Alumni News

CAN DUJoin Us This Saturday for a Community-Wide Service Project at West Philadelphia's Morton McMichael Elementary School
The Community Alumni Network at Drexel University (CAN DU), in partnership with Drexel's Office of Government and Community Relations, invites alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends for a day of service at Morton McMichael Elementary School in West Philadelphia on Saturday, October 24, 2009. Volunteers will work together to revitalize the teachers' garden, pre-k and kindergarten playground, and the library.

Can't make it or want to do more? We are holding a drive for school supplies, such as crayons, markers and notebooks, as well as recreational equipment, including footballs, jump ropes and soccer balls. Donations can be made the day of the project, at any Drexel University alumni event, placed in donation boxes located around campus, or even ordered online and shipped directly to the project site.

To register to volunteer, or for more information on the school supply drive, click here.

Turkey Project36th Annual Alumni Holiday Turkey Project
For the past 36 years, the Drexel University community has lent its support to the Annual Alumni Holiday Turkey Project, providing holiday turkeys to families in-need within the university's neighborhood. Again this year, the generosity of the Drexel community will help provide a festive holiday meal to families in the university’s neighborhood.

Drexel alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends can support the project by volunteering to assist with our turkey distribution on Thursday, December 17, 2009 or by making an online contribution to the project. More

Nominate a Candidate for the 2010 Alumni Awards
Each year the Drexel University Alumni Association Board of Governors recognizes alumni for outstanding achievements in their professions, in the community, and within the university. We encourage all members of the alumni and university community to participate in the awards process by sharing the achievements of fellow alumni, colleagues and friends with the committee for nomination. We invite you to review the awards criteria and submit nominations for worthy candidates. Nominations for the 2010 Alumni Association Awards must be submitted by November 25, 2009. More

Tony BracaliAlumni Profile: Anthony Bracali, AIA, AWCoMAD '99
Anthony Bracali, graduate of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design and principal architect with Friday Architects and Planners, talks about his involvement in the construction of Paines Park, a park slated for groundbreaking in Spring 2010 which will be dedicated to the sport of skateboarding.

In 2007,The Paines Park project received a $1 million construction grant from the City of Philadelphia, the most ever dedicated by a city to a skateboarding project. "This doesn't happen in other cities; this has never happened in another city," said Anthony. More

Young Alumni Homecoming Committee
Do you want to become involved and show your Dragon pride? The Young Alumni Association is looking for enthusiastic alumni volunteers to assist with the planning of Homecoming 2010! Homecoming was a great success last year, as it welcomed hundreds of alumni and their families back to campus. Join us for the fun this year as a member of the planning committee. If you are interested, please contact Louisa Kopp '08 at lcs42@drexel.edu or 215-895-6317.

Drexel Newman Club Alumni
If you are a former member of the Newman Club of Newman Catholic Community at Drexel, please let us know!  We would like to organize a reunion event for Newman members during Alumni Weekend 2010.  Please email Louisa Kopp ’08 at lcs42@drexel.edu if you were part of the Drexel Newman community.

Media AlumniCalling All Alumni from Media Groups: WKDU, DUTV, The Lexerd, The Triangle, and More!
As a student, were you involved with a media group such as The Triangle, the campus radio station, or another public relations or marketing organization on campus? If so, let us know! Drexel's media groups will be highlighted at Alumni Weekend 2010 with a special reunion event on May 1. Please take a minute to fill out an online form with your contact information and your connection to Drexel media so that we can update you with reunion-event details. More

Drexel Women in Business
Were you a part of the Drexel Women in Business (DWIB) organization while an MBA student at Drexel? DWIB members would like to stay connected with their fellow alumni and build a network of students and graduates. If you were a member of DWIB, please e-mail Louisa Kopp '08 at lcs42@drexel.edu.

