Alumni News

Alumni Weekend 2010Alumni Weekend 2010: Then, Now and Beyond!
The Drexel University Alumni Association would like to thank everyone who came back to campus on April 30 and May 1, to celebrate Alumni Weekend 2010! We kicked off the weekend with the Golden Dragon Breakfast on Friday morning, and Saturday's high temperatures didn't keep our alumni and friends from participating in the University City 5K and enjoying the Alumni Family Picnic. We hope everyone had a great time capping off the weekend with dinner and dancing at our out-of-this-world University Gala on Saturday night. Alumni Weekend was a great time and we're already looking forward to doing it all again next year on May 6 and 7, 2011 — we hope to see you there!

Alumni Weekend 2010Click here to check out photos from the weekend!

A special thank you goes out to the Class of 1960, 1985 and 1995 Reunion Committees for all their hard work making sure that their classes experienced extra special reunions! If you are a member of the Classes of 1961 or 1986 and you're interested in getting involved with your reunion committee, contact Louisa Kopp '08 in the Office of Alumni Relations at lcs42@drexel.edu or 215-895-6317.

The Alumni Career Services Program Launches Spring Webinar Series

The Drexel University Alumni Association and the Steinbright Career Development Center are presenting a series of online career-development webinars this spring. Open to all Drexel alumni, these webinars will provide tips, techniques, advice, and insight into the next steps of your developing career! Two webinars remain in the five-part series, so click the links below for more information and to register for each session.

Making the Leap: Tips for Career Transition
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
6 to 7 p.m. (EST)

Leveraging LinkedIn
Thursday, May 27, 2010
12 to 1 p.m. (EST)

It's easy to participate! All you need is internet access and a phone line and you'll be able to participate in the webinars from wherever you are. To share ideas for future career-development topics, contact Lauren Rocca '04, '09 at lmr24@drexel.edu.

Andrew ThomasYoung Alumni Profile: Andrew Thomas, AWCoMAD '06

As a student, what Andrew Thomas liked the most about Drexel was that it was a real-world school. Not surprisingly, Andrew was ready to take on the real world long before graduation.

“My friend Jason and I did artistic things together in high school and then we went off to college and kept making films for fun,” he said.

A few paying jobs making commercials for a clothing company led to the realization that this hobby had the potential to grow into a thriving business.

Still a graphic design student at Drexel, Andrew traveled every other weekend to Penn State where he and Jason did client work out of a spare room they rented as their office. “As soon as we graduated college, we really took it full-time,” said Andrew. In 2006, Andrew and Jason officially started the Manayunk-based branding and interactive agency known as Brolik. More

2010 Alumni Association Award Recipients
We would like to recognize and congratulate the following alumni who were presented with Drexel University Alumni Association Awards during Alumni Weekend 2010:

Alumni Entrepreneur Award — Anthony DiTonno '79
Golden Dragon Society Awards —
Sylvia 'Sibby' Brasler '60 and Bennett LeBow '60, Hon. '98
Service to Profession Award — Elaine Thompson, Ph.D. '91
Special Distinction Award — Ronald Hays '77
Silver Dragon Society Awards —
Carvon Johnson '85, '88 and Edward Koehler '85
Young Alumni Entrepreneur Award — Timothy Ericson '09 and Jason Meinzer '07

In addition, four Drexel students were presented with Outstanding Student Awards and seven students were awarded Alumni Association Scholarships. For more information on the Alumni Association Awards, or to learn how to make a nomination for 2011, click here.

Dinner with 12 DragonsDinner with 12 Dragons is Calling All Car Enthusiasts!
Are you interested in automobiles? If so, join us for a special dinner for students and alumni with a race car theme hosted at the home of Jackie McClure '87, in South Jersey this spring. If you would like to attend, or would like more information, please contact Louisa Kopp '08 at lcs42@drexel.edu.

