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h t e f T o o k w l a n T TOWN & GOWN

FALL 2011

President’s Message

Another Banner Year for Lunch at the Forum

Welcome to an exciting time of the year during Chapman University’s 150th anniversary when 1,500 new students arrive and 6,100 students will be studying on campus. All are anxious to pursue their life dreams. Come walk around the campus and catch the spirit yourself! I hope you plan to attend our outstanding Lunch at the Forum series. Hearing professors and students speak to us brings a dynamic reality to what is going on in the classroom. I also hope you will introduce your friends to Town & Gown by bringing them to a luncheon. I promise that those who hear our first lecture by piano virtuoso Dr. Grace Fong will go away vowing never to miss another Forum luncheon. Another way for you to enjoy the Town & Gown association is to go on one of our motor coach trips. Here is an opportunity to meet and get acquainted with members, and often their spouses, in a totally informal and relaxed atmosphere. Throughout the year there are many other exciting on-campus events for you to attend - lectures, gallery shows, music and theater programs. Among them is an event that Town & Gown has promoted and supported for many years - the Opening Night performance of American Celebration on Friday, November 4. I look forward to your joining the more than 100 T&G members and friends who attend regularly. You will find details about these and other happenings that may be of interest to you in this issue of Talk of the Town. Every one of you is important to our success. In its 43 years, T&G has been applauded for providing both scholarships and gifts to the university. It would be impossible to continue this mission without your membership and generous support. It is an honor for me to be your president and to work with the dedicated “servers” who make up the Town & Gown Board.

Welcome to our 16th year of Lunch at the and victims of domestic abuse. Then, fasten Forum. Our stellar lineup of speakers this year your seatbelts as Dean Campbell will discuss will inspire you. how Congress operates and take us through At the first luncheon of our series, on the hidden rules of how laws really get made. October 6, Grace Fong, Ph.D. director of The first luncheon of the spring is keyboard studies will present Beyond the scheduled for February 2, 2012, when Middle Notes: How to Prepare for a Concert. She East experts, James Coyle, Ph.D. and Nubar will show us the kind of work that goes Hovsepian, Ph.D., will challenge our thinking into a performance leading up with their topic The Arab Spring: to a musician walking onto the Implications for U.S. Policy. stage and how the same piece On March 1, 2012, performed by two different artists Professors Eric Chimenti and can be so different. Her lecture, Claudine Jaenichen, wizards of given from a performer’s point of graphic art and design, along view, will discuss and demonstrate with their students, will explore the creative and intellectual process The Impact of Design: From the that leads a musician from the Olympics to Medicine. notes on the score to the actual At our fifth luncheon, on November 10th speaker, performance. May 3, 2012, Barbara Mulch, Dean of Chapman University On November 10, Tom School of Law, Tom Campbell Ph.D., director of Fellowship Campbell, J.D., Ph.D., dean of and Scholar Programs, will the Chapman University School of Law and a share with us The History of Making a former U.S. congressman and California state Difference: Traditions and Values of Chapman senator, will enlighten us on How Congress University. Town & Gown members will elect Really Works: The Budget and Debt Ceiling. next year’s offices at this luncheon. Look for He will begin with Chapman University’s more details about our spring lectures in the service to the community through its eight next issue of Talk of the Town. law clinics, including those serving elders When you receive your invitation in the Continued on page 2

Would You Like to Take a Cruise? . . . A harbor cruise, that is, offered by Town & Gown on a private vessel, chartered exclusively for members and their friends! On Wednesday, October 19, we will be traveling by motor coach to the Port of Los Angeles and Ports O’ Call Village for our first trip of the season. There we will start our cruise and listen to an interesting narrative about the area as we enjoy the view from the

open upper deck or the panoramic picture windows of the enclosed lounge below. Don’t forget to look for the sea lions and the Love Boat terminal as we pass the yacht marinas and watch the freighters and cargo ships go by. The Port of Los Angeles is considered to be “America’s Port,” the premier gateway for international commerce and the number one container port in the nation. Continued on page 2

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mail, please note the series includes five luncheons, a parking permit for the entire series and a ticket to the Sholund Scholarship Concert, all for $125. Individual luncheon tickets can be purchased for $30 each. These luncheons forge wonderful friendships, provide an opportunity to share a meal and transport our minds into topics where we might not otherwise tread. I encourage you to join us for the entire series. See you in October! Penni McRoberts Co-1st VP, Programs Cruise continued from page 1

