Donor Stories

  • Legacy of a Cultural Catalyst
    Legacy of a Cultural Catalyst
    Originally from North Carolina, Ginger Silverman '77 was sure she wanted to leave her small town and go to California for...
  • Investing in the Future
    Investing in the Future
    How did Nella Webster-O'Grady '71 find herself one of three women in the Argyros School of Business and Economics in the...
  • Education is Salvation
    Education is Salvation
    Larry (M.A. '72) and Sandee Collier believe in the life-changing power of education. "Education is salvation," emphasizes...
  • Finding Joy in Giving
    Finding Joy in Giving
    As members of the clergy in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Reverends Bill and Mary Jacobs have built relationships with...
  • Connecting Through Music
    Connecting Through Music
    Hugh Galt finds joy in music - particularly music from Chapman University. Every year, he looks forward to the annual Chapman Celebrates...
  • Supporting Education through a Global Perspective
    Supporting Education through a Global Perspective
    After working for many years in international business and extensive overseas travel, Jane Clark deeply values a global...
  • Full Circle: Bowen Family Transforms Loss into Legacy
    Full Circle: Bowen Family Transforms Loss into Legacy
    When Ana Bowen and Rosa Lardenoit presented a gift of $100,000 to Chapman University from the estate of their late brother Joaquin "Jay" Cuetara, the moment was bittersweet.
  • Scholar for Life
    Scholar for Life
    For Bill Cumiford '63, a passion to teach is now woven into the double helix of his DNA. "If you tell me..."
  • A New Trend for Young Alumni: Planning Decades in Advance
    A New Trend for Young Alumni: Planning Decades in Advance
    Wills, living trusts and last wishes. Such extremely important topics— and yet many of us don't plan to think about them...
  • Young Alumni Legacy Giving on the Rise
    Young Alumni Legacy Giving on the Rise
    Alex Popescu '10 took steps towards creating his legacy earlier than many other alumni.
  • A Legacy of Brotherly Love
    A Legacy of Brotherly Love
    Dorothy Dyer, World War II-era elementary school secretary, was not the kind of woman who took no for an answer – unless it was a "no" of her own...
  • A Legacy of Possibility
    A Legacy of Possibility
    Christine Cross's first encounter with the Chapman University community happened while waiting in line for valet parking. Her attorney...
  • Parents Remember Son Through Legacy Scholarship
    Parents Remember Son Through Legacy Scholarship
    Ryan Odenwalder (JD '09) was known throughout Chapman's law school for his willingness to help anyone in need, no matter what.
  • Giving With a Global Perspective
    Giving With a Global Perspective
    Sussan Mashhoodi '82 knows firsthand the value of global citizenship. As a teenager, she left Iran to attend Chapman University just before...
  • Never Too Young to Have a Plan
    Never Too Young to Have a Plan
    When class of 1998 alumni Jason and Nicole (Lejuwaan) Hernandez married, they developed a will as an essential component of their family planning.
  • Professor Creates a Legacy in Education
    Professor Creates a Legacy in Education
    Dr. Joel Colbert and his wife, Donna, are lifelong educators who are passionate about their vocation. Donna retired from the Los Angeles Unified School...
  • Celebrating the Chapman Spirit Through Giving
    Celebrating the Chapman Spirit Through Giving
    Wilcox Patterson '62 and his wife, Sandy, are longtime fans and supporters of Chapman University. Their daughter, Stacy, earned her B.A. in...
  • Our Third Child: The Christian Church
    Our Third Child: The Christian Church
    "You my friend, a stranger once, do now belong to heaven. Once far away, you are brought home into God's family, 'When you do this, remember me.'"
  • Giving as a Strategy for Retirement
    Giving as a Strategy for Retirement
    Mamie Yong Maywhort '78 started her philanthropic journey with a $25 gift to Chapman University soon after she graduated. She and her husband...
  • Welcome Home, Chapman Alumni
    Welcome Home, Chapman Alumni
    Thanks to a leadership gift from Tom Elliott '60 and Pat (Wood) Elliott '60 (M.A. '74), alumni have a new home to call their own at Chapman University.
  • Son's Success Inspires Major Gift
    Son's Success Inspires Major Gift
    Adrienne and Rande Shaffer, parents of Teren '08, knew Chapman University was the right place for their son from the moment they set foot...
  • A Legacy of Leadership Through Philanthropy
    A Legacy of Leadership Through Philanthropy
    Kalani Mench '13 was the first in his family to attend Chapman University. During his freshman year, his parents...
  • Champions for Tolerance and Diversity
    Champions for Tolerance and Diversity
    In 2005, Irving and Nancy Chase were invited to attend a gala for the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University.
  • A True Legacy for California's Gold
    A True Legacy for California's Gold
    Throughout his prolific 30-year television career, Huell Howser shed light on the unique culture of California, recognizing extraordinary...
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