Orientation 2021

Fenestra: Open Your Window of Opportunity

jerry price

Welcome From Jerry Price, Dean of Students!

I feel obligated to start with the elephant in the room: this COVID-19 pandemic is a serious situation that requires all of our serious attention. That said, you will be receiving many emails about the pandemic and our COVID-19 protocols (most of them also from me), so today I want to focus on you. Specifically, what information can I share with you to facilitate your success at Chapman? Read More

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

RELIVE OUR 2021 OPENING CONVOCATION CEREMONY

Greetings from Your Fellow Panthers

Welcome to Chapman

Orientation Schedules

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that events are subject to change.
Continue to check here for event updates and the CU Safely Back webpage for campus protocol updates. 

First-Year Students

Tuesday, August 24th 

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Residence Life Check-In   
Location: Residence Halls
(Please reference your move-in memo sent on August 2nd for your specific time)  

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Orientation Check-In 
Location: Students – Argyros Forum, Room 206
Location: Families – Argyros Forum, Room 209 

2:00 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 
Commuter Student Interactive Panel
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 201 
Welcome Commuters! Here, our new first-year commuter students can meet current Chapman commuter students. Learn a few tips and tricks directly from our student panel as well as a small presentation by the Program Coordinator of First Year Experience, Jordan Vaughn.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  
Black Student & Alumni Welcome 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 208 
The Black Student & Alumni Welcome is designed to assist incoming Black first-year students and their families with their transition into Chapman and connect them with key campus resources and partners. 

5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.  
Panther Pride Dinner 
Locations: Bert Williams Mall/ Attallah PiazzaGray Victory Way 
Reminder: You MUST wear a wristband to enter any meal during Orientation.
Cardinal and grey are the colors we hope to see everyone wearing at this dinner! Welcome to the Chapman family.

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Department of Art Welcome Reception
Location: Guggenheim Gallery
First-Year & Transfer students in Art History, Graphic Design & Studio Art & families, will be given a tour of facilities and meet our art faculty members. Please check-in at 5:15 p.m. outside the Gallery. 

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Convocation
Location: Wilson Field

Convocation will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. 

Students, please enter the Field through the North Gate starting at 6:oo p.m.  
Families proceed to the bleachers of Wilson Field through any gates. Additional seating will be available on the field.   

This traditional event is the formal opening to Chapman’s academic year. Faculty in full regalia march in procession and President Struppa officially launches the semesterWe will be recognizing our Honorary Degree recipients and hearing the Aims of Education Inspirational Address. After Convocation, Orientation will officially begin.  

At the conclusion of this Program, families please remain seated as students exit through the North Gate and proceed to the Residence Halls for a Mandatory Residence Life Meeting if they will be living on campus or to the Starbucks Outdoor Patio for the Commuter Student Social. Once students have exited, families are welcome to attend the Wine and Cheese Reception hosted by Dr. Jerry Price, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, on Aitken Arts Plaza.   

8:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Commuter Student Social 
Location: Starbucks Outdoor Patio 
Meet current Chapman commuter students and learn from those who have navigated this experience successfully. There will be refreshments, sweet treats and games for all to enjoy! 

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Residence Life Meetings (MANDATORY for students living in the Residence Halls) 
Location: Your Residence Hall
Gather in your residence hall to meet your Resident Director (RD) or Residential Graduate Assistant (RGA) and Resident Advisor (RA) while learning more about living in the residential community. This also provides the opportunity to meet your suitemates and neighbors. Talk to your Resident Advisor (RA) about your specific meeting time and location. 


Wednesday, August 25th 

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  
Breakfast 
Location: Randall Dining Commons

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Fenestra Forum 
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, August 23rd) 
During your Fenestra 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, discuss Orientation events, and understand what to expect during the week. Please be in attendance, as your specific rotation locations will be explained in this session.  

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Chapman Family Lunch 
Locations: Bert Williams Mall/ Attallah Piazza/ Gray Victory Way
Reminder: You MUST wear a wristband to enter any meal during Orientation.
Join other new students and families for a lovely lunch.
 

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Departmental Major Meetings  
Location: See end of schedule for your department meeting location. 
Students will learn about their major and ways to be successful within their academic program. This is also an opportunity to meet staff and faculty members from your major.   

3:45 p.m.4:45 p.m. 
Student Business Services and Financial Aid Workshop 
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404 
Representatives from Student Business Services and Office of Financial Aid will answer your questions regarding billing, loans, and scholarships. Both families and students are welcome to attend.   

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  
College of Performing Arts Welcome Reception 
Location: Lindquist Esplanade (next to Waltmar Theatre) 
This reception is an opportunity to meet new students in the College of Performing Arts as well as some of the faculty and administration with whom you will be interacting while at Chapman. This reception is for declared Theatre, Theatre Performance, Music Education, Composition, Screen Acting, Dance, Performance, and Music majors. 

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
College/School Welcome Dinners 
Location: Various Locations on Campus 
Please attend dinner at the location of your student’s declared major. This is an opportunity to meet new students in your School/College as well as some of the faculty and administration with whom you will be interacting while at Chapman. Food line for groups in the Attallah Piazza, Aitken Arts Plaza, Gray Victory Way,  Musco Center for the Arts, and the Performer’s Court is at Schmid Gate.  Groups seated at Bert Williams Mall will have food line on site. 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m:  

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Location: Attallah Piazza  
This dinner is for declared Health Sciences, Applied Human Physiology, and Psychology majors.  

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m:  

School of Communication
Location: Gray Victory Way
This dinner is for declared Communication studies, Global Communication & World Language, and Strategic & Corporate Communication. 

Fowler School of Engineering
Location: Aitken Arts Plaza
This dinner is for declared Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, and Software Engineering.  

Attallah College of Educational Studies
Location: Musco Center for the Arts, Performer’s Court
This dinner is for declared Integrated Educational Studies majors. 

Argyros School of Business and Economics
Location: Bert Williams Mall
This dinner is for declared Business Administration, Economics, and Accounting majors.  

