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President Doti is among ‘most interesting’ people in O.C.

February 8, 2012

Leadership, along with the tattoo, won President Doti a spot on the Register's "most interesting person" list.

This news won’t come as a big surprise to the Chapman University community, but President Jim Doti has been named one of Orange County’s “most interesting people” by The Orange County Register.

In addition to spilling the beans about President Doti’s panther tattoo, the article notes the role the president’s leadership skills have played in transforming “Chapman from a sleepy little college into an energized university.”

Also in the list published Tuesday, Feb. 7, is Gustavo Arellano ’01, managing editor, OC Weekly. The journalist and humorist is particularly known for his “Ask a Mexican!” column and has appeared on the Today show, Nightline, The Colbert Report and in the Village Voice.

The complete story and slide show can be found online at The Orange County Register.

Artful illustrations spell out ‘Alpha BET’ show at Leatherby Libraries

February 8, 2012

Artist and alumnus Alex J. Rajic will be the special guest at Feb. 15 reception.

A special reception for the artist and alumnus whose work is currently on display in the Leatherby Libraries exhibition Alpha BET will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Henley Reading Room on the second floor of Leatherby Libraries. The event is free and open to the public.

Teacher and illustrator Alex J. Rajic ’09 (C.L.A.D.) first conceived the idea of illustrating and writing a Hebrew alphabet book for children after finishing his undergraduate work. After earning his teaching credential at Chapman, he completed the book project and published it in 2010 through his own publishing company, Cenozoic Press.

His illustrations, along with those of Michael Hafftka, who uses Hebrew letterforms as the basis for his watercolors, make up the Alpha BET exhibit on display in the Henley Reading Room.

Professor Doetkott memorial scheduled March 3 on campus

February 8, 2012

The late Professor Dick Doetkott shown here in 2011 portraying President Lincoln in Wilkinson College's "A Night with Lincoln."

A memorial for Communications Studies Professor Dick Doetkott has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in Memorial Hall.

Doetkott passed away in December. Professor Doetkott joined Chapman in 1964 and among his many contributions was the creation of the Department of Communication Studies, which he and Richard Watson formed in 1972. Professor Doetkott was well-known for his trademark “Mickey salute,” an affectionate greeting shared and beloved by generations of students who took his Communications 101 class. In his honor all attending the March 3 memorial are encouraged to wear something with Mickey Mouse on it.

For more information, call 714-744-7001.

Law professor featured in National Law Journal for dedication to international law

February 7, 2012

Professor Michael Bazyler

Professor Michael Bazyler from Chapman University’s School of Law was featured as “Appellate Lawyer of the Week” in The National Law Journal. The profile appeared in the Feb. 1 issue of the journal and focused on Bazyler’s commitment to an amicus briefing asking the Supreme Court to apply the Alien Tort Statute to foreign corporations. The statute allows non-citizens to seek justice in U.S. courts for violations of international human rights law regardless of where the alleged crimes occurred.

Bazyler cited the influence and precedence of the Nuremberg Trials in the amicus brief filed in connection with Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, which will be argued on Feb. 28 in tandem with Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority.

In the journal article Bazyler is quoted: “Here we are more than 60 years after the Nuremberg trials where the U.S. Supreme Court will be deciding what is the binding precedent of the Nuremberg trials on international law and, as a consequence, on U.S. law because the Alien Tort Statute says you use international law as basis for jurisdiction,” said Bazyler. “To me it is amazing we are doing this right now. It’s exciting. I wish amicus counsel were allowed to come in and argue even for just two minutes.”

The complete story can be found in the Feb. 1 issue. Journal subscribers may access a full version online.

Leading CEOs, general counsels named to business law advisory group

February 6, 2012

Chapman University’s School of Law announces the creation of a new Advisory Board for its recently launched Business Law Emphasis Program.  The Advisory Board includes CEOs, former CEOs and general counsels of 12 major Southern California companies.

School of Law names business advisory council members.

