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Click below for a video preview of the September 2012 Drexel Details alumni e-newsletter, hosted by Drexel student Scott Sugarman '14 at The Woodlands Mansion and Cemetery in West Philadelphia.

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Alumni Association News

Year of the Dragon logoThe Year of the Dragon: Celebrating Dragon Discovery in September

During September the hunt is on as we celebrate Dragon Discovery with our Drexel Alumni Scavenger Hunt! No matter where you live, you will have the opportunity to explore all of the programs, benefits and services offered by the Alumni Association through our Online Scavenger Hunt all month long. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in September we'll post a clue on our Facebook fanpage which will take you on an online hunt for the Year of the Dragon logo hidden somewhere on our website.

If you're in the Philadelphia area, you are also invited to join us on September 22 for our Year of the Dragon Alumni Scavenger Hunt through the University's surrounding neighborhoods. Kicking off from Drexel's University City campus, participants will journey through Drexel's Center City campus, downtown Philadelphia, and Chinatown, and winners will earn bragging rights and great prizes! After the hunt, all participants are invited to enjoy a reception at Mikey's American Grill and Sports Bar while we tally up the scores.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned at Drexel: 366 Drexel Life Lessons

We've collected 295 Drexel life lessons so far, which means we only have room for 71 more. Don't miss out on the fun — send us your life lesson today and we'll share it on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. And remember, you'll get a promo code toward commemorative Year of the Dragon prizes! More

Today's life lesson comes from Louis Teletski, Chemical Engineering '61: "Nitric acid turns your fingers yellow."

Stay in the loop and visit the Year of the Dragon website today for more information on all of our exciting Year of the Dragon events, programs, activities, and giveaways!

Alaskan FrontiersExperience the World with the Drexel Alumni Travel Program

As part of its commitment to lifelong learning, the Drexel University Alumni Association invites all alumni to take part in our exciting travel opportunities in 2013. Join other alumni for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience other cultures through a combination of educational forums and exciting excursions.

Upcoming trips include: The Mediterranean and Greek Isles; National Parks and Lodges of the Old West; Prague, Czech Republic; Alaskan Frontiers and Glaciers; The Italian Riviera; and The Rhine Riverboat Tour. For more information and to register, click here.

If you reserve your spot on the trip to Prague before September 20, you can enjoy significant savings of up to $1,000 per couple. Find out how.

Campus and Community


James Prosek: Ocean Fishes Exhibit
Connecticut artist James Prosek is known for his detailed and arresting watercolor paintings, mostly of fish and other ocean creatures. In this exhibit at the ANS from October 13 to January 27, he showcases his personal impressions of marine beauties through life-size paintings from his new book, Ocean Fishes. More

Fall Career Fair for Alumni and Students
The Steinbright Career Development Center invites you to participate in its annual fall career fair on October 3. As the largest university-held career fair in the Greater Philadelphia area, this is an excellent opportunity to connect with current Drexel students and recent alumni for co-op and full-time hiring opportunities. More

Biodiversity Symposium at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (ANS)
The ANS will host a symposium about the diversity of life on October 11 and 12. Activities will take place at the ANS and on Drexel's campus. All alumni can register here. The keynote address of the symposium, "Explaining Biodiversity: The Impending Synthesis," will be delivered by Dr. Douglas Futuyama, a Stony Brook University evolutionary biologist, on October 11. The ANS will award Futuyama its prestigious Joseph Leidy Award before he delivers the keynote. All alumni can register for the talk and reception here.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the Malacology Collection
The ANS is offering limited-time, behind-the-scenes tours of The Malacology Collection, Thursdays through Mondays in October. The collection, which holds 10 million specimens, is the third largest shell collection in the world. See fossils, corals and marine and other invertebrates, including crabs, giant worms and human parasites. More

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September is Life Insurance Awareness Month
The Alumni Association offers alumni a variety of benefits and services and we want you to know that you have access to insurance products through The Alumni Insurance Program. Visit our Alumni Insurance Program website to hear from spokesperson Buddy ‘Cake Boss’ Valastro on why life insurance is such an important part of your financial plan.

Alumni Benefits & Services

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Colleges & Schools

College of Medicine Receptions in Honor of Daniel V. Schidlow, M.D.
The College of Medicine will host two receptions with Dr. Daniel Schidlow, on the occasion of his appointment as Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean Drexel University College of Medicine and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs. Join local alumni for the reception on September, 19, in Wilmington, DE, or on October 17, in Philadelphia.

