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Click below for a video preview of the February 2012 Drexel Details Alumni e-Newsletter, hosted by Dana Marcus '13 and filmed and edited by Kevin Ashby '15.

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Alumni Association News

Show Your Dragon Pride for the Year of the Dragon

I am a DragonMany words describe a Drexel dragon. Ambitious. Hard-working. Creative. Successful.

Our alumni all over the world proudly call themselves dragons, and we want to spend the month of February celebrating that shared dragon pride. Print-out this PDF and share what makes YOU a dragon. Write-in your answer to the phrase, "I am a Dragon because ..." and send us a photograph or video of yourself holding up the sign! Photographs and videos can be sent by e-mail to alumni@drexel.edu, or tweet it to @drexelalumni using the hashtag #Drexel2012. When you submit your "I am a Dragon" photograph or video, you will receive a code for our Year of the Dragon Commemorative Item giveaway. More

All I Really Need to Know I Learned at Drexel

We've collected more than 100 Drexel Life Lessons so far — have you submitted yours? Click here to submit yours, and get another promo code toward earning a Year of the Dragon commemorative item! Today's life lesson comes from Scott Feldman, a LeBow College of Business graduate from the Class of 1988. Scott writes: "For entrepreneurs, it is good to fail, and to fail often. But don't give up."

Join us for the Second Annual Global Night of Networking

On April 19, alumni throughout the world will gather in various cities and towns to connect with each other and celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the Second Annual Global Night of Networking. Last year, 38 cities participated in the Global Night of Networking, bringing together more than 800 alumni. Participating cities included Los Angeles, Atlanta, London, Athens, and Philadelphia! This year the Global Night of Networking is Aprilís signature event for the Year of the Dragon, so weíre gearing up for an even bigger and better turn out!

If you would like to be one of our hosts and help connect fellow Dragons in your area, let us know by emailing alumni@drexel.edu with your name, class year, and the city where you live. Hosting is easy and fun! The Office of Alumni Relations will work with you step-by-step along the way to plan the Global Night of Networking event in your area.

We've got lots of exciting events, programs, games, giveaways and more planned for 2012, so stay in the loop and visit the Year of the Dragon Web site today!

Alumni Association Board Nominations

The Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations of qualified alumni interested in running for election to the Board of Governors. The Board oversees and advocates the Alumni Associationís efforts to engage, advance and support Drexel University, its alumni and students through a variety of programs, services and awards.

Members of the Board of Governors are elected based upon their demonstrated leadership and service to their chosen profession, Drexel University, the Alumni Association and the community. Candidates should have a strong belief and commitment to the mission of the Alumni Association. To that end, the Alumni Association is actively seeking a representative group of qualified nominees who meet this criteria and who are eager and willing to commit their time and share their wisdom in representing the alumni constituency.

Board members are expected to accept a leadership and participatory role by working closely with the Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association to further its mission and its strategic initiatives. Board participation requires a time commitment at quarterly meetings of the full board, quarterly committee meetings, and a presence at campus and alumni events. Elected Directors serve four-year terms beginning July 1, 2012. To learn more about the role and responsibilities of the Board, please click here.

Alumni Weekend logoAlumni Weekend 2012

Online registration for Alumni Weekend 2012 is now open! We'll be celebrating our Golden Dragons from the Class of 1962 all day on Friday, May 4, with a pinning ceremony, class photograph, luncheon and campus tour. Saturday will be filled with fun activities including the University City 5K Run, the Alumni Family Picnic and the University Gala to close out the night! Visit the Alumni Association Web site to check out all of the exciting events planned for Alumni Weekend and sign up to join us in the festivities! More

The Drexel University College of Medicine 50 Year Reunion for the Class of 1962 will take place from May 16 to 18. More

Alumni Association Scholarships Available

Each year, the Drexel University Alumni Association awards scholarships to current Drexel students based on demonstrated leadership and achievement through the Alumni Leadership, Alumni Legacy, and Alumnae Planning Board Scholarships. Do you know a student who might be eligible for a scholarship? Applications for the 2012 Alumni Association Scholarship Program are due by 5 p.m. EST on February 17. For more information and to download an application, click here. Questions? Contact Jeff Spence at jbs23@drexel.edu or 215-895-2375.

Exploring the Drexel Legacy: Alumni Travel Program to Dornbirn, Austria

DornbirnFrom September 8 through 15, 2012, the Drexel University Alumni Association is offering an exclusive and unique travel experience for Drexel alumni and friends to Dornbirn, Austria — the birthplace of Francis Martin Drexel and the origin of a family legacy that would be more far reaching than could have been predicted some 200 years ago.

