Heard Around Campus — August – Drexel University

A view of people walking around taken from the staircase in the Great Court of Drexel University's Main Building.

A view of people walking around taken from the staircase in the Great Court of Drexel University's Main Building.

The end of summer brings about a time for change with the start of the new academic year. Learn about upcoming new features on campus like a Pret a Manger opening Sept. 9 and the return of normal shuttle service for both the Dragon (Center City) and Powelton/Spring Garden routes.

Here’s what was heard around campus this month:

Pret a Manger Makes Its Drexel Campus Dining Debut on Sept. 9

Grab freshly made food and organic coffee from Pret a Manger (“Pret”), officially opening their doors at the Summit (3400 Lancaster) on Sept. 9 at 8 a.m. Their menu offers sandwiches, salads and soups all prepared on the premises. The Drexel community is welcome to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 15 from 2:30–3 p.m. 

Help Keep FDR Park Clean With Drexel Climate & Sustainability

Join United By Blue on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a fun-filled community event by volunteering to clean up your local waterway. The focus of the day will be cleaning up litter and debris from the shoreline of Philadelphia’s own FDR Park, including the removal of items as large as tires and abandoned household furniture or as small as pesky microplastics and snack packaging. The goal of this event is to stop debris from leaching into or physically entering the watershed, which in this case, includes both of Philadelphia’s rivers: the Delaware River and the Schuylkill River. All cleanup participants will receive a sustainably made gift and complimentary heavy snacks at the cleanup to show gratitude for their volunteerism. For registration or more event information, visit the United By Blue event page. Contact Climate & Sustainability with questions or concerns.

Meet and Greet the Contractors for Kelly Hall

Construction is ongoing for the renovation and expansion of Kelly Hall, addressing the needs of the building and modernizing it throughout to provide an improved living experience, with occupancy in fall 2023. Drexel University, in partnership with Hunter Roberts, is hosting a virtual “Meet the Contractors” event on Sept. 28, from 9–10 a.m., to connect both union and non-union laborers to contractors involved on the Kelly Hall renovation. The event will feature contractors involved in the project, who will explain their engagement process and the areas they are looking to hire. For more information, including how to register, check out the related Eventbrite page.

Reminder: Shuttle Service at Nesbitt Hall Has Resumed

Effective Aug. 29, normal shuttle service has resumed from the bus stop at Nesbitt Hall (33rd and Markets streets) for both the Dragon (Center City) Route and Powelton/Spring Garden Route. You can visit the Real Estate and Facilities website any time for up-to-date schedules and other pertinent information.

Register on Career Pathway: Journal Entry Workflow 3.0

The Journal Entry Workflow 3.0 course, offered Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., will provide an explanation of the functionality of the Journal Entry Workflow 3.0 tool for actual journal types only and allow for hands-on application in a test environment on how to process journal entries (funding transfers, transaction corrections) using the tool. This training will demonstrate how to process non-budget, research and non-research journal entries, how to attach supporting documentation and how to upload information into the tool. The session will discuss how the tool works for journal submitters and approvals and how it interacts with the expenditure authorization tables. Register on Career Pathway. For more information or questions about the program, email sherri.l.welch@drexel.edu or call 215.895.6380. 

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