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 warm, friendly 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 summer and fall. Sign up today! More

Career Corner

Career ZoneCareer Zone: Keeping It Together During a Job Search
by Julia Levy '93
Searching for a job is hard work. Find out helpful ideas and suggestions for staying organized and focused on the task at hand. More

Career Makeover StrategiesCareer Makeover Strategies: Five Reasons Why Social Networking Isn't Working
by Tai Goodwin '95

Before you shut down your Twitter or Facebook account, check out Tai's top five reasons why it might not be working and learn what you can do to turn things around. More

The RetainerYour Career Retainer: The Uncommon Practice of Common Purpose
by Chris Bilotta '77, '84

Consumers crave more authentic experiences. According to Chris, staging of distinctive experiences for customers begins with the staging of unique experiences for employees. More

Terry WallLeadership Unlimited: Trust is the Foundation of Leadership, Teamwork, Sales
by Terry Wall '97

Leadership, teamwork and sales are all based on relationships between people. And what's the key to successful relationships? Trust. More

Alumni Career Services

The Alumni Association is seeking volunteers for Alumni Career Services programs in the Philadelphia metro area, Baltimore, Boston, New York City, Washington D.C. 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 lmr24@drexel.edu or 215-895-2744 for more information or to volunteer.

Philadelphia Area

Young Alumni NetworkingClass of 2010 Graduation Celebration for Seniors and Alumni
The Drexel University Alumni Association is hosting a special bash to congratulate the senior class and welcome them to the alumni family on Thursday, May 20, 2010. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Blockley Pourhouse, where the entire space will be exclusively open to only Drexel seniors, alumni, and their guests. Enjoy live music with a Drexel band and DJ, and a delicious food buffet. More

Young Alumni and Graduating Seniors Inter-School Networking Happy Hour
Join Drexel, Penn, and other area college alumni and graduating seniors for a networking happy hour and VIP grand opening party at City Tap House, a brand new University City restaurant! Come out and meet local alumni and senior students from other schools, while enjoying free food samplings and beer tastings on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. More

CleopatraAn Evening at the Franklin Institute with "Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt"
Alumni of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine are invited to join us for an evening at the Franklin Institute and its "Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt" exhibit on Thursday, June 15, 2010. The evening will begin with an alumni reception. Learn about the art of Egyptian embalming and autopsy as well as fashion and beauty during Cleopatra's time from two Drexel faculty members. End the night with a tour of the exhibit, which is making its world premiere in Philadelphia. More

Around the World

Orange County Alumni Cocktail Reception
Come meet and socialize with other Drexel alumni in the Orange County area tonight. Enjoy an hors d’oeuvre reception at Maggiano's Little Italy in Costa Mesa, CA. More

PhilliesSwing Into Summer with Drexel!
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.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Philadelphia Phillies
at Atlanta Braves
Turner Field, Atlanta, GA

Thursday, June 10, 2010
New York Yankees
at Baltimore Orioles
Oriole Park, Baltimore, MD

Friday, June 25, 2010
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
at Durham Bulls
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NC

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Philadelphia Phillies
at Pittsburgh Pirates
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

Sunday, July 11, 2010
Minnesota Twins
at Detroit Tigers
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI

Friday, July 30, 2010
Philadelphia Phillies
at Washington Nationals
Nationals Park, Washington, DC

Click here for more information and a full schedule of games!

Los Angeles Area Golf Outing and Reception
Drexel alumni in the Los Angeles area are invited to join the Drexel University Alumni Club of Greater Los Angeles for a day on the links at the Calabasas Country Club on Saturday, June 12, 2010! Hosted by Ted Michaels '82, the outing will be a four-man scramble format with a modified shotgun start. Afterwards, join Drexel alumni and friends for a reception at the Club. More

Great Lakes Brewing CompanyCleveland Alumni Tasting and Tour of Great Lakes Brewing Company
The Drexel University Alumni Association is hosting a networking reception, beer tasting and brewery tour at Great Lakes Brewing Company on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Come on out and get to know fellow alumni in the Cleveland area! 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

Atlanta ReceptionCollege of Nursing and Health Professions Alumni and Friends Reception in Atlanta
The College of Nursing and Health Professions invites alumni and friends to join them for a reception on Sunday, May 30, 2010, held in conjunction with the American Academy of Physician Assistant’s Annual Conference in Atlanta. The reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. More

AWCoMAD Department of Performing Arts Dance Program Presents: ResiDance
Alumni are invited to attend this showing and discussion of works-in-progress by the professional dance companies in residence at Drexel including: Carbon Dance Theatre, Olive Prince Dance and SCRAP Performance Group. The event is free, and will take place on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at Mandell Theater. For more information, click here or e-mail info@drexelresidance.com.

