Category Archives: Campus Announcements Archive

Check out Drake’s new late-night bus service, Safe Ride

Drake’s late-night bus service, Safe Ride, is available to all members of the University community free of charge during both fall and spring semesters.

Dates and Hours of Operation
Aug. 24–Dec. 19, 2015
Sun.–Wed. 8 p.m.–1 a.m.
Thu.–Sat. 8 p.m.–2:30 a.m.

Jan. 19–May 14, 2016
Sun.–Wed. 8 p.m.–1 a.m.
Thu.–Sat. 8 p.m.–2:30 a.m.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off
Passengers can board Safe Ride at any street corner along the route and request a stop at any location along the route where the vehicle can safely pause.

The Safe Ride bus’ location along the route can be tracked in real time at

The Safe Ride vehicle, a 14-passenger mini-bus easily identified in blue and white, circulates continuously during operating hours, alternating along an interior route and an exterior route.

The interior route follows 25th Street to University Avenue (including Olmsted parking lot) to 20th Street to Forest Avenue and back to 25th Street.

The exterior route follows 25th Street to Cottage Grove to 34th Street to College Avenue and back to 25th Street. Depending on destination needs, Safe Ride may sometimes reverse direction along the routes.

Remind students, advisees to complete Haven

Drake is requiring all students to complete an online educational program on sexual and interpersonal violence prevention, called Haven. Students must complete the mandatory portion, Part 1, by this Thursday, Oct. 15. Student advisers and other faculty or staff who assist students with registering for classes should be aware that a hold will be placed on each student’s account until he or she has completed the online program, which will prevent course registration for the subsequent semester.

Drake University takes acts of sexual and interpersonal misconduct seriously and is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment. This effort also complies with the Violence Against Women Act and the Office for Civil Rights federal guidelines.

Haven promotes student health and safety by educating students about the elements of healthy relationships, the importance of sexual consent, and the role of bystanders in creating safe, healthy communities. This science-based prevention program offers a confidential, personalized experience for each student, educating them on the issues associated with sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking while also taking into account their unique perspectives and experiences. It will also cover campus-specific policies, procedures, and resources.

—Submitted by Alysa Mozak, Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion

Grants available for advancing international strategic partnerships

Faculty and staff are encouraged to work with their academic unit and Drake International to develop collaborative activities that align with the unit’s mission and goals and advance Drake’s existing partnerships. Grants to support these endeavors are available for awards commencing July 1, 2016.

Each faculty or staff member interested must complete the International Partnership Planning Proposal FY16 and the FY16 International Partnership Planning Budget and submit them to your dean no later than Nov. 13, which can be found here.

Preference will be given to proposals that align well with the stated goals of the unit.

Additional information is available at

—Submitted by Drake International

Sewer smoke test notice

The City of Des Moines will be performing sewer smoke testing in the Drake area sometime in the next two weeks. During the examination, a dense grayish/white smoke will be blown through the sanitary sewer lines from manholes. Smoke may appear from roof drains, catch basins or vent stacks. In addition, the smoke may appear from cracks in the pavement above the sewer lines, from lawns or around buildings with foundation drains and in basements by way of floor drains, sinks, or other plumbing fixtures.

The smoke used for the tests is non-staining and will disappear rapidly without leaving a residual odor. The testing should be completed by Oct. 26. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Environmental Health and Safety Director Chris Nickell at 271-3804.

—Submitted by Andrea McDonough, Senior Administrative Services Specialist

From the Provost, Oct. 5

Office of Sponsored Programs
After 12 years of serving the University, assisting faculty and programs to obtain millions of dollars in grants, Jayne Smith, director of sponsored programs, is leaving Drake to join the Iowa Department of Education, where she will serve as an educational consultant to the state community colleges. Jayne’s last day will be Oct. 14, and she is working with faculty with grant applications currently in process or pending to provide whatever assistance she can before she leaves.

Fortunately, we are in the final stages of hiring a senior grant specialist, a position that has been open since last November. We should have that position filled within the next few weeks. We will also initiate a search for a new director of sponsored programs. In the meantime, I ask anyone who is anticipating a FEDERAL grant between Oct. 14 and Dec. 1 to contact me with the name of the grant and PI, the agency (e.g..NSF, NEH, NIH, DOD) to which it is being submitted, and the expected date of submission.

There will be a reception for Jayne on Oct. 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Levitt Hall, where you will have an opportunity to thank her for her years of good work at Drake and wish her well in her new endeavor.

Save the Date
I am pleased to announce that the next Drake social, open to all faculty and staff, will be on Thursday, Oct. 29,  4–6 p.m. in Shivers Hospitality Suite, adjacent to The Knapp Center. Attendees will receive one complimentary ticket for beer or wine. Water, soda, etc. are also on the house. Nearby parking is available in Lot 2 east of Shivers at the NE corner of Forest and 25th St.

Open Office Hour
This week appearing at the Olmsted Cafe, 10–11:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 8.

—Submitted by Joe Lenz, Provost

From the Office of the Provost: Week of Sept. 28

Religious Holidays
The release of the Climate Survey Report serves as a good occasion to remind the campus that in 1974, the University Senate adopted the following action:
“. . . that faculty members be urged to provide an opportunity for students to make up work missed as a result of legitimate absences, including observances of religious holidays.”

