Year of the Dragon: May 2012

Alumni Memories
and Milestones

1931

Cornerstone is laid for Sarah Drexel Van Rensselaer Dormitory for Women

Sarah Drexel Van Rensselaer dormitory opens

1936

Our name is changed to Drexel Institute of Technology

1943

First women enroll in the College of Engineering

1945

James Creese becomes president

Athletics becomes a recognized department under the Dean of Faculty

1946

The Drexel Society of Women Engineers is founded

1955

Drexel football has an undefeated season

1956

Grain elevator explodes

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Jack Kenton '60, '72

1957

The biomedical engineering program begins

1958

Men's soccer wins a national championship

Louis Armstrong performs on campus for Sammy Week

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Daniel Kahan '63

1961

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

1963

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

1966

75th Anniversary of Drexel's founding

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Q.G. Gennaro '70

1970

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

1971

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

1975

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

1983

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

1989

The LeBow Engineering Center opens

1990

The Center for Automation Technology opens

1991

Ice cream sandwich fight at Drexel

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Eric Staudt '95

1995

Constantine Papadakis (Taki) becomes president

1996

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

1997

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

The School of Education begins

2000

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

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Cassandra Pugh '07

2002

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

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Joy Springer '02

2005

Classes begin in the Earle Mack School of Law

2007

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

2008

30th Anniversary of the Drexel University Gospel Choir

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Teakia Sabb '05

2009

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

2010

Recreation Center opens

John Fry becomes president

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K. Reilly '11

2011

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:*
Maiden Name:
Class Year(s):*
E-mail Address:*
Daytime Phone:
 
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 alumni@drexel.edu 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 alumni@drexel.edu, 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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