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Click the video for a preview of the January 2014 Drexel Details alumni e-newsletter hosted by Valerie Alcaraz '17 at center court in the Daskalakis Athletic Center. Alcaraz is a biological sciences major and is a manager for the Drexel men's baskekball team.

Peirce Family SpotlightAlumni Spotlight

The Peirce Family: A Drexel Legacy

Between them they have six Drexel degrees, but the Peirce family’s connections to the University go far beyond their diplomas.

Between 1973 and 2011, John Peirce and three of his four children graduated from Drexel. John ’73, ’78; his oldest daughter Jen ’95, ’95; and his son Johnny ’11 all graduated from the College of Engineering, while his youngest daughter Cari ’06 chose a slightly different path and majored in marketing.

“Drexel grads are everywhere,” said John. “It used to be a secret. Nobody really knew about Drexel, but that has changed a lot.” >>

Back to the DAC 2014: All-alumni Ticket Packages, DAC Pack Alumni & Fans Homecoming Reunion

Dac Pack ReunionAll alumni are invited to enjoy Homecoming Weekend and take advantage of the Alumni Association's exclusive alumni ticket packages for the men's game on Saturday, Jan. 25 and the women's game on Sunday, Jan. 26. Packages include a game ticket and reserved alumni seating, an Alumni Association giveaway item and a concession voucher. Register for Saturday, Sunday—or both! >>

The Alumni Association will celebrate Homecoming 2014 with a special reunion for DAC Pack alumni at the Drexel vs. William & Mary game on Saturday, Jan. 25! Hang out and reminisce with fellow DAC Pack alumni in the Dragon Room before the game and at halftime. There, you'll enjoy wraps, snacks and drinks. You’ll gather on the bleachers in reserved seating at the North Gym for a group photograph and to sing the "Drexel Fight Song" as we celebrate its 75th anniversary this year! >>

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the "Drexel Fight Song," Student Affairs at Drexel invites you to show your Dragon spirit by submitting a video of you singing the "Drexel Fight Song" for chance to win great prizes! Be as creative as possible and fill your video with lots of blue and gold spirit. The contest ends Friday, Jan. 17 so time is running out! >>

Alumni Weekend 2014 Highlight: Golden and Silver Dragon Reunions

At Alumni Weekend on Friday, May 2, the Alumni Association will celebrate the 50th reunion of the Class of 1964 with the Golden Dragon Induction, Pinning and Awards Ceremony; a class photograph; a luncheon and a campus tour. Keep an eye out for your Alumni Weekend invitation in the mail with a full schedule and information on how to submit your "Class of 1964 Memory Book" in the upcoming weeks.

The Class of 1989 will celebrate its 25th reunion and induction into the Silver Dragon Society on Saturday, May 3. If you are a member of the Class of 1989 and you’re interested in helping plan your reunion and inviting classmates to join you back on campus, contact Cindy Leesman in the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@drexel.edu or 1.888.DU.GRADS.

In addition to these special reunions, all alumni are invited to join the Alumni Association on campus on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 for Alumni Weekend! On the schedule are traditional favorites like the Alumni Wine Pairing Dinner and the University City 5K Run, plus some exciting new events and programs have just been added this year. Details coming soon!

The College of Medicine will hold its 50th reunion for the Hahnemann University and Woman's Medical College Classes of 1964 from Wednesday, May 14 to Friday, May 16.

The Alumni Travel Program Excursions and Special Offers

Travel ProgramAs part of our commitment to lifelong learning, the Alumni Association offers unique group travel opportunities to Drexel graduates. These alumni travel programs combine educational forums and excursions to places of historical and cultural interest, with the opportunity to enjoy unplanned experiences and meet local people. To join our travel mailing list and receive information on our upcoming trips, email the Alumni Office at alumni@drexel.edu, and please include your name, class year and address. More information on the Alumni Travel Program is also available here.

Book your reservation before Friday, Feb. 28 for the Baltic Marvels Luxury Cruise (Aug. 13 to 21) and take advantage of the early booking discount and receive two cruise fares for the price of one, free airfare from select cities and a bonus $1,000 savings per stateroom. >>

Reserve your spot on Cerulean Celebration: Panama Canal Cruise (Nov. 19 to 30) before Saturday, March 8, and you can enjoy significant savings of $250 per person ($500 per couple) off the price of the trip. >>

Do You Know a Student Who is Eligible for an Alumni Association Scholarship?

