All posts by Marlene Heuertz

Benefits open enrollment begins Oct. 30

The annual open enrollment period for Drake University benefits will begin Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Initial enrollment information regarding Drake’s health, dental, voluntary life insurance and flexible spending account plans will be provided Friday via the DrakeHR email account. Benefit elections for the 2021 plan year must be made by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.

— Marlene Heuertz, Human Resources

Log into the eduroam network with your Drake email address before Dec. 1

Although we’ve encouraged logging into our eduroam campus wireless network using your Drake email address, it hasn’t been required. This is changing on Dec. 1. In order to better maintain our network and to ensure that credentials are passed properly to access eduroam at other affiliated institutions, we are changing our network settings.

Following this change on Dec. 1, you will not be able to log into the eduroam network using your Drake ID and must use your Drake email address.

Later this week we will send emails to the students, faculty, and staff who are currently logged into eduroam using their Drake ID. These individuals need to forget their current network on any device where they are connected (see Forgetting a Wireless Network (How-To) if you need instructions), and log in again using their Drake email address. This should be done as soon as possible to avoid encountering issues on Dec. 1 or upon returning from winter break.

Need a reminder on how to log into eduroam? Follow the instructions at Connecting to the eduroam Wireless Network (How-to).

If you’re working, learning, or teaching entirely remotely, you’ll need to make this change when you return to the Drake campus.

— Chris Mielke, ITS

Modules 1 and 2 now available in the Learn Ultra Instructor Orientation course 

In Blackboard, as a part of the Courses list in the Assorted Dates area, you will find the Blackboard Learn Ultra Instructor Orientation course to help you prepare to use Blackboard Learn Ultra. If you have a large number of active courses, you may need to search for the course by its title. Each week, for three weeks, you will be notified of a new module to complete. 

The Orientation course activities won’t be graded or reviewed. The course is made up of self-paced activities to help you transition from using Original Course View to the Ultra Course View. Additionally, by completing this orientation course, you will gain insight into the experience your students will have when we switch to the Ultra Course View in Fall 2021. 

On November 3, you will also have Ultra Course View sandboxes available to you in your Courses list in the Assorted Dates area or under the Sandboxes group of courses. These sandboxes will provide a space for you to experiment with new features in the Ultra Course View while completing modules in the Orientation course. 

In next week’s OnCampus we will share more information about Module 3 training and the upcoming course sandbox availability.  

— Karly Good, ITS 

Donate items to scholarship fund auction

Do you have unique Drake items that you want to find a new home for?

Consider donating your Drake memorabilia and treasures to the Office of University Communications and Marketing to auction off for their scholarship fund. Their unique fundraising efforts caught the attention of The Chronicle of Philanthropy in this article.

The office has collected pieces of Drake memorabilia over the years and auctioned them off on their scholarship Facebook page. Many Bulldogs on campus have expressed a generosity of spirit in donating items they have once found joy in, but are now ready to let go after binging the Marie Kondo series.

Some past items have included a piece of the blue oval, Bulldog bookends, flags, bobble heads, Drake basketball sketches, signed Bucksbaum posters, and even non-tangibles like tennis lessons or dog sitting.

If you have any items to donate, or want to make a financial contribution, please email us at Details about the auction will be published in a future issue of OnCampus, giving you a chance to secure your rare Drake items!

Niki Smith, University Communications and Marketing

Wellness is hiring; intramural deadlines

Wellness is hiring GroupX instructors and personal trainers. No experience is needed to teach GroupX, certification is required for personal training. If you are interested or have questions contact

Several intramural deadlines are approaching:
Trivia: Deadline Oct. 27—sign up before it begins that day
Badminton Doubles: Deadline Nov. 7
Badminton Singles: Deadline Nov. 6
Super Smash Bros: Deadline Nov. 6

— Emily Madsen, Recreational Services

Call for proposals: Equity and inclusion in higher education

Drake is partnering with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) to host a virtual conference on equity and inclusion in higher education March 3–5, 2021.

The 2021 Global Citizen Forum will bring together educators, students, policy makers and citizens from around the world to explore the struggles, strategies, and solutions for creating a more equitable and inclusive higher education field.

Call for proposals
We invite proposals for practitioner and paper presentations; workshops and interactive sessions; posters; and roundtable or panel discussions. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to apply to present. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis with final decisions made by Nov. 30, 2020.

To submit your proposal, please fill out this Google Form that asks for:

  • Presenter(s) information
  • Title and description of presentation or workshop
  • Methods for participant involvement (i.e. discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis)
  • Audience: faculty, staff, students, community members
  • Ideal session length
  • Copy of relevant files (if applicable)
  • Website (if applicable)

Visit our webpage to learn more about the conference, submit a proposal or register as an attendee.

