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  • Two female college students wearing dark jackets and shirts standing in front of a poster

    Students at PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting

    Ten MS in Nutrition and Dietetics students and three faculty attended the PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting on Friday April 22.

    Bachelor's to master's Bridge students Christina Gian and Sona Diallo presented their senior research project poster on food insecurity among Drexel students, and adjunct faculty (and 2012 alum) Amanda Gildhool presented a talk on the topic of diarrhea during enteral feeding. Students each volunteered for four hours, helping to greet and guide attendees, run the registration desk, set up fundraising events and many other tasks, in exchange for free registration to the meeting. 

    April 27

  • A male wearing a black t-shirt and virtual reality (VR) goggles is on the right of this image. On the left are vignettes of a one-on-one counseling session, a simulation exercise with VR goggles and a person typing.

    Counseling, Psychotherapy and Adult Education: A simulation experience

    This simulation symposium brings together interdisciplinary adult educators using simulation education to support students learning major mental health concepts, skills, and interventions. Mental health educators are now seeking to implement simulation education using simulation labs, simulated clients, virtual reality, and web-based applications to learn skills such as communication, facilitating groups, and more.

    These are some examples of how mental health educators use simulation education to promote positive learning outcomes in diverse learning spaces. Through a series of diverse presentations, this symposium hopes to highlight ways adult educators can innovatively use simulation education to support mental health education and inclusive classrooms.

    • April 29, 2022
    • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST
    • (6 CE Hours)
    • Via Live Webcast

    Click here for more information.

    April 25

  • 2022 Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Award Recipients

    Congratulations to three CNHP PhD candidates for their 2022 Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference awards.


    Cynthia Klobodu, MBChB, MPH
    PhD Program in Nutrition Sciences

    Exploring the feasibility of incorporating nutrition-related lifestyle guidance into fertility counseling and treatment for young female cancer survivors: The Fertility, Cancer, Nutrition and Diet (FECAND) study


    Laura A. Baehr, PT, DPT
    PhD Program in Health and Rehabilitation Science

    Impact of group tele-exercise on physical activity determinants and behavior for individuals with spinal cord injury


    Bani Malhotra, MA, ATR-BC
    PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies

    Through the fire and flames, we carry on: Art therapy with adult burn patients in an acute care setting


    April 25

  • White female (Susan Bradley) long blonde hair wearing a pink cardigan and a surgical mask.

    It's Macy Monday: Meet Susan Bradley

    Susan Bradley is studying Health Administration. While she's been working in health care for the last 20 years, she wants her mentor to help her with a learning path to advance her career in healthcare.

    To read her story and find out more about the program and how you can become a Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellow.

    April 25

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: Timing is Everything

    • April 26
    • 4–5:00 p.m.
    • Live Webcast

    Everything in life - from complex biochemical reactions to changes in ecosystems - cycles in time. he key is that all life - all living processes - are built from, and depend on, rhythms. The subject will be introduced by examining the role of circadian rhythms and sleep in health care.

    • Donald McEachron, PhD
      Teaching Professor
      Coordinator, Academic Assessment and Quality Improvement
      School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

    All are welcome! Students, faculty & professional staff are encouraged to attend. Presented by CNHP Office of Teaching, Learning and Engagement (OTLE)


    Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here.

    April 25

  • AgeWell Collaboratory Funds Pilot Grants

    The AgeWell Collaboratory at Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions funded seven $10,000 pilot grants within the Drexel community to advance our commitment to being an Age-Friendly University.

    The full list of projects and recipients, from across the University, is on the CNHP website.

    April 25

  • Mandela Fellow Alumnus Reciprocal Exchange with Drexel Graduate Students

    Former 2019 Drexel Mandela Washington Fellow alumnus, Timothy Undiandeye of Nigeria, has has been selected for the 2022 Reciprocal Exchange with Drexel graduate students Jennifer Wilbanks, MA, Dance/Movement Therapy, and Asli Arslanbek, PhD candidate, Creative Arts Therapy, to implement psychosocial training for para-professionals working with gender-based violence survivors in Calabar, Nigeria. The project is titled Using Arts-based approaches against Gender-based Violence.

