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By B.W. Cook | November 18, 2011
They sang. They danced. They even sent University President Jim Doti flying through the air above a stage lined up with chorus girls. And at the end of it all, they raised $2.12 million for student scholarships. American Celebration at Chapman University in Orange reached its 30-year milestone last week, producing one of the most spectacular events on the Orange Coast. A crowd of some 700 Chapman donors gathered in festive holiday black tie for the big show in Memorial Hall prior to a dinner party.
October 2, 2003
B.W COOK Martinis were served. Guests danced cheek to cheek. It was the start of a very romantic evening. An incomparable setting provided by hosts Twyla and Charles Martin set the tone for an end-of-summer gathering for the Fashionables in support of Chapman University. On the oceanfront cliffs above Emerald Bay, some 200 glamorous patrons arrived at the formidable Martin estate, a Georgian-inspired stone manor by the sea. The dinner party was set up on the sloping lawn above the Pacific facing north and west into the sunset.
July 15, 2004
B.W. COOK Big money for higher education was the big-ticket luncheon at Shady Canyon Golf Club in Irvine. A capacity crowd of Newport-Mesa supporters of Chapman University filled the dining room facing the California scenery of hills, cactus and Shady Canyon's course. They had come to applaud Kristina Dodge, a young, attractive and naturally engaging Newport Coast resident, who teamed up with husband Larry Dodge to make a $20 million donation to Chapman University, the largest ever in the history of the institution.
By Lauren Williams | February 21, 2012
Friends of a Chapman University law professor who died after falling from a parking structure last week remembered her as a legal ally to supporters of same-sex marriage. Mary "Katherine" Baird Darmer was one of the founding members and served as the legal chairwoman of the Orange County Equality Coalition, providing legal counsel to those working to repeal Proposition 8. Darmer, who lived in Newport Beach, fell from a parking structure in the 19000 block of MacArthur Boulevard in Irvine on Friday.
From the Orange County Register | July 20, 2012
Donna Crean, a well-known philanthropist in Orange County, died Friday morning at her home in Newport Beach, the Orange County Register reported . She had been battling Alzheimer's disease for some time. She was 82.  Crean and her late husband, John, created The Crean Foundation, which gave away $5 million to charities in just the last year, according to the Register's report. The Donna and John Crean Mariners Branch Library in Newport was named after the couple, who also donated  $10 million to Chapman University in 2010.
By By Andrew Edwards | December 9, 2005
Chapman University forecast, which was wrong in its 2005 predictions, calls for 4.2% dip in 2006.Last year, Chapman University's economic forecast incorrectly predicted Orange County home prices would drop. This year, the university's forecast is again projecting a decline for real estate. Thursday, when Chapman University professor Esmael Adibi presented the university's economic forecast for 2006, he admitted that he made a mistake last year when he predicted a drop in Orange County home prices.
By B.W. COOK | December 10, 2005
The 19th annual Christmas at the Ritz presented by the Fashionable Women of Chapman University raised an impressive $172,000 for the university. The Fashionable Women really should change their name to the Incredible Fundraising Women inasmuch as the ladies made a pledge to Chapman University to raise $500,000 over a five-year period. They raised the funds in 2 1/2 years, honoring their pledge, and brought in close to $200,000 more last weekend at their annual Christmas luncheon.
April 8, 2006
ORANGE ? Rachel Bomgren hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning as Vanguard University salvaged a nonconference softball doubleheader split with Chapman University on Friday. The Lions (18-20) won the second game, 2-1, on Bomgren's homer. Erin Ladd's RBI single in the fifth inning tied the score at 1-1. Krista Mahan picked up the victory, scattering seven hits and striking out six. In the first game, Vanguard was held to six hits in a 2-0 loss. Bomgren had two hits in the game, with Ladd, Heather Durham, Jennifer Rynda and Jenna Willis adding hits.
By B.W. Cook | April 17, 2014
He worked on wardrobe design for stars Loretta Young and Marilyn Monroe through his association with the house of Jean Louis. His film and television credits for costume design run the gamut from the classics to the comics. He is Maxwell Barr , originally from Sydney, Australia, a man who has dedicated life and career to the world of fashion design. Today, he teaches and lectures worldwide, predominantly on his own particular passion: the 18th-century French royal court. Among his favorite subjects: the style and fashion sense of Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV's notorious mistress.
