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COVID-19 news and updates from across campus

The Powel Elementary/Science Leadership Academy Middle School site in late June. Photo courtesy Quatrefoil Consulting, LLC.

Construction Projects Paused by the Pandemic Resume with New Timelines

After the state lifted stay-at-home orders in May, work resumed on construction projects on the University City Campus, some of which are related to Drexel’s focus on the health sciences.

The panelists from the June 23 discussion.

#COVIDCalls and the Academy of Natural Sciences

Earlier this summer, Department of History head and professor Scott Knowles, PhD, discussed COVID-19 with experts from the Academy of Natural Sciences as the pandemic relates to biodiversity, water quality, environmental justice and maintaining museums and their collections.

Main Building lit up in blue and gold for Drexel's virtual celebration for the Class of 2020.

A Virtual Update on Drexel’s 2020–2030 Strategic Plan

On July 28, several members of the Executive Planning Committee provided insight into how they are working to prepare for Drexel’s future in the midst of this year’s unique challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racial injustice.

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Heard Around Campus — July

Learn about updates related to the return to campus, including parking updates and local business and Drexel brands on campus that have re-started their operations.

When spring/summer co-op students started to lose positions due to the hardships brought on by COVID-19, several University colleges, schools and departments heeded the call to create new positions and provide funding to support this Drexel rite of passage.

Drexel Rallies Around Co-op Students Affected by the Pandemic

When spring/summer co-op students started to lose positions due to the hardships brought on by COVID-19, several University colleges, schools and departments heeded the call to create new positions and provide funding to support this Drexel rite of passage.

Online Session for Faculty and Professional Staff Shares Campus Return Coping Strategies

Online Session for Faculty and Professional Staff Shares Campus Return Coping Strategies

In the July 23 presentation “When Pandemic Becomes Endemic: Managing Distress While Living With Covid-19,” College of Medicine Vice Chair for Education, and Director of Residency and Professor of psychiatry Donna Sudak, MD, suggested ways in which Dragons can manage their anxiety in these uncertain times.

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Drexel Announces Changes to Fall Intercollegiate Athletics

Drexel University has announced that its varsity athletics teams will not be competing in intercollegiate athletics this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes teams that would be competing in both championship and non-championship seasons.

The Steinbright Career Development Center announced the winners of their annual Cooperative Education Awards despite the fact that COVID-19 halted plans for an awards ceremony.

Drexel Recognizes Career-Defining Co-op Experiences, Exemplary Students Amidst Pandemic

The Steinbright Career Development Center announced the winners of their annual Cooperative Education Awards despite the fact that COVID-19 halted plans for an awards ceremony.

Two Drexel University undergraduate students share their hardship with remote learning last term brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they overcame them with help from University resources.

Drexel Student Struggles, Triumph With Remote Learning

Two Drexel University undergraduate students share their hardship with remote learning last term brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they overcame them with help from University resources.

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A Drexel Facilities employee at the Mario statue on 33rd and Market streets.

Student Takeaways from Drexel’s Virtual Forum on Returning to Campus in the Fall

On June 17, members of the Fall 2020 COVID-19 Task Force highlighted how Drexel’s academics, student life, research, human resources, real estate and facilities and campus health are adapting for the fall quarter.

A Drexel Facilities employee at the Mario statue on 33rd and Market streets.

Virtual Forum Outlines Next Steps for New Academic Year

On June 17, members of the Fall 2020 COVID-19 Task Force highlighted how Drexel’s academics, student life, research, human resources, real estate and facilities and campus health are adapting for the fall quarter.

Grace Zaborski, an environmental studies and sustainability major in the College of Arts and Sciences, models the "Ghostbusters" Proton Pack made for the “Theatre Production” course taught by Mandell Theater Technical Director Chris Totora.

How did Drexel Adapt Courses for Remote Teaching and Learning This Spring?

The classroom experience was different this term, but faculty found creative and innovative ways to translate the physical learning environment digitally for students, with the help of colleagues and professional staff members from across the University.

Lindsay Matias, assistant director of the Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS), shares her views on the strategies, pitfalls and benefits of online final exam taking for Dragons this term.

Tips on Preparing For and Taking Online Finals This Unprecedented Term

Lindsay Matias, assistant director of the Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS), shares her views on the strategies, pitfalls and benefits of online final exam taking for Dragons this term.

Camile Holzbauer, a third-year product design major, created this photo for her one-minute sculpture project.

Pandemic-Era Sculpture I Class Makes Use of the Mundane

Though COVID-19 has inhibited access to the studio space and materials they’re used to, Sculpture I students and faculty are working well (remotely) with what they have at their disposal.

Iain Zwiebel, a second-year biomedical engineering student currently on co-op with Johnson & Johnson, working remotely from his off-campus apartment.

A New Kind of Co-op

For the first time in Drexel University’s 100-year co-op program history, students are working remotely due to COVID-19, along with a lot of the non-essential work force. Students and employer representatives explain what’s different, what’s the same and how to adapt.

