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Heard Around Campus — December

December 17, 2019

Heard Around Campus

It’s the end of 2019 — which means it’s the very end of the fall term, and this is the last Heard Around Campus of the year. But before you get ready to leave campus, make sure you’re aware of changes that might impact you immediately before or after the winter break.

Here’s what was heard around campus this month:

Winter Break Hours for Bus Service, Shipping & Receiving

Winter break for Drexel, including the College of Medicine and Drexel University Online, begins at the close of business on Dec. 20, 2019 and lasts through Jan. 1, 2020 with the University resuming operations on Jan. 2. There will be no campus bus service from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1; all routes will return to their normal schedules on Jan. 2. The Shipping and Receiving department will operate on Dec. 23, Dec. 26–27, and Dec. 30 from the hours of 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Jan. 2, Shipping and Receiving will return to its normal hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. 

Queen Lane Bus Route Schedule Changes Effective Jan. 6

Effective Jan. 6, campus bus service along the Queen Lane Route will be modified to accommodate current ridership numbers. The first departure from Queen Lane will now take place at 7 a.m., and the last departure will occur at 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please note the new schedule does not take effect until Jan. 6, at which time it will be reflected on the Queen Lane Route webpage and the DrexelOne mobile app. Please refer to the email communication sent from Real Estate and Facilities on Dec. 17 for a preview of the new schedule.

Help Drexel Public Safety by Completing This Survey

The Department of Public Safety is conducting a survey to gauge the effectiveness of the services provided by the Drexel University Police Department, the Public Safety Communication Center and the department's security services. Your opinions are important, and this survey is your chance to identify the strengths within the department and to highlight the areas that need attention. 

Your responses will remain confidential, and your insight will assist us to improve our efficiency and effectiveness. Please be candid in responding to the survey. All survey responses will be held in strict confidence. Survey link:

If you have any difficulties completing the survey, email Colin Quinn, communication accreditation manager, at

Now Available: Facilities & Administrative Rate Agreements

Drexel University has finalized its Facilities and Administrative (F&A), also known as Indirect Cost, rate negotiation with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Cost Allocation Services. This information has been posted on the Office of the Comptroller's websitePlease note these rates are strictly applicable to awards made directly to Drexel UniversityAwards for the Academy of Natural Sciences are subject to their specific rate agreement, which is being finalized and will be communicated separately.

Coming Soon: 2020 Wellness Incentive Program

Did you know Drexel employees collectively earned more than half a million dollars in their paychecks for participating in our award-winning Wellness Incentive Program in 2019? The 2020 program launches Jan. 1. Don’t miss out on getting paid for healthy habits! Visit the Wellness Incentive Program page on the HR website.

Mini-Massages for Faculty and Professional Staff

Relax with a free mini chair massage, offered monthly at all four campuses, courtesy of HR’s A Healthier U program. Check the HR Events Calendar for times and locations during the week of Jan. 6.

Free Financial Check-up Sessions (15 Wellness Points)

Think you'll be feeling over-spent after the 2019 holiday season? Start your 2020 off right with a Financial Check-up with Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU). These free, 45-minute financial advising sessions will take place at the FMFCU University City branch (3200 Chestnut St.) on Jan. 29 and Feb. 6, and you can earn you 15 points toward the Employee Wellness Incentive Program. To register, call FMFCU at 267.298.1018. See the listings on the HR Events Calendar for more information.

Drexel Police Monthly Meet & Greet

Stop by the Drexel Police Substation at the front desk of Gerri C. LeBow Hall (first floor, inside the A.J. Drexel statue entrance) on the third Wednesday of each month from 1–3 p.m. to ask questions, voice concerns, find resources, or just say hello. The next Drexel Police Monthly Meet & Greet will be held Jan. 15.

Public Safety R.A.D & Self-Protection Classes

The R.A.D. System provides self-defense courses on the basics of hands-on defense training taught by certified R.A.D. instructors. R.A.D. manuals are provided to course participants, outlining the entire physical defense program. Sign up for our winter or spring session of RAD classes now on the Public Safety website. If you’d like to start off with a shorter, less physical self-defense class, Public Safety has created a two-hour class providing basic techniques for protecting yourself.  Please contact Linda Moran at to schedule your group for this new class.

Faculty/Staff Family Days at the DAC

Show your Drexel pride and join Drexel Basketball for Faculty/Staff Family Day on Jan. 19. Tickets are available at a special rate of $12 for adults, which includes admission to the game and a $5 voucher for concessions. Admission for children under the age of 12 is free with the purchase of an adult ticket (youth tickets don’t include the $5 voucher).

To purchase tickets, visit, and select the "Faculty/Staff Family Day" ticket type for Women’s Basketball vs. Delaware on Jan. 19. You can also purchase tickets by calling 1.866.4.DREXEL or visiting the Drexel Ticket Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Tickets must be purchased in advance; offer not valid day of the game.