Good morning. Well, here it is… finals week! The following are my announcements for the week of December 11:
· Congratulations to December graduates – While most of you will be returning for interterm or spring classes after winter break, some of you will be leaving for good. We have many seniors and graduate students who will be completing their degree requirements and graduating this week. Congratulations to our newest graduates – I wish you nothing but success!
o First Destination Survey – December graduates, as you enter your last week of school, please let us know about your post-graduation plans by completing the First Destination Survey. Your response not only helps us know more about your plans, but also contributes to the value of your degree. Plus, you will also be entered to win a grand prize. Please take 2 minutes to complete the survey at https://app.joinhandshake.com/first_destination_surveys/542.
· Finals week is here – I would like to wish you all the best of luck on finals. The Student Union staff is offering services this week to help you meet your final exam goals:
o The Student Union will be open 24 hours through Friday afternoon; however, in order to accommodate Midnight Breakfast tonight, please note the Student Union will be closing at 2pm today.
o The Union stage area will be converted into a relaxing space for students to de-stress and study, with coloring books and motivational slides available.
o The Information Desk will have free scantrons and stress balls (while supplies last).
o Einstein Bros. Bagels will have extended hours of 7am-1am Tuesday-Thursday.
· Randall Dining Commons extended breakfast hours this week – Thanks to Sodexo Dining Services, Randall Dining Commons will open its doors at 7am this week and have fruit, yogurt, cereal, coffee, waffles, and other breakfast items available upon opening; in addition, as their hot food options are ready they will set them out for students a little earlier than usual.
· Leatherby Libraries extends hours for finals – This is a reminder that the Leatherby Libraries is now open 24 hours until Friday at 10pm. During the late night hours, circulation services will be available, including bookable study rooms and print/copy services. Students using the library can contact Public Safety for an escort to their vehicles or back to the residence halls. In addition, the staff will be offering Cookie Study Break tables again this year, during which students can find a quiet cookie table on the first, second, and third floors; vegan and gluten-free cookies as well as some healthy snack options will be available at the circulation desk for students upon request. Coffee is also available (deliveries at 7am and 7pm), courtesy of the Student Government Association. For more information visitthe Leatherby Libraries blog.
· Free scantrons – Stop by the Office of Career and Professional Development to pick up a free scantron between 8am-5pm today through Friday. The Office of Career and Professional Development is located at 342 N. Glassell St. (the green house just south of the law school and across the street from DeMille Hall).
· Cross-Cultural Center hours this week – The Cross-Cultural Center will be open 24 hours through Friday at 5pm.
o During interterm, the Cross-Cultural Center will be open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. For more information, email Topper at email@example.com.
· Important information for graduating seniors – This is a reminder to apply for degree conferral as soon as possible, preferably by January 15. Regardless of whether you plan to participate in Commencement ceremonies, degree conferral must be completed by April 15. Visit https://www.chapman.edu/students/academic-resources/registrar/student-services/graduation/index.aspx for more information.
· SGA Study Space Survey – Student Government Association is compiling student feedback on various study spaces around campus to analyze student need for additional spaces. Please share your thoughts and take the survey here before Sunday.
· Undie Run email – Wednesday of finals week is the night many students traditionally have participated in Undie Run, a non-sanctioned University activity. Later today I will be sending a separate email with thoughts and suggestions about this event. In addition, DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, Senior Associate Dean of Students and Lead Title IX Coordinator, will be sending out a statement as well.
· Global Citizens Wall – The Global Citizens Wall will return in spring 2018 with more questions about current events impacting our local, national, and global communities. Thanks to everyone who contributed one of the 200+ responses left on the wall during the fall semester. Responses to questions posed throughout the semester can be found on the One University blog (https://blogs.chapman.edu/students/).
· Holiday home security – If you are traveling this holiday season, Public Safety reminds you to take the necessary precautions to secure your homes and residence hall rooms. Help protect yourself by keeping your doors and windows locked, securing side gates and garage side doors, keeping outside lighting on, and maintaining landscaping to prevent hiding places. Immediately report any suspicious activity to Orange Police Dispatch at 714-744-7444 or call 911 for any in-progress crime or emergency.
· Winter Break airport shuttles – Don’t forget that the Residence Life and First Year Experience staff is providing a free shuttle service for residential students to John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA) on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. You can sign up for airport shuttles online at https://web.chapman.edu/Shuttle/.
