March Details
Alumni News

John FryJohn A. Fry Named Drexel University's 14th President
Drexel University's Board of Trustees named John A. Fry as the University's 14th president on March 10, 2010, after a unanimous vote, announced Chairman Richard A. Greenawalt '66. Fry is currently president of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and a former University of Pennsylvania executive. He will begin his tenure at Drexel on August 1.

“John Fry's entrepreneurial spirit, practical experience and strong sense of vision and leadership mirror Drexel's core values and are essential in continuing the University's upward trajectory,” said Greenawalt. “His impressive record of success at both Franklin & Marshall and the University of Pennsylvania will help seamlessly position Drexel for the future. On behalf of the Drexel Board of Trustees, students, faculty and staff, I welcome John to Drexel and extend our deepest gratitude to Chuck Pennoni for his tireless efforts in serving this great institution as interim president.” More

Alumni Weekend 2010: Have You Registered Yet?
Alumni Weekend will be here before you know it, so register today to come back to campus on April 30 and May 1, 2010, and join the fun. Information on all Alumni Weekend events and registration is now available online. More

Drexel Class of 1960 Memory Book
Members of the Drexel Class of 1960 who attend Alumni Weekend will receive a complimentary Class of 1960 Memory Book. All Drexel University alumni celebrating their 50th reunion this year are encouraged to be part of the Memory Book by submitting an entry page. 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. The deadline to submit your Class of 1960 Memory Book entry is Friday, March 26, 2010. Please contact Lara Cressman at with questions. Please note that College of Medicine 50-year events will be celebrated separately from May 19 to 21, 2010.

Reunion Classes Come Together on Facebook
Members of the Class of 1960 (Golden Dragons), Class of 1985 (Silver Dragons), and Class of 1995 (15-year reunion) are all welcome to join us online and become members of your class' official Facebook page! Reconnect with classmates, as well as get up to date information about Alumni Weekend 2010! More

Earth Day3rd Annual CAN DU Earth Day Project in Three Locations!
Since 2008, more than 550 CAN DU volunteers have worked to beautify parks in Drexel University's West Philadelphia neighborhood. This year, Drexel alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends will participate in three projects across the country, commemorating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! Alumni and friends in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas are invited to join us for an Earth Day Clean-Up on Saturday, April 17, and those in the Sacramento area can join us on Saturday, April 24, 2010.

In Philadelphia, volunteers will be working in an area of Fairmount Park's Cobbs Creek section, removing invasive pants, planting native trees and wild flowers, and cleaning and clearing this public recreation space. Alumni and students of Drexel University at Burlington County College will be participating in the Burlington County Clean Communities' cleanup at Rancocas State Park. The Sacramento Graduate Students Association will join Drexel alumni in northern California in "14 Miles of Service," part of Global Youth Service Day, at Robla Community Park. For more information on the CAN DU Earth Day Project in your area, and to register, click here.

Alumni Board of Governors Call for Nominations
The Alumni Association will accept nominations, between March 1 and 26, 2010, 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. More

Ted MichaelsAlumni Profile: Ted Michaels, LCoB '82

Ted Michaels has always been a high achiever, so his success today would be no surprise to anyone who knew him as a student at Drexel. However, if Michaels’ classmates can’t quite place the name, it’s because Ted’s birth name was Theodore Mykolajtchuk, and he used that surname throughout his undergraduate years. It was only after completing his MBA at Harvard Business School in 1986 that he changed it to Michaels.

“Changing my name simplified life a bit at the time,” he said, “but Citigroup has over 200,000 employees, and now when I look at the roster, there are more people with the name Mykolajtchuk than Michaels!” Times change.

Based in the Los Angeles area, Michaels is Executive Vice President of Banamex USA, part of Citigroup, providing full banking services for companies and individuals that do business in Mexico and the United States. More

Alumni Population Maps
To view our recently updated population maps of alumni across the United States and around the world, click here. And while you’re at it, log in to the Online Alumni Directory and update your contact information! Please note that our population maps reflect only Drexel alumni with a current address as of February, 2010. Of our more than 130,000 living alumni, those without a current address are not included on the map.