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m:

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Location: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
This dinner is for declared Broadcast Journalism and Documentary, Creative Producing, Animation and Visual Effects, Film Production, Film Studies, Public Relations and Advertising, Screen Acting, Screenwriting, and Television Writing and Production.  

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m:

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Location: Attallah Piazza 
This dinner is for students who are declared Political Science, Peace Studies, Spanish, French, Creative Writing, English, Art, Art History, Graphic Design, Religious Studies, Sociology, and History majors. 

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m:

Undeclared
Location: Bert Williams Mall
This dinner is for students who have not declared a major for the 2021-2022 academic year 

School of Pharmacy
Location: Musco Center for the Arts, Performer’s Court
This dinner is for students in the Pre-pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program.  

Schmid College of Science and Technology
Location: Aitken Arts Plaza
This dinner is for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Policy, Mathematics, Mathematics and Civil Engineering, Physics, and Philosophy majors.   

7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. 
Igniting Your Future: Candle Lighting Ceremony
Location: Attallah Piazza 
Incoming Chapman students, parents and families are invited to gather around the fountain in the Attallah Piazza to celebrate the pillars of Chapman University symbolizing our intellectual, spiritual, social and physical life. This brief ceremony will end with candle lighting as we bid goodbye to families and welcome you to the Chapman family! 

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Playfair 
Location: Wilson Field 
This is an experience you will never forget! Wear something comfortable (no heels!) and get ready for a fun activity that will get your energy pumping and give you the chance to meet the entire incoming student class.

10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. 
Chapman After Dark 
Location: Randall Dining Commons, Sandhu Conference Center 2nd floor 
Break out the glow sticks and get ready for a bright night full of fun, food, music and dancing put on by Residence Life and First Year Experience! You will have the opportunity to go into Sandhu Conference Center to enjoy the Silent Disco Dance Party! Head into Randall Dining Commons to take a break from the dancing and enjoy a dessert bar where students will have the opportunity to unwind, play games, and be in good company.


Thursday, August 26th 

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.  
Breakfast 
Location: Randall Dining Commons

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Fenestra Forum
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, August 23rd)
Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about what their experience will look like at Chapman. From topics of academics to social involvement, Orientation Leaders will lead students in various activities to get them thinking about what they want their first year to look like.  

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
ChapED Talks  
Grey Group 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts 
ChapED talks will answer the important questions: Why go to collegeWhat do you get out of it? Why does it matter? Dynamic, outstanding Chapman faculty members share their personal experiences and how their undergraduate educations shaped their careers and their lives. 

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Wellness Collaborative Panel   
Red Group 
Location: Memorial Hall 
The Wellness at Chapman rotation takes a multidisciplinary approach to student well-being. Utilizing the 8- dimensions of well-being, the session will focus on resources available to support each dimension for Chapman students to find balance and thrive. Various Chapman departments will be represented on the panel to answer questions, highlight programming, and provide basic information about their resources on campus. 

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
ChapED Talks  
Red Group 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts 
ChapED talks will answer the important questions: Why go to collegeWhat do you get out of it? Why does it matter? Dynamic, outstanding Chapman faculty members share their personal experiences and how their undergraduate educations shaped their careers and their lives. 

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Wellness Collaborative Panel   
Grey Group 
Location: Memorial Hall 
The Wellness at Chapman rotation takes a multidisciplinary approach to student well-being. Utilizing the 8- dimensions of well-being, the session will focus on resources available to support each dimension for Chapman students to find balance and thrive. Various Chapman departments will be represented on the panel to answer questions, highlight programming, and provide basic information about their resources on campus. 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Lunch 
Location: Randall Dining Commons  

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch with Faculty 
Location: Musco Performer’s Court
Students who have pre-registered for this lunch will be able to have a one-on-one connection with select faculty members and gain a deeper understanding of classroom expectations that professors have for first year students. This unique experience for students to touch base with faculty will allow them to go into their first day of class confident and prepared.

1:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Resource Rotation: Becoming a Healthy Panther
Grey Group
Location: Memorial Hall 
As a first-year student, you will be faced with many personal decisions that will impact your college experience. This MANDATORY educational program will equip you with the necessary information to make informed and healthy decisions. Don’t forget to bring your Chapman ID card to receive credit for attending! 

1:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Resource Rotation: Academic and Social Wellness
Red Group
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, August 23rd)
This session will aid students in their holistic wellness as an incoming student. Resources will be provided to create a greater understanding of academic resources, technological resources, and opportunities for getting involved. Learn from various campus partners and hear personal experiences from your Orientation Leaders to set yourself up for a successful first year. 

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Student Services Fair 
Location: Attallah Piazza
Come mingle with other new students as you explore booths representing over 30 on-campus departments.  

4:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
Resource Rotation: Becoming a Healthy Panther
Red Group
Location: Memorial Hall 
As a first-year student, you will be faced with many personal decisions that will impact your college experience. This MANDATORY educational program will equip you with the necessary information to make informed and healthy decisions. Don’t forget to bring your Chapman ID card to receive credit for attending! 

4:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
Resource Rotation: Academic and Social Wellness
Grey Group
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, August 23rd)
This session will aid students in their holistic wellness as an incoming student. Resources will be provided to create a greater understanding of academic resources, technological resources, and opportunities for getting involved. Learn from various campus partners and hear personal experiences from your Orientation Leaders to set yourself up for a successful first year. 

5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. 
Dinner 
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
We Are Chapman 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts; overflow seating Wallace All Faiths Chapel – Fish Interfaith Center 
Join us for a night filled with exciting performances that showcase the diverse cultures and experiences that make up the Chapman community. You will hear from your fellow students as they share their stories and experiences about their time at Chapman. Following the speeches, head out onto Aitkens Arts Plaza to enjoy the live performance of sitar player, Ronobir Lahiri. You will also participate in the beloved Chapman tradition of tying your ribbon to your class’s Window of Opportunity sculpture.   


