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Click below for a video preview of the October 2012 Drexel Details alumni e-newsletter, hosted by Drexel student Chantee Steele '13 at Smak Parlour in Old City, Philadelphia.

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Alumni Association News

The Drexel University Alumni Association Networking Group on LinkedIn: 10,000 Strong!

The Drexel University Alumni Association is proud to announce that its LinkedIn group for Drexel alumni and students has crossed the threshold of more than 10,000 members! Now more than ever, the opportunity to network with Drexel alumni professionals and grow your network is available through this group. Become a member today and join the 10,000+ alumni who are already searching for jobs, joining in discussions, and making valuable connections. More

Expand Your Job Search with the Online Alumni Directory

The Online Alumni Directory, which is exclusive to Drexel graduates, allows you to search for friends, post and view class notes, and register for permanent e-mail forwarding. But did you know that it is also an excellent resource for your job-search needs? Last year, more than 750 jobs were posted to the Online Alumni Directory, and there are currently more than 80 jobs posted in the Directory right now. Log-in today, and take advantage of this job-search tool! More

An Important Announcement for Drexel InCircle Users

When the Drexel University Alumni Association launched the inCircle social networking platform for Drexel alumni in 2005, the online tool was at the forefront of social networking technology. Over the past few years, we have seen a noticeable drop in activity on the site, as alumni have embraced other channels for building their professional and career networks of Drexel alumni and for connecting with their Drexel friends. Because of this, we have decided to close Drexel's inCircle site at the end of the year. The data contained in your inCircle profile will be destroyed on December 31, 2012. More

Year of the Dragon logoThe Year of the Dragon: Celebrating Dragons Giving Back in October

More than 100 alumni, students, and friends of the University joined the Drexel University Alumni Association on Saturday, October 13, to celebrate Dragons Giving Back with a day of service at the community playground at Vidas Athletic Complex. After three hours of hard work, the community space was transformed with new paint, fresh plants and bushes, new benches, and playground games like hopscotch and foursquare. The Alumni Association wants to thank everyone who joined us for this day of service. The children and families in the surrounding neighborhoods will be enjoying this revitalized playground for many days to come! To see photographs from the event, including before and after photographs of the transformation, click here.

Throughout the month, alumni around the world are being asked to give back in their own communities and add their volunteer hours to our service tracker on the Year of the Dragon website. That way we can see the positive impact Drexel Dragons are making in their communities across the globe. Let’s see how many hours our Dragons can give back! Click here to see how your classmates are giving back, and share your volunteer experience with us.

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!

Check Out These Other Creative Ways to Celebrate "Dragons Giving Back"

Accept the Alumni Scholarship Challenge
The Drexel University Alumni Association Board of Governors will match all donations, dollar-for-dollar and up to $5,000, to the Alumni Association Scholarship Program if they are received by December 31, 2012! Scholarships are provided each year by the Alumni Association, recognizing legacy students and student leaders. We would like to invite you to join us in the challenge of raising $5,000 in donations, ensuring that we can provide at least $10,000 in new scholarship aid to Drexel students next year. This is a great way to give back in a way that will directly impact Drexel students, and to instantly double the impact of your gift! More

Greek ArchiveMake a Personal Contribution to the Archive for Greek Life
Drexel University Libraries is excited to announce a new project, the construction of an Archive for Greek Life at Drexel, built out of a joint partnership between the Libraries, the Drexel Inter Fraternity Alumni Association and the Drexel University Alumni Association. This new archive will professionally preserve fraternity and sorority memories and memorabilia — a key part of University history. Alumni can give back to Drexel in a unique and personal way by donating a piece of fraternity or sorority history to University Archives. To learn more about the project, including a list of items that have already been donated by Greek alumni, click here.

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

There is only space to share 52 more Drexel life lessons before the end of 2012. Send us yours today, by visiting the Year of the Dragon website, and while you're there, check out our archive of more than 290 life lessons already submitted by Drexel alumni!

Today's life lesson comes from Regis W. Kubit, Electrical Engineering '55: "Today, information has been made easy to obtain. Discerning its accuracy, and learning and knowing how to use it properly is today's challenge."

Turkey Project'Tis the Season for Drexel University Alumni Association Holiday Happenings!

