On Thursday, September 18, Chapman50 members, university leaders and special guests gathered in the Leatherby Libraries for a white glove tour. Hosted by Chapman50 member Mike Brown '06, attendees were treated to a hands-on experience with rare historical items that were brought out from sealed, temperature controlled areas of the library. The purpose was to enlighten alumni leaders about the amazing items and cultural artifacts that the Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University holds. 

Sharing his story of starting his company as a 19-year-old undergraduate student at Chapman, using the library as his office, Mike spoke about the opportunity:

"I have come to realize that life is a series of opportunities that cross our paths. It is up to us to first identify the opportunity in front of us, and then act on it. Opportunity without action is nothing. A succession of opportunities acted upon, one after another, is what led to this event becoming a reality. We must be vigilant in identifying and acting upon the opportunities that cross our path!"

Director of Alumni Engagement Brady Hogan ’92 (MBA ’14) accompanied Mike on an initial tour of the library in late 2013 that led to this event. Hogan helped to plan the outing and was pleased with the outcome.

"This event is a prime example of why I came back to Chapman University. Period,” he said.  “This was awesome."  

Chapman50 member David May ’05 (M.A. ’10), who serves as Chapman’s director of Web and interactive marketing, was also in attendance.

“This event was eye-opening!” May said. “I attended Chapman and have worked here for many years; all this time I never knew that such amazing items were inside our own library, on our own campus."

Each Chapman alumna and alumnus who attended the white glove tour left the event feeling proud to be a Panther. Mission accomplished.

-Written by
Mike Brown '06
Chapman50 Chair of Communications
Co-Founder & CEO, ModBargains