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The Office of Parent Engagement

» Parent Spring Summit

Parent Spring Summit is a program specifically designed to give parents the information most relevant to their student's stage in college. Individual sessions are offered to give you insight on your student's current experience and how to prepare for the future, whether that be the next class year or life after graduation.

Parent Spring Summit is Feb. 22 - 23, 2019 

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Schedule of Events for Parents

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+ - Friday, February 22 - Events

11 a.m. 
State of the University Address, presented by President Daniele C. Struppa
Join President Struppa for the State of the University address highlighting Chapman’s most significant recent accomplishments, and his plans for our future growth and success.
Location: Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts

12 - 5 p.m.
Career and Professional Development Open House
Inside beautifully restored historic Old Towne Orange homes, you’ll discover a vibrant career complex home to Chapman University’s interview center, career lab and more. See first-hand where students and alumni connect with (free) world-class career support to help them achieve anything imaginable.
Location: 342 N. Glassell, Orange, CA 92866

12 - 5 p.m.
Self-Guided Tour of the Hilbert Museum of California Art
Chapman University’s Hilbert Museum is hosting a superlative exhibition on the “Bay Area” painting movement from the 1920s to the 1970s. The Museum also houses a collection of Disney animation art and works of noted American illustrators. Chapman is proud to host the Hilbert Collection in the only museum of its kind in the nation. Shuttle buses will be on hand to take guests from the State of the University Address in Musco Center to the museum, which is located just across from Ruby’s and the train station.
Location: Hilbert Museum of California Art, 167 N. Atchison Street, Orange

12 - 5 p.m.
Self-Guided Tour of the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library
Visit the Sala and Aron Samuel Holocaust Memorial Library for a self-guided tour of the exhibit area as well as an opportunity to view student artwork from the annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.
Location: Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library, Leatherby Libraries, Room 404

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Keck Center for Science and Engineering Open House
Come see and tour the new Keck Center and witness science on display! Guided tours will be offered from 12:30-2:30 p.m. There will also be self-guided tour books available for you to explore this amazing new space for learning after 3 p.m.

Guided tours offered every 30 minutes starting at 12:30 p.m. with the final tour beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Keck Center for Science and Engineering

1 - 4:30 p.m.
Guided Tour of Fish Interfaith Center
Come see and tour the beautiful, award-winning Fish Interfaith Center. Meet with staff and students to learn more about spiritual life on campus.

5 - 7 p.m. 
Panther Family Chappy Hour
What better way to cap off the first day of Parent Spring Summit than with a Chappy Hour? Bring your student to mix and mingle with fellow Chapman families, representatives from the Office of Parent Engagement, the Alumni Association, and City of Orange leadership.
Location: George H. W. Bush Conference Center, Beckman Hall, Room 404

+ - Saturday, February 23 - Morning Events

8-9 a.m.
Check-In and Donuts with the Deans
Start your day with coffee and a light breakfast as you connect with leaders from Chapman’s ten schools and colleges.
Location: Student Union, Great Room, Argyros Forum, First Floor

9:15-9:45 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote Address
Presented by Dr. Andrew Lyon, Dean of the new Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering
Location: Lyon Conference Center, Argyros Forum, Room 209

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 
Breakout Sessions and Faculty Master Classes 
Additional details are provided below.
Location: Lyon Conference Center, Argyros Forum, Various Rooms, Second Floor

10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Graduate Program Informational Booths
Stop by our tables, and learn about our innovative accelerated (4+1) and graduate programs, and meet with graduate program representatives from the schools and colleges.
Location: Lyon Conference Center, Argyros Forum, Second Floor, Hallways

10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Town & Gown Informational Booth
Town and Gown presents a lunch and lecture series (Lunch at the Forum) throughout the year, while providing scholarship support to Chapman’s students. Stop by the table to learn more and join in the fun!
Location: Lyon Conference Center, Argyros Forum, Second Floor, Hallways

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Class of 2019 Graduation Fair
Various departments and vendors will come together to create a unique shopping experience for all things graduation and commencement related.
Location: Pankey Visitors Center, Argyros Forum, First Floor

Breakout Sessions

Session 1 Options: 10 - 10:45 a.m. - Argyros Forum, Room TBD

Wrapping up the Freshman Experience
Jerry Price, Ph.D., dean of students and vice president for student affairs
The freshman experience is a unique and exciting time in your student’s life. Learn ways to assist your student as they complete their first year.
**Recommended for first-year families

