All posts by Marc Pinheiro-Cadd

New Spanish minor for the medical and health professions

The Department of World Languages and Cultures is pleased to offer a new minor in Spanish for medical and health professions beginning in Fall 2021. The minor assists students interested in pursuing careers in medicine and various health professions, including public health, pharmacy, and other areas in developing linguistic and cultural competencies related to Spanish and the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. These competencies will assist them in providing services to Spanish-speaking patients and co-workers. The new minor will require 18 hours, include a core of 12 hours and six hours of electives.

The minor is available to students in all colleges and schools. This is not a common program in the U.S. and will aid students in seeking employment after graduation due to the features of the curriculum.

For more specific information or any questions, contact or a WLC faculty member.

— Marc Pinheiro-Cadd, World Languages and Cultures

April phishing education

Recently, Drake has seen an increase in phishing emails designed to look like they have been sent by senior administrators, such as President’s Council members or Deans, to members of that person’s staff.

Often these messages indicate that the supposed sender needs the receiver to take some sort of discrete action and specifically requests that the receiver not call them, but respond via email. The body of a recent message of this type said simply:

“Do you have a moment? I have a request I need you to handle discreetly. I am going to a meeting, no calls so just reply to my email. I will be glad if you reply to this email as soon as it gets to you.”

They often appear hastily written and urgent, and ask the receiver to take immediate action. These are the signals that should remind you to slow down and take a closer look.

Before taking any step, use another channel to confirm the request is from the person who appears to be the requestor. Manually type the presumed sender’s email address in another email message (rather than just replying to the initial email) and ask for confirmation. Using the chat feature in Microsoft Teams or sending a text message, if you have the person’s cell phone number, are also effective alternate-channel communications.

Messages that ask you to take urgent action should be treated with caution. Cyber criminals want you to feel pressured to move quickly and they are skilled at creating a sense of urgency. Your best response is to be cautious of unexpected or out of character email messages and confirm their legitimacy before taking action.

ITS will be continuing phishing education this month using emails that mimic real attacks. A short training lesson will be assigned to any faculty and staff who repeatedly click links or open attachments in phishing emails, simulated or not.

For additional information on how to report phishing emails, please see the IT Service Portal guide, Reporting a Phishing Message (How-to).

— Information Security, ITS

Drake MSLD leadership conference

The Drake University Masters of Science in Leadership Development (MSLD) community is coming together (virtually) for a first annual conference Friday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a social hour Thursday, April 29, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The conference is free and open to anyone who is willing to learn more about leadership.

Register here

The program will be designed to serve emerging and aspiring leaders in business, industry, and non-profit organizations who are interested in developing both their leadership ability and leadership capacity in others. The theme this year is leading change.

The conference is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and brought to you by MSLD graduate students.

Visit the website to learn more. For questions, contact Carissa Popp at

— Carissa Popp, P3,GR

Blackboard Learn Ultra instructor orientation course module 7 now available 

Module 7  is expected to take less than two hours and is focused on adding course content in the Ultra Course View. All Fall 2021 courses will be built using the Ultra Course View. 

This module focuses on better understanding attendance, grading options, and analytics available. If you have not completed Module 6’s Things to Try On Your Own activities, there will be little to try on your own for grading. Module 7 grading activities are dependent on the data from Module 6.   

Next week we will release Modules 8 and 9 (optional), the final modules in the self-paced training. 

Need Assistance with your Ultra Sandbox Courses? 
If you don’t see the sandbox courses in Ultra Course View in your Courses list (sandbox course names follow this formula: Ultra Sandbox #: Drake ID), please submit a Blackboard Site Creation request in the IT Service Portal. 

Start Planning Advanced Training Opportunities 
Each college/school has an assigned CTE Ambassador available to inform college members about the impending transition to Blackboard Learn Ultra Courses. To schedule additional training opportunities for your college/school, please contact your CTE Ambassador. The CTE Ambassador will work with academic technology experts to ensure the training requests are met. 

Note: Advanced training opportunities are dependent upon all attendees having completed the self-paced training modules first. 

— Karly Good, ITS

Financial resources and BUILD class

Even without the pandemic, this time of year can spur a surge in financial stress and anxiety. Fortunately, there are resources available to help answer your financial questions, and assist you in making the best decisions for you and your family.

TIAA offers a number of resources for Drake employees. Explore the TIAA website for answers to questions on personal finances, life milestones, and retirement. Participate in a live or on-demand webinar, review TIAA’s weekly market commentary for educational information regarding the current financial climate, or set up a phone or video chat with Drake’s TIAA financial consultant, Paige Philips at

Employee and Family Resources offers financial resources including podcasts and access to a free financial consultation.  You may contact EFR at 800-327-4692 or

You may also find answers to your financial questions at the next BUILD (Bulldogs United in Learning Drake) class, 7 Barriers to My Financial Future, on Tuesday, April 13 from 10 – 11 a.m.  We will explore the seven barriers that may prevent you from achieving your goals and dreams and how to maneuver around these roadblocks and move ahead with confidence.  Scott Nelson from Legacy Financial Group will facilitate.