Wireless CommunicationsLeBow College Presents: Recent Advancements in Wireless Communications
Presented by Kapil R. Dandekar, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering for the College of Engineering, this seminar will provide an overview of modern wireless signaling techniques and antenna technology, and discuss how advances in these fields have the potential to vastly improve wireless networks over conventional systems. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at the LeBow College of Business's Malvern campus. More

Smart Living Association 2010 Conference
The second annual SLA conference is being hosted by the Drexel University College of Engineering and Drexel’s Smart House from Wednesday, June 23 to Friday, June 25, culminating with a mixer social gathering on Thursday, June 24, 2010. The conference, which is sponsored by the Drexel University Alumni Association, will feature a panel of local business leaders and workshops focusing on entrepreneurship and technology transfer within institutions, and will provide attendees with the relevant tools to advance their efforts to the next stage in the university setting. Conference registration is limited to the first 125 students, alumni, faculty, staff and professionals to register. More


Drexel University Basketball Summer Camp
The Drexel University All-Star Basketball Camp with coach Bruiser Flint will offer two week-long sessions this summer at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. The first session will be held the week of June 21 to 25, 2010 and session two will be held from August 2 to 6, 2010. Camp is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 17 and a special discounted rate is available to children of Drexel University alumni. For more information, or to register, call the men's basketball office at 215-895-2027 or e-mail rdj24@drexel.edu.

Campus News

Sacramento UpdateSacramento Campus Update: LeBow Alumni Invasion
Headed by Dean George Tsetsekos, Drexel University Alumni Association past chair Maria Charlton '82, and current vice chair Dennis Link '69, '70, two dozen alumni and friends of the LeBow College of Business spent April 15, 2010, in Sacramento, California. After VIP tours of the capitol and old city, they were welcomed by scores of Drexel's newest grad students to the university's new Graduate Center, where they were able to see how high-tech higher ed has become. More

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

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




Alumni Resources

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

Experience the Flexibility of Drexel University Online and Save 15% on Tuition
As an honored 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

Alumni Travel Program
Be sure to join our travel mailing list to receive information on all of our new destinations, including 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! To join one of our many online networks for alumni, click here.

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.

This Spring, Take a Break from Interest Payments
Take a vacation from interest payments with the Select Rewards Visa® Card that offers 0% Intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for nine billing cycles!(1)  Plus, you’ll earn one point for every net dollar spent anywhere Visa is accepted, whenever you use your Drexel University Select Rewards Visa® for everyday purchases or that major purchase you’ve been waiting to buy.   Now is the time to apply! 

The Drexel University Select Rewards Visa® Card also provides great benefits, including:

  • 1,000 bonus rewards points with your first purchase, and rewards starting at just 1,500 points(2)
  • Your choice of virtually any reward with the Choose Your Own Rewards program – even cash back!
  • 100% Fraud protection(3)
  • Auto rental collision damage waiver and travel accident insurance, warranty manager, and travel and emergency assistance(3)

Plus, with every Select Rewards Visa Card purchase, U.S. Bank will make a contribution to Drexel University! Hurry, offer ends 06/30/2010. More

(1) The 0% introductory APR does not apply to Cash Advances and is valid for the first nine billing cycles on Purchases and Balance Transfers. Thereafter, the APR may vary and as of 02-01-10, the undiscounted variable APR for Purchases and Balance Transfers is 11.99% - 19.99% (depending on your credit history). The variable APR for Cash Advances is 23.99%. Cash Advance fee: 4%, $10 minimum. Convenience Check fee: 3%, $5 minimum, Cash Equivalent fee: 4%, $20 minimum. Balance Transfer fee of 3%, $5 minimum. There is a $2 minimum finance charge when interest is due. The annual fee is $0. Foreign Transaction fee: 2% of each foreign purchase transaction or foreign ATM advance transaction in U.S. Dollars. 3% for each foreign purchase transaction or foreign ATM advance transaction in a Foreign Currency.
(2) Accounts must be open and in good standing (not past due) to earn and redeem points.
(3) Some limitations may apply. Details are provided to cardmembers.



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