Good morning. I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend. The following are my announcements for the week of September 5:
- Welcome Week appreciation – I’d like to thank UPB and the other student leaders involved in creating the many Fall 2017 Welcome Week opportunities. It is always a great way to kick off the academic year.
- Course registration deadline Friday – Don’t forget that this Friday is the last day you can add a course or drop a course without record of enrollment (i.e., a W). It is also the last day you can change a course to the audit option.
- Campus clubs collaborating for Hurricane Harvey relief – A group of student organizations met last week to discuss ways to collectively contribute to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. If your organization would like to be involved in these discussions, email email@example.com.
- Global Citizens Wall – This week’s question is a follow up to posts on the wall last week and recent violence in Berkeley, CA: As Antifa tactics receive more attention in the news, to what extent does violence undermine efforts to influence social and political change? Responses to last week’s question will be available next week on the One University blog (https://blogs.chapman.edu/students/).
- Provost’s Student Advisory Board seeks new members – The Provost Student Advisory Board provides the Provost with insight into the undergraduate student experience, serving as a conduit for other students on campus. The Board also exposes the students to the administrative side of university decisions and facilitates a dialogue between students and administrators. If you are interested in being a member of this year’s Board, submit a one-page Word document explaining your strengths, experience, and qualifications for Board membership; please include your name, student ID, Chapman email, class year, and major. Email the completed document to Perla Villegas at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday. For more information, visit https://www.chapman.edu/about/administration/provosts-office/student-advisory-board/index.aspx.
- We Are Chapman – Our annual We Are Chapman retreat for student leaders will be held on Saturday, September 23, at Disneyland’s Paradise Pier Hotel from 10am-4pm. The We Are Chapman retreat actively engages student leaders in the exploration of identity, empathy, and community. The goal of the retreat is for all students involved to learn more about themselves, their fellow students, and how the Chapman experience can be different for each student depending on the background, values, and identity they bring to our community. Buses leave the Residence Hall basketball courts at 9:15am and will return at 5pm. Spots are limited, so register at https://orgsync.com/26011/forms/274129 if you are interested in attending.
- Fall 2016 Presidential Election voting rate – Over the past few years, Civic Engagement Initiatives has been participating in a national survey to track Chapman student voting rates. The data are now in, and our fall 2016 voting rate increased to 57.2%, up more than 10% from the 2012 student voting rate. Our 2016 voting rate is also 6.8% higher than the average of all institutions participating in the survey. For more information, visit chapman.edu/civic.
- Tutoring, Learning, and Testing (TLT) Center updates – Please take note of the following opportunities provided by the TLT Center:
- Tutoring – TLT walk-in tutoring and the Writing Center tutoring begin today in DeMille Hall room 140, with afternoon tutoring for most science courses in the Davis Academic Center (DAC). Go to chapman.edu/tutoring to view the many courses, hours of tutoring, and locations. If your course is not included on the tutoring schedules – or meets at a time that conflicts with tutoring – contact the TLT at email@example.com.
- Supplemental Instruction – For those courses that have a Supplemental Instruction (SI) component, times and locations of SI sessions will be announced during course lectures and on BlackBoard.
- Academic mentoring – An academic mentor works with students not on course-specific content, but on ways to earn better grades and reduce stress and anxiety. Sign up in the TLT Center (DeMille Hall room 130).
- Free access to New York Times newsletter – Students now have access to the New York Times at no charge. Sign up at http://nytimesaccess.com/chapman/. Thanks to the Student Government Association for making this available to students.
- Volunteer with the Office of Admission – The Office of Admission is looking for students to join the Admission Volunteer Leadership Team. Volunteer activities include speaking on student panels, answering questions for families visiting campus, and guiding students during Panther for a Day. This is a good way for students to gain experience if they wish to work as an Admission tour guide or office assistant in the future. Apply online at https://orgsync.com/144866/chapter by Friday, September 29, at 5pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Futuros Brillantes teen mentoring program – The Futuros Brillantes Teen Mentoring Program, which supports Santa Ana High School students’ college and career exploration, is currently recruiting mentors for this school year. Mentors meet with mentees every Thursday from 4:30-6pm at Centro Comunitario de Educación in Santa Ana; transportation is provided. Mentoring begins September 21. If you are interested, please apply as soon as possible at https://orgsync.com/22989/forms/255743. For more information, email Sam at email@example.com.
