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Here's what happening at Homecoming this year -- We look forward to seeing you there!


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+ - Friday, October 4, 2019

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Hilbert Museum of California Art Open House
Lower Level, Leatherby Libraries
Chapman’s acclaimed Hilbert Museum of California Art will be open today 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission and parking! Come discover this Yelp and TripAdvisor top-rated attraction, and view the current exhibitions: “The Magic and Flair of Disney Artist Mary Blair,” “Norman Rockwell & the Saturday Evening Post,”  “Stan Vosburg: WWII Homefront Art” and “Gifted: Collecting the Art of California.”  The museum is located just west of the main campus at 167 N. Atchison Street, Orange (south of Knott Studios and DMAC, across from the Orange train station). Info: 714-516-5880 or www.hilbertmuseum.com

1 - 2 p.m.         
Jumu`ah Prayers
Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center
Jumu`ah prayer is a special prayer that Muslims pray every Friday. It consists of a sermon followed by a prayer. All are welcome.

1 - 2 p.m. 
School of Communication Alumni Panel
SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Conference Suite, Argyros Forum, Room 209ABC
Curious about what you can do with a degree in communication? Hear from School of Communication Alumni about their post-grad experiences and learn about the variety of fields available to communication graduates. This event is open to current School of Communication students and parents as well as students thinking about majoring in communication.

2 - 4 p.m.
Fish Interfaith Tours
Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center
Take a guided tour of our space and our artwork. All are welcome!

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.

5:30 p.m.
Homecoming Shabbat Dinner and Service
Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center
Come and experience a Shabbat service and complimentary dinner. We welcome the entire Chapman Family, especially those who are attending their first Shabbat.

5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
The Class of 1969 and 50-Year Club Huddle
Teaching and Learning Lab, Reeves Hall, Room 1
The Class of 1969 and 50-Year Club Members are gathering for light refreshments, appetizers, and “pre-event gab” prior to the 7 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Awards.

7 - 9 p.m.
Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception & Dinner
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 at Distinguished Alumni Awards.

+ - Saturday, October 5, 2019

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

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.          
California's Gold Exhibit and Huell Howser Archives
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 Archives
Center for American War Letters Archives, 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.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Parent and Chapman Family Scavenger Hunt
The Office of Parent Engagement and the Executive Parents Ambassador Council invites the entire Chapman Family to participate in our inaugural Homecoming Scavenger hunt. Stop by the various parent booths throughout campus to receive the scavenger hunt instructions. This activity will take you on an exploration through our beautiful campus, the schools and colleges and much more. Submit your results to any of our booths on Saturday, Oct. 5 by 6 p.m. All results will be entered into a drawing and the winner will be announced via text message 15 minutes prior to the Homecoming Football game. Prizes can be picked up under the jumbotron.

10 – 1 p.m.
Italian Studies Retreat
SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Conference Suite, Argyros Forum, Room 209ABC
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 – 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.

Argyros School of Business
How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is changing Business Strategy
Brett Danaher & Marshall Toplansky
Professors Marshall Toplansky and Brett Danaher will update you on how AI and Machine Learning is revolutionizing businesses around the globe. The session will cover a broad variety of industries, with a particular view into the entertainment programming world.

Attallah College of Educational Studies/Schmid College of Science and Technology
Disney and Darwin
Brian Alters
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.

Church Relations    
Exploring The Saint John's Bible
Nancy Brink, Bill Cumiford, & Wendy Salmond
Come see the first hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible done since the invention of the printing press. Come learn about this massive artistic achievement done using medieval techniques and materials.

College of Performing Arts
Truth and Reality
Nick Gabriel
Acting is an artful deception. Onstage, actors make an important distinction between truth and reality. Using improvisational games and scripted dialogue, participants will explore how their perception is influenced by actors engaging in imaginative play.

