Chapman President Daniele C. Struppa shared the following message with the campus community on Tuesday, April 21.

I’m very proud to share with you that two of our colleagues were published in one of the oldest, most prestigious publications in Italy—La Stampa. Argyros School of Business and Economics Professors, Dr. Gabriele Camera and Nobel Laureate in Economics Dr. Vernon Smith addressed their views on the long-term impact of policymaking in the response to COVID-19. Here is a brief summary of their article.

Tuesday Update, April 21, 2020

  • On April 6, 2020, I announced greater restrictions on access to the physical campuses in Orange and Irvine that limited on-site work to a reduced list of essential staff. The goal was to return to the full list of essential staff on April 21 (today). Due to the statewide restrictions that remain in place, WE ARE NOT LIFTING RESTRICTIONS TO THE CAMPUSES. However, we do understand the need for individual staff to process department mail, invoices, bills and paperwork.
    • If this is needed for your department, the department head should identify one individual and submit Name, Title, Department Name, Building to be Accessed, and Employee ID badge number to Sharon Krueger in Human Resources. She will issue an essential staff letter identifying that individual’s ability to access campus.
    • In order to access the building, the essential staff must contact Public Safety at (714) 997-6763 to coordinate a time to come to campus, and bring the letter each time. We ask that you limit this to once per week and follow health agency guidelines including wearing a mask and gloves.
    • Staff must also coordinate the timing of their campus visit with Mail Services at (714) 997-6821 so department mail is available for pick-up, and bills are returned to them for delivery to Financial Services.
    • We will continue to follow guidance from the Governor’s office and our local health agencies to determine if any restrictions will be lifted in the near future.
  • With the announcement that summer classes will begin remotely, we are informing students with 12-month license agreements that summer housing will only initially be available to those who are currently living in housing with approval and those that have signed up for summer housing and are approved to move in. Students need a compelling reason to move into their room in early June and charges will be prorated accordingly if they cannot move in at the start of the summer agreement. They are being asked to work with Residence Life staff directly.


  • Through this crisis, we remain very focused on both undergraduate and graduate admissions to ensure we have a strong fall enrollment. At this point, our numbers are looking strong for our undergraduate class as we enter into “decision season.” Now is the time when admitted students begin making the final decision on which school to attend. We have created many virtual experiences to accommodate the inability to be on campus, including events targeted to showcase individual schools and programs. If you are asked to participate in admission events, I ask you to make every effort to assist. I also encourage you to become familiar with the growing list of online undergraduate admission resources being launched.


  • Office of Human Resources is sponsoring a new program to recognize your colleagues while working from home. It is important to stay connected during this time, and one way to do this is to recognize your colleagues. Paws for Applause is an online recognition program that provides you the opportunity to recognize a fellow Panther with a shout out, a thank you, or a simple “you’re the best” message. To send your colleague a Paws for Applause, please click on this link and follow the instructions.


  • I encourage you to join the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education “Virtual Commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance” at 7:00 p.m. tonight. You will see survivors accompanied by students in lighting the six candles of remembrance. The centerpiece of the observance is the program of video, music and dance created in 2011 by our graduating Holocaust history minors. Learn more about the event and how to access it here.


  • The University will share some of our community endeavors in a Community Impact Forum with the City of Orange Mayor on April 24, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Panelists for the town hall style discussion will include myself, City of Orange Mayor Mark Murphy, Vice President for Research Tom Piechota, Vice President of Community Relations Jack Raubolt, Dean of Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Janeen Hill and Dean of Fowler School of Engineering Andrew Lyon, School of Pharmacy Dean Ron Jordan. Vice President of Campus Planning Collette Creppell will moderate. You can access the Town Hall here.


  • Vice President for Research Thomas Piechota will be hosting another Ask the Experts – COVID-19 Town Hall on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., with several faculty: Jim Doti (Professor and President Emeritus, The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics) – update on how California economy should hit the restart button; Jennifer Keene (Professor and Dean, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences) – Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918; Jason Douglas (Assistant Professor, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences) – COVID-19 related health disparities; Erik Linstead and Gregory Goldsmith (Fowler School of Engineering and Schmid College of Science and Technology) – students engaged in 3D printing of masks and COVID-19 research on higher education institutional responses. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to join with this link and learn more about their fascinating work and ask questions of the experts.

I hope you are all having a good week, and you’re staying safe and healthy.