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THE FRONT LINES OF VOTING RIGHTS U.S. service members’ voices are being silenced on Election Day, a Chapman study finds.



hat students of dance, theatre or entertainment technology haven’t dreamed of working for the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil? In Oct. 21–22, many of them will get a taste of what it takes to become a Cirque du Soleil artist or technician when the Quebec-based entertainment organization brings some of its top people to Chapman University. All will take part in a groundbreaking three-day Cirque du Soleil Entertainment and Technology Symposium directed by Professors Alicia Okouchi-Guy, Department of Dance, and Don Guy, head of entertainment technology. The program is the first of its kind at a university and was born out of the couple’s relationship with Cirque du Soleil, which since its launch in 1984 has become an icon of cutting-edge entertainment. Today the company has 5,000 employees worldwide and a repertory of resident shows and touring productions across the globe. Professor Okouchi-Guy’s goal is for students to see what it takes to compete for a place on the entertainment giant’s team. “Students will know what Cirque du Soleil is really looking for and how they can get better,” Professor Okouchi-Guy said. In addition to mock auditions with Cirque du Soleil’s casting director, the symposium will include master classes in performance, multimedia, audio, company management, stage management, rigging, operations, makeup, wigs, automation, props and scenic design. As a bonus for the public, there will be free movie nights Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22. From 7:30 to 9 each night, Attallah Piazza will feature a circus atmosphere for outdoor screenings of two documentaries that feature behind-the-scenes footage of Cirque du Soleil shows. Free snow cones, popcorn and other circus treats will be offered with the films. Friday will showcase The Story of the Creation of KÀ — An Epic Journey! and Saturday, Alegría. For more information, visit

en and women serving abroad in the U.S. military are increasingly being cheated out of their voting rights, according to a study from the AMVETS Legal Clinic at Chapman University’s School of Law. Several states fail to comply with federal law requiring the timely delivery of absentee ballots, according to the research, conducted with the Washington, D.C.-based Military Voter Protection (MVP) Project. The study revealed that in the 2010 election, 14 states and the District of Columbia did not mail absentee ballots to deployed service members 45 days prior to an election, as required by the 2009 MOVE Act, and that military bases failed to establish voter registration offices.

>> The study was a significant piece of evidence discussed this summer during Congressional hearings. The report, authored by Chapman Adjunct Professor Eric Eversole, is based on data collected by law students at Chapman University and the University of California, Berkeley. It concludes that of the 2 million military voters covered by the report, only 4.6 percent cast an absentee ballot that counted in 2010. “The data say it all — it is disappointing that military voters continue to have their voices silenced on Election Day,” said Eric Eversole, founder and executive director of the MVP Project. Chapman School of Law Professor Kyndra Rotunda, who directs the AMVETS Legal Clinic, said the findings were the result of students’ comprehensive research.

Pictured with Kyndra Rotunda, executive director of the Military Institute and AMVETS Legal Clinic at Chapman, are Josh Flynn-Brown (left) and Robert Farrell, who as clinic students worked on the voting-rights study.

“We’re proud of the Chapman and Berkeley law students who painstakingly uncovered the raw data,” said Rotunda, who began her career in the Army JAG Corps, reaching the rank of major. “The students called all states covered by the report, in order to get the most accurate figures, so we have it from the horse’s mouth.” The study was a significant piece of evidence discussed this summer during Congressional hearings on the issue, including the military’s failure to establish voter registration offices on military bases in advance of the 2010 election. “The military does not get a free pass,” Rotunda said. “It must comply with federal law, and we intend to seek enforcement of that law against any entity, including the military, that fails to comply with the MOVE Act.”



n the way to interview Christopher Kim, Ph.D., it becomes clear that the first measure of success will be just keeping up. In his new role as Chapman University’s director of undergraduate research, Dr. Kim has moved beyond hitting the ground running; he’s also taking stairs two or three at a time. “One of the reasons I’m so excited about taking on this new role is because Chapman is so well-suited to support a thriving undergraduate research culture,” Dr. Kim said after finally coming to rest at a table in Chapman’s new Student Union, in Argyros Forum. “This is really a sweet spot for us. We’re not so big that the majority of research is done by post-doctorate students, but we’re also not so small that the teaching load keeps faculty from doing important research. “We can achieve a balance between teaching and research that offers great benefits to students and makes a creative contribution to the disciplines.” Since returning this fall after a year as a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Dr. Kim is working to strike a balance of his own between teaching, his ongoing research projects and his new university-wide role. Continued on page 7



