Alumni News

APEX AwardThe Drexel University Alumni Association Wins 2011 APEX Award for Publication Excellence
The Drexel University Alumni Association is the recipient of the 2011 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the category of One to Two Person-Produced Web and Intranet Sites. This category requires that one to two people write most copy, edit and manage the layout of their Web or Intranet site.

The Drexel University Alumni Association Web site was redesigned in 2008, and is updated daily with content including but not limited to event postings, alumni spotlights, career columns, videos and photographs.

APEX, which began in 1988, is the Annual Awards for Publication Excellence Competition. It is open to communicators in corporate, nonprofit and independent settings. The 2011 APEX Awards were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and success in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence. More than 3,300 entries in 130 subcategories were submitted for the 2011 APEX.

Alumni Weekend Reunion Committees: Class of 1962 and 1987
Plans are already underway for Alumni Weekend 2012 so mark your calendars for May 4 and 5. If you are a member of the Classes of 1962 or 1987 (including Hahnemann Medical College and Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania) and you’re interested in helping plan your 50th or 25th reunion celebration, please contact Louisa Kopp '08 in the Office of Alumni Relations at lcs42@drexel.edu or 215-895-6317.

Sonia HuntAlumni Spotlight: Sonia Hunt '95

Sonia Hunt is fearless when it comes to food.

She doesn't let her 31 food allergies keep her from enjoying delicious cuisines in her neighborhood and around the world. Armed with her allergy card, and her Epi Pen, she boldly walks into restaurants knowing that she deserves to enjoy her dining experience just as much as the next person.

But that's not to say that she doesn't experience an incident from time to time. While she jokes that her "31 flavors" give Baskin Robbins a run for their money, Sonia's situation is no laughing matter.

In 2008, she had a major scare which sent her to the ER and made her finally say, enough is enough. More

Advice to SeniorsAlumni Advice for the Class of 2011
Members of the Drexel University Alumni Association Board of Governors put together a series of videos to share some words of encouragement and advice with its newest alumni. The Alumni Association has also extended an opportunity to the entire Drexel alumni community to share advice with the Class of 2011. Did you learn something after graduation that you wish you would have known before stepping out into the real world? Do you have a piece of advice you'd like to share? If so, please share your words of wisdom with the Class of 2011 by clicking here.

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

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

Application News for Alumni Ambassadors
In preparation of another year of connecting with prospective students, the Admissions Office has announced new application deadlines for freshmen students. Alumni Ambassadors can read more about the changes by clicking here. If you would like to become an Alumni Ambassador and help new students learn what it means to be a Drexel Dragon please e-mail alumni@drexel.edu.

Career Corner

Terry WallLeadership Unlimited
"Casey Anthony and 4 Dysfunctions of a Team"
by Terry Wall '97

Terry highlights the similarities between the Casey Anthony family and a dysfunctional team. Beware of keeping secrets, destructive conflict resolution, bad mouthing and living in the past. More

Julia LevyCareer Zone
"What's the Definition of Job Search Insanity"
by Julia Levy '93

Julia defines job search insanity and explains how it can be avoided by making small changes to your approach. More

Chris BilottaYour Career Retainer
"Activate Your Entrepreneural Leadership"
by Chris Bilotta '77, '84

Taking an idea to a business success requires many people to work together effectively, and that requires entrepreneurial leadership. Read on and learn six keys ways to activate your leadership skills. More

Philadelphia Area

Young Alumni Inter-SchoolYoung Alumni Inter-School Summer Networking Happy Hour
Head out to PYT in the Piazza at Schmidt's after work for a hot night of networking! Join alumni from Drexel and other local university alumni groups and members of Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) for an exclusive networking happy hour on Thursday, August 18, 2011. Enjoy drink specials while meeting and networking with young professionals in Northern Liberties and learn about YIP and how you can get involved! More

Young Alumni Night at the Phillies
Join Drexel alumni and the Young Alumni Association on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, for a night at the ballpark and cheer as the National League East Champion Philadelphia Phillies take on the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park! Join us before the game at Chickie's and Pete's for a pre-game buffet reception. More

Around the U.S.

Northern California Networking Happy Hour
The Alumni Club of Northern California invites Drexel alumni to its monthly networking happy hour for the opportunity to meet and network with Drexel graduates from the area on Friday, August 19, 2011, at Jupiter Bar. More

Swing into SummerSwing into Summer with the Alumni Association
Celebrate with Drexel graduates as the Drexel University Alumni Association hosts receptions at baseball games around the country this spring and summer. Root for your team and enjoy a night at the ballpark with alumni in your area!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Detroit Tigers
vs. Oakland A's
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Coors Field, Denver, CO

Thursday, August 4, 2011
San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies
AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

Friday, August 5, 2011
Durham Bulls vs. Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NC

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Turner Field, Atlanta, GA

Drexel Alumni, Students and Parents Dinner in Rome, Italy

The Drexel University Alumni Association invites Drexel alumni, parents and friends to join the Drexel Dragons Women's Basketball Team for a special dinner in Rome on Monday, September 5, 2011.

