Thursday, May 26, 2011

COLLEGE NEWS: Batik paitings donated to Wilkinson College

Chapman University’s 2010- 2011 visiting Fulbright Faculty Scholar, Binlan Huang, Ph.D, recently donated two pieces of batik art paintings to Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Left to right: Dr. Wenshan Jia, Dr. Binlan Huang
and Steve Harvath pose with batik painting gift.
The two pieces of identical art are by an unknown local folk artist from the Zhuang ethnic minority, the biggest minority group in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southwest of China. The background of the painting is the world famous Li River in Guilin City of Guangxi, and the picture shows the joyful daily life of the local Zhuang people along the river.

Wax resist dyeing technique in fabric is an ancient art form. It has been practiced by the ethnic Zhuang people since the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE). The traditional costumes of the Zhuang people are made up of decorative fabrics, which they achieve by pattern weaving and wax resist. They decorate hemp and cotton by applying hot wax then dipping the cloth in an indigo dye. The cloth is then used to clothe the human body, and its uses also include furnishing fabrics, heavy canvas wall hangings, tablecloths and household accessories. Batik techniques are used by famous artists to create batik paintings, which grace many homes and offices.

Dr. Huang is Professor of Pragmatics and Intercultural Communication at the College of International Studies, Guangxi University, People’s Republic of China.  She received her Ph.D. at the University of Warwick, U.K., and has published on pragmatics, intercultural communication and foreign-language teaching methodology.  Her Fulbright-funded research is intercultural communication.

Monday, May 23, 2011

STUDENT NEWS: MFA student's poem published

MFA student Calvin Pennix ('11) recently learned that his poems, "Lost in the Cycle in the Cycle" and "I Leave You with a Blemish" will be appearing in the June 2011 issue of UCITY Review, which will be both online and print.

His two other poems, "Exalted in Beginnings" and "Ruptures with Spontaneity," will be appearing in A Few Lines Magazine.

Congratulations, Calvin!

EVENT NEWS: Carson Gladson, June 12 - July 14

Chapman University's Guggenheim Gallery proudly announces an exhibition of the paintings and drawings of 1961 Department of Art alumnus.

CARSON GLADSON - The Musical Improvisations of the American Landscape, June 12 - July 14, 2011.

Please join us at the opening reception, open to the public, for the artist on Sunday, June 12, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Summer Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Art Department ...

STUDENT NEWS: OCICA Italian poetry contest

Dr. Robert Buranello's ITAL343 class participated in the first annual OCICA Italian poetry contest on May 1, 2011 and also covered the event for L'Italo-Americano, the weekly bilingual (Italian-English) newspaper founded in 1908 in Los Angeles Country.

Check out article here.

Friday, May 20, 2011

STUDENT NEWS: Wilkinson student accepted into Marquettte

Congratulations are in order for Collin Pointon (double major in English literature and Philosophy).

He has been accepted into the MA in Philosophy program at Marquette University and will be starting in the fall.

ALUMNI NEWS: Mary Plummer ('07) shines in the NYT, May 18

Please join me in congratulating journalism alum and former Panther Editor-in-Chief  Mary Plummer ('07) whose piece on aging appeared in the New York Times May 18.

Click here to Read!

After earning her MSJ from Columbia University, Mary completed a fellowship with ABC News in London and is now working with ABC News in Los Angeles.

To learn more about Mary’s career since she left Chapman and for her contact info,  logon to her website:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

STUDENT NEWS: Students receive highest honors at the 2011 Campus Leadership Awards

Mark Johnston ('11) and Liz Ficken ('11) were awarded with two of the university's most prestigious student leadership awards.

Johnston won the Cheverton Award, the highest honor for a student. In addition to academic accomplishments, awardees must demonstrate a “high moral character” and “represent the spirit of Chapman University.”

