Thursday, March 31, 2011

ALUMNI NEWS: Jennifer Gish wins national award

Jennifer Gish's ('09, BA in English, journalism emphasis) headline, "Facebook a friend again," was part of The Orange County Register staff entry that won the American Copy Editors Society's 2011 headline contest.

They earned first place in their division: newspapers with circulations between 160,001 and 240,000.

The judges said: "This choice wasn’t close for any of us, really. Orange County’s staff said a lot in a few words, and their entry was consistent: Each hed popped. We liked that they submitted heds across several sections of the paper, showing that they don’t rely on one or two headline stars."

For more information, go to the American Copy Editors Society website at

Congratulations Jennifer!

FACULTY NEWS: English Department

Scott Martelle, adjunct faculty for the English Department, was featured in the Sunday, March 27, 2011 edition of the Los Angeles Times Opinion Section.

His article titled, "The collapse of Detroit" De-industrialization, racism, stagnation — is the Motor City our future?" is about vacant homes, businesses and factories in Detroit. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Data there has been a 25 percent drop in the population in the last decade.

Take a look ...  

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

EVENT NEWS: MAIS Information Session (WITH PIZZA), Apr. 7

Interested in a Global Career?

Learn more about Chapman's M.A. in International Studies at the information session on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7:15 p.m. in Beckman Hall 209. You will have the opportunity to meet faculty and students currently involved in the program and hear about all the exciting things they are doing!

Pizza will be provided!

Learn more about MAIS online!

Monday, March 28, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Junior Graphic Design Show, Mar. 28-31

The Department of Art invites you to the Junior Graphic Design Show ... FLOAT, opening today at 5:30 p.m. and continuing through March 31, 2011, from noon - 5 p.m. in the Guggenheim Gallery.

Featuring works from the following: Keri Kubota, Breanna Rawding, Ali Labelle, Rachael Morello, Kelsi Mathey, Becca Shead, Jamie Nordella, Kristen Lee, Hannah Cates, Kailah Ogawa, Kelly Misenhimer, Devin Valdivia, Michelle Billings, Anton Warkentin.

EVENT NEWS: Dr. Michelle Miller-Day, Mar. 28

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Department of Communication Studies Presents:

Just say “NO”? :
Primary prevention of adolescent substance use via a communication-based prevention curriculum

with ...
Dr. Michelle Miller-Day

Dr. Michelle Miller-Day is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State.  Her research examines interpersonal and family communication variables related to problem behavior such as substance abuse and suicide.  The Pennsylvania State University’s Qualitative Research Group is organized under the direction of Dr. Miller-Day and she is currently the Principle Qualitative Investigator of a National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA] funded line of research—the Drug Resistance Strategies Project and has served as the primary qualitative methodologist for this research for the past 20 years. This work has developed one of the most successful evidence-based substance use prevention programs in the United States (see SAMSHA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Prevention and Practice).
Dr. Miller-Day is the author of 3 published books, numerous articles in professional journals such as the Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Dr. Miller-Day's research has been highlighted in the popular press in outlets such as Glamour Magazine and Redbook. Additionally, she has held leadership positions in both the Family Communication and Applied Communication Divisions of the National Communication Association.

Monday, March 28, 2011
4 p.m.—Argyros Forum, 209B

Thursday, March 24, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Alpha-Mu-Gamma Conference Was A Rousing Success

From left: Brooke Nelson, Alex Dinges,
Professor William Cumiford and Erika Carrol
The Third Annual Alpha Mu Gamma Conference, which was held on Saturday, March 19, 2011 was a rousing success.  Chapman's history majors have been working tirelessly in anticipation of presenting their papers at our annual conference.  This conference was originally founded to better prepare seniors for participation in the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, which will be held here at Chapman on April 9, 2011.  There were 19 Senior Seminar participants this time around.  In addition to our seniors, there were also eight papers given by other History majors and one discussion section on the Vietnam War led by Kirsten Moore, the president of our Alpha Mu Gamma chapter.  Thirty-two paper commentators came from the History Department's two Historian's Craft classes.  There were over 70 people in attendance, including parents, relatives and friends of the participants. 

Special thanks to the officers of our Alpha Mu Gamma PAT Chapter, especially Erika Carrol, Kirsten Moore, Chelsea Judy and Priya Shah, for all of their hard work in making the conference possible.  We would also like to thank the panel chairs - Brenda Farrington, Randolph Boyd, Alexander Bay, Robert Slayton, Carolyn Vieira-Martinez and William Cumiford.  The seniors would also like to send a special thank you to Drs. Slayton and Estes for their role in supporting and preparing the students throughout their senior seminar courses. 

