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  • Image of the exterior of the University City High School

    Drexel and Wexford Purchase University City High School site

    June 16, 2014

    Drexel University City Development, LLC, the joint venture between Drexel and Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, officially closed today on the purchase of a 14-acre site from the School District of Philadelphia that formerly housed the University City High School, the Charles Drew Elementary School and The Walnut Center.

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  • Dana and David Dornsife together with Drexel representatives and the Lindy family cut the ribbon.

    Dornsife Center Grand Opening

    June 12, 2014

    Drexel University celebrated the grand opening of the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships on Thursday, June 12 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the dedication of the Lindy House and tours of the site for the community.

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  • Rendering of the expanded Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center (new wing on left)

    Drexel Breaks Ground to Expand 11th Street Health Center in North Philadelphia

    June 6, 2014

    Drexel broke ground for a major expansion of its nurse-managed health center in North Philadelphia. Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke was on hand for the ceremonial event with Drexel President John A. Fry, benefactors Stephen and Sandra Sheller, College of Nursing and Health Professions Dean Gloria Donnelly, PhD, 11th Street Director Patricia Gerrity, PhD, Drexel trustees, faculty and students, and staff, patients and community members at 11th Street.

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  • Science Carnival

    Drexel at PSF

    April 23, 2014
    The press of a button triggering a chain reaction of more than 300 energy transfers will serve as the elaborate opening to the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival. The harbinger of this year’s week of science excitement is a Rube Goldberg machine –a complex device designed to perform a simple task- built by Drexel engineering students with the goal of setting a world record. Read More
  • Drexel Program Participant Tianna Gaines-Turner Gets a Seat at the State of the Union

    January 27, 2014

    Tianna Gaines-Turner, a low-income mother of three children from North Philadelphia, will attend the State of the Union address as a guest of Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey on Jan. 28, the Senator announced today. Her attendance marks a new achievement of a Drexel program raising the voices of families living in poverty to gain a place in the national conversation.

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  • Democratic Candidates Seeking Gubernatorial Nomination to Debate at Drexel University in May

    January 16, 2014

    The Democratic City Committee and Drexel University will host a debate among the democratic gubernatorial candidates vying for the chance to challenge incumbent Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in the November election.

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  • High School Students Join Youth Development Expert at Drexel to Debate College vs. Career Readiness

    October 17, 2013

    Four talented high school students from the Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League will debate the merits of college versus career readiness on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., as part of the Critical Conversations in Urban Education lecture series hosted by Drexel University’s School of Education

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  • Bureau of Justice Assistance Announces New Awardees of Neighborhood Revitalization Grant at Drexel

    September 10, 2013

    The nation’s leading community development support organization, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), will host a meeting at Drexel University on September 11 and 12, during which the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance will announce the new class of awardees of its Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) grant.

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  • Drexel at Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week

    April 16, 2013

    As part of city’s vibrant scientific and technological community, Drexel University will play a big role in the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week on April 18-28. From a 29-story video game, to cutting-edge robotics, to an interactive Jazz concert, Drexel’s students, faculty and professional staff will be part of the programming for both week-long celebrations of the inquisitive and innovative spirits that are part of the fabric of the city.

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  • Drexel Delegation Travels to Ethiopia and Explores African Partnerships

    March 22, 2013

    Drexel University President John A. Fry and a delegation recently traveled to Ethiopia to explore possible University programs in the country’s urban and rural areas. Fry was joined by Dr. Shannon Marquez, associate dean of Drexel’s School of Public Health, and philanthropists and University benefactors Dana and David Dornsife. A 1983 Drexel alumna, Dana Dornsife together with David helped establish Drexel’s Dana and David Dornsife Center for Community Partnerships with a $10 million gift to the University.

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  • Citizens Bank Foundation Presents Grant to Drexel as Part of Growing Communities

    March 1, 2013
    The Citizens Bank Foundation today announced a partnership with Drexel University to launch Growing Communities, a new initiative that is designed to impact neighborhood revitalization, create jobs, and increase financial literacy in West Philadelphia. The announcement was made during an open house at the University’s Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, where Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens President and CEO Daniel K. Fitzpatrick presented a $100,000 check to Drexel University President John A. FryRead More
  • Public Art for Public Health Celebrated in Philadelphia in March

    February 26, 2013

    At Drexel University’s nurse-run health center this spring, an innovative effort in public art for public health is underway. A series of events in March will celebrate the story of the Porch Light program this effort is part of, collectively including more than six years of collaborative projects between the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the city’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.

