All posts by Carla Herling

New wireless certificates are coming

On Thursday, May 23, at 7:30 a.m., ITS will be renewing a certificate on one of the servers that supports authentication to the wireless network. This change will result in prompts to accept the new certificate on any non-Drake owned devices connecting to the secure wireless networks – both DUStudent and DUFacStaff. Please accept the certificate when prompted. This should only need to be done once per device. Thank you!

Carla Herling, IT Communications

Summer building hours and Memorial Day holiday

Most campus buildings have shortened or administrative hours (7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) during the summer.

Additionally, doors to most buildings will be locked for the Memorial Day holiday (Monday, May 27). Card access will still allow you to access your authorized buildings, but they will be locked to the general public due to decreased staffing and foot traffic. Regular door schedules will resume on Tuesday.

Please contact Public Safety (515-271-2222) if you have a door access emergency during this time. Feel free to email the SSC ( if you have a general (non-emergent) card access question or concern.

Have a great summer!

Sara Heijerman, Student Services Center

TODAY: Drake Choir and Chamber Choir Tour home concert

The Drake Choir and Chamber Choir will tour Italy, France, and Austria, beginning May 22. Enjoy their concert program at a performance on May 21, 4 p.m., at St. Ambrose Cathedral, 607 High Street, in downtown Des Moines. There is no charge for this concert, which will be followed by an ice cream social sponsored by Drake President Marty Martin. Please note that this is a change of location.

Kayla Jenkins, College of Arts & Sciences

Learning Symposium call for proposals

The 2019 Learning Symposium will convene around the theme Drake Tomorrow: Why We Change, How We Change. The student body of the future is ever evolving, and demographics will change dramatically in coming years. Thus, Drake faces a choice.  Do we react to these changes as they occur? Or do we try to control our own destiny by planning, making decisions that will secure the future of the University, learning to serve our current students while working intentionally to plan for future generations of students. This will be the focus of this year’s Learning Symposium.

The 2019 Learning Symposium will be Friday, Aug. 16, in the Olmsted Center. The Provost’s Council is currently seeking proposals for the break-out sessions. Access the complete Call for Proposals here: 2019 Learning Symposium Call for Proposals.

Proposals are due to Drinda Williams in the Office of the Provost by Friday, May 24.

Drinda Williams, Academic Support Specialist, Office of the Provost

Final grades due tomorrow

The deadline for final grade entry for the spring semester is 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22. Exception: final grades for the Law School are due on Tuesday, May 28.

View instructions on how to send your final grades from Blackboard to MyDUSIS.

Those of you who want to submit grades directly into MyDUSIS should begin by clicking the Grading button in the “Faculty & Advising” menu in myDrake and then finding the “Final Grades – Submittal Link.”

Note that access to MyDrake requires enrollment in a two-factor authentication system known as DUO.  Read more about DUO.

Kevin Moenkhaus, Associate Registrar

In memoriam: Marie Fisher

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Marie Fisher, retired administrative assistant for the Departments of Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy. Marie provided her dedicated service for 35 years until she retired in 2014. She was the first friendly face to meet when one entered the areas of physics or chemistry and the virtual mother of the two departments, keeping us all organized and well taken care of. We will always value all her contributions, remember her with great fondness, and honor her life.

A visitation is scheduled for Monday, May 13, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, Des Moines. A service will follow at 1 p.m.

Marie is survived by her husband John A. Fisher, her children: Stephanie (Kevin) Jones, Anthony (Jerriane) Fisher, Kaylianna, Marguerita and Mesha Fisher, Zemira Fisher, her step-children: Julie Jackson (Hatlas), Wanda (Mike) Carter, John Jr. Fisher, Terry Fisher, Clifford Fisher and Deanna Richardson. She is also survived by her father Allen (Ruth) Downey, Sr. and her siblings: Roberta Robinson, Robert (Lorreta) Lee, Cheri Downey, and Allen Downey. Read Marie’s full obituary.

Athanasios Petridis, Associate Professor/Department Chair, Physics and Astronomy

Rental books due to Book Store May 17

Your rental books are due back to the University Book Store by May 17. Don’t forget to sell your books back to the Book Store—it doesn’t matter where you bought them from.

