An Update From the Office of the President 'We appreciate beyond measure the extra miles you go.'

Dear Chapman Staff, Faculty and Administrators –

Every day, you and your Chapman colleagues are finding innovative ways to collaborate, even as the vast majority of us continue to work remotely. It’s heartening to see the Chapman spirit not only endure but thrive during this period of adjusting and stretching to meet changing needs.

Earlier today, the complete plan for CU Safely Back was submitted to me for review. This document, totaling more than 400 pages, represents the work of 18 CU Safely Back task forces and numerous subcommittees. Individuals from both campuses and throughout the university joined together and I appreciate their service to this cause.

The particulars of this plan and our return to campus in the fall will depend on a number of factors, starting with rates of infection as fall approaches and whether we have permission to reopen from state and local authorities. But regardless of when we reopen, as faculty, staff and administrators your leadership will be vital in modeling a “Culture of Caring.“ By collectively focusing on serving the needs of our students as well as protecting the health of everyone in the Chapman Family, we will give our community the best possible chance for a successful transition.

The necessary steps will become clear as details of CU Safely Back are implemented this summer. In the meantime, please know that we appreciate beyond measure the extra miles you go on behalf of each other as well as Chapman students, parents and visitors.

I’m confident that as we move forward, we will work closely to overcome the many challenges, and that you will continue to set a high standard of service and collaboration that others will want to emulate.

Tuesday Update, June 30, 2020

  • As we transition more fully into summer, the Human Resources’ team wants to remind you of the availability of online ergonomics training to help you optimize your home office set-up and work in a way that is both comfortable and correct. In addition, Chapman’s ergonomics expert, Susan Romano, is able to teleconference with you to assess your home set-up and make recommendations. For online ergonomics training or to schedule an assessment, send an email to Tim Frenchcampbell.
  • Also, the HR team wants you to know that they are standing with each of you as we move through this pandemic. All members of our university community are encouraged to visit the health and wellness website to find a list of resources to support you, or someone you know, with coping and healing through counseling resources.
  • Today at 3 p.m., a new web series, “Chapman Connects,” featuring business leaders in conversation with President Emeritus Jim Doti, premieres online. The first episode features Michael Mussallem, Chairman and CEO of Edwards Lifesciences.
  • Every weekday from 1-3 p.m., you are invited to Chat with a Chaplain from our Fish Interfaith Center. While we take care of others, we must also take care of ourselves.

Finally, I hope you will enjoy the 4th of July holiday break this weekend and the much-deserved time off. There will be no update on Friday, so I will write to you again on Tuesday. Thank you all again for all of your dedication to Chapman University.