Good morning. The following are my announcements for the week of September 11:
- Title IX statement – Last week the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced that the Department of Education would be issuing new guidance to colleges and universities regarding Title IX enforcement, replacing the 2011 guidance provided by the Obama administration. We have received questions and concerns from members of the campus community wondering how this announcement will affect us at Chapman. Please know that regardless of any change in guidance, Chapman will maintain its commitment to prohibiting gender and sex-based harassment and discrimination as well as ensure a fair and impartial process for all involved. Actually, many of the Title IX expectations communicated in the Obama administration guidance were already in place at Chapman, so the impact to our policies was minor; in addition, key elements of this guidance have since been included in California law as well as other federal legislation. Dr. DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, our Lead Title IX Coordinator, has posted a more detailed statement (https://www.chapman.edu/students/health-and-safety/health-services/September-10-Letter-Regarding-Title-IX-Compliance.pdf) on this matter which I encourage you to review.
- Hurricane Relief – The recent hurricanes continue to create devastation for the communities along the gulf coast, and a group of student organizations is coordinating multiple efforts to raise and facilitate donations for the affected areas, with a goal of $250,000. Please visit https://www.chapman.edu/students/life/civic-engagement/programs/disaster-relief.aspx for more information about these fundraising efforts and the agencies in Houston and Florida that will receive the donations. Please consider making direct donations to these agencies to ensure the total contribution among Chapman students, staff, faculty, alumni, and families can be tracked. For more information, please email Justin Koppelman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- Global Citizens Wall – This week’s question focuses on the announced rescission of the DACA program: On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the president’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, citing legal and economic reasons. What move, if any, should Congress now make? Responses to last week’s question are available on the One University blog (https://blogs.chapman.edu/students/2017/09/05/global-citizens-wall-most-important-problem-facing-the-u-s/).
- Single user restroom in Argyros Forum – I am pleased to announce that a single user restroom has been completed on the first floor of Argyros Forum. The location is convenient but not very conspicuous: it is by the double exit doors leading to the loading dock on the southeast side of the building. Directional signage is forthcoming, but in the meantime you can locate the restroom by walking past the Amazon lockers, turning right, and going all the way down to the double doors – the restroom will be just around the corner on your left. Thanks to the staff in Campus Planning and Facilities for finding a way to create this restroom, and to the staff at Sodexo for being flexible with their offices so that the necessary space could be created.
- University Program Board deadline this week – This is the last week to apply to be a part of University Program Board (UPB), our student programming body. Go to https://orgsync.com/33916/forms/274449 to fill out an application, which is due Sunday by 11:59pm.
- First year student assessment – First year students will be receiving an email today asking them to participate in an online survey called Mapworks, which assesses your transition to college so far. Mapworks is designed to help first year students understand how you are connecting at the University, what challenges may lie ahead, and what services are available to help you meet those challenges. Those who complete the survey will be entered in a drawing for various prizes. If you have any questions please contact Jamie Gutierrez at email@example.com or 714-997-6961.
- Chapman Diversity Project seeking new members – The Chapman Diversity Project consists of groups of students, staff, and faculty members that work on projects and make recommendations focused on institutional change related to a range of diversity and inclusion issues. Go here for more information or, to join a specific group, fill out the interest form at https://orgsync.com/109109/forms/136118. If you have any questions contact Osinachi Ibe, Graduate Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Player’s Society productions – The Player’s Society is a theatre club on campus, open to all majors. This organization provides students with the opportunity to direct, manage, write, and perform in shows. This year’s lineup of shows includes The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Richard Nixon’s Big Adventure (a student-written show). To learn more about the Society, you can attend one of their meetings (held on Tuesdays at 10pm in Argyros Forum 207) or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat (@ChapmanTPS).
- Job searching through Beeya – A Chapman alumna has created a new service called Beeya, a platform that matches your job and industry preferences with available positions posted by employers. Beeya currently has posted more than 4200 full-time and part-time positions by companies such as AAA, Diamond Resorts, Southwest Airlines, and New York Life. Beeya also includes internship opportunities. If you’d like to learn more, you can sign up for a free account at beeya.com.