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  • Drexel’s Impact on Pennsylvania’s Economy: $2.4 Billion

    November 26, 2012
    Drexel University’s annual economic impact within Pennsylvania through its spending, increased earning power of alumni and the spending of students and visitors to Drexel is $2.4 billion, according to a new study by the Econsult Corporation that was released by the University. Drexel’s annual economic impact within the city of Philadelphia is $1.5 billion.Drexel University’s annual economic impact within Pennsylvania through its spending, increased earning power of alumni and the spending of students and visitors to Drexel is $2.4 billion, according to a new study by the Econsult Corporation that was released by the University. Drexel’s annual economic impact within the city of Philadelphia is $1.5 billion. Read More
  • Philanthropist Philip Lindy Receives Civic Engagement Award from Drexel

    October 25, 2012
    Drexel University President John A. Fry announced today that philanthropist Philip B. Lindy will receive the 2012 Joseph Jacovini Outstanding Service Award, the highest honor that the University bestows upon non-alumni in recognition of their service. The award will be presented on Saturday, November 17, at the annual Anthony J. Drexel Society Gala, Drexel’s premier annual black-tie event. Read More
  • Drexel to Establish Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

    October 4, 2012
    With the help of a $10 million gift by Dana and David Dornsife, Drexel University President John A. Fry announced today the establishment of the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships to be located on a 1.3-acre site in the heart of West Philadelphia. Expected to open in 2014, the Dornsife Center will be located at 35th and Spring Garden Streets on a vacant site that currently includes two historical properties and a school totaling more than 29,400-square-feet of space. Read More
  • Drexel, Powel and SLA Partner for New Public Shool

    September 25, 2012

    The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) has awarded $215,000 to a collaboration among Samuel Powel Elementary School (Powel), Science Leadership Academy (SLA) and Drexel University. The investment from the Great Schools Fund will support planning for the expansion of Powel, a K-4 district school near Drexel in West Philadelphia, and the creation of a new middle school to serve the same neighborhood.

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  • Drexel Partners with National Constitution Center to Create Free Webcast on the Presidency

    August 24, 2012
    Drexel University’s Learning Technologies Group in the School of Education worked in partnership with the National Constitution Center to create a free webcast, Constitution Hall Pass: The Presidency, in celebration of the U.S. Constitution’s milestone 225th anniversary. The webcast, the latest edition of the National Constitution Center’s Constitution Hall Pass series, will be available starting Monday, September 10, at constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday. Read More
  • Drexel Professor Teaches Life Skills to Foster Youth

    August 10, 2012
    Thirty ninth-grade students from Arise Academy Charter High School, the only charter school for foster youth in the country, will receive individual mentoring and social skills training through a new partnership with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Students will also receive additional life-skills training from Dr. Chuck Williams, a professor in Drexel University’s School of Education and a 2012 Stoneleigh Fellow, who is himself a former foster youth. Read More
  • Autism Outreach on Wheels: Students Design Mobile Clinics for A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

    July 19, 2012

    The newly established A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University is hitting the road with design assistance from students in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Students are developing designs for the interior and exterior of a vehicle that will be used as a mobile clinic for research and community outreach, the first mobile unit for autism in the Philadelphia region. 

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  • Mayor Nutter Announces $16 Million in Support of Philadelphia education

    July 18, 2012
    Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced a new, more than $16.2 million investment over the next four years by the Middleton family for educational, workforce training, and professional development programming. John S. and Leigh Middleton selected eight targeted education efforts in which their investment will be distributed: the School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Academies, Inc., Philadelphia Youth Network and Drexel University through the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

    Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced a new, more than $16.2 million investment over the next four years by the Middleton family for educational, workforce training, and professional development programming. John S. and Leigh Middleton selected eight targeted education efforts in which their investment will be distributed: the School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Academies, Inc., Philadelphia Youth Network and Drexel University through the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

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  • Mantua Middle School Students Try Sports, Playwriting in Summer Program

    July 9, 2012

    Mantua in Action, a new summer program serving 178 Mantua middle school students from June 25 – August 10, is bringing together sports and enrichment opportunities to help students develop athletic skills and academic abilities, benefit from peer and adult role models, and demonstrate greater competence and hope for the future.

