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Dear Alumni and Friends:

Happy New Year and welcome to the inaugural edition of our alumni eNewsletter, DeTails.

Drexel today is a dynamic institution. We take enormous pride in our progress and want to share news and achievements with alumni and friends, our valued partners in this process.

I want to thank the Office of University Relations who provided invaluable support in the graphics and technical design aspects of new piece building off of the highly successful Drexel Daily Digest.

Recognition also goes to the Office of Alumni Relations whose vision guided the design and content of this contemporary communication channel for you to use.

We want to know what you think. Let us know what would you like to see included in upcoming issues. Comments and suggestions should be directed to alumrel@drexel.edu.

We look forward to keeping you up to date with your University in the months ahead. My thanks for all you have done for Drexel in the past and best wishes for your success in the New Year ahead.


Constantine Papadakis, Ph.D.


Upcoming Events
at a Glance

February 18
Alumni Luncheon,
Sarasota, FL

February 20
Alumni Reception,
Boca Raton, FL

February 24
Business Development Luncheon,
Philadelphia, PA

February 25
Alumni Reception Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting,
Washington D.C.

February 26
Dali Exhibit,
Philadelphia, PA

March 31
Business Development Luncheon,
Philadelphia, PA





University Enters Affinity Card Partnership with U.S. Bank
Drexel has entered into an affinity credit card partnership with U.S. Bank. The multiyear agreement will generate revenue for the University each time a card is activated and every time a card is used. The credit cards will be available to students, faculty, staff and alumni through the University's Web site and will help support campus facilities and scholarships. Cardholders will have access to a variety of U.S. Bank's Drexel-themed cards, including one that earns users points that can be redeemed for gift certificates, merchandise, cash and travel rewards. Click here for more information.

In Memoriam: Trustee Emeritus Mario V. Mascioli '45
Drexel University Trustee Emeritus and alumnus Mario V. Mascioli '45 died on Saturday, January 15, 2005 . He was 83.

Mr. Mascioli, chairman of The Edmar Abrasive Company, graduated in 1945 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He actively served his alma mater with dedication and distinction for almost 35 years. Mr. Mascioli was a member of the Board of Governors of the Alumni Association, serving as chairman and a governor emeritus. He served on the Drexel Board of Trustees from 1981, as an associate trustee, term trustee, and trustee emeritus. More

Fraternity is Praised by Historical Society
Drexel University 's Lambda Chi Alpha chapter was congratulated by the University City Historical Society upon completion of a $60,000 renovation of a historic stone wall and arch located on the fraternity's property. The 35 foot wall and arch were constructed in 1886 and, under the watchful eye of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, were restored to a perfect match of their original state.

Toy Drive Benefits Thousands of Philadelphia Children
Drexelink - The University's Eighth Annual Holiday Toy Drive came to a close with the distribution ceremony in the Main Building 's Great Court on December 21. Community groups, civic leaders, University staff and students joined President Papadakis, pictured to the left, accompanied by State Representative James Roebuck, Santa and Mario the Magnificent at the celebration. Almost 4,000 toys were collected, donated and wrapped by members of the Drexel community. The event sponsored and coordinated by the Office of Government and Community Relations, benefited more than 25 community groups, housing associations and shelters in Philadelphia.

Dental Care Services Offered at Health Services Center
The Eleventh Street Family Health Services, operated by the College of Nursing and Health Professions now offers dental care services, under the direction of Dr. Frank Torrisi. The Center's dental program is designed to promote the integration of oral health with other services to enhance general health and well-being. The strong correlation between dental health and general health has been well documented specifically the link between periodontal disease and pre-term births and low birth weight babies, and glycemic control in diabetics. The demand for services has been overwhelming.

