Category Archives: For Staff

True Blue nominations open

The All Staff Council Recognition Committee is accepting True Blue nominations through April 1 to be entered into this year’s Sapphire Award nomination. A staff member who is called to be True Blue is someone who:

  1. Epitomizes the values of leadership, teamwork, and integrity, and exhibits their commitment to the Drake community.
  2. Has shown others what it takes to get a task or project done, and accomplishes that by working well with others.
  3. Is able to be honest and fair in the situations they face.
  4. Does all of these things for the betterment of Drake and its values and goals.

If this sounds like someone you know, make your nomination today! And, congratulations to all of the staff members who received a True Blue award last fall. We appreciate your hard work and dedication!

— Amelia Klatt, On behalf of All Staff Council

Five ways to recognize a phishing email

As we begin the new year, it’s crucial that we all remain aware of the threat that email attacks pose and how to respond to them. As a reminder, here are some indications that an email might be dangerous or suspect:

  • A strange sender or one that you don’t expect
  • Coming from a Drake University colleague but sent from a Gmail or Yahoo account
  • A request that you take urgent action
  • Asking you to buy something for someone else
  • Links or attachments that don’t match the message content or that you don’t recognize

Before acting on any of these, slow down and take a second look. If you receive an email that you suspect is phishing or spam, don’t click any links, download an attachment, or reply. Instead, you can block the sender from sending you additional emails using the junk mail folder option in Outlook. You can also forward the email as an attachment to informationsecurity@drake.edu and then delete it.

ITS will be continuing phishing education this month using emails that mimic real attacks. A short training lesson will be assigned to any faculty and staff who repeatedly click links or open attachments in phishing emails, simulated or not.

For additional information on how to report phishing emails, please see the IT Service Portal guide, Reporting a Phishing Message (How-to).

— Jeremy Calvert, ITS

Faculty/Staff Wellness Interest Survey

At Drake, we recognize how important it is for our employees to stay healthy. We are also committed to creating an environment where faculty and staff feel engaged and supported.

Therefore, we are conducting a 2021 Faculty and Staff Wellness Interest Survey to determine your interest in participating in worksite wellness initiatives. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas on how to provide you with the programs, presentations, and activities designed to meet your needs.

Please help us by taking a few minutes to complete this brief survey.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

— Linda Feiden, Human Resources

2021 mileage reimbursement rate

Drake reimburses mileage for use of personal automobiles by employees for actual miles driven during business travel. The reimbursement rate is based on the current standard mileage rate issued by the Internal Revenue Service.

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the standard mileage rate issued by the IRS for the use of a car will be 56 cents per business mile driven, down from 57.5 cents in 2020.

The standard mileage rate is evaluated annually by the IRS and is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile.

If you have any questions regarding the reimbursable mileage rate, please visit the IRS website or contact Accounting at accounting@drake.edu.

— Jennifer Baugher, Accounting

Call for nominations: Principal Global Citizenship Award

Nominations are invited for the Principal Financial Global Citizenship Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to global engagement and internationalization of the campus and curriculum on the part of faculty or staff. The selected awardee will receive a plaque, up to $3,000, and will be announced at the 2021 Global Citizen Forum in March. A screening committee will review all nominations and make recommendations to the Provost. Nominations should be submitted to Bonnie Ehler at bonnie.ehler@drake.edu by Friday, Feb.12, 2021. Please review the following details:

A letter of nomination should be submitted recommending an individual for the award and explaining the context and manner in which the nominator has come to know the faculty or staff member. This letter should speak to the following qualifications:

Pursuant to the University’s mission to develop “responsible global citizens,” explain how the nominee has made outstanding contributions at Drake toward realizing the following:

  1. Serve as a global knowledge hub that brings value to external partners in local, national, and international settings.
  2.  Infuse global and multicultural perspectives across the campus and curriculum.
  3. Develop infrastructure, resources, and communication systems to support internationalization and global engagement.

The nominee must be a faculty or staff member with at least four years of service at the University. The nominee cannot have won this award within the past five years. Faculty and staff members who report directly to Global Engagement are ineligible.

Nominees who indicate a willingness to be considered will be invited to submit a c.v. and a statement discussing their contributions to the above goals. One or two letters of support from faculty, staff, or students will be accepted (this is optional).

