by Diane Ketler, Marketing and Communications Associate
College of Arts and Sciences
Khushbu Patel, Psychology '14
In January, HarperCollins released “Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music,” a memoir by Grammy® Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo and co-authored by Rachel Wenrick, associate teaching professor of English at Drexel. While it was a highly collaborative project between the writer and singer, Wenrick is the first to say they couldn’t have done it without the help of Drexel psychology student and Humanities Fellow, Khushbu Patel ’14.
Meet Patel and find out what attracted her to the project and how it ultimately helped her grow as a social scientist. >>
Click the video above for a personal invitation to the 4th Annual Alumni Global Night of Networking (GNN) from Wade Balmer '02. Balmer will host the GNN reception in Denver at Tony P’s, along with fellow alumni Stefanie Doctor '06, MS '09 and Jordan Parfitt '07.
Just Two Weeks Left Until the 4th Annual Drexel Alumni Global Night of Networking
The big day will be here soon! Have you registered yet for the Drexel Alumni Global Night of Networking on April 2? If not, hurry up and join the 840 alumni who already signed up to attend one of the 36 GNN receptions taking place around the world. And don't forget to help us spread the word by inviting your Drexel friends! At the GNN, you'll meet, network and share your Drexel connection with fellow alumni who live or work near you. It’s going to be a great night out for Dragons all over the world! Click here to find a GNN reception in your are and register to be part of the excitement!
You can also participate in the GNN by tuning in to the 24-hour Virtual Site any time throughout the day on April 2. The Virtual Site uses Adobe Connect, so all you need is a computer or Wi-Fi connected device to participate. The Virtual Site features talks, demonstrations, workshops, tours and more from Drexel alumni, faculty and professional staff, and these are all original programs so you won’t find them anywhere else. For a full programming schedule, click here.
LGBTQA Alumni Shared-Interest Constituent Group
The Alumni Association is measuring interest in the possible formation of an LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, ally) shared-interest alumni constituent group. If you would consider being a member of this group, or you want to learn more, please take a moment to fill out this brief online form and someone from the Office of Alumni Relations will be in touch with you.
The Alumni Travel Program Excursions and Special Offers
As part of our commitment to lifelong learning, the Alumni Association offers unique group travel opportunities to Drexel graduates. These alumni travel programs combine educational forums and excursions to places of historical and cultural interest, with the opportunity to enjoy unplanned experiences and meet local people. >>
Just added! Discover Down Under: Sydney to Auckland from February 10 to 28, 2015. Visit the land of koalas and kangaroos as you explore charming seaside towns down under. Discover the stunning landscapes and rich heritage of Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand while cruising aboard Oceania Cruises™ elegant Marina.
Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Membership Eligibility Now Open At Chestnut Square
The University City branch of Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union is now open and all Drexel University students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni are eligible for membership.
Located at Chestnut Square — 3200 Chestnut Street — this full-service branch offers an array of financial products and services, including free checking, e-banking with bill payer, mobile banking, loans, and four nearby surcharge-free ATM options. For branch hours and to learn of any special offers exclusive to the Drexel community, click here.
FMFCU is the "Preferred Partner Credit Union" of Drexel University and "Official Financial Wellness Provider" for Drexel University's A Healthier U.
Judges Wanted for the Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge
The College of Engineering is looking for alumni volunteers to judge the 2014 Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge, an underwater robotics competition for teams of middle and high school students. The competition will be held on Friday, April 25, for middle schools and Saturday, April 26, for high schools. Judges will score the teams based on four categories: Vehicle Performance, Oral Presentation, Notebook Submission, and Team Spirit & Sportsmanship. >>
Alumni are also invited to Drexel's annual charity golf tournament, in support of the Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge. The tournament will be held on Friday, May 30, in Blackwood, N.J. >>
Alumni Career Services|
"How to be Successful in Silicon Valley" An Alumni Career Services Program in San Jose, Calif.
You've landed the job. You're in the hub of the best and brightest community in the world, where great talent is easy to find. Firms are generally flat-structured and everyone has the ability to contribute. How do you take the skills you've acquired and differentiate yourself?
Join the Alumni Association and Jim Bean '91, vice president of Retail at Apple, Inc., on Tuesday, March 25, and hear Jim speak about how Silicon Valley works. >>
"How to Maximize New Business Opportunities Through Referrals" An Alumni Career Services Program in King of Prussia, Pa.