Consistent with the Senate action and our ambition to be a more welcoming and inclusive community, I urge all faculty members to provide students with an opportunity to make up work missed due to religious holidays. Since there are many cultures and faiths, University events cannot always be scheduled to avoid conflict with all holidays. Students should make their holiday needs known to faculty in advance, so professors can make arrangements for the appropriate accommodation. Further, I ask that when scheduling events, people check the calendar to avoid conflicts, if possible.

The list of religious holidays for the 2015–2016 academic year can be found at the Calendar link on the Provost’s Office web page.

Drake Social Club
Thanks to everyone who attended—more than 150 of you—the Drake Social on Thursday, making it, so I am being told, a big (and welcome) success. A shout out of thanks goes to Cherie Moen for managing it and making all the arrangements. Given the response, we are already looking for two more dates for this semester—stay tuned for future announcements.

Open Office Hours
If you are looking for me, this week you will find me on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 3–4:30 p.m. at Cowles Cafe.

—Submitted by Joe Lenz, Provost

Fire Drill Oct. 7

Drake University will hold a campus-wide building evacuation/fire drill on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, at 9:10 a.m. in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act and in conjunction with National Fire Prevention month. Fire alarms will be activated in all campus buildings to signal the start of the drill. All buildings will be locked down during the fire alarms. During lock down, buildings can be evacuated, but cannot be re-entered. Members and guests of the campus community will need to evacuate all Drake University buildings at this time. Please dress according to weather.

This drill will be coordinated through the Office of Public Safety (271-2222) working with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (271-3804) and Facilities Services (271-3955). Please report any fire alarm malfunctions or evacuation problems to Facilities or Public Safety. Your cooperation in this very important campus safety exercise regarding the Drake Emergency Response Plan is appreciated and required by law.

As a reminder:

  • Please evacuate when the alarms sound.
  • If it is cold, please wear a coat.
  • Buildings will be locked down during alarms.
  • Buildings can be evacuated but cannot be re-entered until the drill ends.

—Submitted by Chris Nickell, Director, EHS

Construction update: Sept. 21

Pre-construction work begins this week north of Harvey Ingham along Forest Avenue as part of the pre-construction effort for the School of Education and Math and Computer Science facility and the new Science Connector building between Olin and Fitch Halls. This work will facilitate relocation of electrical and communication lines.  Between now and the end of the semester you will see digging and trench work, which will be noticeable to those in and around the area.  Fencing and signage will mark the work areas and efforts are being made to minimize disruption. Watch OnCampus and blueView for announcements about future work schedules and locations. If at any time you have questions or concerns please contact Venessa Macro at 271-3962 or Jolene Schmidt at 271-3957.

—Submitted by Venessa Macro, Chief Administration Officer

Material handling safety

With renovations wrapping up in Harvey-Ingham and new construction set to begin later in the school year there has been a lot of office moving going on around campus. Throughout all of this activity it is important that we take time to touch on a very important safety topic: material handling. Injuries resulting from material handling are a leading cause of lost time at work. These injuries are the result of both repetitive manual tasks and single exposure incidents. It is often the single exposure incidents that lead to the most serious injuries because they happen without warning and can therefore be more difficult to prevent.

There are a number of ways in which injuries can occur from material handling and many factors can contribute to the severity of the injury. Material handling does not just refer to moving product in construction, the plant, or a warehouse; material handling involves any kind of lifting or moving, whether it be moving a stack of books or sliding a desk to a different side of a room. Some of the most common ways that injuries occur from material handling are:

  • Lifting or moving heavy objects
  • Twisting or bending at the back
  • Carrying objects too far away from your body
  • Reaching over head to grab or set down an object
  • Carrying awkwardly shaped objects or bulky objects without handles
  • Doing the same task over and over for an extended period of time
  • Falling or rolling objects
  • Handling materials without proper hand protection

It is also important to be aware of the environmental conditions as they can have a negative effect on your ability to move objects without injury. Working in cold weather can increase joint and muscle stiffness, while working in hot weather can lead to dehydration and fatigue. Everyone should take steps to minimize or eliminate the risks involved with material handling. Using the tips and guidelines below can help in the effort to reduce workplace injuries:

  • Use material handling equipment such as dollies and carts to minimize the stress on your body.
  • Ask for help with moving heavy or awkwardly shaped objects. The general rule is to ask for help if the object weighs over 50 pounds, but you should always use your best judgment and recognize your limitations.
  • Use proper lifting techniques anytime you need to pick something up:
    o Plan your lift and the path you plan to take.
    o Always bend at the knees and hips, not at your back.
    o Avoid twisting motions; turn your hips and feet when you need to rotate your body.
    o Keep feet shoulder-width apart.
    o Keep the item close to your body.
    o Take a deep breath before lifting.
  • Avoid carrying objects that obstruct your view.
  • Use gloves when carrying and moving objects.

As always, it is important to use common sense and get help when needed. If you experience any pain it is important to report the symptoms early, and take a break from what you are doing. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the Environmental Health and Safety Department.

—Submitted by Chris Nickell, Director, Environmental Health & Safety