Friday, August 27th 

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
We Are Chapman: Exploring Identity and Empathy
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, August 23rd)
This MANDATORY session showcases the diverse cultures and experiences that make up the Chapman community. Chapman is as diverse as its student population. There are many things that shape who you are, which can encompass your race, gender, cultural identity, and so much more.  Collectively, you will begin to shape the Chapman culture through learning about yourself, each other, and how we all fit into and create this community.  

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
We Are Chapman: Contributing to an Inclusive Campus Community
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, August 23rd)
In this MANDATORY session, get to know campus and reflect on Chapman’s history and the varying experiences within our community! The Cross-Cultural Center Program Coordinators will lead you through a virtual tour of key locations on campus for you to have discussions on personal perspectives, resources and university policy related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch with Fenestra Forum
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, August 23rd)
Students will adjourn their time together with their Fenestra Forum and Orientation Leaders while enjoying lunch. This will provide time for students to learn how to successfully carry their momentum from Orientation into the opportunities that are to come in the upcoming year.  

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Jummah Prayers followed by Director of Muslim Life Meet and Greet
Location: Wilkinson Founders Chapel
Join Chapman’s Director for Muslim Life and Chaplain to the University, Shaykh Jibreel Speight, for prayers followed by an opportunity to get acquainted with him, and hear about Muslim life on campus. 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
We Are Chapman Speaker Meet & Greet
Location: Argyros Forum, 3rd Floor South Patio
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! 

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
CIRP Survey
Use this time to head back to your residence hall or find a cool place on campus to complete the CIRP (Cooperating Institutional Research Program) Survey. Don’t forget you need your laptop!  

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Black Student, Faculty, and Staff Mixer
Location: Argyros Forum, 3rd Floor South Patio
Meet and connect with incoming and returning Black students, faculty, and staff. Great conversation, music, and light refreshments will be provided. (Open to Black first year and transfer students) 

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Affinity Socials
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 304 (Cross-Cultural Center)
Come mix and mingle with other students and staff that identify with or are currently exploring a certain affinity, all while enjoying light refreshments and snacks. Students may attend and meet with as many affinity groups as they identify with. 

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m:

  • First-Generation College Students 
    • Meet other students who are the first in their family to go to college! Learn about the resources available to you and how to make the most of Chapman as a first-generation student. 
  • International Students 
    • Join us for the International Student Social.  We will get to know each other and talk about the bus & train system, nearby grocery stores, restaurants, fun things to do, etc.  Current international students and staff will be available to answer any questions/problems you may have! 
  • Spiritual Exploration Social 
    • The Fish Interfaith Center on the Chapman University campus offers opportunities for students who are interested in spirituality of any type. If you consider yourself simply a “Seeker,” curious about developing your spiritual path, practicing meditation, or learning about different religions, we have opportunities for you. If you are involved in or interested in a particular spiritual path, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, or Judaism, we can connect you with student groups to pursue your faith journey. We have particular programs for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), United Church of Christ, Latter-day Saints, Catholic, non-denominational and other Christian students as well. Finally, our beautiful Wallace All Faiths Chapel, located in the Fish Interfaith Center, is here for your use! Come and meet our staff and find out about programs and space available at Chapman for you! 
  • Students with Disabilities 
    • This social is an opportunity for our incoming students with disabilities to network, ask questions, and dialogue as we enjoy each other’s company and experience. This will be a great time to gather to begin the process of building a community within the Chapman community and discovering the resources available to you as you navigate your college experience.  

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m:

  • LGBTQIA+ Community 
    • Chapman’s LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex & Asexual) staff, faculty and students are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2023 into our open and welcoming community!  This social will provide a chance for new students to explore ways to get involved in the LGBTQIA+ community here on campus through organizations such as Chapman Feminists, Queer and Trans People of Color Collective (QTPOC) and Queer Straight Alliance (QSA), mix and mingle with other like-minded individuals, and begin building a network of support to enrich their Chapman experience. 
  • Students Who Identify as Women  
    • Come to this social for the chance to network with women who have the potential to affect Chapman University in a positive and significant way. Women are shifting both the academic and work world and this social is a great way to meet your peers, start the process of supporting one another, and learn about the resources Chapman has to help you successfully navigate your college career. 
  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Community 
    • This social is an opportunity for our incoming students of color to network, ask questions, and dialogue as we enjoy each other’s company and experience. This will be a great time to gather to begin the process of building a community within the Chapman community. 

6:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Orientation Shabbat Dinner and Service
Location: Wallace All Faiths Chapel
Sponsored by The Fish Interfaith Center and Chapman Hillel
All students are welcome to celebrate with Rabbi Corie, Chapman’s Director of Jewish Life, and Chapman Hillel at our first Shabbat of the year.  We’ll begin with our lively, egalitarian service at the Fish Interfaith Center followed by a delicious dinner. Students will learn about upcoming events, will meet current students and make new friends. 

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dinner
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
UPB and Orientation Presents… Club Disco
Location: Argyros Forum, Student Union 
Dust off your dancing shoes! We’re going all out for a night filled with shimmering disco balls, groovy dancing, and iconic arcade games. Arrive on Friday night at Argyros Forum to experience the VIP Disco experience. Grab your friends, don your grooviest throwback fit and have a marvelous night at Club Disco! 


Saturday, August 28th 

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. 
Yoga on the Lawn 
Location: Bert Williams Mall (Memorial Lawn) 
Join Fitness and Recreation Services for our first Yoga on the Lawn of the school year! Bring your yoga mat or towel and a friend and join our GroupX leaders for a free yoga session. 

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Brunch
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Regional Receptions
Chapman is lucky to have students come from across the United States. Attend one of these receptions to meet students from your region, learn about the “must-sees” in Southern California, and begin to make connections that will make Chapman feel like home.  

