4/12/13: Chairman Sinan Kanatsiz ’97 (M.A. '00) welcomes prospective students and families at Chapman Preview Day


Chapman50 Chairman and Founder, Sinan Kanatsiz spoke as the university alumni representative at Chapman's annual Preview Day. Encouraging the audience of nearly 2,000 prospective students and their families, Sinan shared the value of his degrees and the ongoing community he enjoys as a Chapman alumnus.  We are pleased to report several students have since emailed Sinan directly saying they have chosen Chapman! For the full presentation, please visit- http://ibc.chapman.edu/Mediasite/Play/9cf4bfd5881a4785bab23c1ac730e7fb1d

Program Updates

Chapman50 is pleased to announce the following notable program updates:

  • The nomination and placement of fourteen founding members
  • Confirmed social and professional events at The Resort at Pelican Hill, CBS Networks, and Disneyland Resort
  • Confirmed special guests, including: Congresswoman Sanchez '82 and Taylor Hicks "American Idol winner"
  • $100,000 raised to date in support of the Chapman50 Scholars Fund
  • Mentorship and sponsorship support from Chapman University's esteemed Board of Trustees and Governors members.

Entertainment Industry Connect tour and program at backstage Disneyland


Chapman50 recently celebrated its inaugural Industry Connect focusing on the Entertainment industry at backstage Disneyland Resort. The event gave members insight and backstage access to Disneyland Resort’s recent five-year expansion, including the “re-imagination” of Disney California Adventure Park. Guests  received complimentary “park-hopper passes,” attraction experiences, and resort parking. In addition to a wonderful presentation by Chris Lowe, members enjoyed presentations from President Doti and Trustee Jack Lindquist, the first President of Disneyland Resort.

Featured speaker

Chris Lowe, MBA ’11

Director of Domestic Business Development and Public Affairs

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts


With special thanks to

Kyndell Paine ’10 (J.D.)

Disneyland Resort, Manager of Government Relations

Disneyland Resort

Friday, April 19




Prospective member recommendations?

Chapman University is currently looking to identify alumni candidates capable of accelerating Chapman’s growth and national reputation across a wide range of majors and professions. Members must demonstrate professional, civic, and philanthropic commitment to their alma mater. To recommend prospective members, contact Chair of Membership Recruitment, Shaun Harris '00 at harris_shaun33@yahoo.com.


Chapman50 Founders


Chapman University will recognize these first fifty members as Founders in launching Chapman50.  In honor of their commitment, the President will acknowledge all Founders, who will also be collectively recognized at Chapman’s signature Economic Forecast Conference. Once all fifty Founders have been chosen, Chapman will create a campus naming opportunity in honor of the group. These alumni will have the strongest influence over the program’s development and long-term vision, particularly as it relates to career development programming. Interested in becoming a members to Chapman50? Visit membership criteria for more information

Program Kick-Off at Pelican Hill

Chapman50 recently celebrated a Program Kick-Off with high caliber alumni guests, including the Congresswoman and Board of Trustees member Loretta Sanchez '82.  

Hosted by

Sinan Kanatsiz ’97, ‘00

Chapman50 Founder and Chairman

at The Resort at Pelican Hill

22701 Pelican Hill Road South

Newport Coast, California 92657


Hosted by KCOMM


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