Alumni Association News

Happy Holidays from the Alumni Association!

We would like to extend warm wishes for a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year to our entire alumni community.

Please note, Drexel University will be closed from Monday, December 26, 2011 until Tuesday, January 3, 2012. For immediate assistance, contact us at alumni@drexel.edu or call 1-888-DU-GRADS. Someone will periodically check our e-mail and voicemail messages throughout the week and if your message is in need of immediate attention, you will receive a response within 24 hours.

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with Dragons @ Work!

Year of the Dragon2012 is days away, which means the Year of the Dragon is just around the corner! We are excited to kick-off of the Chinese Year of the Dragon on January 23 with our first event, Dragons @ Work. Dragons @ Work is a special one-day event that celebrates the career success of Drexel alumni and current co-op students who work together. We already have more than 30 companies signed up to participate, and there is room for many more! Click here for more information on Dragons @ Work, and to see a list of participating companies. If yours isn't on the list you have until January 6 to sign up as your company's Dragons @ Work alumni captain.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned at Drexel

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.

Year of the Dragon Promo Codes and Commemorative Prizes

Throughout the Year of the Dragon, you will have the opportunity to receive secret codes that can be redeemed for commemorative Year of the Dragon items. A code will be given each time you participate in a Year of the Dragon signature experience either in person, online, or via social media. For every 3, 6, and 9 codes you collect, you will receive a commemorative item, and once you collect all 12 codes, you will be entered into our grand prize drawing at the end of the year! More

Alumni Weekend 2012

Alumni Weekend will be here before you know it, so mark your calendars to return to campus on May 4 and 5, and join the fun! We'll be celebrating our Golden Dragons all day on Friday, May 4, with a pinning ceremony, class photograph, luncheon and campus tour. Saturday will be filled with fun activities including the University City 5K Run, the Alumni Family Picnic and the University Gala to close out the night! This year's theme? Year of the Dragon, of course. More details coming soon!

The Drexel University College of Medicine 50 Year Reunion for the Class of 1962 will take place from May 16 to 18. More

Alumni Association Scholarships Available

Each year, the Drexel University Alumni Association awards scholarships to current Drexel students based on demonstrated leadership and achievement through the Alumni Leadership, Alumni Legacy, and Alumnae Planning Board Scholarships. Applications for the 2012 Alumni Association Scholarship Program are due by 5 p.m. EST on February 17. For more information and to download an application, click here. Questions? Contact Jeff Spence at jbs23@drexel.edu or 215-895-2375.

Exploring the Drexel Legacy: Alumni Travel Program to Dornbirn, Austria

DornbirnFrom September 8 through 15, 2012, the Drexel University Alumni Association is offering an exclusive and unique travel experience for Drexel alumni and friends to Dornbirn, Austria — the birthplace of Francis Martin Drexel and the origin of a family legacy that would be more far reaching than could have been predicted some 200 years ago.

Travelers will explore the Drexel family history, experience the regionís finest restaurants and cuisine, and enjoy tours, talks and tastings led by the owners of local family businesses. The tour is limited and only 14 spots remain! Click here to download the trip brochure, then click here to register to join us!

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

Veterans Alumni Reception
Join members of the Drexel Veterans Task Force, Veterans Student Association and the Office of Veterans Services on January 28 for a pre-game gathering at the Veterans Lounge in the Armory. The reception will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Rebecca Weidensaul at rebecca@drexel.edu.

All Star Week
Every year during the winter holidays, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University celebrates its most popular family attractions and programs. This year the daily themes are 12/27: Dinosaur Day, 12/28: Animal Day, 12/29: Butterfly Day, and 12/30: Weird Things in a Jar Day. Bring the family and join the fun. Free with museum admission. More

An Insect Collection: Pinning and Preserving
Learn how to pin and preserve bugs just like an entomologist in this class on January 31. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will explain why scientists collect bugs, how to treat different kinds of specimens, and their uses in research and education. Teachers can earn three Act 48 credits. For more information and to register, call 215-299-1060.

Art of Science Exhibit
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has a new exhibit in its Art of Science Gallery. Beguiled by the Wild: The Art of Charley Harper features whimsical, highly stylized wildlife prints that are sure to make you smile.

Colleges & Schools


College of Engineering Alumni Association Night at Drexel Men's Basketball
College of Engineering alumni are invited to this annual night at Drexel men's basketball on January 25. Enjoy a reception in the Hazem Maragah Hospitality Suite before the game! More

Exploring Public Health Careers
Join the School of Public Health for a special career event: Exploring Public Health Careers, on January 12. The event includes an interactive discussion on using social networking effectively in your job search. More

iSchool Alumni Networking Happy Hour in Dallas
The iSchool at Drexel invites all iSchool alumni and students (must be over 21) attending the ALA-Midwinter Conference to attend a free happy hour on January 20 at Bob's Steak & Chop House. RSVP to Jennifer Lally at jl352@drexel.edu or 215-895-1077.

