Good morning and welcome to the last week of spring semester classes. Time to finish strong! The following are my announcements for the week of May 7:
- Campus Leadership Awards recipients – On Friday we honored Chapman’s outstanding undergraduate students at the 10th annual Campus Leadership Awards ceremony in the Fish Interfaith Center. In the coming days we will be posting on our website the recipients of all awards, but the following is a list of the major senior award recipients:
- Cecil F. Cheverton Awardpresented to the outstanding graduating senior – Paige N. Gulley
- Gloria and Julian Peterson Awardfor distinguished leadership – Alyssa Nowlen
- Ronald M. Huntington Awardfor distinguished scholarship – Jessica Bocinski
- Paul S. Delp Awardfor outstanding contribution to service – Brittney Souza
- Outstanding Diversity Leadership Award – Kyler Asato
A heartfelt congratulations to these and all other award recipients and nominees.
- Leatherby Libraries extends hours for finals– The Leatherby Libraries is now open 24 hours through 10pm on Friday, May 18. 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, 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. Beginning Sunday, coffee will also be available on the first floor (deliveries at 7am and 7pm), courtesy of the Student Government Association. For more information contact email@example.com.
- Tips for off campus students moving out – If you are moving out of your off campus house or apartment, you may be unsure what to do with all of the stuff you’re not taking with you. If you take steps to move out responsibly it helps improve our relationships with your neighbors as well as the overall community. Chapman’s Sustainability Department – along with help from SGA and Chapman Community Relations – has put together some resources and tips to make the entire process easier for you. You can find this information at http://www.chapman.edu/campus-services/sustainability/off-campus-move-out.aspx. In addition to helping you out, they also hope to minimize waste and donate usable items to worthwhile local causes.
- 2018 Graduate Research Salon– Congratulations to the winners Rowena J. Zahn, MS Food Science; and Danika C.J. Hazen, MA English and MFA Creative Writing for finishing first and second, respectively, in the inaugural 3-Minute Thesis Competition. Both of these graduate students were recognized for effectively explaining their research in three minutes while demonstrating excellent academic, presentation, and research communication skills.
- Global Citizens Wall– This week’s question focuses on the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Comedian Michelle Wolf’s controversial routine at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner prompted a backlash from both sides of the political aisle, leaving the journalism and comedy communities divided. What role should comedy play in shining a spotlight on powerful democratic institutions? Responses to the question about Starbucks’s racial bias training can be found on the One University blog (https://blogs.chapman.edu/students/).
- Spring 2018 online course evaluations deadline – All students should have already completed their course evaluations online; however, if you were not present on the day your class completed them or if your class has been asked to complete the evaluations on your own time, you have until Saturday to do so. Refer to the email you received from firstname.lastname@example.org with your evaluation link, or check your Blackboard home page for any outstanding evaluations. Your feedback is vital to improving courses and is used in faculty evaluation.
- College Senior Survey (CSS) – Graduating seniors, you will receive another email reminder on Wednesday from Provost Pfeiffer to complete the College Senior Survey. I hope you will take the time to complete the survey as it provides the university with important information about your Chapman experience.
- Apply for the 2018-19 Post-Undergraduate Shinnyo Fellowship– Thursday is the application deadline for the Shinnyo Fellowship program, which places fellows with local communities and a faculty mentor to implement peacebuilding ideas. The Post-Undergraduate Shinnyo Fellowship Program at Chapman provides funding for ten months of local community involvement, beginning with the Annual Shinnyo-en retreat in August and concluding in May 2019. Compensation is $33,000 with benefits. 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 email@example.com with questions.
- 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 the 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.
- No TLT tutoring during finals week – This is the last week to get help from the Tutoring, Learning, and Testing Center, as there will be no tutors available during finals week. Visit chapman.edu/tutoring for a schedule of services.
- Chapman Baseball wins SCIAC tournament – Congratulations to the Baseball team for staging an incredible comeback to win the SCIAC baseball tournament yesterday. After losing their first game of the tournament, the Panthers won three straight to force a final game for the championship against Redlands. Trailing 10-1 going into the 7th inning, the Panthers scored 19 runs – yes, 19 – in the final three innings to win 20-12 and capture the conference title. The victory secures the Panthers a spot in the NCAA Division III national tournament.
- JMP Thought of the Week: Believe in your capacity for growth – It goes without saying that the final week of classes can be a stressful time. This is particularly true if there is a course or two this term that has really proven difficult for you. Most of you come from an educational history in which you rarely earned average grades, much less poor ones, so struggling in a class can be a new experience. However, it is important to believe that your current struggles do not have to be your future destiny. I was reading an article recently about a study examining students who believe their skills are set in stone versus those who believe they can develop their skills. The latter is known as a growth mindset, and the study suggests that students with a growth mindset are more resilient and earn higher GPAs. This certainly is true from my own experience; I have known many students who struggled academically at first but, rather than deciding they just were bad at the subject, believed they had the capability to learn it – and eventually did. But you don’t have to take my word for it; if you reflect on your own education I bet there already are examples of where you initially struggled but ultimately succeeded. You should take pride in these successes, and use them as evidence going forward that you have the capacity to learn and grow even when the situation seems exceptionally challenging.
