Good morning, and welcome to the penultimate week of spring classes. The following are my announcements for the week of April 30:
- Spring 2018 course evaluations begin this week – Beginning this week students will have the opportunity to provide feedback on their spring courses on the Orange campus (except for the Fowler School of Law). You should have received instructional emails this morning from email@example.com for each of the classes in which you are enrolled. All evaluations can be found on your Blackboard landing page under the section titled “course evaluations.” Most students will be completing the evaluations during class, so listen for an announcement from your instructor about which day these will be completed so you can bring your mobile phone or another internet-enabled device. Any questions or technical difficulties should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- RSVP for Baccalaureate – This year’s baccalaureate program will be held next Thursday, May 10, at 7pm in the Fish Interfaith Center and feature Chapman alumnus Justin Simien, writer/director of the critically acclaimed Dear White People feature film and series. Chapman’s baccalaureate is open to all graduates, undergraduates, and families, whether secular, spiritual, or religious. RSVP at email@example.com. You can view a short video of Baccalaureate at https://vimeo.com/263413807.
- Chapman Grateful Dead t-shirt design contest – Students of all majors are invited to design a t-shirt combining Chapman and Grateful Dead graphics and images. Designs should pay tribute to vintage rock concert shirts, blending Grateful Dead imagery with iconic Chapman imagery, such as Pete the Panther, images of campus and buildings, the Chapman logo, etc. Please note that only Grateful Dead logo can be used, and you should avoid other trademarked work such as album covers or lyrics. The winning student designer will receive two tickets to the Dead and Company concert at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, July 7, including backstage passes and a photo opportunity with Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir; the winner also will receive two tickets to the black tie Chapman Celebrates gala on Saturday, November 3. To enter, submit a PDF version of your design to firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, May 18; the winner will be announced in late June. Please direct any questions to Angela Ruiz at email@example.com.
- Spring 2019 study abroad deadline– The deadline to apply for spring 2019 semester abroad programs is Friday. Sign up for a First Steps session through Tuesday at the Center for Global Education to get started.
- Global Citizens Wall– This week’s question focuses on the voting age in the United States: The 26th Amendment, passed in response to youth unrest during the Vietnam War, gave the right to vote to every 18 year old; however, some experts say it does nothing to prevent states from lowering their voting age even further. Should Washington D.C. proceed with proposed plans to lower the legal voting age to 16? Responses to the question about regulation of social media can be found on the One University blog (https://blogs.chapman.edu/students/).
- First Destination Survey – Seniors, as you prepare for commencement and become alumni please let us know about your post-graduation plans by completing the First Destination Survey. Whether you already have a job lined up, are seeking work, applying to graduate school, volunteering, joining the military, or traveling, we are interested in knowing. The survey is now live for all conferred seniors and can be completed on Chapman’s career portal: https://chapman.joinhandshake.com/first_destination_surveys/542.
- Tutoring on campus – There are just two weeks left until final exams, so you may want to stop by the Tutoring, Learning, and Testing for a variety of tutoring services to help prepare for the end of the semester (please note that there will be no tutoring during finals week).
- Visit chapman.edu/tutoring to learn more and view a schedule of tutoring availability.
- Academic mentors are available to help you get organized, reduce stress, and improve your grades. Stop by DeMille Hall 130 to sign up and get started.
- Apply for the 2018-19 Post-Undergraduate Shinnyo Fellowship– The deadline is Friday for the Shinnyo Fellowship program, which provides funding for ten months of local community involvement, beginning in August and concluding in May 2019. Only students with an anticipated graduation date of May 2018 (or have already graduated in December 2017) are eligible to apply. Visit http://sef.org/programs/shinnyo-fellows-program/ for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- Graduate Research Salon extended deadline – The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to today at 5pm for the Graduate Research Salon’s Three Minute Thesis competition, which will be held on May 2 from 6-8:30pm in Beckman Hall 404. This event will showcase the scholarly and creative works of graduate students in arts, humanities, social sciences, education, business and economics, communication, film and media arts, law, pharmacy, science, and technology. The evening will include a poster session, a 3-minute thesis competition, and a keynote talk by Chapman Presidential Fellow Jack Horner. For more information visit Graduate Research Events at chapman.edu/research/graduate-research/.
- College, athletic, and cross-cultural stoles available – If you’d like to celebrate your graduation day with a college, athletic, or cross-cultural undergraduate stole, they are now available for purchase at the Agora Gift Shop.
- New Creative and Cultural Industries minor – Wilkinson College will offer a new minor in the fall semester that explores creative and cultural industries such as music, gaming, and fashion. Registration is now open for courses in this minor; learn more at https://www.chapman.edu/wilkinson/interdisciplinary-minors/Minor%20in%20Creative%20and%20Cultural%20Industries.aspx.
