A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to tag along with Professor Eric Young and the students from his Cross Cultural Filmmaking course on a tour of the Walt Disney Studios. Young, who used to work there as Director of Post Production, arranged the tour so the South Korean students could see what it was like to work on the Disney lot.
The students were visiting for two weeks to make films alongside Dodge College students, to help broaden their horizons when it comes to different filmmaking processes.
“Simply stated, the travel exchange courses are extraordinary,” Young said. “Though the initial focus is making films abroad, the greater value is the students’ experience with another culture and the lasting friendships they develop with one another. I’m a huge fan of this program and have thoroughly enjoyed the three exchanges I’ve taught to date.”
During the tour, the students were able to check out various sound stages (one of which was about to be turned into a game show set), the Walt Disney Archives, the Disney Legends Plaza, and the massive foley stage. Of course, lunch was enjoyed at the Commissary, before a quick trip to the gift shop for some great gifts to take home.
View more photos here.
Q:Hi I noticed you put up all of the sorority information (awesome!) but as of tonight, Tri Delta has a brand new website chapman. tridelta. org (all one, they won't let me send in a link) and the wix one will no longer be in use (and hopefully gone by this weekend) keep up the great work! DL
Thanks for letting us know. We re-blogged that post, but I can switch the URL on our post.
Q:Should we be buying textbooks now, or wait?
Probably soon. It is good to buy them early because sometimes the bookstore will run out and if you order them online they can take awhile. You want to make sure you’re prepared for that first week of class.
Our Application is Live!
Chapman University’s application is officially live! Applicants for the Class of 2019 can now find Chapman’s member page through the Common Application and start their journey to becoming a member of the Chapman family.
Deadlines. Transfers considering the Spring semester have until October 15, 2014 and our Early Action deadline for Freshman is November 1, 2014 so there’s still plenty of time, but getting an early start couldn’t hurt, right?
Updated Application. Our undergraduate team was hard at work through the Spring and Summer making updates to our application so that you’ll be able to showcase your skills, strengths and reasons for choosing Chapman. Here are some of the highlights:
- A new question for Freshmen applicants about our four pillars:
“Chapman University was founded with a commitment to Four Pillars. Each Pillar represents a core value and they are a source of pride for the Chapman community. They are Intellectual, Physical, Social, and Spiritual. Pick the Pillar that means the most to you and tell us how it relates to your life. (200 words or fewer)”.
- New and improved “Fast Fact” questions for our Freshmen applicants: “What’s your dream study abroad location?”, “What’s the top thing on your bucket list?”, “Name a book you would read again.” Just to name a few…
- New dynamics in the academic section that ensure you’ll know what you’re required to submit based on your major choice.
Getting to Know You. Remember that there are real people in our office reading your applications. We want to know not only how you’re performing academically, but who you are as a person. What are your goals? What do you value? Are you a good “fit” for Chapman? Give yourself the time to fully develop your application. We’ll certainly be spending countless hours reading them!
When submitting your application, please note that we are in the process of transitioning to a new application review system and acknowledgment of receipt of your application may be delayed until September 2014. We have a team of people hard at work to receive both hard copy and electronic documents and attach them to your record, but be mindful of the time it takes to complete this task on our end.
We hope to see you on campus and read your application this Fall.
Chapman University Office of Admission
Q:I have an interview coming up for an on campus job. I was just wondering what the expected attire would be. Would I need to wear a full on business suit or is business casual fine?
Depending on what office/department it’s for business casual should be fine. If you’re a male, you can’t go wrong with a shirt, tie and slacks. If you’re female, a slacks and a blouse or skirt, or a dress would work. It’s always better to dress up than down :)
Thinking about joining a sorority? Already started stalking? We’ve got all the information on every chapter you could be a part of at Chapman!
Rule number one of recruitment is ALWAYS keep an open mind, but it certainly won’t hurt to do your research!
