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Chapman is uniquely positioned to transform lives by providing paths to social mobility, energizing health delivery in the region, and conducting breakthrough research to solve critical issues on a global scale. Our donors power the momentum of a world-class university to inspire real change that ensures the success of Chapman for generations.
Women of Chapman Endow Student Hardship Assistance Fund
With more than 80% of Chapman students receiving some sort of financial aid, many are just one personal crisis or unexpected bill away from needing to leave school. Women of Chapman is forever stre
June 8, 2023
$2.5 Million Gift to Chapman Supports Innovation Hub at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
As Chapman University prepares students to lead in the entertainment industry, it’s essential to provide hands-on experience with next-generation technology, says Stephen Galloway, dean of Chapma
May 8, 2023
Chapman Family Donors Make a Collective Impact On Giving Day
Thanks to the enthusiasm of the Chapman Family, Chapman University’s fifth annual Giving Day was an unrivaled success. The 24-hour online fundraising event surpassed its goal of 1,000 donations o
April 28, 2023
Daily Bread: Donor Gift Supports Food Pantry at Chapman
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March 31, 2023
Hilbert Museum Breaks Ground on Expansion
The HIlbert Museum of California Art celebrated the official groundbreaking of its expansion on Feb. 15. The year-long construction project will triple the size of the museum, including additional
March 20, 2023
$1.5 Million From Ferrucci Family Brings Comprehensive Campaign Total to $318 Million
Chapman University is pleased to announce the creation of the Ferrucci Institute for Italian Experience and Research, thanks to a $1.5 million donation from the Ferrucci family. The gift was announ
March 13, 2023
Chapman Launches Most Ambitious Fundraising Campaign to Date, Announces Major Gift
Chapman University just announced the largest and most ambitious fundraising campaign in university history, with a goal of $500 million by 2028 and increasing the university’s endowment to $2 bi
February 13, 2023
Curtain Down on Chapman Celebrates, Curtain Up on $500 Million Campaign
As the curtain came down on the annual Chapman Celebrates event for the final time, Chapman University announced a campaign to raise half a billion dollars for its students and campus. The same wee
February 13, 2023
Sandi Simon Center for Dance Opens for Students
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January 24, 2023
New Wall Family Scholars Program to Support STEM Students Pursuing MBA
A new $1 million endowment will support Chapman University students looking to be leaders in the science and technology industries. Students can soon take new courses focused on STEM while they pur
June 13, 2022
Chapman Announces Doti-Spogli Chair in Free Enterprise at Argyros School
A generous donation from former U.S. ambassador Ron Spogli has established a new endowed chair at the Argyros School of Business and Economics. The Doti-Spogli Chair in Free Enterprise will recogni
May 5, 2022
Chapman Community Unites to Raise $1M on Giving Day 2022
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April 29, 2022
Chapman University Announces Burra Executive Professor of Accounting
Chapman University has announced an endowment establishing the new Burra Executive Professor in Accounting at the Argyros School of Business and Economics. The new endowed professorship was made po
April 28, 2022
A Tradition of Giving Supports Chapman Students in Need
On April 26, the entire Chapman community will have the opportunity to support our students through gifts to the Chapman Fund. Giving Day donations will be used to enable programs and activities fo
April 1, 2022
OCBJ Names Chapman University’s 2021 Giving Day Top Five Charity Event
The Orange County Business Journal’s 2022 Charity Guide named Chapman University’s Giving Day a top five charity event based on gross revenue. On April 27, 2021, the Chapman community raised ne
February 25, 2022
2022 State of the University: Looking Back and Moving Forward
“These have been complicated years,” said Chapman University President Daniele Struppa at the conclusion of his 2022 State of the University address, which was live streamed to a virtual audien
February 14, 2022
With More Than $11 Million in Support, Chapman Institute Champions Access for Students With Disabilities
In the struggle to make education more inclusive, too often people with disabilities have been on the outside looking in. But now Chapman University’s Thompson Policy Institute on Disability (TPI
January 10, 2022
Make a Gift to The Behzad Binesh Endowed Scholarship
After 43 years of dedicated and exemplary service to Chapman, Behzad Binesh (MBA ’79) retired from his role as vice president and controller on Nov. 19. In honor of his retirement, an anony
December 1, 2021
In Memoriam: S. Paul Musco’s Visionary Philanthropy Transformed the University
Emeritus Trustee S. Paul Musco, a leading Orange County philanthropist, entrepreneur and one of Chapman University’s most beloved supporters, passed away Sept. 19. He was 95. Chapman University P
October 27, 2021
Historic Perspective Combines With Artful Vision as Chapman Reimagines Campus
Place has always mattered at Chapman. From the post-World War II days when growing pains prompted it to leave Los Angeles for the citrus-scented opportunities of Orange County, to its decision to r
October 12, 2021
Breakthrough Research Offers Game-Changing Potential for Global Food Security
“We can now predict 100% of food crashes and recoveries three to six months ahead of time. This is going to save lives,” says Chapman University Presidential Fellow Joshua B. Fisher
The scientific advance may allow nations, the UN and humanitarian aid organizations to more efficiently direct resources to areas of drought and famine before those regions tip into full-blown crisis.
