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Chapman University, Nicholas Academic Center launch second Visiting Scholars Series

The program introduces underserved high school students to a college environment.

By Kylie MalstromPublished: October 28, 2011 07:00 AM

Dr. Henry Nicholas
Chapman University and the Nicholas Academic Center have recently launched the second Visiting Scholars Series, for the 2011-2012 school year. The program aims to introduce high school students from underserved communities in Santa Ana to a college academic environment.

Dr. Brian Alters, the founder and director of Chapman University’s Evolution Education Research Center, delivered the opening lecture, “The Pursuit of Happiness and Knowledge: Walt Disney and Charles Darwin.” The session was held at the NAC Annex in downtown Santa Ana.

Since its launch one year ago, the program has included lectures by Chapman University faculty and staff on a range of subjects, from the origins of mathematics to the construction of video games.

“We are honored to begin the second year of this unique partnership with Chapman University,” said Dr. Henry Nicholas – co-founder and former co-chairman, president and CEO of Irvine-based Broadcom Corp. – who established the Nicholas Academic Centers in 2008 with retired superior court judge Jack Mandel. “Our goal has been to provide our students with a diverse and challenging academic environment. The first year was a great success, and we look forward to continuing this success through the current academic year.”

Dr. Daniele Struppa, Chapman University’s chancellor, said, “For the university, this partnership provides the opportunity to develop relationships with talented students in our own backyard and introduce them to some of our most talented faculty. I hope it’s as rewarding for the students as it is for our faculty and for me, personally.”

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