Heard on Campus — September

Congratulations, you have completed the first month of school! There’s a lot going on now and in the coming weeks with the new academic year, the midpoint of the annual performance development process, and future enrollment open.

So, all of this means…get ready to mark dates and make plans that could impact both your personal life and your professional career here at Drexel.

Here’s what was heard on campus this month:

Performance Development: The first stage for professional staff is scheduled for October 6

The annual performance development process began on September 8 and ends on November 18, with professional staff members required to submit their sections to their managers by October 6. Drexel Human Resources has introduced several new dedicated resources to guide and support you through the process. Professional staff and their managers will receive emails at each step of the process and should follow the instructions in the emails to progress through the process.

Performance management is key to creating an environment that fosters regular and productive conversations, recognition of accomplishments, and expansion of leadership capabilities. To learn more about the University’s performance management philosophy, check out the online course, Your guide to performance management. This course and other performance-related materials can be found on the homepage of Career path under Learning for the Performance Management Cycle.

Save the Date: 2023 Open Enrollment Begins October 24

As Drexel’s 2023 Open Enrollment Season approaches (October 24 – November 15), please take a moment to review your benefit information:

  • Visit the benefits portal on DrexelOne, under the “Employee” tab
  • Select “My Drexel Benefits”
  • On the left side of your screen, select “Benefits Profile”, which will give you the option to view your benefits, dependents and beneficiaries information

You will receive an email with full benefit enrollment information for plan year 2023 closer to the start of the open enrollment period. For questions regarding your benefits or open enrollment, please contact the Drexel University Benefit Center by phone at 1.844.690.3992, by email at [email protected], or use the Enrollment Portal’s chat feature. A benefits representative is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET.

Drexel Votes: Register in PA by Oct. 24; Election day is November 8

The 2022 general election in all states will be held on Tuesday, November 8. This year, Pennsylvanians will vote for a new governor, an open U.S. Senate seat, all U.S. and State House races (every two years), and select Senate states. races (every four years). The deadline for register to vote for the PA election is October 24, and the last day to apply for a vote by correspondence or by correspondence is November 1, 5 p.m. For voter resources, engagement opportunities, frequently asked questions, events, and more, please visit drexel.edu/vote.

Complete the Corporate Learning, Conflict of Interest by November 1

Corporate learning aims to enhance your skills and knowledge and equip you with the tools to create and strengthen connections across the University. This year, all faculty and professional staff must complete three online courses: Drexel University Information Security Compliance, Understanding Title IX at Drexel and Privacy and confidentiality in the workplace. For more information on each course, please visit the HR website. Additionally, you can access the courses via the links above or via your transcript on Career path. All courses must be completed no later than November 1, 2022.

Also by November 1, all faculty and professional staff are required to disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest or commitments they may have and certify that they have read the Code of Conduct at University scale. To access the annual Conflicts of Interest and Commitments Report, log in to DrexelOne, navigate to the Employee tab and select Conflicts of Interest Disclosure under the Compliance and Privacy Programs channel.

Earn more 2022 Wellness Points before the November 30 deadline

The 2022 wellness program ends November 30 for employees and their eligible spouses/partners. Do you still have points to earn and wellness goals to achieve? Check the Wellness Incentive Program webpage for a complete list of upcoming Virtual Wellness Workshops. Drexel explores new topics in these offerings, such as cryptocurrency, grocery shopping during inflation, pelvic health, and success strategies for hybrid workers. Join Career Pathway for the events of your choice. These new offers and many more are worth 15 points ($15) each for the program.

Celebrate the start of fall at Gateway Garden

Fall has officially arrived and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the seasonal weather outdoors at Gateway Garden (32nd and JFK Boulevard):

  • The Maker’s Market at Gateway Garden takes place every Thursday from 3-6 p.m. until October 27. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) presents this weekly market featuring artwork, ceramics, jewelry, skincare and more.
  • Meet the Brewers, a series of PHS events where you’ll meet local brewers, returns to Gateway Garden this fall. Sessions include cocktails with Philadelphia Distilling on October 12, Autumn Apple Harvest with Dressler Estate on October 19, and Fall Brews with Conshohocken Brewing on October 26, all from 5-7 p.m.
  • New this fall, Vinyasa Yoga classes will take place in the garden every Monday in October from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Grab your mat for that all-level vinyasa flow — a perfect blend of cardio, strength training, stretching, and meditation. This free event is open to Drexel students, faculty, and professional staff with a valid DragonCard; registration is mandatory. Sign up for the Session of October 3or visit the Drexel Events Calendar to register for one of the other Monday classes.

Members of the Drexel community who would like to learn more about The Gateway Garden and its programming are invited to join Gateway Garden Group through teams managed by Drexel Business Services.

Food and drink updates galore!

  • Pret a Manger is open for business: Grab freshly prepared food and organic coffee at Pret a Manger (“Ready”), now officially open. Their menu features sandwiches, salads, and soups, all made on the spot. Pret is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • LaScala’s FIRE gets an upgrade: LaScala’s FIRE, located at 3200 Chestnut St., now has a full bar and offers happy hour food and drinks. For more information about the restaurant, visit lascalasfire.com.
  • New SodaStream machines: As part of year of water, Drexel Business Services installed SodaStream machines in MacAlister Hall (3250 Chestnut St.) and Health Science Building (60 N. 36th St.). Like the popular at-home countertop device, this new bring-your-own-bottle vending machine service lets you purchase still or sparkling water in an assortment of flavors while reducing waste. The two machines in MacAlister Hall are located near the interior entrance of Barnes & Noble and near the lounge on the first floor. The two machines in the Health Sciences Pavilion are located on floors 3 and 6.

Introducing the Office for Institutional Equity and Inclusive Culture

As previously announced, the Office of Equality and Diversity has changed its name to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusive Culture (EIC) – a name that better reflects the expanded scope of the office’s mission and its link to the University’s strategic imperative to foster and strengthen an inclusive and equity-oriented culture. The office’s new web address is drexel.edu/equity-inclusive-culture (abbreviated as drexel.edu/eic) and its new primary email address is [email protected] See the September 8 announcement for more details on the changes, including why the office chose this new name, as well as the organizational changes within EIC guided by this new chapter.

Introducing Drexel’s Anti-Racism Commitments 2022 Annual Report

The Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusive Culture (EIC) is pleased to present the first annual report on the University’s progress toward its anti-racism commitments. The report focuses on three key areas: 1) implementation and tracking of success, including data documenting representation and data assessing climate; 2) highlights of the unit’s activities relating to the University’s 64 anti-racism commitments; and 3) the next steps in the process of implementing and monitoring success. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education recognized the University’s efforts as leading or innovative practice in Drexel’s 2022 Reaccreditation Report. You can read the executive summary and/or the full annual report [PDF] on the EIC website.

Reminder: Shuttle Service Updates

  • The Powelton/Spring Garden route now operates on weekends, with service from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Weekend bus service will make the same stops as weekday service (33rd and Market streets to 35th and Spring Garden streets, and terminating at the Vidas Sports Complex).
  • The Dragon Route has a new schedule, operating Monday through Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

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