Drexel Magazine Survey
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Career Corner

Career ZoneCareer Zone: Job Loss Can Happen to Anyone
by Julia Levy '93
Our career expert will practice what she preaches as she takes readers on her journey to re-invent herself after getting the news that she will soon be unemployed. More

Career Makeover StrategiesCareer Makeover Strategies: When a Good Job Turns Into a Bad Trap
by Tai Goodwin '95

Tai tells readers how to break free when a "good enough job" just isn't enough. More

The RetainerYour Career Retainer: Silence — The Root Cause of Project Failure
by Chris Bilotta '77, '84

Chris explains how CEOs' shortcomings are less about strategy and decision-making than about their ability to execute their plans. More

Alumni Career Services

The Drexel University Alumni Association and the Alumni Club of San Diego are seeking volunteers to participate in a panel discussion on the topic of career transition. This event will be held in the San Diego area this spring. If you have transitioned from one industry to another, or to another line of work in your current industry, we want to hear from you! We would like our panelists to discuss how they knew they wanted to make a transition, the process itself (for example, returning to school or participating in volunteer work/internships in preparation for the transition) and the results of the process.

The Alumni Association is also seeking volunteers for Alumni Career Services Programs in the Philadelphia Metro area, Baltimore, Boston, New York City, Washington DC and Orange County, CA. Topics include, but are not limited to, networking, entrepreneurship, job search, personal branding and leadership.

If you live in any of these areas and are interested in getting involved as a speaker or helping to plan an event, please contact Lauren Rocca '04, '09 at or 215-895-2744 for more information or to volunteer.

Philadelphia Area

Women's BasketballCheer on the Lady Dragons in the WNIT Tournament
The Drexel women’s basketball team has been selected to play in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT)! The Dragons will take on the East Carolina Pirates in the first round on Friday, March 19, 2010, at Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center. Before the game, join Drexel alumni, parents and fans for a reception in the Hazem Maragah Hospitality Suite. More

How To Buy Your First Home: A Young Alumni Seminar
If you’re thinking about becoming a homeowner or want to learn more about the current real estate market and how to take advantage of the first-time home buyer’s tax credit, then this How To Seminar on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, is for you. Join the Young Alumni Association at Estia Restaurant in Philadelphia for a discussion featuring guest speakers Joan Kamens '78, a Coldwell Banker residential realtor, and Michael D’Alonzo '84, president of Creative Mortgage Group. More

The Dragon’s Guide to Success: An Inside Look at Today’s Job Market
Come meet and network with other graduates while learning about the best practices for managing your career during this time of economic transition. Following a networking reception at the National Liberty Museum on Thursday, April 8, 2010, a panel of experts will discuss trends in the current job market and give advice on how job seekers can stand out in this competitive climate. More

Campus to CareerCampus to Career Networking Event
Join us for this networking reception and discussion featuring accomplished alumni panelists who will answer questions and offer advice to those just entering the workforce. The program will be on Thursday, April 15, 2010, in the Paul Peck Alumni Center. More

Wilmington Alumni Networking Reception
The LeBow College of Business and the Drexel University Alumni Association invite alumni to a networking reception with special guest Dean George Tsetsekos at the Wilmington Club on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. More

Delaware County Alumni Networking Reception
Come out to meet and network with area alumni at this reception at The Paddock at Devon on Thursday, April 22, 2010. The event is hosted by the Drexel University Alumni Association and the LeBow College of Business. More

Drexel Faculty and Staff Alumni Reception
Current Drexel University faculty and staff members who are also Drexel graduates are invited to help us kick-off Alumni Weekend 2010! Stop by the Paul Peck Alumni Center for a casual reception, featuring light appetizers and drinks on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. More

Arts and AleYoung Alumni Arts and Ale Adventure
Young Alumni are invited to a pre-Alumni Weekend adventure on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Experience two tours in one night with a Philadelphia Mural Arts Tour that leaves from World Café Live and continues on to Yards Brewing Company for a tour and tasting. The evening will end back at World Café Live with a reception and live music. Note: You must register for this event as part of Alumni Weekend. Click here, scroll to the top of the page and click Register Online. If you have any questions, please contact Louisa Kopp '08 at or 215-895-6317.

Around the World

NorCal Happy HourNorthern California Alumni Networking Happy Hour
Join the Alumni Club of Northern California and Drexel alumni in the San Francisco area for a networking happy hour at 15 Romolo on Friday, March 19, 2010. More

Atlanta Alumni Night at the Thrashers:
Pre-Game Alumni Reception and NHL Game

Cheer as the Philadelphia Flyers take on the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena on Saturday, March 20, 2010. Before the game, join fellow Atlanta-area alumni for a pre-game reception at STATS! More

Tampa Area Alumni Day at Phillies Spring Training
The Alumni Club of Tampa will host a day at the ballpark on Thursday, March 25, 2010, to cheer on the Philadelphia Phillies! Your ticket includes admission to the game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL, plus a two-hour all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet with fellow Drexel alumni. More