  • Pacific Northwest  
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 201 
  • Mountain States 
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 211 
  • Southwest 
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 207 
  • Midwest 
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 206C 
  •  Northeast 
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 208 
  •  South 
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 202 
  •  Pacific Ocean 
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 209AB  
  •  Northern California 
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 206AB 
  •  Southern California 
    • Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404  

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Italian Studies Mixer
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404 
Open to students taking an Italian Studies course in the Fall. You are invited to attend the Italian Studies Dessert Bash! At the onset of your journey through Italian language and culture, we wish to provide you with all necessary guidance, support and introduce you to the lively community of our program. Attendance in this event will count as out-of-class participation points. 

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Fall Kick-Off!
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404
Kickstart your year with music, games, appetizers, and mingling with your incoming class. This will be a night you do not want to miss!


Sunday, August 29th 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Spirituality Matters! A Mindfulness, Labyrinth, and Interfaith Experience
Location: Wallace All Faiths Chapel 
Join the Chapman community to see how you can explore meaning and purpose at Chapman, whether you are secular, spiritual or religious. If you consider yourself a “spiritual seeker” curious about developing your spiritual path, are interested in practicing meditation or learning about different religions, or are committed to a certain spiritual or religious path, we have opportunities for you. Commemorate the beginning of your Chapman experience with an interfaith celebration, mindfulness meditation and labyrinth walk led by student leaders and the chaplain staff of the Fish Interfaith Center. The Fish Interfaith Center is here to help you shape your unique spiritual journey. 

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Brunch
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Honors Mentor/Mentee Dessert Bash
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 119AB
Students who have been admitted into the University Honors Program will be introduced to the program as well as meet their mentors and other returning Honors students, faculty and staff at the Dessert Bash. This will be a chance for incoming students to introduce themselves, ask any questions they may have, and find out about opportunities to become involved with Honors in the coming year. 

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner
Location: Randall Dining Commons


Departmental Major Meeting Locations

Argyros School of Business and Economics:
Accounting: Memorial Hall
Economics: Memorial Hall
Business Administration: Memorial Hall 

Attallah College of Educational Studies:
Integrated Educational Studies: Beckman Hall, Room 101

College of Performing Arts:
Music: Waltmar Theatre
Dance: Waltmar Theatre
Screen Acting: Waltmar Theatre
Theatre: Waltmar Theatre  

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences:
Applied Human Physiology: Argyros Forum, Room 208
Health Sciences: Argyros Forum, Room 208
Psychology: Hashinger Science Center, Room 150 (Irvine Lecture Hall) 

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts:
Film Studies: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios 
Public Relations and Advertising: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios 
Screenwriting: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios 
Creative Producing: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios 
Animation and Visual Effects: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios 
Film Production: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios 
Broadcast Journalism & Documentary: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios 
TV Writing & Production: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios 

Schmid College of Science and Technology:
Biological Sciences: Argyros Forum, Room 201
Environmental Science and Policy: Keck Center, Room 153
Chemistry: Keck Center, Room 130
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Keck Center, Room 130
Mathematics: Keck Center, Room 156
Math and Civil Engineering: Keck Center, Room 156
Physics: Keck Center, Room 156 
Philosophy: Smith Hall, Room 202D

Fowler School of Engineering:
Data Science: Argyros Forum, Room 202
Software Engineering: Argyros Forum, Room 202
Computer Science: Argyros Forum, Room 202
Computer Engineering: Argyros Forum, Room 202
Electrical Engineering: Argyros Forum, Room 202 

School of Pharmacy:
DeMille Hall, Room 103

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences:
English: Beckman Hall, Room 204
Creative Writing: Beckman Hall, Room 204
History: Doti Hall, Room 105 
French: DeMille Hall, Room 120G
Spanish: DeMille Hall, Room 120G
Political Science: Beckman Hall, Room 103
Peace Studies: Roosevelt Hall, Room 121
Religious Studies: Smith Hall, Room 202A
Sociology: Doti Hall, Room 102
Art: Moulton Hall, Room 167
Art History: Moulton Hall, Room 216
Graphic Design: Moulton Hall, Room 213
Global Communication and World Language: Beckman Hall, Room 104 

School of Communication: 
Communication Studies: Beckman Hall, Room 104
Strategic and Corporate Communication: Beckman Hall, Room 104
Global Communication and World Language: Beckman Hall, Room 104 

Undeclared:
Beckman Hall, Room 404 

First-Year Families

Tuesday, August 24th 

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Residence Life Check-In
Location: Residence Halls
(Students should reference their move-in memo sent from their Resident Director or Residential Graduate Assistant on August 2nd regarding their specific time) 

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Orientation Check-In
Location: Students – Argyros Forum 206
Location: Families – Argyros Forum 209 

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Office of Parent Engagement Welcome Booth
Location: Under the red canopies between Pralle-Sodaro & Henley, Glass Residence Hall and the Masson Family Beach Club, and near Argyros Forum and Leatherby Libraries
Visit with the Office of Parent Engagement and the Executive Parents Ambassador Council (XPAC) members to learn more about resources for Chapman parents, tips on supporting your student for their greatest success, and how to become involved with the University. Parents can take a photo at our photo booth or join us for lawn games and participate in a special activity for their student. 

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Commuter Family Information Session
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 208
Welcome family members of commuters! Families will learn about tips, tricks and resources that will support their first-year commuter student in making connections on Chapman’s campus.  Director of Residence Life and First Year Experience and Assistant Dean of Students, Dr. Dave Sundby and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Dean of Students, Dr. Chris Hutchison will present on opportunities for student engagement. In addition, Volunteer Engagement Manager, Michael Perini, will present on opportunities for you to get involved with the Chapman family. 

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Black Student & Alumni Welcome
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 208
The Black Student & Alumni Welcome is designed to assist incoming Black first-year students and their families with their transition into Chapman and connect them with key campus resources and partners. 