“All faiths have something to share with each other in this interconnected world,” says Dr. Hasnain Walji, vice chair of the Interfaith Peace Ministry.



ith poetry, music and prayer, Chapman University’s Fish Interfaith Center and the Interfaith Peace Ministry of Orange County marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, presenting a service of reflection and remembrance at the Wallace All Faiths Chapel. “Tonight is a time for living, a time for renewal,” the Rev. Gail Stearns, Ph.D., dean of the chapel, told the audience gathered for the Sunday evening program held Sept. 11. Dr. Stearns, along with the Rev. Dennis Short ’64, Ph.D., chair of the Interfaith Peace Ministry, welcomed attendees from a variety of faiths throughout Orange County. Clergy, leaders and students from the Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Wiccan, Sikh and Baha’i faith traditions participated in the remembrance. The 10th anniversary of 9/11 was also commemorated elsewhere in the university community. The Military Law Institute held a Sept. 9 ceremony that included the playing of Taps and an open house to showcase the institute’s work on behalf of military families and veterans. On Saturday, students who had signed on for Chapman’s National Day of Service project boarded a bus and braved a September thunderstorm to work on the Orange County Coastkeeper Demonstration Garden at Santiago Canyon College. The students weeded, built a bridge, installed weed block on dry riverbeds and dug irrigation trenches. “We drove through rain and hail to get there, but we still hosted the event,” said Justin Koppelman, program coordinator, Chapman student civic engagement. “All of the students were determined to work with OC Coastkeeper on this garden.” Throughout the 9/11 remembrance service, attendees wrote messages of hope and light and placed them next to a bowl in which candles were floated.

t’s fitting that the Rev. Gail Stearns, Ph.D. brought along her canoe when she moved to Orange in June to become the Irvin C. and Edy Chapman Dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel at Chapman University. Because no sooner had the Rev. Stearns settled in this summer than she and leaders with Student Civic Engagement launched themselves into President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. The White House program calls on colleges and universities across the nation to tackle community problems together and for each to choose an issue or cause. The Chapman team chose water. “One of the things I love about the water theme is that it speaks to every kind of value system, whether it’s religious, scientific or humanistic-based. Water is just so essential to our connectedness,” Stearns says. She traveled to Washington, D.C., early in August for a series of meetings and seminars, along with representatives from some 250 other schools chosen for the project. Schools were chosen based on the quality of their proposal for participation. Chapman’s program, led by Chris Hutchison, director of student civic engagement, was introduced to students during orientation this fall. Throughout the school year, the university will offer opportunities for service projects in partnership with several local organizations working on clean water issues. There are also plans for a contest among the residence halls to see which can conserve the most water; students will be able to check a water meter website to see how they’re doing. Reflecting on service will be a core part of the program, too, said Stearns, who came to Chapman from the Northwest, where she was director of Interfaith House, The Common The Rev. Gail Stearns, Chapman’s new dean Ministry, a nonprofit organization serving the of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel, sees many community of Washington State University. opportunities for Chapman students to engage in community service. “A key question, which we will pose to our students each time they engage in service connected with this initiative throughout the year, is ‘How are you inspired to serve?’” Stearns says. Participation in the White House program is just one of many endeavors Stearns envisions for the Fish Interfaith Center. She also hopes to develop a meditation program, encourage additional arts performances in the center’s facilities and help contribute more interfaith views to academic symposiums, panels and events that intersect with issues of faith and religion. Plus, there is that canoe waiting to hit the water. Stearns says she looks forward to finding new courses for it, too.

Chapman students work on the Coastkeeper Demonstration Garden at Santiago Canyon College.


