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Honors and AwardsHonors and Awards

Each year, the Drexel University 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 read more about our nominations process and view the criteria.

Congratulations to our 2015 Alumni Association Award Recipients

The recipients below will be honored during Alumni Weekend 2015 on Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2. Except where noted, awards will be presented at the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony, which will be held in the Paul Peck Alumni Center from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

Golden Dragon Society Award
To be presented at the Golden Dragon Society Induction & Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 1, 2015.

  • Robert "Bob" Byers
    BS 1965 business administration
    Honorary Degree 2002

  • Fred Crotchfelt
    BS 1965 business administration
    MBA 1966 business administration

Silver Dragon Society Award
To be presented at the Silver Dragon Society Induction & Reunion Reception on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

  • Jeff Lisinicchia
    BS 1990 accounting

  • Deanna Schaffer
    AS 1990 nursing
    BS 1992 nursing
    MS 1992 nursing

Alumni Entrepreneur Award

  • Eugene Muller
    MS 1984 technical and science communication

Service to Community Award

  • Ronald Smith
    PhD 1985 materials engineering

Service to Profession Award

  • Norman R. Smith, EdD
    BS 1969 business administration
    MBA 1971 business administration

Special Distinction Award

  • None awarded

Young Alumni Entrepreneur Award:

  • Eric Hahn
    BS 2011 music industry

Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award:

  • Dean O'Brien
    MBA 2012 business administration

Emerging Leader Award:

  • Mark Gress
    BS 2006 sports management
    MS 2012 teaching, learning, and curriculum

Outstanding Student Awards:

  • Andrew DeMaio
    Class of 2016, BS nursing

  • Katherine Van Aken
    Class of 2016, PhD materials science and engineering


All members of the University community are invited to participate in the Alumni Awards process by nominating exceptional alumni and students for consideration by the Honors and Awards Committee of the Alumni Association Board of Governors.

To view the Alumni Association Awards categories and criteria, click here.

The Honors and Awards Committee of the Drexel University Alumni Association Board of Governors will review and evaluate thoroughly all the nominations received, and will notify selected award recipients. The Committee takes pride in reviewing all of the many personal and professional accomplishments of our Drexel alumni.  With such a large number of qualified nominations, the selection process can be very competitive.

The 2015 call for nominations concluded on Friday, December 5, 2014, but Alumni Association Award nominations are accepted year-round.

Should you have any questions regarding the Honors and Awards Program, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1.888.DU.GRADS or