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THE E-NEWSLETTER FOR DREXEL ALUMNI / NOVEMBER 2013 · VOLUME 9 · ISSUE 10
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Details Video Details in Brief

Click the video for a preview of the November 2013 Drexel Details alumni e-newsletter hosted by Alumnae Planning Board Scholarship recipient Dawn Armentani '14 at Gerri C. LeBow Hall.


Harriett WorrellAlumni Spotlight

Harriet Worrell 1909, 1915: The Woman Behind the Harriett Worrell Society

Harriet Worrell was a remarkable woman and a Drexel Dragon, through and through. Her love for Drexel was evident over the years through her commitment to the University, especially to its alumni. Harriet earned two degrees from what was then the Drexel Institute, in 1909 and 1915, and went on to serve as both an employee and a volunteer for the University and for its Alumni Association. >>

On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Alumni Association and the Harriet E. Worrell Society will host the 1st Annual Harriet E. Worrell Society Networking Reception and Program for Society members, current women student leaders and young alumnae. The evening will feature a talk titled "Finding Your Voice" from Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Benchmark Communications, Inc., Judith Glaser '69. Click here to register.


Turkey Project
Click the video above to hear how important the Turkey Project is to our West Philadelphia neighbors and to those served by Drexel's 11th Street Family Health Services Center.

The One Month Countdown to the Alumni Holiday Turkey Project Begins Today!

There is exactly one month to go until the 40th Annual Alumni Holiday Turkey Project on Friday, Dec. 20! We can feel the excitement building with each day that passes and with every new donation we receive. Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach more than 40% of our $20,000 goal! We still have some work to do, so please consider making your gift to the Project if you have not already done so. This Drexel tradition raises money to purchase frozen turkeys for local families for the holidays, and has been doing so for the past four decades. Watch the video above for a personal message from some of the community organizations that have been impacted by the Turkey Project over the years.

You can also volunteer to join us at the Paul Peck Alumni Center on Friday, Dec. 20 to help distribute the turkeys to the community organizations and see first-hand the impact the Project has on the community. We hope to see you there! For more information, to make your gift and to register to help distribute turkeys, click here. >>

Save the Date for the Alumni Association's 4th Annual Alumni Global Night of Networking

On Wednesday, April 2, alumni from all over the world will come together to celebrate the 4th Annual Alumni Global Night of Networking! Mark your calendar to be part of the Alumni Association’s largest global event for Drexel graduates, and make sure your Drexel alumni and friends to do the same! We've raised the bar and set an attendance goal of 1,450 Drexel alumni, 1% of the alumni constituency and guests, making the 2014 Global Night of Networking the biggest one yet! More details including reception locations will be announced in January next month so stay tuned.

In the meantime, you can help by letting us know what you would like to see on this year's Global Night of Networking 24-hour virtual site. By tuning into the virtual site anytime throughout the day on April 2, alumni can participate in the Global Night of Networking no matter where they are! The site will feature videos, workshops and presentations from Drexel faculty and alumni, and more! If you have some feedback on what you would like to see on the virtual site, contact Cindy Leesman at alumni@drexel.edu or 1.888.DU.GRADS.

Inga ArnopolinMeet Inga Arnopolin '12: The 12,000th Member of the Alumni Association's Networking Group on LinkedIn

Q: What do you do for a living?
I graduated from Drexel in June 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a minor in business administration. I currently live in Houston and I moved here in August 2012, after graduation. I work for DuPont where I am a process engineer for a unit that manufactures herbicides, within the crop protection business.

As a process engineer, I have basic responsibilities to maintain the smooth operation of the unit, and ensure that safety, environmental regulations, quality, and production are not compromised. This involves troubleshooting equipment failure, analyzing data to determine root causes of quality problems, maintaining yield calculations, updating and writing operating procedures. I have also led a process hazard analysis this year, which is a year-long assessment of the hazards in a given area. The good thing about my role is that it allows me to interact with people from all areas of plant life, including operators, mechanics, engineers, and management.