Mejia Leads Men's Basketball Past Hofstra in Overtime, 84-81
DrexelDragons.com - Hempstead, N.Y. - Dominick Mejia (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern), pictured to the left, hit a 3-pointer in regulation to tie the game and scored what proved to be the game-winning basket in overtime as Drexel defeated Hofstra, 84-81. Mejia drove to the basket and scored on a lay-up with 1:02 to play in overtime and Hofstra missed a jump shot and a put back in the final seconds to give Drexel (5-6, 1-2 CAA) its first conference win of the season. More



2004 Turkey Project
Alumni, students, staff, and faculty were among the many volunteers who took part in the 2004 Annual Turkey Project distribution on December 16. University groups including Lambda Chi Fraternity, pictured to the left with Greek advisor John McGarrigle '69, MBA '73, and Drexel's wrestling team were eager to help. It was a record breaking year for the event with over 2,000 turkeys given to 36 local Philadelphia organizations. Agency participants lined up on Market Street and at the Eleventh Street Family Health Services Center to receive their order of turkeys to be given to the families in need for the holiday season.
Annual Alumni Holiday Reception
Alumni and friends gathered on December 2 to welcome in the holiday season at the Annual Alumni Holiday Reception. Guests enjoyed a scrumptious holiday buffet and shared stories, laughter and some holiday spirit at the Philadelphia Marriott West in Conshohocken , PA. The evening featured entertainment by "Scrooge Unplugged", a comedy group, pictured to the left, accompanied by Ellie Cantor PhD, '79, MCP and Ellie Brown MS, '67, PhD, '71. The group performed a humorous abridged version of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol for all of the attendees. Alumni also participated in a raffle for prizes such as wine baskets and box seats to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Drexel University College of Medicine Black Tie White Coat Ball
Let's dance the pain away! Join the Shirelles, the Crystals and the marvelous Marvelettes at the Black Tie White Coat Ball, Saturday, April 2 at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott. All event proceeds will be used to further research into the causes and cures of chronic pain. For more information on invitations, sponsorships and program ads please call 215-762-1708.

Memorial Service for President Emeritus Harold Myers
The Drexel community celebrated the life of Drexel President Emeritus Harold M. Myers '38 , Hon. '83 at a memorial service on December 14 in the Westphal Picture Gallery. Dr. Myers died at the age of 89 on October 15 in Sarasota, Fla.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Joseph Jacovini welcomed alumni, trustees, faculty and staff attending the service. President Constantine Papadakis spoke about Dr. Myers' vision for Drexel and how his leadership as an administrator and trustee influenced all facets of University life.

Guest speakers included Dr. Arthur Shostak, professor emeritus of culture and communication and Dr. Richard E. Woodring '54, professor and emeritus dean of the College of Engineering , who spoke on behalf of the faculty. Alumni speakers sharing personal stories of Dr. Myers were Trustee George M. Ross '55, Hon '99 and Daniel Promislo '55.

Among the attendees were members of Dr. Myers' family (pictured to the left): daughter Deborah Myers Collier and son Donald S. Myers '73, who spoke on behalf of the family. Also pictured are Dr. Myers' son-in-law John Collier, and grandchildren, Brandon, Spencer and Wesley Collier.

Dr. Myers' work at Drexel spanned five decades and included his service as interim president from 1987-88. Dr. Myers received the Alumni Association's A.J. Drexel Paul Award in 1988 and was inducted into The Drexel 100 in 1992 for his professional accomplishments, public service and philanthropic activities.

Blue and Gold Days 2005
Planning for Blue & Gold Days is well underway for festivities during our "Alumni All Star Special" scheduled for April 29 & 30th. This year we are celebrating special reunions for the graduating classes of 1955 (Golden Dragon), 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, and 1980 (Silver Dragon), 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000. Stay tuned for further details.

College of Medicine Introduces E-Mentoring Program
The College of Medicine recently announced a mentoring initiative to connect students and alumnae/i by email. The program will commence this month and will provide a way for students to correspond with alumni about career issues, shadowing experiences and life as scientists and physicians. If interested, please complete the online registration form. Questions may be directed to Patty Comey at the Alumni Office 215-895-0983 or Marie Hartman at the Office of Student Affairs 215-991-8219.

