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THE E-NEWSLETTER FOR DREXEL ALUMNI / JULY 2013 · VOLUME 9 · ISSUE 6
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Click the video for a preview of the July 2013 Drexel Details alumni e-newsletter, hosted by marketing and finance major Dawn Armentani '14.


Anne BedrosianAlumni Spotlight
by Kelcey Zacarese '14

Anne Bedrosian, M.D. '56: 90 Years Young

After 90 years of intense traveling, working, and studying, you would think Dr. Anne Bedrosian spends most of her leisure time relaxing in the backyard of her cozy California home. However, that’s probably one of the last places you’ll find this always-active Drexel College of Medicine graduate.

Anne spends a great deal of her free time doing anything physical such as hiking, walking, and exploring the countryside. One of her greatest pleasures comes from hiking, where she covers about 500 miles a year.

After having knee replacement surgery, Anne was hesitant to maintain the active lifestyle she loved living for so long. She was up and on her feet constantly throughout her life, completing shifts at medical school until she dropped out to be part of the Navy’s WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency) program in the hospital corps.

Anne called herself 'a real flag waver' for her country, so discovering that some of her classmates were dying at war left her unconditionally heartbroken. Therefore, she decided to devote herself to helping save the lives of those valiant young men and women. >>

The Alumni Association Board of Governors Announces New Leadership and New Members

The Alumni Association welcomes its newly elected Board of Governors Executive Committee for the 2013-2015 term, effective July 1, 2013. The Executive Committee officers are: Ira Taffer, PhD '79, '83, chair; Anthony M. Noce, Esq. '80, vice chair; Larry Lehmann, P.E. ’72, treasurer; and Donna Downes-Matreale '82, secretary.

Discussing his plans for his term as chair, Taffer said, "I have seen tremendous changes in the Alumni Association since I first joined the Board of Governors. I believe we have strengthened our organization but there is still plenty of work to be done."

In addition, The Alumni Association would like to extend a warm welcome to its newly elected members Jacquelyn Bryant '95, '10; Christopher D'Ascenzo '82, '84; Karen Jehanian '82, '00; David Kaganovsky '95; and Steven Wittenberg '98, as well as its new constituent group representatives Delia De La Garza '01; Deanna Schaffer '90, '92, '99; and Patrick Williams '04.

New Student Send-offs Welcome Incoming Students and Families to Drexel

The Drexel University Alumni Association is on the road this summer, hosting New Student Send-off Receptions around the country. In August and September, 21 send-offs will be held to welcome incoming students and their families to the Drexel community. Send-offs provide a chance for incoming students to meet one another, as well as staff from the University and local alumni. It's a great opportunity for our newest group of students and their families to ask any last-minute questions they might have before packing their bags and heading to Drexel. Click here for the full list of upcoming send-off locations.

Space is limited, so alumni who are interested in participating in a New Student Send-off should please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@drexel.edu or 1-888-DU-GRADS.

National Parks

Alumni Travel Program Adds 8 New Excursions for 2014

Exciting destinations for 2014 have been added to the Alumni Travel Program schedule including a Tahitian cruise, a steamboat cruise from Memphis to New Orleans, a culinary tour of Northern Italy, and much more! For trip details and to get on our mailing list for our 2014 destinations, 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. >>

Drexel VenturesCampus News: University Launches Drexel Ventures

Drexel University is creating a seed funding, incubation and technology transfer enterprise called “Drexel Ventures,” with the goal of spurring technological advancements with real-world applications. The program, which supports Drexel’s strategic priority of fostering economic development in the area, will make it easier for researchers to enter into partnerships with the private sector and translate their work into the marketplace.

“Our faculty, students and alumni are making discoveries that advance knowledge on a daily basis, promising innovations that have the potential to foster economic growth and to address the societal challenges of both today and tomorrow,” said Drexel President John A. Fry. “This initiative will ensure that the Drexel community continues to fuel innovations in Greater Philadelphia and beyond for decades to come.” >>

250 Incoming Students Benefit from the Dragon Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association and Enrollment Management would like to thank all of the alumni who took the time to recommend prospective freshmen and transfer students to Drexel University over the past year. As a result, more than 250 students starting their Drexel education received the Dragon Alumni Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship awarded to enrolling undergraduates who have been recommended by a Drexel alumnus/a or Trustee. If you are interested in recommending a prospective undergraduate student who is considering joining Drexel in 2014, you can read more about the Dragon Alumni Scholarship and the recommendation process online. >>

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Alumni Career Services

Have You Experienced a Career Transition and Would You Like to Share Your Story?

