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    • Heard Around Campus

      Heard Around Campus – December 2015

      December 21, 2015

      Say goodbye to 2015 and say hello to new building upgrades, scholarly initiatives and employee opportunities as Drexel grows both literally and figuratively. Check out this rundown of all the happenings in December.


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    • Aerial view of 30th Street District

      Amtrak, Drexel and Partners Host Open House on 30th Street Station District Plan

      December 10, 2015

      Amtrak, Drexel and their partners in the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan will host an open house next week to provide an update on the project and solicit community input. The event is an opportunity for interested parties to review refined ideas, interact with the project team, ask questions and contribute to the process.


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    • The Summit seen from Market Street.

      The Summit Opens as Crown Jewel in Drexel’s Third-Party Investment Plan

      October 07, 2015

      Thanks to the partnership with American Campus Communities, The Summit has opened and added student residential housing to Drexel’s campus without any construction cost to the University.

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    • Paul Peck Alumni Center during the construction of Disque Hall, viewed from above / circa 1967

      Travel Through Time With These Photos of Drexel’s Campus

      September 16, 2015

      Ever wondered what Drexel’s campus looked like in the ‘60s? How about the ‘80s? Spot the differences between the University campus of yesterday and today in these photos from the Drexel University Archives.

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    • Pope Francis

      Drexel Experts Available to Comment on Pope's Visit to Philadelphia

      August 04, 2015

      Pope Francis – and an estimated 1.5 million people – will descend upon the city of Philadelphia in late September as the capstone to the weeklong, international World Meeting of Families event, during which the Pope will deliver a public mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. From concerns about security measures to transportation, anxiety is already on the rise among Philadelphians regarding how the city will handle the influx of tourists expected to double the city’s population. Drexel University experts are available to comment on a range of issues related to the visit including safety, public health, environmental impact, infrastructure preparedness and tourism. Experts also are able to weigh in about what this once-in-a-lifetime event – and the Pope’s progressive views – mean for the Catholic church.


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    • Harris Steinberg, the executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.

      A Q&A with the Lindy Institute's Harris Steinberg

      July 16, 2015

      Harris Steinberg has a pedigree that proves he can take Drexel’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation from a “blank slate” to a force that helps form urban plans with community problem-solving in mind.

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    • Group photo of groundbreaking for study hotel

      Study Hotel Breaks Ground on Drexel’s Campus

      May 08, 2015

      Hospitality 3, a hotel development company with an impressive resume of hotel projects worldwide, held its official groundbreaking ceremony today on The Study at University City, a 212-key hotel rising on the campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia’s dynamic University City district. Slated to open in fall, 2016, the new hotel expands the innovative Study Hotels concept developed by Paul McGowan of Hospitality 3 to deliver high-quality, full-service lodging to university markets and cultural centers.


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    • Rendering of glass facade of Korman Center

      Drexel To Renovate Korman Center and Create New Campus Green With $8 Million Gift

      May 05, 2015

      Located at the heart of Drexel University’s campus, the Korman Center has been a University landmark for decades. With a generous commitment of $8 million from the Hyman Korman Family Foundation the 1958 building will soon get a complete makeover. After matching the Foundation’s gift with another $8 million, Drexel will proceed with plans to expand and repurpose much of the building as well as create the classic campus green in the open space—a popular student hangout known as the “Quad”—in front of and around the Korman Center.


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    • “Escaped Infrastructure” at Canal View Park. Photo credit: Thoughtbarn, courtesy of the Mural Arts Program.

      Public Forum on Creative Placemaking and Reimagining Bartram’s Mile

      May 04, 2015

      On Thursday, May 14 from 6:30 – 8 p.m., a public lecture and forum, “Making Place by Building Civic Stewardship & Public Art-Making” will take place in Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.). This event is free and open to the public. A reception will be held prior to the event at 6 p.m. Three panelists will give presentations about their work as it relates to creative placemaking, civic stewardship, social equity, public art and environmental infrastructure.

