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 6:
- Campus Leadership Awards recipients – On Friday we honored Chapman’s outstanding undergraduate students at the 11th 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 Award presented to the outstanding graduating senior – Vidal Arroyo
- Gloria and Julian Peterson Award for distinguished leadership – Mitchell Rosenberg
- Ronald M. Huntington Award for distinguished scholarship – Daniel Chang
- Paul S. Delp Award for outstanding contribution to service – Alejandra Solis
- Outstanding Diversity Leadership Award – Jackie Palacios
A heartfelt congratulations to these and all other award recipients and nominees.
- RSVP for Baccalaureate – This year’s Baccalaureate program will be held on Thursday, May 16, at 7pm in the Fish Interfaith Center, and will feature Max Greenfield, co-star of TV’s New Girl and Baccalaureate is open to all graduates, undergraduates, and families, whether secular, spiritual, or religious. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Go here to learn more and view a short video of Baccalaureate.
- LeatherbyLibraries extends hours for finals week – The Leatherby Libraries is now open 24 hours through Friday, May 17. 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, the 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. For more information visit the Leatherby Libraries blog.
- Global Citizens Wall– This week’s question focuses on President Trump’s approval rating: In the wake of the Mueller investigation, a CNN poll shows President Trump’s approval rating at 43%, the highest it has been since his 100th day in office. Is this a sign of public belief that Congress has gone too far in investigating the President? Responses to the previous weeks’ questions can be found here.
- Make sure you’re on track to graduate – For those of you not graduating this month, it is highly recommended that you check your program evaluation after registration for fall classes, not just before. Checking your program evaluation after you register will ensure that all of the courses you just registered for are being counted as you expect, and that any categories required for graduation (such as general education, number of required upper division credits, limits on internship and activity credits, unique credits in minor, etc.) are being fulfilled. This is particularly important for those who expect to graduate next year. Contact the Academic Advising Centerat 714-744-7959 to ask a question or make an appointment, or email questions to email@example.com.
- Spring 2019 course evaluation deadline – Course evaluations (non-Law) are still available for completion. Outstanding evaluations should appear on your Blackboard landing page in a section titled “Course Evaluations.” If you have not yet completed your evaluations, you have until Saturday at 11:59pm to do so. If you have any technical problems or questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your feedback is vital to improving courses and is used in faculty evaluation.
- Last week to work with a tutor before finals – This is a reminder that there will be no tutoring during finals week, so this week is your last chance to work with a tutor before final exams. No appointment is needed. Visit chapman.edu/tutoring to see the courses, hours, and locations offered.
- International Panther Pals – Making friends with people from around the world is one of the most rewarding experiences about studying abroad. Now the Center for Global Education offers an opportunity for students to do that right here at Chapman. International Panther Pals help foreign exchange students integrate into the Chapman community. Applications are due at https://studyabroad.chapman.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10352 by Monday, May 13.
- 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.
- Scholarship opportunity – This is a reminder that the Office of Financial Aid is accepting applications from students with at least 60 semester credits completed by fall 2019 for the Town and Gown Scholarship. Awards range from $3,000-5,000; applications and all documents must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by 5pm on May 31. Application materials can be found on the Financial Aid website (https://www.chapman.edu/students/tuition-and-aid/financial-aid/index.aspx) or stop by the Office of Financial in Bhathal Student Services Center for more information.
- JMPThought of the Week: You are our greatest academic asset – Congratulations to all of you who were recognized at last Friday’s Campus Leadership Awards ceremony. This is one of my favorite events of the year because it is a reminder of just how outstanding our students really are. And I’m not just talking about those who received awards – for every student who received an award, there were several others who arguably were just as deserving. The talent of our students means much more to our university than just awards. Whenever I am having a conversation with students about the academic opportunities they have on campus, I always like to remind them of this truth: the greatest asset to your Chapman education is your fellow students. You learn from each other every time you collaborate on a project, develop a class presentation, engage in a classroom discussion, or simply study together for an exam. You push each other to be better. And because we have such a collaborative environment, these opportunities happen every day, inside and outside of the classroom. So, while there is a limit to the number of students who can be recognized with an award, the value you and other students bring to our educational environment is limitless.
Programs and events for the week of May 6
- Fish Interfaith Center weekly programs – The is the final week to attend any of the weekly programs hosted by the Fish Interfaith Center:
- Open Labyrinth Walks on Monday from 9am-3pm
- Mindfulness Meditation on Monday from noon-1pm, Wilkinson Founders Chapel
- Shambhala Meditation on Monday from 7:30-9pm, Wilkinson Founders Chapel
- Newman Catholic Fellowship club meeting on Tuesdays from 7-8pm, Peterson Conference Room
- LDSSA Institute on Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am, Peterson Conference Room
- Catholic Mass on Wednesday 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 Friday from 1-2pm, Wilkinson Founders Chapel
For more information on any of these activities, email email@example.com.