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  • Drexel and Partners Bring Fresh Produce to West Philadelphia Community

    June 20, 2012

    Recently the Fresh Food Hub, a non-profit food truck that serves low-income customers with produce to promote healthy eating, made its debut in West Philadelphia. Beginning as a pushcart market that appeared only once a week, the truck has expanded to provide a wide variety of produce and grocery items to the West Philadelphia community. 

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  • Drexel Students Design Urban Garden for West Philly Seniors

    June 13, 2012

    An urban garden, called the “Healthy Outdoor Garden Oasis,” created by students from Drexel University and sponsored by the Drexel University office  for community initiatives, is now open at the Mantua Presbyterian Apartments, a HUD Section 202 senior housing community of Presby’s Inspired Life.

    An urban garden, called the “Healthy Outdoor Garden Oasis,” created by students from Drexel University and sponsored by the Drexel University Office  for Community Initiatives, is now open at the Mantua Presbyterian Apartments, a HUD Section 202 senior housing community of Presby’s Inspired Life.

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  • Three Medical Students Selected as 2012 Schweitzer Fellows

    May 22, 2012
    The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship recently selected three Drexel University College of Medicine students as Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows for 2012-13. Phoebe Dacha, Alicia Howard, and Ashley Stephens will join approximately 240 other Schweitzer Fellows from across the country in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that address the unmet health needs of underserved individuals and communities.The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship recently selected three Drexel University College of Medicine students as Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows for 2012-13. Phoebe Dacha, Alicia Howard, and Ashley Stephens will join approximately 240 other Schweitzer Fellows from across the country in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that address the unmet health needs of underserved individuals and communities. Read More
  • Drexel to Conduct Health Screenings at City Council President Veterans Fair

    May 15, 2012
    Faculty and students from the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University will offer comprehensive health screenings at the Philadelphia City Council Veterans Resource Fair on Monday, May 21.Faculty and students from the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University will offer comprehensive health screenings at the Philadelphia City Council Veterans Resource Fair on Monday, May 21. Read More
  • Stained glass windows by GHS students on display at Drexel

    April 26, 2012

    Fourteen colorful stained glass windows created by students from Germantown High School are currently on display as part of an exhibition entitled the “Hand-Eye Collaboration” at Drexel University’s James E. Marks Intercultural Center (33rd and Chestnut Streets). The exhibit symbolizes the power of art to bring together people of all races, religions, ages and backgrounds. It is free and open to the public, and will be on display through June 4.

    Fourteen colorful stained glass windows created by students from Germantown High School are currently on display as part of an exhibition entitled the “Hand-Eye Collaboration” at Drexel University’s James E. Marks Intercultural Center (33rd and Chestnut Streets). The exhibit symbolizes the power of art to bring together people of all races, religions, ages and backgrounds. It is free and open to the public, and will be on display through June 4.

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  • Drexel and Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia Partner

    April 23, 2012
    Drexel University and Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia announced a new partnership to support summer educational programming for low-income students from Philadelphia public schools who are transitioning to high school. In recognition of support from Drexel, the Breakthrough high school program has been renamed The Peggy and Richard Greenawalt Program, in honor of Drexel Board of Trustees Chairman Richard A. Greenawalt, and his wife, Peggy, a founding board member of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia.Drexel University and Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia announced a new partnership to support summer educational programming for low-income students from Philadelphia public schools who are transitioning to high school. In recognition of support from Drexel, the Breakthrough high school program has been renamed The Peggy and Richard Greenawalt Program, in honor of Drexel Board of Trustees Chairman Richard A. Greenawalt, and his wife, Peggy, a founding board member of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia. Read More
  • Teen Violence Prevention Research Brought to Life through Digitally Animated Videos

    April 23, 2012

    Working with West Philadelphia residents, researchers from Drexel's School of Public Health and Penn's School of Nursing created Briana and Damon, digital animation characters voiced by members of the community, as a novel strategy to communicate anti-violence messages grounded in community-based research.

    Working with West Philadelphia residents, researchers from Drexel's School of Public Health and Penn's School of Nursing created Briana and Damon, digital animation characters voiced by members of the community, as a novel strategy to communicate anti-violence messages grounded in community-based research.

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  • Drexel Leads Charge for Digital Inclusion at Philly Tech Week

    April 20, 2012

    Drexel University will take part in Philly Tech Week’s annual celebration of innovation and technology from April 23-28. The week of events, exhibitions, panels and celebrations brings technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, educators, and enthusiasts together for a week of tech-related exhibits, demonstrations, discussions and gatherings throughout the city.

