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Alumni Features

  

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

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 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?’”

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