Crean College of Health & Behavioral Sciences
Should I see a PA? Should I be a PA?
Anne Walsh
Physician Assistant (PA) consistently ranks among the nation's best health care careers (#1, US News and World Report, 2019). What is a PA, and how do they differ from medical assistants or physicians? Come learn more about the new PA program housed at the Rinker Health Sciences Campus in Irvine and the community partners with whom we work to provide outstanding training for students

Dodge College of Film & Media Arts        
The Importance of Research in the Developing Design for a Motion Picture | A Visual Biography of Legendary Production Designer: William Cameron Menzies
John Chichester      
A visual presentation of designs, sketches and storyboards demonstrating how research helps guide and develop the visual design of a film. The films to be discussed will include: Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s Team America, Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean, Judd Apatow's Get Him to the Greek, Gregory Nava's American Family, & Olivier Stone's World Trade Center.

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences  
The Social Psychology of Hate
Pete Simi      
Hate is part of the human condition. It is both biblical and built into our evolutionary history. The essential components of hate contribute to human survival but also play a leading role in some of history’s most destructive acts including genocide, terrorism, and various other forms of violence. In this masterclass, we will discuss how to think about the essence of hate, how to study hate, and what happens when individual and collective identity becomes organized around hate.

Schmid College of Science & Technology
California’s Coastal Wetlands (with carbon)
Jason Keller, Interim Dean
California has lost over 90% of the wetlands that existed in the state in the 1800s.  The loss of these important ecosystems has consequences for wildlife and coastal communities.  Chapman students have been part of a growing research area exploring how carbon stored in wetlands might be used to aid in their conservation along California’s coast.

School of Communication 
Strategizing to Achieve Success in Business and Life
Sara LaBelle
So much of life is about communicating, but often we are unaware of how to effectively communicate. Strategic communication is an emerging field of academic study that can help individuals to achieve their personal and professional goals. Dr. LaBelle has worked with Chapman students to develop strategic messaging campaigns to combat prescription stimulant misuse through the ReThink Campaign. In this master class, Dr. LaBelle will present a series of evidence-based practices for strategic messaging that attendees can apply to their personal and professional lives

School of Pharmacy
Jeff Goad
Vaccines: An ounce of prevention seems to be worth the controversy!
This session will explore the myths and facts about vaccines for kids and adults as well as the implications of outbreaks and their intersection with the law.

Fowler School of Engineering
The Science and Engineering of the Nobel Prizes
Andrew Lyon, Dean   
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.

Fowler School of Law         
Money in Politics
Kenneth Stahl
Money has become an increasingly large part of politics at all levels. This master class will look at the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which held that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited sums of money influencing elections and ask: Are corporations “people” with First Amendment rights?  What impact has Citizens United had on our politics?  What does the future look like for money in politics? 

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Keck Center Art Tour
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Lobby, Keck Center for Science and Engineering, First Floor
Join Art Collections staff for a special tour of the Keck Center’s art installations and learn about 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. Meet in the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Lobby - 1st floor of the Keck Center

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Hilbert Museum of California Art Tour
Hilbert Museum of California Art (167 N. Atchison St.)
Join Mary Platt, director of Chapman’s popular Hilbert Museum, for a fascinating and unique 40-minute guided tour of the current exhibitions: “The Magic and Flair of Disney Artist Mary Blair,” “Norman Rockwell & the Saturday Evening Post,”  “Stan Vosburg: WWII Homefront Art” and “Gifted: Collecting the Art of California.” The museum is located just west of the main campus at 167 N. Atchison Street, Orange (south of Knott Studios and DMAC, across from the Orange train station). Info: 714-516-5880 or www.hilbertmuseum.com

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
50 Year Club Luncheon & Class of 1969 Induction
Bush Conference Center, Beckman Hall, Room 404
Be a part of this milestone celebration as we induct the Class of 1969 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.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Grand Opening of The K Residence Hall
The K Residence Hall
Celebrate with us as we dedicate The K Residence Hall. At 11:30 a.m., we will gather at Chapman University's newest state-of-the-art dormitory for an array of festivities and experiences. Stilt walkers and a Chapman Radio DJ will provide entertainment, and shortcake will be available for refreshment. **Shuttles will be available from Main Campus**

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Picnic Lunch at The K Residence Hall
The K Residence Hall
Enjoy gourmet style sandwiches, sides, and sweet treats picnic style at Chapman’s newest residence hall, The K.