May 13–19 extended hours:

  • Monday–Tuesday:  9 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Wednesday–Thursday:  8 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Friday:  8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday:  11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Katie Wilz, University Book Store

Final grades due May 22

Final grades for non-Law School courses are due Wednesday, May 22. Final grades for the Law School are due Tuesday, May 28.

Generally, final grades are available to view by the first calendar day following the day the grade was entered. You may view your final grades by clicking the “My Grades” link under the Student Records area in MyDrake.

Have a wonderful and safe summer.

Kevin Moenkhaus, Associate Registrar

First donor appreciation breakfast presents philanthropy bug award

The philanthropic contributions of nearly 500 members of the faculty and staff were recognized during the first faculty and staff donor appreciation breakfast on May 8.

During the event, John Smith, vice president for University Advancement, presented the inaugural Philanthropy Bug Award. The Philanthropy Bug Award recognizes faculty and staff members who embody Maddie Levitt’s spirit of philanthropy and service to Drake University.

Maddie Levitt was a longtime volunteer, friend, and tireless advocate for Drake University. Throughout her years of service to Drake, her beloved yellow Volkswagen Bug was a constant presence outside Old Main, and it became a symbol of her enduring commitment to bettering Drake University for future generations of students.

This year, Dan Alexander, Deb DeLaet, and Jen Harvey received the Philanthropy Bug Award for their efforts to create and rally significant faculty and staff support for The Catalyst Fund.

The Catalyst Fund helps address the financial needs of low to moderate income students from historically or currently underrepresented groups. The Catalyst Fund is designed to help students who are at risk of dropping out due to financial difficulties by providing scholarships and emergency funds. So far, two students have received $15,000 in scholarship support that have helped them complete their degrees and $6,000 in emergency funds have been distributed.

Update from Chief Information Technology Officer

As we reach the end of another successful academic year, I want to share with you some reflections on the past year from an ITS perspective.

The end of this spring semester coincides with the successful completion of one of the most complex and extensive IT infrastructure projects undertaken during my tenure as Chief Information Technology Officer. The infrastructure team successfully moved Drake’s Internet service from a single provider to two separate Internet connections provided by two different companies. Additionally, they moved the disaster recovery data center from its previous location in Shakopee, Minnesota to Kansas City, Kansas. By doing so, the University has increased reliability, doubled Internet bandwidth, and reduced annual costs by 40%. Unless you were paying close attention to OnCampus, you were likely unaware of any changes because it happened with zero interruptions to service. It was carefully planned and well executed, and I hope if you see members of this team, you will take a few minutes to congratulate them on a job well done.

We have completed a number of other successful projects over the past year, both large and small. These include the transition from Banner 8 to Banner 9, integration between HireTouch and Banner, the launch of the myDrake portal, improvements to student address collection, the deployment of the Starfish student success platform, the launch of online benefits management, and the ongoing rollout of Microsoft Teams to departments across campus. The success of these initiatives demonstrates the impact that effective project management and collaborative teamwork across campus can have on empowering Drake University to deliver on its mission. Our project teams, made up of ITS staff and campus partners, ensured that these projects met their budgets and schedules, and delivered on their promised outcomes.

It has also been a year of challenges and opportunities around information security. 2018 began with multiple successful phishing attacks on the University that reminded us of the sophistication of information thieves and the necessity of working together to protect our community’s confidential information. I’m pleased to report that, through our collective action, our data is dramatically better protected today than it was a year ago. Two-factor authentication is now being used by all faculty and staff across campus—a major accomplishment for all of us.

We continue to look for ways to improve protection of critical data. This year we are conducting disaster recovery tests on Banner and other critical systems as part of our routine maintenance.  By regularly assessing our recovery processes we become better prepared to move quickly to restore critical services in the event of a major event affecting our main data center.

Finally, I want to return to the results of last fall’s Survey of Administrative Services. The results from the past three years show steadily increasing overall satisfaction with ITS services. I’m grateful that you recognize the hard work the ITS team is putting in toward improving service and I commit that we will not slow down. In the spirit of continuous improvement, we are dedicated to identifying areas of weakness and working to improve them. I welcome your ongoing input and constructive feedback on how we might more effectively serve the University, our students, and you.

Chris Gill, Chief Information Technology Officer