To register for this or any class, please send an email to

— Linda Feiden, Human Resources

Apply for a J-Term 2022 travel seminar

Reminder: Apply for a J-Term 2022 travel seminar today! The priority deadline is April 15. 

Visit the J-Term 2022 Virtual Information Fair page for detailed information on the available travel seminars and courses. Then, be sure to apply in Terra Dotta, our online application system. 

After April 15, applications will be reviewed and students will be notified of their application status (accepted, waitlisted, denial) by May 1. Please carefully review the following information if you are interested in participating in going abroad or on a domestic program for J-Term 2022:

Deposits & Independent Withdrawals: After acceptance, to secure your spot on a travel seminar, you will need to commit to the program in Terra Dotta, pay your $500 deposit, and complete Terra Dotta post acceptance steps. Given the impact of COVID-19 on students and families, we have temporarily revised our deposit refund policy. If you choose to independently withdraw prior to Sept. 15, your deposit will be refunded. Withdrawals must be done in writing to If after Sept. 15 you decide you want to withdraw from the program, you will be subject to Drake’s withdrawal and refund policies. Because of this, we strongly recommend you familiarize yourself with our withdrawal and refund policies which can be found in Terra Dotta.

Please be assured that your health and safety is of utmost importance. Given that this is an ever-evolving global situation, applicants will be notified if we make a change to the policy regarding J-Term travel seminars. Should you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to

J-Term 2022 Application Timeline:

— April 15: Priority Deadline

— May 1: Accept/waitlist Students who applied by April 15

— May 15: Students Commit in Terra Dotta and pay a $500 Deposit to secure their place in the program

— April 15–Sept. 1: Students can still apply if travel seminars have openings; deposits are due within two weeks of acceptance

— Sept. 15: Final day to apply and final day for deposit refunds

Nathan Jacobson, Education Abroad Coordinator

Join the ‘Walk this May’ challenge

Now that spring has sprung, it is time to go outdoors and get moving. If you need a little nudge, join our upcoming Walk this May team step challenge.

This team challenge will run through the month of May. A kick-off meeting will be held via Zoom on April 30 for all participants. Team captains will report weekly step totals and participants will receive motivational emails, including an update on team points. At the end of the month, there will be a challenge celebration via Zoom, with a prize package awarded to the participants of the winning team.

You may register as a team of four or five people or register individually and you will be placed on a team. To register, send an email to with your team members (or just yourself if registering alone) by April 28. Let’s get moving!

— Linda Feiden, Human Resources

IT service portal updates

ITS has been updating our online resources to make them more user-friendly. If you visit the IT service portal at you will begin to see fewer services available. We are combining services, and using logic within the forms to make it easier for you to choose the right service to use for your issue or request.

This work will continue into the summer months and beyond, but as we work through each category, you will see two options to submit:

  • Issues: Use issue for a system or tool that was working and isn’t anymore.
  • Requests: Submit a request to add something new or change access to an existing system or tool.

As long as you get to the right tool or system, your request or issue will be sent to the right ITS staff to assist you.

We hope these changes will make it easier for you to use our service portal, and get access to the tech you need. Have questions about these changes? Or want to provide feedback? Visit

— Carla Herling & Becky Klein, ITS

Complete Title IX training through Blackboard

As part of our continued commitment to providing a safe and respectful environment for the entire Drake community, the Title IX Office released a short online training series for faculty and staff in the fall. The Title IX Office requests that any Drake employees who have not yet completed this training do so at their earliest convenience. The course is available through Blackboard and can be accessed via Upon selecting the Blackboard link under “Commonly Used Apps,” employees can access the training via the left hand menu under the “Courses” tab by clicking on the course entitled “Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Violence Prevention” and selecting the “Title IX Training” module and following the instructions within the course.

— Jessica Morgan-Tate, Finance & Administratio

Participate in Civic Action Week

Throughout the past year we have seen people unite together to help out neighbors, family, and friends. Through mask-making, virtual tutoring, or sending a care package or card, you’ve risen to the challenge of being a caring neighbor.

April 5–10, as we celebrate Civic Action Week at Drake, share the innovative ways you’ve seen people unite and give back this past year on social media. Tag @drakeservice and #DrakeServes.

Join in on one of the events happening on campus like a Careers in Social Change Panel, Sprout Garden Ribbon Cutting, the Harkin Institute’s Sussman Lecture with Nikole Hannah-Jones, a community walk through the neighborhood and more. Donate to one of the several donations drives happening. Support local businesses with the Dogtown Dash. Find a volunteer opportunity. Whatever your comfort level, there’s an opportunity for you.

Learn more at and don’t forget to share how you are celebrating on social media!

— Amanda Martin, Community Engaged Learning