The mission of the Advisory Board is to guide Chapman’s School of Law in its program for those students who intend to practice business law. Tom Campbell, dean of Chapman’s School of Law and director of the Business Law Emphasis Program, is the only Law School dean in America that was formally a top 10 business school dean.

“The caliber of the members of the new Business Law Advisory Board is unparalleled,” said Dean Campbell. “We are privileged to have these individuals at Chapman Law.”

The members of the Business Law Advisory Board are: Read more…

A darker town: CoPA stages Lanford Wilson’s ‘Rimers of Eldritch’

February 6, 2012

Can the skills of a certified personal trainer come in handy when directing a play? If the production is The Rimers of Eldritch, a somewhat experimental piece with 18 characters on stage at all times, the answer is yes.

And as it happens, the guest director for the College of Performing Arts’ upcoming production of Rimers is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer. It’s an ideal skill set, says Holly Derr, who holds an MFA in directing from Columbia University and has directed and taught at UC Riverside, Smith College, Marlboro College, and the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.

Director Holly Derr in early rehearsals with some of the cast for 'Rimers of Eldritch.'

“What I have always been most interested in is bodies in space and telling stories through movement,” Derr says.

She was eager to direct the Lanford Wilson play because the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright emphasized movement and language over plot when he wrote Rimers, she says. The play focuses on the characters of a decaying Bible-belt community splintered by a murder trial, rape, gossip and bigotry, but ultimately it is the portrayal of a town. Not until the conclusion does the audience learn who’s been murdered or who’s standing trial. It has been called a dark Our Town.

“That’s unusual for an audience to watch a play where the story is not the central thing. It’s the life of the town,” she says. And it’s possible that at the end many in the audience will still be mulling over the plot and perhaps even confused. “Which is what Lanford Wilson intends,” Derr says.

The Rimers of Eldritch plays at Waltmar Theatre on Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18, and Thursday through Friday, 23-25, at 7:30 p.m., with an additional 2 p.m. performance Saturday, Feb. 25. Tickets are $20 general admission; $15 for seniors and students; $10 pre-sale and $5 rush with Chapman ID. Tickets may also be purchased online.

‘Sling Baby’ makes it to the Super Bowl, but fan voting could make it the big winner

February 6, 2012

Sling Baby made it to Super Bowl, now online fan voting decides if he scores the big prize.

The Super Bowl isn’t quite over for Chapman University’s own Justin Folk ’00, film/television.

Folk helped create the soaring Doritos “Sling Baby” ad that aired during the Super Bowl broadcast. The ad was one of two Doritos finalists and now is the leading fan favorite on USA Today’s Super Bowl Ad Meter on Facebook.  Doritos has also put a $1 million cash bonus prize on the line if one of its Doritos ads land the No. 1 spot on either the traditional USA TODAY Ad Meter or the recently created USA TODAY Facebook Super Bowl Ad Meter.

The official voting will close at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday and the winner will be named that night online at usatoday.com and on Facebook and in Wednesday print editions of USA TODAY.

Sling Baby made it into Doritos’ final five purely on the strength of its merit and earned ADWEEK’s  admiration. But as in any good game, there’s a bit of strategy to winning a fan favorite contest, says Folk.

“We need people to vote well for ours and not very well for the other ads. More points for us the better,” said Folk, a freelance post production artist.

Folk did the VFX and sound design for Sling Baby, a 31-second ad that pits a wily senior citizen and a cherub-faced baby against a Doritos-hogging little terror of a kid. Adding a sweet touch to the tale is that the baby is Folk’s own 15-month-old son. When a colleague first approached him with the idea of the flying baby concept, Folk was skeptical but game.

“I said, ‘You’re out of your mind – But could it be my son?’”

Although friends held a big Sling Baby Super Bowl Party, Folk says he and  his family opted for a quieter gathering with a few friends.

“We just kind of had a place for the kids to run around. It was a lot of fun and, of course, there were toys everywhere.”

And with a rush of fan voting, there could be a whole lot more.