Category - Alumni Features

Passion for Service: Jimmy Blalock (JD ’09)

Jimmy Blalock (JD ’09) believes that the people of Chapman University are what set it apart from other institutions. They represent a rare combination of intelligence, passion and talent, which is part of what drew him...

Tubular Future: Jonathan Tu ’13

As a Chapman University business undergraduate, Jonathan Tu ’13 stared at a photo his friend showed him of a device used in biotechnology. He knew nothing about the tiny tubes, but he was mesmerized, knowing then...

‘Lemonade Maker’: Jasmine Johnson ’15

As a little girl, Jasmine Johnson ’15 walked up to strangers to ask for money for food or bus fare to get to school. She remembers feeling rejected and embarrassed, but she also developed resilience as she trudged...

A Dream Rekindled: Nicole Renard '17

Nicole Renard ’17 became a dancer at age 2 and competed in her first pageant while in fifth grade. Little did she know then that she’d dance across the Miss America stage as Miss Washington on Sept. 10. Soon...

His Royal Shyness – Henry Allen ’11 — a.k.a. King Henry — slips in the side entrance to pop music fame. Henry Allen '11 -- a.k.a. King Henry -- slips in the side entrance to pop music fame.

Music producer  and Chapman University alumnus Henry Allen ’11 was coming off one terrific year. He released his debut EP and earned production  and writing credits on Major Lazer’s chart-topping  Cold Water and The...

Record Impact

Since childhood, Laurie Sicaeros (MHA ’97) had always wanted to be an orthodontist. She dreamed of attending dental school and was eventually accepted. But before she began her studies, her father passed away and she...

Creative Focus

Sam Tenney, BFA film and television ’02, spends his days overlooking the lush, mountainous lands of the greater Portland, Ore., area – while perched atop a tower crane, camera in hand. Sam is a photographer for...

Stepping Out

After graduating from Chapman University, Genevieve Carson, BFA dance performance ’07, says she started from scratch as she  moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of a dance career. “I had no job, no money and no community...

Course Correction

“I found my calling as an entrepreneur in college when I began to feel the necessity to be in command of my own destiny,” said  Ryan Robinson, B.S. business administration ’12. Now Ryan shares the lessons of his...

A Beacon in the Night – Rescuer and filmmaker Devyn Bisson ’14 saves lives as she sheds light on the tragic plight of Syrian refugees. Rescuer and filmmaker Devyn Bisson ’14 saves lives as she sheds light on the tragic plight of Syrian refugees.

In the dark of a cold winter night, filmmaker Devyn Bisson ’14 sat on a small Greek beach facing the Aegean Sea, relaxing with lifeguards from around the world. The guards were there to stem drowning deaths among Syrian...