Chapman President Daniele C. Struppa shared the following message with the campus community on Tuesday, April 28.
This past week, the City of Orange Mayor Mark Murphy joined several deans and other Chapman leaders in a Virtual Town Hall bring together almost 500 community members to learn what Chapman is doing, and could be doing, to respond to the global pandemic. In that session, School of Pharmacy Dean Ron Jordan highlighted that nearly 200 student interns and dozens of faculty members from the School of Pharmacy are playing key roles on medical teams across Southern California. Across the country, some 200 Chapman pharmacy alumni are also working, from community health clinics to hospitals, dealing with the patient surge. We have posted a story that explains in more detail the critical role pharmacists will continue to play in the response to COVID-19.
Chapman’s unique focus on patient safety makes our students and alumni even more valuable during this crisis. I look forward to the fall launch of a new Master in Patient Safety—a program designed to advance many more professionals with this as an area of expertise.
Tuesday Update, April 28, 2020
- Today is Chapman’s Giving Day. Follow the website and Chapman University Facebook Page to stay engaged for the remainder of the event. As I send this message we have over 600 gifts, totaling almost $350,000. To top that off, our generous members of the Board of Trustees—who donated well over $300,000 themselves—led a generous group of parents, alumni and friends to match all gifts today dollar-for-dollar. By simply refreshing the page and seeing the total rise, you can see the Chapman Family coming together to support each other. I recognize that many of you are experiencing your own hardship right now. You should not feel pressure to participate in this event. However, if you are interested in giving, your gift, no matter the size, will impact students and families who are struggling to find a way to return to school in the fall.
- Although our current plan is to return to campus for the fall semester, there is a high likelihood that we will need to practice social distancing at the start of the academic year. The University is in planning for different scenarios that will keep students, faculty and staff safe, including student safety in Chapman Housing. As such, we announced to students the need to delay Panther Housing Selection until we have more definitive plans for how we will proceed.
- On the topic of housing, the Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience has published additional information about officially checking out of rooms and apartments. This information includes details about the moving and storage company they have contracted with to assist the process for students who cannot visit campus to retrieve their belongings in person.
- Through this crisis, we are working closely with employers who continue to Think Chapman First by recruiting Chapman students and alumni. In the last week alone, over 700 opportunities were posted on Chapman’s career portal, Handshake, including over 100 remote work opportunities. As you connect with students and alumni, I encourage you to let them know about these incredible resources and offer Chapman’s Office of Career and Professional Development as a support service.
- Student Scholar Symposium has moved online and will be held May 5th and 6th. Attendees will be able to virtually interact with undergraduate student researchers and their innovative presentations from diverse academic and creative disciplines, reflecting the rigorous scholarly inquiry happening across the campus. Sessions run all day and include poster, oral, visual, art, film and media art presentations. Be a part of something extraordinary and support Chapman’s exceptional undergraduates at Chapman.edu/student-symposium.
- Panthers in Public Service – Civic Engagement Initiatives, in partnership with Alumni Engagement and Career and Professional Development, invites you to a virtual discussion at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. The program features alumni working on different layers of response to COVID-19 and preparations for future pandemics, including alumni working in the business, government and non-profit fields. The discussion will be live streamed on the @LifeatCU Instagram. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope everyone is staying healthy and connected as our remote living, learning and working continues.