In This Issue

What's Hot
On Campus
Alumni News
Club News
Alumni Resources

Upcoming Events

December 18
Holiday Turkey Project
Drexel University

December 22
Men's Basketball
Memphis, TN

December 22
Women's Basketball
Daskalakis Athletic Center
Drexel University

December 31
Men's Basketball

January 7
Dallas Area Networking Night
Hotel Zaza
Dallas, TX

January 9
NorCal Happy Hour
Berkeley, CA

January 10
Wrestling at Stanford
Burnham Pavilion
Stanford, CA

January 13
A View From the Top
Pearlstein Business Learning Center
Drexel University

January 15
Raleigh Area Alumni Reception
Michael Dean's Seafood Gill & Oyster Bar
Raleigh, NC

January 17
Men's Basketball
Trask Coliseum
Wilmington, NC

January 24 & 25
Homecoming Weekend
Drexel University

January 29
AWCoMAD Meet and Greet
Windfall Lounge and Grill
New York, NY

January 29, 2009
Going Global
Radnor Hotel
Radnor, PA

February 7
Alumni Day at the DAC
Daskalakis Athletic Center

February 12
Young Alumni Happy Hour
Public House

February 26
Las Vegas Reception
Spiedidi Restaurante
Las Vegas, NV

February 26
Is Your Networking Not Working?
Radnor Hotel
Radnor, PA

February 28
Young Alumni Ski Trip
Snö Mountain Ski Resort
Scranton, PA

May 1 & 2
Alumni Weekend
Drexel University

Alumni Travel Program

June 2 - 10, 2009
Italian Lake District

June 17 - July 2, 2009
Turkey with Dean Guceri

July 28 - August 10, 2009
Passage of Peter the Great

August 26 - September 7, 2009
China and the Yangtze River

October 6 - 14, 2009

What's Hot
turkey project

35th Annual Alumni Holiday Turkey Project
The Drexel University community has lent its support to the Alumni Holiday Turkey Project for 35 years, providing holiday turkeys to families in-need within the university's neighborhood. In 2007, turkeys were given to more than 1,200 families in West Philadelphia and to those served by Drexel's 11th Street Family Health Services Center. This year the Alumni Association has partnered with the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and, together, the project will provide 1,800 families with turkeys.

Alumni, students, faculty and friends can help by making a donation to the project and volunteering to assist with the turkey distribution on Thursday, December 18, 2008. Please consider making a donation to the 35th Annual Alumni Holiday Turkey Project and helping out someone in need. For more information, click here.

discovery program

Ensure Your Voice is Heard with the Alumni Discovery Initiative
When you leave Drexel University with your degree in hand, your connection to the university is not lost. As a graduate, you are still very much a part of Drexel, which is why we want to hear from you! Your interests, your stories and your suggestions are important to us, and for that reason, President Papadakis has established the Alumni Discovery Initiative.

The goal of the program is to ensure that the voices of our alumni are heard. To accomplish this, Drexel hired four of its co-op students to serve as Student Liaisons to meet with and interview alumni. The Student Alumni Liaisons will not solicit you for funds, ask you to volunteer or to make any other commitments to the university. The meetings are meant to be fun, informal interviews during which our student liaisons will simply ask questions, listen to what you have to say and bring your memories, opinions and advice back to campus.

If you are available to speak with one of our Student Alumni Liaisons, for even just a few minutes, please contact the Alumni Discovery Initiative Coordinator and Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Kevin J. McNamara, FCRE, at 215-895-2045 or One of the Student Alumni Liaisons will be happy to contact you to set up an appointment.

On Campus

Chapel Family Endows Dean's Chair in Leadership at LeBow College of Business
With a $2.5 million gift to his alma mater, R. John Chapel, Jr. '67, former President and CEO of AVIEL Systems, Inc., and his wife Virginia endowed the first Dean's Chair in Leadership at the LeBow College of Business. Drexel is the second private university in the nation to have an endowed dean's chair.

"I am very impressed with the leadership demonstrated by Dean George Tsetsekos of the LeBow College," said Chapel. "Endowing the dean's chair will provide him with a discretionary fund that can be used to advance the college and prepare graduates to enter the business world with a solid education, well grounded in leadership and ethics." More


New Scholarship Opportunities Established for Drexel Families
Drexel has announced two new scholarship programs for students enrolling as full-time undergraduate students in fall 2009. Through the Drexel Legacy Scholarship, children and grandchildren of Drexel alumni, including alumni from the Drexel University College of Medicine, will be eligible for a $3,000 scholarship per year toward their annual tuition bill.

