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COVID-19 news and updates from across campus

The Gateway Garden at 32nd and Market streets in September 2021. Photo credit: Jeff Fusco.

Eating on Campus: What to Grab and Where to Go

Check out these places on Drexel’s University City Campus for when you’re hungry and don’t know what to eat or where to eat it.

Crews from University and Student Services (USS) move student belongings into Millennium Hall on Sept. 10. Photo by Jeff Fusco.

On Historic Move-in Weekend at Drexel University, First-Years’ Excitement Doesn’t Stray From the College Norm

More than 2,200 first-year students moved into campus housing from Sept. 10–13 in the first key indication of Drexel’s return to campus this fall, and their thoughts and feelings were reminiscent of pre-pandemic norms despite remaining health and safety protocols.

Incoming Undergraduate Student Government Association President Jarod Watson explains how and why students should take it slow during their return to campus and practice safe habits, respect for others and putting the Dragon community first.

Six Questions on Pandemic Personal Responsibility With Drexel’s Student Body President

Incoming Undergraduate Student Government Association President Jarod Watson explains how and why students should take it slow during their return to campus and practice safe habits, respect for others and putting the Dragon community first.

A map of updates to Drexel University's University City campus since March 2020. Illustration by Alese Dickson.

While We Were Away

Welcome back to Drexel…fully in person. Whether you’re reacquainting yourself with campus after being remote or are exploring it for the first time, know that throughout this unusual past year and a half, Drexel has not stood still.

A screenshot of participants at the Sept. 17 event.

In Advance of the Return to Work on Campus, Drexel University Leaders Hold Faculty and Professional Staff Town Hall

On Sept. 17, faculty and professional staff were invited to hear information and have questions answered related to current policies and procedures used to ensure a safe return to in-person activity on campus for all Dragons.

Nhat Nguyen working in the Nanobiomaterials and Cell Engineering Laboratory at Drexel University.

STAR Scholars 2021: A “Closer to Normal” Experience Despite Ongoing Pandemic

One hundred and forty second- and third-year Dragons completed their faculty-mentored STAR research experience last month, and partook in a range of opportunities spanning remote, hybrid and in-person modalities, as well as six-month part-time and three-month full-time timeframes.

Two Drexel students sit at a table outside.

Updated Campus Amenities for Fall 2021

With the return to campus for all students as well as faculty and professional staff, there are updated procedures, hours and openings that all Dragons should be aware of.

Move-in crews help Drexel University students move into Race Hall on Sept. 10, 2021.

In Advance of Fall Move-in, Drexel University Leaders Hold Student, Parent Town Hall

More than 850 participants joined presenters at 6 p.m. on Sept. 8 to hear a run-down of information regarding policies and procedures put in place to ensure the safety of the Dragon community during the return to campus this fall.

DrexelNow checked in with the new students joining our campus community this fall about their past experiences, future plans, and their hopes and worries about starting their Drexel careers amidst the ongoing pandemic. Pictured: Zoe Boynton

10 New Dragons Discuss Starting at Drexel This Fall

DrexelNow checked in with the new students joining our campus community this fall about their past experiences, future plans, and their hopes and worries about starting their Drexel careers amidst the ongoing pandemic.

The Maker's Market events, like the one seen here, will be held at the Gateway Garden at Drexel University this summer. Photo credit: Beth Ann Downey.

Updated Campus Amenities for Summer 2021

For the summer term, Drexel’s on-campus operations related to dining, recreation and on-campus spaces have changed to reflect current guidance and very low rates of COVID-19 infection on campus.

But We Keep Going, the Paul Robeson High School senior portrait series, was celebrated on the evening of June 17 with a projection event on Drexel's University City campus produced by Welsh, Writers Room Assistant Director Patrice Worthy, Pearlstein Gallery Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator Leah Appleton, and Greenhouse Media.

Drexel Writers Room Collaboration Shines 7-Story Spotlight on Local High School Graduates

As part of its TRIPOD initiative, the university-community literary arts program Writers Room helped celebrate and share stories of the Paul Robeson High School senior class and their resiliency during the pandemic — culminating in the projection of the students’ portraits on the side of the University City Campus’ Nesbitt Hall on the evening of June 17.

