Happy New Year from the Schmid College of Science and Technology! If you are new to Chapman University, let me extend a warm welcome. If you are a continuing member of our Chapman family, welcome back! We are very excited to usher in 2014, which promises to be a pivotal year for our science programs.
This fall we will open a new health science campus in Irvine. It will house our current physical therapy program, a physician assistant program (coming 2015) and a new School of Pharmacy. In addition, planning continues for the new Center for Science and Technology, scheduled to open in Orange in 2018.
Realizing these ambitious plans requires strong support from the Chapman community. We are thrilled to announce two transformational gifts we received last semester. Trustee Jim Emmi and his wife Catherine made a generous gift in excess of $10 million to name the James and Catherine Emmi Hall of Technology and Engineering in the future Center for Science and Technology. Trustee Harry Rinker and his wife Diane will give $15 million to name the Irvine campus the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus.
These generous gifts go a long way to help Chapman build state-of-the-art facilities that not only attract top students and faculty but also help us become a nationally-ranked research university that preserves its personalized, student-centered educational focus.
As you peruse this blog, I hope you will sense the energy and creativity of our campus community and be inspired to participate. Whether you want to donate, mentor a student, attend a campus event or simply share good news about Schmid College with friends and colleagues, we welcome your support. With it, we can increase educational opportunities for our students and the value of a Chapman science degree.
I hope to see you on campus in the future!
Dean, Schmid College of Science and Technology