Alumni News

Drexel University Alumni Association Board of Governors Call for Nominations
On March 1, 2011, the Drexel University Alumni Association will begin accepting nominations for alumni interested in running for election to the Board of Governors. The Board oversees the Alumni Association's efforts to engage, advance and support the campus community and its alumni and students through a variety of programs, services and awards, as well as opportunities for volunteerism and advocacy. Additional information about the role and responsibilities of the Board, and how to nominate yourself or another qualified candidate is available online. The call for nominations concludes at 5 p.m. on March 31, 2011 and online elections will be held during the month of June. More

Alumni Weekend 2011: Come One, Come All!
Alumni Weekend will be here before you know it, so mark your calendars to return to campus on May 6 and 7, 2011, and join the fun. Information on all Alumni Weekend events, and how to register is now available online. More

Alumni Weekend 2011Members of the Class of 1961 who attend Alumni Weekend will receive a complimentary Class of 1961 Memory Book. All alumni celebrating their 50th reunion this year are encouraged to be part of the Memory Book by submitting an entry page by Friday, March 18, 2011. And, those who are unable to join us for Alumni Weekend can be part of this keepsake too! For information on how to submit your entry page, and place your order for a Memory Book, click here. Please contact Lara Cressman at alumni@drexel.edu with questions.

Please note that College of Medicine 50-year reunion events will be celebrated separately from May 18 to 20, 2011. For more information on the College of Medicien reunion, visit www.drexelmed.edu/50yearreunion.

We are looking for volunteers from the classes of 2006, 2001 and 1996 to help us plan special activities at the Alumni Family Picnic in celebration of your 5, 10 and 15-year reunions. If you plan to attend Alumni Weekend and are interested in getting involved, please contact Lauren Villanueva '04, '09 at alumni@drexel.edu.

Drexel Love StoryA Drexel Love Story:
Mary Dunlap Wagner '46 and John Wagner '50

Mary and John Wagner's love story began more than 66 years ago.

It was while they were waiting in line to register for their summer classes on June 26, 1944, that they first met. John was beginning his sophomore year, Mary, having just transferred to Drexel from another school, was a junior.

"It was a big, long line that was moving slowly," Mary recalled. "You had to do something to pass the time so we talked to the people around us."

Mary and John and their respective groups of friends began talking and, according to John, it didn't take long for him to become interested in one particular girl. More

Alumni Legacy Scholarships Available
Do you have children or grandchildren who are currently enrolled at Drexel? Do you know someone who does? The Alumni Association is currently accepting student applications for its annual Alumni Legacy Scholarship, as well as its Alumni Leadership and Alumnae Planning Board Scholarships. The deadline for students to apply is Monday, February 28, 2011. More

Young Alumni Association Alumni Awards
The Drexel University Young Alumni Association is currently seeking nominations of alumni who graduated within the past 10 years for its Young Alumni Achievement and Young Alumni Entrepreneur Awards. The deadline for young alumni nominations is Friday, February 25, 2011. For additional information, including nomination requirements and forms, click here.

FossilDigging Up Dinosaurs: Behind-the-Scenes at the Academy of Natural Sciences
Over five expeditions, Dr. Ken Lacovara and his teams of Drexel students have discovered bones comprising the most complete, super-massive dinosaur in history. Hear from Dr. Lacovara about his ground-breaking discovery, where guests will learn first-hand what it was like to travel to the remote badlands of southern Patagonia, to uncover more than 60 tons of bones, and to transport this fragile cargo to the United States. Before the discussion, enjoy a reception and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia on April 28, 2011. More

Alumni Travel Program Announces New Destinations
Be sure to join our travel mailing list to receive information on all of our new destinations. Click here to e-mail the Alumni Association and include your name, class year and address. See below for a list of our exciting upcoming trips, and click here for more information on all of our Alumni Travel Program offerings.

Tuscany, Cortona and Florence
June 14 through 23, 2011
For informational videos an an inside look at the Tuscany, Cortona and Florence trip, click here!

July 18 through 26, 2011

Normandy and Paris
September 22 through October 1, 2011
For informational videos and an inside look at the Normandy and Paris trip, click here!