Ficken won the Gloria and Julian Peterson Award, awarded to one graduating senior for his or her outstanding and distinguished leadership.
Learn more about the Campus Leadership awards here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

FACULTY NEWS: Professor Lehnhof's personal essay in CHE

Kent Lehnhof, associate professor of English, has published a personal essay about commencement in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Friday, May 13, 2011

STUDENT NEWS: Students receive the Vice Chancellor's Award

 Amanda Schat Totman, Noelle Hum, and
Dr. Jennifer Bevan pose with their award winning poster.
Five undergraduate Communication Studies majors, led by Noelle Hum, Chapman's 2011 Huntington Award winner for outstanding scholarship and the Communication Studies 2010-2011 Outstanding Senior Award winner, have their capstone course research in press at the journal Computers in Human Behavior, a peer-reviewed psychology journal.

The article analyzes Facebook profile photographs as an example of online identity management. Check it out!  

On Wednesday, May 11, the poster for this study received the Vice Chancellor's Award at Chapman's Undergraduate Research Fair.

On Behalf of Wilkinson College, congratulations to all involved!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

FACULTY NEWS: Embassy video highlights professor’s Fulbright research

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the US-Australia Fulbright Program, the U.S. Embassy in Canberra posted video interviews with Fulbright Scholars involved in research exchanges between the two nations, including that of Jennifer D. Keene, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of History.

The video was taped at the Australian Defence Force Academy, where Dr. Keene had her office while on a 2008-2009 Fulbright to research the Australian experience during World War I. Dr. Keene is a specialist in American military experience during World War I.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

STUDENT NEWS: Chapman Leadership Awards

Last week, Sigma Tau Delta was one of two recipients  in the Academic/Honorary/Professional and Political category to win the the Campus Leadership Award for Outstanding Student Organization.

The Chapman Outstanding Organization Award is given to organizations that have been actively involved in the campus community and are being recognized for all of their hard work and achievements.

Also taking home leadership awards were English majors Andrew Mauzey and Tracey Swan for Outstanding Graduate Students.

Congrats to all the winners!

STUDENT NEWS: Social Sciences Awards Ceremony, May 6

On Friday, May 6, 2011, the annual 2011 Ludie and David C. Henley Social Sciences Awards Ceremony for Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences took place Sandhu Conference Center.

Below is a list of the student winners.

On behalf of Wilkinson College, congratulations!

Communication Studies:
For academic achievement in Communication Studies: Kyle Aldridge, Allyson Bass, LauraJean Berger, Lauren Bruschi, Kathleen Castro, Brian Chandra, Diana Chao, Caitlin Di Fede, Kelli Dobbins, Michelle Freeman, Mary Gardiner, Noelle Hum, Raose Urbanovich, Amanda Totman, Hannah Thomas, Ashley Tecson, Heather Silveira, Anne Portwood, William Miller, Jake McIntyre, Shea Ledbetter, Mallory Jackson, Alexandra Kiesselbach, Daniel Kalahele, Kylie Latham
Richard Watson Outstanding Student Award: Nicole Hum
Bill Womack Inspirational Senior Award: Jake McIntyre
Pat Doetkott Award: Michelle Freeman
Outstanding Contribution to Chapman Radio: Tiffany Corlin

History Department:
Academic achievement in History: Alissa Caton, Laura Hennem, Mark Johnston, Chelsea Judy, Kirsten Moore, Elizabeth Parker
History Award for Academic Excellence: Kirsten Moore

Peace Studies Program:
Academic achievement in Peace Studies: Cori Bogle, Kelly Dona, Roberta 'Joey' Huddleston, Katlin Kane, Aaron Jaques
Paul Delp Award in Peace Studies: Robert 'Joey' Huddleston

Political Science Department:
Academic achievement in Political Science: Nolan Dunbar, Mark Johnston, Paul Kim, Jeyoung Lee, Nathan Zencey, Nicolle Tellier, Tracy Price, Sophia Nabavi
Political Science Citizen-Scholar Award: Nicole Tellier and Nathan Zencey

Sociology Department:
Academic achievement in Sociology: Robert 'Joey Huddleston, Lexi Risner, Kiersten Eberle, Noelani Anderson, Diana Chao, Rebekah Munson
Sociology Award for Academic Excellence: Robert 'Joey' Huddleston and Kiersten Eberle

Monday, May 9, 2011

STUDENT NEWS: Humanities Awards Ceremony & Reception, May 5

On Thursday, May 5, 2011, the annual Dulcie and Lawrence Kugelman Humanities Awards Ceremony and Reception for Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences took place in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel.