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Q&A: The Local and Federal Response to COVID-19’s Economic Impact

Bruce Katz, co-founder and inaugural director of Drexel’s Nowak Metro Finance Lab, talks about his work shaping policy recommendations for the federal government’s next small business bill, and how he’s analyzing and advising cities during the pandemic.

President and Founder of Drexel's Italian Pride Club Mario De Lorenzo, a third-year computer engineering student, and his fellow 125 Italian Pride Club members to remain active, even in different time zones.

How Drexel Student Organizations are Staying Engaged Despite the Pandemic

Most of the University’s more than 300 student organizations are maintaining operations as they social distance away from campus, and have found ways to continue to hold events, keep the community together and even make a difference.

Drexel University’s Weekend Warriors club and co-sponsoring student organizations will host four adventure athletes for virtual presentations through its Explorer Series, including Alex Honnold of “Free Solo” fame.

Meet Your Favorite Explorers Through This Virtual, Student-Only Series

Drexel University’s Weekend Warriors club and co-sponsoring student organizations will host four adventure athletes for virtual presentations through its Explorer Series, including Alex Honnold of “Free Solo” fame. 

Tips for Cooking, Eating and Shopping for Food Right Now

Tips for Cooking, Eating and Shopping for Food Right Now

It’s important to be flexible with how you prepare and enjoy food, from loose grocery lists to setting schedules to balancing indulgences.

A simulation layout of the rendered project. Image credit: Emergency Information Systems, LLC.

Dragons Stick Together to Make Social Distancing Decals

Alumni, adjunct faculty and a student co-op are creating labels illustrating spaces six feet apart. And, they’re donating them to life-sustaining businesses.

Mir Ahmed Leghari, a first-year finance student, finds solace while writing in solace in Caneris Hall this term.

The New Normal: Stories of Drexel Students Living on Campus During COVID-19

Sixty-five Dragons appealed for University Housing this term, and are sheltering on campus while most of the rest of the Drexel community is at home. Three students discuss their circumstances, new routines and hopes for the future.

COVID-19 has made virtual presentations the new norm. Two faculty members and two MD/PhD students who recently defended their thesis share tips on how to do this successfully, and why it might even be preferable to an in-person event.

A Guide for Graduate Dragons on Acing Virtual Presentations and Defenses

COVID-19 has made virtual presentations the new norm. Two faculty members and two MD/PhD students who recently defended their thesis share tips on how to do this successfully, and why it might even be preferable to an in-person event.

Finding happiness is a journey. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves said Victor Frankl (1905-1977). During COVID-19 find gratitude, stay engaged, communicate, and help others. (Graphic by Kanya Zillmer '10.)

Are You Happy? The Meaning of Life During COVID-19

Athletic Director and Psychology Professor Eric Zillmer, PsyD, was set to teach a course this term on happiness. Then the COVID-19 pandemic happened, and the importance of finding joy became all the more real.

Things have changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how students connect with potential employers and the outlook for college labor market the Class of 2020 will soon enter into. Fortunately, Steinbright professionals are still here with the tips and resources Dragons need to succeed.

How Steinbright Continues to Support the Drexel Student Job Search From a Distance

Things have changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how students connect with potential employers and the outlook for college labor market the Class of 2020 will soon enter into. Fortunately, Steinbright professionals are still here with the tips and resources Dragons need to succeed.

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Why Drexel Employees Should Assess Their COVID-19 Era Workstation

Sure, you’re working from home — but are you working from home correctly? Make sure your new desk or work area is ergonomically friendly by following these guidelines from Drexel’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

When life hands you a pandemic, launch a virtual Minecraft music festival — at least, this was the approach taken by Michael Silverglade when COVID-19 sabotaged his band’s spring touch and, subsequently, his senior project.

Drexel Music Industry Student Founds Block by Blockwest Music Festival in Light of COVID-19

When life hands you a pandemic, launch a virtual Minecraft music festival — at least, this was the approach taken by Michael Silverglade when COVID-19 sabotaged his band’s spring tour and, subsequently, his senior project.

Annette Molyneux, PhD, assistant vice president for Student Life and director of Counseling and Health Services at Drexel University, discusses the drastic daily changes students face due to the coronavirus pandemic, and how to cope.

We’re All in This Together: Mental Health Tips for Drexel Faculty and Staff in the Age of COVID-19

Annette Molyneux, PhD, assistant vice president for Student Life and director of Counseling and Health Services, discusses the drastic daily changes that have popped up due to the coronavirus pandemic, and how to cope with them.

The scene at Drexel Park. Photo credit: Jeff Fusco not just for this photo, but all photos in this story.

What Drexel and Philly Looked Like During the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic

You’re off campus right now, and you might even be out of the city. Here’s what some of your favorite spaces near Drexel look like while you’re gone.

American race walker Miranda Melville competing in the 2016 Olympic Games. Photo credit: Jeff Salvage.

Going for a Walk? Try Race Walking!

If you’re safely able to take a stroll outside, try race walking to add some extra exercise to your time outdoors.