Mexican Riviera Cruise
November 27 through December 4, 2011

If you act now and reserve your spot on one of our exciting and exclusive travel journeys you can enjoy significant savings of up to $1,000 per couple. Normandy and Paris as well as the Mexican Riviera Cruise trips are eligible for this savings during the specified time period. Reserve online – each trip’s Savings Code will be displayed automatically on the reservation form. You can also reserve by calling 1-800-323-7373. Be sure to give your Savings Code to the representative. More

Winter Alumni Ambassador Training and Refresher
Building on the success of last year’s record-setting freshmen class, it is time to again prepare for on campus events, regional receptions, and college fairs throughout the country. Make sure you are up to date about all things Drexel by participating in our February 22, 2011, web session from 8 to 9 p.m. EST. This session is open to all Alumni Ambassadors. For more information about training, please e-mail alumni@drexel.edu. To learn more about becoming an Alumni Ambassador, and for ways to connect with prospective students, click here.

Alumni Career Services E-Newsletter
The Alumni Career Services program has plans to launch an online e-newsletter for alumni seeking continued professional development and career growth. The e-newsletter will feature upcoming Alumni Career Services events, videos, interviews with industry experts, and event recaps. To be placed on the e-mail list to receive the Alumni Career Services e-newsletter and to stay up-to-date on all of the latest career-related news from the Alumni Association, please take a moment to fill out a short information form. More

Alumni Career Services Events and Programs

Alumni Career Services Webinar: Full-time Employee/Part-time Entrepreneur – How to Launch a Business While Working Full-time
Now you can participate in Alumni Career Services Programs no matter where you live – all you need is Internet access and a phone line! And join Tai Goodwin '95 on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, as she presents a webinar teaching alumni how to launch a business while working full-time. More

Boston Alumni Career Services Program: Social Networking à la Digital – Are You LinkedIn?
The Drexel University Alumni Association invites you to join us for a networking reception and discussion with Alan Gosenhauser '78, '80 on Thursday, March 24, 2011. Capture, leverage, and expand your professional relationships on LinkedIn by evaluating the quality vs. quantity of your online network. More

Philadelphia Alumni Career Services Program: An Insider's Look at Careers in the Digital Creative
On Wednesday, March 30, 2011, the Alumni Career Services program will feature a panel of young alumni who have taken their traditional studies from the LeBow College of Business, the iSchool, and the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design and forged fresh and interesting careers within the creative digital niche. This new "Creative Community" is home to designers, developers, social media experts, content composers, multimedia artists, digital photographers, animators, gamers and entrepreneurs of every stripe. More

Washington, D.C. Alumni Career Services Program: Speed Networking Night
Do you find traditional networking events unproductive? If so, join Drexel alumni in the Washington, D.C. area for a networking event with a twist on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. The evening will begin with a reception, followed by a speed networking session, which will provide the opportunity to meet and interact with Drexel alumni through 12 to 20 face-to-face networking sessions, each one lasting about four minutes. More

Alumni Career Services Webinar: The Leadership Acceleration Profile
Would you like a quick, easy way to assess your leadership style? A specific plan on how to improve your leadership? Strategy, leadership and productivity expert Terry Wall '97 will provide you with to tools to accomplish these goals during an interactive webinar, based on the Leadership Acceleration Profile, a survey that he created in response to requests from individuals who strive for continuous leadership improvement. Join us for this webinar on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 1 p.m. EST. More

For a step-by-step video showing you how to participate in an Alumni Career Services webinar, click here.

Call for Volunteers

Washington, D.C. Area Panel Discussion
The Drexel University Alumni Association and the Washington D.C. Area Alumni Club are putting together an Alumni Career Services panel discussion, focusing on entrepreneurship. We are seeking panelists with experience in this topic, including those who have worked for the General Services Administration and Small Business Administration, who can provide insight into the process of starting a small business in the D.C. area and what entrepreneurs can do to market their businesses to the federal government. We are also seeking panelists who work for organizations that contract with small businesses for services and can provide insight into what they look for when doing so. If you are interested in serving as a panelist, please contact Lauren Villanueva ’04, ’09, at alumni@drexel.edu or call 1-888-DU-GRADS.

Young Alumni and Recent Graduates
The Drexel University Alumni Association is seeking volunteers for an Alumni Career Services program especially for young alumni and recent graduates. We are looking for alumni who have insight and expertise to share on career development topics that are of the greatest concern to this group. For example, what are some strategies for getting the most out of your first job? What do you do if you hate your first job out of college? What do you need to know if you are considering graduate school? What are some tips for networking as a recent graduate? Please contact Lauren Villanueva '04, '09, at alumni@drexel.edu or call 1-888-DU-GRADS.

