Orientation 2021

Fenestra: Open Your Window of Opportunity

jerry price

Welcome From Jerry Price, Dean of Students!

Let’s start with the elephant in the room: I feel I can say with complete confidence that none of you would have preferred to start your Chapman career this way. You would prefer to be moving into residence halls together, going to big events where you would meet dozens and dozens of fellow new students, and then walking the campus to scope out your future classrooms. Unfortunately, that is not how this academic year is going to start… Read More

Jerry Price, Ph.D.
Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs

Greetings from Your Fellow Panthers

Orientation Schedules

All orientation events  will be held in Pacific Daylight Time

New Students

Wednesday, January 27th 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PST
Small Group Forum  
Format: TBD
During your Forum sessions throughout the week, you will meet with your Orientation Leaders and classmates from your major. These sessions are a time to get to know your peers, learn what Chapman has to offer, discuss Orientation events and understand what to expect during the week.  

11:15 a.m.  12:15 p.m. PST
Getting Involved Social
Format: TBD 
Come learn about the various ways to get involved on campus, no matter where you currently live! Preview some of the exciting ways you can immerse yourself into Chapman student life, hear from current student leaders about how getting involved has made their Chapman experience memorable, and connect with your peers who have similar interests!   

1:30 p.m.  3:00 p.m. PST
We Are Chapman: Exploring Identity, Empathy, and Community
Format: TBD
This mandatory session showcases the diverse cultures and experiences that make up the Chapman community. You will learn about the identities and experiences of five Chapman students, while also having the opportunity to reflect on your personal identities and experiences. When we have a deeper understanding of our own identity and empathy for the identities of others, we create a stronger and more inclusive community. Orientation leaders will facilitate a conversation reflecting on important themes presented through the stories shared.   

Thursday, January 28th 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PST
Fenestra Community Coordinator Social 
Format: TBD  
Come meet your Fenestra Community Coordinators (FCC) and socialize with other incoming students. FCCs will facilitatenumerous ice breakers and get-to-know-you activities.

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. PST
Small Group Forum
Format: TBD 
Orientation Leaders will conduct a Q&A session for any and all questions you may have as well as facilitate opportunities to connect with peers. 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST
What You Need to Know to Graduate!—Academic Policies and Procedures for New Students 
Format: Microsoft Teams 
This session is to help you learn everything you need to know in order to graduate with the most success in the least amount of time!  From academic policies and procedures that often trip up students (including Chapman’s general education requirements), to the resources and people that are here to help you—all will be covered in a jam-packed session with the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.  

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST
Student Business Services and Financial Aid Info Session 
Format: Microsoft Teams  
Student Business Services and Office of Financial Aid will provide information regarding billing, loans and scholarships. This content is available for both families and students to view.   

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST
Departmental Major Meetings
Format: see end of schedule to view department meeting information
This is an opportunity to meet staff and faculty members from your major and gain insight into your program.  

Friday, January 29th 

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PST
Wellness at Chapman 
Format: Microsoft Teams 
Wellness at Chapman will provide education focused on building healthy relationships, reaching out to peers in need, and connecting students to safe and effective resources. This session works collaboratively with campus partners to educate incoming Chapman students about wellness related University policies, available resources, and programming offered throughout campus. 

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
We Are Chapman: Building a Campus Climate of Allyship
Format: Microsoft Teams 
You will need to log in to this presentation with your Chapman credentials
This is a mandatorysession that will build upon We Are Chapman: Exploring Identity, Empathy, and Community to continue reflection and discussion about diversity, equity and inclusion on a college campus. Through videos, short activities and discussion, you will reflect about the interpersonal dynamics of diversity, the complexity of identity, and the importance of being inclusive of those with identities that are unlike your own. In addition, you will learn aboutall the departments, clubs and programs that exist to advance diversity and inclusion at Chapman. Your knowledge in these areas is vital for building a welcoming campus climate for all Chapman students.  

