Good morning. The following are my announcements for the week of April 15:
- Today is the deadline to RSVP for Commencement – Tonight at midnight is the deadline to guarantee your name is listed in the Commencement program as well as reserve guest seats for Closing Convocation. There will be no exceptions. Keynote speakers for this year’s Closing Convocation are Chapman alumni, Ross and Matt Duffer ‘07, who created the award-winning Netflix series Stranger Things. Students must RSVP by tonight at midnight to reserve guest seats. Go to https://web.chapman.edu/Commencement/ to RSVP. For more information, visit the Commencement website (chapman.edu/commencement).
- Chapman University Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey – As part of the University’s ongoing efforts to prevent gender and sex-based discrimination and harassment, I invite you to complete this optional, anonymous survey about incidences of certain types of sexual and physical experiences in relationships on campus. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. Your participation in this survey will help us in our efforts to ensure a safe, healthy, and nondiscriminatory environment for our students. The survey can be found at https://forms.eab.com/s3/Chapman-University-Sexual-Misconduct-Climate-Survey. If you have any questions about the survey, please email email@example.com. After completing the survey you can opt-in and enter your name in a drawing to win an Amazon gift card. Winners will be drawn for one $100 Amazon gift card, and four $50 Amazon gift cards. Please note that names entered for the prizes are kept separate from information collected within the survey; entering your name in the prize drawing will in no way be connected to your responses in the survey, which are completely confidential. I appreciate your taking this opportunity to contribute to our understanding of a very important aspect of student life on campus. The survey closes on Friday. Thanks in advance for your participation and assistance.
- Additional walk-in hours for the Academic Advising Center– This is a reminder that the Academic Advising Center will have additional walk-in hours on both Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30am-4:30pm until April 26. If you have quick, non-major advising questions related to your upcoming registration, your fastest option for assistance will be to come in during walk-in hours. The Academic Advising Center is located in Beckman Hall 405. For more information, visit chapman.edu/advising.
- Dougherty Scholarship nominations open – The Dougherty Scholarship serves to honor undergraduate students who demonstrate the dedication to the Chapman community as embodied by former Vice President of Enrollment and Student Life Cindy Dougherty. Scholarships of $500 are awarded to two undergraduate students each academic year. For more information and to submit nominations visit the Student Government Association’s page on Engage.
- Global Citizens Wall – This week’s question examines President Trump’s transgender military policy: Last week, a new Trump policy went into effect barring anyone with gender dysphoria who is taking hormones, or who has already undergone a gender transition, from enlisting or serving in the military unless they serve in the sex they were assigned at birth. How does this affect the military community and the trans and gender-nonconforming communities? Responses to the question about the Mueller report can be found here.
- Nominate students for Men of Integrity/Women of Strength awards – If someone you know makes a difference in our community by being an active bystander, CARES wants you to nominate them for the Men of Integrity/Women of Strength Awards. Recipients and their nominators will each receive a $25 gift card to Pizza Press. Nominate students at chapman.edu/peer; email Dani Smith with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Student Government Association funding deadline – April 23 at 11:59pm is the last day to submit an application for SGA funding, and May 1 is the last day to submit forms for reimbursements. Any reimbursement form submitted after May 1 for prior events are not guaranteed to be processed. Contact email@example.com for more information.
- Brad and Kim Cohen Greek Leadership Scholarship –The Brad and Kim Cohen Greek Leadership Scholarship was created to recognize students involved in fraternity and sorority life who are “change makers” through their leadership. These may be students who have overcome adversity or have recognized the need for change within the Greek system or elsewhere, and have taken the initiative and provided leadership to realize that change. Undergraduate students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher, are Chapman Grant eligible, and are not graduating in May 2019 are eligible to apply for the Cohen Greek Leadership Scholarship. Visit https://chapman.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/260796 to apply; the deadline is Friday.
- 3-3 to Senior Legacy – If you are a freshman, sophomore, or junior, and have not yet volunteered your three hours to a Chapman-approved philanthropy, check out the list of local agencies where you can volunteer your time; be sure to print out the hours verification form. You can also call Bill Guzik at Alumni Engagement (714-744-2184) to volunteer your three hours on campus. Seniors, you can contribute to future Chapman students and help them to have the Chapman experience you enjoyed by donating your Senior Legacy gift here.
- Fire and Life Safety hiring Commencement student workers – Fire and Life Safety staff are hiring student workers for the 2019 Commencement ceremonies from May 17-19. Applicants must have a valid CPR/AED-First-Aid certification; EMT and BLS certifications are a plus. Students will work in teams of two for 4 or 8-hour shifts; students living in Chapman housing will receive a move-out extension. Apply at https://chapman.peopleadmin.com/postings/searchand contact Victor Arteaga at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- No tutoring during finals week – Please note that there will be no tutoring services during finals week, so I encourage you to seek advanced assistance from the Tutoring Center if you are struggling in any of your classes. Go to edu/tutoring to learn of the many courses, hours, and locations of tutoring. No appointment is needed and there is no charge to use the tutoring services.
