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Class Act Marty Burbank (LL.M.'08) and his wife make an incredibly generous gesture that defers one dream as it fulfills 27 others

July 1, 2016 by | Alumni Features

Marty Burbank (LL.M. ’08) had narrowed his choice to two sailboats, including a particularly dreamy Catalina cruiser. It was to be the fulfillment of a love that began in the Sea Scouts, billowed during his 12 years in the Navy and crested when he met, proposed to and married his wife, Seon Chun-Burbank, Ph.D., aboard sailing vessels.

Top Teacher of Tech

April 12, 2016 by Dawn Bonker (MFA '18) | Alumni

Every veteran elementary school teacher has faced one of “those” classes – a mix of students who hop around like popcorn kernels in a hot pan, aren’t keen to follow instructions and would rather do things their way, thank you very much. Last year, Erin Rosselli (M.A. ’03) had just such a class of kindergarteners. But

Lessons of Failure

April 12, 2016 by Melissa Grace Hoon | Alumni

Jon-Barrett Ingels (Class of ’00) packaged his insecurities and what he calls failures into a rousing success. He recently published his first book, the nonfiction memoir-novella How to Succeed by Failing, with Black Hill Press, an independent publishing house run by Kevin Staniec ’01. Writing wasn’t Ingels’ plan, but his inner artist begged to be published

A Call to Serve

April 12, 2016 by Melissa Grace Hoon | Alumni

The Rev. Todd Adams ’94 recently was named president-elect/senior vice president by the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In his new role, he will manage more than $3 billion in assets. A native of Oklahoma, Adams says that 25 years ago he would never have imagined serving as a fund manager. He

A Dream Awakens

April 12, 2016 by Melissa Grace Hoon | Alumni

Ken Bunt ’93 had long dreamed of a career in entertainment – and what better place to live your dream than at Disney, where it’s known that dreams come true? As president of Disney Music Group, Bunt is responsible for Disney’s recorded music, publishing and live-concert business. He works with artists such as Miley Cyrus, the

Dynamite Activism

April 12, 2016 by Melissa Grace Hoon | Alumni

Galal Kernahan ’48, was born into a family of Methodist ministers on the rural outskirts of Phoenix. With public service as a career goal, he attended Chapman in the nascent days after World War II. At that time, Chapman was housed on Whittier College’s campus. After the war, Kernahan transitioned with Chapman when it moved to

The Legacy of Heart Mountain

April 7, 2016 by | Alumni

Toshiko “Toshi” Ito ’46 cradled her rough-edged Chapman diploma and pulled out a creased graduation photo. “I was so young,” she said. “My hair was so black then.” During a recent visit to Chapman, Ito reflected on a time seven decades ago when she sought to build a new life out of the turmoil and prejudice

Let’s Talk The Alumni Discovery Initiative brings Panthers together, gathering insights and showing students real-world pathways to success

March 16, 2016 by Hallie Nicholson (M.A. '14) | Features

In spring 2012, Chapman University launched a program to bring alumni and students together with the goal of gathering the stories, opinions and perceptions of Panther graduates from multiple generations. Along the way, the Alumni Discovery Initiative has facilitated more than 350 interviews, helping the University gain a deeper understanding of alumni members’ time as Chapman students,

Top Drawer Her children's book illustrations win praise for their whimsy and sophistication, putting the career of Cindy Derby '08 on an artful upswing

March 15, 2016 by Dennis Arp | Features

As an artist and illustrator, Cindy Derby ’08 takes precious care of her portfolio. “It’s like my child,” she says. So after she handed that child to the judges at a high-profile international showcase, she was understandably anxious when she didn’t see it among the other entries. “I asked, ‘Did I do something wrong?’” Derby