Academics: Staying on Track
Dina Bartoloni Mai, assistant director
Learn how you can best support your student on their path and how they can be setting themselves up to graduate on time.
**Recommended for first and second-year families

Graduate School Options
Melissa Liberman, graduate admission counselor, Office of Admission
If your student is interested in pursuing a graduate degree program after graduation, it is important for them to start preparing as early as the second year. Learn about the graduate application process, graduate programs at Chapman (including our accelerated 4+1 programs), and how to best support your student in this important process.
**Recommended for third and fourth-year families

"There's No Place like Chapman": University Support for Alumni 
Speaker TBD
Chapman’s Alumni Association offers job placement assistance, educational and social programs and a Chapman connection for life. Find out about the opportunities your student can take advantage of now, plus assistance they can receive after graduation. This is a great session for your student, too!
**Recommended for fourth-year families

Session 2 Options: 11 - 11:45 a.m.  - Argyros Forum, Room TBD

Study Abroad: A Life-Changing Experience
Jodi Hicks, assistant director of overseas programs, Center for Global Education, and panel
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 from our experts what your student should be doing to properly prepare for an international experience.
**Recommended for first-year and second-year families

Internships: Exploring the Options and Optimizing Resources with Your Student
Alexis Tai, internship coordinator at the office of career and professional development
Students use internships as a gateway to a promising future. Gain insight on how your student can optimize Chapman’s resources to secure the internship of their dreams!
**Recommended for second-year and third-year families

Our Strategic Plan and What It Means For You
President Daniele Struppa
Last year we embarked on our newest Strategic Plan. Join our President as he discusses ways in which you can engage with our University on a deeper level and help us to meet our goals.
**Recommended for all year

Career Development: Expectations Upon Entering the Work Force 
Jo Bandy, executive director of career and professional development, and alumni panel
Gain valuable insight on attaining a job post-graduation from Chapman alumni who have made the jump from college to the working world.
**Recommended for fourth-year families

Session 3 Options: 12 - 12:45 a.m. - Argyros Forum, Room TBD

Housing: Options for On-Campus Living
Dave Sundby, director of residence life and first-year experience
Because all first-and second-year students are now required to live in our on-campus facilities, housing is a hot topic. Find out what opportunities your student should be exploring and what this timeline should look like.
**Recommended for first-year families

Housing: Options for Off-Campus Living
Amanda Zamora, off-campus housing coordinator
Your student may be considering an off-campus housing option. Find out what opportunities your sophomore student should be exploring and what this timeline should look like.
**Recommended for second-year and third-year families

Third Year Career Planning: Guiding Your Student
Susan Chang, assistant director of career education
This session will highlight critical factors in today’s job market, give you the tools to ensure your student is developing key relationships and help you to support your student during this important time. 
**Recommended for third-year families

Commencement Preparation: Logistics and Planning 
Cristina Hallock, event coordinator
Learn about Chapman’s Commencement ceremonies and get tips on making this a smooth and stress-free day.
**Recommended for fourth-year families

Faculty Master Classes - Argyros Forum, Room TBD

10-10:45 a.m. **This session has been changed to...
The Social Psychology of Hate
Pete Simi, Associate Professor & Director of the Earl Babbie Research Center, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
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 individuals and groups become organized around hate.
**Recommended for all year

11-11:45 a.m.
The Emotional Work of Television
Kelli Fuery, Assistant Professor, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Television, in 21st century, has evolved into what is better termed as post-cinematic media, complicating not just the type or structure of stories that are told but also demanding different aesthetic styles and significantly higher budgets. 
**Recommended for all year

One of the most distinctive shifts has been the prominence of highly emotional and traumatic episodic narratives. In this masterclass, we will explore, through HBO’s Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects, the idea that emotion is more complex than simply a representation of feeling, rather it functions as a structuring of thought. In this way, television is positioned as a tool to think through complex social experience.
**Recommended for all year

12-12:45 p.m. 
Applying a Major in the Arts to the Real World
Robin Kish, MS, MFA; Associate Professor in Dance
It’s not all about the glitter and glamour of being on stage. Robin Kish, professor in dance, discusses how majors in the arts are uniquely prepared to find longevity and fulfilling careers for students
**Recommended for all year