- We CU! mentor program – We CU! is a collaborative initiative designed to help all students make connections with the campus community and establish a sense of belonging at Chapman. If you are interested in being paired with a staff, faculty, or peer mentor, I encourage you to consider signing up for the We CU! mentor program at https://orgsync.com/26011/forms/266638.
- Civic Engagement Certificate – Civic Engagement Initiatives is piloting a new 2-year Civic Engagement Certificate to recognize students making significant commitments to civic engagement during their time at Chapman. In the second year of participation, students will be eligible for up to $500 in funding to support a civic engagement project of your own design. Space for the pilot year is limited to ten participants. For more information, email Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Alcohol-free social community – Connecting with other students and finding a social community is an important part of the college experience; however, many students find the more traditional college party scene not a good fit for them. The Student Affairs staff is interested in connecting these students. If you would like to meet other people who are interested in a fun college experience without alcohol, email email@example.com.
Programs and events for the week of September 5:
- Academic Advising Center hours this week – The Academic Advising Center will have walk-in hours today from 8am-4:20pm and Friday from 2-5pm. If you have quick non-major advising questions related to registration, your fastest option for assistance would be to come in during walk-in times.
- In addition, seniors can contact the Academic Advising Center at 714-744-7959 to schedule an appointment on Wednesday and Thursday to review pending general education (GE) or overall graduation requirements. Please note that graduation eligibility reviews require a 30 minute appointment and are not able to be accommodated during walk-in times.
The Academic Advising Center is located in Beckman Hall 406; for more information visit www.chapman.edu/advising.
- Hillel fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey victims – Chapman Hillel will be raising money and collecting supplies for people affected by Hurricane Harvey today through Friday from 11am-1pm in the Attallah Piazza. Donations will be going to a synagogue in Houston. Check Chapman Hillel’s Facebook page for a list of suggested donations. If you can’t make it to the Hillel table but are interested in donating, contact Raizi Simons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Union Fit sessions – The Student Union is continuing to offer a variety of group fitness sessions that are free to all students with a valid Chapman ID. All sessions will be held in Argyros Forum Here is the schedule of classes:
- Mondays: HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) at 5:30pm; Zumba at 7pm and 8:30pm
- Tuesdays: Zumba at 5:30pm; Kickboxing at 7pm
- Wednesdays: HIIT at 6pm
Yoga sessions will be added at a later date. Student participants can register online at http://web.chapman.edu/fitnesscenter for the 2017-18 academic year.
- DACA developments – This morning’s announcement about the phasing out of DACA has left many wondering how this will affect them, their friends, and their families. Faculty and staff with familiarity on immigration policy will be on hand in the Cross-Cultural Center (Argyros Forum 304) on Wednesday from 12:30-2pm to process these developments and respond to questions.
- Study abroad scholarship information session – The Center for Global Education (576 N. Glassell) is hosting information sessions on Wednesday at 2pm and Friday at 10am for students who receive a Pell Grant as part of their financial aid package and are participating in an interterm travel course or spring 2018 study abroad. The session will cover application and essay tips for the Gilman Scholarship. Reserve your spot at https://web.chapman.edu/CGESignup/Event.aspx?eid=175.
- Free screening of Baby Driver – UPB is screening the film Baby Driver in the Student Union on Wednesday at 7pm and again at 9pm. Popcorn will be provided.
- Fall 2017 graduate student workshops – Each semester Wilkinson College offers a variety of workshops for graduate students on topics related to academic, personal, and career development. Graduate students may register for this 0 credit P/NP class through my.chapman.edu; the course number is GUS 530. The first workshop, The Secrets Writers Keep: Why Short Story Writers are Happy People, will be held on Thursday at 4pm in Roosevelt Hall 121. Find more information and a complete list of workshops at https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2017/07/31/2017-fall-graduate-workshops/.
- Promising Futures Program (PFP) Fall Kick-Off – If you are a first generation college student, stop by the Argyros Forum 3rd floor south patio on Thursday from 6-8pm for the Promising Futures Program’s fall kick-off event to meet other first generation college students and learn about the PFP. There will be music and free food. Email email@example.com with any questions.
