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Chapman announces new Vice President for Research

May 25, 2016 by | Arts and Culture

Chapman University today announced the selection of Thomas Piechota, Ph.D., PE, as vice president for research for the Orange, California, school. The position is new for Chapman and reflects the university’s extensive growth in research activities and funding allocations. Piechota will begin at Chapman on September 1. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Piechota,” said

The Warped Side of the Universe Astrophysicist Kip Thorne collaborates with Chapman artist Lia Halloran and others to explain the beauty of science

May 24, 2016 by | Arts and Culture

“You can present science in a bunch of ways” astrophysicist Kip Thorne, Ph.D. said during a talk at Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts on Thursday, May 12, as part of the Bensussen Visiting Art Lecture Series. Part of a daylong visit to Chapman University, Thorne also spoke with Chapman art professor Lia Halloran‘s

Making a difference at home Martha Rivera '12 returns to Santa Ana to help kids get the kind of guidance it takes to make college dreams come true

May 18, 2016 by Robyn Norwood | Arts and Culture

Martha Rivera ’12 was 11 years old when she saw a sign for piano lessons less than a block from her family’s upstairs apartment in Santa Ana, Calif. “But we didn’t have money to pay the $5,” remembers Rivera, the daughter of immigrants. “My mom exchanged labor, doing cleaning, for me to take classes.” Music

Tune in: Wimberley siblings featured on KTLA Wimberley siblings prepare for their next big gig: degree conferral

May 16, 2016 by | Arts and Culture

The family that plays music together, graduates together. That might not be exactly how the old idiom goes, but in the case of the Wimberley brothers and sister, it rings true. The siblings, who make up the Wimberley Bluegrass Band — Danielle ’16, mandolin, business administration, twins Mark ’16 guitar, communication studies, and James ’16,

Conflict in the Caucasus A view from Chapman University professor David Shafie

May 13, 2016 by David Shafie, Ph.D. | Arts and Culture

AZERBAIJAN – When fighting broke out here last month, it was the most significant breach of the truce between Azerbaijan and Armenia since 1994. At the time, I was teaching a graduate seminar in Public Policy in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, as a Fulbright scholar. Students in my classes were not old enough to remember when

Culture of Mexico to be Celebrated at Musco Center’s First World CAFE FREE Arts and Culture Fiesta on Sunday, May 29

May 11, 2016 by | Arts and Culture

Musco Center for the Arts presents the first of its ongoing series of World CAFEs (Cultural Arts Festivals and Events) on Sunday, May 29, 1-8 p.m. with “The Heartbeat of Mexico,” a salute to the rich music and culture of Mexico. The day-long festival includes a free fiesta featuring 16 performing companies on three stages

Alicia Kozameh writes for compañeros and country A return to Argentina brings big audiences and a renewed fight for Chapman University professor

May 11, 2016 by | Arts and Culture

Alicia Kozameh, associate professor of creative writing and former political prisoner, has just returned home from her book tour in her home country of Argentina. She says her people are tired, the country is tense – she worries for her home, although she simultaneously feels like a stranger there. Argentina has been awash with tension:

Padres Unidos Celebration Graduation is a family affair for parents and preschoolers at Chapman University's Centro Comunitario de Educación

May 10, 2016 by | Arts and Culture

It’s graduation month not only for the seniors at Chapman University but also for the parents and preschoolers of the Padres Unidos program at the Centro Comunitario de Educación (Community Education Center), a Chapman facility in downtown Santa Ana. While initially focusing on providing parents with classes about child care and other subjects in hopes

Writing her way to a new career Random House will publish the novel by Julia Walton (MFA '16), a James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student winner

May 5, 2016 by Robyn Norwood | Arts and Culture

Julia Walton, one of two winners of this year’s James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Awards, has something in common with 20th century poet Wallace Stevens. Like Stevens, Walton (MFA ’16) kept a flame of creativity burning while working in the insurance industry, mired in a world of claims, deductibles and coverage limits. But unlike