Below is a list of the student winners.

On behalf of Wilkinson College, congratulations!

Mel Watson Award for Scholarly and Creative Excellence: Daniel Bulone and Carl Schlachte
Orange County Register Award for Outstanding Journalism Student: Jillian Freitas
Outstanding Creative Writing Student: Sarah Attman
Outstanding Literature Student: Meagan O'Reilly
Paul Frizler Award for Outstanding MA Student: Danielle Walters
Terri Brint Joseph Award for Outstanding MFA Student: Tracey Swan
Tom Massey Award for Outstanding Dual Degree Student: Andrew Mauzey
Anna Marie Jardini Award for Service and Achievement: Sarah Faulkner

The William James Award: Brenda Torrie

Religious Studies:
Outstanding Student in Religious Studies: Nicole Tellier

Outstanding Spanish Major: Carina Campos
Outstanding Japanese Minor: Joy Chu
Outstanding German Studies: Laura Smith
Outstanding French Major: Emily Esposito and Anne Portwood
Outstanding Italian Studies:
Colin Camisasca and Lauren Zampa

FACULTY NEWS: Faculty publishes book

On May 24, 2011 and through the month of June, Alicia Kozameh, assistant professor of English will be traveling to Argentina, on a book tour for her latest novel, recently published in Spanish. She will be visiting five Argentine cities: Buenos Aires, Rosario, Córdoba, Paraná and Concepción to present her new book.

The novel, titled Natatio aeterna, deals with two fundamental concepts: identity and belonging. It takes the reader through the obsessions of ten separate characters, each of them a part of different and varied social groups; one a neurosurgeon with his team, another a drummer with visceral ties to the Venice Beach drum circle, and another a ballet dancer and her company, for example. The characters do not interact with each other, but, rather, become one another as each of their stories unfold, forming an eternal circular movement that represents life.

The novel is being published by the Argentine publishing house, Alción.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

STUDENT NEWS: English Major Presents Paper at Conference

On March 26, 2011, Andrew Mauzey ('11) presented his paper titled, "The Economics of Black Masculinity in For Colored Girls and Topdog/Underdog," at the Claremont Graduate University Student Research Conference (pictured below).

The conference theme was The Balancing Act: Theory and Practice and Mauzey was on a panel with Chapman alumns Jenny Lau ('09) and Danielle Medina ('11).

Danielle Walters ('11), Andrew Mauzey ('11) and Jenny Lau ('09).
Mauzey's paper was published as part of the CGU student research conference proceedings in April 2011.

EVENT NEWS: Annual Ceramics Sale, May 9-13

Chapman University's Department of Art Presents ... ANNUAL CERAMICS SALE!

May 9-13 in the Attallah Piazza from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

If you have any questions you can contact Jeanie Randazzo at 714.997.6729 or Professor David Kiddie at 714.997.6748.

STUDENT NEWS: Student accepted into MA degree program

Journalism minor and history major Laura Hannam (‘11) has been accepted into the MA degree program at Bournemouth University in multimedia journalism, recognized as the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice in the UK.

Congratulations, Laura!

Chapman Journalism Facebook

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

EVENT NEWS: 3rd Annual Musco Italian Studies Lecture, May 5

On Thursday, May 5, 2011 - Dr. Laura Ruberto will give a lecture titled, "On Oranges and Organ Grinders: California's Encounter with Italy and the Transnational Imagination of Cul-ture," as part of the 3rd Annual Musco Italian Studies Lecture.

Dr. Laura Ruberto, Berkeley City College, author of Gramsci, Migration, and the Representation of Women’s Work in Italy and the U.S. (2010), and numerous publications on cinema, immigration, labor, and the culture of food.

The event will take place in Hashinger Science Center, Room 131 at 1 p.m. For more information, please contact Robert Buranello at 714.744.7846 or