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.
The Role of a Trustee and Executor
Argyros Forum, Room 206 ABC
Whether serving as a trustee/executor for a loved one or planning your own estate, those named in these critical roles are taking on the highest liability under the law: fiduciary liability. Simply stated, these named individuals must serve in the best interest of the estate or else they will be held liable for acts committed not meeting this fiduciary standard. For this informative educational session, an estate attorney will present and will be glad to answer questions. The program is sponsored by the Office of Legacy Planning.

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.

Attallah College of Educational Studies
Designing Engaging Educational Environments: The Reeves Hall Case Study
Michelle Samura
How do classroom spaces affect student engagement and learning? Join us as Associate Dean Michelle Samura shares interdisciplinary insights on educational space design. An exploration of the recently renovated historic building that houses the Attallah College of Educational Studies – Reeves Hall – will catalyze discussion about opportunities and challenges of designing engaging educational environments.

Career and Professional Development
Internships: Exploring the Options and Optimizing Resources
Alexis Tai and Leanna Izen 
Students use internships as a gateway to a promising future. Gain insight on how Chapman students can optimize Chapman’s resources to secure the internship of their dreams, and get academic credit at the same time!

Church Relations
Exploring The Saint John's Bible
Nancy Brink, Bill Cumiford, & Wendy Salmond
Come see the first hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible done since the invention of the printing press. Come learn about this massive artistic achievement done using medieval techniques and materials.
           
College of Performing Arts
What does Music do in Film and how does it do it?
Amy Graziano
We will explore the use of music in films -- setting the mood, atmosphere, time, place; using melodies to represent characters and ideas; and music as narrator.

Crean College of Health & Behavioral Sciences
Emotion, Stress, and Health: How Are They Connected and What Can We Do?
Brooke Jenkins
Come learn how emotions and stress interact to impact health. This talk will cover recent scientific evidence of ways to capitalize on this information to improve health, particularly in the pediatric hospital setting. 

Dodge College of Film & Media Arts
TV Directing - Soup to Nuts
Rachel Goldberg
Did you ever wonder what a TV director actually does? Why are there so many different directors for one series of TV? How is it different than directing for film...is it different than directing for film? Come discover what a TV director does from trying to book the job, to preparing for their episode, to production and post.

Fowler Engineering
Tactile Displays and Haptic Applications
Dhanya Nair
Traditionally, human-computer interactions have been limited to visual and audio feedback. Haptics technology, still an evolving discipline, adds the dimension of touch to this human-computer interface. This class will provide a closer look at the technologies for the visually impaired, and address some of the key questions about touch and tactile feedback and how it can change the way we interact with the world around us.

Schmid College of Science & Technology
Why do we Feel Sick?
Patricia Lopes
When suffering from an infection, we may feel like we don't want to eat, drink, or talk to anyone; your own body is making you feel this way. We will dive into the intersection of immunity, hormones, brain and disease, to try to understand what leads us to feel sick during an infection.

School of Communication
Listening as a Leadership Communication Behavior
Jennifer Waldeck
This master class will introduce you to some of the state-of-the-art communication research on listening and its role in leadership relevant to life at work, at home, and in the community; and help you identify your strengths and challenges as a listener. We will also examine how to practice elevated, sophisticated listening behaviors for enhanced success in your current roles so that you can move to higher levels of leadership and influence.

School of Pharmacy
All Eyes on Eye Care
Ajay Sharma
Learn how to take care of your eyes in the electronic era of visual overload, under changing environmental conditions or during the graceful process of getting old. This session will include a detailed discussion on dry eye disease and glaucoma.

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Campaign 2020: The State of the Race
Lori Cox Han
This master class will analyze the 2020 presidential campaign, including an assessment of candidates and what is at stake for the American presidency.