Student cheers and raises arm at ballpark.

Bringing Tradition Back at Drexel’s 2021 Commencement

On June 11, the University returned to the Citizens Bank Park to honor the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 graduates with an in-person ceremony that was livestreamed.

Sheena Coleman, 40, of Powelton Village, received her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a walk-up clinic at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships on May 27.

Dragons Unite to Bring Vaccines, Resources to the Surrounding West Philadelphia Community

Drexel University faculty, staff, students and community partners, along with Sunray Pharmacy, have come together to put on weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships in Powelton Village.

Jake Baron on a recent trip to California, where he will move and take a job with a major electronics company following graduation next month.

Advance Your Career (AYC) Helps Pandemic Co-op Students Take Professional Control

Created by the Steinbright Career Development Center and launched in June 2020, the AYC module’s focus on professional development and meaningful networking helped students turn lost or delayed co-ops due to the pandemic into both credit and opportunity.

A screenshot of participants in the May 19 event.

Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions, Answered

A trio of public health experts discussed side effects, spread, development, clinical trials and other concerns related to the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine hesitancy.

Activity around the Mario the Magnificent statue on the University City Campus during a "Walking Tour Weekend!" event in April 2021. Photo credit: Jeff Fusco.

Update on the Current and Future ‘State of the Campus’

University leaders discussed today’s admissions and student life news as well as upcoming priorities of the new strategic plan.

Drexel basketball and wrestling student athletes, coaches and staff recount the 2020–2021 season’s differences, delays, setbacks and triumphs.

One and Done: How ‘High Risk’ Drexel Sports Teams Made it Through a Pandemic Season

In their own words, Drexel basketball and wrestling student athletes, coaches and staff recount the 2020–2021 season’s differences, delays, setbacks and triumphs.

A work from home desk set-up.

Drexel Pilots Expanded Flexible-Work Arrangements

Five academic and four administrative units are participating in a pilot project to test the viability of widening the University’s existing Flexible Work Arrangement Policy.

Kymberlee Montgomery, DNP, a clinical professor of nursing and senior associate dean of nursing and student affairs, administers Pfizer vaccines at an April 19 vaccination clinic at Drexel University.

Drexel Vaccine Clinics Offer Dragons A Shot of Post-Pandemic Hope

On April 19, more than 1,000 Dragons received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at one of many Drexel University-sponsored and Sunray Pharmacy-operated clinics for employees and students.

One of the combs purchased by Naomi Ford, on top of the original holly wrapping paper. Photo credit: Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection. Credit: Gift of Mrs. Anne Wright.

What Drexel Does — and Doesn’t — Have From the 1918 Pandemic

How were Drexel and other institutions now part of the University affected by the 20th century influenza outbreak? Based off of their archival collections, it’s hard to say.

Seasoned pandemic co-op students share success strategies to help other Dragons make their current co-op experiences a grand slam.

One Year Later: Play-by-play Advice for the Pandemic Co-op

Five seasoned pandemic co-op students who are part of the Steinbright Career Development Center’s Peer Mentor program already knocked their pandemic co-ops out of the park. Now, they’re sharing success strategies to help other Dragons make their current co-op experiences a grand slam.

Three master’s students in different disciplines of creative arts therapy discussed the stressors, hurdles and advice for maintaining sound mental health one year into the coronavirus pandemic.

One Year Later: Mental Health Tips From Drexel Students, For Drexel Students

Three master’s students in different disciplines of creative arts therapy discussed the stressors, hurdles and advice for maintaining sound mental health one year into the coronavirus pandemic.

Boba King, located at 32nd and Chestnut streets, celebrated its grand opening on April 1.

12 Campus Amenities Newly Opened or Offered for Spring Term

With the warmer weather has come expanded offerings both on and near campus in terms of recreation, dining and arts and culture.

Since March 2020, Drexel faculty and international academic partners have been pivoting planned study abroad trips to engaging remote learning opportunities.

Global at Home: Drexel Study Abroad Goes Virtual During the Pandemic

Since March 2020, Drexel faculty and international academic partners have been pivoting planned study abroad trips to engaging remote learning opportunities.

