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Heard Around Campus — May

May 25, 2017

Heard Around Campus

April showers bring May flowers — and a lot of news at Drexel. Between saying goodbye to students and longtime decision-makers on campus and squaring away year-end purchases, there were a lot of updates that you should be aware of as we get closer and closer to Commencement and the end of the fiscal year.

Here's what was heard around campus in May.

2017 Commencement Speakers

Commencement is just around the corner — do you know who’s speaking at your college’s ceremony? DrexelNow published a roundup this month of all the speakers, including everything  — and everyone — you need to know.

Drexel Announces Record-High Freshman Enrollment Projected for Fall 2017

Earlier this month, DrexelNow reported that the University received more than 3,500 deposits for the incoming freshman class, representing a 43 percent increase over last year’s freshman deposits. Despite the success, University officials caution that the cost-containment measures that were enacted this year will remain in place among continued budget challenges for the next fiscal year and beyond.

A Drexel Goodbye to Some Very Important Dragons

Longtime Drexel Dragons have announced that they will be leaving the University next month. DrexelNow wrote a sendoff to these leaders: Dean of the LeBow College of Business Frank Linnehan, PhD; Senior Vice Provost for Global Initiatives Julie Mostov, PhD; Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Education John DiNardo, PhD; Vice President for Cooperative Education and Career Development Peter Franks; and President and CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences George W. Gephart Jr.

Mandatory Clery Act Training and Campus Security Authority Identification 

Under the Clery Act, a consumer protection law providing transparency around campus crime policy and statistics, Drexel is required to disclose “statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to local law enforcement agencies or any official of the institution who is defined as a ‘Campus Security Authority.’” Because employee roles within the University can often change, this training is mandatory for all faculty and professional staff, regardless of whether you are currently a CSA.

To ensure CSAs have a clear understanding of their roles, Drexel is providing mandatory online CSA training to all employees in Career Pathway, which is accessible via the “Employee” tab in DrexelOne under the “Development and Certifications” header. The training, titled “The Clery Act at Drexel,” is due to be completed by June 2.

Announcing the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (The WELL Center) at Drexel University

In a May 5 email, Provost M. Brian Blake, PhD, announced the creation of the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Sciences (the WELL Center) at Drexel University. Opening July 1, the WELL Center is an interdisciplinary clinical research center whose mission is to develop, test and disseminate new technological and behavioral solutions to the problems of disordered eating, obesity, poor diet and sedentariness. The WELL Center will be situated within the Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences, and is born out of the current Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change.

For more information about the Center, visit the WELL Center's webpage.

Update to FY17 Year-End Purchasing Timelines

Invoices in Smart Source must be approved by 5 p.m. on July 12.  Any items approved after that date will post to FY18.

Note: Please reference the FY17 Year-End Purchasing Timelines frequently and allow enough time for all steps to be completed. For example, when submitting purchase orders in Smart Source, there are many factors that may affect the processing time, such as new supplier registration, a Request for Proposal requirement and/or departmental reviews. Orders that are not complete by June 30 will be charged to FY18.

Click here to view the complete, updated FY17 Year-End Purchasing Timelines.

If you have any questions, email askprocure@drexel.edu or contact Procurement Services at 215.895.2876.

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