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Welcome home, Arts and Sciences alumni!

College of Arts and Sciences alumni attend a lecture on 'The Creative Brain' at the Flying Fish Brewery

As a College of Arts and Sciences graduate, you are part of a powerful global network that links more than 17,500 fellow alumni across 13 different disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Here you’ll find information and resources to stay connected, get involved and grow your career. As a lifelong member of the College of Arts and Sciences community, you are an essential part of our future, and we are proud to be a continued part of your success.

Emily Urban, Associate Director of Alumni Engagement and Development, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

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Alumni Spotlight

College of Arts and Sciences alumni have forged a distinguished history of making a difference by applying their knowledge and working to improve the common good. We are proud to share your unique stories that help to transform the experience of our current and prospective students.

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PhD student Kamila Kuabara

Members of BEES Department Present at Academy of Natural Sciences Research Day

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University recently hosted its annual Research Day, where scientists shared brief, engaging summaries of their research and discoveries from throughout 2023.

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Dean Brown (left) with math professor Dimitri Papadopoulos

Discussions with the Dean: Meet Math Professor Dimitri Papadopoulos

Associate Teaching Professor of Mathematics Dimitri Papadopoulos, EdD, recently sat down with Dean David Brown, PhD to discuss classroom techniques, how math translates to other fields and more.

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Drexel College of Arts and Sciences 2023 commencement speaker Elizabeth Lombardo received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in 2002.

Meet Keynote Commencement Speaker Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD '02

According to Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, our mental health is our superpower. Lombardo will share her science-based knowledge and advice with the class of 2023 as the keynote speaker at the CoAS commencement ceremony on June 15. She speaks more about her career path and offers words of wisdom to graduates in this Q&A.

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Mary Madsen smiles outside during golden hour, wearing a black turtleneck and glasses

Catching up with Mary Madsen, MS Public Policy ’21

Mary Madsen, MS public policy ’21, started her master's program before Covid and graduated with the pandemic in full swing. Originally from Texas, the culture shock of moving to Philadelphia with her husband and child was difficult to begin with, but especially challenging when she realized that she would be stuck in the city with no prospect of returning home due to travel restrictions. But Madsen made the most of her time here. As someone interested in education policy, it was a great opportunity for her to learn about how city councils and school districts work in times of crisis.

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Greg Loring-Albright

Catching up with Greg Loring-Albright, PhD Communication, Culture and Media '22

Greg Loring-Albright, PhD '22, has always loved games, but when he decided to pursue this interest professionally, finding the right graduate program wasn't easy. The interdisciplinary model of Drexel’s Communication, Culture and Media (CCM) program proved to be the foundation he needed to pursue his unique path of study.

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Alexandra J. King Pile smiles during a video. An American flag sits behind her.

Catching up with Alexandra J. King Pile, BA International Studies ’07

We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Alexandra J. King Pile, BA international studies '07, who is currently working as a diplomat for the United States Department of State. Read on to learn about the challenges and opportunities of her role, and how her time at Drexel prepared her for this path.

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Ellen Rubin

Spreading the Therapeutic Art of Knitting: Meet Ellen Rubin '92

Ellen Rubin, BS biology '92, started a nonprofit to share the scientifically-backed mental and physical health benefits of knitting and fiber arts with the community members who need it most.

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Lisa Forsyth

From the Army to Herbal Tea: Meet Lisa Forsyth, MS Environmental Science '91

Lisa Forsyth, MS environmental science ‘91, served 33 years in the US Army as an enlisted soldier and colonel. Now, she lives a self-sustaining lifestyle on her Texas ranch and is the owner of Oli Tea Company, which produces all-natural, sustainably grown herbal tea. It may seem like an unusual career pivot, but according to Forsyth, making your unique idea a reality is "a very Drexel concept."

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Akilah Chatman smiles outside in front of wetlands

Environmental Science Alum to Effect Change with Fulbright Fellowship

When people think of their childhood, they often remember their time spent outside. For Akilah Chatman, BS environmental science ’22, every day was a new adventure: climbing waterfalls, jumping from cliffs, exploring rainforests, befriending frogs and lizards, inspecting flora, gardening with their mother and so much more. Their grandparents’ beachfront restaurant offered ample time for Chatman to learn the ways of seaside life. Now, as a Drexel alum and Fulbright Fellow, Chatman is about to begin their next journey—to create and uplift a new green space in Cambodia.

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Giant Swallowtail butterfly sticker created by Mary Donnelly, who earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Drexel in 2022.

Getting Creative in the Field

Mary Donnelly –who recently earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Drexel’s Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) department — loves fieldwork. But instead of marshlands, forests, plains or deserts, Mary has been busy working right here in Philadelphia. Besides getting out into the field, her interests lie particularly in wildlife conservation. So, for her senior research project, Mary found a fun, collaborative way to do both while also sharing her findings with the community.

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