Category Archives: Strategic Updates

Community stadium construction to begin in November

There will soon be construction equipment on the site of the new community stadium. Demolition and excavation work is scheduled to begin the beginning of November. The Sprout Garden has been moved to a new location at 31st Street and Carpenter (south of Drake West Village). Work to complete the relocation will continue through Spring 2021. Parking Lot 2 (Shivers Parking Lot) to the east of Shivers, will be off-line coinciding with the start of construction. Lot 2 will be removed as part of the site preparation for the new stadium.

— Michelle Huggins, Facilities Planning & Management

“Meeting-free day” Nov. 3

On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, we are all called upon to do our civic duty and vote in our national presidential election. Drake recognizes that this responsibility poses some challenges for employees who are juggling competing personal demands and, depending on where you live, a time commitment that can feel restricting. So, the University is declaring Nov. 3 a meeting-free day to eliminate any time sensitive job responsibilities and give faculty and staff the freedom to take the time to vote without consequence. In the coming days, watch for an organization-wide calendar hold to be sent for the entire day, restricting any conflicting meetings to be scheduled and serve as a reminder for us all to make our vote count.

Campus Climate virtual town halls Nov. 9 and 10

The Campus Climate virtual town halls have been rescheduled for Nov. 9 and Nov. 10 at 12 p.m. and will be held virtually. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to register in advance.

During the town halls, the Office of Equity and Inclusion will review the findings from the 2019 Campus Climate Assessment.

Following the town halls, several roundtable discussions will be held in December to develop next steps.