Chapman University Chancellor to Speak at Nicholas Academic Centers’ “Visiting Scholar Series”


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Dr. Daniele Struppa Highlights the Latest Segment in an Innovative Program to Expose Santa Ana Students to College, Build Ties with Top Local Universities


Chapman Chancellor and mathematics professor Dr. Daniel Struppa explains the origins of mathematics to NAC students.SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Chapman University Chancellor Dr. Daniele Struppa will highlight the third segment in the Nicholas Academic Centers’ four-part “Visiting Scholar Series” on Saturday. Since the monthly lectures began in September, students have heard Chapman University professors speak on indigenous cultures, Renaissance art, social media and geological satellite technology. The ground-breaking program is designed to expose Santa Ana high school students to a college atmosphere, while strengthening ties with highly respected local universities.

“The partnership between Chapman University and the Nicholas Academic Centers has heightened students’ interest in college and particularly top local institutions,” said Dr. Corina A. Espinoza, assistant executive director of the Nicholas Academic Centers (NACs). “We are privileged to have Dr. Struppa join with us to impact our students at such a critical juncture in their lives.”

Struppa, a distinguished mathematician, will discuss “What is Mathematics?” and how students can perform math problems in a fun and engaging method. Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Carmichael Peters, will seek to identify a conceptual and intuitional answer to the question “Is there a point to living? And if so, what is it?”

The monthly lecture series will conclude on December 11th. Associate Professor of Law, Ernesto Hernandez-Lopez, and Dean of the Leatherby Libraries, Charlene Baldwin are set to give the final lectures, respectively, on “Immigration, Citizenship and the 14th Amendment” and “The Children of West Africa.”

All lectures are open to the public and take place from 9 a.m. to noon at 313 North Birch Street (2nd Floor) in downtown Santa Ana. Morning refreshments are served.

The Nicholas Academic Centers serve hundreds of students in the Santa Ana Unified School District on a daily basis throughout the school year and summer. This fall, 66 Nicholas Academic Center graduates are attending college, including some of the nation’s best four-year institutions such as Georgetown, Smith, Haverford, UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Irvine. Nearly all of the students have received full scholarships and financial aid.

The Centers are based on a program started by Retired Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel in the early 1990’s in an effort to fill an urgent need for after-school tutoring and mentoring in Santa Ana. In 2007, Judge Mandel partnered with Henry Nicholas, co-founder and former Co-Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom Corporation, to create the Nicholas Academic Centers. The first center was established in 2008 and a second center opened a year later.

About the Nicholas Academic Centers

The Nicholas Academic Centers are directed by retired Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel and higher education expert, Dr. Corina A. Espinoza, and were established by the Henry T. Nicholas, III Foundation. Located in downtown Santa Ana and on the campus of Valley High School in Santa Ana, the Centers provide free tutoring and mentoring for students, as well as computers and a safe place to study. For more information, visit Become a fan of the Nicholas Academic Centers on Facebook.

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