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Graduate Student Orientation

2017 Orientation Dates

Drexel Welcome Week: September 18-22

Welcome Week provides you with hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of events and activities to choose from, to help you find your home here at Drexel. You will have the chance to meet faculty, staff, and current students during the week-long orientation, as well as learn the ins and outs of Drexel and the city of Philadelphia. We look forward to seeing you in September! 


Graduate Student Center City Orientation: September 15

This program is for incoming graduate students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Drexel College Day: 

Some academic programs may conduct their own orientation with specific information. Please check with your academic department.

Graduate Student Orientation: September 20 

  • Administrative Welcome, Main Auditorium, Main Building, 10:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Drexel Expo (Resource Fair), Great Court, Main Building, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

International Graduate Student Orientation: September 20

  • Welcome, Main Auditorium, Mitchell Auditorium (Bossone), 9 to 10:30 a.m. 
  • Mandatory for Incoming F1 International Graduate Students
  • U.S. Immigration Policy Changes
  • Travel Information
  • Other Resources

Welcome

Welcome to Drexel University! The Graduate College along with the faculty, professional staff and current graduate students of Drexel are thrilled to have you join us for your graduate studies. The Graduate College hosts orientation events including welcome receptions and programs to help you prepare for your graduate studies, acclimate to the graduate community, and learn more about the academic, social and cultural resources available at Drexel. 

We strongly encourage you to utilize the DragonCard office's online photo submission feature prior to arriving on campus and recommend you pick up your DragonCard before orientation. Please also visit Drexel's Information Resources and Technology's new accounts page to gain access to your computer and email accounts. 

Drexel community members who do not yet possess a Drexel computer account can obtain Apple computer discounts through this link:

https://aos.prf.hn/click/camref:1011ldCr 

2017 Graduate Student Orientation Schedule

Friday, September 15
Immunization Clinic
North Hall
Multipurpose Room
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.The Office of Health Insurance and Immunizations will offer clinics in North Hall for the following vaccines: PPD test ($20) Meningococcal ($135), TDAP ($80.00), and Hepatitis B ($85.00). Students must pay by cash, check or credit card and a receipt will be given for reimbursement through your insurance company if this is a covered expense.
Center City Orientaton
8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join us for an orientation program just for Center City Campus!  We'll have a delicious brunch followed by Welcoming Remarks, Student and Staff Panels, Academic Integrity, as well as time to take a tour and get your DragonCard!  We hope to see you there!

Observatory Night
Main Building
Joseph R. Lynch Observatory, top of the Main Building
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

The Drexel University Department of Physics invites students to an observation session atop the Main Building at the Joseph R. Lynch Observatory, home to the largest telescope in Philadelphia. Directed by Professor Gordon Richards with support from physics grad and undergrad assistants, the group will view a variety of celestial objects, including planets, nebulae, star clusters and comets. These objects are seen via the department's Meade LX200GPS Telescope with Schmidt-Cassegrain 16" Optics. In case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled. Registration is limited to 30. 

Saturday, September 16
Immunization Clinic
North Hall
Multipurpose Room
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.The Office of Health Insurance and Immunizations will offer clinics in North Hall for the following vaccines: PPD test ($20) Meningococcal ($135), TDAP ($80.00), and Hepatitis B ($85.00). Students must pay by cash, check or credit card and a receipt will be given for reimbursement through your insurance company if this is a covered expense.
DragonCard Distribution
James Creese Student Center
Creese Lobby and Behrakis Central and West
8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Please stop by the James Creese Student Center and grab your new Dragon Card! 

Campus Resource Fair
Recreation Center
Lobby
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.Stop by and take a break from the hustle and bustle of moving in! A variety of Drexel service offices will be represented so you can ask last minute questions.
Shopping Trip!
Recreation Center
Lobby
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Need to pick-up any last minute items for your residence hall? Feel free to stop by the Drexel Bookstore on campus at 33rd and Chestnut Streets or travel down to the shopping centers on Columbus Boulevard to visit Target and IKEA. Shuttles will depart from the Recreation Center promptly at 10:30AM and will return to campus at 1:30PM, giving about an hour at each location. Parents and families are welcome to attend this session.


