Category Archives: Campus Announcements Archive

Seeking participants for remote v. face-to-face study

You are invited to participate in a research study about remote versus face-to-face courses at Drake University. This study is being conducted by a team of Drake University faculty on behalf of the Center for Teaching Excellence. The purpose of this study is to explore student and faculty perceptions of and attitudes toward remote versus face-to-face learning environments.

We are seeking your participation in a virtual one-on-one interview, which should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. Interviews will take place during January or February 2021. You are eligible to participate if you are 1) a faculty member or enrolled as a student at Drake University, 2) have instructed (faculty) or taken (student) face-to-face, in-person college courses, and 3) are 18 years of age or older. Participation in the study is completely voluntary. Participants who enroll in the study and complete the 30-minute interview will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Eliza Dy-Boarman at

— Eliza Dy-Boarman, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Bulldog applause goes to CBPA staff

The All Staff Council Recognition Committee recognized the College of Business and Public Administration staff this month with a Bulldog Applause. Read an interview below to learn more about this great team. A huge thank you to the CBPA staff for all your hard work and dedication to the University.

How many staff members are in the department?  There are 18 members of the CBPA family.

What is the primary function of the team? Our team is focused on ensuring that the College can deliver on its promise that our graduates will be equipped to innovate and lead in a globally complex, diverse, and dynamic world.

Do you have a mission/vision/motto? Our north star is the belief that a CBPA education is a force for good, contributing to the global economy and to society.

Who has been with the team the longest, and what is their job title and length of employment? Sheri Gavin, budget and office manager, started in June 2001.

Who is the newest team member, and what is their job title and month/year of start? Sophie Tibbals, success coach, undergraduate administration, started as a full time staff member in February 2020, but has worked as a student worker with the CBPA since 2017.

What campus buildings do your team members “live” in?  Aliber Hall—but extends beyond the walls with such caring, respect, and valued appreciation for each other.

What are some recent challenges and accomplishments of note that others in the University might not know about?  We welcomed Dean Alejandro Hernandez to our CBPA team in August.

This fall, students, faculty, and staff entered a world that was different than anything in recent decades. Our ability to listen and to respond creatively and with foresight has proven to be crucial.  2020–2021 is our self-study year for AACSB accreditation with a site visit planned for February 2022.  As we complete our strategic plan, evaluate programs and student outcomes, benchmark against peers, and compile evidence of societal impact we see our north star being put into practice.

Anything else noteworthy/interesting/special about your department that bears mentioning? The College is among the academic units at Drake with the greatest diversity of faculty, staff, and students.

Recognize civically-engaged projects and individuals

The Office of Community Engaged Learning invites you to recognize civically-engaged projects, alumni, and community partners by nominating them for an Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact “Engaged Campus Award.”

Nominations are due Feb. 24. View the nomination form.

  • Emerging Innovation Award: A recent project, program, or initiative making unique and innovative contributions that demonstrate strong future potential, including student-led projects.
  • Community Collaboration Award: A collaboration co-created with community organizations, leaders, and/or partners that is deep, reciprocal, and transformational.
  • Civic-Minded Employer Award: An Iowa or Minnesota business nominated by a member institution for its commitment to corporate social responsibility and employee engagement in community.
  • Alumni Leadership Award: An alum of a member institution making strong contributions to their community and demonstrating the values of the civic mission of higher education.

The CEL office also invites your feedback on three other awards. If you know of a student, individual/group, or community partner that you feel is deserving of one of the following awards, please send a paragraph of justification to no later than Feb. 15. If selected, you will be contacted for further information.

  • Student Leadership Award: This award is for an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.
  • Civic Engagement Leadership Award: This award is for a member of the faculty, administration, or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced their campus’ distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic and community
  • Community Partner Award: This award is for a community-based individual or organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes.

Read about last year’s winners.

— Amanda Martin, Community Engaged Learning

New finance policies for review and comment

Drake has developed two new University policies focused on implementing ongoing security measures in the handling of its financial transactions and accounts. The “Identity Theft Prevention Policy” describes the process Drake will use to identify, detect, and respond to potential or confirmed instances of identity theft. The “Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) Policy” establishes clear policies for the processing of payment card transactions to insure institutional compliance with PCI-DSS requirements.

All interested members of the Drake community are encouraged to review and comment on these policy revisions by Jan. 23, 2021.