- So You Think You Can Vote – Join Civic Engagement Initiatives in the Student Union stage area on Thursday at 7pm for an interactive simulation intended to raise awareness about the voter registration and ballot casting processes as well as barriers to voting. For more information, email KP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Panhellenic informal recruitment – For transfer and upperclass women interested in joining the Panhellenic community, there will be an informal recruitment process in the fall. Panhellenic invites you to attend their open house on Thursday from 7-9pm in Argyros Forum 209B to learn more about the process and the sororities that are participating in recruitment. Please note that there will be a separate recruitment process for new students in January.
- Shabbat dinner and services – Chapman Hillel will host their weekly Shabbat dinner and prayer service on Friday at 6pm in the Fish Interfaith Center. There will be free food and an opportunity to meet new friends.
- Free screening of Beauty and the Beast – Join Residence Life and First Year Experience for a screening of Beauty and the Beast on Friday at 7:30pm at the Masson Family Beach Club. Popcorn and snacks will be provided.
- UPB presents Fall Comedian: Melissa Villaseñor – UPB is pleased to announce their fall comedian Melissa Villaseñor. A Saturday Night Live cast member and voice actress on Family Guy and Adventure Time, Melissa will perform in the Musco Center for the Arts on Friday; doors open at 7:30pm. This event is free for all current students, but please reserve tickets at http://muscocenter.org/event/melissa-villasenor/.
- Downtown Disney shuttle – On Friday evening, the Residence Life and First Year Experience staff will be experimenting with a new activity about which I am very excited: weekend shuttles to Downtown Disney. While UPB does an tremendous job of campus programming, I think we also should be taking full advantage of the many entertainment and cultural opportunities in Orange County available to our students. Shuttles will be traveling to and from Downtown Disney beginning at 7pm, leaving from the parking lot adjacent to the basketball courts. Although no advance reservation is required, students who ride the shuttle should submit an e-waiver (https://orgsync.com/143104/forms/277348). If this experiment is successful, I hope to have shuttles running every weekend during the fall semester.
- Pizza and board games – Another focus for this year will be partnering with local businesses to provide late night activities in the Circle. Dozens of students enjoyed last week’s trivia night at Contra Coffee, and this week UPB will be at Blaze Pizza on Friday from 9:30pm-1am for a night of pizza and board games. Make sure to bring your Chapman ID to receive 50% off pizza prices.
- Fraternity recruitment – The Interfraternity Council is holding a Rush 101 Orientation and Kickoff on Saturday at 11:30am in Beckman Hall 404 for students interested in participating in fraternity recruitment. Fall recruitment will start Saturday and continue through Thursday, September 28. Email email@example.com for more information, or go to the IFC Facebook event page by searching Fall ’17 IFC Fraternity Rush.
- Mindfulness Meditation – If you are seeking ways to be more present and less anxious, I encourage you to attend one of Dean Gail Stearns’s Mindfulness sessions on Mondays from noon-1pm; these sessions start next Monday, September 11, in the Wilkinson Founders Chapel in the Fish Interfaith Center. The session will consist of instruction followed by meditation. Scientific studies are revealing the profound positive effect mindfulness can make on how we experience life.
- UPB concert at The Grove of Anaheim – UPB is proud to present their annual fall concert with Hip Hop and R&B artist Ty Dolla $ign on Friday, September 15, at 9pm at The Grove of Anaheim. Tickets are $15 if purchased before this Friday, $20 starting on Saturday, and $25 at the door. Reserve your ticket online at universitytickets.com.
- Panthers playing at home this week –
- Men’s Soccer v. Pomona-Pitzer on Wednesday at 4pm, v. Cal Lutheran on Saturday at 11am, and v. Colorado College on Sunday at 1pm (Wilson Field)
- Men’s Football v. Linfield on Saturday at 7pm (Wilson Field)
- Women’s Soccer v. Alumni in an exhibition match on Sunday at 10am (Wilson Field)
- Events in the Arts this week – There are no events scheduled this week.
Have a great week – jmp
Jerry Price, Ph.D.
Dean of Students and
Vice President for Student Affairs