Alumni News

Board ElectionsBoard 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 of Governors 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. Members of the Board of Governors are nominated based on their demonstrated leadership, involvement, support and commitment to Drexel University and the Alumni Association.

All alumni are invited to review each of the candidate's letters of interest and submit your vote online. Voting will conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2009. More

Call to Action: The Search for Co-op Employers is On!
The Steinbright Career Development Center (SCDC) is seeking alumni interested in hiring co-op students, or alumni who would like more information on how their company could get involved with Drexel’s Co-op Program.

When you were a student, the Co-op Program was the cornerstone of Drexel’s academic curriculum, and it remains so today. While economic struggles have presented difficulties across all sectors of employment, the SCDC continues its efforts to strengthen the Co-op Program. Now more than ever, the necessity to provide co-op employment opportunities is evident, as the job market becomes increasingly more competitive. As Drexel alumni, you represent a vast segment of accomplished professionals in a variety of fields - and the SCDC needs your help! Your connection could open the door to an invaluable professional experience for a Drexel student. More

Brian RoydsAlumni Profile: Brian Royds '89, '92, '92
"I think I hold the record for having the most co-ops," laughed Brian Royds, director of governance for Global Pharmaceutical Supply Group (GPSG), a Johnson & Johnson company.

"My co-ops were definitely positive because they helped me rule out a lot of career paths that weren't right for me. It's much better to discover that as a student - before you've graduated and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars learning how to do something that isn't the right fit for you."

Now, as an alumnus, Brian remains involved in Drexel's Co-op Program, however this time it's as the employer. Years ago, Brian worked on a co-op task force with McNeil Consumer Products, which sent him to schools other than Drexel to recruit students for co-op positions with McNeil.

"I was recruiting from other schools and I realized that we had an opportunity to get great co-op candidates from Drexel." More

Attention Alumni: We Want to Hear from You!
The Alumni Association would like to help you reconnect with fellow alumni and former classmates who shared similar experiences as you. Check out opportunities to reconnect below:

Student Government Alumni
When you attended Drexel, were you involved with Student Government? If so, let us know! Please take a minute to fill out an online form with your contact information and your connection to Student Government so that we can update you on news and events that are of interest to you. More

Residential Living Alumni
As a student, there are many ways you could have been involved with Residential Living — as a Resident Assistant, a member of the desk staff or as part of the Residential Hall Association. Please take a minute to fill out the form online with your contact information and your connection to Residential Living. More

Meet the Next Generation of Dragons! Become an Alumni Ambassador
The Alumni Ambassadors Program provides a unique opportunity for alumni to stay connected to Drexel and there are many different ways to get involved as an Alumni Ambassador. You can visit high schools, attend college fairs, and field one-on-one questions from prospective students on the phone or by e-mail. One of the best ways you can support Drexel is to share your experiences and answer questions about the university from prospective students. Who better to relate than you, someone who has already experienced it first hand? The Alumni Ambassador Program has a special need for additional volunteers in Hawaii. More

leadership libraryDonate to the Leadership Library and Get a Free T-Shirt!
The Alumni Association invites graduates to donate new or used 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.

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 Association members 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. More

Career Zone

Career Zone is a monthly career column written for Drexel alumni by Julia Levy '93. Julia is a strategic communications and staffing leader with experience in corporate communications, brand management and recruiting. Many of you are in the middle of a job search or are looking for opportunities to grow your network so you can be more successful in your career, so why not make a first impression that lasts and keep the conversation more interesting? More

Philadelphia Area

Young AlumniYoung Alumni Happy Hour: Fun in the Sun!
Come network with fellow alumni and enjoy the summer weather after work along the Manayunk Canal at a happy hour sponsored by the Young Alumni Association and the Drexel Inter-Fraternity Alumni Association. Enjoy an exclusive happy hour event at the outside dining and bar area at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant on Thursday, August 13, 2009. More

Simeone Foundation Reception
Join the Alumni Club of Philadelphia for networking and a reception at the Simeone Foundation Museum on Tuesday, September 29, 2009. Enjoy a presentation by the Drexel Formula Hybrid Club student team from the College of Engineering, who developed a hybrid vehicle that has won third place in a race competition in May. See the vehicle, speak to the designers, and enjoy the museum! More

Call for Dragon Boat Paddlers!
Build teamwork, spirit, and pride on Saturday, October 3, 2009, while paddling on Drexel’s Dragon Boat Team. The festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Help us win the Collegiate Championship for the sixth year running! The entry deadline for participation on the team is Friday, July 24, 2009. More

Around the World

baseballThe Alumni Association is Coming to a Ballpark Near You!
Join us as we follow major and minor league baseball teams 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. For a complete listing of all receptions and games, click here.