- Spring Ceramics Sale – I encourage you to stop by the Attallah Piazza any day this week from 11am-4pm to check out the pieces made by current ceramics students. Visit https://events.chapman.edu/66407 for more information.
- Production Design Showcase at Dodge College – Professor John Chichester and his Production Design students invite you to enjoy the Production Design Showcase on display in the first floor lobby of Marion Knott Studios today through Saturday. The showcase is a self-guided tour, no tickets are required, and guests are welcomed to browse at their leisure. A reception will be held on Saturday at 6pm. Visit chapman.edu/63985 for more information.
- Kugelman Arts and Humanities Award – The Kugelman Arts and Humanities Award honors students for scholastic achievement in Art, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and World Languages and Cultures. The award ceremony will be held today at 10am in Argyros Forum 209A. Visit https://events.chapman.edu/59594 for more information.
- Cross-Cultural Center graduation schedule –The following is the schedule for the remaining Cross-Cultural Center graduation celebrations this week, all happening in the Fish Interfaith Center:
- Black Graduation: Tonight at 8:30pm
- Lavender Graduation: Tuesday at 5pm
- Asian Pacific Islander Desi American: Wednesday at 5pm
All students, staff, faculty, friends, and family are welcome to attend and celebrate their graduate. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Henley Social Sciences Award – The Henley Social Sciences Award honors students for scholastic achievement in History, Peace Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. The award ceremony will be held on Wednesday at 10am in Argyros Forum 209A. Visit https://events.chapman.edu/59595 to RSVP and for more information.
- Furry Friends for Finals – Active Minds presents its annual Furry Friends for Finals event on Wednesday from 11am-1pm in the Student Union, during which you can relax and de-stress before finals by interacting with service dogs. Visit https://events.chapman.edu/66633 for more information.
- Spring 2019 graduate student workshops – This is the final week of Wilkinson College’s spring 2019 workshops for graduate students on topics related to academic, personal, and career development. Two Life After Grad School workshops will be held this week in Roosevelt Hall 121: Social Sciences edition on Wednesday at 4pm, and Art and Humanities edition on Thursday at 7pm. Find more information and a complete list of workshops at https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2018/12/04/graduate-workshops/.
- An evening of Italian conversation– The semester’s last La Serata, an evening of Italian conversation, will take place on Wednesday from 7-8:30pm 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.
- Political Life Cycle of Mexican Migrants – As part of the Heartbeat of Mexico: Big Ideas culture and conversation series, Dr. Adrian Felix will speak on the different stages of the transnational life cycle on Thursday at 6pm 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-specters-of-belonging/.
- Free screening of The Wonders of Lebanon – The Arabic Language Club will host their final film screening of the semester, the UNESCO documentary The Wonders of Lebanon, on Thursday at 7pm in Beckman Hall 206. Arabic food will be provided.
- “What are you?” multiracial identities and communities workshop – The Office of the Provost is hosting a guided dialogue on Thursday from 7-8 pm in the Cross-Cultural Center (Argyros Forum 304) exploring the experiences and challenges multiracial and transracial adoptees face in society and on our campus. Food and refreshments will be provided. RSVP here.
- Ramadan Iftar: Fast for a Day – In commemoration of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, the Muslim Student Association will hold an Iftar program on Thursday at 7:15pm in the Fish Interfaith Center. Iftar consists of breaking fast at sunset and will be followed by evening prayers.
- Free screening of Out of the Ashes – The Black Student Union will host a free screening on Friday at 3pm in the Cross-Cultural Center (Argyros Forum 304) of Out of the Ashes, a documentary about students Kab Grace Mutangilwa and Prince Ntwali and their journey from Congo to Chapman University. Congolese food will be provided.
- Wellness Café – The Wellness Project is hosting the Wellness Café on Saturday in Argyros Forum 206 from noon-6pm. You are invited to stop by for six hours of uninterrupted study space, free scantrons and green books, study snacks and drinks, and other items to help you prepare for finals week.
- Panthers playing at home this week – All Panther teams have completed their seasons at this time.
- Events in the Arts this week –
- Students majoring in screen acting and theatre performance will display their abilities in the BFA Actor Showcase tonight at 7pm in the Waltmar Theatre. Admission is free, but reservations are required at https://events.chapman.edu/60650.
- The Chapman Orchestra and Chapman Choirs will combine in the annual grand-finale Sholund Scholarship concert to perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on Saturday at 4pm in the Musco Center. Student tickets are $10.
- The Hilbert Museum will hold a reception on Saturday at 6pm for their new exhibit “GIFTED,” which includes works by prominent painters of California Impressionism. The exhibit will be on display until October 19 along with “The Magic and Flair of Mary Blair” and “Sincerely, Norman Rockwell.” Admission is free. For more information visit https://www.hilbertmuseum.com/.
Purchase tickets at http://chapman.universitytickets.com.
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