The researchers have received outreach from a number of actors who support humanitarian interventions, including the World Bank.
The model not only predicted every food crisis, but also the length and magnitude of each one.
Chapman Pharmacy Professors Lead Way in Precision Medicine
Pharmacogenomics – a part of precision medicine– uses a test that sequences a person’s genes to better customize medications for maximum impact and safety.
By looking at the DNA, the researchers can see who might be a good candidate for a certain drug versus not.
Their method uses DNA tests that “contain the equivalent of millions of tests in one,” the researchers say.
New Supercomputer Puts Chapman at the Cutting Edge of AI Research
The new computer system is the first community-operated supercomputer in the nation.
The new computer system is capable of performing 8 quadrillion calculations per second.
The computer cluster was donated by Nvidia Corp. to advance the goal of preparing more students from underserved communities and to help ensure that the region’s tech workforce is ready to thrive at the cutting edge of AI advances.
The project is due to Chapman’s participation in the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County, a working group that includes executives at some of the most influential high-tech companies in Orange County.
Crean College Students Teach Medical Skills to High School Students
Physician Assistant students provide much-needed medical training to high school students earning medical certificates.
“Our students are learning, the Chapman students are practicing their teaching skills and get to share their passion and knowledge with the next generation, and our whole community benefits. I think that’s what I love most about our program is bringing our community together.”
500+ high school students participated in the training event.
60+ healthcare professionals participated in the program.
Infinite Paths to Peace
Rabia Asif ’22 earns Shinnyo-en Fellowship, which supports post-undergraduate Chapman University alumni interested in peacebuilding and service.
A health sciences major with a pre-med emphasis and a minor in Spanish, Asif will work at Higher Ground for the next year as she prepares to take the MCAT in preparation for applying to medical school.
Asif is launching a literacy program at Higher Ground, an Anaheim organization whose mission is to provide mentorship and opportunity to at-risk and underserved youth.
Asif volunteered with School on Wheels, a non-profit that provides 1:1 virtual tutoring for youth displaced from homes. She also served at the Lestonnac Local Free Clinic in Old Towne Orange, which provides free medical services to community members who don’t have insurance.
Addressing Community Health
Alumna Gives Chapman Students a Leg Up as They Pursue Their Dream Careers in Health Care
In her role with Schmid College, Christine Crispen ’02 is helping all science students succeed, with a special focus on those applying to medical and other health schools.
The number of students identifying as first-generation in Schmid College has more than doubled from spring 2021 to 2022.
As assistant director for student success and pre-health advisor for Schmid College of Science and Technology, Crispen guides students in preparing for and applying to medical and professional health schools.
Chapman students have already benefited from the guidance of Crispen, who started working for Schmid College as a consultant during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chapman Alumna Champions Neurodiversity in the Workplace
Tiffany (Payton) Jameson ’96 founded the boutique consultancy firm grit & flow, which guides organizations in making inclusive practices to create environments for all, but especially those who are neurodivergent (autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, learning differences) and disabled.
Among those diagnosed with autism, there is an 85% unemployment rate, and an even higher rate for those without college degrees.
Jameson is one of the founders of the NDGiFTS Movement, an organization that supports and celebrates neurodiversity in the workplace.
Jameson’s autistic son, Jacob, will graduate with the class of 2023.
Partnering in Health
The Chapman-CHOC Connection
Separated by barely a mile, Chapman University and Children’s Health of Orange County share a collaborative culture that brings the two communities even closer together.
CHOC provides Chapman students with internship opportunities and is among the top employers of Chapman graduates.
“The opportunity to improve the care of children is at the heart of everything we do. Whether in the lab, on the floor providing care or working with data, our job is to save lives,” says Louis Ehwerhemuepha (MS ’13, Ph.D. ’15), senior data scientist at CHOC.
Water-Wise Plants and Practices Are Growing at Chapman
By the end of this academic year, conversion to drought-tolerant landscaping is expected to save almost 485,000 gallons of water.
17,268 square feet of grass on the main campus in Orange will be converted to drought-tolerant landscaping.
Estimated annual water savings.
The initiative has led to wider discussions on conservation of resources and advocating for communities affected by issues of environmental justice.
Nobel Peace Laureate Nadia Murad Appointed as Chapman University Presidential Fellow
Survivor and human rights activist was also the keynote speaker at Commencement.
In 2016, Murad became the first United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.
Won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy for survivors of genocide and sexual violence.
“I am proud to serve as a Presidential Fellow at a university that is dedicated to seeking truth and fostering thoughtful global citizens,” said Murad.
For the first time in history, scientists unearth extraterrestrial culture on the international space station, led by Chapman University Professor Justin Walsh.
Researcher Justin Walsh is using archaeology’s methods of inquiry and analysis to reveal new understanding of human activity in space.
The researchers use daily photos to document material culture within the International Space Station.
“It’s a microsociety in a miniworld,” says Walsh.