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 29:
- Welcome new students –For most of you this is the start of the next Chapman semester, but for 200+ 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 case of classes with waiting lists, professors actually are encouraged to do so to allow other students to enroll in those classes.
- DACA update – The federal government announced in September that it would stop renewing work permits for DACA students starting in March; however, a federal judge ruled earlier this month that DACA recipients must retain their work permits and their protection from deportation while a lawsuit moves forward. As a result, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service announced it will follow the DACA policy in place before it was rescinded in September, and has resumed accepting requests to renew the grants of current DACA recipients (they are not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted a permit). For more information on USCIS policy regarding DACA, go to https://www.uscis.gov/archive/renew-your-daca. We also have a Chapman website with resources for students who are undocumented: https://www.chapman.edu/diversity/resources/resources-for-students-who-are-undocumented.aspx. Finally, for the past few months I have been part of a working group of Chapman faculty and staff who are monitoring issues related to undocumented students and how they are impacting Chapman students specifically; if you have questions or concerns about how your undocumented status is affecting you and your Chapman experience (or that of a fellow Chapman student), feel free to contact any of the individuals below for assistance:
- Gabriela Castañeda, Assistant Director, Argyros School Career Services
- Oliver Lopez, Assistant Professor, Schmid College of Science and Technology
- Jerry Price, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
- Christopher J. Roach, Administrative Assistant to the Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Faculty Affairs
- Marcela Valle, Program Advisor, Argyros School of Business and Economics
- Degree conferral deadline – If you plan to participate in this year’s commencement ceremony but missed the January deadline for degree conferral, please complete the online degree conferral application this week. Information regarding commencement procedures and participation will only be sent to those who have a completed degree conferral application on file. The online application for degree conferral takes only a few moments to complete and there is no cost to seniors. For more information, go to http://www.chapman.edu/students/academic-resources/registrar/student-services/graduation/conferral-deadlines.aspx.
- Global Citizens Wall – This week’s question is an open one: Welcome back, Panthers! What issues and changes are you paying closest attention to in 2018? Your responses will help Civic Engagement Initiatives incorporate topics of interest to students into future questions. More than 200+ responses were shared on the wall during the fall semester, all of which can be found on the One University blog (https://blogs.chapman.edu/students/).
- Residence Life and First Year Experience leadership applications – Applications open today for some of our most critical student leadership positions: Resident Advisor (RA), Fenestra Community Assistant (FCA), and Orientation Leader (OL). Details for the positions are available on OrgSync; applications for RA (https://orgsync.com/143104/forms/298293) and FCA (https://orgsync.com/143104/forms/298298) are due February 16, and OL (https://orgsync.com/143104/forms/297414) applications are due March 1.
- Alternative Spring Break registration – 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 18-24), participants will work with community organizations addressing homelessness in the Bay Area and conservation in the Grand Canyon. Registration forms and deposits are due by Sunday, February 11; for more information and to apply visit chapman.edu/civic or contact Melissa at email@example.com.
- Spring 2018 finals schedule – While many of you may not be thinking this far ahead, I encourage you to 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 students’ travel schedules.) For a complete list of exams go to http://www.chapman.edu/students/academic-resources/registrar/student-services/final-exam-schedule.aspx.
- Parking and Transportation reminders – Please note the following updates from Parking and Transportation Services:
- As a reminder, Chapman University has a mandatory parking permit policy. Valid permits are required at all times.
- The Cypress Lot and the Villa Park Orchard Lot are closed due to construction of the new residence hall. Overflow parking is available for commuter student permit holders in the West Campus Structure and the top level of the Jim Miller structure. Permits for additional parking spots at the First Christian Church are still available at chapman.edu/vr.
- The parking fee waiver deadline for the spring semester is February 19 at 5pm. Students who had a parking permit during the fall semester but will not need one for the spring semester must return their parking permits and submit a waiver request online at chapman.edu/vr by the February 19 waiver deadline in order to receive a refund for the spring portion of the parking fee.
- This is a reminder that parking on city streets while attending class or extra-curricular events on campus is in violation of the University parking policy.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Spring semester shuttle service – All campus shuttles will resume this week:
- Parking Lot Shuttle will operate Monday-Friday 7am-6:10pm. Route B will include a stop at the First Christian Church parking lot, but Route A will not.
- Panther Village Shuttle will operate Monday-Friday 7:30am-12:15am and on weekends from 9am-9:30pm.
- Rinker Campus Train Station Shuttle will operate Monday-Friday 7:30-8:30am and 4:30-5:30pm.