Upcoming College of Medicine Reception
On Friday, February 25, 2005, the College of Medicine will host an alumni reception in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The event will be held at The Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C. from 7-9 pm. RSVP to the Office of Alumni Relations by Friday, February 18 toll free: 1.866.373.9633 or by email: medical.alumni@drexel.edu.

Drexel University Alumni Visit NASA
On December 10 the officers and Alumni Ambassadors from Alumni Club of Houston were invited to a special "behind the scenes" visit to the NASA Johnson Space Center . The group met with fellow alumnus Christopher Ferguson '84 CoE who expects to pilot the next NASA mission to the space station as well as event host NASA Director Frank Benz. The event consisted of tours of Mission Control, the Apollo Era Mission Operations Control Room, demonstrations on NANO-technology and a technical briefing on NASA's Robonaut Project. Drexel University alumni, faculty and staff participated in an interactive robotics demonstration by Dr. Rob Ambrose, pictured to the left, accompanied by Drexel alumni; Dr. Mun Choi, CoE; Dean Guceri, CoE, Adrienne Branca, Semra Guceri, Dan Gava '75, Kathy Gava, Jennifer Gronwaldt, Carl Velentino '66, Claudia Hess, Clifford Hess '66, Bob Gronwaldt '82, Anuj Patel '00, Chris Ferguson '84.

South Florida Reception
Alumni in South Florida will be treated to a reception hosted by Cindy and Marc Levinson'74 at the Broken Sound Club on Sunday, February 20, 2005, from 6-8 p.m. Click here for more information.

Alumni Club of Philadelphia Hosts Drexel Alumni at the Dali Exhibition
On Saturday, February 26, 2005, the Alumni Club of Philadelphia will provide alumni with an opportunity to see the highly acclaimed Dali Exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Docent tours will begin at 8:30 am and the brunch will commence at 10 am in the museum restaurant. The price is $55 per person. Space is limited. RSVP by phone only 215.895.ALUM. Click for additional information.

Alumni Club of West Florida Announces Upcoming Alumni Luncheon
On Friday February 18, 2005, at 11:30am the Alumni Club of West Florida will host an alumni luncheon. The event will take place at The Legendary Palm-Aire Country Club in Sarasota , Florida and will offer a presentation from guest speaker Anthony T. Caneris Senior Vice President of Student Life and Administrative Services. For more information call club president Chuck Lutton at (352) 684-1428.

Winter Business Development Series
From early winter to the beginning of spring the Alumni Club of Philadelphia will offer a series of luncheons with presentations from a variety of business leaders to help develop or strengthen your business skills. All Luncheons will be held at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street , Philadelphia from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The price is $25 Prepaid/$30 at the door per-luncheon or $60 prepaid for all three. To register for the event please click here.
The events are as follows:

Thursday, January 20
"Finding your Niche in the Market"
Gerry Frey `89 & Rob Johnstone `89, Co-Founders, Priority Express Courier, Inc.

Thursday, February 24
"Developing Great Leadership"
Joe Glica, MBA `75, President, Sterling Advisory Group

Thursday, March 31
"High Probability Selling"
Jacques Werth, MBA `69, President & Founder, High Probability Selling

Regional Clubs
The start of the New Year offers a wide array of great events for Drexel alumni across the country. Visit our Events and Programs Calendar to see the schedule or to register online for anyone of our upcoming events.

To find out what's coming soon to your area or visit our Regional Clubs webpage to find a club near you.

Reconnect with your Drexel friends through DragoNet, the Alumni Online Community. Membership is exclusive and free to alumni. Signing up is easy; click here for more information. Your temporary password can be obtained by contacting the alumni office toll free 1-888-DU-GRADS or referring to a past alumni magazine.

Alumni Cards
Gain access to W. W. Hagerty Library or the Korman Center, acquire membership discounts at the John A. Daskalakis Athletic Center, take advantage of special insurance programs, and much more by signing up for a Drexel Alumni Card. For more information click here.

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