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cross-Cultural Parent Reception
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 304 (Cross-Cultural Center)
The Cross-Cultural Center invites parents to come meet staff and faculty that provide resources and support for our students of diverse backgrounds and identities. 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Parent Reception for New Disciples of Christ/United Church of Christ Students
Location: Wilkinson Founders Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center
Parents/families of students who come from congregations related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or the United Church of Christ are strongly encouraged to come to the one hour information session about the Disciples on Campus program. You will receive helpful information on scholarships and opportunities for your student. Please come without your student to this event. 

5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Panther Pride Dinner
Locations: Bert Williams Mall /Attallah Piazza /Gray Victory Way/Other various locations on campus
Reminder: You MUST wear a wristband to enter any meal during Orientation.
Cardinal and grey are the colors we hope to see everyone wearing at this dinner! Welcome to the Chapman family. 

5:30 p.m.  6:30 p.m. 
Department of Art Welcome Reception 
Location: Guggenheim Gallery (Please check-in at 5:15pm at Gallery entrance)
First-Year & Transfer students in Art History, Graphic Design & Studio Art & families, will meet our art faculty members and select their Art Faculty Advisor. RSVP required: Please email randazzo@chapman.edu before August 13, 2021 with your name, intended major and number of guests you’ll be bringing.  

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Convocation
Location: Wilson Field 
Convocation will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. 

Students, please enter the Field through the North Gate starting at 6:15 p.m.  
Families proceed to the bleachers of Wilson Field through any gates. Additional seating will be available on the field.   

This traditional event is the formal opening to Chapman’s academic year. Faculty in full regalia march in procession and President Struppa officially launches the semesterWe will be recognizing our Honorary Degree recipients and hearing the Aims of Education Inspirational Address. After Convocation, Orientation will officially begin.  

At the conclusion of this Program, families please remain seated as students exit through the North Gate and proceed to the Residence Halls for a Mandatory Residence Life Meeting if they will be living on campus or to the Starbucks Outdoor Patio for the Commuter Student Social. Once students have exited, families are welcome to attend the Wine and Cheese Reception hosted by Dr. Jerry Price, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, on Aitken Arts Plaza.   

*Note: Please be prepared for a delay between Opening Convocation and the Wine and Cheese reception. 

8:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Welcome Reception for Parents and Families
Location: Aitken Arts Plaza
Join Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Dr. Jerry Price and other new Chapman families for some relaxation and conversation.


Wednesday, August 25th  

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Pankey Visitor Lounge
Location: Argyros Forum, Pankey Visitor Lounge
Orientation Staff will be available throughout the day to answer questions regarding all events and sessions. 

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Making the Transition 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts 
Families with Last Names A-M
Join Dr. Jerry Price, Vice President and Dean of Students, Marcela Mejia-Martinez, Assistant Vice President of Admission, and Dr. DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Students for this interactive session that will introduce you to the Class of 2025/26 and the student and campus services that address and promote student safety, health and well-being.  

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Academic Life at Chapman
Location: Memorial Hall
Families with Last Names N-Z
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 and answer questions about their available resources. 

10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Office of Parent Engagement Welcome Booth
Location: Under the red canopy on the north side of Memorial Hall
Visit with the Office of Parent Engagement and the Executive Parents Ambassador Council (XPAC) members to learn more about resources for Chapman parents, tips on supporting your student for their greatest success, and how to become involved with the University. Parents can take a photo at our photo booth or join us for lawn games and participate in a special activity for their student.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Making the Transition 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts
Families with last names N-Z 
Join Dr. Jerry Price, Vice President and Dean of Students, Marcela Mejia-Martinez, Assistant Vice President of Admission, and Dr. DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Students for this interactive session that will introduce you to the Class of 2025/26 and the student and campus services that address and promote student safety, health and well-being.  

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Academic Life at Chapman
Location: Memorial Hall
Families with last names A-M
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 and answer questions about their available resources. 

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Chapman Family Lunch
Locations: Bert Williams Mall /Attallah Piazza /Gray Victory Way/Other various locations on campus
Reminder: You MUST wear a wristband to enter any meal during Orientation.
Join other new students and families for a lovely lunch. 

1:30 p.m. 2:15 p.m.
Parent Student Panel
Location: Musco Center for the Arts 
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 your questions answered. 

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Fraternity and Sorority Life Info Session
Location: Musco Center for the Arts
Come and learn about the Chapman Fraternity and Sorority community. Hear from current members, student leaders, and staff about the chapters and the benefits of this involvement opportunity.  Please bring any questions you may have. 

3:45 p.m. 4:45 p.m.
Student Business Services and Financial Aid Workshop
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404
Representatives from the Student Business Services Office and Office of Financial Aid will answer your questions regarding billing, loans, and scholarships. Both families and students are welcome to attend.  

4:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
Pre-Pharmacy (FEAP) Family Info Session 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 201
Dr. Laura Cook, Director of the Freshman Early Assurance Program, will facilitate an information session for new families to learn more about the program and how you play a role in the success of your student. 

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
College of Performing Arts Welcome Reception
Location: Lindquist Esplanade (next to Waltmar Theatre)
This reception is an opportunity to meet new students in the College of Performing Arts as well as some of the faculty and administration with whom you will be interacting while at Chapman. This reception is for declared Theater, Theater Performance, Music Education, Composition, Screen Acting, Dance, Performance, and Music majors. 

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
College/School Welcome Dinners 
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404 
Please attend dinner at the location of your student’s declared major. This is an opportunity to meet new students in your School/College as well as some of the faculty and administration with whom you will be interacting while at Chapman. Food line for groups in the Attallah Piazza, Hutton Sports Center, Aitken Arts Plaza, Gray Victory Way, Bert Williams Mall, Musco Center for the Arts, and the Performer’s Court is near Schmid Gate.  

Please note the below times are subject to change

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m:  

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Location: Attallah Piazza  
This dinner is for declared Health Sciences, Applied Human Physiology, and Psychology majors.  

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m:  

School of Communication
Location: Gray Victory Way
This dinner is for declared Communication studies, Global Communication & World Language, and Strategic & Corporate Communication. 

Fowler School of Engineering
Location: Aitken Arts Plaza
This dinner is for declared Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, and Software Engineering.  

