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 28:
- Welcome new students –For most of you this is the start of the next Chapman semester, but for 200 of you it is 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 discretion to administratively drop you from their roster if you miss the first day (unless you have made prior arrangements with the professor). Professors actually are encouraged to do so if their class has a waiting list to allow other students to enroll in the class.
- 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 focuses on the partial government shutdown, which lasted 35 days and ended on Friday. While the government has reopened, the legislation is only a temporary fix, setting lawmakers up for another round of formal negotiations. Should Congress prioritize other issues that are higher on their agenda or resolve border security and immigration before moving on? Responses to questions from fall 2018 can be found here.
- Student Government Association Public Relations Committee – SGA is seeking a Public Relations/Advertising strategist to join the inaugural Public Relations Committee. The committee will assist the Director of Public Relations in creating unique messages to increase voter engagement and campus-political awareness in the upcoming spring 2019 SGA elections. If you are interested, apply at chapman.edu.
- 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). If you are seeking more ways to get involved on campus, give back to the Chapman community, and gain valuable leadership experience, I would encourage you to consider applying to one of these positions. The following are important deadlines to note:
- Resident Advisor applications are due on Sunday. You can view the application by logging into Engage at https://chapman.campuslabs.com/engage/ and searching for “2019-2020 Resident Advisor Application.”
- Returning Orientation Leader applications are due Friday, February 15, at 11:45pm; go to https://chapman.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/248175 to re New Orientation Leader applications are due Friday, February 22, at 11:45pm. Go to https://chapman.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/248198 to apply. For questions, please contact Jordan Vaughn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fenestra Community Advisor applications are due Monday, February 18, at 11:59pm. If you are interested, please fill out the form on Engage at https://chapman.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/238323. For any questions, please contact Joe Koluder email@example.com or Juliane Corpus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- First Generation Mentor Program seeking mentors – The First Generation Mentor Program pairs Chapman students with high school students who plan on being the first person in their family to attend college. Mentors will help guide them in the college application process and the development of professional skills. If you are interested in applying to be a mentor or being a part of the executive board, please go to https://chapman.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/fgmp and click on either of the forms at the bottom of the page.
- Spring 2019 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 May 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 their travel schedules.) For a complete list of exams go to http://www.chapman.edu/students/academic-resources/registrar/student-services/final-exam-schedule.aspx.
- Internet security for students – If you have recently noticed changes to your ePay profile and eRefund student account, it is because you are now required to complete two factor authentication when signing in. This new function provides additional security and protection to your billing account.
- On a related note, our Information Security team continues to receive reports from students who are being targeted in sextortion scams. While these scams have different set ups, they almost all lead to the same conclusion: an urgent demand for your private information or money. For more information on scams and ways to avoid them, visit https://blogs.chapman.edu/information-systems/2018/11/19/sextortion-for-cryptocurrency/. I strongly encourage you to be very wary of emails making such demands, and to forward all suspicious emails to email@example.com.
- Recreation and Fitness registration– All students have free access to campus fitness and recreation facilities including our Julianne Argyros Fitness Center, located in Hutton Sports Center, and Doti-Struppa Rock Wall, located in Sandhu Residence Hall. To learn more about Recreation and Fitness Services go to https://www.chapman.edu/students/life/fitness-and-wellness/; access is free but you need to register at https://web.chapman.edu/fitnesscenter/. Students under the age of 18 must have their parent or guardian sign the registration waiver; the signed form can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can bring in a signed copy to the Fitness Center. The Fitness Center and Rock Wall offer convenient hours for the spring semester:
- Julianne Argyros Fitness Center
- Monday-Thursday: 5am-midnight
- Friday: 5am-10pm
- Saturday-Sunday: 8am-10pm
- Doti-Struppa Rock Wall
- Monday-Friday: 7-11pm
- Saturday: 1-4pm
- 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 and valid permits are required at all times. License plates are scanned to validate parking privileges and vehicles that are not registered to a valid parking permit are subject to citation.