    This project represents Drexel's fifth Reciprocal Exchange grant, and sixth grant from Department of State for Mandela alumni, since Drexel became a partner of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

    April 25

  • Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN

    Dean Gitlin Delivers Talks at Italian Conference

    Dean Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, distinguished University professor and executive director of the AgeWell Collaboratory, was a guest and speaker at the The rehabilitation of dementias: from research to the real world organized by the Cognitive Disorders and Dementia Center of the AUSL of Modena recently.

    Dean Gitlin presented several approaches and models of intervention (some of which were adopted by the same team from Modena) to prevent and counteract changes in behavior in people with dementia. Her first speech was Taking in Charge Families of People with Dementia: Evidence, Tools and Best Practices which focused on the perspective on innovation for the healthcare and medical professionals that work with families of people with dementia. She discussed the importance of dementia care and her evidence-based programs such as Tailored Activity Program (TAP), Care of Older People in their Environment (COPE), WeCareAdvisor (WCA) and the intervention for her Adult Day Plus Program.

    Her second and third talks covered Research and Innovation in Caring for People with Dementia allowing Dean Gitlin to discuss TAP as they deliver their service and other rehabilitation programs. 

    Attendees included health care professionals like OTs, geriatricians, social workers, etc. and congress)

    April 21

  • Leon Vinci, DHA, Adjunct Faculty in the Health Administration department, Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Vinci on Regional Panel

    Leon F. Vinci, DHA, an adjunct faculty member from CNHP's Department of Health Administration, participated on a webcast panel in early April for public health graduate students at American University in Washington, D.C. The webinar was hosted by the Maryland Public Health Association (MPHA) in partnership with the VPHA (Virginia) and the Capitol Region (DC) groups as a National Public Health Week event.

    As the VPHA representative on the panel, Vinci spoke to Resiliency of Students during the Pandemic. Definitions of resiliency as well as how to cope during the pandemic were presented. At the conclusion of the program students' questions ranged from future jobs to job searches to career highlights of members of the panel.

    April 21

  • Rose-Ann Ghalili

    DiMaria-Ghalili Invited to Serve on Workshop Planning Committee

    Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, professor and senior associate dean for Research,  was invited to serve on the planning committee for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Assessing Intake of Food and Dietary Supplements in Older Adults: A Workshop Series.

    DiMaria-Ghalili has previously presented on nutrition during care transitions at a National Academies’ workshop.

    April 20

  • PhD Candidate in Nursing Recently Published a Paper

    Martha C. Coates, MSN, a PhD candidate in nursing, recently published a paper entitled The Source of Purchased Medications and Its Impact on Medication Mistakes and Hospitalizations.

    Supported in part by the Cell2Society Aging Research Network, the paper Coates' and colleagues Janeway Granche, MS, alumni, Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research (CBAR), Justine Sefcik, PhD, assistant professor in Graduate Nursing, and Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, professor and senior associate Dean for Research wrote appeared in Research in Gerontological Nursing.

    April 20

  • Nutrition Sciences Thesis Proposal Defense

    Please join the Department of Nutrition Sciences for the thesis proposal defense of Courtney Levins.

    The title of her thesis is The Implications of Dairy Intake on Hormonal Parameters and Bone Health in Young Adult Males.

    Committee Members: Deeptha Sukumar, PhD, associate professor and assistant director of Nutrition Sciences PhD Program (Chair); Jennifer Nasser, PhD, associate professor and director of Nutrition Sciences PhD Program; Rosemary Trout, DHSc, assistant professor and program director of Culinary Arts & Food Science Food and Hospitality Management.