Sharks GameNorthern California Alumni Annual Sharks Game
The Alumni Club of Northern California invites Drexel alumni for its annual night at the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, March 25, 2010. Come out and watch the Sharks take on the Dallas Stars at the hp Pavilion. More

Charlotte Area Alumni Networking Reception
Meet and network with fellow Drexel alumni in the Charlotte area at Firebirds Woodfire Grill on Thursday, April 8, 2010. Reception includes hors d`oeuvres and soft drinks. More

Seattle Alumni Day at Sounders Soccer: Alumni Reception & Game
Join Drexel alumni in the Seattle area to cheer as the Seattle Sounders take on the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Quest Field. Before the game, join us for a reception at Pyramid Brewing Company. More

Michigan ACSMichigan Alumni Career Services Program: Career Transition - What Do You Really Want?
The Drexel University Alumni Association and Alumni Club of Michigan invite you to meet and network with fellow alumni and learn about best practices for managing a career transition on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Jerry Bricker `70 will draw on his own experiences making transitions throughout his career to provide insight into the process of making a transition. More

Drexel is Coming to London!
The Alumni Association would like to make sure our contact information for graduates who live and/or work in the United Kingdom is up-to-date. Please take a minute to fill out a short online form so that we can send you details regarding an exciting alumni event in London, scheduled for fall 2010. More

Colleges & Schools

URBN Center Presentation
The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design invites alumni to a presentation of the proposed design for the new URBN Center at 3501 Market Street and 3401 Filbert Street on Friday, March 19th at 2 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of 3501 Market Street. National architectural and interior design firm Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd., winner of a 2010 AIA National Honor Award for their Urban Outfitters project at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, will present on the design plans developed over the last ten months. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Kimberly Miller at More

CNHP ReceptionNursing and Health Professions Alumni and Friends Reception in Fort Lauderdale
Dean Gloria F. Donnelly, PhD, FAAN, RN, cordially invites nursing and health professions alumni to reconnect with fellow Hahnemann, Woman’s Medical College, MCP Hahnemann, and Drexel classmates at a College of Nursing and Health Professions reception for alumni and friends on Friday, March 26, 2010, at the Westin Beach Resort. More

LeBow College of Business presents: A View from the Top with Hugh Long
Last January, Hugh Long presented his experience as a Wachovia executive during the recent economic turmoil. On Wednesday, March 31, 2010, he will return to LeBow College of Business to discuss the current state of the economy and changes in banking in the past year. All alumni are invited to attend the presentation which will be followed by a networking reception. More

Design Charrette Aims to Modernize Urban Transportation Stations
The Department of Architecture and Interiors in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will host an interdisciplinary design charrette from April 9 to 12, 2010. A panel discussion open to the public called “Urban Transportation and Street Furniture”, will kick off the weekend. Alumni are also invited to a public review of the final student team design work from the charrette on Monday, April 12, at 6:00 p.m. in the 4th floor studios of the Main Building. More

Napa ValleyLeBow Goes to California
Alumni and friends of Drexel are invited to explore Northern California with the LeBow College of Business from Wednesday, April 14, to Sunday, April 18, 2010! Enjoy this five-day trip including stops at museums, wineries, and a dinner in the heart of Napa Valley hosted by Dean George Tsetsekos. Alumni already living in the Northern California area are welcome to attend all events as well. More

Goodwin College Board Nominations
The Goodwin College Alumni Association (GCAA) is accepting nominations of alumni interested in running for election to the Executive Board. To be eligible for consideration, nominees must be alumni of Goodwin College (includes Evening College, School of Education, Hospitality/Culinary Arts and all other programs under the stewardship of Goodwin). Alumni may nominate themselves or a classmate for consideration. The deadline for nominations is April 10, 2010. For more information, click here.

Alumni Resources

What's Your Policy? Liberty Mutual's Responsibility Project
Liberty Mutual’s Responsibility Project is a dynamic online community that encourages people to think, talk and debate about what responsibility means to them. Go online and check out the short films, share your stories, and join in on the conversation! More

Alumni Travel Program
Be sure to join our travel mailing list to receive information on all of our new destinations, including the Greek Isles and the Amalfi Coast. Click here to e-mail the Alumni Office and include your name, class year and address. Click here for more information on all of our Alumni Travel Program offerings.

Join an Online Alumni Network with Facebook, inCircle, and LinkedIn
Facebook, inCircle and LinkedIn are great ways to connect with fellow classmates, whether around the corner or across the world!