- The Cypress Lot continues to be closed due to construction of the new residence hall. Overflow parking is available for commuter student permit holders on the top level of the Jim Miller structure.
- 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 their parking fee.
- This is a reminder that parking on city streets while attending class or campus events is in violation of the University parking policy.
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- Chapman Bookstore extends hours this week – Don’t forget that you can now search for your course materials in-store by author; make sure to log on athttp://txbk.info/chapman to get your book list by author in alphabetical order. The Bookstore in Bhathal Student Services Center is offering the following extended hours to begin the spring semester:
- Today-Thursday: 9am-6pm
- Friday: 9am-5pm
- Saturday: 10am-2pm
The bookstore resumes its regular hours (Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm; Friday 9am-4pm) on Monday, February 4.
- 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 spring semester 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-Thursday 7am-7pm; Friday 7am-2pm; closed Saturday-Sunday
- Jamba Juice: Monday-Friday 8:30am-9pm; Saturday-Sunday 2-6pm
- Rotunda Café: Monday-Friday 7am-1:30am; Saturday-Sunday 10am-8pm
- Twelve: Monday-Sunday 8pm-1am
- Simply To Go (at Digital Media Arts Center): Monday-Friday 8:30am-8pm; closed Saturday-Sunday
- 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 4, in DeMille Hall 140 and the Davis Academic Center; there is typically 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.
- Study abroad updates – Summer 2019 travel course programs are now open with most requirements due March 26. Spring 2020 semester study abroad applications are also open and due May 3. Sign up for a First Steps session to learn about selecting a program, how you can afford to go abroad, and your next steps in the process.
- Center for Global Education monthly newsletter – Sign up to receive the Center for Global Education’s monthly newsletter to stay informed about events, new program announcements, application deadlines, global education news, and inspirational stories from students who have gone abroad.
- Important financial aid information– The 2019-20 FAFSA and California Dream Act applications are now available. For the FAFSA, go to gov to apply; you can also download the myStudentAid app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store on your phone or tablet and complete it on the app. For the California Dream Act application, go to dream.csac.ca.gov to apply. The preferred filing date is March 2 for both applications; please note that this is a critical deadline for those of you receiving federal, state, or Chapman financial aid.
- Spring career events calendar – This will be a semester full of career-related workshops, recruiting events, employer excursions, interviews, company panels, networking events, and most notably the Spring Career Fair on March 5, which is the largest recruiting event of the year. You can explore and reserve your space at these events on Chapman’s career portal, Handshake.
- Equity in Athletics report – The 2017-18 Department of Education Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act report can be accessed at the Chapman Consumer Disclosure website: https://www.chapman.edu/consumer-information-disclosures/index.aspx.
- JMP Thought of the Week: Planning for a successful semester academically – For those of you familiar with my weekly thoughts, you may have noticed that I have a particular interest in providing insights into how to be more successful academically. Given that this is the first week of a new semester, I feel this is a particularly appropriate topic for today. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-smarter-ways-to-study-1502810531) discusses how a passive approach to studying – re-reading and highlighting – can lead to students into a false sense of security by making them think the material is more familiar to them then it really is come test time. Instead, the authors recommend an approach that emphasizes practice tests, quizzing friends, and other active retrieval practices. They cite a study in which students who quizzed each other received higher grades than those who didn’t. They also express skepticism about marathon cram sessions, favoring instead studying in regular, short sessions of about 45 minutes. They also cite another study that found students who created a study plan for a test about a week in advance scored higher grades on average than those who didn’t; such a plan could include anticipating what questions are expected to be on the test, resources that could prove helpful in preparing for those questions, and a summary of how to use those resources effectively. I encourage you to consider employing some of these active study practices this semester to see how they work for you.