Programs and events for the week of May 7
- Baccalaureate service featuring Justin Simien– This year’s Baccalaureate service will be held on Thursday at 7pm in the Fish Interfaith Center with special guest – and Chapman alumnus – Justin Simien, writer and director of the television series and film Dear White People. All Chapman students and family members are welcome to attend, but an RSVP is needed; email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve seats.
- Cross-Cultural Center graduation schedule –The following is the schedule for the Cross-Cultural Center’s graduation celebrations this week:
- Black Graduation: Monday at 7pm in the Fish Interfaith Center
- Lavender Graduation: Tuesday at 7pm in the Fish Interfaith Center
- Students with Disabilities Graduation: Wednesday at 7pm in the Cross-Cultural Center
- Asian Pacific Islander Desi American: Friday at 7pm in the Cross-Cultural Center
- Latinx Graduation: Saturday at 11am in the Fish Interfaith Center
All students, staff, faculty, friends, and family are welcome to attend and celebrate their graduate. For more information, email email@example.com.
- Spring bi-annual ceramics sale – The spring 2018 bi-annual ceramics sale, featuring pieces created by ceramics students, starts today and runs through Friday from 11am-4pm each day in the Attallah Piazza. For more information, contact Professor David Kiddie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bubble Bonanza – Stop by the University Program Board’s table in the Attallah Piazza today from 11am-1pm for free bubble blowers and bubblegum.
- UnionFit schedule – The Student Union staff will be offering the following pop-up fitness sessions this week:
- 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
- Spring 2018 graduate student workshops – Performance Poetry, the final Wilkinson College graduate student workshop on topics related to academic, personal and career development, will be on Tuesday at 7pm in Roosevelt Hall 121. Go to https://events.chapman.edu/42408 for more information.
- Student Research Day – Student Research Day is a semiannual celebration that highlights the breadth and depth of scholarly research and creative activity conducted by Chapman undergraduate and graduate students. The spring semester Research Day is on Wednesday, with poster sessions from 9:30-11:30am and 2-4pm in the Sandhu Conference Center. Contact email@example.com for more information or visit https://www.chapman.edu/research/office-undergraduate-research-creative-activity/events/student-research-day.aspx.
- Lunchtime Loteria – You’re invited to come by the Student Union on Wednesday from noon-2pm to play a bingo-like game of Loteria. Free pizza and pan dulce will be available while supplies last. This event is hosted by the Latinx Staff and Faculty Forum in coordination with the LatinX Club and the Musco Center for the Arts Heartbeat of Mexico.
- Newman Catholic Fellowship weekly mass – The final Catholic mass of the spring semester will be on Wednesday at noon in the Fish Interfaith Center. All are welcome.
- An evening of Italian conversation – The semester’s final La Serata, an evening of Italian conversation, will be on Wednesday from 7-8pm on the Argyros Forum third floor south patio. You’re invited to stop by to improve your language skills and learn about the Italian culture.
- Senior Night at the District Lounge – The University Program Board invites you to say goodbye to your fellow seniors on Wednesday from 8-10pm at the District Lounge (223 W. Chapman Avenue). Members of the class of 2018 will receive free tacos.
- Every Day Housing in Ancient Egypt lecture – The Arabic Club invites you to a discussion on Thursday at 5:30pm in Irvine Lecture Hall with Dr. Amer El-Ahraf, coordinator of the Arabic Studies cluster and previous president of the National Environmental Health Association. Dr. El-Ahraf will be speaking about the ancient Egyptians’ practice of ecological sustainability. Arabic refreshments will be provided.
- 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 Leonor Xóchitl Pérez discussing the Trailblazing Women of Mariachi on Thursday at 6pm; Mariachi music is a well-known, traditionally male genre, but for more than 100 years women have actively performed this music and fought for their inclusion. 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/.
- Silent Disco – The University Program Board is hosting a silent disco on Thursday from 10pm-midnight on the Argyros Forum third floor patio.
- Lemonade and Laughs – Student comedians will perform in a comedy show hosted by the University Program Board on Friday at 9pm in the Argyros Forum Student Union. Lemon flavored snacks will be provided.
- Panthers playing at home this week – All Panther teams have completed their 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.
- Student pianists will perform in the Student Major Piano Showcase on Tuesday at 7:30pm in Salmon Recital Hall. Admission is free.
- Piano students from a variety of majors will perform in a recital on Thursday at 7:30pm in Salmon Recital Hall. Admission is free.
- The 44th annual Sholund Scholarship Concert will include performances from Chapman Orchestra and the Chapman Choirs, featuring soloists Clio Brady on viola and Jasmine Rodriguez as a vocalist. The performance will be at 4pm on Saturday in the Musco Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 for the Chapman community.
- The Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony will perform alongside Tesoro High School Chamber Orchestra at 4pm on Sunday in the Musco Center for the Arts.
Purchase tickets at http://chapman.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp.
Have a great last week of classes – jmp
Jerry Price, Ph.D.
Dean of Students and
Vice President for Student Affairs
One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866