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Brett Richardson ’11 of Chapman battles for the ball with a Vanguard player during a Sept. 17 game at Wilson Field. The Panthers won five straight matches to open the season.



his fall, Chapman University Athletics is beginning a new era as the ninth member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), and Panther teams are determined to make a strong showing. The Chapman men’s soccer team got off to its best start in 16 years, winning its first five matches and six of its first seven, including four shutouts. Forward Nick Echeverry ’14 helped spark the offense with four goals on the young season. For the Panther women’s soccer team, Kate Lilly ’12 became just the 11th player in school history to score 20 or more career goals. Her gamewinner in a 3 – 2 win at Occidental on Sept. 14 was followed by a goal and an assist during Chapman’s 4 –1 victory at Whittier on Sept. 17. Of the Panther volleyball team’s first eight victories this season, all but one was a decisive three-game sweep. Middle blocker Kate Ferrin ’13 had a team-high 16 kills in a Sept. 16 victory over Whittier. Coming off its third straight 12-win season, Chapman men’s water polo team started the year ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Division III national rankings. The Panthers’ 5– 6 start featured a slew of difficult road challenges, but as of Sept. 27, they had won two in a row by a cumulative score of 33 – 12.

Meanwhile, the football team launched its season Sept. 3 by beating Whitworth, 16–14, on a 32-yard field goal by Mauricio Alfonso ’13 with seven seconds left. Alfonso had three field goals in Chapman’s first-ever victory over Whitworth as the Panthers also won their season opener for the fourth time in five years. After a two-week layoff, the Panthers fell at Azusa Pacific, 43–7, on Sept. 24. They will host Whittier at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in the homecoming game at Ernie Chapman Stadium. Chapman’s membership in the SCIAC became official in July, although Panther teams won’t be fully integrated into conference scheduling for one to two years. Chapman teams can compete for conference championships after a two- to three-year grace period. Also new this fall, Chapman University Athletics is partnering with United Webcast to provide live streaming video of its home sporting events. So if you can’t be at the game in person, you don’t have to miss any of the action. Live streaming video can be found online at And as always, the latest news and information about Chapman teams is available at



hapman University student Tilden Smith ’13, a junior business major from Westminster, Calif., has won Forbes magazine’s national All-Star Student Entrepreneurs “Most Likely to Succeed” Contest. In the online contest that ran Aug. 4 – 21, Forbes profiled nine All-Star Student Entrepreneurs from across the nation. Through Facebook, readers were asked to vote for the student they thought would be the most likely to succeed. Chapman’s Smith not only garnered the most votes, but had more than twice as many votes as the second-place position. (Only one vote per reader was permitted.) Smith founded International Pet Solutions, LLC with high school friend Dylan Balsz ’13 when both students were freshmen at Chapman. Their launch product was the PetLawn Indoor Outhouse for Pets, a $120 – $150 doormat-size device covered with artificial turf that masks a removable tray with a disposable, absorbent pad. Two years later, Pet Solutions has earned more than $100,000 in revenue, mostly from sales of PetLawn.

The company also sells accessories like absorbent pads, replacement grass, plastic waste bags and a spray cleaner. Smith handles operations, while Balsz oversees sales. Plans are in the works to introduce two products this fall, including a spray “attraction scent” to lure dogs to use PetLawn. They also want to grow the company with products for pets other than dogs, as well as market the products internationally, starting in Australia and Japan. Tilden Smith In May, Smith and Balsz also won Chapman’s annual Business Plan Competition with their PetLawn product. Smith, who describes his management style as “efficient,” is tapping those efficiencies as he balances school work with the demands of operating International Pet Solutions.

After the student performance in Memorial Hall, guests dine in the Gala Tent on the Bert Williams Mall, 2010.

After 30 years, Chapman’s distinctive revue and gala are as vital as ever.


Wylie and Bette Aitken are co-chairs of this year’s American Celebration gala.

Chuck and Twyla Martin, with President Jim Doti at The Premiere for Marion Knott Studios in 2007.

The late Don Schmid and wife Marty with President Doti as well as Patty and Dick Schmid at the naming ceremony for Chapman’s Schmid College of Science and Technology. The Schmid family is being honored at this year’s American Celebration.

American Celebration programs help tell the story of an event that since 1981 has raised about $20 million for the Chapman University Scholarship Fund.