Alumni Card
Your Alumni Card is your key to campus. Visit the university libraries, Korman Computing Center or the Daskalakis Athletic Center (membership fees apply) and receive alumni discounts at the Mandell Theater box office. More

Donate to the Leadership Library and Get a Free T-Shirt!
The Alumni Association invites graduates to donate new or used leadership books that they have found to be particularly motivational for the Alumni Leadership Library. The library is a collection of books generously donated by alumni and housed within the Dean of Students Office. The books are available, free-of-charge, for Drexel students to borrow and use. Anyone who brings a book to an alumni event will receive a free alumni T-shirt! For more information, donation instructions and a listing of suggested titles, click here.



Swing into SummerSwing Into Summer with Drexel Baseball!
Join the Drexel University Alumni Association as we follow major and minor league baseball teams, including 2009 National League Champions, the Philadelphia Phillies, all summer long! Check out the upcoming games below to find out when we're hosting an alumni reception at a game near you and join us for the fun.

Friday, April 9, 2010
Philadelphia Phillies
at Houston Astros
Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX

Friday, April 23, 2010
Philadelphia Phillies
at Arizona Diamondbacks
Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Philadelphia Phillies
at Colorado Rockies
Coors Field, Denver, CO

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
at Charlotte Knights
Knights Stadium, Charlotte, NC

Lacrosse Team DinnerWalnut Creek, CA Alumni Dinner with Women’s Lacrosse
The Women's Lacrosse team is coming to California! Join the team, along with fellow alumni, for a free dinner at the Pyramid Alehouse in Walnut Creek on Thursday, March 25, 2010. More

San Diego Alumni Dinner with Crew Team
The Drexel University Alumni Association will host a special free dinner for San Diego-area alumni when members of the Drexel Crew Team will be in California for the San Diego Crew Classic. Come enjoy this time to meet fellow alumni and the Drexel Crew Team at Gordon Biersch on Saturday, March 27, 2010. More

Campus News

Sacramento Campus Connects with Alumni
Connections between our university’s newest campus and our alumni are rapidly growing! Sacramento area alumni are being invited to the Convocation on March 24, 2010, and the “Earth Day” event sponsored by CAN DU in Sacramento on April 24. More

Steinbright Career Development Center Career Fair
Employers and job seekers are invited to campus to network with undergraduate and graduate students and alumni, and to discuss career interests and opportunities at the Spring Career Fair hosted by the Steinbright Career Development Center on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the largest university-held career fair in the Greater Philadelphia area! More

Drexel GreenDrexel Green Grant Available for Alumni
Students, faculty, staff and alumni are eligible to receive a 2010 Drexel Green Grant by submitting a 500-word essay and completing the Go Green! Environmental Responsibility Pledge by Saturday, May 15, 2010. Essays should include how sustainability can be incorporated into your everyday life and in the communities in which you live, work and recreate. More

Drexel Recreation Center Guest Pass
To print out a one-day guest pass to come in and experience the brand new facilities at the Drexel Recreation Center, click here. But hurry! The offer expires on Friday, April 30, 2010. If you have any questions about the Recreation Center, including membership rates and deals, contact Paula Bryant, membership and marketing director, at or 215-571-3513.

Lorna MarcuzzoAWCoMAD Student in Design Competition
Lorna Marcuzzo, a senior interior design student, is currently entered in the Envision Color Student Design Contest with Benjamin Moore paint company. Check out Lorna's design and vote for her as the contestant who represents the best use of colors from the Benjamin Moore Color Palette. A prize of up to $10,000 is at stake! More

Calling All Alumni!
Are you a part of one of the following groups?  If so, take a moment to let us know!

Alumni from Media Groups: WKDU, DUTV, Lexerd, The Triangle, and More!
When you attended Drexel, were you involved with a media group, such as The Triangle, the campus radio station or the yearbook? If so, let us know! Drexel has many forms of electronic and print media, with a variety of publications.  Drexel’s media groups will be highlighted at Alumni Weekend 2010 with a special reunion event on May 1.  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

Veterans and Members of ROTC
We want to recognize our alumni who have served our country as veterans or former members of ROTC at Drexel. Please fill out a brief online form and let us know if you are a military veteran or if you participated in ROTC when you were a student at Drexel. More

Sign-up Now to Host a Dinner with 12 Dragons!
Dinner with 12 Dragons is a program that personalizes the overall Drexel 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 warm, friendly environment for good food, conversation and Drexel camaraderie.

We're looking for alumni to hosts dinners this spring and summer! Volunteer today by contacting Louisa Kopp '08 at or 215-895-6317. More

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