Career Corner

Tai GoodwinCareer Makeover Strategies
"The Absolute Worst Times to Leave Your Job to Start a Business" by Tai Goodwin '95

This month, Tai reviews the four worst times to leave your job to start a business. More

Julia LevyCareer Zone
"Shopping for a New Job at Work" by Julia Levy '93

Everyone says finding a job is a full-time job, so how do you juggle your job search while you are currently working? Read on for Julia's tips for successfully navigating your job search while on the job. More

Terry WallLeadership Unlimited
"Talk Makes People Do Awful Things" by Terry Wall '97

Terry explains that the dialogue in your head is a powerful influence on behavior. He encourages leaders to use positive self talk to yield positive reactions from their direct reports. More

Chris BilottaYour Career Retainer
"Become a Great Leader" by Chris Bilotta '77, '84

Chris taps into the expertise of leadership development guru Jack Zenger and brings you his top ten rules for becoming a great leader. More

Philadelphia Area

Young Alumni Happy HourYoung Alumni "Beat the Winter Blues" Inter-school Happy Hour
Get out of your winter rut and gather with us after work at Smokin’ Betty’s for a chill night with friends! Join Drexel, Penn, and other area college alumni for an exclusive happy hour on Thursday, February 17, 2011, and meet and network with young professionals in the Philadelphia area. More

Alumni Networking Receptions in Chester and Delaware Counties
Come join the Drexel University Alumni Association and the LeBow Alumni Association for the following networking receptions in Chester and Delaware Counties and enjoy a chance to meet and get to know graduates in your area.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The Newtown Grill
Newtown Square, PA

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tango Restaurant
Bryn Mawr, PA

Chester and Delaware Counties Alumni Brewery Tour, Beer Tasting and Reception
The Drexel University Alumni Association and the LeBow Alumni Association invite Drexel alumni for a brewery tour, beer tasting and reception at the award-winning Victory Brewing Company on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Guests will learn about beers made on-site while networking with one another. More

Senior Young Alumni MixerYoung Alumni and Senior Spring Mixer
Celebrate spring with members of the Class of 2011 and Drexel alumni! The Young Alumni Association invites recent graduates from the Classes of 2000-2010 to join the senior class for a spring mixer at Field House in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, March 31, 2011. More

Drexel Faculty and Staff Alumni Reception
The Drexel University Alumni Association and Drexel Business Services invites all University faculty and professional staff members who are also Drexel graduates to kick-off Alumni Weekend 2011 with a special reception in the Paul Peck Alumni Center. Enjoy a complimentary reception of light refreshments while catching-up and networking with colleagues and Drexel alumni on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. More

Around the U.S.

Happy HourNorthern California Alumni Networking Happy Hour
The Alumni Club of Northern California invites Drexel alumni to its monthly networking happy hour to enjoy the opportunity to meet and network with Drexel graduates from the area on Friday, February 18, 2011. More

Sacramento Area Alumni/Student Networking Happy Hour
Graduates in the Sacramento area are invited to join students and alumni at the following networking happy hours in February.

Alumni/Student Happy Hour
Friday, February 18, 2011
Dive Bar, Sacramento, CA

Alumni Networking Happy Hour
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Brew It Up!, Sacramento, CA

Seattle Area Alumni Networking Happy Hour
Come out to the Tap House Grill on Friday, February 25, 2011, and enjoy a night out with Drexel graduates in the Seattle area. More

Boca RatonBoca Raton Area Alumni Reception
The Alumni Associations of Drexel University
and Drexel University College of Medicine join the Golden Dragon Society, Great Court Society and Arch Street Legacy Society to invite you and your guest to join Drexel University President John Fry and alumni of Drexel, Hahnemann, Woman's Medical College and Medical College of Pennsylvania for a reception at Maggiano's Little Italy on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. More

Northern California Alumni Night at the San Jose Sharks
Don't miss your chance to join the Alumni Club of Northern California at its annual night with the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, March 8, 2011! Watch the action from the Penthouse Plaza as the Sharks take on the Nashville Predators at the HP Pavilion. Drexel guests will enjoy dinner and will receive two drink tickets included with their tickets. More