said Twyla. “Chuck and I must have brought 50 new t started in the ballroom of an Anaheim hotel, people to American Celebration who loved the show where a few hundred close friends of what was and learned about Chapman’s wonderful programs.” then Chapman College gathered for the annual Indeed, the event is a great way to draw new Founder’s Day event. For the first time, the friends into the Chapman family, says Chuck, celebration featured a program of choral music, a longtime university trustee. built around a simple theme: American renewal. “Chapman has been a magnet for Orange embThe year was 1981, and it was curtain up for County leaders, and American Celebration has American Celebration. been a great means for introduction,” he added. In the 30 autumns that have followed, Chapman Bob Elliott, now a Chapman trustee emeritus, has gone from a college to a university; it has co-chaired four straight American Celebration launched a renowned College of Performing Arts galas starting in 1988. He says the show connects (CoPA); it is raising funds to build a world-class with audiences because it honors Center for the Arts. achievement and American ideals. And each year, as dedicated American Celebration Throughout its 30 years, the volunteers lift the curtain on a What: 30th annual Broadwayevent has paid tribute to stalwarts new American Celebration, they style revue and gala to showcase of Orange County philanthropy, also raise the bar on what has the talents of students in the starting in 1981 with Arnold O. grown to become the signature College of Performing Arts and Beckman and Carl Karcher, as event at Chapman University. raise money for the Chapman University Scholarship Fund. well as the Knott and Segerstrom At this year’s 30th-anniversary families. The original honorees show and gala, set for Nov. 4–5, When: Opening Night – Nov. 4; Gala Night – Nov. 5. will be recognized again at this about 100 student performers Where: Memorial Hall. year’s event. will take to the Memorial Hall The 2011 Outstanding Corporate stage to showcase their talents. Tickets and Information: For Opening Night, 714-628-2750; Citizens Award will be presented to What’s more, audience support for Gala Night, 714-744-7958. the Schmid family for its unwavering will add to the grand total of commitment to philanthropy. more than $20 million raised Starting in 1996, American Celebration began for the Chapman University Scholarship Fund. to present a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts The numbers are impressive, but they only Award. Past recipients include Debbie Reynolds, begin to tell the story of American Celebration’s Rita Moreno, Tommy Tune, Mitzi Gaynor and extraordinary three-decade journey. Jerry Lewis. Twyla and Chuck Martin have been involved But for Elliott and the Martins, as for many as planners and patrons throughout the 30 years, other fans of the event, the heart of American and they hail the original decision to make it a Celebration remains the students — those on celebration of the American songbook. But they stage and those helped by scholarship support. say the key advances came when choreographed “Some of my favorite moments are the times dance numbers were added, and especially when I’ve gotten to see the students rehearse,” Elliott the event was shifted to campus. said. “After the hours and hours of work they put “With all the growth and great improvements in, it’s a joy to be able to applaud that effort.” at Chapman, seeing it sparkling at night is special,”

PUTTING IT TOGETHER American Celebration producer Dale Merrill brings the event’s collaborative spirit to his new role as CoPA’s acting dean.

Doy Henley and S. Paul Musco with Jerry Lewis, a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts honoree in 2010.

Julianne and George Argyros ’59 chat with honoree Debbie Reynolds at the 2006 gala.

If you call Dale A. Merrill the dancing dean, he won’t take offense. It’s a rare title. Merrill, formerly the associate dean at Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts, recently took leadership of the college as acting dean when William Hall, Ph.D., CoPA’s founding dean, was named artistic director and dean of the planned Center for the Arts. The new post puts Merrill in a rare group; most head deans in the performing arts hail from the theatre and music traditions. “There aren’t very many dancing deans,” he says with a smile. But the collaborative spirit of the dance world is exactly what Merrill looks forward to fostering throughout CoPA. Merrill says such teamwork is the backbone of American Celebration, for which he is artistic director and producer. “I love surrounding myself with other artists, giving them ideas and seeing what they would do, then shaping a totally new creation.” As American Celebration has grown to include almost 100 student performers, it has only gotten better, Merrill adds. “I think that mix of faculty and students makes it particularly ‘Chapman’ because it’s truly a representation of what we do,” he says. The university’s performing arts departments were united as one college just four years ago, so there’s still work to be done in learning the collaborative ropes. But Merrill plans to nudge that process by developing more joint projects. His goals reflect both his management style — “I’m a consensus builder” — and his belief that artistic personalities thrive when they work together. “It’s taking the spiciness of one personality and then the calmness of another and mixing them together and you get this great synthesis,” he says.