College of Nursing and Health Professions Reception for Alumni and Friends in Anaheim
The College of Nursing and Health Professions invites its alumni to connect with fellow graduates, students and faculty at a reception held in conjunction with the National League for Nursing Education Summit and sponsored by Nurses Service Organization on September 20. More

Upcoming College of Medicine Alumni Receptions
The College of Medicine will host a series of alumni receptions in conjunction with professional conferences across the country during the month of October. Receptions will be held in conjunction with The American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting, the annual meeting of The Society for Neuroscience, and The American Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Assembly. For information on these, and future receptions, and to register, click here.

Annual Graduate Alumni Research Forum
Alumni are invited to attend Discovery 2012, which includes special graduate research alumni events on October 3, as well as the annual research day for the College of Medicine on October 4. This year the Alumni Association will honor your colleague Dr. Kimberly Simpson '96 for her exceptional career in biomedical science at the graduate research alumni event. More

An Evening with Bill Cosby
Join the College of Nursing and Health Professions for an Evening with Bill Cosby, a performance in Mandell Theater on October 5. All proceeds will benefit 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets now. More

College of Nursing and Health Professions Reception for Nutrition Sciences Alumni and Friends in Philadelphia
The College of Nursing and Health Professions invites alumni of its Nutrition Sciences program to connect with fellow graduates, students and faculty at a reception held in conjunction with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo on October 8. More

College of Medicine Alumni Happy Hour in Boston
Join Drexel University College of Medicine alumni, residents, and friends living and working in the Boston area for a happy hour on October 30. Swap tales of rotations, exams and sleepless nights over a drink and signature crab cakes and hors d'oeuvres, compliments of the College of Medicine Office of Alumni Relations. More

Calling All Alumni

International Netowrking

Alumni Career Services Program with the Graduate Student Association
Do you have a graduate degree from Drexel and have you used your degree to transition into a different career? If so, you are invited to join the Graduate Student Association at a networking event highlighting your experience as a panelist or networker in the interactive session, “Making the Most of Your Degree: The Road Less Traveled”. For more information, and to volunteer, contact alumni@drexel.edu.

Alumni Volunteers Needed for International Networking Night
Drexel's Campus Activities Board (CAB) will host an international networking night with alumni and students this fall. CAB is looking for alumni who have worked, studied, or done Co-op abroad, and are eager to share their experiences, answer questions, and network with current students who may be interested in opportunities abroad. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Tina Hu at tyh27@drexel.edu.

Alumni Spotlight

Joe McClellan '96
Architectural and Civil Engineering

Joe McClellanYou don't often hear a person describe the day he lost his job as, "one of the best days of my life." But that's exactly what it turned out to be for Joe McClellan '96 who says that he almost had to contain his excitement when he received notice of his 2010 layoff.

"I knew I had to get out of that situation but it was a hard decision," said Joe. "When I lost my job, the decision was made for me." After graduating from Drexel with a degree in both architectural and civil engineering in 1996, Joe moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado to begin his life as an engineer and to spend as much time as possible riding his bike, skiing, and enjoying the great outdoors. More

Co-op Chronicles from Crete

Natasha Pande '13

Chris BilottaNatasha played tour guide this month as she took visiting family members to beautiful beaches and historic landmarks of Greece, including the Parthenon in Athens. More

Career Column

Chris BilottaYour Career Retainer
Chris Bilotta '77, '84

"5 Leadership Lessons You Won't Learn in B-School"
This month's column outlines five leadership lessons that you won't learn in a classroom, conference, or seminar. More

Terry WallLeadership Unlimited
Terry Wall '97

"Mastering the Art of Public Speaking"
Whether giving a speech, a presentation, or just trying to communicate clearly, having strong public speaking skills is essential to being a good leader. More

Alumni Career Services

Enhancing Your Career Through Entrepreneurship
Faced with company changes, industry changes or even life changes, using entrepreneurship to enhance or even change your career can be a great way to evaluate and develop new opportunities. In this lively presentation and discussion on October 3 led by Chuck Sacco MBA '06, hear how Drexel alumni have used entrepreneurship to bring about big change. More

Business on the Links: Alumni Golf Outing
Tee off with Drexel alumni and network over nine holes at Bala Golf Club in Philadelphia on October 29. All golfers, seasoned pros or novices to the game, are invited to join us for a nine-hole round of golf and networking. Afterward, enjoy lunch on the patio and hear Jonathan Corle ’70, chairman and founder of Tycor Companies Incorporated, discuss the most effective ways to build positive business relationships on the course. More

Upcoming Events

Philadelphia Metro Area

Alumni Tour of The Woodlands Historic Mansion and Cemetery
Join the Drexel University Alumni Association and the Goodwin College of Professional Studies for an exclusive evening at the historic Woodland Mansion and Cemetery on September 20. Mary DeNadai '79 of John Milner Associates, Inc., will lead guests on a private tour of the mansion, as well as share her experiences leading the restoration of this historic landmark. More

