Good morning. The following are my announcements for the week of February 5:
- Free menstrual products – Following a recommendation from the Advisory Group on the Status of Women, products in women’s and gender-neutral restrooms now will be free on campus. More information can be found here.
- 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.
- Global Citizens Wall – This week’s question focuses on the legalization of marijuana: The city of San Francisco will retroactively apply California’s new marijuana legalization law to past cases, a move that will reverse thousands of criminal convictions. Should this kind of decision be left to the discretion of district attorneys or should this be applied across the state? Responses to previous questions can be found on the One University blog (https://blogs.chapman.edu/students/).
- The Panther hiring freelance positions – The Panther is looking for freelance videographers, cartoonists, and writers to join their staff this semester. Contact Jamie Altman at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
- 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; for more information and to apply visit chapman.edu/civic or contact Melissa at email@example.com.
- UPB seeking student entrepreneurs – If you are a student who operates your own business selling clothing, stickers, or other items, the University Program Board would like to showcase your work in an event on February 24. To apply, complete this form by Wednesday.
- Free access to New York Timesnewsletter – This is a reminder that students 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.
- Civics 101 Board – The Civics 101 board in the Student Union displays new information each week about our political system. Email Brandon at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Walk-in tutoring begins this week – Walk-in tutoring begins today in DeMille Hall 140 and the Davis Academic Center; there is no wait or appointment needed to work with a tutor. Visit chapman.edu/tutoring for a schedule of tutoring availability.
- Phishing email scam targeting students – We received an alert that students at an east coast university were targeted by a phishing scam which started with an email mimicking the alerts sent by their Information Technology department. It tricked students into entering their email and password information, and then this information was used to change their direct deposit information to a different bank. As always, we encourage you to err on the side of caution when you receive any email asking for your password. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/chapmanIST/.
- Spring 2018 internship academic registration deadline – The deadline to register your spring 2018 internship for academic credit is Friday, March 2, at 5pm. Learn more and register at chapman.edu/internships. You can also watch a helpful video guide at https://vimeo.com/238462631 to learn how to register your internship on Chapman’s internship portal.
- JMP Thought of the Week: The value of involvement – Many of you may have joined a student club or other involvement opportunity to meet people and have fun. These are excellent reasons on their own, but today I would like to highlight another important benefit. Recently LinkedIn released the results of a study during which they asked 2,000 business leaders about the skills they are looking for in their employees. Not surprisingly, they identified a number of technological skills; what might surprise you, however, is that 57% of these same employers said that soft skills are more important than these technological skills. What soft skills are they looking for? According to the study, the most in-demand soft skills are leadership, communication, collaboration, and time management. These are exactly the skills that are developed through involvement opportunities outside of the classroom. Being active in a club, serving as an officer, leading a program, coordinating a service event, and similar involvement opportunities not only help you develop these skills, they also provide tangible evidence of your skills to employers. So don’t just sign up for a club for something to put on your resume; if you actually invest yourself in the opportunities this club offers, you will be developing skills that will serve you well for a long time.
Programs and events for the week of February 5
- Service for Nicholas Aufderhar – On Thursday at 7pm in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel at the Fish Interfaith Center, Dodge College will be hosting a memorial service for graduate student Nik Aufderhar, who passed away in December. All are welcome to attend.
- Residence Life and First Year Experience leadership applications – Applications are open for some of our most critical student leadership positions: Resident Advisor (RA), Fenestra Community Assistant (FCA), and Orientation Leader (OL). The Residence Life and First Year Experience staff will host information sessions on the following dates:
- Today at 11am in the Davis Academic Center
- Thursday at 8pm in the Henley Hall Basement (John Biggs Conference Room)
- Tuesday, February 13, at noon in the Morlan Hall lounge
- Thursday, February 15, at 7pm in the Henley Hall Basement (John Biggs Conference Room)
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.
- 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.
- John Fowles Creative Writing Series – For 20 years, the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing has hosted distinguished national and international writers on campus in an effort to promote and advance the discipline of creative writing in fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction, and film. Tonight is the first event of the spring semester with author Michal Ajvaz at 5pm in Beckman Hall 404. Go to https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2018/01/16/2018-literary-arts-reading-series/ for more information.
- WordTheatre with Roger Guenveur Smith and Gary Dourdan – WordTheatre’s spring series brings America’s finest short story writers to Orange for celebrity and student performances. Theatre students will join actors Roger Guenveur Smith and Gary Dourdan tonight at 7pm in the Fish Interfaith Center to perform acclaimed short stories by author John Edgar Wideman, acclaimed for his work exploring the African-American experience. For more information, go to https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2018/01/16/wordtheatre-at-chapman-university-4/.
- Chillel with Hillel – Hillel invites you to stop by the Student Union on Tuesday from 11am-1pm for snacks and to hang out with your friends.
- International student workshops – The Center for Global Education is hosting two workshops this week for international students:
- American Culture and Cultural Adjustment on Tuesday at 2pm; this workshop is an opportunity to meet peers from common backgrounds, learn more about American culture, and discuss ways to deal with culture shock and homesickness. Sign up here.
- Navigating the American Classroom on Thursday at 2pm; this workshop will discuss the characteristics of the American classroom and ways international students can succeed academically. Sign up here.
Both workshops will be held at the Center for Global Education (576 N. Glassell).
- Yoga with Hillel – On Tuesday at 4pm Hillel hosts yoga in the Wilkinson Chapel at the Fish Interfaith Center.