Thursday, June 18, 2009
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
at Durham Bulls
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NC

Sunday, June 28, 2009
Reading Phillies
at Trenton Thunder
Waterfront Park, Trenton, NJ

Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Philadelphia Phillies
at Atlanta Braves
Turner Field, Atlanta, GA

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Philadelphia Phillies
at San Francisco Giants
AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Minnesota Twins
at Texas Rangers
Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
New York Yankees
at Baltimore Orioles
Oriole Park, Baltimore, MD

Saturday, September 5, 2009
Philadelphia Phillies
at Houston Astros
Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX

Thursday, September 17, 2009
Young Alumni Night at the Ballpark
Washington Nationals
at Philadelphia Phillies
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Saturday, September 26, 2009
Los Angeles Dodgers
at Pittsburgh Pirates
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

turkeyDrexel Dinner in Turkey with Dean Guceri
Dr. Selcuk Guceri, Dean of the College of Engineering, along with the Alumni Association, invite Drexel alumni, students, parents and friends for a dinner party at Blue Topaz at Reina in Istanbul, Turkey. Join us for dinner and get to know Dean Guceri on Thursday, June 18, 2009. More

Networking Happy Hour and Business Card Exchange
Join the Alumni Club of Northern California for its monthly alumni happy hour at Melt in Palo Alto, CA, on Friday, June 19, 2009, and meet and network with fellow Drexel graduates in the area! More

bucks countyBucks County Night at "A Chorus Line"
Join alumni for an evening of theatre on Wednesday, August 5, 2009! Enjoy a light hors d'oeuvre reception at Martine's Riverhouse Restaurant followed by the Bucks County Playhouse's presentation of "A Chorus Line!" More

Campus News

Drexel Commencement 2009
In four ceremonies on Saturday, June 13, 2009, Drexel celebrated its 122nd commencement. In addition to awarding diplomas to graduating students, honorary degrees were presented to the following recipients: John J. Brennan; Richard E. Caruso, Ph.D.; Matthew W. Emmens; Captain Christopher J. Ferguson; Barbara L. Nichols, D.H.L., M.S., RN, FAAN; Eliana Papadakis; Malik Rose; H. Patrick Swygert; Suzy Welch and James Wyeth. More

Hope Walks Raises Awareness and Funding for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
On Saturday, October 3, 2009, come out and support the Drexel ALS Awareness Association with a 4.3 mile walk at beautiful Ridley Creek State Park. The walk will benefit the ALS Hope Foundation which funds the MDA/ALS Center of Hope at Drexel's College of Medicine, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Join family and friends for a day of fun and food while helping to make a difference in the lives of individuals living with ALS. For more information, contact dalsaa@drexel.edu.

Colleges & Schools

Creating Excellent Organizations (CEO) Program
The LeBow College of Business is looking for alumni to facilitate workshops in a series of leadership programs on campus called Creating Excellent Organizations. Involving alumni helps students understand just how important these skills are to their future success. Some example workshop topics include interpersonal skills, networking and time management. If you have any questions, email ceo@drexel.edu or call 215-895-1328. More

Golf OutingCollege of Engineering Annual Golf Outing
Join the College of Engineering’s Advisory Association at its 5th annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 29, 2009, at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. For more information or to register, contact Maria Papa at map38@drexel.edu or 215-895-6654. More

iSchool Networking Reception at ALA
Come meet and network with fellow iSchool alumni as you enjoy a reception featuring free cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on Monday, July 13, 2009, at Gioco Restaurant in Chicago. More


Laura KochSupport the Laura Meikle Koch Locker Room Campaign
The Dragon Supporter Program was launched by the Drexel University Triathlon Team to fund raise for the 2009 season and for the team’s cause: The Laura Meikle Koch Locker Room Campaign. Laura Meikle Koch was one of Drexel Soccer’s all-time greats who lost her battle with lung cancer in the spring of 2008. In order to make the campaign a reality, the Drexel University Triathlon Team needs your support and has pledged to give 50% of all donations to Laura’s cause. More

Alumni Resources

Grab Your Passport for Our
Alumni Travel Program

We are planning exciting trips for the 2010 Alumni Travel Program. Be sure to join our travel mailing list to receive information on our new destinations.
Click here to e-mail the Alumni Office and include your name, class year and address. More

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

Join us on Facebook!
Facebook is a great way to connect with fellow classmates, whether around the corner or across the world! We encourage you to check out the official Alumni Association Facebook pages to stay in touch with other Drexel alumni. More

GradMed Short Term Medical Insurance
After graduation, your medical coverage through student health insurance or your parents’ policy may end. We sponsor GradMed Short Term Medical to help you fill your coverage gap and help protect you and your bank account from large expenses due to an accident or unexpected illness. Coverage can start the day after receipt of your application.

GradMed is not available in all states. Some provisions, benefits, exclusions or limitations may vary depending on your state of residence. Depending on state, coverage is underwritten and issued by Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company or Time Insurance Company. More



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