The Alumni Association is now accepting applications for its annual scholarships which are awarded to current Drexel students. The deadline to submit an application for the Alumni Leadership Scholarship, Alumni Legacy Scholarship or Alumnae Planning Board Scholarship is Friday, Feb. 14. For more information and to see if you know a Drexel student who is eligible for one of the Alumni Association scholarships, click here.

The #CoASDayintheLife Instagram Challenge is Back

CoAS Instagram ContestLast year’s #CoASDayintheLife Instagram Challenge was so successful it’s back again—for the whole year! The “CoAS Day-in-the-Life” Instagram Challenge uses the marvel of new technology to illustrate the truly unique and connected members of the Drexel College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) community. CoAS students, faculty, staff and alumni, are invited to share the moments that define your day on Instagram between now and Friday, July 13. CoAS will post the 50 best submissions, based on originality and creativity, to the College of Arts and Sciences’ Facebook page and the three photos that receive the most “likes” on Facebook by Sunday, Aug. 3 will win! Prizes include Visa® gift cards and a spread in Ask Magazine. For contest details, click here.

Alumni Career Services

"A Strategy for Success at Work" An Online Alumni Career Services Workshop

Are you looking to advance your career at work and are unsure what to focus on given the workload, commitments, and difficult situations that come up every day?

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, join the Alumni Association and Andrei Jablokow, PhD, '84, '87, mental toughness coach and founder of the Jablokow Organization, for an interactive online discussion with practical tips on how to create a strategy for success at work, and become more effective when working individually and in a group. Leave with techniques on how to self-monitor, reinforce and evaluate your progress. >>

Career Columns by Drexel Alumni

JablokowLeadership Unlimited
by Terry Wall '97
"Increased Employee Engagement Leads To Improved Profitability"

Increase productivity and profitability by taking active steps to get employees engaged and working to establish a culture focused on trust and personal responsibility.

The Mental Strength CoachThe Mental Strength Coach
by Andrei Jablokow, PhD, '84, '87
"A Strategy for Success at Work"

Is technical expertise and qualification the key to success at employment? While it certainly helps, the ability to handle people and behave appropriately is essential to career progress at every turn.

Volunteer as a Social Media Ambassador for the Alumni Global Night of Networking

The Alumni Global Night of Networking (GNN) is one of the biggest, most highly-anticipated Alumni Association events. This year it will be held on Wednesday, April 2 and the Alumni Association is in search of social-media savvy alumni to help spread the word!

Are you active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn? Are you connected to a lot of your Drexel classmates and friends online? Are you looking to grow your social media networks to gain followers and exposure? If so, you’d make a great Social Media Ambassador for the Alumni Association! Social Media Ambassadors will play an important role in promoting the GNN by building awareness and excitement among alumni audiences across a number of online platforms. If this sounds like fun to you, contact Andi Bricklin at alumni@drexel.edu or 1.888.DU.GRADS for more information.

Turkey Project
Friday, Dec. 20 was turkey distribution day, the day that volunteers unload all of the frozen turkeys along Market Street and distribute them to the community organizations who then give them to the families. This year, the Alumni Association welcomed 118 alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University to the Paul Peck Alumni Center for turkey distribution. It was a festive morning, celebrating this long-standing holiday tradition!

In Case You Missed It: 40th Anniversary Alumni Holiday Turkey Project

The Drexel University Alumni Association's Alumni Holiday Turkey Project had a lot to celebrate this year! In honor of the Project's 40th anniversary, a lofty goal to raise $20,000 for the Project was set, and the response to the Alumni Association's call for donations was incredible! With contributions from alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University, we actually raised more than $20,000 and collected the highest amount ever raised in a single year for the Turkey Project! >>

Amtrak Discounted Travel Offers for the 2014 CAA Men's Basketball Championship

Traveling to Baltimore, Md. for the 2014 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship in March? If so, take advantage of these discounted travel offers from Amtrak! Individual travelers can receive a 10% rail fare discount for travel on Amtrak services (except Acela Express) for travel to Baltimore, Md. between Tuesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 13 by using the discount code X82R-987. All reservations for the 10% discount must made by calling Amtrak at 800.872.7245. Also, save 30% on a Companion Fare when you book Amtrak now through Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 for travel now through Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. All reservations for the 30% Companion Fare must be made by visiting www.Amtrak.com/VisitBaltimore.