    • April 25, 2022
    • 10:00 a.m.
    • Join via Zoom
    • Meeting ID: 864 7632 9592
    • Passcode: 034031

    April 20

  • William Sidney Pittman Graduation Ceremony

    • May 25, 2022
    • 6 p.m. ET

    Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of Drexel's graduating students of the African diaspora at the William Sidney Pittman Graduation Ceremony.

    William S. Pittman was the first African American graduate at Drexel. Each year, in his honor, we recognize all graduates of the African diaspora whose legacy and contributions to their respective fields have paved the way for the success of others in their educational, personal and professional endeavors. Hosted by the Center for Black Culture, this year's event will be available for everyone to livestream online.

    April 18

  • White female Drexel University student (Camryn Amen) with long brown hair wearing a checked jacket and white mask covering her nose and mouth.

    It's Macy Monday: Meet Camryn Amen

    Camryn Amen, a nursing student, is motivated to form partnerships with her patients so they feel like active members in their care planning. Her hope is that her mentor is a guide, someone who has accomplished a lot in their career and will share experience that would enrich her perspective of the healthcare field.

    To read her story and find out more about the program and how you can become a Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellow.

    April 18

  • Picture of an Earth Day sign with the Drexel Dragon below.


    Drexel's annual block party-style celebrating the University's commitment to environmental sustainability, is Tuesday, April 19, (rain date April 20).

    It runs from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and is along Lancaster Walk and at the Gateway Garden, spanning 32nd and 34th streets and Market and Arch streets.

    The event includes:

    • Games, prizes and giveaways.
    • Free food!
    • Tree planting ceremony at 11:30 a.m.
    • Clothing swap.
    • Voting for a reusable drink sleeve design contest for students: All students are invited to participate by designing a graphic promoting environmental sustainability and submitting it via DragonLink by Monday, April 18. The winner will receive a $100 DragonDollar gift card and have their design created and distributed at future campus events.
    • Reps from local businesses, restaurants, and Drexel orgs and institutions.

    And much more!

    April 14

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: Rupture and Repair - A Path for Healing

    • April 19
    • 4–5:00 p.m.
    • Live Webcast

    We have all heard the phrase, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” But what if you say or hear something that comes from a place of implicit bias or systemic oppression? How do we repair the rupture with ‘real talk’ and move forward?

    • Denise Way, DNP, assistant professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Marcie Penn, MEd, executive assistant to the Vice President of Health & Health Equity
    • Michele Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LCP, associate clinical professor, Creative Arts Therapies
    • Roberta S. Perry, associate director of content strategy, Marketing and Communications

    All are welcome! Students, faculty, professional staff, administration and community providers are encouraged to attend. Presented by the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Dr. Veronica Carey, Chair.


    Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here.

    April 13

  • Gold award reading Top 10

    Drexel is Number 2 in 10 Best Nursing Schools in Pennsylvania just published their list of the ten best nursing schools in Pennsylvania. A panel which included five registered nurses with over 55 years of combined nursing experience and seven nursing degrees reviewed all eligible ACEN- or CCNE-accredited schools and ranked Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions as #2.

    The panel made their determinations on a number of factors: reputation, NCLEX pass rate, tuition and acceptance rate when available.

    Congratulations to all of our faculty and professional staff who made this possible!

    April 11

  • A wooden table top framed by fruits and vegetables with text in the center stating Global Perspectives Food as Medicine

    Global Perspectives on Food as Medicine

    Food has been used as medicine in cultures throughout the world. As medical science has become more sophisticated, we forget many of these rich traditions that can provide enhancements, complements or even obviate the need for other treatment. Food as medicine may manifest as preventive medicine, food alternatives to drugs or integrative medicine. Food can serve as an alternative or complement to pharmacological drugs as well as be an important component of preventing chronic conditions. Join us for a discussion of various approaches for the use of food as medicine.

    • April 14, 2022
    • 9:00-10:30 a.m. ET
    • Via Live Webcast

    Register Now

    Sponsored by the CNHP Board of Global Healthcare Engagement, Drexel Food Lab and the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

    April 11

  • Dish holding pasta with pesto sauce, basil and cherry tomatoes

    Pasta Making with Chef Pep

    Academic Bistro Executive Chef Richard Pepino will be leading a class in pasta-making.