January 28, 2014
Corona del Mar High senior center Giovanni Gentosi and senior quarterback Luke Napolitano made the All-State Medium Schools First Team, and Scott Meyer earned the All-State Medium Schools Coach of the Year award, as the three played instrumental roles during the Sea Kings' unprecedented football season. During the 2012 season, CdM claimed its second straight undefeated Pacific Coast League title, its third straight CIF Southern Section Southern Division title, its first CIF State Division III Bowl Game title, and it became the first high school football team in California to finish a season 16-0.
By B.W. Cook | November 21, 2013
The remarkable transformation of Chapman University from a small-town college of little reputation to a serious university with a growing national pedigree is testament to the vitality and the commitment of the Orange County citizenry. It is also the leadership of Chapman's president, Jim Doti , that has inspired serious money to support the vision. The list of Chapman champions is long and distinguished, perhaps beginning with the dedication of Chapman alum George Argyros and his wife, Julianne . Their support has rallied nearly every O.C. citizen of means and accomplishment to not only contribute millions of dollars but also to lend expertise, advice and intellectual and emotional support.
By Hannah Fry | October 8, 2013
While two theoretical physicists celebrated their Nobel Prize win for predicting the discovery of the Higgs boson, often referred to as the "God" particle, scientists at UC Irvine rejoiced in their contribution to the research that led to the accolade, according to a UCI news release. The Higgs boson is the reason particles that make up matter have mass. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, on Tuesday bestowed the award to Peter Higgs, 84, and Francois Englert, 80. In the 1960s, Higgs, Englert and various other scientists published studies furthering the theory of the Higgs field, the release stated.
By B.W. Cook | September 19, 2013
They soared on the wings of eagles. A group of Newport-Mesa women, led by Stephanie Bernardy and Michele Mullen , came together Sept. 13 at Newport Beach's Haute Cakes Caffe to launch a new women's auxiliary dedicated to fundraising and "friendraising" on behalf of Santa Ana's KidWorks educational enrichment programs. They are calling their group WINGS, an acronym for Women Investing In Graduate Success. The Friday evening event attracted 100 guests raising more than $10,000 to launch the WINGS auxiliary.
August 31, 2013
Dan Krikorian will resign as Costa Mesa High boys' basketball coach to become the top assistant men's basketball coach at Chapman University, Costa Mesa High announced in a press release Saturday. Mike Molina, the CMHS junior varsity coach and a former player, will be the varsity coach on an interim basis. Krikorian, a former Costa Mesa standout, will be the Chapman "Head Assistant Coach," according to the release. His resignation is effective Tuesday. He had left Costa Mesa as an assistant coach last year to be a part of the Chapman staff, but returned to be head coach of the Mustangs after Bryan Rice left to become a full-time teacher at Tustin.
By Jill Cowan | July 3, 2013
A little more than a year after her death and days after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for same-sex marriage in California, members of the Orange County Lavender Bar Assn. will honor the memory of Chapman University law professor Mary "Katherine" Baird Darmer with a scholarship for a local law student. Darmer, who lived with her husband and two children in Newport Beach, was remembered as a fierce legal ally in support of same-sex marriage. She committed suicide in February 2012 at age 47, according to an Orange County coroner's office report.
June 7, 2013
For the business community, economic trend watchers and curious parties, it's that time of the year. The annual Chapman University Economic Forecast is having its midyear update conference Wednesday morning at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, where economists will discuss how the predictions for 2013, which were announced in November, are churning up in the real world. Esmael Adibi and James Doti are the guest speakers. Adibi heads the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman.
By Matt Szabo | April 13, 2013
It's rare to catch Corona del Mar High senior Molly Rovzar off guard on the girls' lacrosse field. She is a senior midfielder and team captain for the Sea Kings. Despite missing two games this year due to illness, she leads the team in most statistical categories like goals (43), draw controls (24) and ground balls (35). When Rovzar was asked her favorite movie, though, she had to pause. She switched between comedies. First she said, "Step Brothers. " Then a moment later, she changed it to "Bridesmaids," which she correctly remembered was her choice when she was Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week for the first time last year.
By B.W. Cook | January 31, 2013
The Orange County Museum of Art is set to begin a year of special events beginning in February, kicking off a season of cutting-edge art events in the OC. Museum director Dennis Szakacs and his team are sponsoring an exhibition titled "Richard Jackson: Ain't Painting A Pain. " The exhibition is sponsored and made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Local art support is coming from the philanthropic Jean and Tim Weiss , Lenore and Bernard Greenberg , and additional donors including the Rennie Collection of Vancouver, the David Kordansky Gallery, and Hauser & Wirth.
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