Programs and events for the week of January 28
- Fish Interfaith Center weekly programs – The Fish Interfaith Center’s weekly programs are back in full swing; here are this semester’s weekly events:
- Open Labyrinth Walks on Mondays from 9am-3pm
- Mindfulness Meditation on Mondays from noon-1pm (Wilkinson Founders Chapel)
- Shambhala Meditation on Mondays from 7:30-9pm (Wilkinson Founders Chapel)
- Newman Catholic Fellowship meetings on Tuesdays from 7-8pm (Peterson Conference Room)
- Latter-day Saint Student Association (LDSSA) Institute on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30am (Peterson Conference Room)
- Catholic Mass on Wednesdays from noon-1pm (Wallace All Faiths Chapel)
- Wednesday Night Worship from 7-8pm, sponsored by Disciples on Campus; includes singing, prayer, and communion (Wallace All Faiths Chapel)
- Jummah Prayers on Fridays from 1-2pm (Wilkinson Founders Chapel)
- Shabbat dinner and service on Fridays from 6-8:30pm (Wallace All Faiths Chapel)
For more information on any of these activities, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 (all sessions are held in Argyros Forum 119 unless otherwise indicated):
- Mondays: Zumba from 7-8pm; Pilates from 8:30-9:30pm
- Tuesdays: HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) from 5:30-6:30pm; Yoga from 7-8pm; Pilates from 8:30-9:30pm
- Wednesdays: Zumba from 7-8pm; Kickboxing from 8:30-9:30pm
- Saturdays: Yoga from 10:30-11:30am (on Argyros Forum 3rd floor patio)
- 3-3 to Senior Legacy – Senior Legacy invites you to join them in the Attallah Piazza today and Tuesday from 11am-1pm to kick off the spring semester with 3-3. Seniors, this is the “First Day of Your Last Semester;” for freshmen and transfer students new last fall, you “Survived Your First Semester.” Learn how to volunteer your time to a Chapman philanthropy, leave your Senior Legacy, and show how Panthers give back. For more information and how to get involved, contact Bill Guzik at 714-744-2184.
- February career drop-in hours – You are encouraged to stop by for 15 minutes of assistance on your basic career needs with career peer advisors, college career advisors, and career and professional development staff. Drop-in hours will be held in a variety of locations across campus on Mondays and Thursdays from 2-4pm as well as Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am-noon. Career drop-in locations can be viewed here.
- University Program Board 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:
- Discounted lunch at Urth Caffe – On Wednesday from noon-2pm at Urth Caffe, the newest eatery in The Circle, UPB will be handing out $5 coupons to the first 200 Chapman students. Please be sure to bring your Chapman ID.
- Free Flicks: Ralph Breaks the Internet – On Thursday from 7-9pm in the Student Union, UPB presents Ralph Breaks the Internet with free popcorn and giveaways.
- Trivia Night 4.0 – On Friday from 9-11pm UPB is hosting a night of trivia and cupcakes at Cupcakery & Co. in The Circle to celebrate the start of the semester. There will be free cupcakes for the first 150 Chapman students.
- Excursion to LACMA and The Broad – UPB invites you to a day of art museums in Southern California on Saturday. Free tickets include transportation and museum admission. Get your ticket at universitytickets.com.
- Refresh: Wellness and Fitness Festival – I am really excited about a new event called Refresh, which will be held on Thursday from 11am-1:30pm in the Attallah Piazza. This event, which is a collaboration between The Wellness Project, Fitness and Recreation Services, and Residence Life and First Year Experience, will bring together various student organizations and departments on campus to help you prepare for the semester by providing useful resources, opportunities to get involved, and giveaways.
- Writing War, Writing Peace – You are invited to hear Chapman Presidential Fellow, Carolyn Forché, in Witnesses: Writing War, Writing Peace, on Thursday from noon-1:30pm in Argyros Forum 209AB. Forché is the author of four poetry books and the forthcoming, What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance. Go to https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/announcement/writing-war-writing-peace/ for more information.
- Memorial for Abbey Hirsch – The Chapman community will be hosting a memorial service to honor student Abbey Hirsch on Thursday at 4pm in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel of the Fish Interfaith Center. Students, faculty, and staff who knew her are invited to attend.