- Chapman Bookstore extends hours this week – The Bookstore in Bhathal Student Services Center is offering the following extended hours to begin the spring semester:
- Today-Thursday: 8am-6pm
- Friday: 9am-5pm
- Saturday: 10am-2pm
- The bookstore resumes its regular hours (Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm; Friday 9am-4pm) on Monday, February 5
- Agora Gift Shop spring hours – Here are the spring semester hours for the Agora Gift Shop in Argyros Forum:
- Monday-Thursday: 7:45am-7pm
- Friday: 8:45am-4pm
- Saturday: 10am-2pm
- On-campus dining hours for spring – Here are the hours for our on-campus dining options:
- Einstein Bros. Bagels: Monday-Thursday 7am-7pm; Friday 7am-2pm; Saturday-Sunday 8am-1pm
- Starbucks: Monday-Friday 7am-8:30pm; Saturday-Sunday 8am-1:30pm
- Qdoba: Monday-Friday 10:30am-10pm; Saturday noon-10pm; Sunday noon-8pm
- Sub Connection: Monday-Friday 7am-7pm
- Jamba Juice: Monday-Friday 8:30am-9pm; Saturday-Sunday 2-6pm
- Rotunda Café: Monday-Friday 7am-2am; Saturday-Sunday 10am-10pm
- Twelve: Monday-Sunday 8pm-1am
- Simply To Go (at Digital Media Arts Center): Monday-Friday 8am-8pm
- Randall Dining Commons: Monday-Thursday 7:30am-8pm; Friday 7:30am-7:30pm; Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-6:30pm
- Tutoring on campus – The Tutoring, Learning, and Testing (TLT) Center offers a variety of services for students seeking academic help:
- Walk-in tutoring begins next Monday, February 5, in DeMille Hall 140 and the Davis Academic Center; there is no wait to work with a tutor.
- Academic mentors are available to help you get organized, reduce stress, and improve your grades. Stop by DeMille Hall 130 to sign up.
- Supplemental Instruction Leaders will be coming into your lectures to make SI announcements this week.
Visit www.chapman.edu/tutoring to learn more and view a schedule of tutoring availability.
- Summer 2018 travel courses – Apply for a summer 2018 travel course to go abroad for 1-4 weeks with Chapman faculty and students. The deadline for most programs is March 27 by 4pm. Visit summer travel courses for more information.
- Study abroad in spring 2019 – Applications are now open for spring 2019 study abroad with programs in more than 40 countries. Attend a First Steps session by May 1 and complete your application by May 4. Visit https://www.chapman.edu/international-studies/center-for-global-education/study-abroad-programs/index.aspx for more information.
- UPB Committee applications – If you are interested in gaining event planning, leadership, and volunteer experience, you can apply to join one of the seven committees that comprise the University Program Board. Apply at https://orgsync.com/33916/forms/301844; the deadline is 11:59pm on February 14.
- 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 is fafsa.ed.gov. This is a critical deadline for those of you receiving federal, state, or Chapman financial aid.
- Access to Handshake for new freshmen and transfers – If you are new to Chapman this spring, your access to Chapman’s career portal, Handshake, is live. Please log into chapman.joinhandshake.com and use your Chapman credentials to access events, jobs, and to setup career appointments. If you have any trouble, contact the Office of Career and Professional Development at email@example.com.
- JMP Thought of the Week: Fact v. opinion – I believe perhaps the most important skill universities can facilitate among students is your ability to think critically – and it appears this is becoming more important with time. A recent study by the Knight Foundation found that 66% of Americans say most news media do not do a good job of separating fact from opinion (that number was 42% in 1984); however, only 27% of Americans say they, personally, are “very confident” that they can tell when a news source is reporting factual news versus commentary or opinion. Now I believe it is very beneficial to consider the opinions of others when developing your own views, but we must be able to distinguish between those opinions and actual facts. I once got “stuck” with a professor in college who my friends told me was terrible; it was one of the best classes I had. So, the next time your fellow students tell you which is the “best” professor, course, fraternity, sorority, etc., I suggest you thank them for their opinion and then do your own research of the facts. You just might find that the values upon which they based their opinions deviate considerably from yours.
Programs and events for the week of January 29
- UPB 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:
- Milk and Cookies – Milk and cookies will be available in the Student Union from 11am-1pm today; vegan and gluten-free options will be available.
- Hamster Balls – Stop by Bert Williams Mall in front of Memorial Hall on Tuesday from noon-2pm to roll around in a giant hamster ball.
- One Big Sex Night – UPB will be in the Cross-Cultural Center (Argyros Forum 304) on Wednesday at 7pm for an interactive discussion about sex; desserts and giveaways will be provided.
- Free Flicks – Free Flicks will now be held the first day of each month, with the first screening on Thursday at 7pm in the Student Union Great Room featuring Oscar-nominee Blade Runner 2049; churros and hot chocolate will be provided.
- Comedy Night – You can see a free show at ImprovCity in Irvine on Friday from 8:30pm-12:30am, with free ice cream from Honeymee after the show. Transportation is provided; reserve your spot at http://chapman.universitytickets.com.
- Excursion to Aquarium of the Pacific – Join fellow students on an excursion to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on Saturday. Transportation is provided; tickets can be reserved at http://chapman.universitytickets.com.
