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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. 21 - 22, 2020 

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Schedule of Events for Parents


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+ - Friday, February 21 - 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 - 4 p.m.
Fish Interfaith Center 15th Anniversary Open House
Following President Struppa’s State of the University we invite you to join the Fish Interfaith Center in celebrating our 15-year anniversary! They will have an open house, remarks from President Struppa and our student leaders.
Location: Fish Interfaith Center, next to Beckman Hall

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 Diner.
Location: Hilbert Museum of California Art, 167 N. Atchison Street, Orange

12 - 5 p.m.
Self-Guided Tour of the Leatherby Libraries
There is more to the Leatherby Libraries than just checking out books! The Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University offers five floors (including a lower level) of art, culture and history to students, staff, faculty and the public. Over the years, the libraries have received an array of gifts and donations of all kinds, turning the building into a proper treasure trove of art, culture and history. Come explore the treasures and unique collections of the Leatherby Libraries using this self-guided tour. For library hours please call (714) 532-7756 or check the Library's hours.
If you are interested in a behind the scenes guided tour, please contact Development Librarian Essraa Nawar at nawar@chapman.edu or 714-532-7748 to schedule a convenient time during your visit.
Location: Leatherby Libraries

12 - 5 p.m.
Self-Guided Tour of the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library
Visit the Sala and Aron Samueli 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

12:15 - 1 p.m.
Outdoor Sculpture Art Tour
Join us on a tour around Chapman’s campus and learn about the various large abstract sculptures.
Location: Meet at Memorial Lawn

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 
Jummah Prayers
Jumu`ah prayer is a special prayer that Muslims pray every Friday. It consists of a sermon followed by a prayer. All are welcome.
Location: Fish Interfaith Center, next to Beckman Hall

1 - 3 p.m. 
Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship Tour
Visit the Ralph W. Leatherby center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics where we develop and support student and alumni with academic teaching and business mentorship.  Faculty members in applied fields and with deep industry networks provide finance, marketing, mentorship and operations frameworks around new business and product/service development.
Location: 549 W. Palm Ave. Orange, CA 92868

1:15 - 2 p.m.
Beckman Hall Art Tour
Join us inside Beckman Hall for an art tour exploring Modern and Contemporary paintings and prints.
Location: Beckman Hall meet by the Starbucks

2:15 - 3 p.m.
Keck Center for Science and Engineering Art Tour
Join us on a tour of the Keck Center for Science and Engineering as we explore the paintings, photographs, and prints inside the building which relate to the relationships between art and science.
Location: Keck Center for Science and Engineering meet at the entrance facing Argyros Forum

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: TBA

5:30 p.m.
Shabbat Dinner
Come and experience a Shabbat service and complimentary dinner. We welcome the entire Chapman Family, especially those who are attending their first Shabbat.
Location: Fish Interfaith Center, next to Beckman Hall

+ - Saturday, February 22 - Events

8 - 9 a.m.
Check-In and Continental Breakfast
Location: Student Union, Great Room, Argyros Forum, First Floor

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Self-Guided Tour of the Leatherby Libraries
There is more to the Leatherby Libraries than just checking out books! The Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University offers five floors (including a lower level) of art, culture and history to students, staff, faculty and the public. Over the years, the libraries have received an array of gifts and donations of all kinds, turning the building into a proper treasure trove of art, culture and history. Come explore the treasures and unique collections of the Leatherby Libraries using this self-guided tour. For library hours please call (714) 532-7756 or check the Library's hours.
If you are interested in a behind the scenes guided tour, please contact Development Librarian Essraa Nawar at nawar@chapman.edu or 714-532-7748 to schedule a convenient time during your visit.
Location: Leatherby Libraries

9 - 9:45 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote Address
Location: Lyon Conference Center, Argyros Forum, Room 209

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Graduate Program Informational Booths
Stop by our tables, and learn about our innovative accelerated (4+1) graduate programs, and meet with graduate program representatives from the schools and colleges.
Location: Lyon Conference Center, Argyros Forum, Second Floor, Hallways

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 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. 
Breakout Sessions, Career Readiness Fair & Afternoon Programming 
Additional details are provided below.
Location: Lyon Conference Center, Argyros Forum, Various Rooms, Second Floor

12 - 12:45 p.m.
Speed Faithing
Explore your beliefs and build relationships across faith boundaries! The event will follow a speed-dating format with a meaningful and spiritual twist as we investigate life’s big questions. Deepen your understanding of reality as you discover new perspectives.
Presenter: Jen Ruby '07 and Bryleigh Blaise
Location: Fish Interfaith Center, next to Beckman Hall

1 - 1:45 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: Michael Simon (J.D. '01)
Location: TBA

1 - 4 p.m.
Fowler School of Law 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. Please register to attend here.
Location: Kennedy Hall

1 - 1:45 p.m.
Introduction to Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship
Visit the Ralph W. Leatherby center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics where we develop and support student and alumni with academic teaching and business mentorship.  Faculty members in applied fields and with deep industry networks provide finance, marketing, mentorship and operations frameworks around new business and product/service development.
Location: 549 W. Palm Ave., Orange

2 - 2:45 p.m.
Introduction to Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship
Visit the Ralph W. Leatherby center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics where we develop and support student and alumni with academic teaching and business mentorship.  Faculty members in applied fields and with deep industry networks provide finance, marketing, mentorship and operations frameworks around new business and product/service development.
Location: 549 W. Palm Ave., Orange