 
Shopping Trip!
Recreation Center
Lobby
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Need to pick-up any last minute items for your residence hall? Feel free to stop by the Drexel Bookstore on campus at 33rd and Chestnut Streets or travel down to the shopping centers on Columbus Boulevard to visit Target and IKEA. Shuttles will depart from the Recreation Center promptly at 10:30AM and will return to campus at 1:30PM, giving about an hour at each location. Parents and families are welcome to attend this session.


 
Commuter Student Tips & Tricks Tour
Mario the Magnificent
Mario Dragon Statue
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Are you a commuter? If so, join this session to learn about the campus locations of interest for you. You will be taken on a walking tour of campus lounges, parking lots, and other spaces that you will utilize while on campus. 

Welcome Barbecue
Lancaster Walk
Fitness Plaza, Rec Gym, and Lancaster Walk
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.Enjoy dinner outdoors with new friends and classmates to the music of the DJs of WKDU, Drexel’s own radio station.
Sunday, September 17
Sunday Mass
Bossone Research Enterprise Building
Mitchell Auditorium
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Please join us this morning for a Catholic Mass to introduce and immerse yourself in the Catholic community on campus. Parents and families are welcome to attend this session.

Campus Resource Fair
Recreation Center
Lobby
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.Stop by and take a break from the hustle and bustle of moving in! A variety of Drexel service offices will be represented so you can ask last minute questions.
Brunch
Recreation Center
Fitness Plaza and Rec Gym
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Enjoy brunch outdoors with new friends and classmates before diving in to Welcome Week!

Trip to the National Constitution Center
Meet at The Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, travel to the National Constitution Center
10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.Join Lindy Center for Civic Engagement staff and your fellow students as we explore the birthplace of American Democracy. The National Constitution Center brings the United States Constitution to life by hosting interactive exhibits and constitutional conversations and inspires active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition. We will travel together using SEPTA (tokens provided). After you’re done visiting the Constitution Center, stick around and explore historic Old City Philadelphia. Return to campus at your leisure.   
It Happened Here: 125 Years of Drexel History
Main Building
AJ Drexel Picture Gallery, 3rd Floor
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This will be an interactive lecture and discussion on the history of Drexel University.  We will discuss the Drexel family, the founding of the Institute, and major changes along the pathway and evolution of the institution to the present (and future).  Topics include engineering education, business, women at Drexel, war and Drexel, social life, social responsibility of the institution, and urban change. Parents and families are welcome to attend this session.

Drexel's Largest Dodgeball Game
Buckley Field
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and Dodge in the Drexel’s largest dodgeball event of the year! We want the entire incoming freshman class to come out and compete in what will be a can’t-miss event! All you need is your Drexel Dragon Card and the ability to have fun!
Monday, September 18
Immunization Clinic
North Hall
Multipurpose Room
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.The Office of Health Insurance and Immunizations will offer clinics in North Hall for the following vaccines: PPD test ($20) Meningococcal ($135), TDAP ($80.00), and Hepatitis B ($85.00). Students must pay by cash, check or credit card and a receipt will be given for reimbursement through your insurance company if this is a covered expense.
Church Informationals
University City
Spangler Walk (Outside of the residents halls)
8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.To find out more about local church offerings, please come to this session. Registration is limited to 100.
Sample Dance Class
MacAlister Hall
Forman Dance Studio, 1st Floor
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Interested in taking a dance class but not sure which is best for you? Attend a Dance Class Sampler to meet new friends, learn about the program, and find out where your interests lie. Each session will be one hour long and is taught by a member of the Drexel Dance Faculty. 

