjoy this New Orleans, French Quarter themed event with a jazz blues band and authentic Southern-Creole food and have the opportunity to meet BSU alumni, current students and their families.

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Keck Center for Science and Engineering Model Suite
Student Union Ballroom, Argyros Forum, Room 119B
Take a break from the heat to visit our model suite for the new Keck Center for Science and Engineering. See the renderings of the finished building as well as experience some of the furnishings and elements of the Center that will be used by our students and faculty. Click here to learn more about Keck Center for Science and Engineering.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Chapman Family Picnic
Bert C. Williams Mall
All members of the Chapman Family (alumni, students, faculty, staff, families and friends) are invited to come together for a fun and relaxing afternoon on Bert C. Williams Mall. Enjoy delicious picnic fare and challenge your friends to games of corn hole, giant Jenga and other lawn games.

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. Both the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives and the Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library will be open.

1 – 2 p.m.
Master Class with President Daniele C. Struppa
Julianne Argyros Orchestra Hall, Musco Center for the Arts
Thomas Jefferson is known as the main author of the immortal Declaration of Independence. In this special master class, President Struppa will discuss how the language and ideas that permeate that document can be traced back to the work of Euclid on geometry. Archival records show that Jefferson knew and admired Euclid, and with President Struppa's guidance, you'll learn how to use geometrical language to interpret the Declaration of Independence.

1 – 3 p.m.
Alumni Past Presidents’ Advisory Council Social
Beckman Hall, Fourth Floor, Patio
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 – 3:30 p.m.
Dedication of the Erin J. Lastinger Tennis Center
Erin J. Lastinger Tennis Center
Thanks to the generosity of student-athlete alumna Erin J. Lastinger ’88 and the A. Gary Anderson Foundation, Chapman University is now home to the finest tennis facility in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Join us as we celebrate the official dedication of the brand new Erin J. Lastinger Tennis Center.

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

Truth or Lies? A Reading and Discussion of Real and Unreal Characters
Richard Bausch, James P. Blaylock, Douglas R. Dechow, Ph.D., and Anna Leahy, Ph.D., Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Center for American War Letters, Lower Level, Leatherby Libraries
Get inside the mind of a writer as you learn from our panel of presenters who will read excerpts from their latest books and discuss the ways writers build and convey characters on the page, whether in novels, short stories, nonfiction or poetry.

The New Realities of Digital Arts
Bill Kroyer, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Cloobeck Screening Room, Digital Media Arts Center, Room 123
Find out how emerging technologies like virtual reality and augmented reality are changing education, the entertainment
industry
and personal experiences.

The President, the Press and Public Trust: The Trump Era
Lori Cox Han, Ph.D., Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Beckman Hall, Room 104
This lecture will offer an early assessment of the presidential-press relationship during the Trump presidency, and how that affects public trust in government institutions as well as the news media.

"You mean you get paid to do this?”: Changing Models of Support for the Arts
Dean Giulio Ongaro, Ph.D., College of Performing Arts
Shanley Choral Room, Bertea Hall, Room 109
In this presentation, we will look at different ways in which Western societies have supported the arts through the centuries, including an exploration of the social and economic status of artists, how society defined their role and shaped their art, and how they adapted to changing
conventions,
or broke the mold.  

Generativity for Life
Tara Gruenewald, Ph.D., Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Beckman Hall, Room 214
The desire to be generative, that is, to contribute to the welfare and well-being of others, is hypothesized to take on greater significance for how we think and feel about ourselves as we age.  A burgeoning body of research also suggests that generativity may shape the quantity and quality of our lives, influencing our mental well-being, cognitive and physical functioning, and longevity. Come learn how in giving to others, we may ultimately give to ourselves, as well.

Innovation at the Intersection of Science and Engineering
Dean Andrew Lyon, Ph.D., Schmid College of Science and Technology
Student Union Ballroom, Argyros Forum, Room 119B
As scientists, we are constantly challenged to develop more sophisticated methods and approaches to understanding the natural world. As that understanding becomes more refined, and as our tools become more advanced, the translation of that knowledge into technologies that are of societal benefit becomes a vital next step. In this lecture, Dean Lyon will describe a series of cases where tremendous breakthroughs and advances came to fruition only through strong interactions across the science/engineering boundary.

Evolution of the Sports Industry
Dean Matt Parlow, Fowler School of Law
Aitken Trial Courtroom, Kennedy Hall, Room 255
An expert in sports law, Dean Parlow will share his insight about how the business of sports has changed in recent years and what trends he sees ahead.

Walt Disney & Charles Darwin
Brian Alters, Ph.D., Attallah College of Educational Studies
Haney Amphitheater, Lyon Conference Center, Argyros Forum, Room 202
Buckle up for a fun romp through Walt Disney's world of fantasy and Charles Darwin's reality of nature: explore their creations and their beliefs, and delve into some profound ideas underpinning our origins and our happiness.


