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Alumni Features

After their year of graduate law study at Chapman, lawyers Munira
Akhundzada, left, and Shamsi Maqsoudi plan to resume their work
at the front lines of the struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan.

Veiled Voices of Justice

March 17, 2014 by | Features

For two Afghan champions of women’s rights, the transition to life at Chapman is nothing compared with the challenge of transforming a culture.


Clinic of Smiles

January 31, 2014 by Chapman Magazine | Alumni

Sean Vreeburg ’09 (M.S. ’10) led this team from the USC Dental Humanitarian Outreach Program (DHOP) to the Mathare slums in Nairobi, Kenya. As co-manager of the trip, Vreeburg helped put 51 dental professionals and support staff on the ground. It took 10 months to organize and is believed to be the largest such dental outreach in Kenya’s history.

Former Chapman roommates Loretta Sanchez ’82 and Kathy McCarrell ’81 enjoy Commencement 2013, where McCarrell received the Harmon Wilkinson Award.
Photo by Jeanine Hill.

Panther in the House: Loretta Sanchez ’82

October 2, 2013 by | Alumni

WEB EXCLUSIVE: #ChapmanStories video.
From her upset victory in 1996 to her current senior status, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez ’82 pursues her passions for security on home soil, equality for women in the military and a healthy start for children in need.


Taking Flight

September 24, 2013 by | Alumni

Roger Craig Smith ’04 lands dream role as voice actor in Disney’s Planes, combining passions for aviation and all things Disney.

As CEO, Karen Haren ’71 helped a Kansas City food bank become one of the nation’s most effective.

Bringing Many to the Table

September 23, 2013 by Chapman Magazine | Alumni Features

Karen Haren ’71 says it was her comprehensive education in economics that prepared her for a career running award-winning Harvesters Community Food Network, one of the largest food banks in the Midwest.

Michael Hudson-Medina ’00 conducts the Boyle
Heights Youth Orchestra, which he founded. by Leslie Miranda Photography

Instrument of Change

September 22, 2013 by | Alumni Features

Michael Hudson-Medina ’00 co-founded the Boyle Heights Youth Orchestra to share his knowledge and passion for music with children who might never have had the opportunity to pick up an instrument.

“You have to bea perfectionist,” Samantha Cortese ’11 says of her work as a TV news reporter.

Breaking News at the Break of Day

September 21, 2013 by Cristian Bourgeois '12 | Alumni Features

My favorite part of the job is the unpredictability,” says Samantha Cortese ’11, TV news reporter in Palm Springs for KESQ (ABC) and CBS Local 2 from 5 to 7 a.m. weekdays. “I get to watch news happen right in front of me and connect with people. I like it for the reaction. It’s very raw.”