39th Annual Alumni Holiday Turkey Project
The Drexel University Alumni Association is proud to continue its tradition of providing holiday turkeys to families within the University's West Philadelphia neighborhood and to those served by Drexel's 11th Street Family Health Services Center in North Philadelphia. Last year, 891 turkeys were given to our neighbors in need. Alumni, students, faculty, and friends can help by making a donation to the project or by volunteering to assist with the turkey distribution on December 20. To make your generous contribution, or to volunteer to help with turkey distribution, click here.

Longwood Gardens Holiday Lunch and Tour
Celebrate the holidays with Drexel alumni at Longwood Gardens on December 8! Alumni and guests will enjoy a special luncheon nearby at The Gables at Chadds Ford followed by a tour of Longwood Gardens' festive floral displays. As you take in the beauty of the seasonal gardens, you'll be treated to holiday music with hourly pipe organ sing-a longs. More

"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" Alumni Reception & Theater Performance
Join the Drexel University Alumni Association for a holiday reception at The Landing Restaurant, followed by a performance of "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play." Catch up with Drexel alumni during our holiday hors d'oeuvre reception on December 13, and then enjoy the show, which is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. More

Experience 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.

Campus and Community

Food Politics: Is the Current Food System Sustainable?
Internationally known consumer activist, nutritionist and award-winning author Dr. Marion Nestle will discuss how food processing, marketing and sales are politicized in the U.S. at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's Bicentennial Town Square Keynote event on November 8. This program, supported in part by Drexel University’s School of Public Health, is open to all alumni. Registration is required. More

Live Animal Center Behind-the-Scenes Tours at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Go “behind the glass” Thursdays through Mondays in November in the Florence R. Foerderer Live Animal Center and meet some of the 100 animal ambassadors, including hawks, owls, falcons, opossums, skunks, alligators, turtles, snakes and lizards. Step inside for your chance to meet the keepers and ask questions as they provide superior care to the live animals. Purchase tickets at the front desk on the day of, or register by calling 215-299-1167.

Digging Deeper into Dinosaur Illustration
In this three-part class, Dinosaur Hall Manager and paleo-illustrator Jason Poole will share the history of dinosaur illustration before digging into dinosaurs’ anatomy and illustration techniques. He will cover capturing motion, composition, lighting using models, utilizing anatomical references to guide your reconstruction, and good practices with pen, ink, and pencil. Sketching experience is recommended. Teachers can earn four Act 48 credits. More

$10 Million Gift Establishes Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
With the help of a $10 million gift by Dana and David Dornsife, Drexel University President John A. Fry announced the establishment of the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships to be located on a 1.3-acre site in the heart of West Philadelphia. The Dornsife Center is expected to open in 2014. More

Drexel Receives First LEED Certification for Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building
Drexel University was awarded LEED® Gold certification for the University’s Constantine N. Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, which includes the first biowall at an academic institution in the country. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. More


Alumni Dinner with Drexel's Crew Team in Massachusetts
The Drexel crew team will be in Massachusetts for the Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend, and alumni in the area are invited to join the team and its coaches for dinner on October 20. Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at Crown Plaza: 320 Washington Street Newton, MA 02458. Registration is not required and cost per person is $25. For more information, contact Denise Julian, Drexel's men's and women's rowing assistant coach, at dmj66@drexel.edu.

Calling All Alumni

Cultural and Special Interest Groups for Alumni: Drexel Veterans
The Drexel University Alumni Association wants to recognize its alumni who have served the United States as veterans or former members of ROTC at Drexel. You can also request more information on how to get involved with Drexel's prospective and current students who are veterans. More

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Colleges & Schools
Wine Tasting

College of Information Science and Technology Alumni Association Wine Tasting
Join the Drexel University College of Information Science and Technology Alumni Association (ISTA) for a fall social wine tasting on Drexel's campus at the Academic Bistro. Learn about the wines by Kimberly Scarpone of Southern Wine and Spirits of Philadelphia and enjoy hors d'oeuvres with ISTA members and alumni on October 18. More

College of Medicine Reception at the American Academy of Family Physicians 2012 Scientific Assembly in Philadelphia
The Drexel University College of Medicine Department of Family, Community and Preventative Medicine and the Office of Alumni Relations invite you to a reception on October 18 for alumni, students, residents and friends, hosted by Eugene Hong, M.D., chair and professor, Department of Family Community and Preventative Medicine. More

