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Campus & Community

Winter Term: What’s on Tap?

By: Ben Seal

January 8, 2018

Mario the Dragon in a snowstorm.

If you’re still shaking off the last restful days of winter break, nobody will blame you. But at Drexel University, the winter term is in session and classes are underway. If you can find your way through the snow, sleet and sub-freezing temperatures, an action-packed term awaits. DrexelNow has your guide to the key dates, major events and exciting opportunities that will keep Dragons busy while they wait for spring to bloom.

Jan. 10 — Resident Assistant Applications Deadline

If you’re interested in being an RA, get your application in soon. It can be one of the most meaningful parts of a college experience at Drexel — a chance to meet new people from all over the world and help them experience all the University has to offer. Student Life has all the information you need.

Jan. 14 — Class add/drop deadline via DrexelOne at 11 p.m.

Jan. 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The University will be closed, but there will be opportunities to get involved in the annual Day of Service, like joining the family read-along and book distribution sponsored by the West Philadelphia Action for Early Learning Initiative at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. Stop by between 10 a.m. and noon for readings, signings and more.

Jan. 16–March 18 — Where the Artists Are (in Their Studios)

The Pearlstein Gallery’s latest exhibit will show the work of three artists — sculpture by Lewis Colburn, drawings and paintings by Anda Dubinskis, and drawings by Mark Stockton — and explore the intellectual and technical characters that distinguish their daily working routines and what draws them into their studios.

Jan. 17 — Deadline for Winter Intramural Sports

Have you been working on your free throw in the Rec Center and waiting for a chance to show off your new form? Did the Winter Classic get you itching for some action in a rink? Sign up in the next week for basketball and floor hockey intramurals!

Jan. 22–28 — Homecoming 2018

The 2018 Homecoming Week is just around the corner with some great new additions. Homecoming kicks off on Monday, Jan. 22, with the annual bonfire from 6–8 p.m. on the Race Street Lawn. This year there are nightly events for the whole campus to come out to watch. Teams of student will battle it out in Battleship, show off their skills in a variety show and much more. It all culminates in the men’s basketball game against Northeastern at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. Make sure to check out the full list of events and get involved in Homecoming 2018. Dragons Unite.

Jan. 22–24 — Class of 2018 Senior Portraits

Students can schedule their appointments by logging on to Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch's 24-hour scheduling site, ouryear.com, and entering school code 87172. Students can also call 800.687.9327 during normal business hours to schedule an appointment for on-campus sessions. When scheduling an appointment, students will receive complete details on how to prepare for their portrait sitting, including what to bring and other pertinent information.

Jan. 23 — Academic Opportunities Fair

Make the most of your time here at Drexel by visiting the Academic Opportunities Fair in Behrakis Grand Hall on Jan. 23 from 1–4 p.m. The fair is a chance to get connected to resources across the University that will help you maximize your current academic program and explore the majors, minors and experiential opportunities available to you.

Feb. 7 — Engineering and Technology Career Fair

Open to all Drexel students interested in engineering and technology fields, this career fair is a chance to network with prospective employers for future co-op and full-time employment opportunities. Stop by the Rec Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and explore the exciting array of organizations that will be in attendance.

Feb. 23 — Class withdrawal deadline

March 7–10 — CAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

Show up to the DAC to root on the Dragons as they join the rest of the Colonial Athletic Association in seeking to unseat defending champion Elon. All of the games — nine in all — will be played right here on campus.

March 19 —Winter classes end

March 20–24 — Final exams

TBA — Steinbright Co-op Photo Contest

The dates aren’t set just yet, but start getting your submissions ready for the annual Steinbright Co-op Photo Contest. More than 100 Dragons submitted their best examples of work and play for last year’s contest, and the top three each took home prizes, including an Apple Watch. Even if you don’t have any stellar snaps from your latest co-op, you can help narrow down the contestants during a voting period in early spring.