2 - 4 p.m.      
Keck Center for Science and Engineering Open House
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Lobby, Keck Center for Science and Engineering, First Floor
Come see and tour the Keck Center, celebrating its first birthday and witness science on display! Check-in at the Beckman Lobby – first floor of the Keck Center, across from Argyros Forum

2 - 4 p.m.         
Musco Center Tours
Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts
Join us for a quick tour of Musco Center for the Arts, beginning at the Global Citizens Plaza, continuing inside the theatre and concluding at the lobby doors. 
*Space is limited to 25 guests and registration is required.

3 - 4 p.m.         
Interfaith Interfananza
Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center
Join Chapman’s spiritual organizations and explore the Fish Interfaith Center! Take a guided tour of our space and our artwork. All are welcome!

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.

3:00 - 7 p.m.   
Panther Cage Match
Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship & Business Ethics
The Business competition is designed to give our Chapman student and alumni entrepreneurs a real-world experience to fine-tune their business concepts to successfully commercialize their product or related service. The competition is focused on early-stage projects and startups which are engaged in entrepreneurial activities. The competition will be followed by a BBQ tailgate and awards reception.
Interested Entrepreneurs can find more information at Panther Cage Match.

3 - 6:30 p.m.    
Homecoming Hoedown
Bert C. Williams Mall
Have we got some country western fun planned for y'all! Enjoy your favorite BBQ fixins', line dancing, boot kickin' music, a kid zone fit for kids of all ages and a whole bunch more including our exclusive Alumni Saloon! Darn tootin' this'll be your new favorite Chapman Family Homecoming event!

4 p.m.
Volleyball vs Cal Lutheran
Hutton Sports Center
The Chapman Panthers take on the Cal Lutheran Regals in this conference match. Admission is free.

4:30 - 7:00 p.m.          
2nd Annual Fish Interfaith Docent Reunion
The Fashionables Courtyard, Fish Interfaith Center
Previous docents and staff of the Fish Interfaith Center from all years are invited to a night of sharing memories, eating food, and playing FIC-inspired games.

6 - 8 p.m.         
First-Gen Family Social
The Fashionables Terrace, Leatherby Libraries, Room 403
First-Generation alumni, students, and families are all welcomed to attend our Family Social. Promising Futures Program is a campus community for students who are the first in their family to attend (and graduate from) college. Mix and mingle with fellow First-Gens while enjoying some food, fun, and Chapman spirit!

6:30 -10 p.m.  
Alumni Exclusive Panther Pub Party
Women of Chapman Gallery of Science, Keck Center for Science and Engineering, Third Floor
Join fellow alumni and their guests for Panther Pub Party — an exclusive event for alumni to mix and mingle while watching the Homecoming football game from the best view in the house on the 3rd floor of the Keck Center for Science and Engineering. Back for its second year, this event is loaded with food and fun, including a hosted bar. Get in before it's sold out! Pre-sale wrist band $35 | at door $50

7 p.m.  
Football Game vs Whittier 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 Whittier Poets.

Please note: tickets for the football game must be purchased through the Athletics Department. A ticket guarantees entrance to the stadium but does not guarantee a seat on the home side. A wristband will also be needed to enter on the home side. Wristbands will be available starting at 5 p.m. on game day at the entrance of the stadium. Quantities are limited. An endzone (standing) section is available in addition to the seating on the visitor (Keck Center) side for those fans without a wristband. 

7 - 10 p.m.       
Beyond the End Zone
Panther Plaza
Can't get tickets to the big game? Enjoy a casual hangout with friends and watch the football game live-streamed on the Wilsontron.

Join our Team of Volunteers!

It takes an army of volunteers to put on this fun-filled event! Would you like to join us? We would certainly appreciate your help! 

Chapman Family Volunteer Form

Class of 1969 Reunion and Induction into the 50-Year Club

Class of 1969 stay tuned for YOUR information.  Here's what the Class of 1968 did last year:

Hello "First Year of the Baby Boomers!" Please join us as we celebrate our 50-Year Reunion and formally get inducted at the 50-Year Club Luncheon. For more detailed information and FAQs click here.

Click here to help Student Scholarships through the Chapman Fund in honor of the Class of 1969!

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