Alex Popescu, B.A. communications studies ’10 (M.A. leadership development ’18); Paula Pearl, B.A. communications studies ’15 (M.A. leadership development ’18); and Steve Taylor, B.S. accounting and business administration ’10, and his wife, Jen, celebrated Thanksgiving together by traveling across Japan for 10 days last November. They explored Tokyo and took the bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka and Kyoto, and spent a day at Tokyo Disney. As undergrads, Steve and Alex were roommates and co-hosted The Steve Taylor and Alex Popescu Nation, a Chapman Radio talk show with commentary on current events and politics. They won the Chapman Radio Talk Show of the Year in 2010. About the Japan trip, Alex said, “I really liked touring the Akihabara District in Tokyo, which highlights anime and video games. And of course, nothing beats the sushi, tempura and ramen!”
Nicole Madonia, B.A. kinesiology ’04 (DPT ’07); Brandon Young, B.S. computer science ’07; Sarah Barton, B.A. liberal studies ’06 (M.A. leadership development ’13); Alyce Perry, B.S. kinesiology ’05; and Russell Lloyd (Class of ’07) played on the women’s and men’s soccer teams at Chapman. Though they live in Orange County (Nicole, Brandon and Sarah), Portland, Ore. (Russell), and San Diego (Alyce), they remain close friends and take annual snowboarding trips together, among other adventurous vacations and get-togethers with others from the soccer teams. Their most recent trip was to Mt. Bachelor, Ore., where Sarah says they “reminisced on the good times, shredded the perfect powder this winter provided, hit a tree or two, and visited some of the awesome breweries in Bend.”
Eva McAvoy, B.A. political science and sociology ’14, completed her time in the Peace Corps this spring in Ghana. During this time, she met up with Marley McLaughlin, B.A. anthropology and history ’14, in Africa.
Display photo at top/Alex Popescu ’10 (M.A. leadership development ’18) and Paula Pearl ’15 (M.A. leadership development ’18) in Japan.