Category - Alumni

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Alumnus takes 15 minutes to step toward fame Nieman Gatus '17 launches his R&B career touring the Philippines

It took Nieman Gatus ’17 roughly fifteen minutes to write “Knots” with his cousin Moira Dela Torre, recording it the same night. It was time well used: “Knots” has more than 3 million listens on Spotify and shifted the...

Tattooed Renewal Mastering the art of cosmetic restoration, Kimberly Armstrong (M.A. ’98) transforms lives – including her own.

The electric tattoo needle humming along the edge of Linda Lee Franklin’s eyes sounds like a bumblebee flying a little too close for comfort. But Franklin isn’t worried. The retired schoolteacher is happy to lie still...

Alumni in the Outfield Nicole Provansal ’07 (MBA ’09) finds her dream job at Angel Stadium, where “Think Chapman First” is second nature to team leaders.

As a child, Nicole Provansal ’07 (MBA ’09) loved it when her dad would take her out to the ballgame. She grew up in San Diego, so she and her dad were Padres fans, and she would pepper him with questions about baseball...

First Person: A Closet Became Our Shelter

LeLand wouldn’t stop crying. I could hear my mother doing everything she could to keep him quiet: feeding him, rocking him, singing to him, but none of it worked. He was restless. As soon as she thought she had finally...

The ‘Us’ Factor Earning the trust of collaborative artists, cinematographer Yasu Tanida ’01 becomes a prime-time player.

According to Yasu Tanida ’01, the realities of working in the film industry are a lot like those in other lines of work. He has to show up on time, be ready to work long hours and have the skills to troubleshoot a range...

Change Agent Diana Day (JD ’07) leads a fast break with history to earn a position of power in the male-dominated world of pro sports.

Photographed on the sidelines with NBA star James Harden, Diana Day (JD ’07) occasionally has been confused by gossip-hungry fans for a girlfriend. That is part of the background of sexist assumptions Day has overcome...

Packed With Care After struggling through her own postpartum experience, Kate Westervelt ’09 launches MOMBOX to provide comfort during recovery.

In March 2016, new mom Kate Westervelt ’09 found herself trudging through Target with ice packs in her underwear, less than 72 hours after giving birth to her son. At home she had assembled the perfect nursery, and...

Chapman Family Homecoming Celebration

An orthopedic surgeon, a Cy Young Award- winning pitcher and the leader of a statewide collaborative for better schools are among the latest winners of Chapman University Distinguished Alumni Awards. Dr. Michael Pahl...

Panthers on the Prowl

Tom Elliott ’60 and Pat Elliott ’60 (M.A. ’74), left, traveled recently on a Silversea cruise to the Caribbean Islands. The Elliotts were joined by fellow alumni Paul Prichard ‘60 and Marcia Prichard ‘68 (M.A. ’74)...

‘You Must Go To Pilgrimage’ Inspired by an alumna, a professor finds the courage to exceed her own expectations.

I knew who Toshi Ito ’46 was because I had read her memoirs, but we didn’t meet until the 2011 event at which Chapman University launched its Asian Studies minor. When we first spoke, Toshi asked me whether my family...