Drexel University Global Health Opportunities Day with the School of Public Health
Alumni are invited to the second annual Global Health Opportunities Day on October 19. The day features a keynote address by Dr. Steven Larson, executive director of Puentes de Salud and assistant dean of Global Health at the Perelman School of Medicine. There will also be a panel discussion open to all entitled "What’s Out There: Opportunities to Work and Volunteer in Global Health," which features representatives from Global Health Fellows Program II, Explorers Sans Frontieres, and more. More

College of Medicine Reception at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2012 Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans
The Drexel University College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and the Office of Alumni Relations invite you to a reception on October 21 for alumni, students, residents and friends. Hosted by Nancy Spector, M.D., professor and associate chair for Education and Faculty Development, Department of Pediatrics, Drexel University College of Medicine. More

LeBow's Finest: An Evening with the Dean and Accomplished Alumni
This event on October 22 will feature successful LeBow alumni employed in a variety of fields, but connected by a commitment to integrating civic responsibility into their careers and personal lives. It will focus on how students can build meaningful careers by exploring our alumni's career advancement, leadership skill development, and community involvement. More

An Evening with Lise Funderburg
Lise Funderburg, author of "Pig Candy," this year's College of Arts and Sciences' Freshman Reading Program selection, will give a talk about her book in the Main Building Auditorium at 5 p.m. on October 23. The presentation will be followed by a book signing and refreshments. This event is free and open to all alumni.

Hit Maker Nile Rodgers Visits Drexel
Legendary musician, producer, and composer Nile Rodgers will play his unforgettable guitar licks and share his memorable stories and views on the music business at on October 24 in a free event at the Mandell Theater. Rogers wrote and or produced such megahits as “We Are Family,” “Like a Virgin,” “Le Freak,” “Good Times,” “Modern Love,” “I’m Coming Out,” “Let’s Dance” and “Rapper’s Delight,” in a career spanning five decades that’s still going strong today. More

Apply to be a Designer in Residence at The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator
Drexel will partner with Macy’s Center City on the second year of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator program. A Drexel graduate will be chosen as one of four emerging Designers-in-Residence, and will be provided with dedicated studio space at the flagship Macy’s store as well as business support. For eligibility requirements and to complete an application to become a Designer-in-Residence, e-mail Elissa Bloom or complete an application here. Interested candidates can learn more about the Fashion Incubator program at a panel and Q&A with the current Designers-in-Residence on December 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Urbn Center at Drexel University.

School of Public Health Alumni and Friends Reception in San Francisco
The School of Public Health invites alumni for its annual alumni reception at American Public Health Association's 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition on October 29. 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

BEES: The Get Up and Go Department
As the new academic year is underway, the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science of the College of Arts and Sciences (BEES) welcomed its first incoming class. Fresh from a three-day excursion at the Barnegat Bay Field Station in New Jersey, the beginner “bees” have only just begun to experience the perks of Drexel’s partnership with America’s oldest natural history museum — the Academy of Natural Sciences. More

Faculty Spotlight

Lisl Zach, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor at The iSchool at Drexel

Dr. Lisl ZachDr. Lisl Zach first became interested in the topic of communication in the wake of disasters after experiencing Hurricane Katrina first-hand. She spent four years at Louisiana State University where, among other duties, she was president of the local Special Libraries Association chapter when Hurricane Katrina hit.

On November 15, Dr. Zach will give a talk to alumni and friends at The Franklin Institute's exhibit, "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition." She will discuss her research on the stark contrasts between the way critical information spread after the Titanic and how it compares to the information sharing capabilities of today, including the Internet and the use of social media. More

Co-op Chronicles from Crete

Natasha Pande '13

Chris BilottaNatasha shares her final entry before returning to the United States. She reflects on her Co-op, and her adventures on one last trip through Europe. More

Career Column

Chris BilottaYour Career Retainer
Chris Bilotta '77, '84

"Four Traits of Collaborative Leaders"
Learn how to foster an environment of collaboration and you’ll be at the top of your leadership game. More

Chris BilottaCareer Zone
Julia Levy '93

"Keeping Politics Out Of the Job Search"
As the presidential election heats up, Julia reminds readers to leave the political debates at the dinner table and keep them out of social media. More

