On October 3, 2015, Chapman50 hosted one of its signature annual events - the Chapman50 Student Scholar Mixer. The purpose of Chapman50 is to bring alumni leaders together in an effort to positively contribute to the advancement of Chapman University. At the core of Chapman50 is the mentoring of current students along with direct financial aid to those same students.
The mixer was a huge success, and having it coordinated on homecoming weekend for the entire university allowed many Chapman University administrative leaders to attend the event. President Jim Doti attended, delivering an engaging speech that recognized the students, alumni, and positive momentum of Chapman50. Two of Chapman’s newest deans were in attendance as well, Giulio Ongaro, dean of the College of Performing Arts, and Margaret Grogan, dean of the College of Educational Studies.
The most meaningful part of the event was a full hour of networking between Chapman50 Student Scholars (current students) and Chapman50 members (alumni). Mentor and mentee relationships were forming right before my eyes, and it was an incredible feeling to see the purpose of Chapman50 being delivered in such a potent and powerful way.
It’s only a couple weeks after the event and we already have more confirmed matches for mentoring. The exponential effects of this mixer and future events like this will be huge for the Chapman community.