College of Engineering Alumni Association and Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Association Community Outreach Project
The College of Engineering Alumni Association and the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Association invite Drexel alumni to join them for a volunteer project on February 11 at Philabundance's South Philadelphia Hunger Relief Center. More

College of Medicine 2012 Alumni Association Awards Call for Nominations
The Awards Committee for the College of Medicine has opened nominations for the 2012 Alumni Association Awards. These prestigious awards will be presented during Alumni Weekend, May 5, with the exception of the Graduate Citation Award which is presented at the Discovery Awards Dinner in October 2012. More



The Crosstown Classic: Drexel Ice Hockey vs. the Villanova Wildcats
On January 5, Drexel and Villanova's club hockey teams will take to the ice on the outdoor rink at Citizens Bank Park in a match up of city hockey rivals dubbed "The Crosstown Classic." The game is a unique outdoor hockey experience that is part of a week-long slate of games surrounding the NHL's "Winter Classic" game on January 2. More

Feel the Fire at Upcoming Men's and Women's Basketball Games!
The Athletics Department invites alumni to cheer on the Drexel men's and women's basketball teams at their upcoming games in December and January. Click here for ticket information.

Calling All Alumni!

Alumni Weekend

Classes of 1962 and 1987 Reunion Committees
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 Womanís Medical College of Pennsylvania) and youíre 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.

Alumni Resources

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Liberty Mutual News: 12 Tips for Childproofing Your Home
Each year, children are unintentionally hurt — and sometimes killed — by hazards in and around the home. The good news is that these twelve tips for childproofing can help reduce and prevent the risk of injury. More

Alumni Benefits & Services

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Alumni Spotlight

Travis MohrTravis Mohr
Civil Engineering 2004

If you want proof of the power of positive thinking and goal setting — look no further than the story of Drexel graduate and Paralympic gold medallist, Travis Mohr.

Travis was born with an extremely rare condition. He has no femur bones in his legs and, at 30 years old, stands at 4 feet 3 inches tall. The femur, or thigh bone, is the largest bone in the human body and without it, common activities such as running, kicking or jumping are impossible.

"When I was growing up no one really knew what I'd be able to handle because my condition was so rare," Travis said. "Doctors were worried that I would end up in a wheelchair because my legs wouldn't be strong enough to support my upper body as I grew." More

Career Column

Julia LevyCareer Zone
Julia Levy '93

"How to Stay Motivated When Working From Home"
Learn how to avoid distractions and maximize your productivity as you work from home. More

Upcoming Events

Alumni Career Services

Breaking Through Employment Barriers: A Young Alumni Career Services Online Workshop
On January 19, human resources and staffing expert Julia Levy '93 will lead a one-hour online workshop to teach alumni best practices and ideas for achieving career growth and fulfillment. More

Alumni Career Services Panel: Career Transition
The Drexel University Alumni Association is seeking alumni volunteers to participate in a panel discussion on the topic of career transition. This Alumni Career Services event will be held in the Philadelphia area in the spring of 2012. If you have transitioned from one industry to another or to a different line of work in your current industry, we want to hear from you! To volunteer as a panelist, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@drexel.edu or 1-888-DU-GRADS.

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

Philadelphia Metro Area

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 including group exercise classes, pick-up basketball and dodgeball, and rock climbing. More

Alumni Day at Women's Basketball: Game and Luncheon
Enjoy a luncheon in the Hazem Maragah Hospitality Suite before the game, then stay to cheer on Drexel's women's basketball team as it takes on the Georgia State Panthers on January 15. More

Philadelphia Area Alumni Networking Reception
Join the Drexel University Alumni Association and the LeBow College of Business on January 19 for a networking reception with alumni in the Philadelphia area at Fork Restaurant's Fork:etc. location. 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

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 alumni and current students in the program during Homecoming 2012 on January 28. More

Downingtown Area Alumni Networking Reception
Join the Drexel University Alumni Association and the LeBow College of Business for a networking reception with alumni in the Downingtown area at Victory Brewing Company on March 8. More

Around the U.S.

Drexel at UNC Wilmington: Men's Basketball Game and Alumni Reception
Don't miss the action as the Drexel Dragons men's basketball team takes on the UNC Wilmington Seahawks on January 14. More

San Diego Area Alumni Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting
Experience the Danza del Sol Vineyard and Winery with alumni in the San Diego area on January 28, as we take the standard wine tasting to the next level. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the patio after the tasting, and spend the afternoon exploring the thirty-five acre estate winery. 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

Drexel at Towson: Men's Basketball Game and Alumni Reception
Feel the fire! The Drexel men's basketball team takes on the Towson University Tigers on February 4. Join us before the game for a reception at Stoney River Legendary Steakhouse. More

Los Angeles Area Alumni Night at the Kings
Face-off with the Alumni Club of Greater Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Kings take on the Chicago Black Hawks at the STAPLES Center on February 25. 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

Tampa Area Alumni Day at Phillies Spring Training
The Tampa Area Alumni Club invites Drexel alumni to come out for an afternoon of baseball as the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Detroit Tigers in Spring Training action on March 11. More

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