November 10, 1999
-- Alex Coolman The School of Law at Chapman University has received a $5-million gift from Newport Beach resident and Chapman trustee Harry Rinker. Chapman President James L. Doti characterized the contribution as "one of the most significant" the school had received during its Millennium Campaign, a fund-raising effort that aims to generate $160 million. Rinker and his wife Diane have previously made sizable contributions to the university. The atrium of its Argyros Forum, a classroom in its Technology Hall and several scholarships are named for the Rinkers.
April 30, 2012
Taylor Lynd Brigandi and Gregory George Swanson. Christopher and Christina Brigandi along with Richard and Ellen Swanson are pleased to announce the engagement of Taylor Lynd Brigandi to Gregory George Swanson. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Chapman University and is currently employed at Hurley. The future groom is a graduate of the University of Arizona and earned his Master's Degree at Cal State University Fullerton. He currently works in construction management. The wedding will take place in Newport Beach on July 28th 2012.
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.
January 31, 2003
Rachel 'Toni' Oliphant Rachel "Toni" Oliphant, a Corona del Mar resident better known as one of the three Knott sisters, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure. She was 86. Mrs. Oliphant and sisters Virginia and Marion and brother Russell were the children of Walter and Cordelia Knott, the couple who owned Knott's Berry Farm. Mrs. Oliphant remained active in the growth of Knott's Berry Farm. She was involved in retail as a general partner and director before it was sold to Cedar Fair L.P. in 1997.
October 25, 2003
O'Meara-McGovern John and Polly O'Meara of Newport Beach announce the engagement of their daughter Christie O'Meara of Newport Beach to Jack W. McGovern II of West Palm Beach, Fla. The bride-elect graduated from Corona del Mar High school, Baylor University and Indiana University. The future bridegroom, son of Jack and Cindy McGovern of Olive Branch Miss., graduated from Kennesaw State University in Ga. A Nov. 15 wedding is planned at the Center Club in Costa Mesa.
March 15, 2003
McElfresh-Pitman Mr. and Mrs. Ross and Bonnie McElfresh of Newport Beach announce the engagement of their daughter, Marin McElfresh of Costa Mesa, to Kristofer Pitman of Costa Mesa. The bride-elect graduated from Newport Harbor High School and Chapman University. The future bridegroom, son of Lynette Matheny of Pensacola and Dwight Pitman of San Diego, graduated from Hilltop High School and Chapman University. An Aug. 16 wedding is planned at the Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar. Carroll-Graveline Addie Carroll of Laguna Niguel and Tom Carroll of Reno, Nev. announce the engagement of their daughter, Colleen Carroll of Laguna Niguel, to Greg Graveline of Newport Beach.
July 21, 2012
Orange County philanthropist Donna Crean died Friday morning in Village Crean in Newport Beach, surrounded by family, a family friend confirmed Saturday. Crean had been battlingAlzheimer's. She was 82. Barbara Venezia, an OC Register columnist and close friend of the family, said a burial will take place Tuesday and a private memorial shortly thereafter. "Donna was the glue that held the family together," Venezia said Saturday. "She was a force to be reckoned with. She had a great sense of humor and a great faith.
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.
December 26, 2009
Two Costa Mesa-based private, healthcare-focused, post-secondary institutions have announced leadership changes. American Career College has selected Al Nederhood as its new president. He previously served as its executive vice president of operations. Nederhood now will be responsible for faculty and support personnel, accreditation, curriculum development, academic assessment, policies and procedures, and budget management for the school’s three Southern California campuses.