Good morning. The following are my announcements for the week of February 18:
- Global Citizens Wall– This week’s question focuses on Amazon’s failed headquarters in New York. Amazon put untold amounts of time and money into negotiating a deal to build a campus in Queens. The plans were largely hashed out in secret, without input from local lawmakers or community organizers. There was immediate backlash after the deal was announced, in part because of the major concessions that New York agreed to give Amazon. Is it important for companies to engage with their local communities or is this the business of urban deal-making? Responses to last week’s question about minimum wage can be found here.
- A Panther’sPerspective: Help us showcase the true Chapman experience – This is a reminder that my colleagues in the Office of Admission and I are teaming up to try to capture the personality and essence of what it means to be a Chapman student. No matter how big or small the moments – grabbing a drink at Starbucks with friends before class, playing in a SCIAC-rival match, or performing on the Musco Center stage – we want to showcase what it’s like to be a Chapman Panther. To capture the variety of these experiences, we are asking you to share with us a short video of your day – a snippet of a moment, location, or relationship that is meaningful to your experience at Chapman. This could be an internship, study abroad experience, research project, campus club or organization, weekend trip to a local attraction, or anything else that is meaningful to you. We will then select submissions to create a longer video to share with admitted students and their families across the country and around the world. All participants in this video contest will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win your choice of two Disneyland tickets, $200 in Panther Bucks, or $25 gift cards to Burger Parlor, Aussie Bean, and Rutabegors. Here is an overview of the contest guidelines:
- Maximum length of 30 seconds per submission (focus on quality – a cool visual and meaningful moment – not quantity)
- Entries must be submitted via Dropbox at http://chapman.edu/student-videos by Friday, March 1, at 4pm
- Only one submission per student, but you can submit one video on your own or team up with friends and submit together
- Submissions must include your full name(s), year(s), hometown(s), and major(s)/minor(s) in the video credits
- By participating, you give permission to Chapman to use the footage for promotional purposes
I look forward to seeing your submissions! In the meantime, if you have any questions email Amy Hammer at email@example.com.
- Walk-in tutoring available – Walk-in tutoring is available in DeMille Hall and the Davis Academic Center (located in the Davis Community Center) Monday through Thursday from 10am-7pm. No appointments are needed; go to chapman.edu/tutoringto see the courses, hours of tutoring, and locations.
- Calliopenow accepting submissions – Calliope art and literary magazine is currently accepting submissions for their spring 2019 issue. Submissions are open until Monday, February 25, at 11:59pm. You can submit up to two pieces for the chance to work one-on-one with Calliope editors and get published. For more guidelines and the submissions link, go to https://chapmancalliope.wordpress.com/submissions/.
- Faculty appreciation awards – Nominations for the 2019 Faculty Appreciation Awards are now open until March 15. You can nominate any professors who have had a significant impact on your Chapman career by filling out the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMEzZ_oiOho5ikDrtlI80o91mRnNrypRmH9JaCNfOxT1xX1g/viewform.
- Become a Chapman Ambassador – February 27 is the deadline for submitting an application to join Chapman Ambassadors, a group of student leaders who represent Chapman at various campus events. Go to https://chapman.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/248650for the application and more information.
- Student Engagement and University Program Board now hiring – Applications are now open for on campus jobs with Student Engagement and the University Program Board for the 2019-20 academic year. Apply online at https://chapman.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/248173; applications close March 31.
- JMPThought of the Week: The very real value of liberal arts degrees – Many students who have had conversations with me over the years have learned that I am a proud English major (twice, actually – bachelor’s and master’s degrees). Not surprisingly, then, I get irritated when I hear people joke about students with liberal arts degrees being destined for barista or similar jobs. (What you learn in college can add value to your life beyond career success, but that is a thought for another day….) I have no doubt that the communication and critical thinking skills I learned as a liberal arts major have been a big part of getting me where I am today. However, you don’t have to take my word for it. According to a survey conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (https://www.aacu.org/leap/public-opinion-research/2015-survey-results), it appears many employers agree with me. In that survey, 91% of all employers agree that for career success, “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important” than their undergraduate major. In addition, 96% of employers agree that “all college students should have experiences that teach them how to solve problems with people whose views are different from their own.” Finally, when hiring recent graduates, employers said written and oral communication, teamwork skills, ethical decision making, critical thinking, and the ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings are the most highly valued by employers. The results of this survey (which actually reinforce previous survey findings) confirm that it’s not so important what your major is as much as what information you learn and what skills you develop along the way – and how you are able to demonstrate that to potential employers.
Programs and events for the week of February 18
- student involvement Fair – Due to last week’s weather, the Student Involvement Fair has been rescheduled to this Wednesday from 11am-1:30pm in the Attallah Piazza. More than 100 clubs and campus departments will be on hand to share great opportunities that can enhance your college experience. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Spring speaker announcement – The University Program Board will announce this year’s spring speaker today at noon on their social media. The event will be held on Friday, March 1, at 7pm in Memorial Hall; reserve tickets at https://chapman.universitytickets.com.
