In Memoriam: Michael C. Martin

March 11, 2017 by | Chapman Now

A specialist in music composition who also directed Chapman’s 20th Century Chamber Music Series, retired faculty member Michael C. Martin passed away in December. Martin began teaching at Chapman in 1980 and retired as an associate professor of music in 2006. For many years, he was the only music composition instructor on campus, leading the

In Memoriam: Susan M. Larsen

March 11, 2017 by | Chapman Now

An adjunct progessor of sociology at Chapman University since 2002, Susan M. Larsen, Ph.D., passed away Jan. 7 following a recurrence of cancer. She was 49. “A respected and caring instructor, Dr. Larsen was also deeply committed to volunteer work with adults and children with disabilities,” said Edward Day, Ph.D., chair of the Department of

In Memoriam: Lawrence K. Dodge

March 11, 2017 by | Chapman Now

A great friend and supporter of Chapman University and the internationally recognized film school that bears his name, Lawrence K. Dodge passed away Dec. 1. He was 77. The Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, ranked as one of the top 10 film schools in the world, built its state-of-the-art facilities with the help

Justice Alito Shares High Court Insights During Visit to Chapman

March 11, 2017 by | Chapman Now

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. shared stories from his early career, insights into the lesser-known traditions of the high court– yes, the justices sing “Happy Birthday” to each other–and his thoughts on the future of the law during a February visit to Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law. Alito

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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