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST
Small Group Forum
Format: TBD
Join your Orientation Leaders to gain Chapman insight and a space to connect with your peers.   

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST
Table Talks with the We Are Chapman Speakers
Format: TBD
You will have the opportunity to ask questions, engage and continue the conversation on identity, empathy and community with the speakers of We Are Chapman!  

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PST
Chapman + UPB Q&A Panel event 
Format: TBD  

Saturday, January 30th 

Social programming will be provided on this day. Details still to be confirmed! 

Sunday, January 31st 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST
FCC Winter Trivia! 
Format: TBD  
Join your Fenestra Community Coordinators (FCC) and socialize with incoming students through a game of trivia! Through various categories, prompts will be asked that surround the topic of the winter seasons. 

Departmental Major Meeting Locations

Argyros School of Business and Economics: TBD

Attallah College of Educational Studies: TBD

Integrated Educational Studies: TBD

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences:

  • Health Science & Applied Human Physiology: TBD
  • Psychology: TBD

School of Communication: TBD

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts:

  • Creative Producing: TBD
  • Animation and Visual Effects: TBD
  • Film Production: TBD
  • Film Studies: TBD
  • Broadcast Journalism & Doc : TBD
  • PR & Advertising: TBD
  • Screenwriting: TBD
  • TV Writing and Producing: TBD

Schmid College of Science and Technology:

  • Biological Sciences: TBD
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Chemistry: TBD
  • Environmental Science and Policy: TBD
  • Mathematics: TBD

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: 

  • Art: TBD
  • Art History: TBD
  • Graphic Design: TBD
  • English: TBD
  • Creative Writing: TBD
  • History: TBD
  • French: TBD
  • Spanish: TBD
  • Political Science: TBD
  • Peace Studies: TBD
  • Philosophy: TBD
  • Religious Studies: TBD
  • Sociology: TBD


Family Orientation Schedule
If families are unable to attend live events, most of the sessions will be recorded and made accessible at a later date.

Wednesday, January 27th 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PST
Just for Families
Format: Microsoft Teams 
Join Dr. DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Students, to introduce the student and campus services that address and promote student safety, health and well-being. 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
Academic Partnerships 
Format: Microsoft Teams 
During this session, you will learn about the key student services that will help promote your student’s academic success at Chapman. Dr. Nina LeNoir, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and representatives from the Academic Advising Center, Tutoring, Learning and Testing Center, Leatherby Libraries, Center for Global Education, Career and Professional Development, and the Center for Undergraduate Excellence will share information about their available resources.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST        
Chapman Family Mixer 
Format: TBD 

Thursday, August 28th  

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
Involvement Resources for Spring Semester 
Format: Microsoft Teams
Families are welcome to attend this session to learn about resources that their students can utilize to connect socially throughout the Fall semester. 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST
Parent Student Panel
Format: Microsoft Teams 
Tune in to join current Chapman students and parents to discuss how families can support their new Panther.  Learn about the important role that families play in the college experience, discuss what it means to be involved in the Chapman community and, most importantly, get all of your questions answered. 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST
Student Business Services and Financial Aid Info Session 
Format: Microsoft Teams  
Student Business Services and Office of Financial Aid will provide information regarding billing, loans and scholarships. This content is available for both families and students to view.   

Messages of Support

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our incoming students have not been able to experience the same orientation traditions in person. To help comfort and celebrate them during this challenging time many shared words of wisdom, support or celebration with the students during orientation week.

Share Your Message of Support

New beginnings at #chapmanu

As new Panthers, you will encounter new people, beginnings and experiences. In order to document the tremendous transition to college, post photos on Instagram with #chapmanu. We want you to connect as you share your experiences digitally through social media! 

Select photos will be featured on Chapman’s main Instagram page and the Argyros Forum Student Union Gallery for the Chapman community to see. We want you to capture the breadth of experiences that you will encounter throughout your first year and beyond at Chapman!


Show Your Panther Spirit

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