- Register for Chapman Day of Service – On Friday, September 29, students can participate in Chapman’s annual day of service by volunteering at local Orange County organizations that address the critical needs of our community, including environmental restoration, food insecurity, and youth development. Sign up at chapman.edu/civic or email email@example.com for more information.
- Volunteer with the Office of Admission– This is a reminder that 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.
- Announcements highlights video – You may not know this, but I also shoot a brief video on Facebook every Monday called 30 Seconds with the Dean, during which I highlight 3-4 items from the weekly announcements. You can check it out on our Life at CU page at facebook.com/LifeatCU/.
Programs and events for the week of September 11:
- Student Involvement Fair – This Wednesday brings one of our signature events of the year: the Fall Student Involvement Fair. More than 100 clubs and campus departments will be on hand from 11am-1:30pm in the Attallah Piazza to share great opportunities that can enhance your college experience. You can learn more about our hundreds of involvement opportunities by exploring OrgSync at orgsync.com or contacting email@example.com.
- UPB fall concert featuring Ty Dolla $ign – Tickets are going quickly for the annual fall concert hosted by UPB with Hip Hop and R&B artist Ty Dolla $ign on Friday at 9pm at The City National Grove of Anaheim. Tickets are $20 if purchased before the event and $25 at the door. Reserve your ticket online at universitytickets.com.
- 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 an updated schedule of classes for this week:
- Today: HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) at 5:30pm; Zumba at 8:30pm
- Tuesday: Zumba at 5:30pm; Kickboxing at 7pm
- Wednesday: HIIT at 6pm
- Saturday: Zumba at 11am
Yoga sessions are currently postponed until further notice. Student participants can register online at http://web.chapman.edu/fitnesscenter for the 2017-18 academic year.
- Open labyrinth walks – A labyrinth is a continuous path that leads to the center. Used for walking meditation, labyrinths come in many shapes and have been valuable to a number of spiritual and secular traditions dating back 4,000 years. Starting today, the Chapman community can experience this walking meditation in the Fish Interfaith Center on Mondays from 10am-4pm.
- The Fish Interfaith Center also hosts weekly meditation drop-in sessions on Mondays from noon-12:30pm.
- Career Questions – Career and Professional Development drop-in hours this week are today and Thursday from 2-4pm, and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am-noon. Visit chapman.edu/career for more information.
- International Student Exchange Programs information session – International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) coordinates study abroad opportunities in over 30 countries, including Morocco, Thailand, Finland, Netherlands, France, China, and South Korea. ISEP will host information sessions today from 3-4pm at the Center for Global Education (576 N. Glassell) and 6-7pm in the Cross-Cultural Center Hope Room (Argyros Forum 304). Stop by to learn about ISEP academics, finances, and how these study abroad programs may fit into your study abroad plans.
- Career preparation programs – Chapman offers career programs for transfer, international, undeclared, first generation, upperclassmen, and NCAA student athletes. Programs range from 4-8 sessions and are offered every semester. Students who successfully complete the program requirements receive a certificate of completion, professional headshots, and invitations to exclusive networking opportunities, including Chapman’s bi-annual Certified Student/Employer Mixer at the end of each semester. Many of these programs begin this week; RSVP and learn more at chapman.edu/career-courses. A complete list of sessions is below:
- Compass: Transfer students career preparation program – Today from 4-5:30pm in Argyros Forum 201
- Atlas: Undeclared major career preparation program – Tuesday from 6-7:30pm in Argyros Forum 201
- Passport: International students career preparation program – Wednesday from 4-5:30pm in Beckman Hall 401
- First and Foremost: First Generation students career preparation program – Monday, September 18, from 6-7pm in Beckman Hall 401
- Playbook: NCAA student athlete career preparation program – Monday, September 25, from 5:30-7pm in Argyros Forum 209C
- Summit : Upperclassmen career preparation program – Wednesday, October 4, 7– 8:15pm in Beckman Hall 401
- Denial screening and lecture – The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education will be hosting two events this week:
- You are invited to a screening of Denial, adapted from Deborah Lipstadt’s History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, tonight at 7pm in Memorial Hall. Admission is free. Go to https://blogs.chapman.edu/holocaust-education/2017/08/31/denial-lipstadt/ for more information.
