Heard Around Campus — August

A view of people walking around taken from the staircase in the Great Court of Drexel University's Main Building.

The end of summer brings about a time for change with the start of the new academic year. Learn about upcoming new features on campus like a Pret a Manger opening Sept. 9 and the return of normal shuttle service for both the Dragon (Center City) and Powelton/Spring Garden routes.

Here’s what was heard around campus this month:

Pret a Manger Makes Its Drexel Campus Dining Debut on Sept. 9

Grab freshly made food and organic coffee from Pret a Manger (“Pret”), officially opening their doors at the Summit (3400 Lancaster) on Sept. 9 at 8 a.m. Their menu offers sandwiches, salads and soups all prepared on the premises. The Drexel community is welcome to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 15 from 2:30–3 p.m. 

Help Keep FDR Park Clean With Drexel Climate & Sustainability

Join United By Blue on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a fun-filled community event by volunteering to clean up your local waterway. The focus of the day will be cleaning up litter and debris from the shoreline of Philadelphia's own FDR Park, including the removal of items as large as tires and abandoned household furniture or as small as pesky microplastics and snack packaging. The goal of this event is to stop debris from leaching into or physically entering the watershed, which in this case, includes both of Philadelphia's rivers: the Delaware River and the Schuylkill River. All cleanup participants will receive a sustainably made gift and complimentary heavy snacks at the cleanup to show gratitude for their volunteerism. For registration or more event information, visit the United By Blue event page. Contact Climate & Sustainability with questions or concerns.

Meet and Greet the Contractors for Kelly Hall

Construction is ongoing for the renovation and expansion of Kelly Hall, addressing the needs of the building and modernizing it throughout to provide an improved living experience, with occupancy in fall 2023. Drexel University, in partnership with Hunter Roberts, is hosting a virtual “Meet the Contractors" event on Sept. 28, from 9–10 a.m., to connect both union and non-union laborers to contractors involved on the Kelly Hall renovation. The event will feature contractors involved in the project, who will explain their engagement process and the areas they are looking to hire. For more information, including how to register, check out the related Eventbrite page.

Reminder: Shuttle Service at Nesbitt Hall Has Resumed

Effective Aug. 29, normal shuttle service has resumed from the bus stop at Nesbitt Hall (33rd and Markets streets) for both the Dragon (Center City) Route and Powelton/Spring Garden Route. You can visit the Real Estate and Facilities website any time for up-to-date schedules and other pertinent information.

Register on Career Pathway: Journal Entry Workflow 3.0

The Journal Entry Workflow 3.0 course, offered Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., will provide an explanation of the functionality of the Journal Entry Workflow 3.0 tool for actual journal types only and allow for hands-on application in a test environment on how to process journal entries (funding transfers, transaction corrections) using the tool. This training will demonstrate how to process non-budget, research and non-research journal entries, how to attach supporting documentation and how to upload information into the tool. The session will discuss how the tool works for journal submitters and approvals and how it interacts with the expenditure authorization tables. Register on Career Pathway. For more information or questions about the program, email sherri.l.welch@drexel.edu or call 215.895.6380. 

Don’t Forget to Learn and Earn at a LabCorp Screening This Year

Drexel’s 2022 Wellness Incentive Program ends November 30 — have you earned all your points yet? One way to score up to 200 points ($200) is by scheduling a health screening at any LabCorp location, for which participants in the wellness program, including eligible employees and spouses, can earn $100 each. This screening will identify your numbers for non-fasting cholesterol, body mass index, blood glucose and blood pressure, which can help you get started with a baseline measurement of your overall health. So, not only will you earn $100 (or $200 if a partner joins) — you’ll also learn meaningful information about your physical health!

To schedule your screening, click on the “To Do” list in the upper right-hand corner in the Health Advocate portal. Then select “Complete Your Health Screening” and follow the instructions to schedule an appointment at LabCorp. This can also be accessed under the “Biometrics” section within the Well-Being tab in the Health Advocate portal. 

Please note that completion of a Personal Health Profile is required for both you and your spouse/partner before you can begin receiving payouts in your check. You also do not need to fast for this screening.

Contact Health Advocate with any questions at 1.866.695.8622.

DPS Notification Guide: Why Am I Getting This Alert?

Public Safety Advisories, Crime Alerts (Timely Warnings) and Emergency Notifications (Alerts) are the three primary methods Drexel Public Safety uses to relay important safety information to the University community. Chances are you already receive these notifications, but maybe you’re not always sure why. To help demystify the process, DPS has put together a Community Notification Guide on its website explaining what each notification is, why it may be sent and how.

Have You Followed DPS on Twitter Yet?

There’s no better time than right before the fall term to follow Drexel Public Safety’s Twitter account — @DrexelDPS. On this feed, you’ll find important safety tips and information on community events, learn about the department and its staff, and much more.

Reminder: Preparing for the New Policy Compliance Process

The Policy Council is reviewing new and revised Official University Policies through the interim process outlined on the Policy Compliance website. As a reminder, the Director of Policy Compliance is processing Intake Forms for new and revised Official University Policies in batches only on the second Tuesday of every month. Meanwhile, work is in progress “behind the scenes” to implement PolicyTech, the new policy management software that will be used to centrally process and store policies beginning sometime this fall. In partnership with Drexel IT and Web Services, the Office of Compliance, Privacy, and Internal Audit is also working to revamp the Policy Directory and set up a system for accepting public comments from the University community on new and revised policies. Details will be announced in the coming months.