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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. Four separate tracks, each pertaining to a specific class year in school, 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 
Registration coming soon. 


Schedule of Events for Parents and Students

+ - Friday, February 23 - 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.
Self-Guided Tour of the Hilbert Museum of California Art
Chapman University’s Hilbert Museum of California Art houses a superlative collection focusing on the “California Scene” 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

12:30 p.m. 
Reeves Hall Ribbon Cutting and Tour of the Attallah College of Educational Studies' Learning Labs
Join President Struppa, Dean Margaret Grogan, Trustee Donna Ford Attallah ’61 and Chapman family members for a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the newly renovated Reeves Hall, one of the historic buildings on campus and home of the Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies. Tours of Reeves Hall will include opportunities to experience the new Learning Labs (designed for developing and researching innovative educational environments) and to learn more about the undergraduate and graduate programs offered in the Attallah College.
Location: Reeves Hall

12:30-4 p.m.
Guided Tour of Chapman Grand: New Student Housing
Get an insider peek of Chapman's newest housing facility. Come view the different room layouts, facilities that are available for your student, and much more. 
Guided tours offered every 30 minutes starting at 12:30 p.m. with the final tour starting at 4 p.m.
Location: 915 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92805

4 p.m.
*New Programming for Senior Students 
All senior students are invited to attend an alumni transition presentation, which will precede the Chappy Hour listed below. All students may join their parents at the Chappy Hour. 

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, along with representatives from the Office of Parent Engagement and the Alumni Association. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about alumni services during this fun social event.
Location: George H. W. Bush Conference Center, Beckman Hall, Room 404

+ - Saturday, February 24 - 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 President Daniele C. Struppa
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 4+1 degree 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 2018 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

Freshman Parents - Argyros Forum, Room TBD

10-10:45 a.m.
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 how students navigate their first year at Chapman and how you can assist them.

11-11:45 a.m.
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. 

12-12:45 p.m. 
Housing: Options for Your Freshman Student

Dave Sundby, director of residence life and first-year experience
With an ever-growing student population, housing is a hot topic. Find out what opportunities your freshman student should be exploring and what this timeline should look like next for year and beyond. 

Sophomore Parents - Argyros Forum, Room TBD

10-10:45 a.m.
Academics: Staying on Track
Roberto Coronel, director of academic advising
Even as sophomores, students should be planning ahead for graduation. Learn how you can best support your student on their path and how they can be setting themselves up to graduate on time.

11-11:45 a.m.
Internships: Exploring the Options and Optimizing Resources with Your Student
Melissa Lewis, data and systems analyst, 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!

12-12:45 p.m. 
Housing: Options for Your Sophomore Student
Amanda Zamora, off-campus housing coordinator
With an ever-growing student population, housing is a hot topic. Find out what opportunities your sophomore student should be exploring and what this timeline should look like.

Junior Parents - Argyros Forum, Room TBD

10-10:45 a.m.
Junior 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.

11-11:45 a.m.
Program Advising: An Invaluable Resource for Junior Students
Panel of Program Advisors
Faculty Advisors are assigned by each academic program to ensure your student has the required courses to earn their degrees. Learn from our panel of program advisors how and when your students should utilize them.

12-12:45 p.m. 
Graduate School, Fellowships and Scholar Programs After Graduation
Monica Chen assistant director and International officer for Graduate Admission
If your student is interested in pursuing a graduate degree, or a fellowship or scholar program after graduation, it is important for them to start preparing as early as junior year. Learn how to best support your student in this important process.

Senior Parents - Argyros Forum, Room TBD

10-10:45 a.m.
"There's No Place like Chapman": University Support for Alumni 
Brady Hogan, director of alumni engagement
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!

11-11:45 a.m.
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.

12-12:45 p.m. 
Commencement Preparation: Logistics and Planning 
Brittany Pacheco, associate director of academic events
Learn about Chapman’s commencement ceremonies and get tips on making this a smooth and stress-free day.