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    • The largely vacant Delaware Power Station dominates more than 1,000 feet of the Delaware River waterfront.

      Urban Design and Planning Students Reimagine the Delaware River Waterfront

      February 12, 2015

      A select handful of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design students interested in urban design will have the opportunity to generate fresh ideas and create a vision for the future of the Lehigh Viaduct, Delaware Power Station and surrounding Port Richmond area. Along with 15 students and two faculty members from Germany’s TU Dortmund University, which researches and teaches the global intersection between man, nature and technology, the students will participate in an intensive urban infrastructure planning and design process to develop concepts for repurposing this post-industrial infrastructure.

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  • 2014

    • Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania Jim Cawley and Drexel trustees along with Drexel president John A. Fry

      Drexel's Innovation Neighborhood Receives $5 Million Grant

      October 14, 2014

      Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania Jim Cawley visited Drexel University’s campus on Oct. 10 and announced a $5 million Economic Growth Initiative Grant to assist in the development of the University’s Innovation Neighborhood development project.

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    • Drexel Opens Perelman Plaza: A Transformed Hub in the Heart of Campus

      October 01, 2014

      Thanks to a $5 million gift from the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Education Foundation, Drexel University transformed the center of its campus along 32nd Street, between Chestnut and Market Streets. The resulting hub, known as the Raymond G. Perelman Plaza, opened to the campus community on Sept. 30. The University marked the occasion with a celebration and dedication ceremony.


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    • Construction at Drexel: What's New on Campus?

      September 22, 2014

      Find out what the cranes and construction crews that have become a part of the Drexel horizon have been up to all summer.

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    • Rendering of some of the Innovation Neighborhood

      Drexel Seeks Master Developer for Innovation Neighborhood

      September 05, 2014

      Drexel has retained JLL to advise in the selection of a master developer for its ambitious Innovation Neighborhood plan for Philadelphia’s University City. The master developer will have exclusive rights to plan and develop approximately 10 acres of urban, transit-oriented real estate. Anchoring University City’s Innovation District, the project has a capacity to exceed more than five million square feet of mixed-use development.

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    • Rendering of Jewish Center

      Raymond G. Perelman to Name Center for Jewish Life at Drexel

      September 03, 2014

      Renowned Philadelphia area philanthropist Raymond G. Perelman has pledged $6 million for the construction of a Center for Jewish Life at Drexel. The new facility, which is expected to open in the fall of 2016, will be named the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life and will be located on N. 34th Street.

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    • Image of the exterior of the University City High School

      Drexel and Wexford Purchase University City High School Site

      June 16, 2014

      Drexel University City Development, LLC, the joint venture between Drexel and Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, officially closed today on the purchase of a 14-acre site from the School District of Philadelphia that formerly housed the University City High School, the Charles Drew Elementary School and The Walnut Center.


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    • Dana and David Dornsife together with Drexel representatives and the Lindy family cut the ribbon.

      Dornsife Center Grand Opening

      June 12, 2014

      Drexel University celebrated the grand opening of the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships on Thursday, June 12 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the dedication of the Lindy House and tours of the site for the community.


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    • Philadelphia Aerial View

      Amtrak, Drexel and Brandywine Select Team to Develop Joint Master Plan

      May 27, 2014

      Amtrak, Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust have selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), in association with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors to develop a comprehensive joint master plan for the area around Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station.


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    • Rendering of The Study Hotel in University City

      Hospitality 3 to Build The Study Hotel at University City

      May 05, 2014

      Study Hotels, the unique lifestyle concept developed by Paul McGowan of Hospitality 3 to deliver high-quality, full-service lodging to university markets, is expanding to Philadelphia’s dynamic University City district.


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    • Innovative Partnership Brings a Drexel University Education to Montgomery County Community College

      January 14, 2014

      Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) and Drexel University (Drexel) have entered into a bold and innovative partnership that will build a pipeline of qualified graduates for high demand jobs in the region, especially in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and health sciences, among others.

