All posts by Kayla Bell-Consolver

Survey request: Counseling Center support groups

The Counseling Center is working to adjust and evaluate support groups for the fall and spring semester, and in order to ensure we are meeting your needs, please complete the following survey: Student Counseling Groups . The survey is confidential, unless you choose to provide your information.

The survey will remain open until Oct. 15. For questions, contact or

—Kayla Bell-Consolver, Director of the Student Counseling Center

Prevention Ambassador training

Join the Prevention Education and Program team in this dynamic three day training. These sessions will equip you with the skills to help make Drake a more inclusive and safer place. Training topics include bystander interventions, how to facilitate tough conversations, prevention programming, and how to help others.

All sessions will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on the following Fridays: Oct, 22, Oct. 29, and Nov. 5. Participants must commit to attending all three sessions. Register.

For questions, contact Lynne Cornelius, director of Prevention Education and Programs, at

— Lynne Cornelius, Violence Prevention & Programming

New, internal Continuous Improvement site

A new, internal Continuous Improvement website has been created as a reference for all unit-level Continuous Improvement Plans (CIPs) and Continuous Improvement Planning in general.  It’s a great reference to see the objectives, measures, targets, and initiatives for each unit on campus, including the University as a whole.  This also replaces the prior “conversations” site.

It also has supporting information on Continuous Improvement Planning along with many resources, white-papers, templates, and more.

Please use this as a resource to see how other areas around campus achieve these four main goals:

  1. Align activities to strategic priorities
  2. Improve communications
  3. Monitor performance
  4. Drive purposeful action

As always, please reach out with any questions.

— Nate Reagen, President’s Office

Update: Teams calling project, next phase

Back in January, ITS began the extensive project of upgrading the campus phone system. The first phase, now complete, involved moving faculty and staff extensions to Microsoft Teams. For the next phase, ITS staff is transitioning department extensions and conference room phones to Teams calling, and determining if any extensions are no longer required.

All indoor red security phones and outdoor blue emergency phones across campus will remain in place. Other public area phones will be removed, unless identified as essential.

In addition to the campus security phones, students, faculty, and staff can use the free Rave Guardian mobile phone app. The app includes a panic button with a direct connection to Public Safety. Learn more.

You can learn more about the Teams calling project by visiting the FAQ page. For questions, contact Jeff Regan at

— Carla Herling, ITS

Start a business and get paid: The Lorentzen Student Hatchery

The Lorentzen Student Hatchery is back for 2022. This unique program is aimed at fostering student startups and is your opportunity to get paid to run your own business. Entrepreneurship Centers staff provide guidance and support, access to mentors and experts, and more to Drake University students accepted to the Hatchery. Students of any major, undergraduate and graduate, are welcome to apply to the Hatchery for the opportunity to get paid up to $6,500 while working on their own startup. Even if you are not chosen to receive a summer grant, Drake University students are welcome to participate in Hatchery coaching and mentoring sessions. This summer program starts the first week of June and wraps up the first week of August but there will be educational training and coaching available in the semesters before and after formal programming.

If you would like more information, download a 2022 Hatchery Fact Sheet. Applications are being accepted online until Friday, Nov. 5. Virtual pitches for a spot in the Hatchery will take place during Drake’s Innovation Week, starting Nov. 8. Questions? Email us at

 — Stephanie Cardwell, Buchanan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Yoga, movie, mini golf: Participate in Stress Relief Week Nov. 1

Are you stressed out just thinking about managing your stress? You’re not alone. COVID-19 and other events surrounding 2020 and 2021 have contributed to our increased stress and anxiety.

Although we may not be able to eliminate life’s stressors, Drake’s DU Well program is inviting faculty and staff to join us for a few stress-relief activities the first week in November.

Start the week off attending a yoga flow or meditation class in the Bell Center on Nov. 1. Then take a break and enjoy the following events, being held in the Olmsted Center:

Nov. 2 – Watch the movie Inside Out showing in Sussman Theater from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 – Play 9 holes of mini golf in Parent’s Hall North from 11 am. to 1 p.m.

Nov. 4 – Attend the Benefits and Wellness Fair in Parent’s Hall South from 9 to 11 a.m.

Details on this and other DU Well programs can be found in the Employee Wellness section on myDrake.

Linda Feiden, Human Resources

J-Term 2023 travel seminar proposals due Dec. 2

Interested in leading a J-Term 2023 travel seminar? Submit your travel seminar proposal by Thursday, Dec. 2, through Qualtrics. If you are new to leading travel seminars, please reach out to Global Engagement to set up a meeting to discuss your ideas and learn more about the process.

A travel seminar is a short-term, faculty-led study abroad (or domestic) program. This is an opportunity to teach a course that integrates an academic experience with intercultural and experiential learning while traveling.  To learn more about the travel seminar process, please contact Nathan Jacobson, education abroad coordinator, at

Maria Rohach, Director of Education Abroad

All Staff Council, Human Resources to host virtual town hall for staff Oct. 22

All Staff Council and Human Resources are excited to co-host a town hall for Drake staff on Friday, Oct. 22, at 1:30 p.m. The town hall may go as late as 3 p.m. depending on the number of attendees and questions. Staff are invited to join via Teams.

On Oct. 5, we invited staff to submit questions to All Staff Council to help us build an agenda that speaks to your interests. If you have a burning question, there is still time to submit questions to ASC. Please know we will reserve time during the town hall for attendees to ask questions and share ideas, suggestions, and recommendations.

To date, we have received dozens of great questions—many inquiring about staff compensation and the future of remote work. Questions touching upon these topics will prompt larger discussion suitable for the virtual town hall. In next week’s OnCampus, we will share a draft agenda for the town hall and we will address a few of the simpler questions for which there are reasonably straight forward answers.

We look forward to receiving more questions from staff to help us plan the virtual town hall. We hope to see you there.

— All Staff Council/Human Resources

Register for the Sussman Leadership Conference

Each year, the Adams Leadership Institute hosts the annual Sussman Leadership Conference; bringing together undergraduate student leaders from across campus to share their experiences, exchange ideas, and gain skills that can be applied to their personal lives, student leadership roles, academic projects, and professional goals.

This year’s Sussman Conference, “Leading Back in Action,” will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Olmsted Center, Parents Hall, featuring keynote speaker Sara Lowery. Conference registration and buffet brunch are provided at no cost to students thanks to alumni giving.

Space is limited. Please visit to learn more and reserve your seat by Oct. 31.

— Kristin Economos, Office of Student Involvement and Leadership