Briefly Noted: Campus News From Summer 2017

Briefly noted

Here’s what you need to know about the biggest news and stories from the summer term at Drexel University.

Construction Updates

What’s New:

  • James E. Marks Intercultural Center (Academic Building): The new home of the James E. Marks Intercultural Center, located on the ground floor of the Academic Building, includes offices for the Office of Equality and Diversity, the Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Spiritual and Religious Life Center.
  • Buckley Field Hockey Field Replacement (Vidas Athletic Complex): This project brought new synthetic turf, improvements to the water cannon system and team areas to the field.
  • Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Music Industry Studios (One Drexel Plaza): There’s now a new state-of-the-art recording and production facility and music classrooms in One Drexel Plaza. Adjacent audio archives and student and faculty spaces were completed at the same time.
  • Intelligent Structures Laboratory (Alumni Labs): A new laboratory for testing and evaluating components of building structures is now in the basement of the Alumni Labs building.
  • Queen Lane Team-Based Classroom: The former six-module interdisciplinary lab space was converted into three large modules, creating a team-based learning and large group discussion activity space for first- and second-year medical students. The renovation will support the new curriculum and accommodate teaching approximately 264 students at one time.
  • Vue32 (3201 Race St.): This mixed-use, high-rise apartment tower, developed by Radnor Property Group, includes the new Chesterbrook Academy preschool located on the first two floors.

What’s Under Construction:

  • Korman Center/Korman Quad Enhancements: Construction is in progress for an addition to the existing Korman Center building that will add much needed student common space while updating the building's appearance, as well as renovations to the Korman Quad. When those projects are complete later this fall, the Quad will be re-opened, but work will continue on the Korman Center building to restore the original facades and to replace the windows and roof.
  • Thomas R. Kline Institute for Trial Advocacy at the Kline School of Law: The renovation of 1200 Chestnut St. for the Thomas R. Kline Institute for Trial Advocacy is in progress, with substantial completion anticipated in late fall 2017.
  • Armory (Lancaster Avenue Readiness Center): Demolition work has begun for exterior restoration and improvements to the state-occupied "triangle" portion of the Armory building. This work will include masonry restoration, new roofing and restoration of all windows along 32nd and 33rd streets, Lancaster Walk and the half-round widows along Cuthbert Street. Funded jointly by the state and Drexel, this project is managed by Pennsylvania's Department of General Services and is expected to continue over the next several terms.
  • Bernhardt Memorial Courtyard at Thomas R. Kline School of Law: Construction began in July on the Bernhardt Memorial Courtyard, which will be located on Market Street between the Kline School of Law and Hagerty Library. Designed by Studio Bryan Hanes, the courtyard will provide an intimate outdoor space to study and socialize. Completion is expected in October. 
  • Fox Historic Costume Collection (URBN Center): Construction will soon begin in the URBN Center for renovations to accommodate the expansion of the Penny and Robert Fox Historic Costume Collection.
  • Goodwin College Renovation, Gerri C. LeBow Hall: Construction is underway to renovate a portion of the third floor of LeBow Hall for the Goodwin College of Professional Studies. The project will include new offices, a classroom and two conference rooms and is expected to be complete in late fall.

Visit the Current Projects Page on the University Facilities and Real Estate website for more information on these projects, and for updates on road and sidewalk closures associated with ongoing construction in University City.

Workspace for Federal Proposal Submissions

Legacy PDF applications will no longer be accepted by as of Dec. 31. Instead, applications to federal agencies (other than NIH and NSF*) must be submitted via the Workspace platform, a shared, online environment where multiple members of a grant team may simultaneously access different forms within an application. The platform will allow users to edit, save, upload and submit applications via the cloud.

To prepare for the transition to Workspace, two in-person workshops are being offered to Drexel faculty and staff who intend to submit proposals to federal grantors (other than NIH and NSF*). Each workshop will last about an hour

  • Oct. 19 in the Hagerty Library, Room L33 at 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 6 in the New College Building Boardroom on the 19th floor at 10 a.m.

Sign up through Career Pathway. If you would like to schedule a Workspace training session specifically for your department or for general questions about Workspace, contact your Pre-Award Administrator.

2017 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report

Drexel’s Department of Public Safety, in compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and The College and University Security Act of 1988, reports annually to its current and prospective students and employees the statistics for the previous three years pertaining to reported crimes that have occurred on campus, in certain non-campus buildings or properties that are owned or controlled by Drexel University, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The Department of Public Safety 2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act Report) also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as alcohol use, drug use, crime prevention, reporting of incidents, and victim rights regarding sexual assaults.

A copy of the annual report is available electronically as a PDF file ( on the Public Safety website, or you may request a printed copy by calling the Department of Public Safety at 215.895.1550.

Susan Faludi and ‘In the Darkroom’ at Drexel

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, at noon, the Intercultural Book Circle will be meeting in the James E. Marks Intercultural Center for a discussion of “In the Darkroom,” a memoir by journalist and author Susan Faludi that centers on the life of her father, who came out as transgender at the age of 76. Lunch will be served. RSVP to

Then on Tuesday, Oct. 24, Faludi will be visiting Drexel from 4 to 6 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium in the Bossone Research Enterprise Center. Faludi will be delivering a talk about “In the Darkroom,” including selected readings, followed by a Q&A, book signing and reception. Copies of her book will be available for purchase, and the event is free and open to the public.       

Winter Farm Share Registration Now Open

The Common Market Farm Share at Drexel is now accepting orders for winter 2017. Registration runs until Nov. 1. When you sign up, choose Drexel University (University City) or the Academy of Natural Sciences (Center City) as your pickup location.

Below is the breakdown of prices for the 2017 Winter Farm Share. Members who sign up online have the option to pay either monthly or in one single payment:

  • The Fruit and Vegetable Share includes one dozen certified humane eggs and 6–8 seasonal produce items per delivery. (Cost: $29 per share or $348 for a single payment)
  • The Poultry Share includes 3 pounds of frozen, antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken and turkey per delivery. (Cost: $22.75 per share or $273 for a single payment)
  • The Full Meat Share includes 4–6 pounds of frozen, antibiotic- and hormone-free poultry, beef, pork and/or catfish. Members receive 2–4 items per delivery. (Cost: $55 per share or $660 for a single payment)
  • Artisanal Cheese Share includes 1/3lb–1lb of cheese per delivery. (Cost: $8.25 per share or $99 for a single payment)
  • Fresh Baked Bread includes one loaf or one loaf equivalent of freshly baked bread. (Cost: $7.50 per share or $90 for a single payment)
  • Plain or Flavored Yogurt Share includes 32 ounces of plain or flavored Pequea Valley Farm yogurt. ($5.85 per share or $70.20 for a single payment)

This story was published in the fall 2017 issue of Drexel Quarterly.