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His Royal Shyness Henry Allen '11 -- a.k.a. King Henry -- slips in the side entrance to pop music fame.

May 26, 2017 by | Alumni

Music producer  and Chapman University alumnus Henry Allen ’11 was coming off one terrific year. He released his debut EP and earned production  and writing credits on Major Lazer’s chart-topping  Cold Water and The Weeknd’s Starboy. Then there was his work on a little something called “All Night” for Beyoncé’s Grammy-winning album Lemonade. But on

Record Impact

May 26, 2017 by | Alumni

Since childhood, Laurie Sicaeros (MHA ’97) had always wanted to be an orthodontist. She dreamed of attending dental school and was eventually accepted. But before she began her studies, her father passed away and she deferred her post-graduate education for a year. That delay provided a time of introspection and prompted a self-reinvention of sorts,


Creative Focus

May 26, 2017 by | Alumni

Sam Tenney, BFA film and television ’02, spends his days overlooking the lush, mountainous lands of the greater Portland, Ore., area – while perched atop a tower crane, camera in hand. Sam is a photographer for Portland’s Daily Journal of Commerce, a newspaper that covers the building industry, including architecture, construction, engineering, real estate and

Stepping Out

May 26, 2017 by | Alumni

After graduating from Chapman University, Genevieve Carson, BFA dance performance ’07, says she started from scratch as she  moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of a dance career. “I had no job, no money and no community  or contacts to help guide me,” she said. She accepted a 9-to-5 office job to support herself as she


Course Correction

May 26, 2017 by | Alumni

“I found my calling as an entrepreneur in college when I began to feel the necessity to be in command of my own destiny,” said  Ryan Robinson, B.S. business administration ’12. Now Ryan shares the lessons of his successes and failures as a business owner. Though he teaches 200,000 monthly readers how to start side


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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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