And join the Drexel Women in Business and LeBow College of Business as they present "The Other Side of Business Part 1: The Non-Profit Sector" on Tuesday, October 27, 2009. This panel discussion will introduce attendees to the world of non-profits, focusing on the workings of the non-profit sector, describing challenges faced by non-profits and highlighting various career paths. More

Career Corner

Career MakeoverCareer Makeover Strategies: Ten Must Have People for an A-List Professional Network
by Tai Goodwin '95

In this month's column, Tai describes the 10 people that should be in a well-rounded network. More

Terry WallLeadership Unlimited: 4 Best Practices to Destroy Employee Retention
by Terry Wall '97
Terry explains how companies are destroying employee retention by focusing on the wrong things, practicing short-term thinking and a can't do mentality, and exercising poor communication. More

Julia LevyCareer Zone: Answers to Your Toughest Interview Questions
by Julia Levy '93

With the help of some of her peers, Julia offers suggestions and tips for constructing the perfect answer to some of the toughest interview questions submitted by alumni. More

Career Question
What is your opinion on the "Thank You" note follow-up after an interview? We're polling our alumni audience, so click here and let us know what you think.

Do you live or work in the Washington, D.C. area? The Drexel University Alumni Association is seeking volunteers in the Washington, D.C. area who work for government or non-profit organizations to speak at an Alumni Career Services program in spring 2010. If you would like to share your experiences in these fields, as well as give advice to those looking to embark on government or non-profit careers, please contact Lauren Rocca ’04, '09 at 215-895-2744 or lmr24@drexel.edu.

Philadelphia Area

Recruiting U: The Secrets to Success with Recruiters
Join us on Thursday, October 22, 2009, as Chris Bilotta ’77, ’84 teaches you how to develop an effective relationship with a recruiter which could be your ticket to new career opportunities! Learn what recruiters do and how they can help you. More

OktoberfestYoung Alumni Inter-School Networking Happy Hour Celebrates Oktoberfest
Grab your lederhosen and join us for an Oktoberfest networking happy hour on South Street! Alumni from Drexel will join graduates from Penn, and other colleges for an autumn night of networking and fun at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia's only authentic German bierhall and restaurant, on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m. More

Campus to Career Panel Discussion
A panel of Drexel alumni professionals will answer questions, provide networking opportunities, and offer advice to all students in The University Club on Wednesday, November 11, 2009. The event will begin at 6 p.m., and panelists and alumni in attendance will have the opportunity to network with current students before and after the discussion. More

How ToYoung Alumni How-To: Managing Your Student Loans
The one fact that everyone knows about student loans is that they have to be paid off eventually. But do you know how to effectively manage your debt and repay your loans? Join fellow recent Drexel graduates on Thursday, November 12, 2009, as the Young Alumni Association presents How To Manage Your Student Loans, at Table 31 in Philadelphia. More

Network at the Continental Mid-town
The Drexel University Alumni Association and the LeBow College of Business invite Philadelphia area alumni to meet and network while enjoying a reception at the Continental Mid-town on Wednesday, November 18, 2009. More

Philly POPSAn Evening at the Holiday POPS!
Join Interim President C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni '63, '66, Hon. '92, his wife Annette, and fellow Drexel alumni for a holiday spectacular on Wednesday, December 9, 2009. The evening will begin with a reception at the Union League of Philadelphia, followed by the Holiday POPS! Performance at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. More

Around the U.S.

NYC Happy  HourNew York City Alumni Happy Hour and Reception
The Alumni Association and the New York Area Alumni Network invite you to join them for a happy hour reception to share thoughts and generate ideas for future New York area alumni events. Come on out to Stout on Thursday, October 22, 2009, at 6 p.m. More

Los Angeles Area Reception at Shutters on the Beach
Meet and network with fellow Drexel graduates from the Los Angeles area while enjoying hors d’oeuvres by Shutters on the Beach, on Wednesday, October 28, 2009. More

Alumni Career Services Program in San Jose: Times They are A-Changin’
As the economy begins to rebound, join guest speakers John McCool ’82 and Ron Collett ’82, at Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, California, to learn about the best practices for navigating business and career through this time of economic transition. The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2009. More