- On Thursday at 7pm, Dr. Lipstadt will discuss her day in court with a Holocaust denier; the event is free and will be held in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel in the Fish Interfaith Center.
- Sound healing meditation – Tonight at 7pm in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel in the Fish Interfaith Center, Dean Gail Stearns and Sound Alchemist, Jody Theissen, will lead Sound Healing with Mindfulness Meditation. Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket.
- Blood drive – PEER and FIJI are hosting the first American Red Cross blood drive of the year on Wednesday from 10am-4pm in Argyros Forum 119A. Sign up at redcrossblood.org using code CU, or contact Dr. Dani Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make an appointment.
- Opening of new Guggenheim Gallery exhibit – Chapman is participating in Getty Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, which is an exploration of Latin American and Latino art across 70 cultural institutions in Southern California. On Wednesday at 4pm, Art Collections will unveil the new mural, El Proletariado de Aztlan, at 442 Cypress St.; a reception will follow in the Guggeheim Gallery at 5pm. The exhibit will be open until January 5 and displays a collection of work by Emigdio Vasquez and other contemporary Chicana/o artists. For more information contact email@example.com or go to https://www.chapman.edu/arts/pacific-standard-time.aspx.
- 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 series continues this week on Wednesday from 7-9:50pm with Writing Against Chaos in the Laura Scudder Conference Room (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/.
- Trivia Night at Pizza Press – Join Residence Life and First Year Experience on Wednesday at 8pm for a trivia night at Pizza Press in the Circle. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. Pizza will be available for purchase.
- Life of the Parties – The Life of the Parties provides an opportunity to connect with your fellow students in conversation about politics beyond the soundbites that make the headline news. You can talk politics while learning more about one another and the ways in which our politics align and differ. Join Civic Engagement Initiatives and Chapman’s political clubs in the Student Union stage area on Thursday at 7pm for a night full of engaging conversations on important issues facing the nation, the state, and the Orange County community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Interterm travel course information session – Dodge College is hosting an information session for their interterm travel course, Film Capitals of the World: London and Paris, on Thursday at 10pm in Marion Knott Studios 132. This travel course will provide students with the opportunity to learn about the business and history of film in Europe by visiting film facilities, locations, and exhibits, and meeting film professionals. For more information, email Professor Dave Kost (email@example.com).
- Latinx Heritage Month Kick Off Celebration – Join the Cross-Cultural Center staff on Friday at noon in the Attallah Piazza to enjoy food, music, and guest speakers kicking off Latinx Heritage Month programming.
- Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month at Olvera Street – In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, UPB is taking an excursion to Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday at 9am. Students will learn about historic sites, visit museums, and receive a $10 food voucher for Grand Central Market. Reserve your free ticket at http://chapman.universitytickets.com.
- Mendez Museum Without Walls civil rights tour – As part of our Constitution Day celebration, Civic Engagement is hosting a civil rights tour of Old Towne Orange next Monday, September 18, at 6:30pm, revisiting sites and stories of Latinx segregation. A portion of the tour will include information regarding Mendez v. Westminster, a case that helped pave the way to the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education seven years later. RSVP at https://orgsync.com/22989/events/2022975/occurrences/4812983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Annual Internship Expo – Next Tuesday, September 19, is Chapman’s annual Fall Internship Expo, where dozens of employers will be on campus to recruit Chapman interns. Check out the video invite at chapman.edu/internship-expo and RSVP on Chapman’s career portal (https://app.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/2604/student_preview).
- Panthers playing at home this week –
- Women’s Soccer v. Pomona-Pitzer on Wednesday at 4pm and v. Cal Lutheran on Saturday at 7pm (Wilson Field)
- Volleyball v. Whittier on Friday at 7pm (Hutton Center)
- Men’s Water Polo v. Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday at 11am (Allred Aquatics Center)
- Events in the Arts this week –
- My Barrio: Emigdio Vasquez and Chicana/o Identity in Orange County, the new exhibit in the Guggenheim Gallery opens Wednesday and will be on display through January 5. For further information, go to https://www.chapman.edu/arts/pacific-standard-time.aspx.
Have a great week – jmp
Jerry Price, Ph.D.
Dean of Students and
Vice President for Student Affairs