· Student Union winter break and interterm hours – The hours for the Student Union during the winter break and interterm are as follows:
o Winter break (December 16-January 1) – The desk will be unstaffed
o Interterm (January 2-January 28)
§ Monday-Thursday: 7am-10pm
§ Friday: 7am-8pm
§ Saturday and Sunday: 10am-8pm
· Julianne Argyros Fitness Center winter break and interterm hours –
o Winter break (December 16-January 1) – Closed
o Interterm (January 2-January 28)
§ Monday-Thursday: 5am-9pm
§ Friday: 7am-7pm
§ Saturday and Sunday: 10am-6pm
Both the Julianne Argyros Fitness Center and the Student Union will be closed on Monday, January 15, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
· Bookstore updates – Please note these end-of-semester announcements from the CU Bookstore in Bhathal Student Services Center:
o Cash for books – If you have not yet sold your books back to the CU Bookstore, I encourage you to do so. You can receive back up to 50% of new book prices on titles that will be used during interterm and spring 2018; prices will be based on condition, market value, and campus requirements. The Bookstore will buy your books back, no matter where you bought them.
o Rental check-in – Monday, December 18, is the final day for rental check-in or rental-to-purchase conversions; if you check in your fall rental titles by December 18 you will incur no additional fees.
o CU Bookstore hours this week are Monday-Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-6pm, Friday 9am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm. Agora Gift Shop hours this week are Monday-Thursday 7:30am-7pm, Friday 8:30am-4pm, and Saturday 10am-2pm.
· Dining hours during interterm – The following are the interterm hours of our campus eateries, effective January 2:
o Starbucks – Monday-Friday 7:30am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday 8am-1:30pm
o Qdoba – Monday-Friday 11:30am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday noon-5pm
o Subconnection – Monday-Friday 7:30am-3pm; closed Saturday and Sunday
o Jamba Juice – Monday-Friday 11am-3pm; closed Saturday and Sunday
o Rotunda Café – Monday-Friday 7am-10pm; closed Saturday and Sunday
o Randall Dining Commons – Randall Dining Commons will only be open the following meal periods:
§ Monday-Thursday 7:30-9:30am, 11:30am-1:30pm, 5-8pm
§ Friday 7:30-9:30am, 11:30am-1:30pm, 5-7:30pm
§ Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-1pm, 5-6:30pm
o Einstein Bros. Bagels, Simply to Go @ Digital Media Arts Center, and Twelve will be closed
· Parking updates for interterm – Here are a few winter break and interterm parking reminders:
o Valid parking permits are required at all times, even during interterm.
o During interterm, resident permit holders may leave vehicles parked in the residence complex in the Jim Miller structure levels 3-5. There is no vehicle storage permitted in any other lot, and vehicles left parked beyond 15 days in any location other than the Jim Miller structure may be towed. Please store all valuables out of sight, as the University can assume no liability for any theft or damage to vehicles left parked on University property.
o Parking Services and Public Safety also recommend you store bicycles in your dorm rooms during the break.
o The Cypress lot and Village Park Orchard lot will no longer be available starting on Saturday, and all vehicles remaining in these lots after Friday will be subject to being towed.
o First Christian Parking Lot permits are still available for students who wish to receive a full refund for their 2017-18 parking permit. The FCC permit will be valid Monday-Thursday 7am-4pm in the First Christian Church parking lot, and valid in commuter, faculty, or staff parking areas after 4pm Monday-Thursday and all day Friday-Sunday. Visit www.chapman.edu/vr to request a permit.
o All vehicles must be removed from Sandhu Conference Center parking structure before 11pm on December 26, as it is scheduled for maintenance beginning December 27.
o The parking fee waiver deadline for the spring semester is February 19 at 5pm. If you had a parking permit during the fall semester but will not need one for the spring semester, you must return your parking permits and submit a waiver request online at www.chapman.edu/vr by the waiver deadline in order to receive a refund for the spring portion of the parking fee.
Additional information regarding parking can be obtained at http://www.chapman.edu/campus-services/parking-services/ or by firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Launch labs applications – If you ever thought about developing your own company, the Launch Labs at The Leatherby Center can help you channel your creativity into a new startup, regardless of your major or year at Chapman. Apply now to the new program starting February 1 athttps://www.chapman.edu/research/institutes-and-centers/leatherby-center/launch-labs/launch-labs-incubator-application-form.aspx.
· FAFSA preferential deadline March 2 – Don’t forget that the 2018-19 FAFSA preferential deadline for financial aid is coming up on March 2. The website iswww.fafsa.ed.gov. This is a critical deadline for those of you receiving federal, state, or Chapman financial aid.
· Study abroad with the UK Fulbright Summer Institute – If you would like to participate in a four-week intensive academic and cultural program this summer at one of nine United Kingdom universities, you should consider applying for the UK Fulbright Summer Institute. This program offers students the opportunity to study alongside leading academics and professionals while visiting cultural and historical sites across the UK. Academic programs include history, film and media studies, Shakespeare, drama, business, conflict resolution and social justice, British politics, popular culture, climate change, and international relations. This opportunity is open to freshmen and sophomores only with a minimum GPA of 3.7; the application is due by February 7. Contact Dr. Julye Bidmead email@example.com for more information or visit http://www.fulbright.org.uk/going-to-the-uk/uk-summer-institutes.