EaglesEagles Watch Party
Come join fellow Drexel alumni in the Seattle area to watch as the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Dallas Cowboys at the home of a Drexel alumna! Enjoy some Philly favorites, including cheesesteaks and Tastykakes, beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, 2009. More

An Evening in New York City with Susan Seidelman '73, '91
The Alumni Association will host a cocktail reception with special guest speaker and Oscar nominated director Susan Seidelman '73, '91, as she discusses her career in the film and television industry. Alumni are invited to enjoy this evening reception on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at the Redeye Grill in New York City. More

Dine with Drexel Wrestling in Nevada
Join Drexel alumni and friends on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, to welcome the Drexel wrestling team to the Las Vegas area! The team and coaches are in town for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational Tournament, and they look forward to meeting local Drexel alumni at a dinner at the Ventano Italian in Henderson, Nevada. More

Colleges & Schools

Art Therapy Studio Dedication and Reception
College of Nursing and Health Professions Dean Gloria F. Donnelly, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Sherry Goodill, PhD, ADTR, LPC, Chairperson, Department of Creative Arts Therapies, and Nancy Gerber, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, Director, Art Therapy Education cordially invite Art Therapy alumni to the special dedication of our new Art Therapy Studio in The New College Building on Thursday, October 22, 2009. More

FashionArts of Fashion International Student Fashion Competition
Drexel will transform into a fashion epicenter for a week of workshops, exhibitions, master classes and a film screening as part of the premier and highly selective Arts of Fashion international student fashion competition from October 24 to 28, 2009. The week will culminate with an elaborate fashion show in the Grand Hall of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on October 28, 2009, at 8 p.m. More

MSE 40-Year Celebration in Pittsburgh
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering continues its celebration of 40 years of graduating Ph.D. students in materials with a cocktail reception as part of the Materials Science and Technology 2009 Conference and Exhibition in Pittsburgh. Join fellow alumni at the Omni William Penn Hotel on Monday, October 26, 2009. More

Upcoming LeBow Lunch, Learn and Lead Programs
Drexel University's LeBow College of Business invites all alumni, students, and friends to attend the following Lunch, Learn and Lead presentations in October and November.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
with Richard Wortmann
Reznick Group, P.C.

Monday, November 2, 2009
with Tom Murphy
ESPN International

iSchooliSchool Networking Receptions
The iSchool will host a series of networking receptions across the country for alumni, faculty, current students and prospective students. For more information on a reception near you, click the link below.

Friday, October 30, 2009
Madeleines Restaurant and Wine Bistro
Pasadena, CA

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Bay 13 Restaurant
Portland, OR

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Hotel 1000
Seattle, Washington

LeBow ConnectionsDrexel Connection @ LeBow
Please join us for our upcoming Drexel Connection @ LeBow event on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, and expand your professional and social network in the Malvern area. Bring at least one colleague or friend to expand networking opportunities and bring plenty of business cards! More

College of Medicine Alumni Receptions
The Drexel University College of Medicine will host the following receptions in conjunction with professional conferences and meetings throughout the country. For more information about each reception, click here.

AALAS: November 8, 2009
Hyatt Regency Denver
at Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

AAMC: November 8, 2009
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Salon 1
Boston, MA

School of Public Health Reception
Marla J. Gold, M.D., dean of the School of Public Health, invites SoPH graduates to a reception to welcome new faculty and reconnect with fellow alumni, faculty and friends on Monday, November 9, 2009 at Ocean Harbor Restaurant in Philadelphia. More

LGBT HealthProgram for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
The School of Public Health is launching a program for LGBT health with its first public presentation, "Public Health Perspectives on the Current State of LGBT Health" on Tuesday, November 10, 2009. All alumni are welcome to attend the event in the Bellet Building at 1505 Race Street, and become involved in the new LGBT program. More

College of Nursing and Health Professions Alumni Reception in San Diego
Gloria F. Donnelly, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean; Paul Nolan, MCAT, MT-BC, LPC, director of Music Therapy Education; and Flossie Ierardi, MM, MT-BC, LLPC, director of Music Therapy Field Education, invite CNHP alumni to reconnect with their Hahnemann, Woman's Medical College, Medical College of Pennsylvania and Drexel University classmates and friends at reception on Friday, November 13, 2009, at Town & Country Resort and Convention Center. More

