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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.



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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A rendering of the Powel Elementary & Science Leadership Academy Middle School.

Q&A: PILOTs and SILOTs— What Is Drexel’s Responsibility?

Every year Drexel contributes a wide range of services and resources to the City of Philadelphia that benefit residents, public schools, the local economy and Drexel students’ own learning experience.
One of the grants will help the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, the Kline School of Law and School Education collaborate on the "West Philadelphia Community Dialogue Project."

Drexel-Funded Research Examines Racial Equity On and Off Campus

The University supported 22 projects focused on societal challenges in communities and within Drexel itself.
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.
During a recent virtual event, the University's future strategic plan was discussed by the University faculty and professional staff tasked with completing it.

Fall Update Provides Details About Drexel’s 2020–2030 Strategic Plan

At an Oct. 30 question-and-answer event, University leaders described the strategic plan as a “living list” that is being driven by Drexel stakeholders, and discussed issues such as pricing, efficiencies, revenue and marketing.
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.