Now, on to the Regional!

Monday, March 21, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Japan Earthquake Relief, March 24

Come support the Chapman Japanese Club on March 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the Piazza to raise money for the victims of the recent earthquake in Japan.
There will be performances as well as an opportunity to buy pins and wristbands!

STUDENT NEWS: Grad Student Awarded a Fulbright Grant

Grad Student Tracey Swan (pictured left) is currently completing the dual MA/MFA Degree in Wilkinson College English Department here at Chapman University and was recently awarded a Fulbright Grant. Congratulations, Tracey!

A little bit about her ...
Using the pseudonym Trace Sheridan, Tracey Swan's prose, poetry, and photography have been published in the US and UK and can be found in journals such as 55 Words, BluePrintReview, Nerve House, apt., Mud Luscious, Cautionary Tale, Static Movement, All Things Girl, and Libbon among others.
She is the co-founding editor of 34thParallel, a quarterly print magazine that features fiction, poetry, photography and interviews with new and emerging writers and artists and a recent recipient Chapman University's Chancellor's Graduate Scholarly Research Grant, a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Tau Delta.
Tracey received her BA in English and MA in Women's and Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and is currently completing the dual MA/MFA here at Chapman University. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature after completing her Fulbright Fellowship researching the performance of race, gender, and sexuality during the Jazz Age in Paris.

Friday, March 18, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Graphic Design Junior Show, Mar. 21 - 25

Chapman University Department of Art presents the Graphic Design Junior Show, Monday, March 21 - Friday, March 25, 2011 in Chapman University’s Guggenheim Gallery. 

Gallery Hours are Monday -Thursday, 12 - 5 p. m. Opening reception is on March 21, 2011, from 5-9 p.m.

Designers: Noah Fell, Lisa Horn, Sabrina Davis, Breehn Sasaki, Roger Dumas, Eliot Spaulding, Ashley Oster, and Katrina Chen.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

EVENT NEWS: 8th International Poetry Reading, Apr. 6 (deadline Mar. 18)

Poetry and the Arts are by nature intertwined: many poems have been written inspired by a famous work of art; works of art have been painted, sculpted or sketched inspired by famous poems; com-posers have created musical pieces based on a poem and poets have been inspired by music.

The International Poetry Reading, 2011 invites the campus community to submit a poem ( in any language other than English) related to the arts by a well-known poet in his/her original language along with the English translation. (the name of the translator of the poem should be included.). 

Please include an image of the work of art or the name of the musical composition/composer which is related to the poem.

Also include a short biography (2-3 sentences, name, birth date, country of origin etc.) of the poet.


Faculty in the Dept. of Languages will select poems for presentation in their original language and in English so that a variety of languages are represented at this year’s reading.

Monday, March 14, 2011

DEPARTMENT NEWS: Commpost Magazine, Fall 2010

Commpost Magazine, Issue 9 is here! What is Commpost Magazine you ask? It's a newspaper focusing solely on the world of graphic design and the department. It's a post-communication, publication.

Every event, new professor, show, opportunity, and change is conveyed to our readers each semester through this paper run and created by graphic design students and professors.

Click here to download a copy, and if you would like to subscribe, please email Alison Conners, Graphic Design Club Communication Chair at or Professor Chimenti at

EVENT NEWS: Visual Arts Speaker Series, Ron Leland, March 16

Chapman University Visual Arts Speaker Series Presents Ron Leland, Graphic Designer on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in Moulton Hall, Room 213 at  7 p.m.

As a Brand Architect, Ron Leland worked with clients to extract their true brand essence, and then define a clear message that engages their customers. He directed his team in developing Big Picture concepts that become design and communication tools. Once he launched these print, packaging, event or web-based tools, he ultimately elevated his client’s brand equity. He studied and practiced architecture, which has given him a unique perspective on how to build a brand. To him, understanding building materials, knowing how far to push creative nuances, and ensuring that the final product can be realized are valuable skills that translate directly into his personal approach to his clients’ projects. In his view, Brand Architecture involves an intentional approach to problem-solving. Compared to a conventional “designer” approach, architecture is a more precise way to build a brand. His clients prefer this approach, and his dialogue throughout the collaborative process ensures that they are pleased with the results he achieves.