Travelers will explore the Drexel family history, experience the regionís finest restaurants and cuisine, and enjoy tours, talks and tastings led by the owners of local family businesses. The tour is limited and only 9 spots remain! Click here to download the trip brochure, then click here to register to join us!

Colleges & Schools

Concert Band

Drexel University Concert Band to Play Kimmel Center
The Drexel University Concert Band, part of the Westphal College, will take the stage at the Kimmel Center for an evening dedicated to a wide range of African American composers on February 29. More

19th Annual Pediatric AIDS Benefit Concert
Students and faculty from Drexel University College of Medicine will celebrate the 19th Annual Pediatric AIDS Benefit Concert on February 18. All alumni are invited to attend, and the proceeds of this student-run event support the Pediatric AIDS program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. More

Drexel University College of Medicine Online Magazine
Check out the latest issue of the Drexel University College of Medicine Online Magazine which highlights the Schleyer family's matching gift challenge, the importance of diversity in medical education, as well as talented students and alumni. More

9th Annual AAGA Art Auction
The Arts Administration Graduate Association of the Westphal College will host the 9th Annual Art Auction on February 17 in the lobby of the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building. The auction will feature prints, pottery, paintings and more. More

College of Arts and Sciences Annual Kaczmarczik Lecture
On March 1, the College of Arts and Sciences will host the 17th Annual Kaczmarczik Lecture, "The Accelerating Universe," featuring Dr. Brian Schmidt, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and professor at The Australian National University, as well as winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. More

Design & Merchandising Facebook Page
The Westphal College encourages all students, faculty, staff, and alumni to "like" its Design and Merchandising Facebook page to ensure that you are in the know about the happenings of the program this year. More

Calling All Alumni

Lindy Center

Lindy Center for Civic Engagement Seeks Alumni Mentors
The Lindy Center for Civic Engagement is looking for alumni who have served in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, City Year, etc., to volunteer as mentors for current Drexel students who are applying for similar public service programs. If interested, contact Seth Jacobson at saj33@drexel.edu.

Steinbright Career Development Center Seeks Co-op Employers
As Drexel continues to grow its student population, the need to develop quality co-op opportunities for students is on the rise. For many alumni, the co-op experience has a lasting impact on both their education and their chosen career. If you want to learn more about becoming a Drexel co-op partner, contact Mark Gress, Jr. at 215-895-6467 or gress@drexel.edu.

LeBow Alumni Award Nominations
The LeBow College of Business is seeking nominations for the 2012 Drexel LeBow Alumni Award. Help identify this yearís honoree by nominating a friend or colleague. The nomination deadline is February 24, 2012. More

Campus & Community

Chestnut Street

Drexel to Transform Chestnut Street into New Gateway for University City
Drexel University and American Campus Communities will transform Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets into a new gateway for Drexel and University City featuring 361,200 square-feet of mixed-use student housing and retail space. More

Everything Under the Sun: New Photographs of Academy Specimens by Rosamond Purcell
In this exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences, open from March 3 to May 20, photographer Rosamond Purcell presents a selection of color photographs from the book "A Glorious Enterprise: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Making of American Science". More

Academy Explorers Spring Break Day Camp
The Academy of Natural Sciences will host a fun and educational day camp for children ages 5 to 12 from March 28 to April 10. Each day includes a teacher-naturalist presentation, exhibit exploration, games, crafts and other interactive activities. More


Men's Lacrosse

Alumni Pre-game & Men's Lacrosse Season Opener vs. University of Virginia
Alumni are invited to a pre-game gathering where you'll enjoy lunch catered by Sabrina's Cafť @ Powelton before the men's lacrosse team takes on #1 seed UVA on February 18. Catch the 2nd half of the Drexel men's basketball game on ESPNU Bracketbusters, then head to the fan-filled stands as we cheer on the men's lacrosse team! More

Men's Basketball Goes to the CAA Tournament
Cheer on the 22-5 Dragons with us at the Menís CAA Basketball Tournament in downtown Richmond, Virginia from March 2 to 5. Meet fans for appetizers and beverages before or after each game of the tournament in the lobby of Dragon headquarters, the Hilton Garden Inn, just steps away from the arena. The Drexel Ticket Office is selling all-session ticket books for $80 each. Call 866-4-DREXEL to purchase your tickets over the phone before noon on February 24.

San Diego Area Alumni Dinner with Drexel Crew Team & Coaches
Drexel alumni in the San Diego area are invited to join the team for their annual dinner at Gordon Biersch Restaurant on March 31. More

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Alumni Benefits & Services

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Alumni Spotlight

Phil GossPhil Goss '05
Hotel and Restaurant Management

Phil Goss knew at an early age that he wanted to play basketball at the professional level Ė either in Europe or for the NBA. So when the opportunity came to join the team at Drexel he committed on the spot, getting one step closer to his dream of playing basketball in the big leagues.