A screenshot from a Campus Activities Board (CAB) virtual team building event featuring Maxey, Nash and other members of the organization's executive board.

One Year Later: What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Campus Engagement

After a rollercoaster of a year that changed the way Drexel’s student body engages with campus, the community and each other, two student leaders reflect on what was learned and where the Dragon community can go from here.

A Drexel University class during the fall 2020 term. Photo by Ben Wong.

More Student Takeaways from the Return Oversight Committee

In the last two meetings of a series of Q&As held last week, University leaders discussed topics like vaccine updates, ramping up face-to-face offerings, mask requirements and on-campus parking and dining.

A screenshot of participants in the March 10 event.

More Faculty and Professional Staff COVID-19 Questions Answered

In two Q&As held last week, University leaders discussed topics like vaccinations, phased return and ventilation in office spaces. 

As a health ambassador for Drexel University, Raymond Sarem keeps vigilant over each of the nooks and crannies of the 11-story Gerri C. Lebow Hall, particularly on the four floors where classes take place.

Meet Drexel’s New ‘Health Ambassadors’

At the beginning of winter term, the University instituted a new public safety measure to ensure that everyone on campus observes pandemic-era safety guidelines, especially in high-traffic areas at peak times.

 

Drexel University has extend its Test-Optional policy for the next two admission cycles (2022–2023 and 2023–2024).

Extending the University's Test-Optional Policy

Drexel will extend its Test-Optional policy, which offers prospective students flexibility in the face of challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, for the next two admission cycles (2022–2023 and 2023–2024).

Dr. Marla Gold Named Vice Provost for Community Health Care Innovation

How the Return Oversight Committee is Guiding Drexel During the Pandemic

Marla Gold, MD, director of the Return Oversight Committee, discussed how decisions are made to ensure the safety of Drexel students, faculty, professional staff and neighbors both on and off campus.

Black History Month cutouts in the DAC.

A Very 2021 Way of Honoring Black History Month at Drexel

Cardboard cutouts of historical and local Black figures were placed in the stands of Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center in recognition of Black History Month.

Drexel Kline School of Law students in class during fall term. Photo by Ben Wong.

Student Takeaways From Return Oversight Committee Q&A Series

Members of the Return Oversight Committee virtually answered submitted questions from faculty and professional staff in the first of three sessions. Read the questions and answers that most relate to students.

A screenshot of participants in the Feb. 25 event.

Faculty and Professional Staff COVID-19 Questions, Answered

Members of the Return Oversight Committee virtually answered submitted questions related to working from home, vaccine access, campus operations and safety and more.

DrexelNow spoke with undergraduate students on campus about this phase of Drexel University’s reopening, including health and safety protocols for residence halls and in-person learning, making new friends and staying connected, and their advice and hopes for the near future.

COVID Campus: How It Feels to Be Back for Dragons

DrexelNow spoke with undergraduate students on campus about this phase of Drexel University’s reopening, including health and safety protocols for residence halls and in-person learning, making new friends and staying connected, and their advice and hopes for the near future.

Despite being mostly virtual, Drexel’s weeklong Homecoming celebration and Spirit Week from Feb. 1–7 will still boast many of the annual events current students and alumni have come to look forward to.

Drexel’s 2021 Homecoming Set to Safely Keep Winter Tradition Alive

Despite being mostly virtual, Drexel’s weeklong Homecoming celebration and Spirit Week from Feb. 1–7 will still boast many of the annual events current students and alumni have come to look forward to.

A Kline School of Law lecture from fall term. Photo by Ben Wong.

Faculty and Staff Town Hall Recap: Vaccines, Return to Campus and What Comes Next

University leadership shared information for faculty and professional staff related to COVID-19 testing and vaccine availability on campus and the return to campus, among other topics.

Kline School of Law students attend a lecture during fall term. Photo by Ben Wong.

Town Hall Touts Student Role in Collective Campus Health and Safety

Drexel University students were invited to a Virtual Town Hall on Jan. 13 to receive up-to-date information about winter term health, safety and testing protocols related to COVID-19.

