Chapman Family Homecoming

November 5-6, 2021

Welcome, Panthers!

It’s time to come home to Chapman! 

Join us for our Chapman
Homecoming Weekend where you can reconnect with your fellow Panthers, show your support for current students and
celebrate everything that makes Chapman feel like home.

Homecoming Schedule

Friday, November 5

10 - 11 a.m. | Master Class: The Anthropology of Disneyland

Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa of Wilkinson College will be hosting a Master Class to explore the “Anthropology of Disneyland.” What makes Disneyland so successful in compelling people to comply with its culture at the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’? Focusing on the environment of Disneyland, Dr. Takaragawa examines how architecture, the environment and other mitigating social factors encourage certain types of behaviors and create specific types of expectations. Using research models from the anthropology of space and place, Dr. Takaragawa will explain different theories of social behavior that she and her students have found at the park. This includes why people behave the way they do and whether the idea of a ‘Disney culture’ is something other than real life.

Friday, November 5 at 10:00 a.m. in Argyros Forum Room 201

10 - 11 a.m. | Master Class: The War Declaring and War making Powers under the Constitution

Since World War II, America has waged war many times, but without Congress declaring war. The power to declare war is given to the Congress in the US Constitution, but the President is the Commander-in-Chief. A reasonable accommodation between these two powers was attempted following Viet Nam in the War Powers Resolution; but Congress has preferred to avoid committing itself. The result is unstable, with America often becoming engaged in war without the accountability of their elected representatives in Congress, and without clear objectives.


Tom Campbell, a professor of law at the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, and a former dean of that law school, was a US Congressman for five terms, representing the district around Stanford University at a time when he was a professor there. In this presentation, he will describe his effort to cause Congress to take up its responsibility during the war in Kosovo, the way Congress responded, and how the third branch, the courts, also avoided their responsibility. The lessons have applicability to this day, as America is evaluating the processes that brought us into war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and other parts of the world.

Friday, November 5 at 10 a.m., Zoom

10 - 11 a.m. | Master Class: The Year Long, Nationwide Survey on COVID and Mental Health

Dr. David Frederick will be presenting his research on mental health during the pandemic

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 10 a.m. on Zoom

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Master Class: Jealousy: The Often Misunderstood Interpersonal and Online Experience

Dr. Jennifer Bevan of the School of Communication will discuss how jealousy – frequently seen in U.S. culture as an entirely negative emotion to be avoided at all costs – is often misunderstood. She will present evidence describing how jealousy can be confused for envy, is made up of thoughts, feelings, and communication, as well as her own emerging research showing how jealousy can be expressed via online surveillance.

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 11 a.m. on Zoom

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Master Class: Environmental Justice: Engaging the Law

Join the Wilkinson College Engaging the World: Leading the Conversation on Environmental Justice lecture series on Zoom featuring a roundtable on legal aspects of environmental justice. In Environmental Justice: Engaging the Law, experts in environmental justice, including law faculty and practitioners will discuss their work which ranges from pioneering an EJ comic book to specialized work in Flint, California, and United States. The event is co-sponsored by Fowler School of Law’s Environmental Law Society

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. on Zoom

2 p.m. | Un-packing the Pandemic Pounds: Tips and Tricks to Improving Health and Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This class will discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on nutrition, physical activity and mental wellness, and how these factors are related to the development of chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Participants will gain an understanding of how adopting healthy eating habits, increasing physical activity and improving mental well-being can contribute to improved cognition and immune function and decrease the risk of chronic disease.

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 2 p.m. on Zoom

2 - 4 p.m. | 50 Year Club and Classes of 1970 and 1971 "Huddle"

Members of the 50 Year Club and the Classes of 1970 and 1971 will gather for fun and light refreshments and to kick off Homecoming. 

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 2 p.m. in the Chapman Hall of Science, third floor of Keck Center for Science and Engineering

3 p.m. | What's Eating the Universe? And Other Cosmic Questions. A Popular Physics Talk by Paul Davies

In the constellation of Eridanus there lurks a cosmic mystery, as if something has taken a huge bite out of the universe, leaving a supervoid. Could it be an enormous black hole, another universe, or an expanding vacuum bubble, destined to annihilate everything in existence? That is just one of many cosmic mysteries that have left scientists scratching their heads. In this lecture, based on his new book, award-winning physicist Paul Davies will describe how the universe came to exist, outline the many remaining puzzles and explain some of the extraordinary breakthroughs of the past few decades.

Admission is free, but registration is required. 