- Gilman Scholarship workshops – If you receive a federal Pell Grant, you are invited to attend a Gilman Scholarship workshop to learn how you can apply for funding toward study abroad, a travel course, or International Internship experience. There will be sessions on Friday from 10-11am and next Monday, February 4, from 3-4pm in the Cross-Cultural Center (Argyros Forum 304). Go here to register.
- Indian Capitalism between Empire and Nation: How War Shaped a Business Dynasty – Wilkinson College will be hosting special guest speaker, Mircea Raianu, on Friday from 1-2pm in Leatherby Libraries room 420. Dr. Raianu is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland, with research interests in modern South Asia and global Capitalism. Go to https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/announcement/indian-capitalism-between-empire-and-nation-how-war-shaped-a-business-dynasty/ for more information.
- Super Bowl Watch Party – Come to the Student Union on Sunday at 3pm to watch the Los Angeles Rams take on the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. The game will be on multiple HD screens, including the 6’ HD projector screen. Free food, including vegan and gluten free options, will be available (first come, first served).
- Skiing and Snowboarding at Snow Valley Mountain Resort – Fitness and Recreation Services is hosting a snow-filled day at Snow Valley Mountain Resort next Sunday, February 10. Buses depart campus at 8am and will return at approximately 6:30pm. Grab your skis and snowboards or rent equipment at the mountain. Tickets go on sale next Monday, February 4, and are $30 for round-trip transportation and an all-day lift pass. Buy tickets through universitytickets.com.
- Terrence McNally at Chapman University – Next Monday, February 4, at 4pm in Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios, Chapman celebrates four-time Tony winner, Emmy winner, and acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally as he receives an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. The conferral of the honorary degree will be accompanied by the Orange County premiere of Every Act of Life, the award-winning feature documentary chronicling the life and career of this American theater Terrence McNally, Jeff Kaufman (Every Act of Life director/producer), and Professor Raymond-Jean Frontain (University of Central Arkansas) will discuss the film and McNally’s career following the screening. Register for this free event at http://chapman.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp?id=1983&cid=32.
- Schmid STEM Networking Event – Next Thursday, February 7, from 4:30-6:30pm in Argyros Forum 209, Schmid students will be kicking-off the semester with a STEM networking event. Come learn from a panel of STEM industry recruiters and enjoy an evening of networking with professionals from a wide range of organizations including Allergan, FBI, OCTANe, Microsemi, and Johnson & Johnson. RSVP on Handshake.
- Panther Sports League – A 3-on-3 weekly basketball tournament begins next Thursday, February 7, and will run every Thursday night at 8pm at the Residence Life basketball courts. Sign up for Panther Sports League today at https://chapman.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/246582.
- Panthers playing at home this week –
- Men’s Basketball v. Occidental on Wednesday at 7pm and v. Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday at 4pm (Hutton Center)
- Softball v. Alumni in an exhibition game on Saturday at 11am (El Camino Real Park)
- Baseball v. Alumni in an exhibition game on Saturday at noon (Hart Park)
- Women’s Basketball v. Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday at 2pm (Hutton Center)
- Events in the Arts this week –
- The University Singers will perform a post-tour concert in Memorial Hall on Friday at 7:30pm. Student tickets are $5.
- Rosanne Cash, the eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash, will perform along with her husband and songwriting partner, John Leventhal, on Saturday at 7:30pm in the Musco Center.
- The Hilbert Museum continues its exhibit Bay Area Scene Paintings, as well as two new exhibitions: “Sincerely, Norman Rockwell: Celebrating a New Acquisition,” and “The Magic and Flair of Mary Blair.” There will be an opening reception for both new exhibitions on Saturday from 6-8pm. The museum is located at 167 N Atchison St., and admission is free. Find more information at http://www.hilbertmuseum.com/.
Purchase tickets at http://chapman.universitytickets.com.
Have a great first week of spring classes – jmp
Jerry Price, Ph.D.
Dean of Students and
Vice President for Student Affairs
One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866