William Hall, Ph.D, dean of the planned Center for the Arts, has conducted the American Celebration orchestra throughout the event’s three decades of growth. C C H A P M A N















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new faculty

Nearly 50 new faculty members joined Chapman University’s schools and colleges this fall, including leading experts in the fields of climate studies, economics, film, advertising, sociology, media and creative nonfiction writing. Here’s a brief look at some of the notables:

Christopher Bader, Ph.D. formerly of Baylor University, is a scholarly researcher and popular author specializing in the sociology of religion, criminology, paranormal beliefs and deviant behavior. The Washington Post called his newest book, Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture, “fascinating.” He has published more than 30 articles in journals, was a principal investigator of the first two waves of the Baylor Religion Survey and currently serves as associate director at the Association of Religion Data Archives ( Roman Buniy, Ph.D., assistant professor, joins the department of Physics, Computational Science and Engineering, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Schmid College of Science and Technology. At the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department at Arizona State University, he was a postdoctoral research associate. His research interests include applications of geometric and topological methods to quantum mechanics, field theory and gravity.

FALL 2011 Events

Here’s a look at selected upcoming events at Chapman University. For a more complete list, visit

Huell Howser in Person: In Search of California’s Gold The popular and energetic host of the longrunning PBS program California’s Gold talks about his work, travels and experiences meeting the Golden State’s colorful characters. Oct. 13, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall. Free.

Loss, Liberation, and Love: One Survivor Remembers A screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary will accompany a lecture and book signing with Gerda Weissmann Klein, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and author of All But My Life. Part of the Chapman series “The Holocaust: History, Memory, Interpretation.” Nov. 8, 7.p.m., Memorial Hall. Free. More information: 714-628-7377.

The Servant of Two Masters Directed by Kappy Kilburn, this Chapman student production is a classic commedia dell’arte romantic farce in which young love is hindered by mistaken identity. Nov. 10 –12, 7:30 p.m., Waltmar Theatre. $15-$20. 714-997-6812 or

Busan West Asian Film Festival Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts showcases Pan-Asian films selected from the 2011 Busan Festival, the largest Asian film festival in the world, held in Busan, South Korea. Screenings, receptions, galas and Q&A sessions with directors and actors highlight events at Chapman. Nov. 11–13, Marion Knott Studios. 714-997-6765 or

Johnny E. Jensen, professor, the Emmy-nominated cinematographer whose credits include The Godfather, An Officer and a Gentleman, Rambling Rose and various television productions, joins the faculty of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts as professor of cinematography. Jensen garnered Emmy nominations for his work on the television miniseries Badlands and An American Story.

Terence C. Burnham, Ph.D., associate professor, Argyros School of Business and Economics, researches evolutionary psychology’s applications to understanding human financial behavior. His books include Mean Markets and Lizard Brains (Wiley) and Mean Genes (Perseus Publishing), with Jay Phelan. Dr. Burnham was an economics professor at Harvard for many years, and, more recently, was director of economics and portfolio manager for Acadian Asset Management, LLC. His research has taken him to Africa to observe wild chimpanzees and to the laboratory to study the role of testosterone in negotiation. Before Harvard, he worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. and was president and CFO of the successful start-up biotechnology firm Progenics Pharmaceuticals, whose work in AIDS and cancer treatment has been widely praised.

Football: Chapman vs. Redlands The Panthers end their regular season by facing a key Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival during Chapman’s first season as a conference member. Nov. 12, 1 p.m., Ernie Chapman Stadium. $3–$10.

48th Annual Holiday Wassail Banquet and Concert Enjoy traditional Wassail drink, dine on delectable holiday fare and be charmed by a concert of seasonal music by the University Choir and University Singers. Dec. 2, 6 p.m. reception and dinner in Fish Interfaith Center, 8 p.m. concert in Memorial Hall. $65 per person; concert only: $10-$20. 714-997-6812 or

Economic Forecast Hosted annually by the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman, the nationally recognized forecast offers a look at the 2012 economy in Orange County, California and the nation. Dec. 6, 2 p.m., Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. 714-744-7958 or

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At Chapman University, Homecoming is much more than just a football game. Here’s a brief look at what’s on tap for Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 14-15:

Free Master Classes Some of the university’s most notable professors present master classes on Friday, Oct. 14, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing through 2:30 p.m. Some highlights: “American Diplomatic History” with Bill Cumiford, Ph.D, associate professor of history, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences; “War Powers and the Constitution: the Tension Between the President, the Congress and the Courts” with former U.S. Congressman Tom Campbell, Ph.D., dean of the Chapman School of Law; and “The Economy on the Brink! What’s Going On?” with Esmael Adibi, Ph.D, director of the A. Gary Anderson Center Economic Research, Argyros School of Business and Economics.

