Organization Spotlight for November of 2014

Gamma Iota Sigma:

“Gamma Iota Sigma is an international risk management and actuarial science fraternity, and Drake’s chapter was just recognized as one of the top 4 chapters internationally. Not only is this an amazing feat in and of itself, but Drake’s chapter only formed 2 years ago, making it the fastest chapter to become recognized in the top 4 internationally. In addition to that recognition, Gamma Iota Sigma also won 6 other awards at the international conference and is representing Drake’s name throughout the entire insurance industry.”

F4L@Alpha Omega:

“We never miss a week of Sunday Night Supper offered to Drake students who wanted to have a nice meal outside of Drake. Every week we will have Jeff, Terry and Joni to host us, and they are happy to serve and share their insights with fellow Drake students after years since the early Drake days. F4L@Alpha Omega has been serving students since the 1980s when the cafeteria was closed every Sunday evening.”

American Marketing Association

“This organization is being spotlighted because we have seen immense growth in our general meeting attendance, and our paid membership has increased. These are two of our main goals for the year, and we are thrilled with the progress. Gaining awareness around campus is extremely important, and we hope to provide a fun and educational marketing experience!”

One Voice:

“One Voice put on a great first time Closeted Issues week. There were several examples of hate crimes against this organization throughout the week, and they repeatedly showed they were above these hurtful crimes, and continued their week with grace, high attendance and great programming.”

SASA:

“SASA did an amazing job putting on Diwali Night! The performances were amazing, and the food was to die for. I really enjoyed learning more about South Asian culture, and seeing how talented our SASA EC is! Despite late arrivals and technical difficulties, the MCs and performers kept us engaged and entertained throughout the whole night. Thanks SASA!”

Drake Ultimate Club (DUC):

“DUC, the men’s ultimate frisbee team on campus, is likely entering their most successful year ever. Ranked sixth in the region last year out of division three collegiate frisbee, DUC returned all but two starters for the 2014-2015 season. What this has led to is arguably the best players in team history, as well as the wins to back it up. Over Halloween weekend, DUC traveled to Winona, Minnesota to play in a regional tournament, consisting of teams from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. Drake Ultimate won two games and lost once in pool play to St. Mary’s, their longtime rival. In bracket play, however, DUC rallied off four straight wins to take 1st place in their division. This marks the first ever tournament championship in DUC’s history, and is definitely a sign for better things to come. The team now will practice all through winter to prepare for the second half of the season, followed by The Series, ultimate frisbee’s version of the post season. DUC hopes to place well enough in the spring tournaments to qualify for the division 3 national championships in Rockford, Illinois. Only sixteen teams in the entire nation get the privilege to attend this tournament, but DUC truly believes it can make it there and end their season with a bang.”

SURGE-Mental Health Advocacy:

“Although I am not a member of this organization, SURGE has done amazing things across, not only Drake’s campus, but the state of Iowa. SURGE has worked with Governor Branstad to declare Suicide Prevention week in Iowa. The organization has helped many students, myself included, advocate for healthy mental health practices and for victims who feel they have no one to speak for them. SURGE is a new organization that I feel will change the stigma of mental illness at Drake.”

ISA:

“International Night was incredible! Props to ISA for putting on such a successful, entertaining event!”

“For an awesome international night.”

Drake Dance Team:

“The Dance Team is present at both Men’s and Women’s basketball and Men’s Football games on the sidelines and halftimes at Men’s and Women’s Soccer games. They are not required by anyone from Drake to be there but for the joy of being at games and being able to support their Drake Bulldogs. The Dance Team members dedicate many hours to practice. They participate in not only events here at Drake, but support other events in the community.”

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Printing Funds

There are two ways to add printing money to your Drake account.  You can add money to your Bulldog Bucks account either online (Blueview – My Drake Account tab) or at the Student Services Center in Lower Carnegie (funds can be added in any increment).  In addition to printing, this money can be used for on-campus dining and laundry.   

The Cowles Library and Law Library also have designated terminals where printing money can be added.  Adding web credit directly into Papercut is no longer available, however, you will still use the application to print as you always have (https://papercut.drake.edu).

If you have any questions about how to add funds or about your account balance, please contact the Student Services Center (271-2000, studentservices@drake.edu).  If you are having technical difficulties with printing, please contact the Support Center (271-3001 or submit a ticket online).

Organization Spotlight

The goal of Organization Spotlight is to spotlight different organizations on campus and to thank them or give acknowledgement to the organization and why they rock. There is a link to a Google doc form that you are able to utilize at any time, which will serve as an outlet where you can submit outstanding deeds performed by organizations on campus. We would like for all of you to get more promotion for the great things you are doing. Each month or so, an organization will be spotlighted in President Joey Gale’s newsletter, as well as it will receive additional promoting on this page. Please do your best to submit commentaries on great organizations, and maybe organizations that don’t usually receive too much recognition. Like I previously stated, the purpose of this is to shed some light on all of the great things that organizations do on campus. This form is open to every student at Drake. The more submissions we get, the better the spotlight will ultimately be. For more information, please contact Kaitlin Lacek.

Academic Fair Update

Drake’s second annual Academic fair is designed for students to learn about all of the majors, minors, and concentrations available at Drake. There will also be opportunities for students to learn about programs/resources such as study abroad programs, how to generate degree audits through student records, and Drake’s academic achievement team where they can schedule times for resume critiques, effective time management workshops, study skills workshops etc. The fair is scheduled to take place this Wednesday, September 24th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m in Parents Hall (Upper Olmsted). The fair is free and open to all students. If you have any questions please contact Bryan Thomas at bryan.thomas@drake.edu.