Come out and meet other members of the Drexel community from campus, Italy and Europe! And, wish luck to the Dragons as they travel throughout Italy where they will play four exhibition games against professional teams while visiting both Rome and Florence. More

Calling All Alumni!

International Alumni
Do you live outside the United States? If so, make sure your contact information is up-do-date with the Alumni Association by filling out this breif online form.

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 fall. 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!

Colleges & Schools

Dean's CupLeBow Dean's Cup Golf Tournament
This year the ninth annual LeBow Dean’s Cup Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, September 26, 2011, at the Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, home of the AT&T National. The tournament will feature a day full of golf and amenities, wonderful food, including a cookout lunch, raw bar/cocktail hour, and filet dinner, and the opportunity to connect with fellow alumni and friends. For more information and to sign up, click here or contact Cassandra Brown at clb87@drexel.edu or 215-895-6294.

Campus News

Sacramento Golf Outing
The Graduate Student Association of Drexel in Sacramento hosted its second annual Dragon Classic Golf Tournament at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course in Sacramento. The weather was perfect for the 40 plus golfers, comprised of current students, Northern California alumni and their friends and family. The golfers competed in a 4-person team scramble for the benefit of the Mustard Seed School, a free private school for homeless children ages 3 to 15. Sponsors included Ancil Hoffman Golf Course, Embassy Suites, Garmin International, and local restaurants. Congratulations to the winning team, including Sacramento graduate Ryan Baker, MBA ’11.

PatchDrexel Students Design Patches for Final Space Shuttle Voyage
Drexel University’s graphic design students have created a set of mission patches at the request of shuttle commander and Drexel mechanical engineering graduate Christopher Ferguson ’84. The selected patches, Jen Choy’s Spaceswan and Jeremy Bloom’s Waves, accompanied Ferguson and the other astronauts into space on NASA’s final Space Shuttle launch on Friday, July 8, 2011.

PatchThe patch design project was an independent, non-credited assignment that a team of five upperclassmen students worked on in addition to their coursework, under the direction of Associate Teaching Professor Don Haring, Jr. and Graphic Design Program Director Jody Graff. More

Dragons’ Salute to Service
Drexel remembers, will you? Visit the James E. Marks Intercultural Center on Drexel’s campus during the month of July for a special exhibit, “Arts and Artifacts.” The gallery features “Freedom’s On Me”, the work of renowned multimedia illustrator and U.S. Army Corporal Poto Leifi. Also on display, “A Snap Shot of Drexel’s Veterans”, an archival history of veterans on campus.

Are you a veteran or a former member of ROTC at Drexel? If so, please let us know! We would like to recognize our alumni who have served our country and keep you informed about veteran programs and services at Drexel. Please contact Louisa Kopp ’08 at lcs42@drexel.edu if you are a military veteran or participated in ROTC.


Drexel Dragons Selected for Paradise Jam
The Drexel Dragons men’s basketball team was selected to participate in the 2011 Paradise Jam held in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands from November 18 to 21, 2011. The Paradise Jam is a tournament that highlights schools from the top conferences in the nation, from the CAA to the Big East. The men’s basketball team faces Norfolk State from the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference on Friday, November 18 at 2 p.m. AST. The Drexel Dragons invite you to support them in St. Thomas. Click here for bracket and travel information.

Alumni Resources

Connect with Fellow Dragons Online!
Recently, the Drexel University Alumni Association has added some new subgroups to our LinkedIn group for professionals who are in employed in the information security field or who serve as CIO's/CTO's. If you are interested in networking with professionals in these fields, please send a request to join the group. In addition, if you are interested in starting a group for your particular industry, please contact us at alumni@drexel.edu with your ideas and suggestions.

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.

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.

Put Cash in Your Pocket with the Drexel University Cash Rewards Visa® Platinum Card!
The Drexel University Cash Rewards Visa® Platinum Card offers maximum Cash Rewards for your everyday purchases, with 1% cash back on everything you buy. Plus, Sign up today and with your first purchase you’ll receive a $10 statement credit!

It couldn’t be simpler. For every net $1,000 you spend per year(1) we will give you $10, the more you spend the more you earn, with no limits on the rewards you can earn!

Plus, with every Cash Rewards Visa Card purchase, U.S. Bank will make a contribution to Drexel University!

Click here to apply today. Hurry, offer ends September 30, 2011.

(1) Accounts must be open and in good standing (not past due) to earn and redeem the cash rebate.

The creditor and issuer of the card is U.S. Bank National Association ND.

Get Your Free Alumni Card Today!
Your Alumni Card is your key to campus. Visit the University libraries, Korman Computing Center or the 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 health insurance is a
valuable benefit provided by the Alumni Association. An ideal product for new graduates and alumni in between jobs, with GradMed you can choose a coverage period and deductible that
meets your needs, protecting you from the expenses associated with an accident or illness.
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

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