Dear John,

The start of 2014 is just days away now. What are your plans for the new year? President Jim Doti plans to once again run the Boston Marathon again. During the recent California International Marathon in Sacramento, Doti finished in 4:07:17, easily meeting the 4:10 Boston qualifying time for the 65-69 age group. As an avid marathoner and mountain climber, Doti has run in the Boston Marathon seven times. Inspiring, right?

If there is anything that I can do to be of service to you on behalf of Chapman University, contact me at (714) 392-6358 or


David B. Moore
Director, Planned Giving

A Message for the World
Munira Akhunzada and Shamsi Maqsoudi are back in their native Afghanistan now, advocating for clients and for change in their homeland’s legal system. But their impact on the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law is still being felt. In May, the two human rights attorneys graduated with LL.M. (Master of Laws) degrees, completing their studies as special selectees of the U.S. government’s Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. At the graduation ceremony on Chapman’s campus, Akhunzada was picked to give the Commencement address by a vote of her classmates, most of whom are men from Saudi Arabia, where women face many restrictions, including not being able to travel without a male guardian. “These are men who may not have voted before and they voted not only for a woman but an Afghan woman,” said Professor Ron Steiner, director of graduate programs for the Fowler School of Law. “It’s quite extraordinary.” Read More
The Season of Giving
It's December and they aren't making any more months in 2013, so now is the only time to make a charitable gift that you can deduct from your 2013 taxes. Although Chapman University is officially closed until Thursday, Jan. 2, there are still many ways to make an end-of-year gift to support our important mission. You can (1) send a check (payable to Chapman University and postmarked by Dec. 31) to Chapman University, Attn: Gift Recorder, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866, (2) make a gift online, or (3) contact me at (714) 392-6358 or for assistance. Among other things, I can provide instructions for the transfer of appreciated securities to share with your broker. I am always pleased to be of service. Thank you for your tremendous and ongoing support!
Personal Planner
Income for Surviving Spouse
Elliot and Alexis were concerned about planning for the future. They had built a substantial estate of $1,200,000. When Elliot was 70, he rolled over his $400,000 qualified Read More
Savvy Living
How Medicare Covers Alzheimer's Disease
What does Medicare cover when it comes to Alzheimer's disease? My wife was recently diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's and I would like to find out what is covered and what is not. Read More
Your Plan
Welcome Home, Chapman Alumni
Thanks to a leadership gift from Tom Elliott '60 and Pat (Wood) Elliott '60, '74, alumni have a new home to call their own at Chapman University. Read More
Washington News
Commissioner Koskinen's Message to the IRS
Following his confirmation on December 20 as the new Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen sent greetings to all IRS employees. Read More
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CDs and Mortgages - Interest Rates Remain Largely Unchanged Read More
Chapman University Events
For a full list of Chapman events, please visit our events calendar. By using the calendar options on the left navigation, you can find calendars that are specific to the artsathletics and more.
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 7 - 16, 2014
    Personal Finance Seminar
    Is your New Year's resolution to organize your financial affairs, achieve your financial objectives and secure a sound financial future? The Hoag Center for Real Estate and Finance at Chapman University is pleased to offer a 2-week seminar on personal financial management. The course starts with the basics and no prior knowledge of finance is assumed. Time and location: 5 - 7 p.m., Argyros Forum 209A & B, Cost: $15-$25. (Details)
  • Jan. 19 - 26, 2014
    Choir Tour of Texas
    During their bi-annual winter tour, the magnificent 34-voice University Singers choir will be performing in Houston, Pasadena, Spring, Fort Worth, Dallas, Garland, Arlington and Plano. (Details)
  • Throughout January and February
    A Festival of Soviet Culture: Russian Music, Art, Theater, Dance and Film c. 1930 - 1953
    The Chapman Global Arts Program, in partnership with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, celebrates the life and works of Dmitri Shostakovich and his contemporaries. Among the festival of events on campus will be an interview/presentation with Solomon Volkov and Joesph Horowitz on Jan. 31, and a film and concert introducing a performance of Shostakovich Sonata for Viola and Piano on Feb. 4. (Details)
  • Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
    Chapman Alumni Lifelong Learning (CALL) Orientation
    Your learning journey doesn’t end when you graduate from Chapman University; it has only just begun! To encourage Chapman alumni 50 years of age and older to continue learning and growing, the Alumni Association is proud to offer the Chapman Alumni Lifelong Learning (CALL) program. Attend the orientation to see what classes will be available free to qualified alumni during the spring semester. Time and location: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Henley Reading Room in the Leatherby Libraries. (Details)
  • Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
    Town & Gown Luncheon, Can't Help Singing: A Tribute to Broadway Greats
    Through words and music, Professor Refeld will present Can’t Help Singing, which explores a personal and authentic look at Broadway greats, featuring stories and songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Lerner and Loewe, Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim. This great legacy of songs is sure to please, inspire and entertain. Ms. Refeld has enjoyed a professional career of more than 20 years on Broadway and many of the great opera and concert stages of the world. At Chapman, this celebrated artist is passing on her knowledge and experience by inspiring and educating budding singers and performers. Christoph Weinhart, from Wurzburg, Germany, will accompany her on the piano. Time and location: 11:30 - 1:30 p.m., Argyros Forum 209A, Cost: $30. (Details)
  • Friday, Feb. 7, 2014
    University Singers Post-Tour Concert
    Lead by Stephen Coker, this 34-voice choir’s tour repertoire includes music of Victoria, Brahms, Britten, Aharon Harlap, and Hyo-won Woo as well as folk music from Uruguay, Nigeria and Finland. Time and location: 7:30 p.m., Fish Interfaith Center, Cost: $15 general admission; $10 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students. (Details)
Words of a Student: Kimi Takaoka
"Thank you so much for your generous contributions. Some of my best memories have been made while traveling with the basketball team. These travel opportunities would not have been possible without your help. Thank you!"

Kimi Takaoka '14
Major: Athletic Training
Hometown: Arcadia, CA

These words of appreciation were volunteered by Kimi Takaoka, who will graduate in May. By including Chapman University in your estate plans, you can help students like Kimi gain experiences in the classroom and working as a team that will forever shape their futures. For more information contact David B. Moore at (714) 516-4590 or
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