Alpha Gamma Delta
President: Samantha Lapid
International Website: www.alphagammadelta.org
Motto: Live with Purpose
Flowers: Red & Buff Roses
Colors: Red, Buff & Green
Nicknames: AGD, Alpha Gam
International Philanthropy: The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, Diabetes Awareness and Education
Local Philanthropy: PADRE Foundation
President: Erika Krolosky
International Website: www.alphaphi.org
Motto: Union Hand in Hand
Flowers: Lily of the Valley & the Blue and Gold Forget-Me-Not
Symbol: Ivy Leaf
Colors: Silver & Bordeaux
Nicknames: APhi, Phi’s
International Philanthropy: The Alpha Phi Foundation, Women’s Heart Health
Local Philanthropy: The Make-A-Wish Foundation
President: Lana Barendse
International Website: www.deltagamma.org/
Motto: Do Good
Flower: Cream-Colored Rose
Colors: Bronze, Pink & Blue
Nicknames: DG, Delta Gam
International Philanthropy: The Delta Gamma Foundation, Service for Sight
Local Philanthropy: The Blind Children’s Learning Center
Delta Delta Delta
President: Samantha Genevay
National Website: www.tridelta.org tridelta.org
Motto: Let us steadfastly love one another
Symbol: Pine Tree
Colors: Silver, Gold & Blue
National Philanthropy: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Local Philanthropy: Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) & the Ronald McDonald House
Gamma Phi Beta
President: Sadie Reeves
International Website: www.gammaphibeta.org
Motto: Founded Upon a Rock / Love Labor Learning Loyalty
Symbol: Crescent Moon
Flower: Pink Carnation
Colors: Light and Dark Brown
Nickname: GPhi, Gamma Phi
International Philanthropy: Camp Fire USA, Girls on the Run
Local Philanthropy: Camp Del Corazon
Kappa Alpha Theta
President: Anna Price
International Website: www.kappaalphatheta.org
Motto: True Promise
Symbol: Kite & Twin Stars
Flower: Black & Gold Pansy
Colors: Black & Gold
International Philanthropy: The Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation
Local Philanthropy: CASA
Kappa Kappa Gamma
President: Savanna Olson
National Website: www.kappakappagamma.org
Motto: Aspire to Be
Colors: Light & Dark Blue
Nicknames: Kappa, KKG
National Philanthropy: The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, Reading is Fundamental
Local Philanthropy: Operation School Bell
Phi Sigma Sigma
President: Liz Quick
Motto: Aim High
Flower: American Beauty Rose
Colors: King Blue & Gold
Nickname: Phi SIg
National Philanthropy: The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation
Local Philanthropy: The Child Abuse Prevention Center
Viewers tuning into “So You Think You Can Dance” tonight will find – once they get past Cat Deeley’s and Nigel Lythgoe’s unapologetically English accents – a decidedly Orange flavor to the proceedings.
Not only are two of the final six contestants locals, so are two of the Fox show’s panel of all-star dancers.
As Jessica Richens, 18, a Yorba Linda resident who attends Santiago Canyon College, and Casey Askew, 19, a student at Chapman University in Orange, compete for a spot in the final four, two Chapman alumni, Stephen Boss and Ade Obayomi, will be on hand as part of the all-star crew.
The show, in its 11th season, casts 20 dancers to compete. Each week, the dancers perform one or more pieces of new choreography in a variety of styles – sometimes solo, sometimes with another competitor, sometimes with one of the all-stars.
The pool of dancers shrinks weekly as viewer votes and the judges eliminate contestants until just four remain. The voters then choose the winner from the final four.
Although the connection between “So You Think You Can Dance” and Orange County is large in season 11, it’s not exactly a novelty. Ten dancers with O.C. ties have made the finals.
Dozens more local contestants have been featured on the show in the early rounds without making it to the finals.
Five of the 10 local finalists – Askey, Boss, Obayomi, Katee Shean and Mariah Spears – were Chapman students when they took part in the show.
While there is no formal relationship between the school and the show, there is a natural affinity due to the type of dancers Chapman produces and the type “So You Think You Can Dance” seeks, said Dale Merrill, dean of Chapman’s College of Performing Arts.
“We’re a very unique dance program in that we teach all styles of dance, and we require our students to have a wide variety of dance experience,” Merrill said, ticking off a list of dance genres that Chapman students must take: contemporary, ballet, tap, hip-hop, ballroom. … In short, exactly the styles danced on the series.
Chapman is one of the few university programs that doesn’t turn up its nose at commercial dance.
“We embrace that aesthetic,” Merrill said. “We don’t go, ‘Oh, no, that’s not concert dance, that’s not ballet.’”
The Chapman faculty also is very encouraging of students interested in the show and will strategize with dancers about how best to approach auditions.
Only one of the 10 local dancers has won“SYTYCD,” and that was the one with the most tenuous connection: season two champion Benji Schwimmer, who was born in Newport Beach but grew up in Redlands.
But the exposure the young dancers get on the show can be invaluable – win or lose. In fact, the best-known alumni of“SYTYCD” did not win their seasons.
Boss, a hip-hop specialist better known by his performance name tWitch, turned a second-place finish on the show into a career in film and television. He danced in three installments of the “Step Up” movie series and has appeared in several TV series as both an actor and dancer.
Five graduates of“SYTYCD” – none of them season champions – have gone on to become pros on ABC’s perennially popular “Dancing with the Stars”: Lacey Schwimmer (Benji’s sister), Chelsie Hightower, Lindsay Arnold, Witney Carson and Dmitry Chaplin. The list of “Dance” to “Dancing” crossovers will grow this fall, when current “SYTYCD” all-star Allison Holker becomes a “DTWS” pro.
Q:Can all of the beds be converted to a single or bunk bed?
We believe so, but double-check with the housing office regarding your specific residence hall.