How To Use My Health Insurance
Myers Hall
Myers Tutor Lounge
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Student Health Insurance. This session offers details on how to use the coverage, benefit highlights and how to use insurance when necessary. Information on how to obtain your insurance card and how to use it. Explanation of important terms which are used in the United States health care system will be explained. Details on how to use the insurance correctly and the best way to get the most of your insurance and have the least out of pocket expense. Presenter will be the Drexel Student Health Insurance Representative. Eligible students will be able to enroll into the plan or waive for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Sample Dance Class
MacAlister Hall
Forman Dance Studio, 1st Floor
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Interested in taking a dance class but not sure which is best for you? Attend a Dance Class Sampler to meet new friends, learn about the program, and find out where your interests lie. Each session will be one hour long and is taught by a member of the Drexel Dance Faculty. 

Your Secure Connection; Drexel WiFi and Others
Gerri C. LeBow Hall
Room 108
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

This session will focus on securing student Ethernet and WiFi connectivity, best practices for safe computing and particularly for maintaining secure passwords, security of connection, and assuring continued access to the Drexel network.  

Performing Arts Information Table
James Creese Student Center
Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.Are you a performer or stage technician? Are you interested in getting involved in music, theater, or dance at Drexel? Come get information from our information table about how to get involved in taking classes, lessons, or performing. Find out about our 22 different performance groups! Registration is limited to 20.
Library Open House
W.W. Hagerty Library
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.Think you’ve seen everything on Campus by now? What about the Library? Be sure to visit the W. W. Hagerty Library or Hahnemann Library  to find out about the amazing resources we have to offer: /  / • Learn about our print and online collections, including books, journals, databases, films and more  / • Meet Libraries staff and learn about our programs, workshops and other initiatives that support the Drexel community   / • Get your internet fix by checking out a laptop from the front desk or our laptop kiosk / • See a demo of the Data Visualization Zone and our Sound Booth for a/v recording and editing / • Enter a drawing to win great prizes or pick up some Libraries swag /
A.J. Drexel Birthday Party
Paul Peck Alumni Center
Paul Peck Alumni Center, Perelman Plaza
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.It’s time to celebrate the 191st birthday of our founder and first philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel! Enjoy Birthday treats and check out the various party games while meeting fellow new Dragons and members of the Drexel community from Alumni Relations and the Drexel Fund. 
Dragon Card Expo
Race Street Lawn
Race Lawn at Race Street Residences
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.Get to know the local merchants who accept Dragon Dollars and what they have to offer.
Wheels on Things: Introduction to Making with Product Design
The URBN Center
Room 262
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Wheels on Things is an introductory workshop to creating through the direct application of wheels on unexpected objects. You're going to be making the most unexpected of racecars toys with Product Designer Josh Longo leading you along the way. This workshop culminates in a race between the finished designs. You will walk away with your very own, very unusual, toy car. Materials will be provided by the Product Design Program. No making or building experience necessary!
Bible Study: The Real Topics That College Students Face
Peck Problem Solving and Research Building
Interfaith Chapel, 2nd Floor
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.Starting college, adjusting to college, being in a new environment, transitioning from high school to college, and becoming an adult are all stressful events. College students experience stress like no other person due to the challenges and obstacles they will face. Challenges with making friends, relationships, parties, grades, finances, living on their own, making healthy decisions and many more. Join us for a bible study in which the real topics that college students face are explored and discussed. Learn effective ways to make decisions at a time when decisions are being demanded of you! 
Improv Workshop
URBN Center Annex
Black Box Theater
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Learn to embrace the spontaneous moment by saying yes to this short-form improv workshop with some of the most talented actor/comedians in the City, who also serve as adjunct faculty at Westphal.