· JMP Thought of the Week: The myth of the all-nighter – A college psychiatrist once told me that if he could make only one change to help college students, it would be for them to get more sleep. Yet, to survive the crunch of finals week, it is not uncommon for students to consider an all-nighter – that is, to forego sleep one night in order to prepare for an exam, finish a paper, etc. I urge you to be skeptical about just how beneficial all-nighters are. According to Lifehacker, the number one rule for pulling an all-nighter is this: don’t do it. Not only does reducing your sleep take a toll on your body, it also diminishes your memory, attention, or focus the following day. As a result, your lack of sleep often offsets any productivity benefits you might gain with studying those extra hours. It doesn’t do much good to stay up all night studying if your brain is too sleep-deprived to retain the information. So, before you conclude an all-nighter is your best option, I encourage you to at least consider a middle ground, compromising some of that study time for some much-needed sleep.
Programs and events for the week of December 11:
· Midnight Breakfast tonight – University Program Board invites you to a long-standing student tradition, Midnight Breakfast, tonight from 10pm to midnight in the Student Union. This year’s theme is A Nightmare Before Finals. So take a short study break this evening to have some free breakfast, watch performances by our talented student groups, hang out with your friends by the fire, and chat with me and other administrators. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available as well. I hope to see you there.
· Tabula Poetica fall 2017 poetry series concludes today – Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students in poetry will be reading from their work today at 4pm in the Center for American War Letters (Leatherby Libraries B3). This reading is part of the Tabula Poetica Reading Series, which concludes each fall with a celebration of MFA student work. Refreshments will be served. For more information go to https://events.chapman.edu/35407.
· Happy Chanukah – The eight day Jewish festival of light known as Chanukah begins Tuesday evening. The Fish Interfaith Center is hosting the following Chanukah events this week:
o Pre-Chanukah celebration tonight from 4-5:30pm in the Peterson Conference Room
o Menorah lighting on Tuesday from 5:30-7:30pm in the Fashionables Courtyard outside the Fish Interfaith Center; doughnuts and hot cocoa will be provided
· Chapman Grand tours continue this week – The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience continues their tours of Chapman Grand this week on Tuesday and Wednesday every half hour from 1-4:30pm; tours will start from the lobby. Chapman Grand – currently called Katella Grand – is located at 915 E. Katella Ave (just east of the 5 on the corner of Katella and Lewis St).
· Graduate programs information sessions – There will be information sessions this week for a few of Chapman’s graduate programs. Sessions this week include:
o Dodge College graduate student tours today and Wednesday at noon and Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm at Marion Knott Studios 335
o Communication Sciences and Disorders and Post Bac: Tuesday at 6pm at the Rinker Health Sciences Campus conference room 236
o MBA (Full-time, Professional, and Joint): Tuesday at 6:30pm in Beckman Hall 401
o School of Pharmacy: Open houses on Saturday at 9am and 10am at the Rinker Health Sciences Campus
For a complete list of information sessions go to http://www.chapman.edu/admission/graduate/visit.aspx?utm_campaign=October_20_16&utm_source=weekly_updates.
· Panthers playing during winter break –
o Women’s Basketball v. Hiram on Thursday, December 21, at 7pm in the Panther Poet Classic 2; v. George Fox on Friday, December 22, at 7pm in the Panther Poet Classic 2; v. Benedictine on Friday, December 29, at 5pm in the Winter Classic; v. Amherst on Sunday, December 31, at 4pm in the Winter Classic; and v. Caltech on Monday, January 1, at 4pm (Hutton Center)
o Men’s Basketball v. Lewis & Clark on Thursday, December 28, at 6pm (Hutton Center)
· Events in the Arts this week –
o The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will perform Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos on Thursday at 7:30pm in the Musco Center for the Arts.
o The Blind Boys of Alabama will be joined by Ruthie Foster as well as the world-renowned Preservation Hall Legacy Horns from New Orleans for a Christmas celebration on Friday at 7:30pm in the Musco Center for the Arts.
o More than 150 musicians, singers, and dancers from across Orange County perform in a holiday spectacular full of favorite carols and tunes on Sunday at 4pm in the Musco Center for the Arts.
Purchase tickets at http://muscocenter.org/events/.
Best of luck on final exams, have a wonderful semester break, and I’ll see you in the New Year – jmp
Jerry Price, Ph.D.
Dean of Students and
Vice President for Student Affairs