Michigan Alumni Night at the Races
Join the Alumni Club of Michigan as they rally for their favorite horse at Northville Downs on March 12, 2011. An all-you-can-eat buffet, access to the closed viewing area, and a race program are sure to make this night worth the gamble! More

Phillies Spring TrainingTampa Area Alumni Day at Phillies Spring Training
The Tampa Area Alumni Club invites all alumni for a day at the ballpark on Saturday, March 26, 2011! Join alumni and friends to rally behind the National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies in Spring Training action against the Toronto Blue Jays. It's sure to be unbeLEEvable! Guests will enjoy a two-hour open BBQ buffet and discounted 16-ounce draft beer. More

Alumni Resources

Liberty Mutual News: Winter's Last Blast
You may be dreaming of spring, but don’t forget the cold, hard facts: Old Man Winter still has plenty of time to deliver a deadly blizzard or ice storm. Follow these tips if you lose power in your home or are stranded in your car. More

Alumni Photo Gallery
Want to check out the photos from the last alumni event you attended? Or, do you want to see what you missed? Click here to check out photos from the latest Drexel alumni events and activities in our Alumni Photo Gallery.

Connect with Fellow Dragons Online!
With online networks like Facebook, inCircle, LinkedIn and the Alumni Directory, it's never been easier to keep in touch with your classmates! Look at photographs, find contact information, post a class note, network and job search, or simply reconnect with old friends and see what they've been up to. Now you can also check out videos on the official YouTube channel for the Drexel University Alumni Association, and get the latest news and announcements from our official Twitter feed. More

For a step-by-step video on how to log in and update your profile in the Online Alumni Directory, click here.

Get Your Free Alumni Card Today!
Your Alumni Card is your key to campus. Visit the University libraries, Korman Computing Center or the new Recreation Center (membership fees apply) and receive alumni discounts at the Mandell Theater box office. More

GradMed® Offers Affordable, Short-Term Medical Insurance
GradMed® short-term medical insurance provides protection from the major expenses associated with an accident or illness. An ideal product for new graduates and alumni between jobs, coverage can begin as early as the day after receipt of your application. More

Pennsylvania License Plate Program
Drexel University is a recognized organization in the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles Special Organization Plate Program. If you are interested in ordering a Drexel plate, click here for more information.

Experience the Flexibility of Drexel University Online and Save 15% on Tuition
As a Drexel graduate, you'll enjoy an automatic 15% tuition reduction on all Drexel Online programs! With 90+ degree and certificate programs to choose from, you can further your education and advance your career with 24/7 online access that works around your schedule. You’ll even earn the same degree as on-campus students. Drexel Online: the most convenient way for you to be a Drexel Dragon once again! More

Colleges & Schools

iSchool Online Webinar on Youth Services
Learn how you can be a part of an exciting field in library and information science, serving the information needs of children and young adults, in an online webinar sponsored by the iSchool on Thursday, February 24, 2011. More

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Cocktail Reception
The Drexel University College of Medicine Office of Alumni Relations and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery present a cocktail reception for alumni, students, residents and friends hosted
by Norman A. Johanson, M.D., Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery in the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego on Thursday, February 17, 2011. For more information and to register, e-mail medical.alumni@drexel.edu.

Men's BasketballCollege of Engineering Alumni Association Night at Men's Basketball
The College of Engineering Alumni Association invites engineering alumni for a reception and to cheer on the Drexel Dragons men's basketball team as they take on Virginia Commonwealth University. Come feel the fire at the DAC on Wednesday, February 23, 2011! More

Twenty First Annual Madrigal Dinner
The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design will host its annual Madrigal Dinner in which student performers in Renaissance attire portray singers, storytellers and jesters fit for a royal court. The performance and dinner will be staged on Friday, February 25, 2011 and Saturday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Court of the Main Building. Tickets are $21.95 per person and include a Renaissance-style feast. Click here to purchase tickets or contact Jim Yandoli at yandoli@drexel.edu or 215.895.1275 for more information.

Our TownThe Drexel Players Present Our Town
The Drexel Players are back with an all new production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Wilder’s timeless classic is a wonderful reminder that all human lives have value and that there is so much in life to appreciate, as it unfolds its story of an average town’s citizens and their everyday lives. The production will open on Friday, February 25, 2011, at 8 p.m. and there will be performances on Saturday, February 26, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 27, at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in the Mandell Theater. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-895-ARTS beginning Monday, February 21. For more information contact Jim Yandoli at yandoli@drexel.edu or 215-895-1275.

