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CoAS Celebrates 25th Anniversary

April 1, 2015

CoAS 25th Anniversary

In the year 1990, Madonna’s “Vogue” topped the Billboard charts, “The Simpsons” and the Internet were still in their infancy, the Hubble Space Telescope launched into orbit, and Drexel President Richard Breslin announced that the College of Science and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences would merge to become one — the College of Arts and Sciences.

Yep, you guessed it; 2015 marks the College’s 25th anniversary! Ok, we know we buried the lead a bit (don’t judge us, COM majors), but we’ve been working on some fun ways to commemorate this milestone.

There’s much to celebrate after all — 25 years and four deans later, Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences has grown exponentially. We’ve joined forces with the Academy of Natural Sciences, making way for the BEES department; we’ve built a brand new Silver LEED-certified home for our biology department; opened a state-of-the-art psychological services training clinic; discovered a supermassive dinosaur in Argentina; co-authored a memoir with a Grammy award-winning artist; welcomed accomplished speakers including novelist Sir Salman Rushdie, “Silver Linings Playbook” author Matthew Quick, and media maven Arianna Huffington. We’ve also branched out into the neighborhood with our unique community-based-learning courses — and we’re just scratching the surface of the 2000s!

Join us this year as we celebrate you, our wonderful community, all that we’ve accomplished together over the last quarter-of-a-century, and all of the great things yet to come. Be on the lookout for special events and giveaways throughout the spring, summer and fall to commemorate our silver anniversary!

We’ll be kicking off the celebration on campus at our second annual Raft Debate! Come out to cheer as 10 professors stranded on a desert island must fight for their discipline’s survival. The prize? A coveted spot on the life raft back to the mainland—and all-important bragging rights, of course. We’ll also be raffling off 25 anniversary prizes for our spectators!

College of Arts and Sciences 25th Anniversary Kick-Off Brunch

Alumni Weekend
Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join Donna Murasko, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to kick-off the 25th anniversary celebration of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dean Murasko will share an update from the College as well as plans to celebrate this milestone throughout the rest of the year.

Following brunch, Dave Goldberg, PhD, associate dean for research and graduate education and professor in the Department of Physics, will present "Why Symmetry Matters." Goldberg will take you on a fast-paced tour of symmetry in the universe to explore why time runs one way and not the other, why you are made of matter and not anti-matter and will introduce you to one of the great unsung heroines of mathematical physics: Emmy Noether. Goldberg, the author of the "User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes and Quantum Uncertainty" and "The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality," currently works on issues in theoretical cosmology, but his interest in the interface between science and pop culture (and nerdly excess of sci-fi references) will make the findings of this seemingly complex field accessible to all.

Alumni and guests from all colleges and schools are welcome to attend!

And, be sure to not miss the event everyone is talking about — Drexel After Dark! We'll be taking over the Main Building for the second year for the biggest alumni celebration we've ever thrown!