Good morning, and welcome back for spring semester classes. If you were wondering whether the campus is back in full swing, these announcements should put any doubts to rest. The following are my announcements for the week of January 30:
- Welcome new students –For most of you this is the start of the next Chapman semester, but for 150+ of you, this will be your very first Chapman semester. Welcome! In case you’re wondering why you’re getting this email, each Monday I send weekly announcements to all students to highlight opportunities on and off campus, remind you about important policies and deadlines, alert you to new developments, and share issues for you to consider.
- Avoid being dropped from your course – It is very important that you attend the first class meeting of your course, as professors have the authority to administratively drop you from their roster if you miss the first day unless you have made prior arrangements with the professor. In the event of closed classes, professors actually are encouraged to do so to allow other students to enroll in those classes.
- SGA special election – The Student Government Association has open seats representing the School of Pharmacy, the College of Performing Arts, and the Senior Class. File for candidacy by Thursday at https://orgsync.com/22981/forms/239988. If you have any questions, contact Justice Crudup at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Chapman Bookstore extends hours this week – As many of you will be renting or buying books and supplies over the next week, the bookstore is offering extended hours through Saturday:
o Monday-Thursday: 8am – 4pm
o Friday: 9am-5pm
o Saturday: 10am-2pm
Starting February 6, spring 2017 hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 10am-3pm.
- Global Citizens Wall – This week’s question looks at the role of fiction in politics: Penguin, the publisher of George Orwell’s landmark dystopian novel 1984, has reported a 9500% sales increase of the book since President Trump’s inauguration. What place do you think fiction has in shaping national and global political discourse? Responses to future questions will be posted on the One Universityblog (https://blogs.chapman.edu/students/) in the coming weeks.
- Cross-Cultural Center opening – I am excited to announce that the new Cross-Cultural Center in Argyros Forum is set to open at the end of February. Be on the lookout for a schedule of the opening week events.
- Union Fit Sessions – The Student Union is offering a variety of group fitness sessions that are free to all students with a valid Chapman ID. Here is the schedule of classes starting this week, all held in Argyros Forum 119B:
o Monday: Zumba at 5:30pm; Yoga at 7pm; Kickboxing at 8:30pm
o Tuesday: Yoga at 6pm
o Wednesday: Yoga at 6:30pm; HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) at 8pm
New student participants can register online at http://web.chapman.edu/fitnesscenter. If you registered in fall 2016, then your waiver remains valid.
- Alternative Spring Break participant registration closes soon – Attending an Alternative Break is an experience that can challenge and expand your understanding of yourself and society. During the week of spring break (March 19-25), participants will work with community organizations addressing homelessness in the Bay Area, habitat restoration on Santa Cruz Island, and conservation in the Grand Canyon. For more information and to apply visit www.chapman.edu/civic or contact Chandra at email@example.com. Registration forms and deposits are due by Friday, February 17.
- Flu shots available – If you missed the opportunity to get your flu shot last semester, you can still get one at the Student Health Center while supplies last.
- Zipcar discount for Chapman students – Zipcar is a member-based car sharing service on campus that allows students (age 18 and over) to use cars by the hour or the day; gas and insurance are included in the cost. The fee to join is $15. Check out www.Zipcar.com/Chapman for more information.
- FAFSA preferential deadline March 2 – Don’t forget that the 2017-18 FAFSA preferential deadline for financial aid is coming up on March 2. The website is www.fafsa.ed.gov. This is a critical deadline for those of you receiving federal, state, or Chapman financial aid.
- Calliopeaccepting spring submissions and member applications – Board member applications are due this weekend for both the art and literary committees for Calliope, Chapman’s art and literary magazine. Calliope is also accepting art and literary submissions for the spring publication; the submission deadline is February 27 by 11:59pm. Visit https://chapmancalliope.wordpress.com/submissions/ for more information. All applications and questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All majors are encouraged to apply.
- Career Development Center’s new home – Make sure to check out the new Career Development Center in its new home at 342 N. Glassell St., just south of the Fowler School of Law and across Glassell St. from Reeves Hall. The CDC’s schedule of events and programs for the month of February can now be found on Handshake; don’t forget to RSVP at chapman.joinhandshake.com.
