Origin Stories Students from the College of Performing Arts share their earliest memories of being on the stage

March 16, 2016 by | Uncategorized

Dreams can be so ethereal; who knows where they begin? But for many students in the College of Performing Arts, artistic wonderment traces back directly to crystal-clear childhood moments. On the occasion of the Musco Center’s opening, we sought out these origin stories. Aspirations born on homemade stages, at summer camps, in family rec- rooms,

Let’s Talk The Alumni Discovery Initiative brings Panthers together, gathering insights and showing students real-world pathways to success

March 16, 2016 by Hallie Nicholson (M.A. '14) | Features

In spring 2012, Chapman University launched a program to bring alumni and students together with the goal of gathering the stories, opinions and perceptions of Panther graduates from multiple generations. Along the way, the Alumni Discovery Initiative has facilitated more than 350 interviews, helping the University gain a deeper understanding of alumni members’ time as Chapman students,

Field Tested In victory and in loss, award-winner Haley Fedden '16 shows the powerful influence of her leadership

March 15, 2016 by Allison Jenney (MFA '16) | Features

Of all the things that motivate Chapman University soccer player Haley Fedden ’16, personal awards barely even register. Which helps explain why she won a conference award for sportsmanship and team play. “I’ve never met such a selfless person,” says Chapman women’s soccer coach Courtney Calderon. A senior team captain, Fedden was a natural choice for the Brine

Golden Home The rich history of California blossoms in the exhibition that launches Chapman's new Hilbert Museum

March 15, 2016 by Gordon T. McClelland | Features

President Jim Doti once stated in a lecture that “every great university has a distinguished museum of art,” and he was right. Now Chapman University is celebrating the opening of just such a museum, featuring works that tell compelling visual stories of California’s history. The Feb. 26 grand opening of the Hilbert Museum of California

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?’” Derby

In Memoriam: Cory O’Connor

March 15, 2016 by | Chapman Now

A Remembrance by Ashley Beall ’07 I believe I was meant to begin at Chapman the same year Cory O’Connor began teaching at the University in 2003. I believe in fate and luck, and so did he. Coming from Texas, I was in a whole new world and ready to make my mark. My first

In Memoriam: Jim Miller

March 15, 2016 by | Chapman Now

A Remembrance By William Cumiford ’63, Ph.D., associate professor of history About a decade ago one of my advisees, Laura, a history major, dropped by my office for a chat just days before her May graduation. She spoke very excitedly about securing her credential and entering the public schools. Not long into our conversation she mentioned that

In Memoriam: Richard Bye

March 15, 2016 by | Chapman Now

A dedicated supporter of Chapman University for more than three decades, Richard Bye passed away Jan. 13. He was 68. Along with Roseanne, his wife of 47 years, Bye became involved with Chapman in the early 1980s, developing a deep affection for Chapman’s programs and people that was returned by all those who came to know

In Memoriam: Sheldon Disrud

March 15, 2016 by | In Memoriam

An early director of choral music who helped many Chapman University alumni launch singing and music education careers, Sheldon Disrud has died. He passed away Dec. 13 in Fullerton, Calif. He was 91. Disrud was among the first faculty who joined Chapman when it moved to Orange in 1954. Among his students was Jim Schamp ’62, whom

Thank You, Mr. Trump, for Strengthening My Faith

March 15, 2016 by Essraa Nawar | First Person

I hate politics. But unfortunately it has been impossible to avoid campaign rhetoric the past few months, even though my mum has been advising me all the way from Egypt not to engage in any political conversations. She always says, in a lower voice on the phone, “You know, someone might be watching you.” I