Alumni Career Services

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

Being a Responsible Corporate Partner: A Conversation with Bill McNabb, Chairman and CEO of Vanguard
Join the Drexel University Alumni Association and the LeBow College of Business Corporate and Executive Education on November 7 for an Alumni Career Services program featuring Bill McNabb, chairman and CEO at Vanguard, as he reflects on corporate responsibility and leadership in a discussion moderated by LeBow College of Business Interim Dean, Frank Linnehan, Ph.D. More

"The Road Less Traveled" Alumni & Graduate Student Panel Discussion and Networking Reception
Drexel alumni and graduate students are invited to join the Drexel University Alumni Association and the Graduate Student Association on November 8 for a panel and networking event discussing what it's like to take the "road less traveled" with your graduate degree. More

"How Identifying Trends and Understanding the Consumer Can Lead to Success" An Alumni Career Services Program in New York
On November 14, join the Drexel University Alumni Association for an exclusive evening in Manhattan with designer and industry pioneer, Carole Hochman '66, Hon. '86, speaking on her thirty-plus-year journey navigating the fashion industry. Listen how her unlikely start in lingerie as a Drexel co-op led to her being the single most influential woman in the intimate apparel and sleepwear business in the United States today. More

2016: Succeeding in America's Workplace - An Alumni Career Services Program in Tysons Corner, VA
Will you be in the workforce in 2016? What will you do today to personally remain relevant, employable and competitive? Join the Drexel University Alumni Association on November 15 and hear LEADING EXECUTIVE founder, Lynda Alicudo '77 lead a candid discussion tackling these questions and more, and learn concrete workplace strategies for managing a productive and rewarding career into the future. More

Upcoming Events

Philadelphia Metro Area

Evening of Shopping and Alumni Reception at Smak Parlour
The Drexel University Alumni Association will host 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

American Helicopter Museum Alumni Tour and Luncheon
Join the Drexel University Alumni Association and the College of Engineering Alumni Association on November 3 for an exclusive afternoon at the American Helicopter Museum. The event will begin with a talk by Dr. Ajmal Yousuff, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Drexel's College of Engineering, followed by a tour and lunch among the aircrafts. More

"Coaching Your Team" Workshop and Alumni Reception
On November 7, the Drexel University Alumni Association and the Goodwin College of Professional Studies will host the workshop, "Coaching Your Team" by Dave O'Brien, J.D., program director for Drexel's sports management program. Through six main areas of emphasis, you will learn how to become the best possible teacher, role model and motivator in the lives of today’s young athletes. More

Veterans Day Primer at Drexel University
Together on November 8 we will recognize our University's rich ROTC history, pay respect to the hundreds of current student-veterans on campus, and honor the Drexel alumni and employees who have served or continue to serve our nation. The event will feature patriotic artist and veteran Poto Leifia, a special exhibit by the Philadelphia Flag Association, and other patriotic activities. More

Getting a Grip on Your Student Loans: A Young Alumni "How To" Online Workshop
Recently graduated and feeling nervous about your student loans? Get a grip on your student loans with this online workshop featuring student loan expert Heather Jarvis, J.D. on November 12. More

Alumni Reception and "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" at the Franklin Institute
Join the Drexel University and the Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Associations for a night aboard the Titanic on November 15. Guests will partake in a Titanic-themed cocktail reception as Dr. Lisl Zach, associate teaching professor at The iSchool at Drexel, presents "Communication in the Wake of Disasters: Making Sense of Chaos." Then, make your way through the exhibition, showcasing more than 300 legendary artifacts from the ship's debris. More

Drexel at UPenn: Men's Basketball Game and Alumni Reception
Don't miss the action as the Drexel Dragons men's basketball team takes on its University City rival, the University of Pennsylvania Quakers, in the Battle for 33rd Street on November 17! Before tip-off, join Drexel alumni and friends at the Drexel University Alumni Association's pre-game reception. More

Around the U.S.

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 on October 18. More

Northern California Alumni Monthly Networking Happy Hour
Join the Alumni Club of Northern California for this monthly happy hour on October 19, and take advantage of the chance to meet and network with other Drexel alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area. More

Baltimore/Towson Area Alumni Luncheon
The Alumni Associations of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine invite you to join members of the Great Court, Arch Street Legacy and Golden Dragon Societies for a complimentary luncheon on October 25. 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.

Alumni Networking Night in Boston
On November 8, the Drexel University Alumni Association and Tim Ericson '09, CEO of Zagster, will host a night of networking for Drexel alumni at the Zagster headquarters in Cambridge. More

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