Attallah College of Educational Studies
Location: Musco Center for the Arts, Performer’s Court
This dinner is for declared Integrated Educational Studies majors. 

Argyros School of Business and Economics
Location: Bert Williams Mall
This dinner is for declared Business Administration, Economics, and Accounting majors.  

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m:

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Location: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
This dinner is for declared Broadcast Journalism and Documentary, Creative Producing, Animation and Visual Effects, Film Production, Film Studies, Public Relations and Advertising, Screen Acting, Screenwriting, and Television Writing and Production.  

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m:

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Location: Attallah Piazza  
This dinner is for students who are declared Political Science, Peace Studies, Spanish, French, Creative Writing, English, Art, Art History, Graphic Design, Religious Studies, Sociology, and History majors.

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m:

Undeclared
Location: Bert Williams Mall
This dinner is for students who have not declared a major for the 2021-2022 academic year 

School of Pharmacy
Location: Musco Center for the Arts, Performer’s Court
This dinner is for students in the Pre-pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program.  

Schmid College of Science and Technology
Location: Aitken Arts Plaza
This dinner is for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Policy, Mathematics, Mathematics and Civil Engineering, Physics and Philosophy majors.   

7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Igniting Your Future: Candle Lighting Ceremony 
Location: Attallah Piazza
Incoming Chapman students, parents and families are invited to gather around the fountain in the Attallah Piazza to celebrate the pillars of Chapman University symbolizing our intellectual, spiritual, social and physical life. This brief ceremony will end with candle lighting as we bid goodbye to families and welcome you to the Chapman family!  

This event officially concludes Family Orientation. If available, please attend the Parent and Family Farewell Reception hosted by Dean Gail Sterns.  

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 
Parent and Family Farewell Reception 
Location: The Fish Interfaith Center
Dean Gail Stearns invites parents and new Chapman families to a Farewell reception with wine, sparkling cider and dessert following the Candle Lighting Ceremony. 

Transfer Students

Thursday, August 26th 

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Residence Life Check-In
Location: Residence Halls
(Please reference your move-in memo sent on August 2nd  

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Orientation Check-In
Location: Students – Argyros Forum, Student Union
Location: Families – Argyros Forum, Room 119A 

10:30 a.m.  11:30 a.m.
Panther Pride Brunch
Location: Bert Williams Mall 
Join other transfer students and families for a welcome brunch on the historic Bert Williams Mall. Dr. Jerry Price, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students will give the opening address.  

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Transfer Forum 
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, August 23rd)
During your Transfer Forum sessions, you will meet with your Orientation Leaders and classmates. These sessions are a time to get to know your peers, discuss Orientation events, and ask questions about life at Chapman. Please be in attendance, as your specific rotation locations will be explained in this session. 

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Departmental Major Meetings
Location: See end of schedule for your department meeting location.
Students will learn about their major and ways to be successful within their academic program. This is also an opportunity to meet staff and faculty members from your major. 

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Student Services Fair
Location: Attallah Piazza
Come mingle with other new students and families as you explore booths representing over 30 on-campus departments.  

2:45 p.m.3:30 p.m. 
Student Business Services and Financial Aid Workshop
Location:  Argyros Forum, Room 119A
Representatives from Student Business Services Office and the Financial Aid Office will answer your questions regarding billing, loans, and scholarships. Both families and students are welcome to attend. 

3:45 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Social and Academic Wellness
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, August 23rd) 
This session will aid students in their holistic wellness as an incoming student. Resources will be provided to create a greater understanding of academic resources, technological resources, and opportunities for getting involved. Learn from various campus partners and hear personal experiences from your Orientation Leaders to set yourself up for a successful year. 

4:45 p.m.5:15 p.m.
Igniting your Future: The Candle Lighting Ceremony
Location: Fashionables Courtyard (Fish Interfaith Center)
Incoming Chapman students, parents and families are invited to Fish Interfaith Center to celebrate the pillars of Chapman University symbolizing our intellectual, spiritual, social and physical life. This brief ceremony will end with candle lighting as we bid goodbye to families and welcome you to the Chapman family! 

5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Dinner
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
We Are Chapman
Location: Musco Center for the Arts; overflow seating Wallace All Faiths Chapel – Fish Interfaith Center 
Join us for a night filled with exciting performances that showcase the diverse cultures and experiences that make up the Chapman community. You will hear from your fellow students as they share their stories and experiences about their time at Chapman. Following the speeches, head out onto Aitkens Arts Plaza to enjoy the live performance of sitar player, Ronobir Lahiri. You will also participate in the beloved Chapman tradition of writing what opportunity you hope to take advantage of at Chapman on a ribbon. Orientation Leaders will collect your ribbons to tie on your class Window of Opportunity Sculpture, located in Argyros Forum Student Union.


Friday, August 27th  

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Transfer Bootcamp: Policies and Programs for Graduation Success
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 119AB
Transfer students have many challenges. This session will 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 transfer 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.  

10:15 a.m.11:35 a.m.
Becoming a Healthy Panther
Location: Memorial Hall
As a transfer student, you will be faced with many personal decisions that will impact your college experience. This MANDATORY educational program will equip you with the necessary information to make informed and healthy decisions. Don’t forget to bring your Chapman ID card to receive credit for attending! 

11:50 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. 
Wellness Collaborative Panel
Location: Memorial Hall
The Wellness at Chapman rotation takes a multidisciplinary approach to student well-being. Utilizing the 8- dimensions of well-being, the session will focus on resources available to support each dimension for Chapman students to find balance and thrive. Various Chapman departments will be represented on the panel to answer questions, highlight programming, and provide basic information about their resources on campus. 

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 
Lunch
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 
We Are Chapman: Exploring Identity and Empathy
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, August 23rd)
This MANDATORY session showcases the diverse cultures and experiences that make up the Chapman community. Chapman is as diverse as its student population. There are many things that shape who you are, which can encompass your race, gender, cultural identity, and so much more.  Collectively, you will begin to shape the Chapman culture through learning about yourself, each other, and how we all fit into and create this community. 