- Wilkinson College’s new podcast Catalyst – Wilkinson College also has a new podcast called Catalyst, which features a series of conversations with leaders in creative industries around the globe. Current episodes include an interview with HBO’s Westworld co-creator and producer Lisa Joy. Learn more at https://www.chapman.edu/wilkinson/eu-grant/catalyst-podcast.aspx.
- Overheard Chapman episode – Thanks to the leaders of the Primetime Television Club for inviting me to participate in their latest episode. If you want to see this or any of their other episodes, you can find it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO1T-pD49Po&t=2s.
- College Senior Survey (CSS) – On a similar note, graduating seniors will receive a reminder email on Friday from Provost Pfeiffer to complete the College Senior Survey. Again, please take the time to complete the survey since it provides the university with important information about your Chapman experience.
- B+ executive board applications – Chapman’s chapter of B+ is accepting applications to be on the executive board as well as for team captains for each Greek chapter. You can get an application by emailing email@example.com going to their Facebook page. Applications are due at 10pm on Sunday, May 13.
- JMP Thought of the Week: Being a celebrative community – In his 1990 book, Campus Life: In Search of Community, renowned higher education leader Ernest Boyer discusses the importance of having a strong community on campus, identifying six principles that help to create this community. One of these principles is that college should be a celebrative community. I completely agree. Being a dedicated college student can be challenging, even exhausting at times, so it is important to pause and reflect on the joyful aspects of being a student at Chapman. Friday at 2pm is an opportunity to do just that at our annual Campus Leadership Awards, during which some 50 Chapman students will be recognized for their hard work and accomplishments in and out of the classroom. While we are all extremely proud of these award recipients, what makes this a true celebrative event is the reaction of the other students in attendance. It is so rewarding to watch the recipients walk up to collect their award while their peers scream and cheer behind them, filling the Fish Interfaith Center with joyous community. I hope you will come and be a part of this celebration.
Programs and events for the week of April 30
- Campus Leadership Awards on Friday – We will be honoring our outstanding Chapman students at the annual Campus Leadership Awards ceremony on Friday at 2pm in the Fish Interfaith Center. In addition to recognizing the outstanding first year students, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and student organizations, we will be announcing the recipients of the following major Chapman senior awards:
- Cecil F. Cheverton Award– presented annually to the outstanding graduating senior and is the highest undergraduate student honor at Chapman
- Gloria and Julian Peterson Award– presented for distinguished leadership in enriching university life, and is Chapman’s highest senior leadership award
- Ronald M. Huntington Award– presented to the graduating senior with the most distinguished record of scholarly accomplishments
- Outstanding Diversity Leadership Award– presented to the graduating senior who has shown exemplary promotion of social justice, multicultural, and diversity initiatives
- Paul S. Delp Award– presented to the graduating senior who has made the greatest contribution to voluntary service to the Chapman community or the community at large
This is a fun and festive opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of your peers, so I hope you will make time in your schedule to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
- UnionFit schedule – The Student Union staff will be offering pop-up fitness sessions until May 13:
- Sunday – Yoga at noon on the Argyros Forum third floor patio
- Monday – Kickboxing at 7:30pm in Argyros Forum 119B
- Tuesday – Yoga at 6pm in Argyros Forum 119B; Zumba at 8:30pm in Argyros Forum 119B
- Career Questions– You can visit the Office of Career and Professional Development for 15 minutes of assistance today from 2-4pm, as well as Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am-noon. No appointment is necessary.
- John Fowles Creative Writing Series final speaker– The John Fowles Center for Creative Writing serves to promote and advance the discipline of creative writing in fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction, and film. The series concludes today at 5pm in Beckman Hall 404 with Czech novelist, dramatist, TV screenplay writer, translator, and essayist, Radka Denemarkova. Go to https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2018/01/16/2018-literary-arts-reading-series for more information.
- KravMaga event – Tonight at 5pm in Argyros Forum 201, Chabad will host an educational, hands-on workshop on Krav Maga, a self-defense technique used by the Israeli Defense Forces. Please wear close-toed shoes and comfortable clothing to this event.
- Freescreening of Human Flow and director Q&A – Chapman Oxfam Club presents a free screening of Human Flow, a documentary by Ai Weiwei that explores the struggle behind today’s refugee The screening will be held tonight at 8pm in the Student Union. You can watch the trailer at http://www.rocoeducational.com/human_flow.
- The Future of VR and Immersive Media – Charlie Fink, Forbes magazine technology journalist, will be speaking about the future of virtual reality media tonight at 7pm in Marion Knott Studios 132.
