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Walking with Lions

March 15, 2017 by | Alumni

Elissa Title ’18 calls it “the naughty look,” and it means that the lions next to her “are going to try to eat me,” she says. No worries. She always carries a big stick – not for protection but for distraction. “Lions have very short attention spans – it’s like they have ADHD,” the Chapman

A Beacon in the Night Rescuer and filmmaker Devyn Bisson ’14 saves lives as she sheds light on the tragic plight of Syrian refugees.

March 11, 2017 by | Alumni Features

In the dark of a cold winter night, filmmaker Devyn Bisson ’14 sat on a small Greek beach facing the Aegean Sea, relaxing with lifeguards from around the world. The guards were there to stem drowning deaths among Syrian refugees struggling to reach safety. Bisson was recording their lifesaving efforts. The boats came by day,

Banking on Change

March 11, 2017 by Melissa Grace Hoon | Alumni

Coming of age in the 1960s, Texas-born Jim Patterson ’73 was a self-proclaimed longhaired hippie who lived all over the world by way of his father’s oil-industry career. He spent much of his childhood in Colombia and Peru, and he graduated from high school in Japan. He attended Sophia University in Tokyo before transferring to

A Little Leg Up

March 11, 2017 by Melissa Grace Hoon | Alumni

For Hannah (Taylor) Skvarla ’10, childhood vacations weren’t always the typical family excursions; often, they were volunteer missions with nonprofits. Together, the family members learned about underserved populations and their critical needs. “I saw so many beautiful, colorful, handmade items that I knew people in the States would purchase,” Skvarla, recipient of Chapman’s 2014 Schweitzer

Drawn to Success

March 11, 2017 by Melissa Grace Hoon | Alumni

As a child, Alex Hillkurtz ’90 dreamed of digging up dinosaur bones in exotic lands and becoming a paleontologist. That changed in 1977 when he saw Star Wars. Awed by the film, he studied its “making of” television programs, realizing “these magical things called movies were made by regular people.” “I got my hands on

A World of Hope

March 11, 2017 by Melissa Grace Hoon | Alumni

Cara Lawler ’11 always wanted to be a mother. In 2013, she founded Someone a World Away (SAWA), a nonprofit that raises funds for El Shadai Grace Children’s Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. She is now “Mzungu Mama” (English-speaking mama) to a growing group of 25 orphans. Four years ago, Lawler, Chapman University’s 2015 Schweitzer Rising

Door-to-Door Leader

March 11, 2017 by Melissa Grace Hoon | Alumni

Lawyer Kevin Muldoon (JD ’06) always loved politics, but not at the local level. Then after he worked on a property rights case for Newport Harbor homeowners, a group of his clients encouraged him to run for the Newport Beach City Council in 2014. Realizing his deep affinity for the city and its residents, Muldoon

Panthers on the Prowl

March 10, 2017 by | Alumni

Adventure loves company, as proved by the Panthers shown here. They met on the first day of freshman orientation in 2009, when happenstance placed them all in the West Wing of Henley Hall. The core group has been together ever since, moving as sophomores to Sandhu, as juniors to a house near Chapman, and now

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.