- Relay for Life – Chapman’s Colleges Against Cancerevent leadership team invites you to join Relay for Life with your organization, classmates, roommates, and friends. You can sign up at www.relayforlife.org/chapmanca.
- Residence Life and First Year Experience leadership applications – Applications open next Monday, February 6, for some of our most critical student leadership positions: Resident Advisor (RA), Fenestra Community Assistant (FCA), Residence Hall Association officer (RHA), and Orientation Leader (OL). Details for the positions will be available on OrgSync beginning February 6; applications are due Monday, February 27.
- Summer 2017 travel courses – This summer you can travel abroad for 1-4 weeks with Chapman faculty and students in a summer travel course. Enrollment forms and non-refundable deposits are due by 4pm on March 27. Visit summer travel courses for more information. Travel Courses may fill up before the deadline so enroll soon. There is a one-time tuition waiver (up to 4 credits) for participating in a travel course through Chapman.
- Study abroad in spring 2018 – Applications are now open for spring 2018 study abroad programs. To initiate the process you should attend a First Steps session and open an application by April 28; the deadline to complete the application is May 12. Sign up for a First Steps information session to open your application.
- Spring 2017 finals schedule – You might be thinking, “It’s the first day of classes and you’re talking about finals?!?” I raise this issue now so you can take note of the dates and times of your final exams before making any travel plans for the summer. (University policy prohibits professors from moving a student’s final exam time just to accommodate travel schedules.) For a complete list of exams go to http://www.chapman.edu/students/academic-resources/registrar/student-services/final-exam-schedule.aspx.
Programs and events for the week of January 30:
- UPB’s Welcome Week –Our University Program Board has worked hard to make your first week of the spring semester even more enjoyable. Below is an overview of the week’s events:
o Milk and Cookie Martinis – UPB will be serving free milk and cookies today from noon-1:30pm in the Student Union.
o Speaker event with Dallas Clayton – Dallas Clayton is an illustrator and author known for works in the Awesome Book series. His talk on Tuesday at 7pm in the Student Union will be focusing on Radical Feelism, which is spreading optimism in order to better your day-to-day life and future.
o Free Flicks: Moana – Stop by the Student Union on Wednesday at 7:30pm to participate in Hula lessons, led by Pua’ikeana. A screening of Moana will follow the lessons at 8pm.
o Soul Fest – UPB is joining BSU to host their annual Soul Fest on Thursday at 7pm in the Student Union; there will be student performances, music, and free food.
o Panther Nights Live – On Friday at 8pm UPB hosts a country-themed Panther Nights Live in the Student Union. Learn how to line dance and then listen to live music by the Scotty Mac Band at 9pm.
o Excursion to Big Bear – Join UPB on Saturday from 7:30am-7:30pm for a day of skiing in Big Bear at a discounted price. Bus check-in for the trip is at 7am. Gear and lessons are provided on select packages; purchase your ticket at chapman.universitytickets.com.
o Super Bowl Party – Come root for your team in Super Bowl LI on Sunday at 3:30pm in the Student Union. There will be free hamburgers and hot dogs, and an opportunity for one participant to win a free NFL jersey of your choice.
- Welcome Back with Hillel – Stop by the Attallah Piazza any day this week from 11am-1pm to enjoy some snacks and learn about Jewish life on campus and Birthright Israel.
- Open labyrinth walks – The Fish Interfaith Center invites you to walk a labyrinth on Mondays from 10am-4pm in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel starting today. A labyrinth is a continuous path that leads to the center and is used for walking meditation.
- Ultimate Frisbee games on Monday nights – Every Monday night the Ultimate Frisbee Club meets at 7:30pm on Wilson Field for friendly pick-up games. Players of all skill levels are welcome to join and learn how to play. Ultimate Frisbee is a great way to stay active and meet new people at the same time.
- Shambhala meditation – The Fish Interfaith Center invites all students to Shambhala meditation on Mondays from 7:30-9pm in the Wilkinson Founders Chapel starting tonight. For more information email email@example.com.
- Weekly Catholic mass – Weekly Catholic mass will be held on Wednesdays at noon in the Fish Interfaith Center, with the first mass being held this Wednesday. All are welcome.
- Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys Across the Old Spanish Trail – This new exhibit opens Wednesday in Henley Galleria on the second floor of Argyros Forum. The Art Collections Department is hosting an Artist Reception next Thursday, February 9, from 4-7pm in Argyros Forum 209C. Music and refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to all. Find out more on the blog.
- Black Student Union presents Black History Month – The Black Student Union and the Cross-Cultural Center invite the Chapman community to the Black History Month opening ceremony on Wednesday at 5pm in the Attallah Piazza. Other festivities will be taking place on campus throughout the month of February. Black History Month is celebrated across the country to celebrate the tremendous successes of people in the Black community. All are welcome to attend BSU events and discussion meetings, which take place on Mondays at 10pm in Argyros Forum 206C.
- Torah on Tap with Rabbi Corie – You’re invited to hang out with Rabbi Corie and get a free beverage on Wednesday from 5-7pm at Provisions Market in The Circle. Learn about the Jewish holiday of Tu B’shvat while spending time with friends. Hillel will provide one free beverage per person.
- Chapman Radio holds first meeting Wednesday night – Chapman Radio is our student run internet radio station, and they will be holding their first meeting of the semester on Wednesday night at 10pm in Irvine Lecture Hall. This meeting will cover all of the information about the program including how to sign up for a show.
- Insider Review: Howard Behar from Starbucks – The Leadership Studies Program, National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), and the Career Development Center collaborate to host an Insider Review with Howard Behar on Thursday from 2:30-4pm in Argyros Forum 209A. Behar led Starbucks’s domestic business as President of North America and he became the founding President of Starbucks International, opening the very first store outside of North America in Japan. Howard now travels the world speaking to leaders, corporations, and students about the importance of being servant leaders and leading with values first. RSVP at http://chapman.joinhandshake.com/.
- Israel Mega Shabbat – If you are interested in going to Israel this summer, stop by Hillel’s annual Israeli Shabbat on Friday at 6pm in the Fish Interfaith Center. Come by to meet new students, have a meaningful service, and learn how you can register for birthright.
- The Players’ Society presents Will’s Wonk – This weekend The Players’ Society presents Will’s Wonk: An Original TPS Musical. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, with an additional 2pm performance on Saturday; all performances are in Beckman Hall 404. Admission is free. Please note that the show contains language and themes intended for an adult audience.
- Join a Student Organization – I encourage you to look into joining one of our 175 recognized student organizations by exploring OrgSync at chapman.orgsync.com and marking your calendars for the Spring Student Involvement Fair on Wednesday, February 15, from 11am-1:30pm in the Attallah Piazza. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Third Annual Global Citizens Leadership Summit – Join fellow activists, advocates, and change-makers to discuss public issues and build a community of global citizens working to make our world a better place. The Global Citizens Leadership Summit on Friday, February 17, will feature two seminar sessions, a complimentary lunch, and the dedication and unveiling of Chapman’s new campus Peace Pole. RSVP via OrgSync (https://orgsync.com/22989/forms/130647) or email email@example.com for more information.
- Panthers playing at home this week –
o Softball v. Alumni in an exhibition game on Saturday at 11am (El Camino Real Park)
o Baseball v. Alumni in an exhibition game on Saturday at noon (Hart Park)
- Events in the Arts this week –
o The University Singers will perform in a post-tour concert on Friday at 7:30pm in the Musco Center for the Arts. Student tickets are $5.
o Dance Works in Progress is an intimate and informal studio dance performance showcasing the works of emerging student choreographers. Performances will be Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm in Partridge Dance Center. Admission is free, but a ticket is required due to limited seating. Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the show.
o On Saturday at 6pm in the Musco Center for the Arts, the 2017 Honor Band Festival and Concert showcases over 100 of the most talented high school instrumental musicians from throughout Orange County performing classic band repertoire and exciting new works by composers Frank Ticheli, Brian Balmages, Julie Giroux, and others. Admission is free.
o Gary Matsuura, saxophone, will be faculty in recital on Saturday at 8pm in Salmon Recital Hall. Student tickets are $5.
o The Musco Center for the Arts will host the Distinguished Piano Series Concert featuring Louis Schwizgebel on Sunday at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at $25-35; students receive $10 off with ID (any level).
Purchase tickets at http://chapman.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp.
Have a great first week of spring classes – jmp
Jerry Price, Ph.D.
Dean of Students and
Vice President for Student Affairs