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Delivering Dignity: Michelle Wulfestieg (M.A. ’08)

November 29, 2017 by | Alumni

When we learn to serve, we learn to live,” said Michelle Wulfestieg (M.A. organizational leadership ’08). This lesson came in college when she volunteered at a hospice facility and connected with an 84-year-old woman who was bedbound after a stroke. A stroke survivor herself, Wulfestieg bonded so deeply that when the woman died, the family


Passion for Service: Jimmy Blalock (JD ’09)

November 29, 2017 by | Alumni

Jimmy Blalock (JD ’09) believes that the people of Chapman University are what set it apart from other institutions. They represent a rare combination of intelligence, passion and talent, which is part of what drew him to serve as president of Chapman’s Alumni Association from 2013 to 2016. Blalock’s love of people helped lead him


Tubular Future: Jonathan Tu ’13

November 29, 2017 by | Alumni

As a Chapman University business undergraduate, Jonathan Tu ’13 stared at a photo his friend showed him of a device used in biotechnology. He knew nothing about the tiny tubes, but he was mesmerized, knowing then he wanted to work with them. “It was mind-boggling to see dozens of tubes, each smaller than a strand of


‘Lemonade Maker’: Jasmine Johnson ’15

November 29, 2017 by | Alumni

As a little girl, Jasmine Johnson ’15 walked up to strangers to ask for money for food or bus fare to get to school. She remembers feeling rejected and embarrassed, but she also developed resilience as she trudged the streets night after night with her mother and younger brother, carrying her few belongings in a

A Dream Rekindled: Nicole Renard ’17

November 29, 2017 by | Alumni

Nicole Renard ’17 became a dancer at age 2 and competed in her first pageant while in fifth grade. Little did she know then that she’d dance across the Miss America stage as Miss Washington on Sept. 10. Soon after she began her pageant career, Renard won National American Miss. The foundation helps girls develop


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