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Drake Trivia event

Please join your friends and colleagues for Drake Trivia, hosted by All Staff Council and Drake Human Resources. The trivia event will take place Thursday, Jan. 21, from 3–4 p.m. on Microsoft Teams.

Teams of five will compete for prizes. Members of the top team will each receive $10 Bulldog Bucks.

If you want to create your own team, please designate a team leader and email ascspecialevents@drake.edu with your team. You do not need to join a team, however. Those without full teams will be randomly placed in a team of five, if possible.

Please see the event on the University Calendar for the link to the Teams Meeting.

— Tyler Spoon, on behalf of All Staff Council

Deadline extended: FY22 Global Partnership Grants

The deadline has been extended to Jan. 15 for Drake faculty and staff to submit a proposal for the FY22 Global Partnership Grants.

Drake University has established formal partnerships with multiple institutions abroad. Joint faculty and staff projects with our global partner institutions may be eligible for financial support through the Global Partnership Grants. Full details are available on our website.

Eligibility:
Full-time faculty and staff members are eligible to apply for activities taking place during FY22.

Application process:

  1. Discuss the proposed activity with your unit director or dean prior to submission.
  2. Submit the online application via Qualtrix, which includes a description and budget.
  3. Deans/directors will review all proposals for their unit with the Global Partnerships Coordinator and the Executive Director of Global Engagement for prioritization and to make collaborative funding decisions.

Contact Hannah Sappenfield, global partnerships coordinator, with any questions about the grant program or application process.

— Hannah Sappenfield, Global Partnerships Coordinator

Get involved with the Global Citizen Forum

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
There is still time for Drake faculty and staff to submit a presentation proposal for the conference. We invite proposals for practitioner and paper presentations; workshops and interactive sessions; posters; and roundtable or panel discussions. To submit a proposal, please fill out this Google form by Jan. 15.

Registration is open
Drake University faculty and staff are eligible to attend all three days of the conference free of charge. Register via Eventbrite using the access code DUFACSTAFF.

— Hannah Sappenfield, Global Partnerships Coordinator

Deadline extended: Global Citizen Forum presentation proposals

The deadline has been extended to Jan. 15 for Drake faculty and staff to submit a presentation proposal for the 2021 Global Citizen Forum, taking place March 3–5.

We invite proposals for practitioner and paper presentations; workshops and interactive sessions; posters; and roundtable or panel discussions. To submit a 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
  • Ideal session length
  • Relevant files and website (if applicable)

About the Global Citizen Forum
Drake is partnering with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) to host a virtual conference on equity and inclusion in higher education. The conference 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. Visit our webpage to learn more.

— Hannah Sappenfield, Global Partnerships Coordinator

Microsoft Teams calling is coming Jan. 14 

As we’ve previously communicated in OnCampus, ITS is upgrading the campus phone system and moving faculty and staff to using Microsoft Teams for calling. This change only affects extensions assigned to employees. We are not taking away physical phones in conference rooms, classrooms, or public areas. 

On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, the Microsoft Teams client will replace traditional handsets and allow faculty and staff to make and receive telephone calls using their office extension from anywhere they are connected to the Internet. 

To prepare for this change, we distributed headsets to all full-time employees before Thanksgiving. If you are encountering any issues with the headset you received, please review the user guides linked from ITS Recommended Phone Headsets (FAQ). If that doesn’t resolve your issues, or if you did not receive a headset in campus mail, please submit a Telephone Issue request.  

On the day of the change, we’ll send everyone an email outlining how to get started and the first steps you need to take to set up your voicemail and begin using Teams for all your calling. 

If you’d like to learn more ahead of this change, please review the resources we’ve curated at Using Microsoft Teams for Phone Calls and Voicemail (How-to). These include links on specific elements of calling and voicemail usage and a video overview.

You’ll be able to make calls from either the Teams desktop or mobile app and email notification of voicemail messages is automatically set up with Microsoft Teams calling. 

We’ve also created a FAQ page that we’ll keep up into the beginning of the spring semester at drake.edu/its/teamscalling/. If you don’t see your question there, please share it with us at drake.edu/its/giveitsfeedback/ and we will contact you with a response and add it to the FAQ when appropriate.   