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
We Are Chapman: Contributing to an Inclusive Campus Community
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, August 23rd)
In this MANDATORY session, get to know campus and reflect on Chapman’s history and the varying experiences within our community! The Cross-Cultural Center Program Coordinators will lead you through a virtual tour of key locations on campus for you to have discussions on personal perspectives, resources and university policy related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

4:30 p.m.6:30pm
Black Student, Faculty, and Staff Mixer
Location: Argyros Forum, 3rd floor patio
Meet and connect with incoming and returning Black students, faculty, and staff. Great conversation, music and light refreshments will be provided. (Open to Black first year and transfer students) 

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Affinity Socials
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 304 (Cross-Cultural Center)
Come mix and mingle with other students and staff that identify with or are currently exploring a certain affinity, all while enjoying light refreshments and snacks. Students may attend and meet with as many affinity groups as they identify with. 

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m:

  • First-Generation College Students 
    • Meet other students who are the first in their family to go to college! Learn about the resources available to you and how to make the most of Chapman as a first-generation student. 
  • International Students 
    • Join us for the International Student Social.  We will get to know each other and talk about the bus & train system, nearby grocery stores, restaurants, fun things to do, etc.  Current international students and staff will be available to answer any questions/problems you may have! 
  • Spiritual Exploration Social 
    • The Fish Interfaith Center on the Chapman University campus offers opportunities for students who are interested in spirituality of any type. If you consider yourself simply a “Seeker,” curious about developing your spiritual path, practicing meditation, or learning about different religions, we have opportunities for you. If you are involved in or interested in a particular spiritual path, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, or Judaism, we can connect you with student groups to pursue your faith journey. We have particular programs for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), United Church of Christ, Latter-day Saints, Catholic, non-denominational and other Christian students as well. Finally, our beautiful Wallace All Faiths Chapel, located in the Fish Interfaith Center, is here for your use! Come and meet our staff and find out about programs and space available at Chapman for you! 
  • Students with Disabilities 
    • This social is an opportunity for our incoming students with disabilities to network, ask questions, and dialogue as we enjoy each other’s company and experience. This will be a great time to gather to begin the process of building a community within the Chapman community and discovering the resources available to you as you navigate your college experience.  

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m:

  • LGBTQIA+ Community 
    • Chapman’s LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex & Asexual) staff, faculty and students are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2023 into our open and welcoming community!  This social will provide a chance for new students to explore ways to get involved in the LGBTQIA+ community here on campus through organizations such as Chapman Feminists, Queer and Trans People of Color Collective (QTPOC) and Queer Straight Alliance (QSA), mix and mingle with other like-minded individuals, and begin building a network of support to enrich their Chapman experience. 
  • Students Who Identify as Women  
    • Come to this social for the chance to network with women who have the potential to affect Chapman University in a positive and significant way. Women are shifting both the academic and work world and this social is a great way to meet your peers, start the process of supporting one another, and learn about the resources Chapman has to help you successfully navigate your college career. 
  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Community 
    • This social is an opportunity for our incoming students of color to network, ask questions, and dialogue as we enjoy each other’s company and experience. This will be a great time to gather to begin the process of building a community within the Chapman community. 

 

6:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Orientation Shabbat Dinner and Service
Location: Wallace All Faiths Chapel
Sponsored by The Fish Interfaith Center and Chapman Hillel
All students are welcome to celebrate with Rabbi Corie, Chapman’s Director of Jewish Life, and Chapman Hillel at our first Shabbat of the year.  We’ll begin with our lively, egalitarian service at the Fish Interfaith Center followed by a delicious dinner. Students will learn about upcoming events, will meet current students and make new friends. 

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Mix & Mingle
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404
You are cordially invited to an evening of Panther fun! Join us on campus for appetizers, games, and socializing with your fellow Transfer students. It can be uneasy coming to a new school, but this event is sure to be filled with great food and even better company.   

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dinner
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
UPB and Orientation Presents… Club Disco
Location: Argyros Forum, Student Union
Dust off your dancing shoes! We’re going all out for a night filled with shimmering disco balls, groovy dancing, and iconic arcade games. Arrive on Friday night to Argyros Forum to experience the VIP Disco experience. Grab your friends, don your grooviest throwback fit and have a marvelous night at Club Disco! 


Saturday, August 28th  

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. 
Yoga on the Lawn 
Location: Bert Williams Mall (Memorial Lawn) 
Join Fitness and Recreation Services for our first Yoga on the Lawn of the school year! Bring your yoga mat or towel and a friend and join our GroupX leaders for a free yoga session. 

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Brunch
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Regional Receptions
Chapman is lucky to have students come from across the United States. Attend one of these receptions to meet students from your region, learn about the “must-sees” in Southern California, and find out about locales that will surely remind you of home! 

  • Pacific Northwest  
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 201 
  •  Mountain States 
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 211 
  • Southwest 
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 207 
  • Midwest 
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 206C 
  • Northeast 
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 208 
  • South 
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 202 
  • Pacific Ocean 
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 209AB  
  • Northern California 
    • Location: Argyros Forum, Room 206AB 
  • Southern California 
    • Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404 

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Italian Studies Mixer
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404
Open to students taking an Italian Studies course in the Fall. You are invited to attend the Italian Studies Dessert Bash! At the onset of your journey through Italian language and culture, we wish to provide you with all necessary guidance, support and introduce you to the lively community of our program. Attendance in this event will count as out-of-class participation points. 

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Fall Kick-Off!
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404
Kickstart your year with music, games, appetizers, and mingling with your incoming class! This will be a night you do not want to miss.


