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The Chapman University Visiting Scholars Series Returns to the Nicholas Academic Centers April 14

March 26, 2012

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The Chapman Visiting Scholar Series returns April 14, this time to discuss the "Science of Art."
The lecture will provide students an opportunity to understand the collaboration required to mount a production within the entertainment industry. Emphasis will be placed on the amalgamation of Performance and Entertainment Technology. Through this lecture, the implementation of technology within the entertainment industry will be discussed, along with career opportunities within the burgeoning fields of Entertainment Technology and Entertainment Engineering.  
Professor Alicia Okouchi-Guy (Department of Dance) and Professor Donald Guy (Head of Entertainment Technology) are currently developing an Entertainment Technology curriculum alongside the world-renowned entertainment group, Cirque du Soleil. This partnership will allow Chapman University to afford students the opportunity to develop skill sets to compete in this highly competitive industry.

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Dr. Jennifer H. Waldeck Speaks the Truth to NAC Students About Communication

May 15, 2012

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Dr. Jennifer Waldeck shares the importance of Communication with NAC Students.In the last lecture of the Chapman Visiting Scholars Series for the school year, Dr. Jennifer Waldeck stressed the importance of being able to communicate willingly and effectively with the Nicholas Academic Centers’ students. Dr. Waldeck, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Chapman University, used the concepts from her co-authored book, Business and Professional Communication in a Digital Age to examine the role communication plays in people’s everyday lives.
According to Dr. Waldeck, “Our willingness to grow as a communicator in all kinds of settings, even the ones outside our comfort zone, can help us in incredible ways.” Using “The Simultaneous Transactions Model of Communication,” she noted that a number of factors influence the ways people communicate, including physical surroundings, organizational culture, and social relationships. Hugo Gutierrez, NAC Executive Director, confirmed this by sharing with NAC students how he communicates in various settings with different groups: “There are many different angles I have to consider in my position here working with the organization. I engage with students and staff, and partners like Dr. Struppa and Dr. Waldeck, who come to visit, and funders. There’s a wide range of people I communicate with, and communication seems to be tailored to fit the audience.”
NAC students attending the lecture participated in a number of exercises designed by Dr. Waldeck to encourage people to pay closer attention to their audience and the ways in which they communicate. In one exercise, students sat with their backs to one another, and they struggled to communicate without using any visual cues. The students then faced their partners and found it much easier to have a conversation. NAC senior, Joe Serrano said, “It was hard to hear with our backs to one another, especially with so many people talking.” Dr. Waldeck noted that distractions like noise could impact people’s ability to communicate with their partners. She also mentioned that facial expressions and other body language could help listeners interpret what the speaker is saying and how he or she feels about it.

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Hope College Visits the Nicholas Academic Centers

March 16, 2012

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Greg Kern of Hope College providing information to NAC students.Hope College, located in Holland, Michigan, and one of 40 colleges included in Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL), recently visited the Nicholas Academic Centers to inform students about the Hope College environment and answer questions about Hope’s many programs. According to the CTCL website, “Hope ranks in the top 5% among private, 4-year colleges in terms of alumni earning a Ph.D.”
Greg Kern, Associate Director of Admissions for Hope College, met with NAC freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and discussed the importance of choosing a college that best fits them as students, a point emphasized in the NAC’s College Knowledge workshops. Some considerations for making the “best fit” include class size, experiential learning options, and areas of study. The average class size at Hope is 20-22 students, which is small compared to some larger class sizes offered at other schools; the small class size allows students and faculty to work more closely with one another and ensure that the students’ learning needs are met. Hope College also offers 200 study abroad programs in over 60 countries, and is accredited in a wide range of majors, including art, dance, music, theatre, chemistry, education, engineering, nursing, and social work, among others. Mr. Kern also discussed course-load capacity, time management, and the Phelps Scholars program.
The visit is one of many scheduled throughout the school year, all of which are aimed at exposing students to highly ranked universities they might not have otherwise discovered. Several colleges have participated in the NAC Visiting Colleges program, including Morningside, Colgate, Wooster, Wabash, Haverford, Hampshire, and Hendrix, to name a few.