This event is free and open to t\he public. For more information, please call 714.997.6729.
Art Department ...

EVENT NEWS: Panel Discussion: The Nature of Reality - With Deepak Chopra, March 31

The interdisciplinary panel "Nature of Reality" will take place at the Folino Theater on March 31, 2011 at 6 p.m.. The event is organized by the Schmid College of Science in partnership with the Dodge College and the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Chapman Chancellor, Dr. Daniele Struppa and feature guest speakers including noted bestselling author Deepak Chopra (pictured right) and Michael Shermer, founding editor of Skeptic Magazine, among others. The panel discussion will start by asking two questions, "Is there an Ultimate Reality?" and if yes, "Can it be accounted for by science such as mathematics, biology and physics?"

The panelists will address the questions, then they will be given a chance to respond to each other and interact, followed by opening up the floor to Q&A from the audience. We expect a variety of views from science, and philosophy and the event will be lively and informative. The panelists are practicing scientists, authors, health professionals as well as experts in philosophical systems from different fields. As the two main paradigms in science are, in a broad sense, the physical and the biological, these questions will be addressed by both physicists and biologists/M.D.'s as well as other experts. The role of mathematics as the fundamental language of nature, quantum measurements, philosophical approaches, biological, psychological and neuroscience findings for brain and mind, are all possible discussion points.

 Off-campus guests $25, Chapman Faculty/Staff/Students are free. For more information, please contact Ashley Melton at 714.289.2040 or email her at,

EVENT NEWS: Pub(lishing) Crawl, March 30

Chapman University Creative Writing Program Pub Crawl (...or CUCWPPC, which very nearly works as an acronym if you're Welsh and/or not entirely sober...) will take place on Wednesday, March 30 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. An array of writers and editors of short fiction, poetry, novels, creative non-fiction, feature articles, plays and screenplays will offer advice, war stories, and a glimpse into what it takes to interest published of all varieties in your work.

This is a free event and refreshments will be provided. For more information, or to read up on the participants, click here.

EVENT NEWS: John Fowles Literary Forum with Assaf Gavron, March 21

Assaf Gavron, winner of Israel’s Prime Minister Creative Award for Authors for 2011, has published four novels, a collection of short stories, and a non-fiction collection of Jerusalem falafel-joint reviews and will be here on Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Doy and Dee Henley Reading Room, Leatherby Libraries to talk about it all as part of the John Fowles Literary Forum Series

His work has been translated into German, Russian, Italian, French, English, Dutch and Greek. His most recent novel, "Almost Dead," was translated to English in April 2010 and has been reviewed as a, “darkly funny novel about suicide bombing,” by Geraldine Brooks, author of Pulitzer Prize winner “March”.

Gavron was the chief writer of the prize-winning computer game Peacemaker, and has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines, writing on subjects from sports to politics, and from music to food. Not only is Gavron a successful, accomplished author, he is also the captain of Israel’s national writers’ and poets’ soccer team and is the singer and main songwriter of cult pop group The Foot and Mouth, with their next album to be released in 2013.

This even is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Tracey Swan at 714.532.6026 or email her at

For more on the John Fowles Literary Forum, click here.

EVENT NEWS: Art, Theatre, Reality? March 17

Reception and Talk:
Art, Theatre, Reality? An Opening and Closing Discussion
Celebrate the opening night of the Department of Theatre’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile and the closing night of the art exhibition Measure for Measure at a reception and talk in the Guggenheim Gallery.  Enjoy an art exhibition that plays with our perceptions and sense of reality and an evening of theatre that does the same through a comedic and imaginative meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso.  5:30pm: Reception.  6:30 pm: Q & A with Lisa Randall and Lia Halloran, co-curators for Measure for Measure.  7:00 pm: Discussion about art and science in Picasso at the Lapin Agile with director Nina LeNoir, and Wendy Salmond and Stephen Polcari of the Department of Art.  Admission is free.  Location: Guggenheim Gallery.

Wilkinson Art Department ...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Poetry Week at Chapman University, Apr. 4-7

Monday, April 4:

Poetry Reading on, 1-2 p.m.  Undergraduate students in poetry writing will read work in this special broadcast.

Erri De Luca, 7-8:30 p.m., Henley Reading Room. Poet and prose writer Erri De Luca will read as part of the Fowles Reading Series.