    Drexel University will take part in Philly Tech Week’s annual celebration of innovation and technology from April 23-28. The week of events, exhibitions, panels and celebrations brings technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, educators, and enthusiasts together for a week of tech-related exhibits, demonstrations, discussions and gatherings throughout the city.

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  • Philadelphia Science Festival

    Drexel University at Philadelphia Science Festival

    April 12, 2012

    Drexel University will play a big role in the celebration of science that is annual Philadelphia Science Festival. The festival, which runs from April 20-29, brings scientists and science enthusiasts together for a week of science-related exhibits, demonstrations and gatherings throughout the city. Drexel students, faculty and professional staff will take part in events each day during the festival. Click "read more" for a full schedule of all Drexel-related activities during the week.

    Drexel University will play a big role in the celebration of science at the annual Philadelphia Science Festival. The festival, which runs from April 20-29, brings scientists and science enthusiasts together for a week of science-related exhibits, demonstrations and gatherings throughout the city. Drexel students, faculty and professional staff will take part in events each day during the festival. Click "read more" for a full schedule of all Drexel-related activities during the week.

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  • MLK-Project-KEYSPOTS

    January 13, 2012

    Philadelphia’s 17th Annual MLK Day of Service, Monday January 16, will feature a first-ever on-site and Internet-based virtual job fair in an effort to empower Philadelphia residents economically. Drexel University is leading the Freedom Rings Partnership in hosting a digital job fair at the same location as the onsite job fair at Girard College, located at 21st Street and Girard Avenue, which is already capped at 600 attendees.

    Philadelphia’s 17th Annual MLK Day of Service, Monday January 16, will feature a first-ever on-site and Internet-based virtual job fair in an effort to empower Philadelphia residents economically. Drexel University is leading the Freedom Rings Partnership in hosting a digital job fair at the same location as the onsite job fair at Girard College, located at 21st Street and Girard Avenue, which is already capped at 600 attendees.

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  • Mural Arts timeline

    Student designs Mural Arts timeline

    December 13, 2011

    The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program officially opened a new public space, Mural Arts at The Gallery, the place to tour, shop, learn and create with the largest public art program in the world. Featured in the space is a mobile exhibit about the history of the Mural Arts Program, designed by graphic design student Randi Dean from Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

    The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program officially opened a new public space, Mural Arts at The Gallery, the place to tour, shop, learn and create with the largest public art program in the world. Featured in the space is a mobile exhibit about the history of the Mural Arts Program, designed by graphic design student Randi Dean from Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

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  • CALEA Accreditation for Drexel

    November 29, 2011

    Three years after its first officers were deployed, the Drexel University Police Department (DUPD) has earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), becoming one of only 10 law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania and one of 51 colleges and universities nationwide to receive the prestigious recognition of public safety professional excellence.

    Three years after its first officers were deployed, the Drexel University Police Department (DUPD) has earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), becoming one of only 10 law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania and one of 51 colleges and universities nationwide to receive the prestigious recognition of public safety professional excellence.

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  • Zipcar and Drexel Partner

    November 28, 2011

    Drexel University has partnered with Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car-sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car-sharing program on campus. The cost-effective and convenient transportation option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students ages 18 and older, as well as faculty and professional staff members.

    Drexel University has partnered with Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car-sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car-sharing program on campus. The cost-effective and convenient transportation option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students ages 18 and older, as well as faculty and professional staff members.

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  • Drexel and UCD Program Offers Paid Training to Certified Medical Assistants from West Philadelphia

    November 1, 2011

    In an effort to build real connections between Drexel and the West Philadelphia community, Drexel and UCD have developed a 14-week program that provides paid technical skills training, professional development training, mentoring by seasoned medical professionals, career development and job coaching services, and job opportunities through Drexel University College of Medicine.

    In an effort to build real connections between Drexel and the West Philadelphia community, Drexel and UCD have developed a 14-week program that provides paid technical skills training, professional development training, mentoring by seasoned medical professionals, career development and job coaching services, and job opportunities through Drexel University College of Medicine.

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  • Drexel Receives $15 Million Gift in Support of Civic Engagement and Community Initiatives

    Drexel Receives 15 Million Gift in Support of Civic Engagement and Community Initiatives

    April 15, 2011

    In recognition of philanthropist Philip B. Lindy's generous support, Drexel will name the Center for Civic Engagement for Lindy.

    In recognition of philanthropist Philip B. Lindy's generous support, Drexel will name the Center for Civic Engagement for Lindy.

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