"Bruiser came to visit me when I was in high school. He said it wasn't going to be easy," said Phil, noting that going to Drexel was his first time outside of D.C.

All of Phil's hard work on the court paid off because he graduated from Drexel in the spring of 2005 and later that year was drafted to a professional team in Holland. More

Career Column

Julia LevyCareer Zone
Julia Levy '93

"Job Search Netiquette"
How you present yourself online, a.k.a. your digital persona, can have a big impact on your job search and career advancement. More

Terry WallLeadership Unlimited
Terry Wall '97

"3 Trends, 4 Questions for Developing Innovative Strategies"
Learn the importance of looking at market trends when trying to develop your business strategy. More

Upcoming Events

Alumni Career Services

Personal Branding: An Alumni Career Services Online Workshop
In this online workshop on February 23 with executive search and career consulting expert Chris Bilotta '77, '84, you will learn how to create your personal brand and integrate it with social media to effectively manage your career and conduct a job search in today's digital world. More

Book Yourself Solid: An Alumni Career Services Program
Your livelihood depends on marketing yourself. Join the Alumni Association and Andrei Jablokow, Ph.D., '84, '87, on February 29 for "Book Yourself Solid," an easy-to-follow roadmap for starting and growing a client list that works for your business. More

An Insider's Look at Careers in Health Informatics
Have you considered entering the exciting new world of health informatics? Join Drexel University alumni and industry leaders for a networking reception and panel discussion on March 14 to learn more. More

Blueprint for Success: An Alumni Career Services Online Workshop
Write your own leadership success story with the help of Dr. Kevin Gazzara '79, senior partner at Magna Leadership Solutions, LLC. In this online workshop on March 15, Dr. Gazzara will teach you the linkages between 10 leadership practices and organizational performance and business results. More

Managing Change: An Alumni Career Services Program in Chicago
Join Chief Human Resources Officer Mary Beth DeNooyer '92 on March 22 as she discusses the split of the Sara Lee companies in the spring of 2012, and the critical factors involved in successfully managing change. More

Entrepreneurship Lessons Learned
Save the date for this Alumni Career Services networking reception and panel discussion moderated by Drexel University Trustee Mel Biada '88 in Philadelphia on March 28!

Drexel University Career Fair
Drexel University is pleased to host the largest university-held Career Fair in the Greater Philadelphia area on April 11. All alumni are invited to attend the Career Fair which is expected to host more than 100 employers nationally. More

Click here for more information on Alumni Career Services seminars, events, services and opportunities.

Philadelphia Metro Area

Philadelphia Area Alumni Discussion and Reception with Joan Carter at The Union League
Alumni are invited to an exclusive reception at the Union League of Philadelphia, hosted by current Union League President Joan Carter on March 7. Ms. Carter will welcome everyone to this night of networking and talk about her own experience as an entrepreneur and woman in business. More

Downingtown Area Alumni Networking Reception
Join the Drexel University Alumni Association and the LeBow College of Business for a networking reception with alumni in the Downingtown area at Victory Brewing Company on March 8. More

Around the U.S.

Houston Area Alumni Day at 'Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs'
Graduates in the Houston area are invited to spend an afternoon exploring the acclaimed traveling exhibition 'Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs' at the Museum of Fine Arts at Houston on February 25. More

Los Angeles Area Alumni Night at the Kings
Face-off with the Alumni Club of Greater Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Kings take on the Chicago Blackhawks at the STAPLES Center on February 25. More

Northern California Alumni Night at the Sharks
Don't miss the chance to join the Alumni Club of Northern California at its annual alumni night at the San Jose Sharks on February 28. More

Alumni Luncheons in Sarasota and Tampa, Florida
The Alumni Associations of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine join the Great Court and Arch Street Legacy Societies to invite alumni to join fellow graduates of Drexel, Hahnemann, Woman's Medical College and Medical College of Pennsylvania for one of two luncheons in Florida. Sign-up to join us in Sarasota on February 28, or Tampa on February 29.

Tampa Area Alumni Day at Phillies Spring Training
The Tampa Area Alumni Club invites Drexel alumni to come out for an afternoon of baseball as the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Detroit Tigers in Spring Training action on March 11. More

Dragons on Broadway: 'The Poet Laureate of Capitalism'
Join Drexel alumni for an exclusive performance by Drexel students at the Abingdon Theatre on Broadway! Before the show, toast our student actors at a private pre-performance reception. More

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