Tuesday, April 5:

The Victorians' Secret, 1-2:15 p.m., Fish Interfaith Center. Join Dr. Richard Ruppel, Dr. Wendy Salmond, Professor Margaret Dehning, and student Robin Yokel to discover the Victorians' best-kept secrets in poetry, art, and music.

Orange County High School for the Arts Student Reading, 3-4:30 p.m., Malloy Performance Portico, Leatherby Libraries
. OCHSA will come to Chapman University to share their poetry. 

MFA Students Reading, 5-6:30 p.m., Malloy Performance Portico, Leatherby Libraries.

Poetry, Music, Art: A Celebration to Benefit St. Lucia, 7-9 p.m., Malloy Performance Portico, Leatherby Libraries.
Come celebrate the poetry, music, and art of St. Lucia, which was devastated by a hurricane last year. Tabula Poetica's Graduate Assistant Natalie d'Auvergne (shown in video to right), who hails from the island country, is the event's organizer.

Wednesday, April 6:

The Art of Poetry, Poetry and the Arts: An International Poetry Reading, 4-6 p.m., Beckman 404. International Poetry Reading.
"Howl": A Beat Reading, 7-8 p.m., Beckman 404. Join students in the M.A. and M.F.A. programs for a reading of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl."

Thursday, April 7:

Poetry as Decadence!, 1-2:15 p.m., Smith Hall 217. Join Wilkinson College Dean Patrick Quinn for a reading and discussion of the decadence movement.
The Poetry Revival Master Class (by invitation only), 1-2:15 p.m.
Poetry Invasion, 3:30-4 p.m., public spaces on campus. Spontaneous poetry bursts forth!
The Poetry Revival Concert, 4-6 p.m., Atallah Piazza. See the international performance group The Poetry Revival dance and sing.

EVENT NEWS: Alpha-Mu-Gamma Conference, Mar. 19

Alpha-Mu-Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at Chapman University is hosting a conference on March 19, 2011 in Beckman Hall 209-212 for Phi Alpha Theta members to present their undergraduate research papers to junior history majors and history faculty.

This purpose of this event is to prepare these students for the 2011 Southern California Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference on April 9.

The 28 Phi Alpha Theta members attending will present their undergraduate research papers and receive  feedback from their peers and professors.

For more information about this conference, please contact Professor and Chair of the History Department at Chapman University, Jennifer Keene at 714.744.2102 or  

More History News ...

EVENT NEWS: A Night With ... Abraham Lincoln (Richard Doetkott), Apr. 7

On Thursday, April 7, 2011, Abraham Lincoln (played by Oralists Richard Doetkott, Professor of Communication Studies), former President of the United States, with his secretary, John Hay (played by Lance Lockwood Professor of Speech Communication at Santa Ana College, RSCCD), will discuss the Gettysburg Address to clear up some common misunderstandings about the actual event.

For the very first time on the West Coast, photographs taken on the day of the Address and during the Civil War, will be displayed, in full 3D, as they were meant to be shown when they were taken by the wet plate photographers of the period. Stereo spectacles will be provided.

This free event starts at 7 p.m. and will follow with a light reception. For more information, please contact Virginia Halverson at 714.628.7355 or

Monday, March 7, 2011

EVENT NEWS: English Department & Tabula Poetica presents, Lynn Emanuel, Mar. 14

The Department of English and Tabula Poetica presents, Lynn Emanuel, author of Noose and Hook and two-time NEA Fellowship Recipient. Monday, March 14 at 10 a.m. in the Wallace All-Faiths Chapel.

Emanuel is the winner of the 1992 National Poetry Series Open Competition for The Dig, and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have been published in literary magazines and journals including (but not limited to) Parnassus, The American Poetry Review and Poetry.

For more information, please contact the Department of English at 714.997.6750.

Friday, March 4, 2011

FACULTY NEWS: Movers and Shakers

Lia Halloran, assistant professor, Department of Art, Wilkinson College, had artwork included in the exhibition “Universe City” at Cal State Los Angeles, Jan. 29-Feb. 26. Halloran was also one of the presenters for X-TRA/ LACMA, 1IMAGE/ 1MINUTE event on Friday January 28th for the Los Angeles Art Fair based on X-TRA column by Micol Hebron.

Kerk F. Kee, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College, published: The dialectical tensions in the funding infrastructure of cyberinfrastructure. Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 19(3), 283-308; and Cyberinfrastructure inside out: Definitions and influences shaping its emergence, development, and implementation In D. Araya, Y. Breindl & T. Houghton (Eds.), Nexus: New intersections in Internet research (pp. 157-189). New York: Peter Lang.

