Alumni News

Board of GovernorsAlumni Association Board Elections
The Drexel University Alumni Association invites you to take part in this year’s election of candidates to the Board of Governors. The Board oversees the 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. Members are nominated based on their demonstrated leadership, involvement, support and commitment to Drexel University and the Alumni Association. To that end, the Nominations Committee has selected the following candidates for election:

Francis P. Cymbala, Jr. (BS 1982 Accounting)
Donna J. Downes-Matreale (BS 1982 Management Information Systems)
Jacqueline Taylor McClure (BS 1987 Marketing)
Theodore P. Michaels (BS 1982 Commerce & Engineering)
Anthony M. Noce (BS 1980 Civil Engineering)

You are invited to review each candidate's letter of interest and submit your vote online. Voting will conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2010. Click here to visit the election site.

Karen CherfilsAlumni Profile: Karen Cherfils, SPH '08

Karen Cherfils '08 enrolled in the Drexel University School of Public Health in 2002 with the hope of earning her master’s degree in two years and starting a career in hospital administration. Yet, those plans quickly changed.

After starting classes at the SPH, Karen started doing her community-based research project at Planned Parenthood of Philadelphia. She worked closely with Dr. Bill Hickey and Dr. Sabine Eustache, who were her two faculty advisors at the school.

Karen became active in the school's student government organization and things were going along as planned. However, everything suddenly changed when Karen’s mother became very ill with breast cancer during her second year at the school.

What was once a clear path, now became blurred. More

Join us for 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 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

FacebookStay Connected with Facebook, inCircle, LinkedIn and the Online Alumni Directory
With online networks like Facebook, inCircle, LinkedIn and the Online Alumni Directory, staying in touch with your friends and classmates has never been so easy! Alumni can join Drexel’s official Facebook fanpages such as the Alumni Association, the Community Alumni Network at Drexel University (CANDU), the University City 5K Run and the Young Alumni Association.

inCircle is an online networking tool similar to Facebook, however, inCircle is exclusive to Drexel alumni. Alumni can network, post blogs, as well as view job opportunities posted by other Drexel graduates.

The official "Drexel University Alumni Association Networking Group" on LinkedIn has become the largest Drexel networking group on LinkedIn, with more than 5,000 alumni, and provides a way for Drexel alumni to connect with each other and discuss career opportunities and professional development.

Search the Online Alumni Directory for friends, post and view class notes, and register for permanent e-mail forwarding. This exclusive membership is complimentary to alumni so log in to the directory often and keep your information up-to-date! 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.

Career Corner

Terry WallLeadership Unlimited: Look in the Mirror First, but Beware of Blind Spots
by Terry Wall '97

Blind spots are the issues or skills that we just don’t see in ourselves, but that are glaringly obvious to others. Terry advises all leaders to take a good look in the mirror — but beware of the blind spots! More

Career ZoneCareer Zone: Increase Your Job Search Success with a Positioning Plan
by Julia Levy '93
Follow Julia's steps to create a personal positioning plan and better promote yourself, your skills and talents, and the kind of job you're looking for. More

The RetainerYour Career Retainer: Wise Leaders and Planting Trees
by Chris Bilotta '77, '84

Wise leaders plant trees under which they will likely never sit. Chris explains this statement which focuses on the importance of balancing immediate, short and long-term goals. More

Tai GoodwinCareer Makeover Strategies: Five Questions to Ask Before You Start Your Job Search
by Tai Goodwin '95

If it's time to start looking for a new job, Tai suggests you examine the one common denominator in all of your work experiences — you. Then ask yourself five very important questions. 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

Rock Climbing and Rockin' ReceptionYoung Alumni Rock Climbing and Rockin' Reception!
Come and conquer the rock climbing wall at Drexel’s new Recreation Center on Thursday, July 22, 2010! After climbing the wall, enjoy a reception with fellow young alumni at the new restaurant in the Recreation Center, Landmark Americana Tap and Grill. The reception will include appetizers and soft drinks. A cash bar with drink specials will also be available. More

Young Alumni Night at the Phillies
Join the Young Alumni Association to cheer as the National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies take on the Washington Nationals! Join us on Friday, September 17, 2010, at Citizens Bank Park, and before the game for a reception at McFadden's. Plus, it's a promotional night at the ballpark — all fans over the age of 15 receive a Phillies knit cap! More

Around the World

New York Happy HourNew York City Happy Hour
Join the New York Alumni Network for a summer happy hour! Meet and network with fellow Drexel alumni in the area while getting out of the heat at Dubliner on Thursday, June 17, 2010. We would love to hear your input and ideas for upcoming New York City area alumni events. More

Cleveland 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

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.

Durham, NC
Friday, June 25, 2010

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
at Durham Bulls
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NC

Pittsburgh, PA
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Philadelphia Phillies
at Pittsburgh Pirates
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

Detroit, MI
Sunday, July 11, 2010

Minnesota Twins
at Detroit Tigers
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI

Washington, DC
Friday, July 30, 2010

Philadelphia Phillies
at Washington Nationals
Nationals Park, Washington, DC

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

Detroit Happy Hour
The Alumni Club of Michigan invites you to a networking happy hour with Drexel alumni in the Detroit area at Doc's Sports Retreat on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. Enjoy half-priced appetizers, well liquor, and draft beer, as you mix and mingle with fellow alumni! More

Colleges & Schools

College of Medicine Alumni Weekend Photos
Thank you to all College of Medicine alumni who returned to campus for Alumni Weekend 2010 or for the 50th Reunion Festivities. Both events were a great success! To view photos from Alumni Weekend and the 50 Year Reunion, click here. When prompted, use the password DUCOM. We've already begun looking for Class Representatives for next year’s reunion years ending in 1 and 6. If you are interested in becoming a Class Representative, or for more information, e-mail medical.alumni@drexel.edu or call 1-866-373-9633.

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

Campus News

Drexel Holds Two Days of Commencement Activities
Drexel celebrated its 123rd Commencement on Friday, June 11, and Saturday, June 12, 2010, with five separate ceremonies honoring the Class of 2010. The ceremonies were held at the John A. Daskalakis Athletic Center and were webcast live. To view online photo albums from all Commencement activities, click here.

SacramentoSacramento Campus Update: Alumni, Grad Students “Birdie” To Benefit Inner City High School
The graduate students at Sacramento’s Center for Graduate Studies recently held their first annual golf outing, and they invited the alumni from the Northern California Alumni Club. Beyond the fun, the purpose was to raise money for Grant Union High School, one of Sacramento’s inner city high schools. More




Alumni Resources

Liberty Mutual News: Safety Month
National Safety Month focuses on preventative measures that employees can take to maintain an accident-free workplace. In keeping with that mission, here are some best practices that you can incorporate into your daily routine to ensure the safety of you and your colleagues. 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

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.

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


















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