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.”

After half a century, the play’s still the thing for these dedicated thespians. The 50-year reunion of the Chapman Class of 1963 this summer included a staged
reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which the cast first performed in April 1961 in the Chapman Auditorium. For the reunion, Sandy (West) Earl did some
rewrites, adding a Chapman spin to Shakespeare’s classic. Joining in the fun with Earl, far right, were Katherine (Messer) Eastman, Dennis Short, Sharon (Otteson)
Maher, David Hardacre, Margaret (Harvey) Ferguson, Loraine (Cheverton) Lacey, Stephanie (Shaw) Clambaneva and Bill Cumiford.

My Lovely Time to Go Back in Time

September 20, 2013 by Sandy (West) Earl '63 | Alumni

I have returned home, but my mind still almost sings with details from our recent Chapman Class of ’63 reunion, which could not have gone better. I was swept back into the young person I once was, with nothing looming but the exciting future. And so I was happily walking the campus grounds again, visiting

John Wood, Arctic horiz

Teaching Exploration

September 19, 2013 by Justin Slosky | Alumni Features

John H. Wood ’77 is one cool teacher. You won’t find any disagreement about this among his students at Talbert Middle School in Fountain Valley, Calif. After all, they’ve watched him teach his science class by Skype from a research station in frozen Alaska. This year Wood’s willingness to go the extra mile for his

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Class Notes: Fall 2013

September 18, 2013 by | Alumni

Submit a Class Note. 1960s Don Barrett, B.A. communication ’64, was hired to take over the Orange County Register’s radio column for the late Gary Lycan. 1970s Charles E. “Chuck” Bailey, M.A. education ’77, published If you fly…don’t crash! (Confessions of a White-Knuckle Pilot), a book about his experience as a United States Air Force


In Memoriam: The Rev. Dean Echols ’46

September 16, 2013 by Chapman Magazine | Alumni

An alumnus who literally sang the praises of Chapman University and served as an unflagging supporter of alumni activities, the Rev. Dean Echols ’46 passed away Aug. 28. He was 88. Friends and colleagues remembered Echols as a powerful speaker, tireless president and board member of the Alumni Association and gifted tenor. As an undergraduate, Echols

Ross Escalette and wife Phyllis.

In Memoriam: Ross Escalette

September 16, 2013 by Chapman Magazine | Chapman Now

A champion of public art and educational excellence, Chapman University Trustee Ross Escalette passed away in September after a long illness. “Ross was a beloved friend of Chapman and, as a board member, was an indefatigable force, inspired by his love for higher education and his abiding dedication to philanthropy,” said Chapman President Jim Doti.