- Union Fit – The Student Union is offering a variety of fitness classes which are free to all students with a valid Chapman ID. Here is the schedule of classes starting today through February 28 (all sessions are held in the Student Union ballroom unless otherwise indicated):
- Mondays: HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) at 6pm; Kickboxing at 7:30pm
- Tuesdays: Yoga at 6pm; Zumba at 8:30pm
- Wednesdays: Zumba at 7:30pm
- Saturdays: Yoga at 11am (on Argyros Forum 3rd floor patio)
- Fish Interfaith Center weekly programs – The Fish Interfaith Center’s weekly programs are back in full swing; here are this semester’s events:
- Open Labyrinth Walks on Mondays from 10am-4pm
- Certificate Mindfulness on Mondays from noon-1pm
- Shambhala Meditation on Mondays from 7:30-9:30pm
- Catholic Mass on Wednesdays from noon-1pm; email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
- Wednesday Night Worship from 7-8pm, sponsored by Disciples on Campus; includes singing, prayer, and communion
- Jummah Prayers on Fridays from 12:30-1:30pm (starting February 9)
For more information on any of these activities, email email@example.com.
- Chapman Hillel Welcome Week – Chapman Hillel will be holding events this week for students interested in making new friends and learning about Hillel:
- Welcome Week Tabling – Hillel will be in the Attallah Piazza from 11am-1pm today through Thursday with snacks and Hillel items.
- Ice Cream Social – You can make yourself an ice cream sundae on Tuesday from 7-9pm outside the Fish Interfaith Center; vegan options will be available.
- Yoga with Hillel – Hillel is hosting a yoga session on Wednesday at 5:30pm in the Fish Interfaith Center; healthy snacks will be provided.
- Torah on Tap – Hillel will be at Provisions (in the Orange Circle) on Wednesday at 7:30pm for a discussion about what Judaism has to say about nature in honor of Tu’Beshvat, the Jewish holiday celebrating trees and nature.
- Welcome Back Shabbat – There will be a short service on Friday at 6pm in the Fish Interfaith Center, followed by a traditional Shabbat dinner.
- Career Questions – Students can visit the Office of Career and Professional Development for 15-minutes of assistance today and Thursday from 2-4pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday hours are from 10am-noon.
- MS in Food Science information session – There will be an information session on Tuesday at 6pm in Argyros Forum 209B for those interested in Chapman’s graduate program in food science. Go here for more information.
- Black History Month kick-off event – The Cross-Cultural Center will be hosting an event in the Student Union on Thursday from 11am-1pm to celebrate the beginning of Black History Month. This event will allow the Chapman family to explore and understand the history behind Black History Month and learn about historical and current advocacy for the Black Community.
- Chapman Interstices Book Club – In collaboration with Wilkinson College’s Interdisciplinary Series, Interstices 2018: Beyond Human, the Leatherby Libraries invites you to participate in a book club on The Positronic Man by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg. This program celebrates the 25th anniversary of this novel by discussing the work of these seminal science fiction writers to examine the relationships between robots and humans. Meetings will be held Thursday at noon and again next Thursday, February 8, at 5pm at the Center for American War Letters in the Leatherby Libraries. Go here for more information.
- Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism – Chapman history professor Dr. Shira Klein will speak about her book, Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism, on Sunday at 11am at the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles. An RVSP is required by Thursday, February 1, to firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-485-8432.
- Professional fraternity spring rush kickoff – If you are interested in rushing one of the professional fraternities on campus, there will be a rush kickoff event on Thursday from 6-8pm in Beckman Hall 404. A representative from each fraternity will be in attendance to answer questions. This event will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about Chapman’s professional fraternities and how joining one might enhance your undergraduate experience.
- Panthers playing at home this week –
- Women’s Basketball v. Redlands on Wednesday at 7pm and v. Cal Lutheran on Saturday at 4pm (Hutton Center)
- Swimming and Diving v. Claremont-M-S on Saturday at 10:30am (Allred Aquatics Center)
- Baseball v. Alumni in an exhibition game on Saturday at noon (Hart Park)
- Men’s Basketball v. Cal Lutheran on Saturday at 2pm (Hutton Center)
- Events in the Arts this week –
- Andrius Zlabys, piano, will be the guest artist in recital on Tuesday at 7:30pm in Salmon Recital Hall. Free to Chapman community members.
- Swedish artist José Gonzales will perform at the Musco Center for the Arts on Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information on the artist, go here.
- The University Singers will perform a post-tour concert at the Musco Center for the Arts on Friday at 7:30pm. Student tickets are $5.
- Gary Matsura, saxophone, will be faculty in recital on Saturday at 8pm in Salmon Recital Hall. Free to Chapman community members.
- The current exhibit in the Guggenheim Gallery, Glass Tambourine, will be on display today through March 9. The gallery is open Monday-Friday from noon-5pm and Saturday 11am-4pm. Admission is free.
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