Go Behind-the-Scenes of Retailing at King of Prussia Mall with Fashion and Design & Merchandising
Alumni of the Fashion and Design & Merchandising Department from the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design are cordially invited to go behind-the-scenes at one of the largest shopping destinations in the United States on Saturday, November 14, 2009. Begin with breakfast, followed by a journey through "The Wonderful World of Retailing." More

The 2010 Drexel in Iceland Study Tour
Drexel alumni are invited to participate in Drexel In Iceland in conjunction with Design & Merchandising's Exploring Global Youth Culture undergraduate ONLINE course for 0.5 credits during winter term and 0.5 credits during spring term, for a total of 1.0 credit.

The study tour focuses on all aspects of design and gives exposure to one of the current epi-centers of youth culture. During their time in Iceland, participants will complete industry visits focusing on topics related to brand communication, design and product development and Retail in the Apparel, Accessory and Home Product industries. More

Memorial Service Honors the Life of Chemistry Professor Bob Hutchins
A memorial celebration will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, for Robert "Bob" Hutchins, Ph.D., professor of Chemistry from 1968 to 2008. Join members of the Drexel community in the Paul Peck Alumni Center, beginning at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Joyce Haas at jmh34@drexel.edu.


Campus News

Drexel’s Sacramento Grad Center Leaps Forward
On September 16, 2009, Drexel's newest graduate students in Sacramento came together, marking the start of one doctoral and eight master's degree programs. In just nine months, the size of Drexel's student body in Sacramento has more than tripled, and we now have almost 180 students. More

Take a Virtual Tour of Drexel's Brand New Recreation Center
The brand new Recreation Center is nearing completion as the close of 2009 approaches. Click here for a video that will take you inside this 84,000 square-foot addition to the Daskalakis Athletic Center — home to a three-story climbing wall, international sized squash courts, and two floors of more than 300 pieces of exercise equipment.


Blood DriveHave a Heart Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge
Drexel Athletics announces the eighth annual Have A Heart Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge on October 29, 2009. Help the Dragons surpass last year's total of 822 pints collected and win the CAA Challenge. The Red Cross will be collecting blood at the University City Main Campus and the Center City Hahnemann Campus.

And for the first time ever, Drexel alumni can participate in the blood drive across the country. Just call the local BloodSource nearest you to make an appointment and give them Drexel’s special code - L100 - which will allow them to track the total Dragon contribution. More

Young Alumni Season Ticket Discount
Season ticket packages are now on sale for Drexel's 2009-2010 Men's Basketball season, and Drexel Athletics is offering a special discount for young alumni who graduated between 2004 and 2009. Season ticket holders receive many benefits in addition to tickets to 14 basketball games at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. For more information, click here or call 1-866-4-DREXEL to order your tickets now!

Alumni Resources

Join an Online Alumni Network with Facebook, inCircle, and now, LinkedIn
Facebook and inCircle are great ways to connect with fellow classmates, whether around the corner or across the world! And now the Alumni Association is pleased to announce the launch of the official "Drexel University Alumni Association Networking Group” on LinkedIn. The group was formerly known as “Drexel Networking” and was created by Steve Markey ’04, to provide a place for personal and professional networking among alumni. It has become the largest Drexel networking group on LinkedIn, so join the group and instantly get connected to more than 3,000 alumni!

If you graduated in 1985, this year marks your 25th reunion! We have a Class of 1985 Facebook Fan Page to help you and your classmates plan special reunion activities for Alumni Weekend 2010 to celebrate this milestone.

To connect to an online alumni network on Facebook, inCircle or LinkedIn, 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 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

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

Grab Your Passport for Our
Alumni Travel Program

We are planning exciting trips for the 2010 Alumni Travel Program including trips to Argentina and Chile, Greece, and the Amalfi Coast. 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

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.

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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