Don Mankin '64: An Adventure Seeking Globe Trotter
Theologian and philosopher Saint Augustine once said, "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." At 71 years old, Drexel graduate Don Mankin is making his way through this book, one adventure at a time.
After earning a BS in electrical engineering from Drexel in 1964 and a PhD in psychology from The Johns Hopkins University, Don worked for 35 years as a psychology professor and dean at various universities and has consulted for many organizations. During his time in academia, Don took advantage of his free summers by traveling the world.
"For most of my life I didn't travel at all, though it was always something that I wanted to do," he said. "It wasn't until I was 27 that I left the country for the first time with my rugby team."
Over time, Don's summer pastime turned into a true passion. It was at dinner one night, when a friend offered him some honest advice, that the course of Don's life took a new direction. >>
Vote Now: Alumni Association Board of Governors Election
The Drexel University Alumni Association invites you to take part in this year's election of candidates to the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors oversees the Alumni Association's efforts to engage, advance and support the campus community and its alumni and students through a variety of programs, services and awards as well as opportunities for volunteerism and advocacy.
You are invited to review each candidate's letter of interest and submit your vote online. Voting will conclude at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 21, 2013. >>
Drexel Alumni Travel Program Adds 8 New Excursions for 2014
Drexel alumni have even more opportunities to see the world with the Alumni Travel Program. Exciting new destinations for 2014 have just been added to the schedule including: Tahiti; Holland and Belgium; Memphis to New Orleans; Apulia, Italy; the Canadian Rockies; Copenhagen to Stockholm; Northern Italy; and a Panama Canal Cruise! Visit us online to get on our mailing list for our 2014 destinations. >>
For a limited time, Drexel alumni are eligible for a Paperless Savings of $250 per-person on selected trips. This is in addition to a $250 per-person Special Savings (not applicable for Crystal Cruise programs) already being offered, for a total savings of up to $500 per person per trip. For more information, and to review trips eligible for this discount, click here.
Share Your Insights: Alumni Travel Program Survey
The Alumni Association strives to offer the highest quality educational travel experiences through its annual trip offerings. Please share your travel preferences and insights by completing this brief survey. Your input will help shape the future of the Drexel Alumni Travel Program. >>
D&M Class Helps Non-Profits Find Visual Identity
Design & Merchandising sophomores in Professor Nick Cassway’s Computer Design class are using small non-profit organizations as the basis for semester-wide projects. Along with developing computer graphics skills, Cassway says his students are learning how to match an organization’s intangible qualities with meaningful, consistent visuals to develop brand identities that support its mission, goals and vision. >>
Alumna Gives Back to Honor Those Who Died for Her Freedom
Lindsey Leibign '11, 1st Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, has wanted to practice medicine since childhood. After September 11, 2001, she started to think about joining the military and began to realize that she had the opportunity to be part of something bigger than herself. >>
BAYADA Award Recipient Donates Winnings to Teen Mothers
Karen Adamson '09, donated $6,000 from her BAYADA Award for Technological Innovation in Nursing Education and Practice to two teen mothers she works with in her practice who are pursuing degrees in the health professions. >>
Product Design Students in Paris Competition
Product Design student Alexa Forney and Greg Yeutter, minoring in Product Design, were selected as one of the top 25 teams in Schneider Electric’s Go Green in the City design challenge. Their top-ranked project, “Wind Power in the Urban Pedestrian Space,” focuses on the benefits and challenges of installing wind power solutions in urban settings. Forney and Yeutter will be going to Paris later this month to present their final design solution in competition with the other remaining teams. >>
Alumni Career Services|
Are You an Entrepreneur with a Story to Share?
If so, we need you! The Alumni Association is seeking alumni entrepreneurs to serve as speakers or panelists at upcoming Alumni Career Service programs in: Orange County, CA; Washington, D.C.; and Manhattan, NY. If you're interested in sharing your entrepreneurship challenges and successes with alumni in your area, let us know! Possible discussion topics include, but are not limited to, looking for financing, working for someone else while trying to launch your dream and managing a business partner who has different ideas. If you think sharing your experiences could help fellow alumni entrepreneurs in your area, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at email@example.com or 1-888-DU-GRADS.
Introducing Going Global – a Worldwide Employment Portal
Going Global is a new resource we are making available to you in partnership with Drexel’s Steinbright Career Development Center. It is a comprehensive worldwide employment portal that is available for Drexel alumni online all the time. If you are looking to work in a specific city or country you can easily find information about many locations in the United States and throughout the world. >>
The Mental Strength Coach
by Andrei Jablokow '84, '87
"Mental Strength for Career Management"
Mental strength is about making decisions based on logic and using emotion only for motivation. How do you look at your career logically and use emotion to motivate you to succeed?
by Terry Wall '97
"Public Speaking As an Important Leadership Skill, and Three Improvement Tips"
Public speaking is one of the most important leadership skills. You can have the greatest ideas in the world, but if you can’t get people to listen to those ideas, and more important act upon them, you’re not going to be as successful as you could be.
The Office of Alumni Relations Wins Three National CASE Circle of Excellence Awards
The Drexel University Office of Alumni Relations is excited to announce that its 2012 Year of the Dragon program earned an Overall Category Grand Gold Award in the 2013 CASE Circle of Excellence Awards Program. Topping out 121 entries in the Alumni Relations Program Category to earn this top honor, the Year of the Dragon program also won the Grand Gold Award in the New Program Initiatives subcategory.
In addition, the "All I Really Need to Know I Learned at Drexel" Life Lessons Campaign earned a Bronze Award in the Programming for Special Constituencies subcategory. A special thank you goes to all of the alumni and alumni volunteers who participated in the Year of the Dragon in 2012. Without your help and participation, the Year of the Dragon would not be the award-winning program that it is! >>
Want to Learn More About a Possible LGBT or Black Alumni Shared-Interest Alumni Constituent Group?
The Alumni Association wants to measure interest in the possible formation of two new shared-interest alumni constituent groups: a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender group and a black alumni group. If you would consider being a member of either of these groups, or you want to learn more, please take a moment to fill out a brief online form and someone from the Office of Alumni Relations will be in touch with you. For the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group interest form, click here. For the black alumni interest form, click here.
The CNHP Alumni Network Announces New Leadership
The Alumni Association would like to congratulate and welcome the first Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions Alumni Network Board of Directors. This dynamic group is comprised of CNHP alumni from many different health care disciplines from all over the United States. Click here to learn more about the elected members.