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Alissa Falcone

Editor and Staff Writer
Alissa Falcone is the editor of DrexelNow and Drexel Quarterly and a staff writer who has contributed to those Drexel publications as well as Drexel Magazine and EXEL Magazine. She joined University Communications in 2013 as a communications associate and continued working full-time in 2014 after she graduated from Drexel with a bachelor’s degree in English. Alissa received her master's degree in communication from Drexel in 2017. She previously worked for Philadelphia magazine and has written for the Philadelphia Daily and other publications. When she’s not working at her desk, she can usually be found near one of the many food trucks on Drexel’s campus … for work, obviously. She tweets at @AlissaFalcone.



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.
Results from a February survey shows widespread agreement that Drexel’s ties to the city, co-op and employers belong at the heart of Drexel’s 2020-2030 Strategic Plan, now set for release later this year.

Drexel Researchers Receive Funding for Racial Equity Projects

Just over $100,000 was awarded to 22 faculty and professional staff through Drexel's Rapid Response Research & Development Fund.
A praying mantis eating a spotted lanternfly outside of Race Hall and the adjacent Library Learning Terrace. Photo credit: Scott Dunham.

Q&A: Protecting Trees From the Spotted Lanternfly

You’ve probably heard about the invasive species or seen them for yourself — but do you know how to help protect your environment from them?
The Drexel Academic Tower site — a key part of the planned UCity Square — photographed earlier this month. Photo courtesy Wexford and Turner Construction.

President John Fry on the Future of Drexel, Philadelphia and Higher Education

Last week, the University’s leader answered questions about the University’s finances and response to changes in higher education, as well as its role in the local ecosystem going forward.
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
Donald Mueller spoke at a July 28 event at St. Christopher's Hospital.

New Chief Executive Officer Welcomed at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Last month, Donald Mueller was announced as the new leader of the hospital owned and operated in partnership between Drexel University and Tower Health.
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.
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.
Taylor Andrews' winning entry to the "Paws"itive Art Contest. Photo courtesy Taylor Andrews.

‘Paws’itive Art Contest Digs Up Art by Drexel Dragons

Drexel’s therapy dogs recently announced the winners of their springtime competition — and the entries were really “fetch”ing.
From left to right: Allen Riddick, Una Massenburg, Charlene Rice and Bo Solomon volunteering to clean the area near 52nd and Market streets on June 13.

In West Philadelphia, Drexel Staff and Programs Help with Cleanup and Commerce

When shops in West Philadelphia were damaged on May 31 in the aftermath of citywide social justice protests, Drexel professional staff tapped into their networks and connections to help with recovery.
A photographic sample of the research conducted by Drexel faculty and professional staff through the Rapid Response Research and Development Fund.

Drexel Takes Top Spot on National Rankings for Innovation

A new report from the George W. Bush Institute and the innovation consulting firm Opus Faveo Innovation Development named Drexel the most innovative mid-sized research university in the country.