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Creating an environment of inclusion, understanding

Hello Everyone!

It’s another great day to be a bulldog, for the 27th Session for Senate my goal is to celebrate more diversity on campus and promoting an understanding between the students that have different religious and cultural views. So we had an interfaith visit at the end of last fall. Specifically a week before Thanksgiving Break. Groups of students from different faith groups such as Muslims, Christians and Jews. We went to a church, an Islamic center and a synagogue. The event would not have happened without the help of Ted Hatten and our Campus Ministry.

As for this semester we will continue the effort to build the bridge and understanding between students by having Senate get involved with the effort to have an “Understanding Week,” where a different organization will share its theological belief with the students that are interested to join the talk or discussion for the week. With this effort, we are looking forward to creating a more diverse campus where the students have multiple views about issues without prejudice.

Ignorance is not bliss, it is an act that inhibits the understanding, and that can be created among people if they know about the background of the others. Let’s create a campus where people live harmoniously without having the boundaries of language, religion and race. Together let’s think a little bit about the song by John Lennon where he imagines a world live in peace hand in hand: “You may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one”.

- Sen. Abdul Mateen Hashim

Critical look at retention rates for minority students

Hello fellow Bulldogs, this year my goal is to work on retention rates of minority students on campus. This goal might not show physical changes during my tenure as Diversity Interest Senator but it should form a stepping stone for improvement for Drake University. Last semester I used the time to gather information about other universities that fall in Drake’s category (Midwestern and private); specifically looking at the retention rates. I’ve also been in contact with Dr. Klimaszewski (advisor to Coalition of Black Students) and William Hatchet to speak about some issues that make minority students uncomfortable and ways the university could possible help to improve this.

My aim is to address Welcome Week programming and PMAC duties where they incorporate more cultural activities this semester. Some students find that this program/event lacks something, and they believe the goal is to meet with fellow classmates and find common grounds during that time before classes start. I hope to speak with coordinators of Welcome Back, such as Melissa Sturm-Smith to improve on how cultural and diverse these events could be for the upcoming Welcome Week.

- Sen. Shauna-Kaye Campbell
Diversity interest Senator

Curriculum, communication with faculty part of the job for CPHS senator

Fall semester 2013 went pretty well with the Academic Affairs Committee and in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Over the summer the college welcomed a new dean, so as the senator for the CPHS I have been in contact with her about various different things throughout the semester and will continue this into the spring.

This fall I assisted with the ceremony to dedicate the new Johansen Lab within the college.  Also within CPHS I have sat on our College Leadership Committee (CLC) and Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC), updating the college about things Senate is doing as well as being another voice for the students of the college.

The Academic Affairs Committee has researched a few different things this semester one being the posting of midterm grades (as part of the Senate 50 Goals), but decided to not move forward with this initiative.  I also have been sitting on the Advising TIG, which is looking into improving academic advising across campus and this will continue into next semester. Our committee also planned the Academic Affairs Dinner this semester and gained valuable feedback from conversations between students and faculty.  We gathered all the information together and are working to compile it to present to Faculty Senate.

Something else Academic Affairs is in the process of working on is helping to facilitate focus groups of students to gain feedback about the Drake Curriculum and the AOI program.  Looking forward to continuing this semester and I hope to continue to communicate with my college through the various committees I serve on and address any other Academic Affairs issues as they come up.  Another project that I am also helping to plan is the first State of the University Address.  This will hopefully occur sometime prior to spring break and include reports from University President David Maxwell, Faculty Senate President Deb DeLaet, and Student Body President David Karaz.  We want it to serve as an engaging event for students as well as faculty.

– Sen. Natalie Gadbois

Changes to WLC program, career services continue to be ongoing projects

During the fall semester I worked with Chrystal Stanley, the director of the Professional & Career Development Center and the academic achievement coordinator.  Together we had been working to address student concerns about the career and professional development opportunities available for students in the College of Arts of Sciences. From the outreach we have done and the evaluation of the services currently available, we came to a conclusion that the concerns students have, are largely centered on not being aware of what opportunities are available to them, rather than a lack of resources or opportunities. So to address this problem we are creating an advisory board composed of students with a variety of majors from the College of Arts and Sciences to work on developing strategies about how to best communicate what resources students have.

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Student advising top priority for AAC

Academic Affairs has a busy semester ahead, but we’re ready for the challenge. This semester the Academic Affairs Committee will continue to work on Student Senate’s 50 Goals, and start some exciting, new projects.

Academic Affairs will continue to be the liaison between Faculty Senate and the student body. We promise to keep students updated on all developing policies related to grading, curriculum and any other academic issues. Among other things, our committee will be working on some college programming this semester — with events focusing on career building, advising and showcasing the different majors and programs Drake has to offer.

I will also be working with a few senators this semester on an advising TIG, or taskforce implementation group, where we will look at the roles of advisors at Drake as compared to other universities our size. Our committee mission this semester is to progress Drake’s advising program, develop new programs related to the specific schools, to keep students informed on all academic initiatives.

Finally, to be accessible to students on any issues pertaining to academics. Our weekly office hours will be posted in the Student Life Office and you can always reach us by email (which can be found on the student senate website). Here’s to a great 2014 Spring Semester!

-Sen. Olivia O’Hea