Sunday, August 29th  

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Spirituality Matters! A Mindfulness, Labyrinth, and Interfaith Experience
Location: Wallace All Faiths Chapel 
Join the Chapman community to see how you can explore meaning and purpose at Chapman, whether you are secular, spiritual or religious. If you consider yourself a “spiritual seeker” curious about developing your spiritual path, are interested in practicing meditation or learning about different religions or are committed to a certain spiritual or religious path, we have opportunities for you. Commemorate the beginning of your Chapman experience with an interfaith celebration, mindfulness meditation and labyrinth walk led by student leaders and the chaplain staff of the Fish Interfaith Center. The Fish Interfaith Center is here to help you shape your unique spiritual journey. 

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Brunch
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

6:00 p.m.  – 9:00 p.m.
Resident Community Meeting (Residential Students Only)
Location: Your Apartment Community
You will meet with your Resident Advisor to cover important community information. Talk to your Resident Advisor about your specific meeting time and location. 


Departmental Major Meeting Locations

Argyros School of Business and Economics
Accounting: Hashinger Science Center, Room 150 (Irvine Lecture Hall)
Business Administration: Hashinger Science Center, Room 150 (Irvine Lecture Hall)
Economics: Hashinger Science Center, Room 150 (Irvine Lecture Hall) 

Attallah College of Educational Studies:
Integrated Educational Studies: Doti Hall, Room 101 

College of Performing Arts: 
Dance: Partridge Dance Center, Room 112 
Music: Oliphant Hall, Room 101D
Theatre: Moulton Hall, Room 136
Screen Acting: Moulton hall, Room 136 

Crean College
Health Sciences: Crean Hall, Room 112
Applied Human Physiology: Crean Hall, Room 112
Psychology: Crean Hall, Room 149

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts:
Film Studies: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Public Relations and Advertising: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Screenwriting: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Creative Producing: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Animation and Visual Effects: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Film Production: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Broadcast Journalism and Documentary: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
TV Writing & Production: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios 

Schmid College of Science and Technology
Biological Sciences: Keck Center, Room 337
Environmental Science and Policy: Keck Center, Room 337
Chemistry: Keck Center, Room 337
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Keck Center, Room 337
Mathematics: Keck Center, Room 337
Math and Civil Engineering: Keck Center, Room 337
Physics: Keck Center, Room 337
Philosophy: Meeting with Department Chair

Fowler School of Engineering: 
Software Engineering: Beckman Hall, Room 202
Computer Science: Beckman Hall, Room 202
Electrical Engineering: Beckman Hall, Room 202
Data Science: Beckman Hall, Room 202
Computer Engineering: Beckman Hall, Room 202 

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences:
English: Doti Hall, Room 102
Creative Writing: Doti Hall, Room 102
History: Doti Hall, Room 104
French: DeMille Hall 120G
Spanish: DeMille Hall 120G
Political Science: Doti Hall, Room 105
Peace Studies: Roosevelt Hall, Room 203
Religious Studies: Meeting with Department Chair
Sociology: Doti Hall, Room 201
Art: Moulton Hall, Room 213
Art History: Moulton Hall, Room 213
Graphic Design: Moulton Hall, Room 213 
Global Communication and World Language: Argyros Forum, Room 201 

Undeclared:
Argyros Forum, Room 119A 

School of Communication:
Communication: Argyros Forum, Room 201
Strategic and Corporate Communication: Argyros Forum, Room 201
Global Communication and World Language: Argyros Forum, Room 201 

Transfer Families

Thursday, August 26th 

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Residence Life Check-In 
Location: Apartment Communities
(Students should reference their move-in memo sent from their Area Coordinator or Residential Graduate Assistant on August 2nd) 

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Orientation Check-in
Location: Students – Argyros Forum, Student Union
Location: Families – Argyros Forum, 119A 

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Pankey Visitor Lounge
Location: Argyros Forum, Pankey Visitor Lounge
Orientation Staff will be available throughout the day to answer questions regarding all events and sessions. 

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Panther Pride Brunch
Location: Bert Williams Mall 
Join other transfer students and families for a welcome brunch on the historic Bert Williams Mall. Dr. Jerry Price, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students will give the opening address.  

11:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Office of Parent Engagement Welcome Booth
Location: Under the red canopy on the north side of Memorial Hall
Visit with the Office of Parent Engagement and the Executive Parents Ambassador Council (XPAC) members to learn more about resources for Chapman parents, tips on supporting your student for their greatest success, and how to become involved with the University. Parents can take a photo at our photo booth or join us for lawn games and participate in a special activity for their student.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Just for Families 
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404
Join Dr. DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Students, for this interactive session that will introduce you to student services that address and promote student safety, health and well-being. 

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Academic Partnerships 
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404
Join 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 to learn about the key student services that will help promote your student’s academic success at Chapman.  

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Parent Student Panel
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404
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 your questions answered.  

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Student Services Fair
Location: Attallah Piazza
Come mingle with other new students and families as you explore booths representing over 30 on-campus departments.   

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Student Business Services and Financial Aid Workshop
Location: Argyros Forum, 119A 
Representatives from the Student Business Services Office and the Financial Aid Office will answer your questions regarding billing, loans, and scholarships. Both families and students are welcome to attend. 

4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Igniting your Future: The Candle Lighting Ceremony
Location: The Fashionables Courtyard; Fish Interfaith Center
Incoming Chapman students, parents and families are invited to Fish Interfaith Center to celebrate the pillars of Chapman University symbolizing our intellectual, spiritual, social and physical life. This brief ceremony will end with candle lighting as we bid goodbye to families and welcome you to the Chapman family! 

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. 
Parent and Family Farewell Reception 
Location: The Fashionables Courtyard; Fish Interfaith Center
Dean Gail Stearns invites parents and new Chapman families to a Farewell reception with wine, sparkling cider and dessert following the Candle Lighting Ceremony. 

Get Ready for Orientation!

Parking and Directions

Commuter Students, Families, Parents, and other orientation guests please park in the Barrera or Lastinger Parking Structures and not in the surrounding community. Citations will be issued if cars are parked in reserved or fire lanes, double parked vehicles, vehicles parked in areas not designated for parking, and or unauthorized vehicles in spots marked for people with disabilities.

Meet Your Orientation Leaders

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! 

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