Heard Around Campus — November

A lot is happening this week: the last days of earning points for the Wellness Incentive Program, a pop-up student-curated exhibit and opening and an outdoor holiday market on campus.
A view of people walking around taken from the staircase in the Great Court of Drexel University's Main Building.

Welcome back from Thanksgiving break! There's a lot happening now during this last week of November that could impact your next month and your next year.

The Museum of Where We Are: Pop-up Show and Reception

Now through Dec. 8, the Museum of Where We Are is hosting a pop-up exhibit at the James E. Marks Intercultural Center (3225 Arch St., lobby area). The primary question the exhibit addresses is, “What histories might emerge from our careful, creative, and critical study of everyday modern design?” This exhibition features work by Drexel students in Professor Jen Blazina's screenprint course, as well as colleagues at Collarts, the Australian College of Arts, Melbourne. Visit the museum’s website for a preview of the works on display.

Members of the Drexel community are invited to a pop-up reception at the show on Dec. 2, 9:30–11 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP on Qualtrics.

Wellness Incentive Program: Last Call on 2022; 2023 Sneak Peak

Remember — you have only until Nov. 30 to earn Wellness Incentive Program points for 2022. However, your wellness hardly stops there; the program will return on Jan. 1, 2023, with a new, user-friendly design and mobile app that lets you earn points on the go. Keep an eye out for more announcements in the coming months. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a step-by-step tour of what’s new in 2023, register for “Navigating the Wellness Incentive Program” held virtually on Jan. 24. Plus, save the date for Drexel’s next onsite health screening in Behrakis Grand Hall on March 7, 2023. Registration will be available on the Health Advocate portal beginning Jan. 1.

Shop for the Holiday Season at the Gateway Garden

On Wednesday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Gateway Garden at 32nd and Market streets will be hosting a holiday market featuring Philly-made art, ceramics, apparel, skin care and more. Stop by for some holiday cheer and to support local vendors!

Join Public Safety for a Training (or Cookies) in December

Mark your calendars for the following events hosted by Drexel Public Safety:

  • Self-Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) Classes, Dec. 3 and Jan. 14, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: This 4.5-hour course focuses on mindset, self-awareness and techniques you could use in the event of a physical assault, and information on how and to whom you should report incidents and safety concerns. Sign up on Qualtrics.
  • Cookies With Cops, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to noon: Stop by the corner of 33rd and Arch streets for some conversation and yummy snacks with Drexel Police!
  • Your Safety Is Our Goal: Dec. 19, 9 a.m. or 4 p.m.: This monthly virtual workshop is a great way to learn how to stay aware of your surroundings and always be prepared, not scared, when moving through the city. Register on Qualtrics

Introducing “Lights Out” Program for Employees

If you work on campus full- or part-time, you’re invited to participate in “Lights Out,” a new program designed to reduce unnecessary electricity use on campus. “Lights Out” volunteers will pledge to turn off and/or turn down electronics (lights, air conditioner units, space heaters, etc.) in their workspaces at the end of the week and report their progress to the Drexel Climate and Sustainability team. If you’re interested in volunteering for this program, please fill out the volunteer interest form.

Campus Dining Spotlight: Senior Executive Chef Peter Grello

Drexel Campus Dining Senior Executive Chef Peter Grello recently sat down with Amanda Noll of Drexel Business Services to talk about his passion for serving students and his inspirations in the kitchen. Read the interview on the Business Services news feed.

ExCITE Center Hires First Community Digital Navigator

The ExCITE Center recently brought on Jaelen McGlone as their first Digital Navigator hired from the community. Previously, Digital Navigators were recruited and hired from within Drexel’s student body to provide digital access, skills training, and help desk support in the local community. Increased resident demand meant that the center needed to hire year-round staff who could establish trust with neighbors. Recognizing that the hiring model was neither sustainable nor aligned to residents’ needs, the ExCITe Center shifted its strategy to prioritize community hires. From training high school students to participate in digital equity planning to building a training-to-workforce pipeline for local youth to hosting FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks at the ExCITe Center, Jaelen is leveraging his community relationships to promote digital advancement for his neighbors while developing his own leadership and professional skills. Read Jaelen and the ExCITE Center’s story in the “Community Stories” section on Centri Tech Foundation’s website.

Cultivating Joy: TED Talk Recommendations From HR

There are many things to be thankful for this holiday season and during this period of reflection, so the Drexel Human Resources Talent Development team is taking the time to appreciate the simple yet important things in life with their favorite TED Talks on cultivating joy, human connection and life’s natural beauties:

The Talent Development Team Thanks You!

As the Performance Development and Enterprise Learning cycle comes to a close, Drexel HR's Talent Development Team would like to acknowledge and thank all faculty and professional staff for your time and commitment to professional development and lifelong learning. Through your engagement, with those and other learning experiences, you are not only investing in your professional and personal development, you are also strengthening the University’s commitment to ethics and growth. The Talent Development team is grateful to collaborate with you on moving the needle forward and wish you continued success!

Reminder From Comptroller

Departments that are expecting any receipts of funds (deposits): Please email General Accounting at acct11@drexel.edu with the expected receipt amount as well as FOAPAL to apply this receipt.