Q: What do you use LinkedIn for?
I use it to network, and find it to be a great tool, especially if you are looking for a job.

Q: Why did you decide to join the Alumni Association’s LinkedIn Group?
It’s a good way to stay in touch with fellow Drexel alumni. Hopefully it can help lead to professional opportunities in the future. If any alumni reading this want to connect with me on LinkedIn, please do.

Q: What’s something interesting about you that people might not know?
My family is Russian and I can speak it fluently!

Connect with Inga and thousands of other Drexel graduates by joining the Alumni Association Networking Group on LinkedIn! As a member, you'll have access to job postings, you'll be part of interesting discussions, and you'll have the opportunity to meet and connect with Drexel alumni on a global scale. >>

Save the Date for Your Reunion at Alumni Weekend 2014

On May 2 and 3, the Alumni Association will host Alumni Weekend and celebrate the 25th and 50th reunions of the Classes of 1989 and 1964. If you're from the Class of 1989 or 1964 and you would like to help plan your special reunion activities during Alumni Weekend, let us know! As a Reunion Volunteer, you will also help us reach out to your classmates and encourage them to join you back on campus this May. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1.888.DU.GRADS or alumni@drexel.edu for more information and to volunteer.

Another way to get involved is by becoming a Drexel Fund Reunion Giving Volunteer. As a Reunion Giving Volunteer, your upbeat personality will be utilized as you reconnect with classmates and encourage them to participate in the Reunion Giving Program. The Program is built on alumni participation and our volunteers help increase scholarships and enrich students’ experiences. The Program kicks off this month and runs through Alumni Weekend. To volunteer, contact Matthew Schwab at mds369@drexel.edu or 215.895.1712.

The College of Medicine will hold its 50th reunion for the Hahnemann University and Woman's Medical College Classes of 1964 from May 14 to 16.

Germany
The beautiful photograph above was taken by Drexel graduate Bob Richardson '68 who, along with his wife Jeanette '69, participated in the Alumni Association Travel Program's Trip "Villages and Vineyards of the Mosel, Rhine and Main Rivers" from Oct. 7 to 15. "We had a ball and met some wonderful people," he said. "It was so relaxing and fun!"

See the World With The Alumni Travel Program

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. To join our travel mailing list and receive information on our upcoming trips, email the Alumni Office at alumni@drexel.edu, and please include your name, class year and address. More information on the Alumni Travel Program is also available here.

Book early and save! Due to the popularity of the "Southern Culture and Civil War Steamboat Cruise" from May 15 to 24, the Early Bird Booking Discount has been extended until Dec. 31. Book today and get the 2-night pre-cruise program for free and a $100 onboard credit per stateroom. >>

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Alumni Career Services

"Social Media Business Etiquette" An Alumni/Student Career Services Workshop in Philadelphia

Like most technology, social media offers little to no instruction. Today, most companies have an online profile and recognize social portals as a valuable business tool, but understand that its usage can cause serious problems on-the-job.

Join the Alumni Association, moderator Kris Unsworth, PhD, assistant professor in Drexel University's newly-formed College of Computing & Informatics, and a panel of alumni experts in social media tonight for a lively discussion on the impact of social media in the workplace. >>

"Why Lead?" An Alumni Career Services Program in San Diego

What motivates people to lead? Today, the idea of what makes a successful leader is changing. The ability to lead is no longer based on learned management skills, but from a determination that compels you to take passionate action.

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Alumni Association will host an Alumni Career Services program featuring Lenny Comma '92, president and chief operating officer of Jack in the Box Inc. Comma will discuss how utilizing your own fundamental strengths, beliefs and principles can help you effectively lead in today's global, multicultural and virtual settings. >>

Career Columns by Drexel Alumni

JablokowThe Mental Strength Coach
by Andrei Jablokow'84, '87
"Understanding Effectiveness"


Effectiveness has entirely to do with performance. If you want to move ahead, you have to think more about performance than personality.


