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Her First Home Was in North Morlan For Jasmine Johnson ’15, memories of a childhood full of transient housing drive her to champion protections for at-risk youth.

July 10, 2018 by | Alumni

It’s often in the supermarket checkout line when Jasmine Johnson ’15 is filled with memories of growing up as a homeless child. She looks down at the cart with the $5 carton of ice cream and the $4 wedge of cheese and thinks about how she’ll carry the groceries to her own refrigerator, ready to

Priceless Support

July 10, 2018 by | Alumni

For Reza Ghaffari (MBA ’80), Chapman has been his home away from home since 1977, when he came to the University from Iran to pursue his MBA. Ghaffari had planned to get his graduate degree and return to Tehran, where a partnership at PricewaterhouseCoopers awaited. But amid the Iranian Revolution in 1978, he decided to

Olympic Training

July 10, 2018 by | Alumni

Think of Kelli Stavast ‘02 before you complain about the temperature in your cubicle. She spent two weeks as an NBC broadcaster at the blisteringly cold Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Stavast’s true preparation for her assignment wasn’t just for the weather, of course. Her work has taken her to places like pit row

Her Career is a Kick

July 10, 2018 by | Alumni

Performing with the Radio City Rockettes requires a pace that would sink most dancers. But to Natalie Reid ’08, it’s part of the privilege of performing with the iconic troupe, including in the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, a show that is a beloved holiday tradition. “It’s a dream come true to be part

Remaking Lotería

July 10, 2018 by | Alumni

Often called Mexican Bingo, Lotería actually has roots that extend to 15th century Europe. No wonder, then, that Mike Alfaro ’10 thought it was time to update the images on the game’s iconic cards. Some of the old images feed stereotypes of Hispanic immigrants, notes Alfaro, who aimed his redo at “200 percenters – millennials

Plugged into Magic

July 10, 2018 by | Alumni

Mike Lee ’13 grew up in Southern California loving the “spectacle of theatre.” His grandmother and sister were actresses in community theatre. In addition, he’d watch theatrical shows at Disneyland wondering how the magic happened. He’d go home and try to replicate the lighting and sound, enlisting his nieces and nephews to perform in his

Calculating Change

July 10, 2018 by | Alumni

Paula Mattison (MBA ’15) joined the Peace Corps because of her love of travel and her desire to help others in sustainable ways. But helping members of her Peruvian community write business plans without the tools of technology felt like trying to make soup without a pot. “The unfortunate thing is that many of them

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