» About the Staff


Anna LeahyOURCA DIRECTOR: Professor Anna Leahy, Ph.D.,  is an Associate Professor in Department of English, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Anna Leahy's book Constituents of Matter won the Wick Poetry Prize. Her poetry and nonfiction appear widely in anthologies and journals, including Crab Orchard Review, Cream City Review, The Journal, and The Southern Review. Her essay in The Pinch was a Notable in The Best American Essay 2013. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs, curates the Tabula Poetica reading series, and edits TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics. With Sciences Librarian Douglas Dechow, she writes in the Lofty Ambitions blog.


Lisa KendrickOURCA COORDINATOR: Lisa Kendrick received her B.A. in Communications with an Emphasis in Film and Television Production from Chapman University in 1987. She worked briefly for PCTV in Placentia before entering the apparel industry. In 2005, Lisa received a Teaching Credential and taught fourth grade at St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Long Beach. She returned to the apparel industry until 2014, when she accepted her position with OURCA at Chapman University.


Melissa-IzbickiOURCA ASSISTANT AND LEAD OURCA AMBASSADOR: Jessica Bocinski is a Senior undergraduate student completing her B.A. in Art History and B.A. in Anthropology from the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Chapman University. She has participated in several OURCA programs including the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Scholarly Research and Creative Activity Grant, Undergraduate Research Day, and OURCA Ambassadors. Jessica is also an Art Collections Assistant for Chapman University's Art Collections and Vice President of the Art History Club. 

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OURCA Deadlines & Events 
Spring 2017

Monday, May 8th
Wednesday, May 10th
Sandhu Conference Center
Invitation Only
Wednesday, May 10th
12:00 – 1:30 pm
June 5th - July 28th