Rankin-Epstein Distinguished Alumni Award
The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design is now accepting nominations for its 2011 Rankin-Epstein Distinguished Alumni Award. Recipients for the award are selected on the basis of excellence in her or his chosen work, dedication to high ideals, and a consistent commitment to citizenship. Each nomination must include a professional statement written by the nominee, with the following: a list of professional achievements and activities, a list of leadership positions held, awards and honors received, workshops/seminars attended or led, innovations developed, mentoring/sponsorship activities participated in, and all civic and community achievements, as well as a copy of the nominee’s résumé. All materials must be postmarked or e-mailed by March 1, 2011. Please send all materials to: The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Attn: Dean Allen Sabinson, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, or e-mail acs48@drexel.edu.

Free EnergyUpcoming Concert Features MAD Dragon Artists
Philadelphia rock band Free Energy will headline this year’s MAD Dragon concert on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at the Mandell Theater. The annual concert is made possible by the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design's MAD Dragon Records and student-run concert promotion’s arm, MADKO Concerts. In addition to Free Energy the concert will also showcase MAD Dragon Recording artists: The Spinning Leaves, Hezekiah Jones, Toy Soldiers and hip-hop MC Kuf Knotz. Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission to the event is $10 to the general public. Click here to purchase tickets.

College of Nursing and Health Professions Reception for Alumni and Friends in Florida
The Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions invites its alumni to connect with fellow graduates, students and faculty at a reception held in conjunction with the Drexel University 2011 Simulation in Healthcare Conference: Where No One Has Gone Before. The reception will take place on Friday, March 25, 2011, at the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort. More


Campus News

Sacramento Graduate Appointed Region’s First Drexel Public Official
It only took a month for one of our newest graduates from the Sacramento Center for Graduate Studies to be appointed to public office. In January, Kyle C. Glankler, MBA ’10, became a Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for the City of West Sacramento. Complimenting Glankler for his “history of leadership and community involvement,” the City’s Mayor Christopher Cabaldon also praised Drexel: "We are also enthusiastic about developing a greater connection with Drexel University from which he just graduated, because of Drexel's demonstrated commitment to public service." Glankler will now spearhead the Alumni Association’s 2011 CAN DU Earth Week service project in April 2011.

Two Way Think Speaker Series
Drexel and the Free Library have joined together to co-sponsor a speaker series featuring Drexel faculty called Two Way Think. The series is free and open to the public. On Thursday, February 24, 2011, at 7 p.m., Cordelia Frances Biddle, great-great-granddaughter of Drexel University founder, Anthony J. Drexel, and well-known author, will discuss her most recent mystery novel, Without Fear, the third in a series following the journey of Martha Beale, daughter of missing financier Lemuel Beale. Join Drexel for coffee and conversation at the Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia. No registration required.

Calling All Alumni!

Drexel’s Radio Station Alumni
When you attended Drexel were you involved with the campus radio station? If so, let us know! WKDU will be celebrating the past 40 years on air at Alumni Weekend 2011 with a special reunion event on May 7, 2011. Please take a minute to fill out an online form with your contact information and your connection to Drexel media so that we can update you on the reunion event. More

Sign up to Host a Dinner with 12 Dragons
Dinner with 12 Dragons is a program that personalizes the overall student-alumni experience. All Drexel students and alumni are invited to participate in this dinner program where alumni open their homes to students and fellow alumni for small dinner parties, bringing everyone together in a casual environment. It's a great opportunity to get together and share some good food, good conversation and Drexel camaraderie. We're looking for alumni hosts for dinners this winter and spring. Sign-up today! More

Click here to watch a video about a dinner at the Media, PA home of Catherine
Campbell-Perna '95, '10, and learn more about what a Dinner with 12 Dragons is really like!

Volunteers Needed for Young Alumni Real Estate Event
The Drexel University Young Alumni Association is seeking volunteers who would like to participate in a Q&A session/panel discussion on real estate. The discussion will focus on the ins and outs of real estate, including topics such as buying your first home, selling your first home, property investment, foreclosures and short sales, careers in real estate, and purchasing property with multiple owners/partners. If you have extensive experience in one or more of these areas and are interested in participating, please contact Louisa Kopp at alumni@drexel.edu or call 1-888-DU-GRADS.

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