- Public outreach workshop for students – The Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) program has partnered with the Orange County Museum of Art to offer students a change to design and deliver a unique public outreach workshop at the museum. Students will develop their skills over three training sessions led by teaching artist Sarah Garcia. Space is limited. Contact Jamie Larkin if you are interested.
- Alumni Discovery Initiative Ambassador – If you are seeking summer employment, you can represent the best of Chapman by interviewing Chapman alumni from around the globe as an Alumni Discovery Initiative Ambassador. Discovery Initiative Ambassadors conduct in-person, Skype, or telephone interviews and engage alumni in a casual two-way conversation followed by an important and extensive interview summary report. Apply here.
- JMP Thought of the Week: Our spiritual pillar – This is an important week for many people of faith. While Chapman is no longer a Christian college, there is a reason spirituality is still one of our four pillars. In a study in Psychology Today, spirituality enhances our opportunities to be positive, more compassionate, have positive relationships, strive toward a better life, and savor everyday life experiences. Whether or not you consider yourself a religious person, I hope you will seize some of the many opportunities available at Chapman – this week and the rest of the year – to explore your own spirituality. I also want to recognize the wonderful leadership and staff at the Fish Interfaith Center who make many of these opportunities possible.
Programs and events for the week of April 15
- Annual Spring Sizzle– Wednesday is Chapman’s 25th annual Spring Sizzle hosted by UPB and the Office of the President. This is one of the highlights of the Chapman year with live performances, games, and free food. I hope you will join me and your fellow students in the Attallah Piazza from 11am-1pm for this lively, fun, and entertaining Chapman tradition.
- A conversation about the Gospel of Mark – You are invited to Discovering Mark’s Unique Voice: A Conversation about the Gospel of Mark tonight at 7pm in the Fish Interfaith Center. Biblical scholar and theologian Julie Smith will recover neglected stories of women in the Gospel of Mark and talk about other surprises from her new commentary on this Gospel. More information can be found here.
- The Sicilian Pupi: Conveyors of Myth – Alumnus Marco Saglimbeni will give a talk on the traditional form of Sicilian puppetry known as the pupi theater tonight at 7pm in the Center for American War Letters (Leatherby Libraries B3). He will discuss how pupi theater represented and alleviated the struggles of Sicilians, eventually developing into a form of ritual.
- Study abroad in Italy, Spain, or France – The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) organizes semesters abroad in Italy, Spain, and France. You can stop by their table in the Beckman Hall lobby on Tuesday from 10am-1pm to learn more about their programs. The deadline to apply for spring 2020 semesters abroad is May 3; attend a First Steps session to start your application.
- LinkedIn Lunch and Learn with headshots – On Tuesday, the Office of Career and Professional Development is hosting a LinkedIn Lunch and Learn session from 11:30am-12:45pm in Argyros Forum 209C. Whether you already have a profile and are looking to polish and update it, or have never created an account, a career expert will be there to walk you through best practices. Plus, there will be an opportunity for free LinkedIn headshots to attendees that show up early from 10:30-11:30 RSVP at https://chapman.joinhandshake.com/events/255064/share_preview. A delicious pizza lunch will be provided.
- Stress and anxiety workshops– Residence Life and First Year Experience, in collaboration with Student Psychological Counseling Services, continues their group workshops this week with “Identifying Thinking Traps that Keep Us Feeling Anxious” on Tuesday from 12:10-12:50pm in the Morlan Hall lounge. Pizza will be provided or feel free to bring your own lunch.
- CommunityForum: The Birth of a Nation dilemma – On Tuesday at 4pm I am hosting my final Community Forum of the semester in the Cross-Cultural Center. Community Forums are open to all students and will include discussions on a broad range of campus climate issues. This session will focus on the challenge presented by the Birth of a Nation poster in Marion Knott Studios. The poster is one of many donated to Chapman by the estate of renowned filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille. While film critics cite the film as a milestone in modern cinema, the film is also full of horrible racist images and stereotypes. You can read more about the situation in The Panther at http://www.thepantheronline.com/news/students-advocate-for-removal-of-controversial-film-poster-from-dodge-college. In a university that teaches the history and creation of art, but also values the dignity of all persons, should we include this film in our work? If so, how? As always, we welcome all interested students to attend and share any thoughts or concerns you have, as well as listen and provide feedback to others. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
- Homelessness 101 – The Peace Studies Department together with United to End Homelessness will host a workshop on homelessness on Tuesday at 4pm in Argyros Forum 201. Participants will become familiar with many of the approaches, philosophies, and terminologies associated with homelessness, as well as the homeless system in our community and best practices for Orange County. Go to https://events.chapman.edu/65506 for more information.
