Chapman President Daniele C. Struppa shared the following message with the campus community on Friday, May 15.

Our planning for fall is in full swing. The fourteen task forces are facilitating discussions across the campus, and the list of individuals providing advice and expertise is growing every day. The strength of this strategy comes in how comprehensive it is, but also how we are using the vast intellectual resources within our own Chapman Family to solve incredible challenges. We are also leveraging external expertise to ensure we are operating within the most up-to-date national, state and local guidance.

I’d also like to share an article brought to my attention by a member of our Board of Trustees that I found particularly inspiring. The New Yorker published a story by Atul Gawande highlighting strategies for how industries can return to work. Among those strategies is the need for a culture of caring to be built around the return to the workplace, or campus in our case. Gawande makes the point that we must not only be concerned with our own safety, but equally concerned about the safety of everyone around us as we follow the guidelines established for the health and safety of the campus and the broader community. In this area, I am confident that Chapman will thrive.

Through all this planning, we are also managing the current state of the University and the impact COVID-19 is having on our institution.

To keep you informed, I have assembled a group of Senior Staff to provide updates in a Leadership Town Hall scheduled for Wednesday May 20 at 12.00 p.m. I will be joined by Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration and COO Harold Hewitt, Provost and Executive Vice President Glenn Pfeiffer, Executive Vice President of University Advancement Sheryl Bourgeois, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jerry Price, Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Mike Pelly, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Brian Powell, and Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Communications Jamie Ceman.  You will be able to access the Town Hall here, and a calendar invitation will be sent soon.

Friday Updates, May 15, 2020

  • In an effort to be fully prepared for fall, Provost Glenn Pfeiffer has announced that we will fully transition to Canvas by September 2020. Therefore, all faculty should train on Canvas this summer. Training is available to all full-time faculty in June/July/August and more training will be offered for part-time instructors in August. For more information:


  • During this time of uncertainty, the Working Remote Series team continues to offer programming to support your personal wellbeing and professional success.  To find the full list of programs, please visit and search “working remote”.  You will find opportunities to play games and do yoga together, see and hear from your colleagues (and their pets), and continue to learn.  Highlighting just two of the programs you’ll find is the first (1:15 minute) video of CU Panther Pride Episode 1 and Monday’s Five Money Musts with Fidelity Investments.  Please direct your questions and comments to Assistant Vice President of Talent Management for Human Resources Rachael Martin.


  • Vice President for Research Thomas Piechota will be hosting another Ask the Experts – COVID-19 Town Hall on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., with several faculty: Stephen Gjerstad, (Economic Science Institute) – characteristics of persons with serious and fatal cases of COVID-19; Jennifer Totonchy (School of Pharmacy) – highly sensitive antigen test for COVID19 infection; Seth Benzell (George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics) – rationing of social contact and reduction of social mobility; Michelle Samura (Attallah College of Educational Studies) – impacts of social mobility on student belonging and connectedness; David Frederick (Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences) – impact of social distancing on overall health. All are invited to join with this link and learn more about their fascinating work and ask questions of the experts.


As we come to the close of yet another week apart, I share our reflection from Fish Interfaith Center Dean of the Chapel Gail Stearns entitled “What If We are not at War, but Discovering?”