The Alumni Association is seeking graduates to serve on an Alumni Career Services panel to discuss career transition in late October. If you’ve recently left or re-entered the workforce, are taking steps toward a new professional identity or are re-arranging your career to support your unique interests, we’d love to hear from you! Share your personal experience in identifying alternative career paths, utilizing your transferable skills, and how the experience you already have can be the stepping stone to a new career. The panel will be held in Center City Philadelphia and will be moderated by Arnie Kohen, M.Ed., career counselor at Drexel’s Steinbright Career Development Center. For more information and to volunteer, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@drexel.edu or 1-888-DU-GRADS.

 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 through our Online Alumni Directory. 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. >>

Career Columns

Chris BilottaYour Career Retainer
by Chris Bilotta '77, '84
"Cultivating Creativity"


Learn the LET principle and then use it to cultivate a culture of creativity at your place of work.


Terry WallLeadership Unlimited
by Terry Wall '97
"5 Tips to Avoid Snore-Filled Meetings"


Effective meetings may not be the most glamorous topic in the leadership world, but it's a darned important one. This month Terry shares his 5 tips to keep meetings interesting and productive.


Pageant of the Masters

Alumni Enjoy Pageant of the Masters Together in Southern California

On Saturday afternoon, 30 alumni and guests in the Southern California area enjoyed a sold-out evening at Pageant of the Masters during the summer-long Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. Alumni ranging in class year from 1967 to 2013 came out for the event which featured a pre-pageant dinner hosted by the Alumni Association at the nearby restaurant, Tivoli Too. Celebrating 80 years of living pictures, Pageant of the Masters features close to 500 volunteers annually who serve as cast members, make-up artists and costume designers. This year’s theme, "The Big Picture," celebrated the history of the motion picture industry.

Drexel University Sacramento Update

Thanks to everyone who helped make the Sacramento Graduation Celebration at Ten22 last month a huge success! In addition to celebrating with the most recent group of graduates, we also welcomed back former Dean of Drexel University Sacramento, Tobey Oxholm, who was in town for a brief visit. We had a great turnout with more than 50 Dragons in attendance!

Rec Center$50 off Membership to the Drexel Recreation Center in August

The Drexel Recreation Center wants you to enjoy Philadelphia’s premier gym even after graduation and so they're offering all alumni a special offer of $50 off an Annual Membership when you sign up during the month of August. Offer is valid for new alumni members and alumni renewals. All you need to do is fill out this form and print the coupon to redeem the offer. Limit 1 per person. You must present the coupon and your Alumni Card at the Membership Services Desk in the Recreation Center at the time of registration.

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 (LGBT) 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 LGBT group interest form, click here. For the black alumni interest form, click here.

MagazineSummer 2013 Drexel Magazine

If the Office of Alumni Relations has your most up-to-date mailing address, the latest issue of the Drexel Magazine will arrive in your mailbox in the upcoming weeks. Not sure if you're one of the thousands of Drexel graduates who gets the magazine? To make sure future issues are sent to your home or office, log into the Online Alumni Directory and make sure your profile is updated. Or, you can call the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-888-DU-GRADS and we'll update your information over the phone.


Upcoming Alumni Events

Philadelphia Metro Around the U.S. Colleges & Schools Campus & Community

Philadelphia Area Alumni Night at the Phillies
Friday, September 20, 2013
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

Detroit Area Alumni Night at the Ballpark
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI

San Francisco Area Alumni Night at the Ballpark
Friday, August 23, 2013
Pete's Tavern and AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

Baltimore Area Alumni Night at the Ballpark
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Oriole Park, Baltimore, MD

American Medical Informatics Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Landmark Americana, Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University iSchool Alumni Networking Reception
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Ladder 15, Philadelphia, PA

11th Annual LeBow Dean's Cup Golf Tournament
Monday, September 23, 2013
Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, PA

Bug Fest
Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, 2013
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Serpentine
Now through Sunday, September 22, 2013
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Adult Class: An Insect Collection: Pinning and Preserving
Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA


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