Category - Alumni Features

Her First Home Was in North Morlan – For Jasmine Johnson ’15, memories of a childhood full of transient housing drive her to champion protections for at-risk youth. For Jasmine Johnson ’15, memories of a childhood full of transient housing drive her to champion protections for at-risk youth.

It’s often in the supermarket checkout line when Jasmine Johnson ’15 is filled with memories of growing up as a homeless child. She looks down at the cart with the $5 carton of ice cream and the $4 wedge of cheese and...

Where the Walls Go Wild – Creating art on a grand scale, muralist Aaron Wolken ’04 transports museum visitors to the great outdoors. Creating art on a grand scale, muralist Aaron Wolken ’04 transports museum visitors to the great outdoors.

Aaron Wolken ’04 was a small child growing up in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri when his great-grandmother Beatrice offered him his first job as an artist. She told him she would give him a piano lesson for each...

Priceless Support

For Reza Ghaffari (MBA ’80), Chapman has been his home away from home since 1977, when he came to the University from Iran to pursue his MBA. Ghaffari had planned to get his graduate degree and return to Tehran, where a...

Olympic Training

Think of Kelli Stavast ‘02 before you complain about the temperature in your cubicle. She spent two weeks as an NBC broadcaster at the blisteringly cold Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Stavast’s true...

Her Career is a Kick

Performing with the Radio City Rockettes requires a pace that would sink most dancers. But to Natalie Reid ’08, it’s part of the privilege of performing with the iconic troupe, including in the Radio City Music Hall...

Remaking Lotería

Often called Mexican Bingo, Lotería actually has roots that extend to 15th century Europe. No wonder, then, that Mike Alfaro ’10 thought it was time to update the images on the game’s iconic cards. Some of the old...

Plugged into Magic

Mike Lee ’13 grew up in Southern California loving the “spectacle of theatre.” His grandmother and sister were actresses in community theatre. In addition, he’d watch theatrical shows at Disneyland wondering how the...

Calculating Change

Paula Mattison (MBA ’15) joined the Peace Corps because of her love of travel and her desire to help others in sustainable ways. But helping members of her Peruvian community write business plans without the tools of...

The Boys of ‘68 – Buoyant moments mingle with the bittersweet during a 50-year reunion of Chapman’s first national championship team. Buoyant moments mingle with the bittersweet during a 50-year reunion of Chapman’s first national championship team.

Fifty years have gone by, but the memories of a 3-2 count or a hanging slider haven’t faded. Hitter by hitter, pitch by pitch, players from the 1968 baseball team that won the first national championship in the history...

Delivering Dignity: Michelle Wulfestieg (M.A. '08)

When we learn to serve, we learn to live,” said Michelle Wulfestieg (M.A. organizational leadership ’08). This lesson came in college when she volunteered at a hospice facility and connected with an 84-year-old woman...