Friday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall Auditorium

3 p.m. | Escalette Permanent Collection of Art: A Guided Tour of the Art Installation (SOLD OUT)

*This event is Sold Out. A standby line will be available and guests will be admitted based on capacity. *

Join Dr. Fiona Shen, Director of the Escalette Permanent Art Collection, as she leads a guided art tour through Roosevelt Hall, home of Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Smith Hall. View recent acquisitions including work selected by students, as well as a sampling from the current exhibition Begin/Again: Marking Black Memories.

Friday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m. The tour begins at the front steps of Roosevelt Hall, facing the Memorial Lawn

5 - 7:30 p.m. | Swenson Family Hall Dedication and Open House

Join us for the dedication of Swenson Family Hall of Engineering, then take a self-guided tour of this cutting-edge facility.

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 5 p.m. at the entrance to Swenson Hall on the corner of Walnut and Center Street.

5 p.m. | Chapman Family Homecoming Shabbat

Chapman Family Homecoming Shabbat

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 5 p.m. in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center

Saturday, November 6

10 - 11 a.m. | Master Class: Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Business Strategies (Sold Out)

*This event is Sold Out. A standby line will be available and guests will be admitted based on capacity. *

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 10 a.m. in Beckman Hall Room 105

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | School of Pharmacy Health Fair

Chapman University School of Pharmacy will host a health fair to provide various health screenings, healthcare educational sessions/exhibitions and a vaccination clinic. Alumni and student pharmacists will be volunteering. This health fair is open to ALL.

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 10 a.m. in Chapman Plaza

10 - 11 a.m. | Master Class: Strategic Social Media for Artists: The New Networking and how it Impacts Your Career

Join Chapman University Alumna, Molly Mahoney of the Prepared Performer for Strategic Social Media For Artists: The New Networking and How it Impacts Your Career.

You’ll discover how to use social media in strategic ways that help grow your audience while building relationships with other performers, agents and casting directors along the way!

Saturday, November 6 at 10 a.m. in Bertea Hall, Shanley Choral Room (BH 109)

Saturday, November 6, 2021 10 a.m., Moulton Hall

10 - 11 a.m. | Master Class: Walt Disney & Charles Darwin: The Pursuit of Happiness and Knowledge (SOLD OUT!)

*This event is Sold Out. A standby line will be available and guests will be admitted based on capacity. *

Buckle up for a fun romp through Walt Disney’s world of fantasy and Charles Darwin’s reality of nature: explore their creations and their beliefs, and delve into some profound ideas underpinning our origins and our happiness.

Presented by Dr. Brian Alters
Professor, Director, Evolution Education Research Center
Attallah College of Educational Studies
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Biological Sciences

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 10 a.m. in Argyros Forum, Room 202

11 a.m. | Guided Tours of Hilbert Museum of California Art (SOLD OUT)

*This event is Sold Out. A standby line will be available and guests will be admitted based on capacity. *

Join a guided tour of the current exhibitions — including “California Landscapes,” “Henrietta Berk,” “The Disney Superstars” and “Fashion in American Illustration” — at the award-winning Hilbert Museum of California Art.

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Hilbert Museum of California Art

11 a.m. | Fish Interfaith Center: 4th Annual Docent Reunion

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 10 a.m. in the Fish Interfaith Center

11:30 a.m. | 50 Year Club Luncheon and Induction of Classes of 1970 and 1971

Annual luncheon for Chapman’s 50 Year Club. Members from the Classes of 1970 and 1971 will be inducted into the 50 Year Club and celebrate their 50th reunion.

1 p.m. | Interfaith Interfananza

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 1 p.m. in the Fish Interfaith Center

1 p.m. | How to be a Trustee & Executor

Whether serving as a trustee/executor for a loved one or planning your own estate, those named in these critical roles are taking on the highest liability under the law: fiduciary liability. Simply stated, these named individuals must serve in the best interest of the estate or else they will be held liable for acts committed not meeting this fiduciary standard. For this informative educational session, a practicing estate attorney Michael Simon (JD ’00) will present and answer questions. The program is sponsored by the Office of Legacy Planning.

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 1 p.m. in Argyros Forum Room 201

2 p.m. | Master Class: Food Fraud: An Economic Crime with Global Threats to Public Health

According to food authenticity experts, an increase in food fraud as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is inevitable. From seafood to wine, there are fraudulent practices being conducted on food that can be harmful to public health. Dr. Rosalee Hellberg will provide a brief history of food fraud and high-profile cases that have occurred. She will share research that has been done with students at Chapman University to discover and expose food fraud.