The Dragon Family Scholarship program offers $3,000 in scholarship opportunities per year to families who send more than one child to Drexel for a full-time annually-billed undergraduate day program even if enrollment is not concurrent. For more information on these new scholarship opportunities, call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-2-DREXEL.

Alumni News
Kristin Dudley

Alumni Profile: Kristin Dudley '06 AWCoMAD
Kristin Dudley graduated from Drexel armed with a degree in Fashion Design and an entrepreneural sprit. After a timely twist of events, she and two friends founded the thriving company LympheDIVAs which provides fashionable compression sleeves to those suffering from a side effect of breast cancer treatments known as lymphedima.

But Kristin's road to success did not come easy. At the age of 26, she's overcome the uncertainty and stress of launching a new business along with the tragic loss of a business partner and a friend. More


Call for Volunteers: Alumni Speakers
The Drexel University Alumni Association is currently seeking volunteers to speak and/or provide Web site content for our new Alumni Career Services program. Some topics of interest to our alumni include job search techniques, how to stand out in a competitive job market, entrepreneurship, leadership, turning ideas into income. Or, feel free to let us know your own personal areas of expertise that could lend themselves to a great program or Web site piece! If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Lauren Rocca '04 at

In addition, we are looking for alumni who have backgrounds in real estate (realtors, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, etc.) to serve as panelists for a program on how to purchase a first home, as part of our Young Alumni How-To series. If you are interested, please e-mail Louisa Sassi '08 at


Drexel Basketball Series
Come cheer on the Drexel Dragons throughout their 2008-09 season. All alumni and guests are invited to join us before each game for exclusive alumni receptions. Mark your calendars!

Drexel Men's Basketball at Memphis
Monday, December 22, 2008
Pre-Game Alumni Brunch: 10 a.m.; Tip-Off: Noon
Brunch: The Peabody Memphis Hotel
Game: FedExForum
*Please note that all times are Central Standard Time

Drexel Women's Basketball vs. Richmond Spiders
Monday, December 22, 2008
Pre-Game Alumni Reception: Noon; Tip-Off: 1 p.m.
Reception: Hazem Maragah Hospitality Suite
Game: Daskalakis Athletic Center

Drexel Men's Basketball at UNC Wilmington
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Pre-Game Alumni Reception: 5 p.m.; Tip-Off: 7 p.m.
Reception: Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar
Game: Trask Coliseum

Alumni Day at the DAC
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Pre-Game Alumni Reception: 6 p.m.; Tip-Off: 7 p.m.
Reception: Hazem Maragah Hospitality Suite
Game: Daskalakis Athletic Center

Denver Area Alumni: Save the date! Drexel will be at the University of Denver with the men's lacrosse team on March 24, 2009. More information coming soon.

new years eve

Celebrate New Years Eve with Drexel Baseketball!
Before you go out on the town to ring in the New Year, stop by the historical Palestra for some exciting college basketball action as your Drexel Men's Basketball team tips-off against Saint Joseph's University at 5 p.m. As a New Year's Eve special for all of our alumni, tickets are only $15 — a 50% discount! To order your tickets, call the Drexel Ticket Office at 1-866-4-DREXEL.

And if you're not going out in the city or can not make the game, be sure to tune into CN8 starting at 5 p.m. to catch all the action.


Dallas Area Alumni Networking Night
You are invited to join fellow Drexel University alumni for a Dallas Area Alumni Networking Night at Hotel Zaza on Wednesday, January 7, 2009. Graduates of Ithaca College, Lehigh University, Pepperdine University, Tulane University, University of Rochester and The George Washington University will join Drexel for the networking reception from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, click here.

wrestling Wrestling at Standord Duals: Matches and Dinner
Join Drexel alumni and fans as the wrestling team takes on California colleges in the Stanford Duals on Saturday, January 10, 2009. The matches will take place at noon (vs. Cal State Bakersfield), 1:30 p.m. (vs. U.C. Davis) and 3 p.m. (vs. Stanford) in the Burnham Pavilion. Then meet us for dinner following the matches with Coach Jack Childs and the team at Blue Chalk Cafe from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, click here.
Raleigh Raleigh Area Alumni Reception
The Drexel University Alumni Association invites you to attend a reception for Raleigh area alumni, parents and prospective students on Thursday, January 15, 2009, at Michael Dean's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature special guest speaker, G.E. (Jerry) Haegele '83, IBM Distinguished Engineer. For more information, click here.

Celebrate Homecoming 2009 with Drexel!
Catch the action as the Drexel Dragons men's basketball team takes on William & Mary at the DAC on Saturday, January 24, 2009. All alumni are invited back to campus for Homecoming 2009, featuring Young Alumni Day at the DAC with a pre-game reception and a Homecoming party in the Armory. Special ticket packages are available for alumni. For more information, click here.