Faculty Master Classes - Argyros Forum, Room TBD

10-10:45 a.m.
Wetlands and Climate Change
Jason Keller, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology
Dr. Keller is an ecologist broadly interested in the flow of carbon and nutrients through ecosystems. Much of his work explores how ecosystems will respond to ongoing global change. Come learn more about his research.

11-11:45 a.m.
Walt Disney & Charles Darwin
Brian Alters, Ph.D., FAAAS, Attallah College of Educational Studies
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.

12-12:45 p.m. 
Truth or Lies?: Character & Storytelling
Richard Bausch and James P. Blaylock, professors of English and creative writing, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Authors of Peace and Living in the Weather of the World (Richard Bausch), and the Langdon St. Ives series and pioneer of Steampunk (James P. Blaylock) will read short excerpts from their latest books and discuss the ways writers build vibrant characters and convey them on the page so they come alive in readers' minds

+ - Saturday, February 24 - Afternoon Events

1-2 p.m.
Lunch with the Library
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 

1:30-8 p.m. 
Dodge College One-Hour Film School Workshop
Join Dean Bob Bassett for a workshop where we teach you what it is like to be a student in the film division at Dodge College. Dodge College parents will collaborate to conceptualize and direct a 30-second video from start to finish using industry-standard equipment. To accommodate the editing process, the workshop will conclude with a cocktail reception and dinner before the screening on the film in the stunning Folino Theater.
Location: Marion Knott Studios

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 Open House, and Student Internship Panel
Open House (1-1:30 p.m): Meet faculty, students, and parents in the School of Communication, during this informal open house event. Families and students can ask questions and learn more about our programs, classes, and opportunities.

Student Internship Panel (1:30-2:15 p.m.): What can you do with a degree from the School of Communication? The opportunities are endless. Hear from current students about their internships experiences in the School of Communication. Learn how these experiences helped shape, expand, or even alter career goals.
Location: TBD

1:30-3 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

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Wilkinson College Lunch and Faculty Master Class
Understanding Fear: The Chapman University Survey of American Fears
This class explores the findings of the Chapman University Survey of American Fears, an annual survey of what Americans fear the most. We will discuss how the survey was collected, how students were involved in the project and some of the most surprising key findings from this project about how our fears impact life.
Location: TBD

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Schmid College of Science and Technology
Grand Challenges Initiative: Come learn about the remarkable solutions our students have developed to address some of our planet's greatest challenges. By working together in multidisciplinary teams from their first day on campus, students in our innovative Grand Challenges Initiative gain a deep understanding of how to solve problems using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The results showcased here illustrate how engaged students, who take ownership of their education, can achieve remarkable results.
Location: TBD

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Crean College Lunch and Presentation with Dean Hill
Come learn about the extraordinary opportunities available to your student as a Health and Behavioral Sciences major from Dean Janeen Hill.
Location: Crean Hall, Atrium

2-3 p.m.
College of Performing Arts: Who We Are and What We Do
Come meet and join College of Performing Arts (CoPA) Dean, Giulio Ongaro, Ph.D., as he gives an overview of the College, highlighting the 10-Year Anniversary of CoPA, various programs and degrees offered across all 3 disciplines – Music, Theatre, and Dance.  Dean Ongaro will also discuss different partnerships CoPA has with outside organizations and the current landscape of the performing arts and how it relates to the students in CoPA.   Parents and students are encouraged to ask questions about our programs and other opportunities.
Location: Shanley Choral Room, Bertea Hall Room 109

1:00-2:15 p.m.
Argyros School of Business and Economics
Matthew E. Hanson, Ph.D., MBA, director ofRalph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics
Learn and discuss how to gain a competitive advantage by reacting faster to market opportunity. He will also discuss how students can become more entrepreneurial in the workforce.
Location: TBD

2:30-3:45 p.m.
Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship Open House
Come explore the Launch Labs Garage, Chapman’s  startup incubator within the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics, where students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni can turn ideas into companies. The Launch Labs Garage provides open collaboration areas, meeting rooms and a variety of other services.
Location: 549 W. Palm Avenue, Orange, CA 92866