— Chris Mielke, ITS 

Finance shares Administrative Survey feedback

The Offices of Finance and Student Financial Planning would like to thank everyone for taking the time to complete the Administrative Survey in October 2020.  We have gained valuable feedback to help us maintain and improve the services we provide to students, faculty, and staff.

Ratings in nearly every question increased over the prior year.  Each of the departments individually scored between 4 and 5 on the 5-point scale.  While not a statistically significant difference, the overall satisfaction with the services provided by the Offices of Finance and Student Financial Planning increased to an average score of 4.49 this year compared to 4.38 in 2019.  While there is always room for improvement, the unit’s staff are clearly doing their best to meet our service-oriented objectives to:

  • Ensure our constituents are engaged and informed,
  • Ensure integrity and transparency,
  • Process university resources timely and accurately, and
  • Improve service excellence.

The comments included in the survey were very helpful.  Several comments related to the shift to more electronic processes as necessitated by the pandemic with many staff working from home.  There were many positive comments all centered around the staff being knowledgeable, approachable, kind, reliable, responsive, and helpful, as well as sharing an attitude of fun.  There were also several valuable suggestions for improvement.  The most significant theme identified is the need to approach interactions with a collaborative mentality rather than beginning from a place of distrust.

Thank you again for participating in the Administrative Survey and please know that your input is reviewed and analyzed by the entire staff of the Offices of Finance and Student Financial Planning.

— Adam Voigts, Finance & Administration

Final grades (non-Law) due Dec. 16

Faculty, final grades are due by 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. Exception: Final grades for the Law School are due on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Following these deadlines, your ability to submit final grades will be disabled.

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.”

The final evaluation schedule includes a listing of when courses are scheduled to meet for their final evaluations.

May all of you enjoy your winter break.

— Kevin Moenkhaus, Office of the Registrar

Campus phone update: Headsets have been distributed

ITS has completed the headset distribution to all full-time Drake employees. If you haven’t received a headset in your campus mailbox, please let us know by submitting a Telephone Issue request.

Until the switch to using Microsoft Teams for calling in January, the new headsets can be used for online meetings and internal calls. Having any issues with your new headset? Check out the user guides at ITS Recommended Phone Headsets (FAQ).

To learn more about the upcoming change, check out the FAQ page at drake.edu/its/teamscalling/ or read our guide on Using Microsoft Teams for Phone Calls and Voicemail (How-to).

If you have a question that you don’t see covered at either the FAQ or the guide, please let us know at drake.edu/its/giveitsfeedback/.

— Chris Mielke, ITS

Big changes coming to Blackboard Learn Ultra 

We have been keeping campus informed about the planned extensive changes with Blackboard Learn Ultra, the update to our learning management system. This past fall we upgraded to a new navigation to make our system more user-friendly, but there are more significant changes coming.   

Blackboard Learn Ultra is comprised of three components:  

  • Ultra Base Navigation (completed as of August 2020): Modern navigation that provides quick access to the most critical information from across all courses. 
  • Original Course View (Drake course view through Summer 2021): This is the current course view that instructors and students are familiar with. There have been minimal changes to the features and workflows through regular system updates. 
  • Ultra Course View (Drake course view starting Fall 2021): This new course view will offer a streamlined, more intuitive interface and workflows. The Ultra Course View is fully responsive for optimal use on any device, and new functionality and enhancements will be added regularly. 

Throughout November, we’ve released training modules covering the new navigation and the new look and feel for the Ultra Course View. In addition, we’ve provided all instructors with sandbox courses where you can practice using new functions and see how your current course structures will translate.   

Communication and training will continue to be provided throughout Spring of 2021 to support your preparedness for your Fall 2021 courses in the Ultra Course View. It is important to be engaged with the training offered as the changes in workflows and functionality will be extensive.  

Watch a video from Blackboard to see a preview of the Ultra Course View: 

— Karly Good, ITS

ASC holiday cookie decorating live demonstration

All Staff Council invites you to a holiday cookie decorating demonstration! Our own Lynne Cornelius, violence prevention coordinator, will be showcasing her incredible cookie decorating skills via Microsoft Teams Live Event on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m.
Please join us for this special event on Microsoft Teams or join from the event listing on the Drake University Campus Calendar.
— All Staff Council Events and Community Service Committee