Category: Current Projects

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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New app enhances student safety

1.) The Campus Advancement committee worked on a project last semester of increasing safety around campus by upgrading the R.A.V.E system. The new system — customized to the Drake Guardian, is a Drake University Security Mobile application provided by R.A.V.E, that enhances the safety of student, faculty and staff on- and off-campus. Users have the opportunity to use their mobile devices as a personal safety device and activate a “panic button” to directly alert Drake Security. Drake Security can quickly and effectively assist the user.

Some of the advantages of this system include:

  • call (instant alert system)
  • anonymous tip system
  • precautionary Timer
  • GPS location of students
  • a “circle of guardians”option
  • disability enabled features

For more information or questions about Drake Guardian, contact

2.) The Campus Advancement committee is looking into replacing the Drake Direct system with a more efficient system. We are exploring the option of having the Des Moines Area Regional Transit (DART) replace our current Drake Direct system. Currently, we are at the stage of reviewing what options they have for us in terms of service and cost options. We hope to have a proposal before the end of our term.

3.) We hope to continue the photo project as the committee had done last year and make Olmsted more appealing to students as a student life center of our campus. Our goal is to have the photos up by Relays.

If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions regarding anything around campus, kindly contact me via email  at I would be more than happy to work with you and make our home better!

Thank you.

– Sen. Ekta Haria

Building hours over January Term

Are you going to be on campus for J-Term? Check out building hours for most commonly used buildings on campus (effective Jan. 6-24):

Olmsted Center (Underground Fitness is closed):
M-F 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. closed on weekends
Olmsted Coffee Shop:
M-F 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. , closed on weekends
Bell Center:
M-Th 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., F 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat and Sun 1 – 5 p.m.
Cowles Library:
M-Th 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., F 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 1-5 p.m., Sun 1 – 7 p.m.
Hubbell Dining Hall (Quad Creek Creek Cafe):
M-F 7:30-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 5 – 6:30 p.m., Sat and Sun 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Residence Halls:
All halls re-open for residents at noon on Jan. 25.

From the President’s Desk – Blog #3

Cowles “AfterHours” Space to open this week!


The time has finally come…Drake University has a 24-hour library study space!

The 24 hours, 5 days a week (who will really study all night on Friday and Saturday anyway) will begin this Wednesday at 1am!


If you haven’t been able to see the renovations to this study area, I encourage you to check it out. The space is intended for collaborative group work, as well as independent study. The interactive computer screens, white boards, and comfy (movable) furniture is definitely much more conducive to studying than the previous space. Printing, vending, renovated bathroom facilities, and an awesome water bottle filler are also available for students to use. Here is an informational link about “AfterHours”:


If you are interested in using this new study spot during “AfterHours” you will need to sign up for an access card. The process only takes about 5 minutes, as well as a short trip to facilities to pick up the card. Here is the link to sign up: Quick side note: since these access cards are rather expensive, if you lose your card you will have to pay a fee of $10.


In addition to this space, the newly renovated Cowles Café is also opening this week. Feel free to check out the coffee shop’s offerings and spend all those newly converted flex dollars or real money if you are an “off-campuser” like myself.


I would like to give a huge thanks to the library staff and all those involved with the library’s renovations. They were instrumental in making this project happen so quickly and were also very receptive to students’ ideas and feedback. I would also like to thank Senator Michael Riebel for initiating this project with the Board of Trustees and seeing it through. Thanks for all your hard work; it is much appreciated by the Drake community and myself!


That’s all for now, enjoy Parent’s weekend and this last bit of warm weather!




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J-Term Updates

Here we will present you with course updates on J-Term as they become available. 

  • ART150 Adobe InDesign Maste Class: No longer requires ART021 or JMC059 as a prerequisite.
  • Leadership at Sea: Preference will be given to students enrolled in the LEAD concentration and/or the Adams Leadership Academy.
  • ART150 Introduction to Letterpress: New course that is pursuing approval as Artistic Experience AOI. Contact Professor Sarah McCoy with questions.

J-Term Logo Design Contest


Brand the University’s new J-Term Program

Enter your logo designs and make a lasting impression on campus culture.

Students of all majors are welcome to submit their designs for this new part of the Drake experience.

Submit your designs in the drop box outside Meredith Hall 110 by 3pm February 22.

The winning design, as selected by an area professional, will be unveiled at the J-Term Fair February 28 in Parents Hall, where the winner will receive a $50 gift card to the University Bookstore.

For questions please contact Dorothy Pisarski, Associate Professor of Advertising, at x1857 or


  • Provide paper copies of work in both portrait and landscape formats set where you deem appropriate for letterhead design.
  • You must submit the work in black-and-white, with an additional option for a color design as well.
  • No personal identification should appear on your entries. Submit a cover sheet listing your name, phone number and email address with the entry packet. The packet can be clipped together; you can also use a folder or envelope.

Senate Meeting > 12/1/11

For reference, here is the BSC resolution referred to from April 7, 2011.!/DrakeStuSenate/status/144993076736303104!/KayleighKoester/status/144992182015766528!/KayleighKoester/status/144990441002123264!/DrakeStuSenate/status/144980462639648768!/DrakeStuSenate/status/144979652954431488!/DrakeStuSenate/status/144962862366990337

PaperCut Printing

Did you know you can send files to printers online and them pick up at any campus printer? Just log in to PaperCut with your blueView information. For more information, check out Drake OIT’s Print Services page. Please let us know if you are having difficulties with the new printing system.

Web Printing is your guide to driverless printing! Web Printing gives you the ability to upload documents to the PaperCut website and select a specific printer or to use the Virtual Print Queue “Public Printers.” You can the retrieve the printer of your choosing and release or delete the print job. Submitted jobs will remain in queue for 48 hours.

– Drake OIT

Senate Meeting > 10/27/11

Watch tonight’s meeting LIVE thanks to Drake Broadcasting at!!/DrakeStuSenate/status/129765577718890496!/DrakeStuSenate/status/129763111967268865!/DrakeStuSenate/status/129761865713725440!/DrakeStuSenate/status/129756274949767168!/mriebel04/status/129755257294168064!/mriebel04/status/129749408374996993!/mriebel04/status/129748299572985856!/DrakeStuSenate/status/129744260487581696!/DrakeStuSenate/status/129741184536031232!/mriebel04/status/129740628190953472

Other updates:

24 hour study space is being worked on. Updates to follow as they become available.

Drake will be host the Iowa Caucuses on December 10th. The event will be aired nationwide on ABC News. More on the ABC News website.

J-Term dates still waiting to be finalized by faculty. It would start no earlier than December 27th. This would adjust the spring semester to have 7 weeks, Spring Break, 7 more weeks of schooling then finals week.