Year of the Dragon Alumni Scavenger Hunt
Bring your family, classmates and friends to join in the fun as we discover Philadelphia and celebrate the Year of the Dragon with a scavenger hunt on September 22. Kicking off from Drexel's University City campus, participants will journey through Drexel's Center City campus, downtown Philadelphia, and Chinatown, and winners will earn bragging rights and great prizes! More

Alumni Night at the Phillies
The Phightin' Phils only have six home games left in regular season play, so don't miss your chance to spend a night at the ballpark, cheering them on with Drexel alumni on September 27. Right now they're battling the St. Louis Cardinals for the National League second wildcard spot. It will be Fan Appreciation Night, as well as Drexel Night at Citizens Bank Park, with Drexel's all-male a cappella group singing the National Anthem, a Drexel student throwing out the first pitch and Drexel's dance team dancing during the 7th inning stretch. Mario will be there, too! More

Alumni Day at Drexel Field Hockey
Join the Drexel University Alumni Association and Drexel's women's field hockey team for our annual Alumni Day at Field Hockey on September 30 as they take on the University of New Hampshire Wildcats. More

Senior Class Kick-off Reception
Help the Class of 2013 kick off a year of pre-graduation festivities at the annual Senior Kick-off Reception at Mikey's American Grill and Sports Bar on October 3. More

Young Alumni Networking Reception with Dean Ruth in West Chester
Interested in learning how the campus has changed since you've graduated? Join Drexel alumni of the last 15 years on October 4 for a networking reception with alumnus and Dean of Students, Dr. David Ruth '05 at Landmark Americana. More

Youth Soccer Clinic with Drexel's Men's and Women's Soccer Teams
Spend an afternoon on the field with Drexel's men's and women's soccer teams for a skills clinic on October 6. Kids ages 6 to 12 will have the opportunity to ask questions and practice skill-enhancing drills at the Vidas Athletic Complex, followed by a healthy boxed lunch for the whole group. More

Young Alumni Philly Ghost Tour
Prepare to be scared! Join Drexel young alumni for a reception at The Plough & the Stars followed by a walking ghost tour of Philadelphia by candlelight on October 17 — just in time for Halloween! More

Evening of Shopping and Alumni Reception at Smak Parlour
Join the Alumni Association for an exclusive reception in the Old City, Philadelphia boutique of fashion designers and Westphal College alumnae, Katie Loftus '01 and Abby Kessler '01 on October 25. Get a first-hand look at these exciting designers' contemporary womenswear collection, while shopping and networking with area alumni. More

"Once Upon a Mattress" Alumni Champagne Brunch and Theater Performance
Enjoy a private champagne brunch buffet at the Springfield Country Club followed by a matinée performance of "Once Upon a Mattress" at the Players Club of Swarthmore on October 28. After the show, guests will be able to meet the cast, crew and directors. More

Alumni Reception and "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" at the Franklin Institute
Don't miss this exhibit, honoring and remembering the centennial anniversary of the Titanic's maiden voyage! Join the Drexel University and the Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Associations on November 15 to hear countless stories of heroism and humanity that pay honor to the human spirit in the face of tragedy. More

Around the U.S.

Northern California Alumni Monthly Networking Happy Hour
Join the Alumni Club of Northern California for this monthly happy hour on September 21, and take advantage of the chance to meet and network with other Drexel alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area. More

Seattle Area Alumni Reception with Dean Joe Hughes
Drexel alumni in the Seattle area are invited to join the Alumni Association and the College of Engineering for an evening with the new Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Joe Hughes on October 4 at Tulio Ristorante. More

Young Alumni Networking Reception with Dean Ruth in Washington, D.C.
Join Drexel alumni of the last 15 years on October 11 for a networking reception with alumnus and Dean of Students, Dr. David Ruth '05 at Capitol Lounge. Find out what's happening on campus from Dean Ruth, and meet alumni in your area! More

Bay Area Alumni Wine Tasting
The Alumni Club of Northern California will host an afternoon in Sonoma Valley with Drexel alumni, visiting three local vineyards and tasting award-winning wines on October 13. More

New York City: "The Art of Conversation" with Hunt Ethridge, MBA '12
The key to networking is good conversation and making a lasting impression. Alumni in the New York City area are invited to join special guest Hunt Ethridge, MBA '12, dating coach and relationship expert, to learn the key to effective conversation and networking. More

Alumni Receptions with Dean Frank Linnehan in California
Meet the Dean! All Drexel alumni are invited for a special networking reception to welcome Interim Dean of the LeBow College of Business, Frank Linnehan, Ph.D. in the Sacramento area on October 23, or in San Francisco on October 24. Dean Linnehan will discuss the new and exciting initiatives at the LeBow College of Business.

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