- Registration closes Tuesday for Cross-Cultural Center graduation ceremonies –The Cross-Cultural Center will host graduation celebrations for interested members of the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American, Black, Disability, Lavender (LGBTQIA+), and Latinx communities. Graduates from these communities interested in participating in the celebrations are asked to register at https://orgsync.com/26011/forms/308806; registration closes Tuesday. All students, staff, faculty, friends, and family are welcome to attend and celebrate their graduate. Here are the dates of the events:
- Black Graduation: Monday, May 7, at 7pm
- Lavender Graduation: Tuesday, May 8, at 7pm
- Students with Disabilities Graduation: Wednesday, May 9, at 7pm
- Asian Pacific Islander Desi American: Friday, May 11, at 7pm
- Latinx Graduation: Saturday, May 12, at 11am
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Chillel with Hillel – Hillel invites you to stop by the Student Union on Tuesday from 11am-1pm for some snacks and discussion.
- Personalstatement and scholarship essay workshop – The Center for Undergraduate Excellence will host a personal statement and scholarship essay workshop for students interested in applying for a national scholarship or fellowship, such as the Fulbright, Marshall, or Truman programs. The workshop will be held on Tuesday from 3-5pm in Argyros Forum 209C, and will cover the purpose of the personal essays, characteristics of successful essays, the do’s and don’ts, and a brainstorming session to create your first draft. Contact the Center for Undergraduate Excellence at email@example.com for more information.
- Men of Harmony spring concert – Men of Harmony will host their spring concert on Tuesday at 5pm in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel.
- Memorial screening of The Tale of Princess Kaguya – Dodge College will honor the memory of director Isao Takahata with a screening of his film The Tale of Princess Kaguya on Tuesday at 7pm in Folino Theater. This Academy Award nominated film is a hand-drawn re-telling of Japan’s most famous folktale.
- Free Flicks: Coco – UPB will be hosting free screenings of the Disney-Pixar film, Coco, on Tuesday at 7pm and 9pm in the Student Union. Hot cocoa and sweet bread will be provided.
- Net Zero environmental club meeting – Net Zero is an environmental club whose mission is to make Chapman a 100% renewable energy powered campus. They will be holding an information session on Tuesday at 10pm in Argyros Forum 209B.
- So You Think You Can Vote – Join Civic Engagement in the Student Union stage area on Wednesday from 10am-3pm for an interactive simulation of barriers to voting. Email KP at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- How Feminist Theory Can Get You Through –The Sociology department’s Colloquium series concludes on Wednesday at noon on the second floor of Roosevelt Hall. Guest speaker CK Magnolia will lead a discussion called How Feminist Theory Can Get You Through: Seven Lessons. For more information visit https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/announcement/sociology-colloquium-series/.
- Yoga with Hillel – Chapman Hillel invites you to an hour of yoga on Wednesday at 4:30pm in the Fish Interfaith Center.
- House of The Arts Spring Festival – House of the Arts is holding its Spring Festival promoting Chapman’s best artists on Wednesday from 6-10pm on Bert Williams Mall (in front of Memorial Hall). The event will include a variety of forms of art including live music, photography, paintings, fashion shows, film, and ceramics.
- Community Forum – On Thursday at 3pm in the Cross-Cultural Center, I am hosting our final Cross-Cultural Community Forum of the year. These Community Forums are open to all students and will include discussions on a broad range of campus climate issues; we welcome all interested students to attend and share any thoughts or concerns you have, as well as listen and provide feedback to others. Potential topics this week include Greek life and diversity.
- An American Genocide – On Thursday at 4pm in Argyros Forum 209B, professor Benjamin Madley will lead a lecture about the California Indian catastrophe, during which the California Indian population plummeted from around 150,000 to 30,000 people. Professor Madley will discuss the involvement of government officials, the indigenous resistance, and how the catastrophe came to an end. For more information visit https://events.chapman.edu/46667.
- Free screening of Mysteries of Egypt – The Arabic Language Club invites you to a free screening of Mysteries of Egypt on Thursday at 5:30pm in Irvine Lecture Hall. This film is about Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922 and features international actor Omar Sharif.
- Heartbeat of Mexico: Big Ideas discussion this week – The Heartbeat of Mexico: Big Ideas series explores the depths of Mexican and Mexican-American culture by top academics in the fields of Mexican Studies, Religious Studies, and Music, leading to the Heartbeat of Mexicofree festival at Chapman on May 27. The series continues this week with Booming Bandas of Los Angeles on Thursday at 6pm. Dr. Xóchitl C. Chávez will speak about the involvement of women and youth in Oaxacan Philharmonic brass bands. This program will be held in the Center for American War Letters in Leatherby Libraries. For more information and a list of upcoming events in the series, visit http://muscocenter.org/event/heartbeat-mexico-2018/.