+ - Saturday, February 23 - Afternoon Events

1-2 p.m.
Lunch with the Dean of the Leatherby Libraries, Charlene Baldwin
Enjoy lunch while touring an extensive collection of previously unpublished war letters from every American conflict.
Location: The Center for the American War Letters Reading Room, Leatherby Libraries, Lower Level 

1-4 p.m. 
Fowler School of Law Lunch and Open House
Come to Kennedy Hall, home of the Fowler School of Law, to learn from current students and administrators about law school admissions, financial aid, and career services. Light appetizers provided.
Location: Kennedy Hall

1-2:15 p.m. 
School of Communication Lunch and Student Internship Panel
What can you do with a degree from the School of Communication? The opportunities are endless. Hear from current students about their internship experiences in the School of Communication. Learn how these experiences helped shape, expand, or even alter our students’ career goals and led to positions following graduation.
Location: TBD

1-2 p.m.
Estate Planning 101
Having a complete and proper estate plan is an important gift of peace for your loved ones. Whether you have a plan in place or want to learn for the future, the presenting attorney will highlight core documents needed in a properly planned estate as well as review common estate planning mistakes.
Presenter: Zebulon Law, Esq., practicing estate attorney and adjunct professor in Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law. 
All attendees will receive a complimentary guide to planning a will and trust.
Location: TBD

1-3:30 p.m.
Dodge College of Film and Media Arts: Fundamental Foundations—Story
Catch a glimpse into the foundations class which focuses on one of the key goals of entertainment, media and cinema: to communicate a story for the multi-faceted purposes of informing, persuading, entertaining and transforming individuals, society, culture, and humanity. Join our Story professors for an exciting presentation and unique, fun exercises surrounding a fundamental component of a student’s education at Dodge College.
Lunch from 1 - 2 p.m. | Presentation from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Wilkinson College: What the $!@% is Creative and Cultural Industries?  
Dr. Patrick Fuery, Dean of Wilkinson College
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 CCI looks at the vast array of cultural and creative activities from a local to global perspective, with subject areas as diverse as media, fashion, tourism, museums, art galleries, publishing, sports, gaming, new technologies, and visual cultures. Dean Fuery will also demonstrate how CCI is about the nature of creativity and how that is an essential part of our lives; of how we use creativity in different ways to solve issues, come up with new ideas and approaches, and unsettle the way the world thinks.
Location: TBD

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Succeeding in Schmid: A Student Panel Presentation
Join us as Schmid College students share resources and opportunities that have been the most helpful in their STEM programs. Ask our undergraduates about their experiences and insights to help your student thrive in the sciences.
Location: TBD

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Dialogue with the Dean
Dr. Janeen Hill, dean of Crean College
A Q&A session for parents to learn more about the undergraduate experience at the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.
Location: Crean Hall, Atrium

1:30-2:30 p.m.
College of Performing Arts: Life of a Performing Arts Student
Come hear from College of Performing Arts’ music, theatre, and dance students on how they prepare for an audition, perform for a show and the challenges they face. Each discipline is unique and you’ll be able to hear firsthand from current CoPA students what it’s like to be in the performing arts. Parents will be able to gain a deeper perspective on what it’s like for their child to perform on stage. This panel discussion will be moderated and open for discussions and questions.
Location: Shanley Choral Room, Bertea Hall Room 109

1:30 p.m. 
Argyros School of Business and Economics
More information will be available in the New Year.
Location: TBD

1:30 p.m. 
Attallah College: Careers in education for all majors
Education needs a new generation of professionals who are dedicated to changing the status quo and ensuring all students have the opportunity to learn. Explore the career options available to your students and how we can work together to get them on track for their future.
Location: TBD

2 - 4 p.m.  
Makerspace Open House - Grand Challenges Initiative
The Grand Challenges Initiative is focused on teaching students how to solve our most complex problems using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Join us for an open house in the program's brand-new Makerspace and see where our students turn their solutions into reality. Dr. Greg Goldsmith, the director of the Grand Challenges Initiative, will be on hand to talk about the program and give demonstrations.
Location: TBD

2:30-3:30 p.m. 
How to Be an Executor and Trustee
Zeb Law, speaker
We will address the role of trustee and executor in carrying out an estate plan. Those named in these critical roles are taking on the highest liability under the law – called Fiduciary Liability. Simply stated, these named individuals must serve in the best interest of the estate else they will be held liable for acts committed not meeting this fiduciary standard.
Location: TBD


**Please note, you can attend any afternoon event without the purchase of a lunch ticket.