Chris BilottaYour Career Retainer
by Chris Bilotta '77, '84
"Stop Being Nice at Work"


Don’t let avoiding conflict inhibit innovation and progress. Bilotta encourages readers to stop being nice and demonstrate how constructive criticism actually is constructive.

Win Fabulous Prizes While Supporting Drexel's Westphal College

The Westphal College of Media Arts & Design has opened its very first eBay Giving Works fundraising auction, “Dream It, Bid It, Buy It,” to bidders worldwide! The auction started on Thursday, Nov. 14 and will close on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. EST. The fabulous items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences being auctioned off were generously donated by Drexel's community of friends, staff and faculty. Prizes include: a brand new Subaru Forester SUV; five nights on a fully staffed luxury yacht; a day with "The Simpsons" writer Mike Reiss on the FOX Movie Studios lot; dinner with Drexel University President John Fry; script consulting and lunch with Christine Vachon, one of the world’s top independent film producers; a MAD Dragon Records recording session; VIP tickets to all four of Philadelphia's professional sports teams; travel, and much more!

All auction proceeds will be used to support Westphal student scholarships, technology and facility improvements and programming that prepare our students for success in today’s creative economy. Thank you for your support and good luck in the auction! >>

Men's BasketballThe Dragons are Heading to the Garden for the Preseason NIT Tournament!

After defeating Rutgers in the second round of the Preseason National Invitation Tournament (NIT), the Drexel men's basketball team has advanced to the Semifinal Round and will face the University of Arizona at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The Dragons will then play in either the Championship or Consolation Rounds on Friday, Nov. 29.

Before these exciting match-ups, meet up with Dragon basketball fans at the Alumni Association's Pregame Rallies at Stout NYC. There, you'll enjoy heavy appetizers and soft drinks, and receive one drink ticket. A cash bar will be available for additional drinks. Each rally will begin two and a half hours prior to tipoff. For more information and to register, click here.

Nominations Now Open for the 2014 Alumni Association Awards

Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes alumni for outstanding achievements in their profession, in the community and within the University. The Alumni Association also recognizes outstanding students for demonstrated leadership throughout their time at Drexel. Click here to view the Alumni Association Awards categories and criteria and to make your nomination before the Friday, Dec. 6 deadline.

Click here to get to know the 2013 Alumni Association Award Recipients and tell us if you know an outstanding student or Drexel graduate who is worthy of one of our 2014 awards!

CAN DU
Alumni and students share their reasons for volunteering at the CAN DU Community Service Project at the Lee Cultural Center in West Philadelphia. The Center serves as a community resource, providing after-school activities, day camps, and a place for local children to play.

In Case You Missed It: CAN DU Community Service Project at Lee Cultural Center

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Alumni Association’s Community Alumni Network at Drexel University (CAN DU) held its fall service project at the Lee Cultural Center in West Philadelphia. 154 alumni, students and friends of the University volunteered their time and worked together to beautify this important community resource. Volunteers painted, cleared away weeds and overgrown brush, and picked up trash and debris. The transformation was incredible! Check out the video above to see the volunteers at work and the before-and-after transformations.

ScholarshipsDo You Know a Student Who is Eligible for an Alumni Association Scholarship?

The Alumni Association is now accepting applications for its annual scholarships which are awarded to current Drexel students. The deadline to submit an application for the Alumni Leadership Scholarship, Alumni Legacy Scholarship or Alumnae Planning Board Scholarship is Friday, Feb. 14. For more information and to see if you know a Drexel student who is eligible for one of the Alumni Association scholarships, click here.

Show Your Alumni Card for Perks at Drexel Basketball Games

Drexel Athletics has announced that you can now use your alumni card at men's and women's home basketball games for a discount on chairback seats throughout the 2013-14 season. Plus, graduates who show their alumni cards will also have access to the Dragon Room — an exclusive area where Drexel alumni and season ticket holders can gather before games and during halftime to socialize and hang out with one another. Request an alumni card by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-888-DU-GRADS or online. Your card will be mailed to you within five business days.

