Alumni Association News

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with the Alumni Association!

Year of the DragonWe are excited to announce the kick-off of the Chinese Year of the Dragon on January 23, 2012. To celebrate this special occasion which only comes around once every twelve years, the Drexel University Alumni Association will offer twelve months of signature experiences for alumni. The Year of the Dragon is a unique opportunity to remind all alumni that they are Dragons, to strengthen their relationship with Drexel, and to build alumni-to-alumni, alumni-to-student, and alumni-to-Drexel connections. All alumni around the world will be able to participate in the signature experiences in person, online, or via social media. Click here for more information on the Year of the Dragon!

As part of Drexel's Year of the Dragon, the Alumni Association is compiling a list of 366 Life Lessons (2012 is a leap year) that our alumni learned at Drexel. Most people have heard of, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," but we like to think that all you really need to know you actually learned at Drexel. If you agree, click here to send some of your Drexel life lessons to us, and we'll consider adding them to our list. We'll share the life lessons on our Web site and on Facebook and Twitter starting on the first day of 2012 and continuing each day until December 31.

Dragons @ Work

Bring the fire to your job and become a Dragons @ Work captain! As the kick-off event to the Year of the Dragon, alumni are encouraged to come together to show their Dragon pride at work on January 23, 2012. We'll send you a spirit pack filled with Drexel "flair" to share with your colleagues who are also Drexel graduates. You can celebrate Dragons @ Work in whatever way works best for you and your colleagues. Wear blue and gold, gather for an alumni group photograph, or meet up as a group for lunch that day. It's all about celebrating the Drexel connection you all share! To sign up, click here.

Support the Alumni Holiday Turkey Project This Year

Turkey ProjectThe Drexel University Alumni Association is proud to continue its 38-year tradition of providing holiday turkeys to in-need families within the university's West Philadelphia neighborhood and to those served by Drexel's 11th Street Family Health Services Center in North Philadelphia. The need for support continues to grow each year and we ask you to please consider supporting the project. More

Drexel alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to volunteer to assist with the distribution of holiday turkeys to the community organizations on December 20 outside of the Paul Peck Alumni Center. More

Alumni Association Award Nominations

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. Many of the university's colleges and schools also recognize the accomplishments of alumni with special awards. 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 Honors and Awards Committee for nomination.The deadline for nominations is November 30. More

Is Someone Looking for You?

More than 14,000 searches are made by Drexel alumni on average each month in the Online Alumni Directory! Are your classmates and friends looking for you? If so, make sure your contact information is up-to-date today. Registration is easy! If you've already registered for the Directory, be sure to log-in today and make sure your information is current. Click here to get started. For a step-by-step video on how to log in and update your profile in the Online Alumni Directory, click here.

Campus & Community
Dinosaur Days

Dinosaur Days
Celebrate dinosaurs and their closest living relatives, birds, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University from November 25 to 27. Enjoy dinosaur shows at 11 a.m. and live bird shows at 2:30 p.m., a fossil show at 1:30 p.m., and teacher/naturalist presentations throughout the day. More

Audubon Page Turning
Every weekday at 3:15 p.m., visitors can come into the Academy of Natural Sciences Library to watch the daily page turning of John James Audubon's masterwork The Birds of America – arguably the most influential book on birds ever created. More

Blue and Gold Club

Sports Fans: We Want You in the Alumni Blue and Gold Club!
It's almost basketball season, so sign-up for the Blue and Gold Club and show your spirit! The Blue and Gold Club is comprised of alumni basketball fans, as well as former members of the DAC Pack, the Spirit Team and the Pep Band. All Drexel Dragon fans are welcome to join the club! More

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Alumni Benefits & Services

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Colleges & Schools
D&M Kiosk

D&M Kiosk: A Retail Laboratory for Design and Merchandising
The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design invites all alumni to visit the D&M Kiosk in Chapman Court during the week of November 28. The kiosk features one of a kind ornaments, jewelry, home goods, cards, ceramics, apparel, knits, and accessories.

LeBow College of Business and College of Engineering Alumni Association Networking Reception
The LeBow College of Business, LeBow Alumni Council, and the College of Engineering Alumni Association are pleased to welcome all alumni, friends, and family of the colleges to a networking reception tonight at Ladder 15. More

Music Therapy Reception for Alumni and Friends
The Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions Music Therapy Program invites its alumni to connect with fellow graduates, students, and faculty at a reception held in conjunction with the American Music Therapy Association's 2011 Conference on November 19. More

iSchool Online Open Houses
The iSchool at Drexel invites all interested alumni to the following online open houses:

MSLIS Info Session
November 30, 7 p.m. EST

MSHI Info Session
December 8, 12 p.m. EST

Basic Biostatistics and Epidemiology for Non-Data Public Health Professionals
Alumni are invited to this full-day workshop for public health professionals seeking basic skills in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and using data for public health practice.The workshop is sponsored by Drexel's School of Public Health and will take place on December 1. More

School of Education Alumni Reception and Community Screening of "American Teacher"
All alumni are invited to this film screening and discussion on December 1 at Philadelphia's School of the Future. More

LeBow College of Business 1-day Trip to New York City
Join the LeBow College of Business community for a 1-day trip to New York City on December 3. You'll enjoy a day of site seeing, round-trip coach bus fair, the Broadway musical "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying," and dinner at Print Restaurant. More

Calling All Alumni!