2 – 3 p.m.
Hilbert Museum of California Art Docent Tour
Hilbert Museum of California Art – 167 N. Atchison, Orange
Enjoy a guided tour of Chapman’s Hilbert Museum, which focuses on the works of California’s top artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. This tour will include the permanent-collection galleries and will preview the five new exhibitions officially opening tonight: Making Waves: Rick Griffin, John Severson and California Surf Art, California Masters: Bradford Salamon, World in Changes: California Art in Transition 1940-1970, American Illustration: Children at Play, and The Magic of Disney Production Art.

2 – 3 p.m.
Estate Planning 101
Haney Amphitheater, Lyon Conference Center, Argyros Forum, Room 206BC
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.

2 – 4 p.m.
Civic Engagement Mixer
Cross Cultural Center, Third Floor, Argyros Forum
Join us for a mixer to meet and network with other civic-minded students, staff, faculty, and alumni who continue to serve their communities in their professional and personal lives.

2:45 – 5 p.m.
Tours of Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts
Musco Center for the Arts
Explore this spectacular venue and learn about its architecture and technology on a guided tour. Tours begin at 2:45, 3:30, 4:15 and 5 p.m.

3 – 4 p.m.
Interfaith Interfananza
Fish Interfaith Center
Join Chapman’s spiritual organizations and explore the Fish Interfaith Center! Experience a labyrinth walk, a meditation, or mindful coloring. Take a stroll through Chapman Hillel’s Sukkah or take a guided tour of our space and our artwork. All are welcome! Sponsored by the Dean of the Chapel and the Interfaith Council.

3 – 4 p.m.
A Golden State of Mind Screening
Huell Howser Archives, Lower Level, Leatherby Libraries
Join us in the Huell Howser Archive for a special screening of the documentary about Huell Howser's life and career, A Golden State of Mind.

3:30 5 p.m.
College of Performing Arts Facilities Tour
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.

4 – 6 p.m.
8th Annual Chili Cook-Off
Aitken Arts Plaza, Musco Center for the Arts
Something spicy is in the air for Chapman’s 8th 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 on the beautiful Bette and Wylie Aitken Arts Plaza.

4 – 6 p.m.
College Tailgate Zone
Aitken Arts Plaza, Musco Center for the Arts
While you’re enjoying your chili, explore our College Tailgate, which features a hub of activities, games, prizes, and fun for all ages, showcasing programs, services, and colleges from across the campus, including: Fowler School of Law, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Office of Community Relations, School of Communication, School of Pharmacy, Leatherby Libraries, Black Student Union, Chapman Celebrates, and Career and Professional Development.
    
4 – 6 p.m.
Student End Zone Party
Schmid Gate
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.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
25–Year Reunion for the Class of 1992
Entrance of Beckman Hall facing the Attallah Piazza
1992 was a big year for Chapman University: James L. Doti was inaugurated and Argyros Forum opened, beginning 25 years of expansion and growth! Join us for your 25-year reunion experience, hosted by Brady Hogan '92, to reconnect with your Chapman Family, meet new friends and enjoy Homecoming Weekend! Meet Brady at the Beckman Hall entrance facing Attallah Piazza.

5 – 7 p.m.
First-Gen Family Social
The Fashionables Terrace, Leatherby Libraries, Room 403
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 – 8 p.m.
Hilbert Museum of California Art
Opening Reception for New Fall Exhibitions   
Hilbert Museum of California Art – 167 N. Atchison, Orange
Enjoy light refreshments, wine and live music as you stroll through the Hilbert Museum's five new fall exhibitions:  Making Waves: Rick Griffin, John Severson and California Surf Ar; California Masters: Bradford Salamon; World in Changes: California Art in Transition 1940-1970; American Illustration: Children at Play; and The Magic of Disney Production Art.

6 7 p.m.
CoPA Alumni and Faculty Reception
Musco Center Stage
Come join your fellow College of Performing Arts alumni and faculty for some food and drink and raise a glass in honor of your alma mater, CoPA's 10th anniversary, and the performing arts. Enjoy catching up with classmates and find out what they are doing post-Chapman.

6 – 10 p.m.
Panther Pub in the Piazza
Attallah Piazza
Enjoy a casual hangout with friends, watch the football game live-streamed on an LED wall, rock out to a live performance by The Trip and capture some memories in our photo booth!

7 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game vs. Whittier College
Ernie Chapman Stadium
It wouldn’t be Homecoming without the big game! Head to the stadium and cheer for the Panthers as they take on the Whitter College Poets.

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:

Andi Doddridge
Assistant Director, Events and Programs
(714) 744-7679
doddridg@chapman.edu