Year of the Dragon: May 2012

Alumni Memories
and Milestones


Cornerstone is laid for Sarah Drexel Van Rensselaer Dormitory for Women

Sarah Drexel Van Rensselaer dormitory opens


Our name is changed to Drexel Institute of Technology


First women enroll in the College of Engineering


James Creese becomes president

Athletics becomes a recognized department under the Dean of Faculty


The Drexel Society of Women Engineers is founded


Drexel football has an undefeated season


Grain elevator explodes

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Jack Kenton '60, '72


The biomedical engineering program begins


Men's soccer wins a national championship

Louis Armstrong performs on campus for Sammy Week

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Daniel Kahan '63


The Rush Hospital on 33rd Street is purchased

The Field Hockey Team has its only undefeated season

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Helen Callas Reiner '57, '66


William Walsh Hagerty becomes president

The Creese Student Center opens

Pennsylvania grants the right to confer Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, materials engineering, applied mechanics, and mathematics


75th Anniversary of Drexel's founding

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Q.G. Gennaro '70


Our name is officially changed to Drexel University

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A. Stanley Norkiewicz '70

Nesbitt Hall is completed and Lancaster Avenue (between 32nd and 33rd) is converted to a sidewalk


The Drexel Jazz Band is established and goes on a five-country European tour. This band evolved into the Drexel Pep Band, and still performs at Drexel men's and women's basketball games.
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Ken Delmar '62


The Daskalakis Athletic Center (formerly the Physical Education and Athletic Center) is built and the first game is played

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Jon Liss '79 and
Kevin Cunnion '76


All students at Drexel are required to have personal access to a Macintosh computer

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Janine Galen '87

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Carvon Johnson '85, '88

The W.W. Hagerty Library opens


The LeBow Engineering Center opens


The Center for Automation Technology opens


Ice cream sandwich fight at Drexel

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Eric Staudt '95


Constantine Papadakis (Taki) becomes president


Men's basketball goes to the NCAA tournament for the third straight year


The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems begins

The School of Education begins


Drexel Hosts FIRST Robotics-Philadelphia Alliance Regional Competition in the DAC

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Cassandra Pugh '07


The Drexel University College of Medicine is established, successor to MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine

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Joy Springer '02


Classes begin in the Earle Mack School of Law


The Earle Mack School of Law building opens

Race Street Residences opens as a dormitory

The Democratic debate is held on campus

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K. Reilly '11


30th Anniversary of the Drexel University Gospel Choir

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Teakia Sabb '05


Millennium Hall opens as a dormitory
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Christopher Russell '09

President Constantine Papadakis passes away

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Erica Leeds '09


Recreation Center opens

John Fry becomes president

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K. Reilly '11


Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building opens

Celebrating Dragon Memories!
Alumni Weekend is the largest and most exciting event to bring alumni back to campus each year and, of course, this year's theme is the Year of the Dragon! Throughout May we'll dig into the Archives to highlight the University's rich history and share your memories of Drexel days past.

Alumni Memories and MilestonesDrexel Alumni Memories
and Milestones

Throughout the month of May, the Alumni Association celebrated the significant events in Drexel's history that make it the unique University that it is today.

On the left, we have started a timeline of Drexel milestones spanning from the 1930's to 2012. Check out our list, and if you'd like to share your personal account, or photographs from a certain milestone, let us know!

As we receive your memories, we'll add them into the timeline.

It's not too late to let us know which milestone you've experienced first-hand! Fill out the form below and share your memories.

Share Your Drexel Memories!
First Name:*
Last Name:*
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Drexel Milestone:*
In the space below, please share your first-hand account of a Drexel milestone:*


Have a photo?
Please send it to us at or mail it to:

Drexel University Alumni Association
Paul Peck Alumni Center
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Attn: Lara Geragi
(all photos will be returned)

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Is something missing? Help us expand our timeline by letting us know which significant events we've left out. Contact the Alumni Association at, tell us what milestone should be added and we'll consider adding it to our list .

Alumni WeekendAlumni Weekend 2012
May 4 & 5, 2012

Drexel alumni celebrated celebrate the Year of the Dragon at Alumni Weekend 2012. Alumni Weekend is a signature experience where Drexel alumni from across the world return to campus to visit with classmates and friends, check out the latest happenings on campus, and revel in the fun and festivity of the weekend.

Alumni came back to campus and shared their dragon pride, celebrating the Class of 1962 on the landmark occasion of its 50th reunion and induction into the Golden Dragon Society and joining in the fun at the Alumni Family Picnic and lacing up their running shoes for the University City 5K Run. Saturday evening, alumni danced the night away during a festive evening at the University Gala.

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