Background Check Open House
Myers Hall
Myers Multipurpose Room
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.Are you interested in doing community service with youth either through CIVC 101 or as an extra-curricular activity? In order to serve with youth, students must be obtain background checks to ensure the safety of minors. We are providing this service for free! Just come to our open house and we’ll walk you through it. Please bring your own laptop if you have one.
Stand-Up Comedy
URBN Center Annex
Black Box Theater
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.Join our Theatre Program for an evening of fun and funny stand-up comedy.
Tuesday, September 19
Background Check Open House
Myers Hall
Myers Multipurpose Room
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.Are you interested in doing community service with youth either through CIVC 101 or as an extra-curricular activity? In order to serve with youth, students must be obtain background checks to ensure the safety of minors. We are providing this service for free! Just come to our open house and we’ll walk you through it. Please bring your own laptop if you have one.
College-Specific Study Abroad Programs
LeBow Engineering Center
Room 135
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. The Study Abroad Team is available to present on college specific study abroad programs. We would like to attend the various college day events happening throughout campus in order to get the message across that study abroad is an integrative part of the Drexel curriculum. 
Learning Innovation Conversation
Bossone Research Enterprise Building
Mitchell Auditorium
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.The Learning Innovation program is a year-long initiative led by the ExCITe Center focused on connecting and sharing creative approaches to learning through a collaborative platform connecting national leaders with local educators, makers, policy advocates, designers, students and others passionate about learning. A key component of this program is the Learning Innovation Conversations series which kicked off in January 2017 with John Maeda, and also brought Mimi Ito and Leah Buechley to campus. September 19th will kick off the second half of the Conversations series with a national leader to be announced. This program is open to the public and provides graduates students in particular with the unique opportunity to interact with this diverse community of engaged Philadelphians and discuss factors, practices, and opportunities impacting innovation and learning both locally and nationally. A reception will follow the speaker presentation and Q&A
Free Dinner & Worship
Peck Problem Solving and Research Building
Interfaith Chapel, 3rd floor
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a free dinner followed by an engaging and contemporary worship experience. After worship there will be dessert and fellowship. Sponsored by Open Door Christian Community an outreach of a Wesley Student Foundation where we gather together to be nurtured and challenged, discover what it means to follow Jesus, and engage our lives with God’s empowering presence in the world.  Open Door is committed to supporting the spiritual lives of students, regardless of background and creates a safe and welcoming place in which students can explore what it means to live a spiritual life. We seek to foster students' spiritual development through Christian discipleship rooted in scripture and mission outreach.  We reach a broad group of students from different backgrounds who come together to expand their worldview through conversation and community service. / Participation in dinner is free to all, regardless of faith and those who enjoy dinner are not obligated to attend worship.

Newman Mass & Newman Night
Peck Problem Solving and Research Building
Room 212
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

On campus evening mass with social and snacks afterwards.

Political Participation Quizzo
Lindy Center for Civic Engagement
8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20
F1 Graduate International Student Mandatory Session
Main Building
Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Center
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.This session is mandatory and requires all international graduate students to attend to learn about compliance requirements and their non-immigrant rights in order to study and work in the United States.
Graduate College Welcome Session
Main Building
Great Court and Main Auditorium
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.Orientation will introduce grad students to the culture, traditions and expectations of Drexel.  In addition, it provides students with the information and access to resources that they need in order to have a successful graduate experience.  Different academic units, departments, student organizations, and preferred vendors will take part in this event.
Dragon Games; Breathing Fire
Buckley Field
Buckley Field
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Students are invited to participate in large-scale icebreaker and team-building games, enjoy time outside and meet new members of their class, and build community. Students can come and go as they please.

Philly 101
Bossone Research Enterprise Building
Mitchell Auditorium
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.Campus Philly introduces college students to Philadelphia people, places, organizations, and experiences. During this engaging and informational presentation we will discuss the following: / - Who is Campus Philly (who we serve and why) / - Overview of our programs (Open Arts, Student Leader Network, Career Launch, etc) / - Introduction to various neighborhoods across the region (food, art & cultural, communities) / - Ways to volunteer and/or get involved (non-profits, neighborhood organizations, young professional groups) / - Brief overview of how to get around (SEPTA, Zipcar, PATCO, Indego bikes) /  / 
Convocation and Reception
Recreation Center
DAC
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Rec Athletics Student Employment Information Session
Recreation Center
Rec Center Group Exercise Room 218
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.Interested in working at the Recreation Center during your Drexel journey? The Rec Athletics Information Session provides an opportunity to learn more about the department, student positions available, and how to apply!
Thursday, September 21
Outdoor Yoga Class
Recreation Center
Fitness Plaza, behind the Recreation Center
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.Make the most of being outside before you’re back indoors studying this fall with one of our fantastic outdoor yoga sessions.
Outdoor Yoga Class
Recreation Center
Fitness Plaza, behind the Recreation Center
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.Make the most of being outside before you’re back indoors studying this fall with one of our fantastic outdoor yoga sessions.
Conversation with ExCITe Faculty
ExCITe Center
ExCITe Center, 3401 Market Street, Suite 100
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.The Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center was established in 2013 as a University-wide strategic initiative for research innovation. The Center pursues activities advancing transdisciplinary research and discovery connecting technology and communities. This program will include remarks from the ExCITe Center Director, Youngmoo Kim and ExCITe affiliated faculty members. Students will participate in an interactive panel discussion with ExCITe faculty and Q&A session.
International Student Academic Session
Main Building
Randell Hall, Room 121
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