Drexel's Society of Women Engineers Chapter Claims 2013 Outstanding Section Gold Award, Seeks Alumnae Mentors

Drexel Engineering's Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Chapter earned the 2013 Outstanding Section Gold Award at the National Society of Women Engineers Conference—the Society's highest level of honor. SWE's objectives are to inform young women, their parents, counselors and the general public, of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them; assist women in readying themselves for a return to active work after temporary retirement; serve as a center of information on women in engineering and encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement.

Drexel’s SWE Chapter is currently looking for engineering alumnae to be a part of its mentorship program for current students. Interested alumnae can email swe.drexel@gmail.com. For more information on Drexel’s SWE Chapter, click here.

Liberty Mutual News: Choosing the Best Home Security System

The right home security system provides peace of mind, protects your property, and increases your personal safety. Some systems sound an alarm to alert you of a problem, while others communicate with a company that can contact local police and fire departments. But which type is best for you? >>

For more information regarding the Alumni Association’s partnership with Liberty Mutual Insurance, click here.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Philadelphia Metro Around the U.S. Colleges & Schools Campus & Community

U.S. Presidents' Secret Illnesses and the Effects on World History and Politics: A Combination of History and Medicine
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Back to the DAC 2014: DAC Pack Alumni & Fans Homecoming Reunion
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
Daskalakis Athletic Center, Drexel University, Philadelphia

Homecoming 2014: All Alumni Ticket Package for Men's Basketball
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
Daskalakis Athletic Center, Drexel University, Philadelphia

Homecoming 2014: All Alumni Ticket Package for Women's Basketball
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014
Daskalakis Athletic Center, Drexel University, Philadelphia

Alumni Day at the DAC: 2nd Annual "Gold Rush" Pregame Rally and Game
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
Daskalakis Athletic Center, Drexel University, Philadelphia

Real Estate 101: Panel Discussion and Young Alumni Networking Night
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Estia, Philadelphia

Drexel at UNC Wilmington: Alumni Reception & Men's Basketball Game
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
Bluewater Waterfront Grill, Wrightsville Beach, N.C. and Trask Coliseum, Wilmington, N.C.

"From Philadelphia to Monaco: GRACE KELLY Beyond the Icon" An Exclusive Evening for Drexel Alumni
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pa.

Drexel at Towson: Alumni Reception & Men's Basketball Game
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
Bill Bateman's Bistro and SECU Arena, Towson, Md.

Northern California Alumni Night at the San Jose Sharks vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
HP Pavilion, San Jose, Calif.

"A Strategy for Success at Work" An Online Alumni Career Services Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

Drexel at College of Charleston: Alumni Rally & Men's Basketball Game
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Boone's Bar and College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.

Drexel at Delaware: Alumni Rally & Men's Basketball Game
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
Matilda's Pub and University of Delaware, Newark, Del.

Drexel at Northeastern: Alumni Rally & Men's Basketball Game
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Our House East & Northeastern University, Boston

Drexel Alumni Day at Phillies Spring Training
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Brighthouse Field, Clearwater, Fla.

Simulated Fijnschilderij Exhibition featuring Rosalind Sutkowski '07
Now through Friday, March 14, 2014
Rincliffe Gallery, Main Building, Drexel University, Philadelphia

College of Computing & Informatics Alumni Networking Reception in Conjunction with The ALA Midwinter Conference
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia

CNHP Alumni Network and CNHP Student Senate Alumni/Student Career Networking Resources Event
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Geary B, New College Building, Drexel University, Philadelphia

Corporate Social Responsibility Panel
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Gerri C. LeBow Hall, Drexel University, Philadelphia

College of Engineering Alumni Association Engineers Week Basketball Doubleheader
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
Daskalakis Athletic Center, Drexel University, Philadelphia

5th Annual Exploring Public Health Careers Event: How to Make the Most of Your Public Health Career
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
New College Building, Drexel University, Philadelphia

Philly Codefest 2014 Hosted by the College of Computing & Informatics
Friday, Feb. 21 to Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
The URBN Center, Drexel University, Philadelphia

Dinosaurs Unearthed
Now through Sunday, March 30, 2014
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia

Drexel Veterans Alumni Network Night at Drexel vs. West Point Men's Wrestling Meet
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014
Daskalakis Athletic Center, Philadelphia

Adult Class — Paleo Illustration: Bringing Ancient Beasts to Life
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia

Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 15, 2014
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia

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