On land, we will experience the Port of Los Angeles’ pride and joy, the beautiful Fanfare Fountain. It was built at a cost of $14 million and is 250 feet long and 100 feet wide, the largest water feature in California. The 400,000 gallon fountain has 58 jets, synchronized to music, that shoots up to 100 feet high, a sight to behold. We will continue to enjoy the view as we have lunch at one of the fine harbor restaurants, and we’ll even have the opportunity to do a little shopping before we depart! Watch for information about the trips scheduled for spring in the next issue of Talk of the Town. We look forward to seeing you on our trip in October. Fay and Bill Amneus Co-2nd VPs, Special Events

Editor’s Note This issue of Talk of the Town has taken on a new look – color has been added and the masthead has been changed, with the exception of the photo of Gentle Spring, which continues to be part of the revised design. This beautifully executed fountain with its simple contemporary lines is Town & Gown’s signature piece on campus, a gift from our organization to the university. Since 1983, it has provided a place for the Chapman community, visitors and passersby to stop, relax, reflect and refresh. You are invited to do the same. It is located in Escalette Plaza.

Town Talk If you were anywhere near Old Towne Orange in the afternoon on June 15, you were probably witness to a historic moment as over 600 motorcycles roared through the Orange Plaza escorting a truck bearing the phrase, “The Wall That Heals.” With horns blazing and American flags blowing in the breeze, the convoy passed through Old Towne and down Chapman Avenue on its way to Yorba Park to prepare for the Southern California visit of the official Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall exhibit, “The Wall That Heals.” The only traveling replica directly affiliated with the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans

By Paul Sitkoff, City of Orange Memorial is a half-scale reproduction of the original memorial. It is called “The Wall That Heals” because it has allowed thousands of veterans from all over the country, who have been unable to cope with facing the “wall” in Washington D.C., find the strength and courage to do so in their own communities. “The Wall That Heals” welcomed tens of thousands of veterans, their families and visitors looking to find names of loved ones on the memorial. Volunteers were on hand to help people search for specific names. A series of exhibits was on display to teach some of the history of the Vietnam War. Visitors to the traveling “wall” left notes, photos and other mementos in silent tribute to those named. Eventually, the city hopes to display these items at the Orange Public Library and History Center.

Meet the Chapman Panthers As you stroll around campus, it is evident that panthers are an important part of the Chapman community. You will find beautifully crafted sculptures of Holly overlooking Wilson Field, Kathie in the Canaday Amphitheater in the Attallah Piazza (named in memory of Town & Gown member Katharina Bradley), Suki in McCardle Events Plaza and Harriet with baby Shanna at Sandhu Residence and Conference Center. Did you know that these immobile panthers have a very mobile relative, Pete the Panther? Pete was named in honor of the late Julian “Pete” Peterson ’41, a good friend and avid supporter of Chapman’s athletic program and, along with his wife, Gloria ’40, a member of Town & Gown. In his outfit, which was a gift from the Alumni Association, Pete is quite the handsome fellow, cheering at all the games, attending Homecoming and other alumni functions and, of course, posing for pictures. It all began in 1925 when the original panther, the “great-grandfather” of the Chapman family of panthers, was obtained from a movie studio and presented to the college by the graduating class of that year. The football team officially had been dubbed

Town & Gown members Barbara and Bill Parker and their three sons with Pete the Panther

“Panthers” by the student body, and now they had a life-size mascot, albeit made of papier mache. When he wasn’t in attendance at athletic functions, he presided over parties, banquets and other school functions. Otherwise, he was “caged” in the college basement, which unfortunately flooded on New Year’s Day 1934, sadly disintegrating the first panther’s fragile body. However, his spirit lives on today in five sturdy bronze bodies and one lively mascot who will be cheering at Homecoming as we celebrate Chapman’s 150th anniversary. Greatgrandfather would be proud. Carol Howansky Co-editor, Talk of the Town

Gown Talk

By Joanne Jurczyk, University Advancement

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

Chapman University continues its 150th anniversary celebration this fall with Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 14-15. Back by popular demand after the 150th Birthday Celebration on May 6, the event will include Master Classes on Friday, both morning and afternoon sessions, featuring well-known Chapman faculty. Specific classes and faculty are still being confirmed as we go to press, but keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more details so you can take Ben Franklin’s advice and “invest in some knowledge” during Chapman’s

Homecoming and Family Weekend. Another exciting event taking place during Homecoming is the official dedication of Elliott Alumni House, slated for Saturday October 15 at 11 a.m. It will be a chance to recognize Town & Gown’s largest gift ever to Chapman University naming The Town & Gown Gardens. I hope you all will join us as we celebrate our new alumni house’s dedication with Chapman alumni and longtime T&G members, Pat and Tom Elliott. The following highlights some of the wonderful things you won’t want to miss during Homecoming and Family Weekend: Friday, October 14 • Master Classes (morning and afternoon sessions) • Picnic and Pops Concert (optional buffet dinner for purchase) • Revealing of the 150 Faces of Chapman • Dodge College First Cut Premier Viewing