ISSS would like to hold this session to prepare students for some of the academic challenges they may face when entering a US classroom for the first time. We will explore the different types of teaching styles students may experience, how to make the most of your syllabus, class participation, and more. We will review the co-op experience and tips to ensure a good experience. We will explore plagiarism and its consequences. 

Steinbright Open House
3201 Arch Street
Steinbright Career Development Center: Suite 110, Suite 250, Suite 222
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Steinbright will host an open house to introduce students to the most relevant aspects of co-op and career counseling related to their first year at Drexel (cycle setting, their co-op coordinator, COOP 101, and career services). This event will allow students to get information on the full range of services offered by Steinbright through activities and interaction with staff members.  /  / This event will also feature space within the building to showcase co-op employers as well as student success stories with videos and media displayed throughout the department suites.  / 
 
Drawing Workshop
Peck Problem Solving and Research Building
5th Floor Drawing Room, Academic Building
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Draw- make marks- make an image with the practicing artists of our Art & Art History faculty. Work individually and collaboratively to create a large multi-paneled mural. No drawing experience necessary!
Library Open House
W.W. Hagerty Library
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Think you’ve seen everything on Campus by now? What about the Library? Be sure to visit the W. W. Hagerty Library or Hahnemann Library  to find out about the amazing resources we have to offer: /  / • Learn about our print and online collections, including books, journals, databases, films and more  / • Meet Libraries staff and learn about our programs, workshops and other initiatives that support the Drexel community   / • Get your internet fix by checking out a laptop from the front desk or our laptop kiosk / • See a demo of the Data Visualization Zone and our Sound Booth for a/v recording and editing / • Enter a drawing to win great prizes or pick up some Libraries swag /

Center City Lunch with the Dean
New College Building
Student Life Center, Suite 1106
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Students from the Center City Campus will have the chance to meet, mingle, and enjoy lunch with Subir Sahu, PhD, Dean of Student Life!

Your Secure Connection; Drexel Wifi and Others
Gerri C. LeBow Hall
Room 108
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.This session will focus on securing student Ethernet and WiFi connectivity, best practices for safe computing and particularly for maintaining secure passwords, security of connection, and assuring continued access to the Drexel network.  
Drexel Global Scholars Meeting
Main Building
Admissions Visit Center, A.J. Drexel Conference Room
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Drexel Global Scholar program brings together top students from around the world who highly value academic achievement and commitment to global community building. This is the first official mandatory meeting for freshman Drexel Global Scholars. The aims of the session are for Drexel Global Scholar program participants to get to know one another and for the program coordinators to describe available leadership development and mentorship opportunities as well as to set expectations for what it means to be a Drexel Global Scholar.

Open Arts 101
Bossone Research Enterprise Building
Mitchell Auditorium
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.Interactive presentation with a preview of major off-campus arts and cultural events from the presenting groups themselves – plus details on how to join Philadelphia’s local cultural community by using Campus Philly’s Open Arts program. The Open Arts program offers students and faculty access to free and very discounted tickets to Philadelphia operas, ballets, theatre, museums, and more! 
STEM Extravaganza
Race Street Lawn
Race Street Residences, Race Lawn
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Check out the DragonsTeach STEM Extravaganza! Join current DragonsTeach students as they run STEM-based activities, games, and demonstrations for incoming freshmen. At this event, you'll have the opportunity to explore inquiry-based learning and find out about ways in which you can maximize your STEM degree with the DragonsTeach program. 

