Niki Gianakaris

Vice President, Strategic Communications, University Marketing and Communications

Niki is the vice president of Strategic Communications in Drexel University’s Office of University Marketing and Communications. As part of Strategic Communications, she oversees internal communications and media relations at the University and the College of Medicine, with the exception of the Academy of Natural Sciences and Athletics. Niki joined Drexel in 2002 as a staff writer and later became an assistant director of media relations before becoming director in 2010 and executive director in 2016. Prior to Drexel she worked in Rowan University’s Office of University Relations while earning a master’s degree in writing with a specialization in journalism. She also received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Rowan University. Niki blogs for the Drexel News Blog and tweets at @drexelniki.


blue rendering of a lock with data surrounding it Beyond Encryption: Protecting Consumer Privacy While Keeping Survey Results Accurate
In a recent paper published in the Journal of Marketing Analytics, an assistant professor of Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems at Drexel University, Matthew Schneider, PhD, and Dawn Iacobucci, PhD, of Vanderbilt University, proposed a new methodology that permanently alters survey datasets to protect consumers' privacy — when data is shared — while still preserving a level of reasonable accuracy for these datasets.
South Eleveation of Bentley Hall that includes Calhoun Hall and the new, two-story edition. $5 Million Gift to Drexel Will Establish Bentley Hall for Honors Students
With the help of a $5 million gift from Greg S. Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, and his wife Caroline, Drexel University will create a new epicenter on its campus for honors students. The gift comes at a time when construction is already underway at Calhoun Hall, an existing student residence hall, that will be fully renovated as part of Greg and Caroline Bentley Hall, a new complex that will house a true “living/learning” community for honors college students. In addition to the renovated student residence, Bentley Hall will also include a new, two-story glass and stone addition of about 10,800 square feet that will house the Pennoni Honors College offices and seminar rooms.
Back to School. Accessories, books and fresh apple against chalkboard PECO and the Exelon Foundation Renew Commitment to Successful West Philadelphia Education Partnership
PECO and the Exelon Foundation awarded a $300,000 grant to the Drexel Exelon Foundation/PECO Community Education Collaborative – a program that supports and enhances the work of the School District of Philadelphia at the Morton McMichael and Samuel Powel elementary schools in West Philadelphia. The purpose of the program is to improve educational outcomes for local students with a particular focus on STEM education.
Dana and David Dornsife together with Drexel representatives and the Lindy family cut the ribbon. Drexel Purchases West Philadelphia Community Center to Expand Community Partnerships and Programming
Four years after the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships opened its doors to the Powelton and Mantua communities, Drexel University announced plans to expand the programming offered to the community with the purchase in June 2018 of the West Philadelphia Community Center.
Photo of the 27 members of the Korman family in from of the Korman Center Drexel Dedicates Transformed Quad and Korman Center Addition
A dedication ceremony on June 6 officially marked the opening of the addition to Drexel’s Korman Center and surrounding “Quad.” Located at the heart of Drexel’s campus, the Korman Center and its surrounding green space have served as a University landmark for decades.
Artwork that depicts golden hand of God and blue star of David Through These Hands: Loss and Community Inspire Professor’s Judaica Collection
When Chase, a retired Drexel University fashion design professor, heard that Drexel’s Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life was in need of artwork to accompany its newly donated Torah, she knew the project was meant for her.
Drexel President John Fry and Raj Gupta at an event With a $5 Million Gift Drexel Establishes the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute
Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business is once again at the forefront of preparing organization leaders to govern better. With the help of a $5 million gift, the College will establish the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute.
photo of a woman with back pain at an office desk If Sitting Is The New Smoking, Should Employers Be Held Liable?
Doctors have warned us for years about the health risks associated with sitting too much. Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time to a number of health issues, including increased high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat and cholesterol. They also warn that prolonged sitting increases the risk of cardiovascular problems and cancer. What does this mean for organizations whose employees end up sitting for at least eight hours a day? Should they be held liable for harms caused to employees in sedentary workplaces?

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View of Philadelphia from the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps, artists in the foreground. One of Gimbel's One Percent for Art Program paintings. Drexel Awarded $850K Grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts To Help Make Atwater Kent Collection Accessible to Public
Drexel University announced today that it has been awarded an $850,000 grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts that will be used to help make the Atwater Kent Collection more accessible to the public.
Salus Drexel Merger Ceremony Drexel and Salus Universities Formalize Merger Agreement at Ceremonial Signing
Drexel University and Salus University formalized a merger agreement with a ceremonial signing today. The move comes after the respective Boards of Trustees of Drexel and Salus approved a path toward a merger of the two universities.
Photo of Yannick Nezet Seguin Globally Acclaimed Philadelphia Orchestra Music and Artistic Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin to Speak at Drexel’s 2023 Commencement
Known internationally for his musicianship, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music and artistic director of The Philadelphia Orchestra will address the class of 2023 at Drexel University’s commencement ceremony on June 16. In what has become an annual tradition, Drexel’s university-wide commencement will return to Citizens Bank Park to celebrate the graduating class. The ceremony will also be live-streamed.
Portrait photo of Youngmoo Kim Drexel’s Youngmoo Kim Named Vice Provost for University and Community Partnerships
Following an in-depth search, we are pleased to announce that Youngmoo Kim, PhD, founding director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering, will become vice provost for University and Community Partnerships, effective April 1, 2023.
Abraham Lincoln's hat in the Atwater Kent Collection Drexel Launches Digital Database, Making Atwater Kent Collection Available to the Public
Drexel University has launched a new online database of the Atwater Kent Collection, making it available to the public for the first time.
Rendering of the new life sciences research lab facility Gattuso Development and Drexel Break Ground on City’s Largest Life Sciences Facility
Gattuso Development Partners and Drexel University formally broke ground today on 3201 Cuthbert Street, a new life sciences research and laboratory that will become the city’s largest facility of its kind while cementing Philadelphia’s status as an emerging global life sciences research hub.
View of Health Sciences Building Drexel Opens Health Sciences Building, Solidifying Its Place As a Leader in Health Care Education and Scientific Training
In a historic move, Drexel University will open a new 460,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art academic home that will bring together the University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, College of Medicine, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies in University City, enhancing collaboration, research and practice opportunities.
Rendering of the new life sciences research lab facility SmartLabs to Become First Tenant of Drexel and Gattuso's Life Science Research Lab Facility
SmartLabs, a Boston-based laboratory-as-a-service company, announced plans to open its first Philadelphia-based facility in the new life sciences research lab being built by Gattuso Development Partners in the heart of Drexel's campus.