- Spring 2019graduate student workshops – Wilkinson College continues its spring 2019 workshops for graduate students on topics related to academic, personal, and career development. This week’s workshop, Career Development Skills with the Office of Career and Professional Development, will be held today at 4pm in Roosevelt Hall 121. Find more information and a complete list of workshops at https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2018/12/04/graduate-workshops/.
- Free screening of Greek Myths– There will be a screening of four short films inspired by Greek mythology and produced by the Dodge College Cross Cultural filmmaking program tonight at 7pm in the Chapman Studios West Screening Room. A question and answer session will follow the screening. Visit https://blogs.chapman.edu/dodge/announcement/greek-myths/ for more information.
- Hang with Hillel – Hillel invites you to stop by for snacks and conversation on Tuesday from 1-3pm in the Attallah Piazza.
- StudyAbroad Fair and information sessions – The Center for Global Education invites you to join them in the Attallah Piazza on Tuesday from 10am-2pm for more information about international internships, study abroad and exchange programs, and interterm 2020 travel courses. Students who attend can enter a drawing to win a $150 STA Travel voucher. Also, the LatinX Forum will host a salsa bar from 11am-1pm. More information on the Fair can be found at Spring Study Abroad Fair. The Center for Global Education will also be holding program-specific information sessions this week:
- Suffolk University in Madrid– Wednesday from 11am-1pm in the Beckman Hall lobby, and at 3pm at the Center for Global Education (576 N. Glassell)
- Studio Arts College International in Florence – Wednesday at 1pm in Beckman Hall lobby
- Camp Kesem fundraiser – Camp Kesem is hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle (3440 E Chapman Avenue) on Tuesday from 5-9pm. Mention Camp Kesem at check out to donate the proceeds of your order to the chapter.
- Student Government President and Vice President elections – The filing period for the Student Government Association’s President and Vice President elections will open on Tuesday and close next Wednesday, February 27. If you are interested in running for either position, plan to attend the information meeting on Tuesday at 4pm in the Cross-Cultural Center.
- Pre-Law Society meeting – The Pre-Law Society will hold its first meeting of the semester on Tuesday at 5:30pm in the Cross-Cultural Center (Argyros Forum 304) for students interested in pursuing higher education or a career in law. RSVP here.
- Chapman DiversityProject resource fair – The Chapman Diversity Project (CDP) is a volunteer-driven initiative that brings the campus community together for meaningful dialogue and advocacy regarding diversity and inclusion at Chapman. If you are looking for a new leadership opportunity, an outlet for campus-related activism, mentorship opportunities, or are interested in networking and building your resume, stop by the CDP Student Resource Fair on Tuesday from 6-8pm in the Cross-Cultural Center to meet current CDP members and learn more about current
- All a cappella concert – Simply Vocale, SoundCheck, The Chaptones, Queercapella, and Men of Harmony are collaborating on a joint a cappella concert on Tuesday at 7pm in Memorial Hall. Each group will perform their competition set for the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella. Admission will be $5 at the door.
- 3-3 to Senior Legacy– 3-3 to Senior Legacy will be on hand at the Involvement Fair on Wednesday so seniors can stop by to leave their Senior Legacy; freshmen, sophomores, and juniors can learn more about volunteer opportunities this semester. Go to https://www.chapman.edu/support-chapman/chapman-fund/senior-legacy.aspx for more information.
- Cross-Cultural Center focus groups– The Cross-Cultural Center focus group sessions continue this week on Wednesday at 4pm in Argyros Forum 304. Sign up on the Engage form titled “Spring 2019 Cross-Cultural Center Focus Group Application.” An additional session will be held on Thursday, February 28, at 2pm. Refreshments will be provided.
- Hillel at A la Minute – Hillel invites you to join them at A la Minute in The Circle for some free ice cream on Wednesday at 5pm.
- LEAD minor information tables – The Leadership Studies (LEAD) minor is an interdisciplinary program in the Attallah College of Educational Studies that provides education for and about leadership, emphasizing hands-on skill development in a values-based approach. To learn more about the LEAD minor, stop by the information table on Thursday from 11:30am-2pm in the Attallah Piazza. Tabling will continue next week on Tuesday, February 26, and Wednesday, February 27. Program information, the application (https://goo.gl/forms/RwK6hVYqraTl7Uvb2),and the recommendation forms are available at http://www.chapman.edu/ces/undergraduate/leadership.aspx; the deadline to apply is March 1. Contact Kelly McCuen at email@example.com for more information.