Any individual who was nominated for the award in 2020 may be re-nominated if the nominator resubmits a letter offering the individual for consideration this year. Files of previous nominees are maintained for one year. If a faculty/staff member is re-nominated, the nominator will be invited to review the file from the previous year to ensure that the nomination is as current as possible.

Past recipients include:

2020 – Jody Swilky, Ellis and Nelle Levitt Professor of English

2019 – Pramod Mahajan, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, pharmaceutical, biomedical and administrative sciences

2018 – Tim Knepper, professor of philosophy

2017 – John Rovers, professor of pharmacy & health sciences, pharmaceutical, biomedical and administrative sciences

2016 – Ellen Yee, professor of law

Nomination letters are due by Feb. 12, 2021, and should be sent as an attachment to bonnie.ehler@drake.edu.  Questions may be directed to Annique Kiel, executive director of Global Engagement and International Programs, at annique.kiel@drake.edu.

— Annique Kiel, Global Engagement

New: Global Enhancement Grants applications now open

In light of restricted international mobility due to COVID-19, this new grant program has been developed to support Drake faculty and staff in bringing virtual global enhancement to their existing courses and programs. Examples may include (but are not limited to):

  • Inviting a guest speaker or expert panel to present virtually on a specific global topic
  • Incorporating a virtual tour of a site or location abroad to complement coursework
  • Developing a module or project that includes virtual connectivity with students in another part of the world

Assistance is available through the Office of Global Engagement to connect Drake faculty and staff with provider organizations and global partner institutions that can serve as resources for potential projects. Contact Annique Kiel at annique.kiel@drake.edu for more information on resources.

Eligibility and criteria
Full-time faculty and staff members are eligible to apply for Global Enhancement Grants for activities beginning in January 2021. Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Identify a specific set of activities with intended outcomes
  • Demonstrate global learning impact on Drake curriculum and students
  • Support involvement by individuals who have not previously incorporated a global component into their courses/programs
  • Align with existing course or program objectives and learning outcomes
  • Build new partnerships or programs

Application process

  1. Submit the online application via Qualtrix, which includes a description and budget for the proposed activity. (Note: Grant funds will not be awarded for stipends for Drake faculty.)
  2. There is a rolling application deadline and submissions will be reviewed following the last day of the month by a committee. Funding decisions will be announced by the 15th of the month.  Applications must to be submitted prior to the proposed activities.  Grants will be awarded on an ongoing basis until funds are expended.

— Annique Kiel, Global Engagement

Call for nominations: Principal Global Scholar/Practitioner-in-Residence Program

The Office of Global Engagement invites nominations for the Principal Global Scholar/Practitioner-in-Residence Program for 2021–2022, seeking to attract talented individuals from academia or the professions who have outstanding international expertise to teach a course, mentor students, give public lectures, work on joint research with faculty, and aid the global capacity-building of the institution as a whole through fruitful external collaborations. Nominations will be considered for fall, spring, or the full academic year.

Nomination Instructions:
Candidates should be nominated by faculty or administrators within the academic unit to which they will be attached. (Candidates must be non-Drake faculty or employees). Please submit the following supporting materials:

  • A nomination letter discussing the qualifications of the candidate and expected contributions to the department and Drake University as a whole
  • Candidate’s biographical information
  • A letter of interest from the candidate
  • A letter of support from the department chair and college/school dean

Nominations should be directed to Annique Kiel, executive director of Global Engagement and International Programs, by Feb. 12, 2021. Units considering a nomination are encouraged to consult with Annique prior to submission.

Among the criteria to be considered for the nominee:
1. A record of recognized international leadership and distinguished professional accomplishment in their field
2. A documented commitment to international understanding and global citizenship
3. An ability to bring unique perspectives and experiences to the Drake community
4. A willingness and ability to offer courses that complement the existing curriculum and meet rigorous academic standards.

In recognition of their contributions, Global Scholars/Practitioners receive a stipend, a travel allowance, an appropriate workspace in the host college/school, and access to university facilities. Global Scholars/Practitioners will be affiliated with an appropriate academic unit for at least one semester and offer at least one course per term.

This program is proudly sponsored by the Principal Center for Global Citizenship, housed within the Office of Global Engagement.

— Annique Kiel, Global Engagement