Concert Under the Stars Picnic & Pops Concert from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Bring a picnic dinner and blankets or chairs and relax in beautiful Attallah Piazza as the Chapman University Wind Symphony performs music set to movie clips, from Charlie Chaplin classics to Pirates of the Caribbean.

Ready, Set, Race! Saturday, Oct. 15, 7 a.m., is “go” time for “The Flattest, Fastest and ‘Funnest’ 5K in the World” — the Chapman University/Toyota of Orange 5K Run/Walk. Entrants receive a commemorative medal, technical shirt, a goody bag stuffed with treasure and the Chapman University 5K tradition, the “breakfast of champions” — steel-cut oatmeal and fresh fruit. Register now through Oct. 12 and it’s just $40. Race day registration is $45. Proceeds benefit the Chapman Scholarship Fund.

Chili and Football Later on Saturday, a chili cook-off warms things up from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on the Attallah Piazza. Buy a tasting cup and see what the competition cooked up. Then help cheer on the Panthers when Chapman University’s football team faces Whittier College at 7 p.m. in Ernie Chapman Stadium. A halftime highlight will be a spectacular fireworks show. For more details about these and other Homecoming and Family Weekend events, please visit

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Robert Magnuson, Distinguished Fellow in Media and Communications, Wilkinson College, has 26 years of experience in the media business. He has been a reporter, editor, publisher, CEO and consultant. He is president of Magnuson & Company, a consulting firm based in Laguna Beach. Magnuson was president and CEO of InfoWorld Media Group, and before that spent nearly 20 years at the Los Angeles Times, as publisher of the Times Orange County Edition. Earlier, Magnuson was Hong Kong bureau chief of the Asian Wall Street Journal, business editor of the Oakland Tribune and an associate economics editor for BusinessWeek magazine. Dawn Taubin, professor, the longtime head of domestic marketing at Warner Bros. Pictures, joins the faculty of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts as professor of public relations and advertising. She will lead a program that brings together PR and advertising students with student filmmakers to create marketing plans for student films. Taubin will also serve on the green light committee for Chapman’s new film production company, Chapman Entertainment LLC, a first-of-its-kind, fully functioning film production company set up to produce five to 10 pictures per year in the micro-budget range.

Adrien Wing, Bette and Wylie

The cheer squad will add Chapman spirit to the Oct. 15 football game with Whittier at Ernie Chapman Stadium.

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Aitken Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Law, is from the College of Law at the University of Iowa. She’s an expert in human rights and international law, has authored more than 100 publications and has advised the founding fathers and mothers of South Africa, Palestine and Rwanda. She organized an election-observer delegation to South Africa, and taught at the University of Western Cape. She also advised the Eritrean Ministry of Justice on human-rights treaties.

Craig Tremback, Ph.D., professor, Schmid


An associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Dr. Kim is also principal investigator for the Environmental Geochemistry Lab at Chapman. For years he has performed research into arsenic and other wastes from mines in Southern California. He says the success of the project, which has advanced understanding and been awarded numerous grants, wouldn’t have been possible without the field and lab work performed by more than 30 undergraduate students. Among them are Chris Lentini ’06, now a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard, and John Stegemeier ’10, now in the Ph.D. program at Carnegie Mellon University. “I’ve found that if you maintain high expectations, push them, challenge them, the students tend to rise to these challenges and eventually push themselves,” Dr. Kim said. “We see higher levels of critical thinking, creativity, intellectual independence and confidence.” Sharing what works in developing undergraduate research projects is one of the goals Dr. Kim brings to his new role. Since the start of September, he’s been going department to department, across all disciplines, to involve as many people as possible in the discussion. “I’m asking: what are the barriers to undergraduate research, and how “I’ve found that if you maintain high can we as a university break through expectations, push them, challenge them, them,” Dr. Kim said. “My job is not just the students tend to rise to these challenges to make the pitch for research but to connect people with resources.” and eventually push themselves.” DR. KIM Some plans are already in place. In addition to helping to fund research, Chapman’s Office of Undergraduate Research will: • Organize a university research expo so students can learn about all the opportunities. • Conduct a series of workshops to discuss best practices in undergraduate research. • Develop a summer fellowship program to make research a true year-round activity at Chapman. • Host in summer 2013 the annual business meeting of the national Council on Undergraduate Research, which represents more than 900 colleges and universities. The event will provide national exposure for Chapman’s research projects. Dr. Kim praises his predecessors with the Office of Undergraduate Research — Ann Gordon, Ph.D., and Shari Kuchenbecker, Ph.D. — for their work in promoting scholarly inquiry at Chapman as he channels his own energy to helping the office take its next strides forward. “We’re all passionate about providing a personalized education,” he said, “and undergraduate research is that to the extreme.”

