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Heard Around Campus — May

May 27, 2020

Heard Around Campus

By now, faculty and professional staff have had time to adjust to their new work life. Drexel Human Resources is still providing wellness events and even recently won a major local award recognizing Drexel’s commitment to being a healthy employer. For more information on those important news items, as well as other housekeeping announcements about fiscal end-of-year deadlines, read on.

Here’s what was heard around campus this month:

Fiscal Year-End Closing Deadlines and Accrual and Deferral Process

The fiscal year-end close is right around the corner, and the Office of the Comptroller has published its annual list of key deadlines. Please familiarize yourself with this information to ensure a smooth year-end close. To further prepare, it is recommended that you also review the accrual and deferral process. If you have any questions concerning the year-end close, please contact genacct@drexel.edu. 

Upcoming Wellness Events for Faculty and Professional Staff

  • Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology Eric Zillmer, PsyD, is offering an online lecture about happiness in the era of COVID-19 for faculty and professional staff on June 24, from 12–1 p.m. Registration is required in Career Pathway, and space is limited to maintain a conversation-style format, so sign up soon if you are interested. Read the full event calendar listing for more information.
  • Get your stretch on weekly in June, and earn up to $60 in wellness points by attending Stretch & Restore and Chair Yoga virtual classes. Classes are posted for June in Career Pathway. Both sessions are beginner-friendly but will also feature options to make each stretch more difficult or more doable:
  • Stretch & Restore: June 3 and June 10 from 12–12:45 p.m.
  • Chair Yoga: June 16 and June 23 from 12–12:45 p.m.

2020 Healthiest Employers of Greater Philadelphia Award

Philadelphia Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers list celebrates the healthiest places to work in the Greater Philadelphia area, recognizing companies that promote wellness among their employees. A Healthier U, Drexel’s wellness program for faculty and professional staff, received the accolade for the 10th year in a row. Congratulations to Monica Fauble and the HR team for their efforts in this achievement!

Drexel Is an EMS Ready Campus

This year, Drexel EMS received recognition as a Bronze-Tier EMS Ready Campus for their extraordinary efforts in emergency response planning. The National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation (NCEMSF) awards this merit to EMS programs for excellence in communication, interagency operations, special-threat preparedness, and other procedures crucial to emergency response. Notable efforts from the team include developing a new MCI plan, writing a paper about an active threat on campus, and performing a Hazard Vulnerability Assessment. Congratulations to the EMS team, and thank you for going above and beyond to keep Drexel safe!

Drexel/Wexford Developments at UCHS Site Named Best Real Estate Deals of the Year

Drexel University’s partnership with Wexford Science & Technology to develop two educational facilities on the former University City High School site has just won two awards from the Philadelphia Business Journal (PBJ). The Drexel Academic Tower won first place, and the Powel Elementary/Science Leadership Academy facility won third place in PBJ’s ranking of the Best Real Estate Deals of the Year in the Education/Health Care category. The Powel/SLAMS school facility is currently under construction, and construction on the Academic Tower is expected to begin later this spring.

Reminder from Campus Dining

To assist in serving the staff that remain on campus, the Northside Dining Terrace, located at 203 N. 34th Street, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily throughout spring term. The new “Market Bar” will serve daily rotating menus offering $5 lunches and $7 dinners. It will be open Monday–Friday for lunch and Monday–Thursday for dinner. To view current hours of operation by location, visit CampusDish.

Learning From Home Opportunities

During this time of social distancing, there has been no scarcity of information and advice about Working From Home (WFH), and many of us are as busy as, or busier than, we were when working on campus. Nevertheless, this may be an excellent time to create space for Learning From Home (LFH). To help you, Drexel HR has curated a series of offerings to advance your learning at your own pace, in your own home. On the Welcome page in Career Pathway, you’ll find a new channel, LFH, which contains some of our most popular online learning offerings, bundled by topic.

HR's Learning & Development Team is also providing a variety of online offerings specifically related to the COVID-19 situation. You can find these offerings in the Browse for Training channel on the Welcome page in Career Pathway.

Drexel HR would like to hear your feedback while preparing more offerings for you. Please send your input to hrlearn@drexel.edu.