First Generation Meet & Greet
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building
PISB Atrium
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.First-generation students are those who's parents have not earned a college degree.  For first-generation students, attending college can feel like being dropped into an unfamiliar environment.  This meet and greet will introduce new first-generation students to current students, faculty, and staff with the same background.  It will be an opportunity to network with others and to start building connections with resources which will help in your journey at Drexel.  
Improv Workshop
URBN Center Annex
Black Box Theater
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Learn to embrace the spontaneous moment by saying yes to this short-form improv workshop with some of the most talented actor/comedians in the City, who also serve as adjunct faculty at Westphal.

LGBTQ Community Open House
Peck Problem Solving and Research Building
Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion, 3rd Floor
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion will be holding an open house to celebrate our new location and the LGBTQ community. Come by and meet new friends, enjoy some good food, and have a good time as we celebrate our new location and the growth of the LGBTQ Community on campus.

VIP Night at the Bookstore
Barnes and Noble (University City Campus)
MacAlister Hall, Barnes and Noble Bookstore
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

VIP Night - the ultimate shopping event at the Barnes & Noble Drexel University Bookstore. A fun-filled, upbeat, late-night personalized shopping experience just for you! Enjoy specials, snacks and a raffle, while stocking up on your favorite Drexel gear and gifts. 

Friday, September 22
Breakfast with the Dean
Main Building
Suite 220
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Meet and mingle with the Dean of Student Life, Subir Sahu, PhD, over breakfast!

International Student Wellness Session
Randell Hall
Room 121
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

ISSS would like to hold a wellness session for incoming students. This session will include tips and presentations form the counseling center, the DAC, and nutrition information. This session is aimed to prepare our incoming international population with the tools they need to have a positive tradition to life at Drexel and stay healthy in mind and body throughout the year. 

Performing Arts Information Table
James Creese Student Center
Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.Are you a performer or stage technician? Are you interested in getting involved in music, theater, or dance at Drexel? Come get information from our information table about how to get involved in taking classes, lessons, or performing. Find out about our 22 different performance groups!
Drawing Workshop
Peck Problem Solving and Research Building
5th Floor Drawing Room, Academic Building
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Draw- make marks- make an image with the practicing artists of our Art & Art History faculty. Work individually and collaboratively to create a large multi-paneled mural. No drawing experience necessary!
Library Open House
W.W. Hagerty Library
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Think you’ve seen everything on Campus by now? What about the Library? Be sure to visit the W. W. Hagerty Library or Hahnemann Library  to find out about the amazing resources we have to offer: /  / • Learn about our print and online collections, including books, journals, databases, films and more  / • Meet Libraries staff and learn about our programs, workshops and other initiatives that support the Drexel community   / • Get your internet fix by checking out a laptop from the front desk or our laptop kiosk / • See a demo of the Data Visualization Zone and our Sound Booth for a/v recording and editing / • Enter a drawing to win great prizes or pick up some Libraries swag /

Supporting Neurodiverse College Students, Considering Disclosure, and the Drexel Autism Support Program
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building
Room 104
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.The Welcome Week program is designed to introduce students and families to existing supports for Neurodiverse learners, discuss the value of self-disclosure and review the Drexel Autism Support Program. 
Scavenger Hunt
Mario the Magnificent
Departs from Dragon Statue
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

While discovering clues throughout campus, students will learn about how to get involved in different campus organizations and programs, gain resources and meet staff from areas such as Campus Engagement, The Rec Center, RLO, SCIC and more, learn about Drexel Traditions, and learn to navigate through campus. Giveaways and prizes will be available.