- Deliberative Dialogue on the Government Shutdown– On Thursday at 5pm in Argyros Forum 119, Civic Engagement Initiatives will be hosting a conversation about the government shutdown as it relates to border security. Demands for funding to build a barrier at the US-Mexico border resulted in the longest government shutdown in the nation’s history. What are the options to address border security in a divided congress? Refreshments will be provided. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- 3-on-3 basketball tournament –Once again there will be a 3-on-3 basketball game at the Residence Life basketball courts on Thursday from 8-10pm. Participating teams will have the chance to win Lakers tickets. Register here. These games will continue on Thursdays through March 14.
- President Struppa’s Stateof the University Address – On Friday at 11am in the Musco Center, President Struppa will deliver the annual State of the University Address, highlighting the University’s major accomplishments and discussing initiatives that will shape Chapman’s future.
- Recreational Sports and Fitness Day – You’re invited to join Fitness and Recreation Services in the celebration of NIRSA’s (National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association) Rec Day on Friday from 11am-2pm at the Residence Life basketball courts. There will be giveaways, basketball shootouts, volleyball, cornhole, and healthy snacks.
- Tri-Campus Shabbat – The Chapman, UCI, and Cal State Fullerton Hillel chapters are hosting services and dinner on Friday at 5:30pm at 21 California Ave. in Irvine.
- Vagina Monologues tickets – The annual Chapman production of Vagina Monologues will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7pm, with an additional 1pm matinee performance on Sunday; all performances will be in Irvine Lecture Hall. Tickets can be purchased for $8 at their table in the Attallah Piazza this week, online at universitytickets.com, or at the door for $10.
- Balboa whale watching – University Program Board is hosting a whale watching trip on Balboa Island from 9am-4pm on Saturday. Tickets go on sale at 1pm today for $5 at https://chapman.universitytickets.com. Transportation will be provided and is required.
- RootsHabitat Restoration Program – Join Civic Engagement Initiatives on Saturday for hands-on habitat restoration work in the Upper Newport bay, one of the few remaining wetlands in California. Working alongside community members and coordinated through the California Coastal Commission, volunteers will assist with invasive plant removal, watering native plants, seed collection, propagation, and planting. If you are interested in signing up, you can make your reservation here. For more information contact email@example.com.
- DIVERTdayz – DIVERTbrands is hosting DIVERTdayz, an event that endeavors to collect donations of used skateboarding gear and celebrate the culture of action sports, on Saturday at 11:30am at the Vans Skatepark in Orange. The event will include a panel of business professionals, live music, and a professional skateboarding demo. DIVERTbrands is a company with roots in our Chapman internship program and now run by Chapman alumnus Marty O’Connor and Chapman student interns. Learn more at https://divertdayz.splashthat.com/.
- Hiking trip in Laguna Beach – Fitness and Recreation Services is hosting a free hike at Top of the World in Laguna Beach on Sunday at 9am. Transportation, water, and snacks will be provided. Reserve tickets at https://chapman.universitytickets.com.
- Book swap – Sigma Tau Delta and Calliope are teaming up to offer a book swap next Monday, February 25, from 7-8:30pm in Argyros Forum 208. They encourage you to bring an old favorite book and then take home a new one. Snacks will be provided.
- Ubuntu: An Intergroup Dialogue Series on Race– Join the Cross-Cultural Center for a six-week intergroup dialogue series to engage in learning and dialogue on race and racial identity. These dialogues gather people from multiple backgrounds and identities for sustained, ongoing discussions for 1.5 hours each week. The first session will take place next Thursday, February 28, at 5:30pm. Participant applications can be found here. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Free screening of Freedom Writers – There will be a free screening of the PBS documentary Freedom Writers: Stories from the Heart next Thursday, February 28, at 6pm in Memorial Hall. A panel discussion and book signing with author and activist Erin Gruwell, Carl Cohn, Sue Ellen Alpizar, and President Daniele Struppa will follow.
- Panthers playing at home this week –
- Women’s Lacrosse v. Occidental on Wednesday at 7pm (Wilson Field)
- Men’s Lacrosse v. Georgia Tech on Friday at 6pm (Wilson Field)
- Baseball v. La Verne on Saturday at 11am and 2:30pm (Hart Park)
- Events in the Arts this week –
- The Juilliard String Quartet will perform three musical selections on Thursday at 7:30pm in the Musco Center. Ticket prices range from $25-45.
- The 55th Annual Choral Festival will feature choirs from high schools and colleges throughout Orange County. Performances will be on Friday at the Musco Center; the high school program begins at 4pm, and the college program begins at 8pm. Admission is free.
- Kaleidoscope, a critically acclaimed conductor-less orchestra, will perform classics from Beethoven and Prokofiev along with contemporary music by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw. The performance will be on Sunday at 4pm in the Musco Center.
- The Hilbert Museum continues its exhibit Bay Area Scene Paintings, as well as “Sincerely, Norman Rockwell: Celebrating a New Acquisition,” and “The Magic and Flair of Mary Blair.” The museum is located across from the Orange train station 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 week – jmp
Jerry Price, Ph.D.
Dean of Students and
Vice President for Student Affairs
One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866