A message to alumni, donors and friends
March 21, 2020
Dear alumni, donors and friends,
First and foremost, our thoughts are with you and our global community during this unprecedented time. The safety and well-being of everyone, especially our Anteater family, are of the utmost importance to us. We continue to closely monitor this evolving situation, and because it is changing at such a rapid pace, we have established a new website, which is serving as a gathering place for accurate and timely information about events and conditions on campus. Please visit often for the latest information.
To ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff on campus, the university has taken immediate action. All campus instruction is now done remotely; as many staff as possible are now telecommuting to work; many buildings and facilities, including residential facilities on campus, are closing; all events, including our Anteater sports teams, have been canceled or postponed; and we are retaining only limited on-site operations for critical functions.
You can find a list of all impacted alumni and university advancement events here, which will continue to be updated. If you have registered for an upcoming event, you will be contacted directly with more information.
UCI remains dedicated to your health and lifelong well-being in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Since the day this virus was first recognized, UCI Health researchers and medical experts have worked closely with other hospitals and healthcare providers – regionally and across the nation – sharing best practices while staying current with the latest information, treatments and tools.
A team of UCI researchers is already working on a COVID-19 therapeutic drug study. Backed by the National Institutes of Health, this clinical trial is considered the first that has possible efficacy and should be ready for patients soon. Other university work is underway to develop tests, treatments and vaccines to help us identify, contain and prevent pandemics.
Many have asked, “How can I support UCI?” as we navigate this uncertain time. The best way is to support the UCI Emergency Response Fund, which provides the university with the flexibility to respond to the most pressing and emerging needs.
We are continually moved and inspired by how quickly the UCI community comes together. As we work to meet the needs of our campus and global community, we send our thoughts to all those impacted by the virus. Thank you for your commitment to UCI, and for your patience and understanding as we navigate these extraordinary circumstances.
Brian T. Hervey, CGPP, CFRE
Vice Chancellor, University Advancement & Alumni Relations
President, UCI Foundation