SEPTA 101
Bossone Research Enterprise Building
Mitchell Auditorium
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Co-presentation with SEPTA’s marketing team that goes beyond how to ride SEPTA and focuses on the great, affordable experiences you can enjoy across the region riding the bus, rail, trolley, subway, and el! This will help students know how to get to and from Drexel from a variety of locations. We will discuss the different modes of transportation, costs associated with each, tips and tricks, and more!

 

Civic Block Party
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Come meet our community partners, learn about civic engagement opportunities at Drexel, get to know other students, and grab something to eat! Get a sneak peek at the volunteer opportunities available through the required first-year civic engagement course, CIVC 101: Introduction to Civic Engagement. Whether you are taking the course in the fall, winter, or spring term, this fair gives you a chance to meet representatives from the different organizations with which you can complete your service. 


Taste of Philly
Race Street Lawn
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.Kick off the new school year with fun games and awesome Philadelphia style food. We will be enjoying music along with Water Balloon, Kan Jam and Cornhole tournaments with prizes for the top competitors! Whether you are competing, watching, relaxing or listening to music  enjoy the taste of Philly with  Philly Style Pretzels, Water Ice and other Philadelphia Food delicacies! Sponsored by Open Door Christian Community.
Haven at Drexel: Is it Partying or is it a Problem?
MacAlister Hall
Room 4011
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

This session will provide students with an overview of The Haven Program (Residence and Mentoring & Monitoring) given by Haven Staff and representatives. The Program Director will educate students about substance use issues on college campuses, then students in recovery will share their stories, and we will hold a discussion about issues related to substance use. This will inform students about on-campus and off-campus resources related to substance use. 

Trans and Gender Non-Binary Community Open House
Peck Problem Solving and Research Building
Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion, 3rd Floor
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.The Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion is hosting an open house for students who identify as a part of the Transgender and Gender Non-Binary communities. Come enjoy some good food while making new friends and connections in our new location!
Christ in the City
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Get introduced to our community programs, such as our bi-monthly homeless outreach program in partnership with St. Agatha St. James Parish and the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, and participate in service to those around you, namely, Phialdelphia's homeless population.

Mystery Fx Theatre
Mandell Theatre
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.In the style of the cult television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, experience a visually stunning blockbuster movie with live expert commentary on visual and special effects. 
Campus Wide Worship
Rush Building
Alumni Gardens
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Join Drexel Cru and other Christian fellowships as we welcome in the start of the year with worship. We'll sing together and it will be a great opportunity to meet some new people and get to know the different ministries on campus. We'll be meeting at Rush gardens (on Lancaster walk across from the DAC outside of the iSchool).

Shabbat Dinner
Pereleman Center for Jewish Life
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.Find your home with Drexel Hillel - enjoy a delicious kosher Shabbat meal with incoming and upperclass students.
Saturday, September 23
Hack the Flag
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learn and apply basic capture the flag techniques for our cybersecurity club and competitions.

School Beautification Day at Locke Elementary
Locke Elementary School
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.Students will help to beautify one of our partner schools, by painting and cleaning. This event will take place off campus.
Open Arts 101
Bossone Research Enterprise Building
Mitchell Auditorium
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.Interactive presentation with a preview of major off-campus arts and cultural events from the presenting groups themselves – plus details on how to join Philadelphia’s local cultural community by using Campus Philly’s Open Arts program. The Open Arts program offers students and faculty access to free and very discounted tickets to Philadelphia operas, ballets, theatre, museums, and more! 
Bingo!
James Creese Student Center
Behrakis Grand Hall
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Come spend the night playing one of America's favorite games and get a chance to win some great prizes. Drexel swag, electronics and other great stuff for your dorm.

Brian Imbus: World Renowned Hypnotist
Mandell Theatre
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Come have your mind blown as Brian Imbus, a hypnotist, takes you through a journey full of imagination. 

Sunday, September 24
Find a Church
Kelly Hall
Outside Kelly Hall
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.Looking for a home church in Philadelphia? "Find a Church" gathers students form the various christian organizations on campus to represent their churches from around the city. This is a great way to to connect with believers at Drexel and discover the local churches they are a part of. The students there will get you to and from their local church each Sunday so there is no stress if you don't know how to get there.