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Homecoming and Family Weekend filled with fun!

October 26, 2010

Photos by McKenzi Taylor

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by Sarah Van Zanten

It was a busy several days at Chapman University, with the campus community celebrating Homecoming and Family Weekend. Here’s a sampling of the events that kept the campus abuzz Friday through Sunday, Oct. 22-24.

Friday night kicked off the Picnic and Pops concert in Attallah Piazza and as the Chapman volleyball team took on Southwestern in the Hutton Sports Center.  The Panthers earned their fourth consecutive home win – a three-game sweep over Southwestern.

Friday also featured the All Alumni Casino Night, an event full of entertainment and fun. Players tried their luck at poker, blackjack, roulette and other casino games, with prizes awarded throughout the evening.

Saturday began at 6:30 a.m. with registration for the 5th annual Chapman University Toyota of Orange 5K Run/Walk.  “The Flattest, Fastest and ‘Funnest’ 5K in the world” had almost 2,000 participants, who turned the streets of Old Towne Orange and the scenic Chapman campus into a site for the intermingling of serious competitors with more relaxed participants.

Among the runners were 49 Army National Guard high school cadets, who chanted for all 3.1 miles, surely inspiring all the racers around them.  One 5K runner traversed the slightly soggy streets in bare feet!

After the 5K, runners enjoyed a “Breakfast of Champions,” and Chapman President Jim Doti handed out free biscotti and signed copies of his new children’s book, A Christmas Adventure in Little Italy.

The first Chapman Chili Cook-Off was Saturday afternoon on Bert Williams Mall, with teams serving up their secret recipes in hopes of winning over the hearts of Chili fans and judges. The Grand Champion Chili award went to Fire in the Hole Parent Council Board, with the People’s Choice award and the Best Spirited Team award going to Chili Chili Bang Bang — Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.

Then on Saturday night, a pre-game dinner and pep rally got football fans pumped and ready to cheer.  Inspired, the Chapman football team won, 35–28, against La Verne, scoring a touchdown with 3:22 left in the game to break a 28–28 tie.  The Panthers now have a 3-3 record and have won four of their last five Homecoming games.

The End Zone Party was also a success, with the game projected on a big screen, allowing guests to nosh on tasty fare as they also kept track of the competition on Holly and David Wilson Field.

The weekend full of activities concluded on Sunday with students, faculty,  staff and parents participating in the Chapman Day of Service, assisting non-profit organizations such as the YMCA of Orange and Mary’s Kitchen.

For more photos, check out Chapman’s Facebook page and the Orange County Register story.

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