Alexandro Segade, assistant professor, Department of Art, Wilkinson College, and his performance art group, My Barbarian, led a workshop and perform Post-Living Ante-Action Theater, an original performance form developed by the company, which evolves from their own interdisciplinary practice as well as two avant-garde collectives of the 1960′s — New York’s Living Theatre and Munich’s Action-Theater at The 32nd Rhubarb Festival, a major performance art festival in Toronto Feb. 16-20. This interdisciplinary performance was co-presented with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, in partnership with b current, Cahoots Theatre Company, fu-GEN Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts and The Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at University of Toronto.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

COLLEGE NEWS: Asian Studies minor approved; open house scheduled for April

A new minor in Asian Studies has been approved and will launch in the fall, Chapman University sources say, and will be introduced with an open house event this April.

On Wednesday, April 27 at 3 p.m., the Asian Studies Minor Open House in the Bush Conference Center, Beckman Hall 404, will feature a keynote talk, “Asian Studies in an Era of Shape-Shifting Disciplines,” by Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Ph.D., UC Irvine professor of history and editor of the Journal of Asian Studies.  This will be followed by a panel discussion on the current status and future of Asian studies at Chapman, featuring a group of Chapman’s own Asian Studies faculty: Alex Bay, Catherine Li, Rei Magosaki, Nancy Martin, Noel Murray, Susan Paterno and Richard Turner, moderated by Wenshan Jia.

Read more in Happenings.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Measure for Measure, curated by Lisa Randall & Lia Halloran, Mar. 2-16

Measure for Measure is an essay that was famously adapted into the 1977 short film "Powers of 10" by the architects and artists, Charles and Ray Eames which also emphasizes the body's relationship to scale and our desire to identify the boundaries of the very large and very small. Although the range between these two boundaries is conceptually dramatic, artists have many ways to show relationship, consistency and parallels in structure and form that are worlds away in size. Our relationship to the scale of things can makes us question and perceive the world in new and various ways. Recognizable objects and spaces in architecture and nature get reinterpreted and reinvigorated in our thoughts and perceptions when viewed from a different vantage point or a shift in scale. This show explores both how scale affects what things are as well as the various ways people and artists recognize and represent scale at numerous levels. This exhibit was originally installed at the Los Angeles Art Association, 825 Gallery in Los Angeles, a non-profit space that focuses on emerging artists.

This exhibit is curated by Lisa Randall & Lia Halloran and features: Elizabeth Tobias, Susan Sironi, Katrina McElroy, Meeson Pae Yang, Felicity Nove, Barbara Parmet and Zig Gron beginning Wednesday, March 2 through Wednesday, March 16 in Guggenheim Gallery. For more information, please call 714.997.6729.

EVENT NEWS: Ocean Robbins is coming to Chapman, Apr. 14

Ocean Robbins
Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences celebrates Earth Week with a special visit by renowned author, speaker and movement builder Ocean Robbins, When Hope Takes a Stand: Living with Purpose and Passion in Challenging Times, Thursday, Apr. 14.

Robbins will share insights and inspiration from his decades of work with young leaders worldwide by discussing hope, leadership, building bridges across historic divides, and the unique significance of this moment in history. You will be informed, inspired and empowered with his motivation and passion in making a positive impact in the world today.

This is one event you don't want to miss!

Thursday, April 14, 2011
4 p.m.
Sandhu Conference Center D
For more information, please call 714.997.6947 or go to

FACULTY NEWS: Professor Berens, Assistant Professor of Art, opens up "Of No Particular Interest"

Installation View.

In February 2011, Stephen Berens, assistant professor Department of Art, opened Of No Particular Interest (A Direct Comparison), a site-specific installation in Los Angeles, 5102 Townsend Avenue. This installation consists of two 2’ x 16’ panoramic photographs shot at different times of day (pictured left). The framing of the panoramas was determined by the view out of the large windows of the building itself, allowing for a direct comparison between the images and the view from within the site itself. The installation brings into crisp focus the differences inherent in the experience of viewing photographs of the world versus the experience of the world itself.

This projects bring up the question, how do photographs transform even the most mundane place into something interesting? And, if they do, does it make any difference what we photograph?

If you would like to visit the exhibition, you can contact Professor Berens directly (visits are by appointment only) at 

View more photos of this exhibit.