Ryan Gattis gets success with a little help from his friend

May 21, 2015 by Jessica Fry '15 | Uncategorized

Ryan Gattis ’01 had just gotten off the phone with his U.S. literary agent, who told him that she was unable to sell the 900-page novel he had been writing and rewriting for six years. Her voice joined those of other creative colleagues, who advised that it might be time to forgo the writing career

CES welcomes new dean Margaret Grogan

May 19, 2015 by | Chapman Now

There are several reasons Margaret Grogan, Ph.D., looks forward to becoming the new dean at Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies (CES). Outstanding students, innovative programs and a faculty engaged in meaningful research are among the features that attracted Grogan, currently a professor of educational leadership and policy in the School of Educational Studies at

CoPA welcomes new dean Giulio Ongaro

May 19, 2015 by | Chapman Now

Giulio Ongaro is a scholar of musicology whose doctoral dissertation explored the singing chapel of St. Mark’s Basilica in 16th century Venice. But that doesn’t mean his artistic mind longs to be anywhere other than in the here and now. “We tend to look at the arts in history as if they were different from

Alumni Casey Kasprzyk ’01 wins in new Emmy category

May 19, 2015 by | Chapman Now

For Emmy-winning TV producer Casey Kasprzyk ’01, the statuettes and the hidden talents just keep coming. At the recent Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Kasprzyk won in a first-time category for him: Outstanding Original Song in a Drama. “It’s pretty surreal,” the Chapman alumnus said, “especially since I’ve never written a song before.” Kasprzyk

Lisa Cupolo looks at dyslexia as a gift

May 19, 2015 by Lisa Cupolo | Features

“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” Juan Ramón Jiménez Our 8-year-old daughter Lila will tell you she’s dyslexic, usually within a short time after meeting her. She’ll ask you if you’re dyslexic too, hoping you’ll say yes. She is almost proud of it. Proud because she knows that a lot of

Dyslexia as a gift, a challenge, to become a conference

May 19, 2015 by | Features

Richard Bausch remembers what it was like when he was a child. “I didn’t know what I had and there was no way to find out. There was nothing in place in public school at that time — still isn’t — to help kids like me. I just had to struggle along — and eventually create

Holocaust Remembrance is poignant as young and old unite

May 18, 2015 by | Chapman Now

The lunch that follows the awards ceremony for Chapman University’s Holocaust Art and Writing Contest is always a delightful time. Music fills the large tent on Bert Williams Mall; lunch is hot dogs, fruit, popcorn and ice pops. Hundreds of middle and high school students bustle with excitement. Guests of honor smile for countless photos.

Inventive music tribute lands a Grammy

May 18, 2015 by | Chapman Now

It was no ordinary musical recording that won Chapman University’s Nick Terry a Grammy Award this February. Terry, the director of percussion studies in the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, triumphed as a member of the PARTCH ensemble, which won for Best Classical Compendium for their Harry Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances. The recording was made