Breakout Sessions & Faculty Master Classes

Session 1 Options: 10 - 10:45 a.m. - Location TBA

Academics: Staying on Track
Speaker TBA
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

Study Abroad: A Life-Changing Experience
Speaker TBA
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

Graduate School and Post-Graduate Fellowships & Scholar Programs
Speaker TBA
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 TBA
The Office of Alumni Engagement will hold an impactful discussion highlighting the 50,000+ Chapman Alumni network and how it not only assists fellow alumni at all stages of life but helps promote and advance the goals and mission of the University.  From the Alumni Board and 50 Year Club, to Regional Associations, Chapman 50 and the Young Alumni Society, hear from a broad array of alumni sharing their stories as to how the Chapman Alumni network has helped them socially, professionally and intellectually, helped shaped careers and employment opportunities for both job seeker and employer, and even helped ease the move to a new city.  This is one session where you’ll leave confident and pleased that your student is part of the Chapman Family.
**Recommended for fourth-year families

Faculty Master Class - Smoke and Mirrors: The Rise of Vaping Among U.S. Youth
Georgiana Bostean, Assistant Professor of Wilkinson & Schmid Colleges
E-cigarette use among adolescents has now surpassed cigarette smoking, which has declined steadily in the past decades. With the emergence of Juul and consequent upsurgence in youth vaping, and the new vaping-associated lung injury cases leading to numerous deaths, vaping has become a hot policy topic. This presentation will overview the evidence on e-cigarettes, focusing on youth use and implications for population health.

Session 2 Options: 11 - 11:45 a.m.  - Location TBA

Housing: Options for Living in Chapman Housing
Speaker TBA
Because all first-and second-year students are 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 Living Off-Campus
Speaker TBA
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

Internships: Exploring the Options and Optimizing Resources with Your Student
Speaker TBA
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

Commencement Preparation: Logistics and Planning 
Speaker TBA
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 Class - presented by Dean Turk of Argyros School of Business & Economics
Details TBA

+ - Saturday, February 22 - School/College Afternoon Programming

Please visit your student's School/College for an optional lunch, Career Readiness Session and afternoon programming. The Career Readiness Session is an opportunity for you to meet the School/College career advisor. Learn about all the resources that are available to your student in order to prepare them for life after Chapman. If your student's major is undecided, please visit the School/College they are most interested in majoring.

Argyros School of Business & Economics
12 p.m. - Optional lunch $15/person
12:30 p.m. - Career Readiness Session

Attallah College of Educational
12 p.m. - Optional lunch $15/person
12:30 p.m. - Career Readiness Session

College of Performing Arts
12 p.m. - Optional lunch $15/person
12:30 p.m. - Career Readiness Session - Learn more about career support at College of Performing Arts (CoPA) and hear from an alumni panel about life after graduation.
1:30 p.m. - Life of a Performing Arts Student - Come hear from CoPA's music, theatre and dance students on how they prepare for an audition, perform for a show and the challenges they face.  Each discipline is different and unique and you’ll be able to hear firsthand from current CoPA students on 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. 

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
12 p.m. - Optional lunch $15/person
12:30 p.m. - Career Readiness Session
1:30 p.m. - Dialogue with Dean Hill - A Q&A session for parents to learn more about the undergraduate experience at the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
12 p.m. - Optional lunch $15/person
12:45 p.m. - State of the College from Interim Dean Michael Kowalski
1 p.m. - Career Readiness Session
1:30 p.m. Master Classes with Faculty
Choose one of three Master Classes to attend:

  • Documentary filmmaker SALLY RUBIN, an Assistant Professor in Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, will discuss "How to Make A Documentary Film: From Concept to Distribution". Utilizing student documentaries as examples, she will elaborate on her view that: “The power of documentary filmmaking is the ability to inspire people into caring about other people's lives, creating an understanding between people who otherwise would never come into contact with each other, and getting people to take action in the world on issues that they care about.”
  • Professor Bill Kroyer of the Dodge College Animation/Visual Effects program will host a master class about "Emerging Technologies at Chapman University".  Prof. Kroyer will show examples of how Dodge College students have created award-winning work in Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), 360-filmmaking, and real-time rendering, and showcase the exciting applications of this new technology in cooperation with other Chapman colleges, including applied psychology and medicine.
  • "Visual Storytelling or What is the Girl Eating When the Dinosaur Walks In" as told through the words of Professor Harry Cheney. It is said that cinema is a director's medium.  But the success of a film is dependent on the thousands of small details added by a dedicated crew of technicians and artists.  This lecture is about those small details.

2:30 - 4 p.m. - Mixer with drinks and light appetizers

Fowler School of Engineering
12 p.m. - Optional lunch $15/person
12:30 p.m. - Career Readiness Session
1:30 p.m. - "What is the Grand Challenges Initiative"

School of Communication
12 p.m. - Lunch. In lieu of paying for lunch, please consider a donation to the Fund for Excellence.
12:30 p.m. - Career Readiness Session

Schmid College of Science and Technology
12 p.m. - Optional lunch $15/person
12:30 p.m. - Career Readiness Session
1:30 p.m. - "What is the Grand Challenges Initiative"

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
12 p.m. - Lunchtime Chat with the Dean & Special Presentation with Career Advisor.
In Lieu of paying for lunch, please consider a donation to the Fund for Academic Excellence.

 

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