Homecoming Weekend continues on Sunday, January 25, 2009 as the women's basketball team takes on the Towson Tigers at the DAC. Join fellow alumni for brunch before the game. For more information and to register, click here.

More information on all Homecoming Weekend events can be found here.

question of the month Question of the Month
In just a couple of weeks you'll be ushering in 2009, which means it's time to start thinking about New Year's resolutions. Will you resolve to eat healthier or to work out more? Maybe you want to start volunteering some time in the community. We're sure that many people will be watching what they spend in the year to come. What will your New Year's resolution be for 2009? To answer the question of the month, click here.
triangle We're Looking for Triangle Alumni
When you were a student at Drexel, were you a member of The Triangle, the student newspaper? If so, we want to hear from you! We are seeking to establish the Drexel University Triangle Alumni Group to provide you with opportunities to network and connect with former Triangle members and current students as well as attend social and educational events that relate to the fields of communications and journalism. If you are interested in joining or would like to learn more, please take just a few minutes to fill out our form online. To access the form, click here.
residential living Calling All Residential Living Alumni!
As a student, there are many ways you could have been involved with Residential Living — as a Resident Assistant, a member of the desk staff or as part of the Residential Hall Association. The University Alumni Association and the Residential Living Office want to keep you informed about opportunities to network and connect with former Residential Living colleagues and friends. Please take a minute to fill out the form online with your contact information and your connection to Residential Living so that we can update you on news and events that are of interest to you. Feel free to share stories, tell us about your job or your family, or even share a memory with us about your experience in Residential Living at Drexel. To access the form, click here.
YAA happy hour Young Alumni Happy Hour
Meet and network with fellow Drexel alumni along with graduates from Princeton, Penn and other area colleges at an exclusive happy hour in Public House's upscale bar and lounge on Thursday, February 12, 2009. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and features complimentary drinks until 7 p.m. followed by appetizer and drink specials until 8 pm. For more information, click here.
las vegas Las Vegas Alumni Reception
Meet and network with fellow Las Vegas area alumni at Spiedini Ristorante on Thursday, February 26, 2009. Special guest Dr. George P. Tsetsekos, Ph.D., R. John Chapel, Jr., Dean's Chair in Leadership, Dean of the LeBow College of Business, will deliver an update from the university. Join us from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres prepared by Master Chef Gustav Mauler. For more information, click here.
ski trip The Young Alumni Association Hits the Slopes
All young alumni are invited to the first-ever YAA-sponsored ski trip on Saturday, February 28, 2009. Join us at the Snö Mountain Ski Resort in Scranton, PA and spend the day skiing and snow boarding in the company of friends. The evening will close with an alumni dinner party at the Snö Grille Restaurant around 6 p.m. Departure from Drexel's "F" lot is 6:30 a.m. Guests should plan to arrive back in Philadelphia around 11 p.m. that night. For more information, click here.
Alumni Weekend

Save the Date for Alumni Weekend 2009
Plans are underway for Alumni Weekend 2009 so mark your calendars for May 1 and 2! Members of the Class of 1959 should have received their save-the-date letter in the mail and an invitation will be coming in early 2009.

alumni ambassadors

The Alumni Ambassador Program
Interaction between a prospective student and our alumni is one of the most personal ways that a student can learn about Drexel and all it has to offer. The Alumni Ambassadors Program is a collaborative effort by the Offices of Alumni Relations and Enrollment Management to bring Drexel alumni a unique opportunity to be involved with and stay connected to Drexel.

Whether you live in a big city on the east coast, in a small mid-west town, or somewhere around the world, you can be an Alumni Ambassador. In many cases, you don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home to participate. The Alumni Ambassadors Program is designed to fit your interests and your time availability. Formal and informal training sessions and resources are provided. For more information, click here.