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the McCardle Steps in Keck Center for Science and Engineering

2 p.m. | Master Class: Students and Space - The Engineering of Swenson Hall

When the Fowler School of Engineering was founded, we were presented with the unique opportunity to design our home from the ground up. In fact, the Swenson Family Hall of Engineering was designed synchronously with the design of our academic programs, the hiring of our faculty, and the recruitment of our students. The convergence of ideas and mission facilitated by this unique process has led to a remarkable home for student-focused ideation, learning, and innovation. Dr. Lyon’s presentation will detail some of the large and small features of Swenson Hall make it so innovative, forward-looking, and transformational as we create a new world of engineering education and research.

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 2 p.m. in Swenson Hall 107/109 – The Ideation Zone

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Class of 1970 and 1971 Social

An opportunity for the Classes of 1970 and 1971 to gather, schmooze, laugh, and reminisce.

3 - 6:30 p.m. | 160th Anniversary Tailgate Extravaganza

Join us for Chapman University’s 160th Anniversary Tailgate Extravaganza during the Homecoming festivities. From 3-6:30 p.m., leading up to the big game, we’ll be celebrating Chapman’s incredible history with food, drinks and a variety of live entertainment! Attendance is free so be sure to stop by the Attallah Piazza to mark this incredible milestone.

Saturday, November 6, 2021 beginning at 3 p.m. in the Attallah Piazza

4 - 6 p.m. | IES @ 10 Celebration

The Attallah College of Educational Studies is celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Integrated Educational Studies (IES) Program with a gathering of IES alumni!

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 4 p.m. on Bert Williams Mall

4 - 7 p.m. | First-Generation Homecoming Family Social

The first-generation community is invited to attend this social to mix and mingle over food, drinks and games before the Chapman Homecoming football game. Prizes will be raffled off throughout the event and light refreshments will be served. 

Click here to register 

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 4 p.m.

5 p.m. | Food Science 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join the Food Science Program in celebrating 40 years of learning, research, growth and community! The celebration will kick off with a networking hour sponsored by Sovereign Flavors and a dinner to follow sponsored by Eurofins. 

7 p.m. | Homecoming Football Game

Join us for the big game as the Panthers face off against the Claremont-M-S Stags!

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7 p.m. at Ernie Chapman Stadium

2021 Virtual 5k

Anywhere, anytime
Join our virtual 5K run/walk and participate wherever you are, whenever you want.

Swenson Family Hall of Engineering Dedication

Friday, November 5, 5 p.m.
Join us on Friday for the dedication of Swenson Hall, then take a self-guided tour of this cutting-edge facility.

Tailgate/Football Game

Tailgate Celebration: 3-6:30 p.m., Attallah Piazza
Game Time: 7 p.m., Ernie Chapman Stadium

Join us for Chapman University’s 160th Anniversary Tailgate Extravaganza! From 3-6:30 p.m., leading up to the big game, we’ll be celebrating Chapman’s incredible history with food, drinks and a variety of live entertainment! Attendance is free so be sure to stop by the Attallah Piazza and then stay to enjoy the big game as the Panthers face off against the Claremont-M-S Stags.

Learn Something New with a Chapman Master Class

Learn social media strategies. Dive into the intricacies of the Constitution. Discuss how the pandemic has affected mental health. This year's lineup has something for everyone - even Disneyland! Join our experts for a series of informative chats about these and other fascinating topics.

Who Embodies the Best of Chapman?

In celebration of the 160th anniversary of Chapman University, we are honoring Chapman Family members who display our values today, tomorrow and forever.

Nominate students, alumni, faculty, staff, volunteers and donors who are changemakers, show bold leadership, demonstrate kindness and compassion, or show innovation that solves problems locally or around the globe. Honorees will be invited to a reception following State of the University and recognized in Chapman publications.

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Panther Alumni

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Young Alumni Society

Stay connected with other young alumni through exclusive networking and socializing events designed to help you navigate the next stage of your life.


Class Notes

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Volunteer At Chapman

Do you want to help make this year’s Homecoming better than ever? We’re looking for volunteers who can give a few hours of their time before and during events. Remote and in-person opportunities are available

Come Home to #ChapmanU

From Schmid Gate to Memorial Lawn, we want to know what makes Chapman feel like home to you! Share a picture of a favorite spot or Chapman memory on Instagram and tag it #chapmanu.

Select photos will be featured on Chapman’s main Instagram page and Chapman Alumni page for the Chapman community to see. Let’s all come home together, even while we’re apart!