Five Chapman University faculty members made the Orange County Register’s list of the 125 Most Influential People.
Thomas Campbell, Doy and Dee Henley Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at the Fowler School of Law and a former congressman, was recognized for helping found the Common Sense Party. His message about “the need for a strong third-party alternative resonated with tens of thousands of Californians,” according to the article.
Essraa Nawar, coordinator of diversity initiatives and development librarian, reimagined diversity at Chapman’s Leatherby Libraries, creating the Library Diversity Statement and Plan, leading the library to receive the first-ever Diversity Award. In April 2022, she was recognized as one of California’s Women of Influence. She also has a show, Salon Essraa, that follows her motto: Telling Stories: One Egyptian Expat at a time.
Monica Shukla-Belmontes, a mathematics lecturer, was nominated by a reader. She received an award at the 2022 Distinguished Education Awards Dinner hosted by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. She also oversees the Competency Based Education bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for adult learners.
Fred Smoller, associate professor of political science, and Michael Moodian, a leadership lecturer, were nominated by readers. The colleagues co-founded the Sustainability Decathlon and secured the Orange County Fairgrounds as the home for the 2023 collegiate design-and-build competition for sustainable housing.