Drexel Deans Look Back at 2020

Drexel Deans Look Back at 2020 — Part Two

In a second installment, six more deans from the University’s colleges and schools reflect on what happened and what they’ve learned.

A Drexel student works out in the Rec Center during the fall 2020 term. The Rec Center will open for winter term on Jan. 25. Photo by Ben Wong.

Moving Back to Campus? Here’s What’s Open for Winter Term (and When)

As students move into on-campus residencies for the first time this academic year, here are the academic, recreational, health and retail amenities which will be open for winter term.

Students must reserve a workstation in advance in the computer lab at the W.W. Hagerty Library. Group work is not permitted in the computer lab or in any Libraries spaces at this time.

Working on Campus? Here’s What’s Open for Winter Term (and When)

As select faculty and professional staff return to campus, here are the recreational, health and retail amenities which will be open for winter term.

 

 



A Drexel student poses on campus during the fall 2020 term. For winter term, more than 1,000 undergraduate students will move on campus starting Jan. 16, though the COVID-19 pandemic continues to augment this college rite of passage and necessitate virtual programming.

Drexel Students to Move on Campus, Unite Online for Winter Term

More than 1,000 Drexel University undergraduate students will move on campus starting Jan. 16, though the COVID-19 pandemic continues to augment this college rite of passage and necessitate virtual programming.

Those tasked with campus cleaning, safety and distancing measures have been on the scene since late spring, planning and working diligently to ready Drexel housing and academic spaces, as well as other amenities, for this valiant return.

How Drexel’s Campus Facilities Have Been Prepared for Winter Student Move-In

Though it was announced in late October that Drexel University would welcome undergraduate students back for campus living, the process of preparing academic and residential spaces in the face of COVID-19 has been both ongoing and thorough.

Drexel professional staff distributing food on Dec. 19 for the Alumni Turkey Project.

Alumni Turkey Project Provides More Holiday Meals During a Year That Needed It the Most

The longstanding tradition transformed to safely donate more than 2,400 turkey dinners to local families.

Director of Student Health Services Janet Cruz, MD, seated, received the COVID-19 vaccine administered by College of Nursing & Health Professions Assistant Clinical Professor Kim McClellan, EdD.

Drexel Medical Professionals Among the First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

On Dec. 18, two members of Drexel’s COVID-19 response team received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination — with one administering the vaccine to the other.

Drexel Deans Look Back at 2020

Drexel Deans Look Back at 2020 — Part One

After a tumultuous year of change and uncertainty, deans from the University’s colleges and schools reflected on what happened and what they’ve learned.

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SEPTA and Drexel Team up to Battle COVID-19

Researchers from Drexel University will be working with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) on a partnership aimed at enhancing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation. Through a recently formed partnership, the institutions are pursuing a federal grant for research into risk assessment, mitigation and communication strategies that will help keep riders safe and healthy.

 

The Spinal Cord Research Center of Drexel University College of Medicine was named in memory of Professor Marion Murray, PhD (1937-2018), the founder and director of the Center. Photo courtesy Itzhak Fischer, PhD.

Resiliency, Mentorship and $10 Million in Grants: Drexel Neurobiology & Anatomy in 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the department’s tried-and-true strategies remained strong enough to yield record-breaking levels of research funding.

From administering COVID tests to conducting case investigation and contact tracing, the University has relied on a cross-college battalion of faculty, professional staff and students to protect Dragons against the coronavirus, and in turn, protect the surrounding community. Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Drexel’s Interdisciplinary Battle Against COVID-19

From administering COVID tests to conducting case investigation and contact tracing, the University has relied on a cross-college battalion of faculty, professional staff and students to protect Dragons against the coronavirus, and in turn, protect the surrounding community.

Two Drexel graduate students speak on their experience participating in the Graduate College’s Remote Course Facilitator program, in which they aid faculty and students in the remote learning environment and gain valuable contacts and insight along the way.

Graduate Students Lend a Helping Hand With Pandemic-Era Remote Learning

Two graduate students tell DrexelNow about their experience participating in the Graduate College’s Remote Course Facilitator program, in which they aid faculty and students in the remote learning environment and gain valuable contacts and insight along the way.

