Category - Alumni

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...

Now D.C. is Their Laboratory – Environmental research leads alumnae to roles with a grassroots organization advocating for prudent climate policy. Environmental research leads alumnae to roles with a grassroots organization advocating for prudent climate policy.

Combating climate change takes hundreds of decisions by millions of people to change small daily habits as well as big governmental policies. Chapman University alumnae Taylor Krause ’16 and Sara Wanous ’17 are part 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...

Justin Simien ’05 Tells Soon-to-Be Chapman Grads the ‘World is Waiting to Hear from You’

Filmmaker Justin Simien ’05 isn’t one to ignore the elephant in the room. “Dear White People,” his acclaimed feature film and Netflix series by the same name, takes a satirical but unblinking look at racial and cultural...