Saturday, October 15 • Chapman University Toyota of Orange 5K • Dedication of the Elliott Alumni House • CHILIFEST: Chili Cook-Off and Festival • Re-Dedication of Argyros Forum, Student Lounge • Pre-Game Pep Rally • End Zone Party • Football Game vs. Whittier Other festivities on Saturday include a Kids Zone, a Beer and Wine Garden, Chapman Sweethearts exhibit, 150 Seconds: Tell Your Chapman Story (opportunity to star in a video and share your favorite memory of Chapman) and much more. I hope to see you all at Homecoming Family Weekend 2011! For more details go to

Put American Celebration on Your Calendar Now! Opening Night, Friday, November 4, 2011

Highlight of President Jim Doti’s “Saturday Night Fever” performance during American Celebration 2010.

If the Opening Night of American Celebration is not already in your entertainment plans for this fall, it’s time to make your reservations now as tickets are selling fast. If you’re not familiar with American Celebration, this is a great year to get acquainted.

American Celebration is a remarkable songand-dance, Broadway-style production showcasing the talents and abilities of more than 100 Chapman student singers and dancers. This performance will mark the 30th year the College of Performing Arts is presenting this spectacular entertainment which has become one of the primary sources for student scholarships. Historically, Town & Gown has supported Opening Night by advertising in the performance program, contributing items for an opportunity drawing and encouraging its members to attend. A number of our members traditionally provide underwriting sponsorships, and members Linda Boone, Barbara Parker, Beverly Weatherill and I serve on the Opening Night committee. Town & Gown board member and faculty liaison, Dale Merrill, acting dean of the College of Performing Arts, is the artistic director for the entire production. Part of that production is a cameo appearance by Chapman’s president, James L. Doti. The audience never knows when or where, but suddenly he’s there, in

costume, performing with the cast, and the audience responds enthusiastically. The evening concludes with a reception where one can sit and visit while enjoying a delicious dessert. Tickets for the evening are $50 per person, a portion of which is tax-deductible. Call 714-628-2750 to make reservations. Act now, as Opening Night always sells out well in advance. Betty Bartley, Opening Night Committee

IN MEMORIAM Our sincere sympathy goes to the families of Town & Gown members First Lady Betty Ford Mary Jo Mitchell Ralph Tomlinson, Jr. Brent Wahlberg

Welcome New Members Did You Know . . .

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Marcia Cooley President


Melida Canfield Penni McRoberts Co-1st VP’s, Programs

714-544-4436 714-953-4211

Fay and Bill Amneus Co-2nd VP’s, Special Events


Judy Crum 3rd VP, Membership


Linda Ruth Treasurer


Lynn Marie Domer Recording Secretary


Joyce Miller Corresponding Secretary


Linda Mueller Parliamentarian


Carol and Carroll Howansky Co-Editors, Talk of the Town


Editorial Board: Betty Bartley, Marge Carter, Marcia Cooley, Joanne Jurczyk, Robert L. Stockton, Jr., Salli Stockton, Anita Storck

A warm welcome to our newest members of Town & Gown, Loraine and Ron Lacey, Judy and Stalky Lehman, Pamela and Michael McGovern, Ann Peralta, Shirley Resor, Betts Rivett, Ruth and David Seigle and Phyllis and Al Sheue. We look forward to meeting you at our various activities. It has been said that the focus of Town & Gown is friend-raising, fund-raising, and fun-raising. Our membership dues make it possible to award student scholarships each year and also to fund projects around the campus. Lunch at the Forum and motor coach trips provide opportunities to enjoy ourselves while we expand our horizons and meet new people. Consider inviting your friends to join you at these events so they can get to know us. Membership packets are always available at the luncheons or by contacting me at 714-532-3264. Judy Crum 3rd VP, Membership

Former First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Gerald R. (Betty) Ford was made an honorary member of Town & Gown in 1983. Mrs. Ford was the guest speaker at a special T&G luncheon held at the Indian Wells Country Club near Palm Springs and was given Honorary Life Membership to Town & Gown. Twenty years ago, on September 10, 1991, Chapman College became Chapman University. Earlier in that year, Dr. James L. Doti, who was dean of Chapman’s School of Business and Economics, was appointed the twelfth president of the university.

In Case You Missed It … Over 60 members of the Charles C. Chapman family gathered on campus for a family reunion on July 10. The university was named after Mr. Chapman in 1934.

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