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Campus & Community

Campus Digest — January 2019

January 18, 2019

Campus Digest

It’s a new year, and there are a lot of new happenings around campus — most notably, news from Drexel University’s Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) and campus improvements that are wrapping up or moving ahead. Find out everything that’s in store plus more you need to know for this coming month:

From the USGA

Attend the USGA Town Hall on Jan. 28 — Don't miss this opportunity to have your voice heard!

USGA is hosting a Student Housing Town Hall that will feature administration representation from a multitude of different areas, including Student Life, Public Safety and American Campus Communities. After a Q&A session crafted from student feedback, members of the audience will be encouraged to ask their own questions regarding student housing, as well as campus safety.

This event will be hosted in Behrakis Grand Hall on Jan. 28 starting at 7 p.m. Be sure to bring your Dragon ID if you plan to attend.

For any updates leading up to the event or to stay up-to-date with USGA happenings, follow them on Instagram, Facebook and DragonLink.

Student body attendance is very important in order to see change surrounding the discussed issues. If you are unable to attend, USGA will be live-streaming the event via Facebook.

Applications Now Open for New Student Organizations — Every year, Campus Engagement and USGA provide an opportunity for passionate students on Drexel’s campus to start a new student organization. Applications to become a new student organization are now open and will close on Feb. 26.

For information on how to apply and what is required, click here.

Construction Updates

Wrapping Up This Winter — In the coming weeks, the signalized crosswalk at Lancaster Walk will complete Drexel’s work on the 32nd and Market streets intersection (former Firestone site), and Pennsylvania’s Department of General Services will put the finishing touches on its exterior renovations of the Armory. The University is also nearing completion of its renovation of an existing laboratory on the third floor of Bossone Research Enterprise Center, which will increase the lab’s usability for chemically intensive work related to energy and energy storage.

Moves Planned for Spring — Renovations are underway at 3675 Market St. to create a new, consolidated home for the College of Computing and Informatics. The College is expected to begin moving the space this spring. That move will allow the School of Education to consolidate in 3401 Market St., also this spring. Farther east on Market Street, construction is in progress on the Fabric Discovery Center at 3101R Market St., and the space is expected to be ready for equipment installation in March.

Student Housing Improvements — The University is performing miscellaneous repairs and renovations to several Fraternity & Sorority Life houses along Powelton Avenue and 34th Street. For example, non-structural repairs and renovations to the Tau Kappa Epsilon House are currently underway, with completion expected by the end of this month.

Meanwhile, the University is undertaking much more extensive renovations of Calhoun Residence Hall, which will address the needs of the building envelope and modernize the hall to provide an improved living experience, with occupancy in fall 2019. The renovation will also include a two-story addition to relocate the Pennoni Honors College into the heart of Drexel’s campus; the addition is expected to be complete in spring 2020.

For a complete list of major current projects, please visit

Coming Soon: RecycleMania 2019

Drexel is gearing up to participate once again in the nationwide RecycleMania competition among colleges and universities, which officially begins on Feb. 3. During this friendly, eight-week competition, the University will track the amount of paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass, plastic, cell phones and computer equipment recycled on our campuses so it can benchmark Drexel’s performance against other institutions.

Drexel boasts a robust, single-stream recycling program that makes it easy and convenient to recycle most plastic, glass, aluminum, paper and cardboard waste in University-operated properties. During RecycleMania, we will publish tips and resources and host collection events where students and employees can dispose of more cumbersome items, such as computers.

More information about Drexel’s recycling program, including a list of materials we recycle and do’s and don’ts, is available on the Real Estate and Facilities website. If you have questions about recycling at Drexel, please email

Campus Services Announces Mobile Parking Payment Option

Drexel Campus Services is excited to announce the implementation of a mobile parking solution called Passport Parking. Passport allows mobile payment at select daily and hourly parking lots on the University City and Queen Lane campuses.

With Passport, you can pay for sessions and extend parking time from your mobile device. More information, including how to download the app and where to find parking locations with mobile payment capability, is available on the Drexel Parking Services website.

If you have any questions, please contact Parking Services at or 215.895.2813, Monday–-Friday, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.