- Community Voices documentary screening – Community Voices links Chapman documentary film students with Orange-County based organizations, and each semester groups of students produce short character-driven portrait films that highlight causes the partner organizations aim to serve. There will be a screening on Thursday at 7pm in Folino Theater, followed by a panel with the filmmakers and a reception. More information can be found at https://blogs.chapman.edu/dodge/2018/04/18/community-voices-documentary-screening-and-qa-with-filmmakers-may-3/.
- Lag B’omer celebration – Join Chapman Chabad on Thursday at 7pm at the Masson Family Beach Club for a celebration of Lag B’omer. S’mores will be provided.
- Slamdance’s Original Workshop – On Friday at 1:30pm in the Cloobeck Screening Room, Slamdance Film Festival co-founder Peter Baxter will discuss how to build a sustainable career through DIY filmmaking. The workshop will focus on how to prepare for creative life and produce and gain recognition for work without permission or fear of failure.
- The Players’ Society presents Richard Nixon’s Big Adventure– The Players’ Society’s spring show, Richard Nixon’s Big Adventure, will continue on Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm in Irvine Lecture Hall. Tickets are $5 at the door. Having seen their opening night performance I can share a couple of insights: 1) precision in capturing historical details is not a major objective of the production, and 2) the show can get just a little strange toward the end….
- Kaiser Permanente South Bay Career Excursion –On Friday from noon-5pm, Kaiser Permanente South Bay will be hosting a private tour of their facilities for Chapman students, including the emergency department, intensive care unit, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, ambulatory departments, and wellness center. If you have an interest in healthcare administration, policy, or research, you’re encouraged to RSVP soon, as space is extremely limited. RSVP at https://chapman.joinhandshake.com/events/143835/share_preview. Lunch will be provided.
- Hillel Senior Shabbat – Celebrate the seniors of Hillel on Friday at 6pm in the Fish Interfaith Center with dinner, speeches, and Hillel graduation stoles.
- Moonlight Mic – Moonlight Mic invites you to stop by the Masson Family Beach Club on Friday from 6:30-9:30pm for an evening of student performances. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/MoonlightMic/.
- UPB and QSA host Drag Show – On Friday at 8:30pm UPB and QSA are collaborating to transform the Student Union into a runway for drag performers, including queens featured on RuPaul’s Drag Race as well as members of the Chapman community. Free food and refreshments will be provided. Students are permitted one guest for the show.
- Pua’ikeana annual Lū’au: Ho’okumu Honua (The Creation of Paradise) – Pua’ikeana invites you to their 15th annual Lū’au on Saturday from 5-9pm in the Hutton Sports Center. This celebration of Hawaiian culture offers Hawaiian and Polynesian dance performances, local music, and Hawaiian food; there will also be games, prizes, and prize drawings. Tickets can be purchased online and are $10 for Chapman students. Email email@example.com any questions.
- Hillel excursion to Boomers – Chapman Hillel invites you to de-stress with an excursion to Boomers in Irvine on Saturday from 7-11pm. Fill out this waiver prior to the event: https://web.chapman.edu/ActivityWaiver/Waiver.aspx?event=14566.
- Chapman University Student Research Day – Student Research Day, which highlights the breadth and depth of scholarly research and creative activity conducted by Chapman undergraduate and graduate students, will be held next Wednesday, May 9, from 9:30am-4pm. Poster sessions will take place from 9:30-11:30am and 2-4pm in the Sandhu Conference Center. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit https://www.chapman.edu/research/office-undergraduate-research-creative-activity/events/student-research-day.aspx.
- Panthers playing at home this week – All spring sports have completed their regular seasons at this time.
- Events in the Arts this week –
- Art students will showcase their work this week in the Guggenheim Gallery. The gallery is open Monday-Friday from noon-5pm and Saturday from 11am-4pm. Admission is free.
- The Department of Theatre continues its production ofThe Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, a parable play by Bertolt Brecht that parallels Hitler and his henchmen with the crime lords of Chicago. Performances will be held in Waltmar Theatre at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday. Student tickets are $10.
- The University Women’s Choir will perform a concert on Friday at 7:30pm in Salmon Recital Hall. Student tickets are $5.
- Dance students will perform original choreography across several styles and themes in the Spring Dance Concert this weekend. Performances will be at the Musco Center for the Arts at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday. Student tickets are $10.
- The New Music Ensemble is a presentation of work by current composition majors in addition to popular composers of the last fifty years. The performance will be held on Saturday at 2pm in Salmon Recital Hall. Admission is free.
- The Wind Symphony will perform five musical pieces on Saturday at 7:30pm in Memorial Hall. Student tickets are $5.
- The Early Music Ensemble will perform Leipzig Idol 1722 on Sunday at 5pm in Salmon Recital Hall. Admission is free.
- The Chapman Guitar Ensemble will perform a series of classical works on Sunday at 8pm in Salmon Recital Hall. 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
One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866