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Alex McKechnie

Alex McKechnie was a senior news officer at Drexel from April 2011 to March 2016.



1980s Fashion is Back at Drexel’s “Style Saturday” Event

“There were gorgeous things happening in the ’80s, from beautiful textiles to masterful silhouettes. We need to put aside our embarrassment over some of our personal style choices at that time and look at fashion from that period through fresh eyes."
The new course will provide students with a broad, interdisciplinary overview of critical, historical and practical issues pertaining to branding, marketing and consumerism.

New Drexel Course on Affluenza and Consumer Culture is Open to the Public

As the dust settles after the chaos of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday shopping season, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at America’s consumer culture, including ‘affluenza,’ the epidemic of overconsumption. In a new course, called “Studying Consumerism,” offered by the Department of Communication in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, students—and a limited number of alumni and members of the general public—can do just that. The winter term course, which runs from Jan. 5 – March 21, will provide students with a broad overview of critical, historical and practical issues pertaining to consumerism as well as branding and marketing.

A sculpture by Chakaia Booker entitled “Handle With Care” (34.5” x 98” x 11”).

Used Tires Become Beautiful Sculptures

The newest exhibit at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery uses old, cut tires to form sculptures which explore topics like race and gender in a way The New York Times describes as "pure poetry."
Drexel will host a summer institute on the history of design, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Westphal Will Host Summer Institute After Receiving NEH Grant

After being awarded the largest grant Drexel has ever received from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will host a a summertime institute featuring seminars on the history of design.
The second annual museum leadership conference at Drexel is entitled "Cultural Properties: Ownership, Stewardship and Responsibility."

Experts Discuss Cultural Property at Annual Museum Leadership Conference

Experts from around the world will meet for two days on campus to discuss three key terms with regard to their museums, galleries and collections: ownership, stewardship and responsibility.
The d&mShop offers unique, personal gifts for friends and family, including jewelry, scarves and stationary.

Get Gifts By Student Artists from Drexel’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Leave the crowds behind and shop for unique, personal gifts for family and friends at the The D&M Shop in the URBN Center Lobby. Many of the products up for grabs are only produced in small quantities and available for just a limited time.

An exhibition of works by Bill Walton is on display at Drexel through Dec. 5.

Only Three Weeks Remain to See an Exhibition of Works by Beloved Late Philadelphia Artist Bill Walton at Drexel

Only three weeks remain to see Drexel University’s “Bill Walton, artist to artist,” exhibition, which was called “a particularly haunting and lovely tribute to Walton through some friends who knew him best” in a review by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The exhibition is currently on display in the URBN Center Annex’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.), part of Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, through Friday, Dec. 5. The gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The 2014 Philly Chef Conference featured a whole pig butchery demonstration by Dean Carlson of Wyebrook Farm and Andrew Wood of Russet.

Top Chefs and Rising Stars Discuss the Future of Dining in Philadelphia at Drexel’s 2015 Philly Chef Conference

World-renowned chefs, restaurateurs, purveyors and food writers from across the city will come together to discuss key issues facing the restaurant industry as well as new food trends, products and techniques at the 2015 Philly Chef Conference. Hosted by Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, the conference will take place on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 11 – 12.
J. Hernandez and Victoria Rose Bonito in "Blood Wedding." Photo by

Only Two Weeks Left to See “Blood Wedding” with Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Drexel

Only two weeks remain to see a rare staging of Federico García Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” as the Philadelphia Artists' Collective (PAC) teams up with students from Drexel University’s Co-Op Theatre Company in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design to present the classic tragedy of revenge and deception. The show will run through Nov. 23 at Drexel’s Mandell Theater (3201 Chestnut St.).
David Kim taught a master class for selected students from the Drexel University Orchestra in preparation for a concert on Nov. 23. Photo credit: C. Shan Cerrone.

Philadelphia Orchestra’s David Kim Joins Drexel University Orchestra for Concert

World-famous violinist and concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra David Kim will join the Drexel University Orchestra from Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design for a concert on Sunday, Nov. 23 in the Main Auditorium in Drexel’s Main Building (3141 Chestnut St.), beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Sonny Vaccaro is a former marketing executive and college athlete advocate

Sonny Vaccaro Joins Drexel for Annual Sport for Social Change Conference

Sonny Vaccaro, one of the most “influential and controversial” (Washington Post) figures in sports, will join Drexel University on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 13 – 14 as the keynote speaker for its annual Sport for Social Change Conference. The conference will feature discussions on social justice in sport, athlete’s rights, the future of the NCAA, the misappropriation of American Indian imagery in sport and youth participation in sport. The conference is hosted by the Drexel University Sport Management Student Union (SMTSU), an undergraduate student organization, and the Department of Sport Management in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management.

Celebrity Chef Carla Hall Comes Back to Drexel, This Time in a Food Truck

"Top Chef" finalist Carla Hall and Drexel culinary and hospitality students will dish up Hall's famous hot chicken recipe and others at a food truck on Drexel's campus on Nov. 5.