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NAC Students Know that Grainy Ice Cream Still Tastes Good

March 04, 2012

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Dr Prakash and NAC students, making ice cream from scratch.

Grainy ice cream still tastes good, as the Nicholas Academic Centers students found out at the most recent Chapman Visiting Scholars Series. Chapman University professor, Dr. Prakash, spoke on the science of how we taste food.
Food gains taste through its chemical makeup and through our perception of food. As we approach our food, we evaluate a dish’s edibleness through all of our senses. Prakash explained how we perceive a potato chip as fresh if it crunches when we bite into it.
Prakash ended her engaging presentation through a detailed demonstration of how the chemical makeup of all of the components work together to make ice cream. By mixing cream, sugars, and emulsifiers, and then stirring the mixture as dry ice froze it, Prakash and the student volunteers created ice cream in just a few minutes. Because the NAC is not an industrial food, the mixture was not as evenly blended, which resulted in larger ice crystals and a grainy feeling when the students ate it.
The event was well attended and enjoyed by all who participated, and the students look forward to next month’s visiting scholar.

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OC Register, "Lecture series links Santa Ana students, scholars"

Dr. Michael Shermer is shown here with Giovanny Diaz and Roberto Servin.Fernando Martinez sent us the following story:

Santa Ana Unified School District students attending the Nicholas Academic Centers recently attended a presentation on “The Believing Brain,” given by Dr. Michael Shermer.

The lecture is a part of the Nicholas Academic Center’s Visiting Scholars Series, a partnership with Chapman University.

Since the program was launched in 2010, hundreds of students have been exposed to a college academic environment that explores a variety of academic topics while preparing them for college.

Shermer’s lecture challenged students to critically analyze how belief systems are built and reinforced within society.

Student Katherine Mitchell stated that the Saturday lecture helped her “use critical thinking in everyday life, in what people tell you, trying to sort out lies,” adding that it also helped reinforce the idea that “It’s okay to say ‘I don’t know’ about a certain topic when one is not sure.”

The Nicholas Academic Center’s Chapman Lecture series is part of the center’s yearly programs that target and prepare SAUSD students for college.

The centers were established in 2008 by Dr. Henry Nicholas, co-founder and former co-chairman, president and CEO of Broadcom Corporation and retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel.

Over the last two years the program has graduated over 150 students. One hundred percent of NAC seniors have gone on to college, compared to 61 percent for Hispanic high school students nationwide, and 96 percent of NAC graduates who attend four-year colleges are still enrolled, with many excelling academically.
By contrast, according to the College Board, national sophomore retention rates for all students are less than 80 percent, and only 46.8 percent of Hispanic college students graduate within six years.

The Nicholas Academic Centers and Chapman University will hold the next lecture on Saturday, March 3. The event is free and open to the public.

Fernando Martinez is director of academic services for Nicholas Academic Center II.

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Reuters, "Nobel-Winning Economist Vernon L. Smith Lectures to Inner-City High School Students at the Nicholas Academic Centers"

The Chapman University Professor, Known as the Father of “Experimental Economics,” Demonstrates How Both Buyers and Sellers Benefit from Market Transactions

Chapman University Nobel Laureate Vernon L. Smith, and his colleague, Bart Wilson, brought their unorthodox teaching methods to the students, parents and staff of the Nicholas Academic Centers in Santa Ana, CA., on Saturday (Nov. 5), conducting “double auction” experiments in which students learned how both buyers and sellers, who know nothing of each other’s interests, can benefit from market transactions.

The two professors from Chapman’s Economic Science Institute made their second appearance as part of the Nicholas Academic Centers’ 2011-12 “Visiting Scholar Series” in partnership with Chapman University. Drs. Smith and Wilson delivered their first lecture in the series in January 2011 at the Center in downtown Santa Ana, CA.

Dr. Smith said he got the idea for “Experimental Economics” as a newly minted Harvard PhD teaching his first class at Purdue University. “I realized I didn’t know anything about the connection between the pretty pictures in the text books and how the real world worked,” Dr. Smith told the gathering. “So I decided to do an experiment.” He went on to became known as the father of “Experimental Economics” and in 2002 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in using laboratory experiments to research why markets and other exchange systems work the way they do.

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