Growing any business is more than just making cold calls. Regardless of the industry, new business opportunities require networking and relationship building. Have you ever devoted the time to learn how it's done?
Join the Alumni Association and Fred Kaplan CBM, MBA '83, director of business development at WeiserMazars LLP, on Thursday, April 24, and learn the 12 steps to building a referral pipeline. Understand how to optimize networking events and conduct relationship building meetings with potential referral sources. Leave with the skills to convert potential sources into active referral partners. >>
Career Columns by Drexel Alumni
The Executive Files
by Sally Stetson '83
"8 Ways to Advance Your Career to the Next Level"
Stetson summarizes a recent talk she gave at a Drexel School of Public Health event and highlights eight things to remember when trying to take your career to the executive level.
by Terry Wall '97
"To Promote Values, Preach What You Practice"
Wall puts a twist on an old saying and explains the importance of talking explicitly and specifically talking about your company's values.
Register Today for Alumni Weekend 2014
This year, members of the Classes of 1964 and 1989 will celebrate their 50- and 25-year reunions, and a number of campus groups will come back for special get-togethers. Saturday will kick off with the 22nd Annual University City 5K Run and our Alumni Scavenger Hunt. Plus, several of Drexel's colleges and schools will open their doors for tours, open houses and meet-and-greets.
Closing out the weekend, we’ll take over the Main Building for a brand new event called Drexel After Dark! The Great Court will have a DJ and dance floor, snacks, drinks, and café style seating. The second floor will feature food and beverage stations and a fun photo booth, and the A.J. Drexel Picture Gallery on the third floor will be turned into a piano bar with wine and cheese pairings. And finally, the fourth floor will be transformed into a night club with music and video games.
There is a lot to see and do at Alumni Weekend this year, so visit our online registration page for a complete schedule and register to join us back on campus on May 2 and 3! >>
For details on College of Medicine Alumni Weekend activities on May 2 and 3, click here. And for information on 50th reunion activities for the Hahnemann University and Woman's Medical College Classes of 1963, held from May 14 to 16, click here.
Calling All International Alumni Living in the Philadelphia Area
Did you come to Drexel as a student from another country and are you now living and working in the Greater Philadelphia area? Do you remember trying to find a job you love and stay in the United States as graduation drew near? Congratulations — you made it! And there are many current Drexel students just like you who would benefit from your success story.
On Wednesday, April 16, the Alumni Association, International Students and Scholars Services and the Office of International Programs will host a networking night and panel discussion for international students and alumni in the Philadelphia area. If you are interested in meeting and networking with current international students or serving as a panelist and sharing your experiences and advice, let us know! Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-DU-GRADS.
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Enrichment Courses: $50 Alumni Discount
Westphal College offers non-credit courses in professional development and artistic enrichment. Whether in the fine arts, design or media, courses are taught by passionate faculty at the top of their fields. In both personal and career development, the enrichment program provides course participants with educational opportunities that range from the refinement of a specialized skill to entrée into exciting new arenas. A $50 discount is available to Drexel alumni.
Please email Brittanie Sterner, executive assistant to the dean, at email@example.com with your graduation year and program to receive the discount code.
The 2013 Philanthropy Journal is Now Available Online
Drexel is excited to announce the unveiling of the 2013 Philanthropy Journal website. The site details the year's philanthropy efforts and recognizes those donors and volunteers who supported Drexel from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. Signifying a successful end to Dream It. Do It. Drexel. A Campaign for the Future, this year’s site is entitled, We Celebrate. It chronicles the inspirational stories of some of Drexel’s top benefactors while highlighting the programs they support. >>
Leadership 500 Excellence Awards: Vote for Drexel’s CEO LEAD Program
For the past 30 years, Leadership Excellence magazine has identified and recognized the top 500 leadership organizations and their strategies and solutions in its yearly ranking issues. This year, Drexel’s CEO LEAD program has been nominated to become one of these Top 500 recognized leaders and to be featured in the May Issue of Leadership Excellence. This award recognizes top leadership programs and highlights the organizations role in the industry. Alumni are encouraged to show your support and vote for Drexel’s CEO LEAD program by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 20. Click here to vote!