- DIVERTcity information session with Marty O’Connor – Join the DIVERTcity executive team on Tuesday at 5:30pm in Beckman Hall 401 for an information session about their 3-month internship opportunities in design, production, administrative, marketing, and PR. Learn more at https://chapman.joinhandshake.com/events/123784/share_preview.
- Hebrew and Brew – You’re invited to join Hillel outside of Starbucks on Wednesday from noon-2pm to get Starbucks courtesy of Hillel and learn about Israeli current events and some Hebrew slang.
- Scholarship opportunity information session – If you are a Pell Grant recipient, you may be eligible for the Gilman Scholarship to participate in an international program. The Center for Global Education will hold two information sessions this week: Wednesday at 3pm and Friday at 11am. RSVP at https://web.chapman.edu/CGESignup/Event.aspx?eid=189. Contact the Center for Global Education for more information.
- Ask Science Mike Live Podcast and Q&A – Mike McHargue is an author, speaker, and host of the podcast “Ask Science Mike,” traveling the world helping people understand the science of life. We will be hosting a live taping of his podcast on Wednesday at 7pm in Memorial Hall. Go here for more information. This event is part of Interstices 2018 Beyond Human: Emotion and AI on Tuesday, February 13.
- 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 (course number GUS 530). The series begins this week on Thursday at 4pm with Writing the Plotted Novel in the Laura Scudder Conference Room (Roosevelt Hall 121). Find more information and a complete list of workshops at https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2018/01/11/2018-graduate-workshops/.
- 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. The final meeting will be held Thursday at 5pm at the Center for American War Letters in the Leatherby Libraries. Go here for more information.
- Camp-style Shabbat – On Friday at 6pm in the Fish Interfaith Center, Hillel is hosting a camp-style Shabbat services with a special song leader. Following services there will be a dinner and then a bonfire at the Masson Family Beach Club.
- Trivia Night 2.0 – UPB will host a Trivia Night at the 1888 Center (115 N Orange St.) on Friday from 9-11pm. Come out for a night of pop culture trivia and free coffee (while supplies last). Teams can have 4-5 people, and each member of the winning team will win $25.
- Performances of student play 2 Boys 1 Dog – The Players’ Society presents the student-written play 2 Boys 1 Dog in Beckman Hall 404 this weekend; doors open at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday. Tickets are $5 at the door.
- Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program information session – Applications are open for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program which gives undergraduate students a great opportunity to have a paid summer fellowship on campus with a faculty member, along with some professional programming, social events, and other activities. There will be a SURF information session next Monday, February 12, at 1pm in Argyros Forum 209A for students and faculty mentors to learn about the SURF program. Past SURF fellows and OURCA representatives will be available to answer questions.
- Career preparation programs – Chapman offers career programs for transfer, international, undeclared, first generation, and upperclass students, as well as NCAA student athletes. Students who successfully complete the program requirements receive a certificate of completion 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 month; you can RSVP and learn more in the “events” section of joinhandshake.com. Here is a complete list of sessions:
- First and Foremost: First generation career and college preparation program – Monday, February 12, from 6-8pm in Beckman Hall 401
- Passport: International students career preparation program – Wednesday, February 14, from 4-5:15pm in Beckman Hall 401
- Compass: Transfer students career preparation program – Tuesday, February 20, from 4-5:15pm in Beckman Hall 401
- Atlas: First and second year career exploration program – Tuesday, February 20, from 6-7:15pm in Henley Hall basement
- Playbook: NCAA student athlete career preparation program – Monday, February 26, from 5:30-6:45pm in Argyros Forum 201
- Summit : Upperclassmen career preparation program – Wednesday, February 28, 7– 8:15pm in Beckman Hall 401
- Class of 2018 Graduation Fair – Save the date for the Class of 2018 Graduation Fair at the Agora Gift Shop on February 24 and in the Student Union lounge area on February 28 and March 1; the fair will go from 10am-2pm each day.
- Panthers playing at home this week –
- Baseball v. Vanguard in an exhibition game on Tuesday at 7pm (Hart Park)
- Men’s Basketball v. Whittier on Wednesday at 7pm and v. La Verne on Saturday at 2pm (Hutton Center)
- Women’s Basketball v. La Verne on Saturday at 4pm (Hutton Center)
- Events in the Arts this week –
- Faculty member William Fitzpatrick will perform a violin recital on Thursday at 8pm in the Salmon Recital Hall. Free to Chapman community members.
- Contemporary Christian singer Amy Grant will perform at the Musco Center for the Arts on Thursday at 7:30pm. Students receive $10 off ticket prices.
- The University Singers will host Orange County high school and college choirs in the 2018 Chamber Choir Festival on Friday at 3:30pm in Musco Center for the Arts. Admission is free.
- Chapman alumni John Nuzzo, Vale Rideout, and Bruce Sledge will perform A Three-Tenor Valentine concert on Saturday at 7:30pm at the Musco Center for the Arts. Students receive $10 off ticket prices.
- Songbook: Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble will combine the sounds of popular and classical music in a performance at the Musco Center for the Arts on Sunday at 7:30pm. Students receive $10 off ticket prices.
- The current exhibit in the Guggenheim Gallery, Glass Tambourine, will be on display through March 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 week – jmp
Jerry Price, Ph.D.
Dean of Students and
Vice President for Student Affairs