Nominate a Rising Star: Drexel Magazine’s 40 Under 40

Just a week and a half remains to nominate someone you know for the Drexel Magazine’s 2014 40 Under 40 edition. Last year’s inaugural issue honored tastemakers and leaders across the country who have made names for themselves as CEOs, creatives and community advocates. As impressive as that bunch was, we know there are many more amazing alumni out there. Nominations will be accepted until Saturday, Nov. 30 and alumni may also self-nominate. >>

Liberty Mutual News: "Preventing Road Rage"

“Every day, thousands of drivers experience some form of road rage or aggressive driving,” says Dave Melton, Transportation Safety Specialist at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. Melton offers steps for avoiding a road rage situation — or getting away from it safely. >>

For more information regarding the Alumni Association’s partnership with Liberty Mutual Insurance, click here.


Upcoming Alumni Events

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

"Social Media Etiquette" An Alumni/Student Career Services Workshop
Wednesday, November 20 2013
MacAlister Hall, University Club, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Graduate Student & Young Alumni Panel Discussion and Networking Night
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Paul Peck Alumni Center, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

1st Annual Harriet E. Worrell Society Networking Reception & Program "Finding Your Voice"
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Paul Peck Alumni Center, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Yuletide at Winterthur with Drexel Alumni
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, Wilmington, Del.

Holiday POPS! Concert and Drexel Alumni Reception
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Hyatt at The Bellevue and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.

40th Annual Alumni Holiday Turkey Project Distribution
Friday, December 20, 2013
Paul Peck Alumni Center, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Save the Date: Homecoming Weekend 2014
Friday, January 24 to Sunday, January 26, 2014
Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden: Drexel Men's Basketball & Alumni Association Rallies
Wednesday, November 27 and Friday, November 29, 2013
Stout NYC, New York City, N.Y.

"Why Lead?" An Alumni Career Services Program in San Diego
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Truluck's La Jolla, San Diego, Calif.

Tampa Area Alumni Holiday Mixer
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Armani's at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Tampa, Fla.

San Francisco Chinatown Alumni Walking Tour & Dim Sum Lunch
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Chinatown & Oriental Pearl Restaurant, San Francisco, Calif.

An Insider's Look at the State of the Campus
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, Princeton, N.J.

Phoenix Area Alumni Holiday Mixer
Friday, December 13, 2013
Wine Warehouse, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Northern California Alumni Night at the San Jose Sharks vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Monday, February 3, 2014
HP Pavilion, San Jose, Calif.

College of Computing & Informatics Alumni Network — 1st Organized Meeting
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The Rush Building, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Westphal College of Media Arts and Design Presents "The Apple Tree"
Thursday, November 21 through Sunday, November 23, 2013
Mandell Theater, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Drexel School of Economics Lecture Series: Dr. Joseph Harrington, Wharton
Monday, December 2, 2013
Gerri C. LeBow Hall, Room 406, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Westphal College of Media Arts and Design Fall Music Concert Series
Tuesday, December 3 through Sunday, December 8, 2013
Various Locations, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

College of Computing and Informatics MS in Library and Information Science Online Open House
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Online

College of Nursing and Health Professions Alumni Network Holiday Get-together
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Tir na Nog Irish Bar and Grill, Philadelphia, Pa.

College of Computing and Informatics MS in Health Informatics Online Open House
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Online

College of Computing & Informatics Alumni Networking Reception in Conjunction with The ALA Midwinter Conference
Sunday, January 26, 2014
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Dinosaurs Unearthed
Now through Sunday, March 30, 2014
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Center for Hospitality and Sport Management Mentor/Mentee Dinner with Kevin Sbraga
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Academic Bistro, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Dinosaur Days
Friday, November 29 to Sunday, December 1, 2013
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Grapple at the Garden: Drexel Wrestling Alumni Social
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Pennsylvania 6, New York City, N.Y.

All-Star Week
Friday, December 27 to Monday, December 30, 2013
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.


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