*There is a special need for alumni volunteers who are graduates of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design or the College of Nursing and Health Professions, as well as alumni who live in Chicago, Long Island, the New England area, Florida, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Texas and California.*

speaker series

A View from the Top Speaker Series
Alumni are invited to join the LeBow College of Business as it hosts Hugh C. Long II, Northeast Group Executive for Wholesale Banking at Wachovia Bank, on Tuesday, January 13, 2009. Hugh will discuss the challenge of leading through tough times and the enduring legacy that companies can create by wisely responding to changing market forces. The event will be held in the Pearlstein Business Learning Center at 6 p.m. For more information and to register, please contact Cassandra Brown at or click here.

fashion design Design & Merchandising and Fashion Design Alumni/Student Meet and Greet
The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design invites alumni to join us for an alumni and student meet and greet hosted by the Departments of Design & Merchandisinig and Fashion Design. Come and enjoy complimentary appetizers and an opportunity to meet alumni and current students of the Design & Merchandising and Fashion Design Programs during their annual trip to New York City on Thursday, January 29, 2009. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Windfall Lounge and Grill. RSVP to Tammi Worsham at or 215-895-2390.
dinner with 12 dragons Dinner with 12 Dragons Call for Alumni Hosts
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 Association members 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. If you are interested in hosting a Dinner with 12 Dragons, or for more information, click here.

alumni club news

NorCal Northern California Happy Hour
Join the Alumni Club of Northern California for its monthly alumni happy hour and meet and network with fellow Drexel graduates in the area. The happy hour begins at 5:30 p.m. at Juniper on Friday, January 9, 2009. For more information, click here.
chester and delco

Chester and Delaware Counties Breakfast Series
Join the Alumni Club of Chester and Delaware Counties for a breakfast and presentation highlighting prominent topics in business. Click the event below for more information and to register.

Going Global — Connecting Your Business to the World
Guest Speaker: Dino Ramos
Director of Trade Services, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia
Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 7:30 a.m.
The Radnor Hotel

Is Your Networking Not Working?
Guest Speaker: Chuck Polin
CEO, The Training Resource Group
Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 7:30 a.m.
The Radnor Hotel

Alumni Resources

Grab Your Passport for Our Alumni Travel Program
Join fellow alumni as we head to exciting new locations with our Alumni Travel Program. Each trip offers educational opportunities in beautiful locations worldwide. Our upcoming destinations include: Italian Lake District (June 2 through 10, 2009), Turkey with Dean Guceri (June 17 through July 2, 2009), Passage of Peter the Great (July 28 through August 10, 2009), China and the Yangtze River (August 26 through September 7, 2009), and Provence (October 6 through 14, 2009). For more information on the Alumni Travel Program, click here.

Interested in receiving the latest information and brochures on our travel program?
E-mail with your address to be added to the list.

Leadership Library
The Alumni Association invites graduates to donate new or used 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. And now, 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.

Become an Alumni Ambassador Today!*
One of the greatest ways you can support Drexel is to share your stories and experiences as a student with others. Becoming an Alumni Ambassador is a unique, convenient way for you to connect with prospective students and answer questions they may have about Drexel. Attend a college fair in your area or simply answer questions by phone or e-mail when your schedule allows. If you are interested in becoming an Alumni Ambassador and for more information, click here or e-mail the Office of Alumni Relations at

*There is a special need for volunteers who live in Chicago, Long Island, Florida and California, and for alumni of the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Join us on Facebook!
Facebook is a great way to connect with fellow classmates, whether around the corner or across the world! We encourage you to check out the official Alumni Association Facebook pages to stay in touch with other Drexel alumni, get up-to-date information on news and events, and to easily communicate with our growing online community of Drexel grads. Click the links below to join.

Drexel University Alumni Association
Drexel University Young Alumni Association
Community Alumni Network at Drexel University
University City 5K Run

Drexel Athletics
Are you a sports enthusiast? If so, you can take pride in your alma mater as the Drexel Dragons compete against some of the country's toughest teams. For more information on the athletics program, click here.

Register Today for inCircle
Join our growing online alumni community by building your own network of classmates and friends. Register today for Drexel's online alumni networking tool, inCircle. Staying in touch has never been so easy! Register by clicking here and completing the simple registration form using your Alumni ID [:O1/0000123456:] and you're on your way to making your Drexel connections using inCircle. For more information or help getting started, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-888-DU-GRADS or e-mail

Online Alumni Directory
Search the online alumni directory, post and view class notes and register for permanent e-mail forwarding. This exclusive membership is complimentary to alumni. Signing up is easy. For more information, click here. Your temporary password can be viewed in the inCircle article above.

Alumni Cards
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. For more information, click here.

Stay in Touch!
Be sure that you receive invitations to upcoming events in your area, the Drexel University Magazine and updates regarding your alma mater. To update your contact information, login to the Alumni Directory (see above) or e-mail

Drexel University College of Medicine e-Mentoring Program
The Drexel University College of Medicine e-mentoring program connects students and alumni through online resources. It provides a way for students to correspond with alumni about career issues, shadowing experiences and life as scientists and physicians. Call Patty Comey at the Alumni Office at 215-255-7341 or Marie Hartman in the Office of Student Affairs at 215-991-8219 for more information.