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‘Warrior Teacher’ Jonathan Johnson ’10 Leads a Revolution in Urban Education The innovative school he just launched in New Orleans prepares students for college and for tech success.

December 3, 2015 by | Features

It begins on a mid-August Monday in a neighborhood of this revitalized city that’s mostly sleeping out the heat. Fifteen high school students – nine girls and six boys, all African Americans – signed up for this educational experiment, and now they’re chattering nervously as they file into a nondescript block-walled room at Algiers Technical

Game Changer: Jean-Eric Khalife ’08

June 19, 2015 by Igor Bosilikovski ’15 | Alumni

At age 3, Jean-Eric Khalife ’08 spent hours playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on his friend’s Nintendo. Even then, he was preparing for the professional life he now leads. These days, Khalife is a technical artist for Riot Games, maker of one of the most popular video games in the world, League of Legends. He

Top Cop: Laura Farinella ’86

June 19, 2015 by Cathi Douglas | Alumni

Laura Farinella ’86 has been on the job as Laguna Beach’s first woman police chief just since March, but her personal “road show” is quickly educating her about this artsy, eclectic town. Farinella, Orange County’s only openly gay police chief, spends hours each week meeting with residents and members of community groups and organizations, listening

Head of the Class: Gregory Franklin (M.A. ’91)

June 19, 2015 by Igor Bosilikovski ’15 | Alumni

An educator who first dreamed of becoming a football coach has now scored a high-profile award as a school district administrator. Gregory Franklin (M.A. ’91) was named 2014 California Superintendent of the Year, an accomplishment he says recognizes the great collaborative work being done by the 3,000 employees in the Tustin Unified School District. Among

Focus on Diversity: Cruz Medina (M.A./MFA ’08)

June 19, 2015 by Melissa Grace Hoon | Alumni

Cruz Medina (M.A./MFA ’08) has developed an appreciation for California’s diversity awareness. “I had the benefit of growing up in a progressive state in schools that reflected the diversity of their communities,” said Medina, Ph.D., now assistant professor of rhetoric and composition at Santa Clara University. Medina was pursuing his Ph.D. in Arizona when the

Sky High: Eliana Moreno ’10

June 19, 2015 by Dennis Arp | Alumni

Eliana Moreno ’10 didn’t envision herself hovering over millions of Southern Californians, but at age 11 she already knew she wanted to be a TV news reporter. The bird’s-eye view is just a perk of the job. Since graduating from Chapman University with dual degrees in broadcast journalism and political science, Moreno has been soaring

Class Notes: Spring 2015

June 17, 2015 by | Alumni

This story appeared in the spring 2015 issue of Chapman Magazine 1970s Tina Costantino-Lane, B.A. multiple subjects ’77, graduated from the doctoral program in educational leadership at Azusa Pacific University and presented a paper at the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference. David Hamel, B.A. physical education ’75, retired from a 38-year career as a

A Growing Number of Panthers Are Finding Success with the Angels

June 9, 2015 by Allison Jenney (M.A./MFA '16) | Alumni Features

When we think of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball, we typically consider the daily pitching match-ups, the heavy hitters we love to watch and the fielders likely to make that one saving play. Sometimes we also dream about the chance to get on those fields ourselves. But what about the players off the