College of Science and Technology, is an atmospheric scientist who helped develop the community model, RAMS, while at Colorado State University in the 1980s. He organized the international distribution of the RAMS model and served as a consultant to universities, government agencies and other organizations in the use of RAMS and other meteorological software. He is currently working on a project funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture exploring climate change’s impact on agriculture and ecosystems in the Southwestern United States.

Gennady Verkhivker, Ph.D., professor, Schmid College of Science and Technology, is a leading cancer researcher with interests and contributions in the areas of computational cancer biology, systems biology, computational pharmacogenetics, translational bioinformatics and computational medicine. He was previously at the University of Kansas Cancer Center (KUCC), Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation and was a visiting faculty member at the Scripps Translational Science Institute in San Diego.

Tom Zoellner, associate professor of English, is a widely published journalist and author of several books, including Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World and the forthcoming A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America. He will teach in the creative non-fiction program.


summer vacation Chapman interns enjoy dynamic learning opportunities with NASA scientists, aiding Olympic athletes and at the Pentagon.


he locations ranged from the halls of the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., to a training facility in Anaheim filled with Olympic gold medalist volleyball players. The work ran the gamut from writing software that will help scientists study global rainfall patterns to testing algae content of Southern California streams flowing to the ocean. But there was at least one common thread connecting the many Chapman University students working at internships this summer: Their work netted them real-world experiences that had nothing

major Cristina Martinez ’13 was knee deep in the nitty-gritty this summer as she monitored water pollution, algae growth and habitat health of streams and creeks from Lancaster to Orange County. As an intern for the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, Martinez supervised sampling crews, helped collect water samples and wrote reports that helped area agencies better protect the region’s watersheds and coastal waters. The internship even spun into a part-time job at the agency’s Orange County office.

Bryson Thill ’12 (left) worked this summer with Chapman Professor Eyal Amitai at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.


Augusto Rivero ’06 (M.A. ’12) worked at the U.N.

Cristina Martinez ’13 monitored water quality in Orange County.

to do with fetching coffee or running the copy machine. “Right from the start I was put to work on highvisibility projects,” says Philip Quigley ’12, a political science major and U.S. Marine Corps veteran who interned with the Department of Defense this summer, working in Special Projects for Military Community & Family Policy. Among the many projects to which Quigley directly contributed was one addressing the employment challenges of military spouses. Another project seeks to repair or rebuild public schools on military installations. In Maryland, Bryson Thill ’12 worked at NASA ’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where he was one of only 10 undergraduate students accepted into the prestigious Summer Institute in Earth Sciences program. There he wrote software for a project called “Evaluating Satellite Precipitations.” Closer to home, Chapman athletic training undergraduates Brittany Bergens ’13 and Alicia Tate ’13 and new alumna Katy Carter ’11 interned with USA Volleyball’s men’s national team, which won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. Working with such high-caliber athletic trainers was an unparalleled experience, Bergens said. “My favorite part was working with three different athletic trainers and learning how they each go about something differently but all have the same end goals,” Bergens said. Environmental science and policy

Athletic training students Alicia Tate ’13 (left) and Brittany Bergens ’13 aided USA Volleyball players.

Marine Corps veteran Philip Quigley ’12 interned at the Pentagon.

Among the graduate students in Wilkinson College’s master’s program in International Studies who headed to foreign and domestic locales was Augusto Rivero ’06 (M.A. ’12), who spent the summer in New York at the U.N. headquarters. Rivero, whose undergraduate degree is in computer science, was posted to the human resources department, for which he helped develop online job applications. He also was part of the team that organized a series of meetings and panels of world leaders, including former President Bill Clinton, to discuss HIV/AIDS issues. At the reception following the HIV/AIDS meetings, he found himself in a conversation with Fiji’s president, Ratu Epeli. In addition to discussing conference events, they were soon chatting about their favorite sport — rugby — and are still in touch today, proving that you never can tell what opportunities may be in store during a summer internship.

Chapman Magazine Now Fall2011