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  • 2013

    • Drexel Ends Fundraising Campaign Early, Surpasses Goal

      December 13, 2013

      Seven months before its scheduled closing date Drexel University President John A. Fry announced the conclusion of the University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Dream It. Do It. Drexel. A Campaign for the Future.” The campaign’s public phase was launched in November 2011 with a goal of reaching $400 million and was expected to conclude in June 2014, but ended early with its goal already exceeded by $55 million.

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    • Michael Nutter and John Fry

      The Philadelphia of the Future: Fry, Nutter on Drexel's Role in the City's Evolution

      November 18, 2013

      What will Philadelphia look like in 30 years, and what role will Drexel play in its transformation? President John Fry and Mayor Michael Nutter addressed these questions at last week's CityAge gathering at Drexel.

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    • Drexel Breaks Ground for Lancaster Avenue and 34th Street Development

      November 01, 2013

      Drexel University and American Campus Communities celebrated the next major residential and retail milestone in University City with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday, Nov. 1 for the $170 million, 24-story development on Lancaster Avenue and 34th Street. The development will be the largest project in both Drexel and American Campus history and will feature student housing, retail space and a dining center. American Campus representatives and University trustees joined Drexel President John A. Fry and the Drexel community for the groundbreaking.

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    • Bob Francis

      Behind Drexel's Transformation: A Q&A with Bob Francis

      October 30, 2013

      As vice president of University Facilities, Bob Francis is faced with a monumental task: the execution of Drexel’s 2012-17 Campus Master Plan. DrexelNow spoke with Francis about what has gone into Drexel’s transformation.

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    • Drexel's Gerri C. LeBow Hall Opens for Business

      October 02, 2013

      The future of business education is here. With a dedication ceremony on Oct. 3, Drexel University will officially mark the opening of the 12-story, 177,500-square-foot Gerri C. LeBow Hall—the new home of the University’s LeBow College of Business. Gov. Tom Corbett and benefactor Bennett S. LeBow will join Drexel President John A. Fry and LeBow College Interim Dean Frank Linnehan at 11 a.m. for the dedication of the new building at 32nd Market Streets.


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    • Drexel Launches Ventures Innovation Fund and Technology Incubation Program

      July 01, 2013

      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.    


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    • Drexel President John Fry Testifies Before House Committee on Amtrak’s NE Corridor

      June 10, 2013

      Drexel President John Fry traveled to New York City on Friday to testify before the chairman and members of the Committee of Transportation of the U.S. House of Representatives on the future of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and the benefits of private involvement in train service along the corridor.

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    • Drexel Acquires Firestone Building Key Piece of Real Estate for Campus Transformation

      April 26, 2013

      Drexel University acquired the property located at 3161-67 Market Street, a triangular-shaped parcel on the north side of Market Street between JFK Boulevard and 32nd Street that currently houses a Firestone auto repair shop. Located at the heart of Drexel’s campus, the 26,675 square-foot parcel is key to the University’s strategic and master plans, which call for the development of a superblock along Market Street that will serve as a gateway to University City from 30th Street Station.

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    • American Campus Communities Announces Retail at Chestnut-Square

      February 15, 2013

      Drexel University and American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC) adds local flavor to Chestnut Square, the newest urban mixed-use housing, with the announcement of featured eateries Zama’s second location coZara, Shake Shack®, Zavino and Joe Coffee.


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    • Drexel to Transform Campus Center with Perelman Plaza

      February 06, 2013

      Thanks to a $5 million gift from the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Education Foundation, Drexel University will reimagine the center of its campus along the former 32nd Street between Chestnut and Market Streets. The resulting hub for the Drexel community will be known as The Raymond G. Perelman Plaza.


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  • 2012

    • Keith Orris to Lead Drexel's Corporate Relations and Economic Development

      August 30, 2012

      Drexel University has appointed Lancaster General Health Senior Vice President Keith A. Orris as senior vice president for Corporate Relations and Economic Development, a new position that will play a key role in realizing the vision of Drexel’s new strategic plan. Orris will join the University on October 15.


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