The group of 44 women and men who joined Vision 2020’s SHE Leads Road Rally in October from East Falls in Philadelphia to Seneca Falls, NY.

Vision 2020: A Historic Commemoration During a Historic Year

For over a decade, a national women’s equality coalition headquartered at Drexel planned a national celebration of this year’s centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Then the pandemic happened.

Here are several student questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and Drexel’s plans for winter term answered by University administrators and experts.

10 Burning Questions Drexel Students Have Right Now

Here are several student questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and Drexel’s plans for winter term answered by University administrators and experts.

Jeffrey Jordan on his porch with his dog, Justice, surrounded by supplies to distribute to the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood. Photo courtesy Jeffrey Jordan.

Q&A: The Drexel Employee Using His Front Porch to Support the Community

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jeffrey Jordan is volunteering his West Belmont home as the go-to spot where Drexel can supply civic leaders and volunteers with cleaning supplies, masks, toys, books and flyers to distribute to the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood.

The Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry's Domestic Science Class of 1919, as seen in the 1919 Lexerd Yearbook. Photo courtesy Drexel University Archives.

In Their Own Words: Drexel Students and the 1918 Pandemic

The 1919–1922 Drexel yearbooks contain memories and stories about the influenza pandemic, such as a domestic science student who volunteered at a hospital and engineering students quarantined in what’s now the Drexel Police Headquarters and Academic Building.

The cover of "Pandemics for Babies." Photo courtesy Sourcebooks Kids.

They Wrote the Book on ‘Pandemics for Babies’

Inspired by their public health backgrounds and their young son, two Drexel alums (one now a Drexel professor) authored two children’s books about pandemics and germ theory.

Where to Eat Near Drexel’s University City Campus

Where to Eat Near Drexel’s University City Campus

If you’re spending time on campus this fall, these restaurants are nearby and open for pick-up, online ordering and/or indoor or outdoor dining.

Drexel's 2020 Convocation was held virtually and filmed in a socially distant way.

During a Historic Time, Drexel’s Virtual Convocation Looks Ahead

Looking and sounding different than past years, the 2020 ceremony outlined how Drexel will be working to improve educational, working and living environments on and off campus.

For a course that was supposed to be taught in the Netherlands over the spring, LeBow College of Business clinical professor Dana D’Angelo arranged for a “goodie box” of Dutch food to be sent to students during a virtual group meal. Photo courtesy Dana D’Angelo.

Share Your Story of Remote Teaching at Drexel

Drexel’s Remote Teaching Task Force is publishing faculty-written accounts and tips for remote teaching — and you can share your own with your peers.

The “Mario the Magnificent” statue on Drexel’s University City Campus was recently outfitted with a face mask.

Graduate Student Town Hall Reinforces Campus Community Resources and Responsibilities

On Sept. 18, graduate students conducting on-campus classes or research this fall were invited to learn more about the University’s health and safety measures and student resources in the continued wake of COVID-19 as well as have their pre-submitted questions answered by campus leadership.

A photograph from 1918 or 1919 showing newborns being cared for in the Barton Dispensary, which WMCP temporarily closed during the 1918 pandemic. Photo courtesy Legacy Center Archives, Drexel College of Medicine.

In Their Own Words: The Front Lines of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Faculty, staff and students of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, which later grew into Drexel’s College of Medicine, worked heroically in the fall of 1918 to treat influenza patients, including themselves — as documented in the few reports remaining from that time.

Socially distant seating in the Hahnemann Library on Drexel's Center City Campus.

How Drexel Campus Amenities Will Operate This Fall

Though fall term classes and programming will be held mostly online, these student-oriented campus amenities will be up and running to assist you whether you’re living on or near campus or would like to access them remotely.

The “Mario the Magnificent” statue on Drexel’s University City Campus was recently outfitted with a face mask.

Faculty and Staff Town Hall Recap: Updates on Caregiver Support, Testing and What Comes Next

On Sept. 16, Drexel University leaders went over some Drexel’s new and ongoing procedures related to returning to campus and working remotely.

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.

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.

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.

Heard Around Campus

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.