— Jessica Morgan-Tate, Finance & Administration

Campus parking update

As we head into winter break and J-Term, there will continue to be a low occupancy on campus. Therefore, Facilities and Operations along with Drake Public Safety asks all Drake Commuter Parking pass holders to park in Lot 1 (FAC), Lot 13 (Ray Promenade), or Lot 16 (Olmsted) between Dec. 12 and Jan. 24. Should inclement weather conditions arise, this will allow Facilities to address snow and ice operations in these lots and routes to buildings for use by faculty and staff in a timely fashion. All other lots on campus will be cleared as time permits.

— Scott Law, Director, Public Safety & Operational Services

Intensive English Program offers free learning opportunities

Drake’s Intensive English Program (IEP) provides free learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to improve English skills. Our IEP offers intermediate and advanced level classes with an academic focus. If you feel that you may need additional help in a certain English skill area, be it advanced academic writing, grammar, or speaking, or if you simply would like to improve your pronunciation, you may want to consider taking one of our classes. The best news is that full-time Drake students, including exchange students, staff, and faculty can take IEP classes free of charge! We also offer an American Culture course for anyone who is interested in a deeper understanding of the U.S. and its various cultural aspects.

All classes for the Spring 2021 semester are being offered remotely. Please note that these classes are not credit-bearing.

Our classes begin Monday, Feb. 1, and end Friday, May 7. The last day to register for classes is Friday, Feb. 5. If you are interested in joining a class, wish to see the schedule, or have questions about the program, contact Kendra Hossain-Morehead at

— Kendra Hossain-Morehead, Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

ITS support center and tech assistance through J-Term

Even though the support center in Carnegie Hall (lower level) is closed for walk-in visitors through at least the start of the spring semester, ITS is still available to help with your tech needs.

You can always call 515-271-3001 or browse for guides or submit a request for assistance at our service portal at

If ITS staff are unavailable, whether over holiday breaks or in the evenings, we have after-hours support answering our main number 24/7 at 515-271-3001. They are not able to assist with every tech problem, but can always open requests on your behalf that will be responded to when ITS staff return.

To be sure you’re reaching an ITS technician if you call the support center, see the schedule below:

  • Through the end of the semester, regular hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Holiday break begins Dec. 21 and runs through Friday, Jan. 1.
  • Starting Jan. 4 through the end of J-Term, hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

— Carla Herling, ITS

Nominate students for the Adams Leadership Awards

The Adams Leadership Convocation is an annual, campus-wide event that celebrates the achievements of student leaders and organizations at Drake University. Each spring we honor students and organizations who have made valuable contributions to the campus community through their outstanding commitment to leadership.

We’re opening this year’s Adams Leadership Awards nomination form early in an effort to nominate students and student organizations from this fall semester whose details may seem hard to recollect by spring!

Please see this full list of award categories and criteria and consider nominating Drake students and student organizations who’ve exhibited strong leadership and excellence throughout the fall 2020 semester by using the link below. Nominations can be submitted by any Drake student, faculty, and/or staff any time between now and Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Adams Leadership Convocation Nomination Form

In addition to submitting your nominations, please save the date for this year’s Adams Leadership Convocation on Friday, April 30th (format to be determined by COVID-19).

Questions? Contact Kristin Economos (Director of Student Leadership Programs) at

Thanks for your work recognizing the incredible leadership skills of our Drake students!

— Kristin Economos, Office of Student Involvement and Leadership

Rec Services Wellness update: Trick Shot challenge and Virtual GX

Virtual GX continues! For every five classes that you take Dec. 14 through Feb. 14, you will be entered into a drawing for a prize. There is no limit on entries, so take as many classes as your heart desires.

Here is how to access our On Demand classes: Login to your Drake Rec account, and click the Group Fitness tab. Click on “Classes” and scroll down to see our On Demand options. Once you decide on the one you like, click on the class and select the “Schedule” tab. From here, click on the class you would like, register to participate, and you will be emailed the link.

Social Media trick shot challenge: Have you seen our trick shots yet? Show us what you’ve got by tagging or submitting your videos to, to be featured on our social media pages.

Looking to start the new decade right? Join our social media New Year’s challenge to help create goals for 2021 and learn more about the dimensions of wellness.

Make sure to follow our pages for more fun challenges and information: @DrakeRec on Tiktok, Instagram, and Twitter; @DrakeRecServices on Facebook.

— Emily Madsen, Recreational Services–Wellness