Distinguished Alumni Awards
The weekend of celebrations kicked off Friday night with the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. Over 300 alumni, friends and family gathered on Bert C. Williams Mall to honor a few of Chapman’s brightest stars while enjoying a relaxed atmosphere, great food and a variety of entertainment (including a performance by current Miss California, Eileen Kim ‘17). In fact, partygoers had such a great time, the event – which was expected to last until 9 p.m. – kept going until after 11!
Faculty-led Master Classes continue to be a Homecoming favorite for parents and alumni alike. With offerings as diverse as “Disney and Darwin,” “Money in Politics,” and “Tactile Displays and Haptic Applications.” Professors presented some of their best lectures for parents and others eager to get a taste of the university experience.
50 Year Club
During a nostalgia-filled luncheon in the Bush Conference Center in Beckman Hall, President Daniele Struppa welcomed members of the class of 1969 to the Fifty Year Club. Along with receiving certificates and stoles, the alumni participated in a panel discussion with leaders from the Cross Cultural Center about their experiences on campus during the socially tumultuous year of their graduation. Read more about this special event and the origins of social justice at Chapman.
The K Grand Opening
Surrounded by balloons and cheerleaders, President Struppa presided over the ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the K, Chapman’s newest residence hall. Afterwards, attendees were given tours of the state-of-the-art residence hall, and enjoyed a picnic with gourmet sandwiches and entertainment provided by Chapman Radio.
Barbecue fixin’s were on the menu at the inaugural Homecoming Hoedown on Bert C. Williams Mall. Attendees also got to kick up their boots to live country western tunes, enjoyed a special Panther Pilsner from Chapman Crafted, and even had a chance to ride the mechanical bull! Special kid zones offered games, face painting and gold panning, while cheerleaders handed out Panther Paw temporary tattoos so everyone could show off their Panther Pride before the big game.
Speaking of the big game, what’s Homecoming without football? Chapman’s Panthers did not disappoint this year, dominating the Whittier Poets 36-6 in their first game of the season. We’ve got all the game highlights for you right here!
Looking for more Homecoming Highlights? Take a look at the highlights video below and find all the photos on Our Facebook page!