- Annual Literary Publishing Crawl – At the Literary Publishing Crawl, you can learn about the future of the MFA Creative Writing program at Chapman, as well as a variety of topics including landing a job, getting published, and promoting your work. The Crawl will be held on Tuesday from 4-8pm in the Center for American War Letters (Leatherby Libraries B3). Orange Coast Magazine editor, Samantha Dunn, will be the special guest. More information can be found at https://events.chapman.edu/65678.
- Mock interviews for STEM, Human Services, and Education – You’re invited to stop by the Office of Career and Professional Development (342 N. Glassell St.) on Wednesday from 10am-4pm for a 15-minute interview with industry employers. This is a great opportunity to do a practice interview, but at times some students receive real offers; everyone will walk away with real feedback from industry managers. Employers interviewing include Codex, Comfort Keepers, Ednovate, EDSI, FBI, Hillman Consulting, LAUSD, Microsoft, Park West, and Think Together. RSVP at https://app.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/8430/student_preview.
- Spring2019 graduate 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, Intercultural Communication with Professor Wenshan Jia, will be held on Wednesday 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/.
- From Fourth Street to La Calle Cuatro – As part of the Heartbeat of Mexico: Big Ideas culture and conversation series, Dr. Erualdo R. Gonzales will give a talk about Santa Ana’s cultural history at 6pm on Thursday in the Center for American War Letters (Leatherby Libraries B3). Learn more about the other speakers and events at https://muscocenter.org/event/big-ideas-from-fourth-street-to-la-calle-cuatro/.
- Asian Pacific Islander celebration – Asian Pacific Islander (API) Celebration is the Asian Pacific Student Association’s (APSA) annual multicultural event that brings Asian Pacific Islander performers from inside and outside of the Chapman community to showcase their talent and celebrate Asian culture. This year’s theme, “Coming of Age,” will celebrate Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi/American communities through performances and food. The celebration will be on Thursday from 5:30-10pm in the Attallah Piazza. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/427055818103836/ for more information.
- SoundCheck senior sendoff concert – SoundCheck will perform in concert on Friday at 8pm in Salmon Recital Hall. The show will consist of their International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA) set, new arrangements, and senior sendoff songs. Admission is free.
- Good Friday – There will be an Ecumenical Good Friday service at noon in the Fish Interfaith Center. All are welcomed to attend.
- Passover – Friday at sundown begins the eight-day Jewish festival of Passover. The Fish Interfaith Center will host a Passover Seder at 5:30pm.
- Excursion to Carlsbad flower fields – Join the University Program Board for a trip to the Carlsbad flower fields this Saturday. Tickets are $5 at chapman.universitytickets.com, and transportation is provided.
- Easter Sunday services– Students interested in attending an Easter service can meet at the Fish Interfaith Center on Sunday at 9am for donuts and coffee before joining Dean Gail Stearns on walk to a local Christian church for worship. Email email@example.com for more information. The Fish Interfaith Center would like to alert students to other Easter services in the community:
- First Presbyterian Church of Orange: Worship service at 10am; there will be coffee and donuts at 11am
- First Christian Church of Orange: Service at 10am
- Holy Family Cathedral: Mass at 6:45am in Cathedral; 8am, 9:30am, and 11:15am masses in Cathedral and Parish Hall; Spanish language mass at 12:45pm
- St. John’s Lutheran Church of Orange: Traditional Easter Sunday services at 6am, 8am, 9:30am, and 11am
- Panther Sports League– This is a reminder that Fitness and Recreation Services will not be hosting 3v3 basketball tournaments this Sunday. They will resume tournaments next Sunday, April 28, at 1pm at the Residence Hall Basketball Courts during which participants have the chance to win wireless headphones. You can register here.
- Campus Leadership Awards – Mark your calendars for the annual Campus Leadership Awards ceremony on Friday, May 3, at 2pm in the Fish Interfaith Center. I hope you will make time in your schedule to attend the awards program and celebrate the accomplishments of your peers.
- Panthers playing at home this week –
- Women’s Water Polo v. Pomona-Pitzer on Wednesday at 7pm and v. Caltech on Saturday at 11am (Allred Aquatics Center)
- Men’s Tennis v. Cal Lutheran on Friday at 3pm (Lastinger Tennis Center)
- Women’s Tennis v. Redlands on Saturday at 10am (Lastinger Tennis Center)
- Softball v. Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday at noon and 2pm (El Camino Real Park)
- Events in the Arts this week –
- Senior Fine Arts students will showcase their work this week in the BFA Studio Senior Show in the Guggenheim Gallery. The gallery is open Monday-Friday from noon-5pm; admission is free.
- The Chapman Saxophone Ensemble will perform on Tuesday at 8pm in Salmon Recital Hall. Admission is free.
- Scottish-American actor Alan Cumming will perform a cabaret of stories and songs about his life in Legal Immigrant on Wednesday at 7:30pm in the Musco Center.
- The University Wind Symphony will perform on Thursday at 7:30pm in the Musco Center. Student tickets are $5.
- 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