DrexelNow spoke with Karen Verderame, animal programs developer for the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, about the process of caring for hundreds of live animals and insects during a pandemic

Animal House: How Academy Animals and Handlers Are Sheltering in Place During COVID-19

DrexelNow spoke with Karen Verderame, animal programs developer for the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, about the process of caring for hundreds of live animals and insects during a pandemic — including a few she decided to take home as unconventional quarantine house guests.

Trucks preparing to mail out the New Student Admission Letters as the University was closing on March 20. Photo credit: Mary K. Catalfamo.

At Drexel, Community Comes Together as Dragons Stay Apart

While the COVID-19 pandemic runs its course, Drexel continues to innovate and promote research, scholarship and well-being.

A conditioning group exercise class taught on Zoom by Drexel instructor and alumna Johanna Burns. Photo credit: Bryan Ford.

Drexel’s Rec Center Pivots to Host Virtual Trainings and Sessions

With campus closed, the Recreation Center is now hosting group exercise classes and training sessions on Instagram and Zoom, and will do the same for eSports tournaments and virtual town halls.

When most of the activity in Philadelphia came to a halt due in an effort to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus, Drexel University alum Evan Ehlers and his food recovery nonprofit Sharing Excess saw more action than ever — and rose to the challenge to benefit the city’s less fortunate.

Sharing Excess: Battling Food Insecurity Through COVID-19

When most of the activity in Philadelphia came to a halt due in an effort to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus, Drexel University alum Evan Ehlers and his food recovery nonprofit saw more action than ever — and rose to the challenge to benefit the city’s less fortunate.

Annette Molyneux, PhD, assistant vice president for Student Life and director of Counseling and Health Services at Drexel University, discusses the drastic daily changes students face due to the coronavirus pandemic, and how to cope.

We’re All in This Together: Mental Health Tips for Drexel Students in the Age of COVID-19

Annette Molyneux, PhD, assistant vice president for Student Life and director of Counseling and Health Services at Drexel University, discusses the drastic daily changes students face due to the coronavirus pandemic, and how to cope.

Third-year medical student Edward Guo after collecting PPE supplies. Photo courtesy Estefania Alba-Rodriguez and Kira Smith.

Drexel Collects Coronavirus-related Supplies for Donations

Medical and nursing faculty, staff and students are gathering masks, gowns, gloves and other personal protective equipment to donate to hospitals and health care workers.

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Q&A: #COVIDCalls with Disaster Historian Scott Knowles

Every day, the head of Drexel’s Department of History speaks with experts about news and developments related to COVID-19 — and he wants you to listen in.

To help cope with this transition to a fully online curriculum this spring term, some of Drexel University Online’s top students provided their online learning hacks and best practices.

Online Learning Tips From Your Fellow Dragons

Some Drexel University students will take their first online class this spring as the curriculum goes virtual in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help cope with this transition, some of Drexel's top online students provided their online learning hacks and best practices.

Check out These Drexel Resources for Online Learning

Check out These Drexel Resources for Online Learning

With the University shifting to handling most campus functions remotely for faculty, staff and students, now is the time to make sure you’re up to date on best practices for working online.

A 2014 aerial shot of Drexel's University City Campus. Photo credit: Kelly & Massa Photography.

March 23: Drexel’s Campus is Closed. Now What?

With campus now officially closed as of March 20, here’s what Dragons should know about what resources are and are not available as they prepare to work and learn remotely.

From a “shelter-in-place” order to options for upcoming relief efforts, here’s what Drexel University Dragons remaining local to Philadelphia should know about the city’s response measures to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 Response: Changes in and Around Philadelphia as of March 23

From a “shelter-in-place” order to options for upcoming relief efforts, here’s what Dragons remaining local to Philadelphia should know about the city’s response measures to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Dance, Cook, Listen: Creative Ideas for Health and Well-being

Dance, Cook, Listen: Creative Ideas for Health and Well-being

Members of Drexel's Creative Arts Therapies Department offered tips on how to manage yourself creatively and effectively while in social isolation.

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COVID-19 Q&A With Dornsife School of Public Health Dean Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD

In this Q&A, the Dornsife School of Public Health Dean Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD shares the latest on COVID-19.

Coronavirus-related Cancellations and Changes on Drexel’s Campus

Coronavirus-related Cancellations and Changes on Drexel’s Campus

The latest information on what Dragons preparing to stay on campus or use campus services should know about, in terms of events, dining services and other updates.

Here’s how the city has responded to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and what Drexel University Dragons remaining on or near campus should keep in mind.

What Dragons Should Know About Changes in Philadelphia Due to COVID-19

Here’s how the city has responded to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and what Dragons remaining on or near campus should keep in mind.

Shara Epstein, MD, answers a question at the CNHP event as Deborah Clegg, PhD, pictured left, and Merritt Brockman, DHA, seated in the center, look on. Photo courtesy Craig Schlanser.

Drexel Panels Address COVID-19 Best Practices

The College of Nursing and Health Professions and Dornsife School of Public Health hosted discussions on how healthcare professionals and the general public can be prepared to face the novel coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Q&A with College of Medicine Dean Charles B. Cairns, MD

In this Q&A, the Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean discussed what is known and unknown about COVID-19, and what sources he's turning to for coronavirus news and updates.