University-wide Word Cloud of Achievements
The Eagles’ Super Bowl victory showed us that anything can be accomplished when you work together as a team. Our faculty and professional staff are our greatest asset—you are what makes Drexel a welcoming, engaging and stimulating place for students to learn and grow. What better way to join in the Eagles’ success than to share some successes of our own?
During the month of February, all faculty and professional staff were encouraged to send recent accomplishments to participate in a University-wide word cloud of achievements. Accomplishments come in all packages: They can be quickly achieved or a long time coming, they may affect a few individuals or an entire college, and they can last for a quarter or the next quarter century. If you accomplished it, we want to recognize your efforts.
The final word cloud and submissions can be found below.
Congratulations to the following faculty and professional staff members who are accomplishing great things at Drexel and beyond!
Brian Kantorek, Assistant Director of Marketing & Media: I recently launched and now produce a new podcast, along with fellow colleagues Dr. Melinda Lewis and Erica Levi Zelinger. Pop, the Question is an ongoing series examining the intersection of pop culture and academia with Drexel University professional staff, faculty, and students. In addition to my role as producer, I composed original theme music for the series, audio engineer the show, and also edit each episode for distribution through iTunes, SoundCloud, and PlayerFM. I also recently recruited a roster of renowned guests to be featured on Season 15 of The Drexel Interview television series, hosted by Pennoni Honors College Dean Paula Marantz Cohen and produced by me (in collaboration with students from Drexel's own Dragon Productions for several episodes). Currently in post-production, the upcoming season will include acclaimed and controversial authors Salman Rushdie and Tom Perrotta, cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine Roz Chast, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood.
Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS): Celebrating its 2-year anniversary this summer, CLASS has overhauled the academic support services for ALL students at Drexel in the last 18 months and the team has focused on supporting students in ways that are unprecedented. CLASS empowers students to develop skills and strategies that foster academic success and personal growth through purposeful interactions with peer and professional staff. We are providing academic coaching, study skills based workshops, tutoring support, and increasing enrollments in our various programs that support students on the spectrum, veterans, underrepresented minority students, STEM majors, first generation students, etc.
Drexel University Online, Enrollment Management & Student Success, University Communications: The Ambition Can't Wait campaign is being recognized with a gold award for PR and marketing by the College and University Public Relations and Associated Professional Association in March. The campaign would not have been a success if it were not for the team effort between the staff from University Communications, Enrollment Management & Student Success, Drexel University Online and our vendors. Ambition Can't Wait has truly resonated with our students and prospective students who reference it when writing their admissions essays.
Human Research Protections in the Office of Research: The team has rallied together after losing two team members in one week. Two team members are still in the process of being oriented and the other three divided up tasks to facilitate the processing of the IRB reviews as the new colleagues acquainted themselves with additional tasks. Though delays have occurred, the team has checked and prioritized incoming projects and past submitted research not processed by those who left the office.
Janet Sloand, Associate Clinical Professor: I developed a new partnership with the School of Philadelphia to develop 50 new special education leaders over the next 3 years.
Katrina Scott, Administrative Assistant: I took my registered nurse boards in January and recently received notice that I passed!
Marilyn Piety, Professor of Philosophy: I will be presenting a paper at a conference on Liberal Theology in Munich in July.
Mark Costello, Assistant Dean of Academic Advising: I am proud to have become part of NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) years ago, being elected to the Region 2 board in 2012, and recently now serving on the national level on the Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee! I bring back to Drexel new knowledge through my collaboration with colleagues internationally to better serve my students!
Marsela Furxhiu, Program Assistant: Drexel University is a wonderful place to study and work. I completed both of my degrees, BS and MS in Education, from Drexel University. I have been working at Drexel for a long time and have had the opportunity to meet wonderful people. I enjoy working with everyone. I am a very hard worker and enjoy helping students. I currently work with the Engineering Technology department as a Program Assistant. My team has been wonderful. I will join Team Drexel University, Eagles Autism Challenge run/walk on May 19, 2018 to support my son and all kids. This is a wonderful opportunity and I would like to thank everyone for all the support.
Merritt Brockman, KJ Mitchell, and KA Mulhorn, Professors: Three faculty members from the Health Services Administration department, College of Nursing and Health Professions, have been chosen to present during this year's Association of University Programs in Health Administration annual meeting. The professors will present their work on Assessing the Competency Based Learning Priorities for Graduate Level Health Administration Students during this conference which will be held June 13-15 in Philadelphia. This research will help to enhance the curriculum and prepare Health Administration students for a successful career.
Michael Bruneau Jr, PhD, Assistant Teaching Professor: I recently received acceptance of a publication entitled "A genetic variant in IL-15Ra correlates with physical activity among European-American adults" in Molecular Genetics and Genomic Medicine. The publication follows a previous publication entitled, "The angiotensin-converting enzyme insertion/deletion polymorphism rs4340 associates with habitual physical activity among European-American adults," which was published in the same journal in 2017.
Monica Fauble, Wellness Administrator: My greatest accomplishment in the last year was continuing to offer new opportunities for our faculty and professional staff members to receive personal and professional development in the area of health and wellness. I love hearing how employees have lost weight, adopted an exercise program, or taken the time for self-care because of our award-winning wellness program!
RN-BSN Department: The RN-BSN department revised the curriculum focusing on alignment from assignments all the way to DSLPs. Two students had posters accepted to a speciality nursing conference and co-authored an article showcasing a faculty professional development initiative.
Robert Sullivan, Associate Director of Pre-Award Administration: I had an article published in the December issue of the NCURA (National Council of University Research Administrators) magazine entitled, "To Carryover or Not to Carryover: That is the Question." I was also selected by the SRAI (Society of Research Administrators International) to be one of the chairs of a committee that is putting together a body of knowledge related to Research Administration. I will be the head of the committee related to Pre-Award Administration.
Sarah Haley, Program Manager and Advisor: In September and October, I pitched and wrote the Plan of Study for a new MS in Economics and Computer Science program. This is the first full length graduate degree LeBow College of Business and an outside college (College of Computing & Informatics) have put together. It is now almost through the approval process and will be live for this coming fall, 2018!
Transfer Admissions of EMSS, Goodwin College Degree Completion team, and the Office of Veteran Student Services: The Military Transition Program (MTP), a two-term transition program offered to military service men and women, received the national Distinguished Credit Program Award at the Association for Continuing Higher Education annual conference in Portland, Oregon. Since its inception, more than 60 veteran students have been given the opportunity to attend Drexel through the program. We have put our all into this program and it has grown since into a thriving community and we are happy to see it get national recognition.