Classes of 1962 and 1987 Reunion Committee
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 to plan your 50th or 25th reunion celebration, please contact the Alumni Association at alumni@drexel.edu or 1-888-DU-GRADS.

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

Are you a veteran or former member of ROTC at Drexel?
If so, please let us know so we can keep you informed about veteran programs and services at Drexel. Click here to fill out a brief online form.

Alumni Spotlight

Thomas McCusker

Thomas McCusker
Restaurant and Hotel Management 2005

The buzz started back in the spring of 2009, when Philadelphia-based food blogs chronicled the opening of Honest Tom's Taco Shop. Suddenly, pictures of owner – and Drexel alumnus – Tom McCusker '05 passing tacos through the window of a khaki-colored truck popped up all over the Internet.

A lot has changed since then. For one, the truck is now emblazoned with bright colors, courtesy of the talented artists of Philly's Mural Arts program. And Tom McCusker, who studied at Drexel's Goodwin and LeBow Colleges, is much more of a Philly household name these days. More

Career Column

Chris Bilotta

Your Career Retainer
Chris Bilotta '77, '84

"Look Beyond Results When Assessing Talent"
Learn the importance to understanding the situations in which people worked, and the methods they used, before judging their performance. More

Upcoming Events

Alumni Career Services

Make Talent Your Business: An Alumni Career Services Program in Philadelphia
Join Drexel alumni in Philadelphia, and Managing Partner of Talent Savvy Manager, Dr. Wendy Axelrod '72, for an Alumni Career Services program on November 29 and learn how to develop your employees while staying on top of getting results. More

Click here for more information on Alumni Career Services seminars, events, services and opportunities.

Philadelphia Metro Area

Drexel at Delaware: Men's Basketball Game and Alumni Reception
Don't miss the action on December 3 as the Drexel Dragons men's basketball team takes on their CAA conference rival, the University of Delaware Blue Hens, in its first conference game of the season! More

Alumni Holiday Luncheon and Tour at Winterthur Museum
Experience the traditions of the past and dazzling holiday entertaining displays by joining Drexel alumni for a holiday luncheon and Yuletide tour of the Winterthur Museum on December 10. More

Fit for the New Year! Young Alumni Night at the Rec Center
Join alumni and friends for a night of fitness and fun at Drexel's Recreation Center on January 12. Take your pick of various activities offered to alumni for the evening, including group exercise classes, pick-up basketball and dodgeball, and rock climbing. More

Drexel at Delaware: Women's Basketball Game and Alumni Reception
Don't miss the action as the women's basketball team takes on its CAA conference rival, the University of Delaware, on January 22! More

Alumni Day at Women's Basketball: Game and Alumni Luncheon
On January 15, the women's basketball team takes on Georgia State, and we want to pack the DAC with Dragon fans! Come early for a pre-game luncheon in the Hazem Maragah Hospitality Suite. More

Homecoming 2012
Come back to campus for Homecoming 2012 on January 28 and celebrate your Drexel pride! The day will feature a men's basketball game and a post-game party at Landmark Americana Tap and Grill. More

Homecoming CEO Reunion
Graduates of the "Creating Excellent Organizations (CEO)" Leadership Development Program at Drexel are invited to reunite and network with current students in the program during Homecoming 2012 on January 28. More

Around the U.S.

New York City Area Alumni Networking Happy Hour
Head out to The Campbell Apartment tonight for a casual happy hour to meet and network with Drexel alumni in the New York City area. More

Northern California Alumni Monthly Networking Happy Hour
The Alumni Club of Northern California invites you to a networking happy hour in the Palo Alto area on November 18. More

Alumni Reception with JaeYoon Jeong '08 in New York City
Alumni in the New York City area are invited to an exclusive reception in the Nolita boutique of award-winning fashion designer JaeYoon Jeong '08 on November 30. More

Las Vegas Area Alumni Dinner with Drexel Wrestling
Drexel alumni are invited to join the team and coaches for a dinner in Las Vegas on December 3 while the team is in town for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational Tournament. More

Seattle Area Alumni Networking Happy Hour
Head out to Tap House Grill on December 16 and meet up with Drexel alumni from the Seattle area for a networking happy hour. More

Drexel at UNC Wilmington: Men's Basketball Game and Alumni Reception
Feel the fire as the Drexel Dragons men's basketball team takes on the UNC Wilmington Seahawks on January 14! We'll gear up before the game at Bluewater Waterfront Grill. More

Drexel at Northeastern: Men's Basketball Game and Alumni Reception
Join Drexel alumni and Dragon fans in the Boston area on February 1 as the men's basketball team takes on the Northeastern University Huskies! More

Northern California Alumni Night at the Sharks
Don't miss the chance to join the Alumni Club of Northern California at its annual night at the San Jose Sharks on February 28. Sharks tickets make a great holiday gift! More

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