— Hannah Sappenfield, Global Partnerships Coordinator

Campus study spaces

Looking for a spot on campus where you can study between classes, or need a place to participate in a virtual class? Check out the flex spaces below to accommodate your needs. Flex spaces are first-come, first-serve. They cannot be reserved in advance. Upon arrival, students should check-in using the QR code on the flex space sign. Students are responsible for wiping down their space before and after use with provided sanitizing wipes.

Note for Cowles Library: Students are requested to limit their visit to 75 minutes, if possible. Cowles will be monitoring capacity and will post at the entrance when the library is at capacity.

Room Capacity Availability
Aliber 0004 18 TR 9:00 am – 10:40 am
Aliber 0009 22 MWF 9:00 am – 10:45 am
Aliber 0010 22 MW 9:30 am – 12:10 pm
Aliber 0101 32 MW 9:00 am – 2:45 pm
Aliber 0107 18 MWF 9:00 am – 2:45 pm
TR 11:00 am – 2:45 pm
Cline Atrium MTWRF 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Collier-Scripps 0207 11 MWF 9:00 am – 10:45 am
TR 9:00 am – 2:45 pm
Collier-Scripps Zip Spaces MTWRF 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cowles Library MTWRF 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
SU Noon – 6:00 pm
FAC 0204 23 MW 9:00 am – 11:45 am
Harvey Ingham 0007 10 MWF 9:00 am – 12:10 pm
TR 12:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Harvey Ingham 0112 11 MWF 9:00 am – 10:45 am
TR 9:00 am – 12:10 pm
Howard 0111 11 MWF 9:00 am – 10:45 am
TR 9:00 am – 12:10 pm
Howard 0308 13 TR 11:00 am – 2:45 pm
Medbury 0116 13 TR 9:00 am – 12:10 pm
Medbury 0115 15 MWF 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
Meredith 0102 16 MWF 11:00 am – 2:45 pm
TR 9:00 am – 12:10 pm
Meredith 0103 18 MWF 9:00 am – 2:45 pm
TR 11:00 am – 2:45 pm
Meredith 0201 18 MWF 9:00 am – 11:45 am
TR 11:00 am – 2:45 pm
Meredith 0234 18 MWF 9:00 am – 1:40 pm
TR 9:00 am – 12:10 pm
Meredith 203 24 MWF 9:00 am – 2:45 pm
TR 9:00 am – 2:45 pm
Olin 0211 18 MWF 9:00 am – 1:40 pm
TR 11:00-1:40 pm
Olmsted Conference Room
20 MTWRF 7:30 am – 11:00 pm
SU 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Olmsted Parents Hall South 16 MTWRF 7:30 am – 11:00 pm
SU 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
MWF = Monday, Wednesday, Friday; T = Tuesday; R = Thursday; S = Saturday; U = Sunday

Community stadium construction to begin in November

There will soon be construction equipment on the site of the new community stadium. Demolition and excavation work is scheduled to begin the beginning of November. The Sprout Garden has been moved to a new location at 31st Street and Carpenter (south of Drake West Village). Work to complete the relocation will continue through Spring 2021. Parking Lot 2 (Shivers Parking Lot) to the east of Shivers, will be off-line coinciding with the start of construction. Lot 2 will be removed as part of the site preparation for the new stadium.

— Michelle Huggins, Facilities Planning & Management

Recorded BUILD classes now available on myDrake

If you missed any of the Fall 2020 BUILD classes, no worries.  Links to the recorded presentations are now available on myDrake.  To view any past presentation, click the Human Resources App on myDrake and then click on Learning & Development.

The next live virtual BUILD class is Servant Leadership on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 1–3 p.m. The class is intended for managers. Individuals who contradict the conventional stereotypes associated with their positions lead many of today’s most successful organizations.  These leaders create an environment that spurs excellence by applying the principles of servant leadership. Attendees will explore the foundations of servant leadership and learn how they can transform themselves and inspire their teams and organizations toward optimal performance. Presented by Lars Petersen from Employee & Family Resources.

To register for this class, please send an email to

— Linda Feiden, Human Resources

Social media directory audit

The Office of University Communications and Marketing maintains a social media directory for every Drake University-affiliated social media page. Take a look around to see which departments have pages, follow them, and invite your friends to follow along:

While you’re looking around, let us know if your department page has changed. Maybe you have a department name change, you want a new cover photo, or you don’t see your URL on the directory at all.

Additionally, we would like to start compiling a list of Drake-affiliated Facebook groups with a focus on program-specific groups. Below are links to examples of these groups.

Drake PR & SPC and Graduate Programs:

Drake English:

Drake Rhetoric, Media, & Social Change:

Drake SJMC Group:

Drake Program in LPS:

Drake University ABA Program:

— Niki Smith, University Communications and Marketing