    • Wednesday, April 20
    • 3:00-5:00 p.m.
    • Academic Building, 6th floor kitchen

    Registration will be capped at ten people. This event will be free for Drexel Hospitality Society (DHS) members and $5 for non-members to fundraise for DHS.

    Please register here and use UStore to pay.

    April 11

  • Female (Courtney Lee, PA-S2) with long curly hair wearing a white doctor's coat and female (Ellie Martini, PA-S2) with long dark hair also wearing a white doctor's coat.

    Drexel PA students accepted to CHOP mentorship program

    Courtney Lee, PA-S2 and Ellie Martini, PA-S2 have been accepted into the Visiting Mentorship for Multicultural Advanced Practice Provider Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). This weeklong program in June pairs students with an advance practice provider at CHOP to explore various facets of this nationally renowned pediatric hospital.

    April 11

  • Maura Nitka

    Nitka to present at Sigma's INRC

    Maura A Nitka MSN, assistant clinical professor in Undergraduate Nursing, will present “A Global Experience: Preparing Nursing Majors for Professional Practice” at Sigma’s International Nursing Research Congress (INRC) in Edinburgh, Scotland in July 2022.

    April 11

  • LinkedIn Workshop with Drexel Alumni

    Students in Food and Hospitality Management are invited to attend Zoom event to learn tips and tricks using LinkedIn for professional benefit from alumni.

    • Tuesday, May 3
    • 6:00-7:00 p.m.
    • via Zoom

    Register Now 

    April 6

  • Termini Bros. neon sign over counter of baked items and icing bags at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia

    Behind the Scenes at Reading Terminal Market

    Join Drexel Hospitality Society in taking a behind the scenes tour of Reading Terminal Market with a special Drexel alum.

    Wednesday, April 13

    3:00-4:00 p.m.

    Please fill out this Google Form to RSVP. The group will be meeting up at the Dragon statue at 2:15 p.m. to take the Drexel Shuttle to 15th and Race Street and walk to the Terminal from there.

    April 6

  • Steven Vitti, PhD

    Nutrition Sciences for Monthly Seminar Series

    Please join the College of Nursing and Health Professions Department of Nutrition Sciences for Monthly Seminar Series:

    “Betalains: Exploring the Applications of Beetroot's Bioactive Pigment”


    Steven Vitti, PhD
    Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Health Sciences
    College of Nursing and Health Professions

    • Thursday, April 21, 2022
    • 12:00 p.m.
    • Location: 608A, 3 Parkway Building
    • Join via Zoom:

    April 6

  • Sharrona Pearl, PhD

    Sharrona Pearl coauthors article

    Sharrona Pearl, PhD, associate teaching professor in Health Administration, along with colleagues Scott Knowles and Rashawn Ray, published COVID Mask Wearing: Identity and Materiality in East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal.

    April 5

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: Potential for Harm in the Classroom

    • April 5
    • 4–5:00 p.m.
    • Live Webcast

    Despite our best efforts, interactions in virtual and face-to-face classroom contexts present the potential for psychological harm. The presenter will offer examples from literature and personal experience, and will discuss possibilities for increased awareness, acknowledgement, and repair.

    • Flossie Ierardi, MM, associate clinical professor Emerita, Creative Arts Therapies

    All are welcome! Students, faculty, professional staff and community providers are encouraged to attend. Presented by the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Dr. Veronica Carey, chair.


    Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here.

    April 4

  • Catherine Quay MSN, RN-BC

    Quay presents at Nursology's Nursing Theory Week Conference

    Catherine Quay, MSN, assistant clinical professor in Undergraduate Nursing, with colleagues from Columbia University, presented their research Exploring the Use of Nursing Theory to Guide Doctoral Nursing Research at Nursology's Nursing Theory Week Conference.

    April 4

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