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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 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.
The cover of "Pandemics for Babies." Photo courtesy Sourcebooks Kids.

They Wrote the Book on ‘Pandemics for Babies’

Inspired by their public health backgrounds and their young son, two Drexel alums (one now a Drexel professor) authored two children’s books about pandemics and germ theory.
Where to Eat Near Drexel’s University City Campus

Where to Eat Near Drexel’s University City Campus

If you’re spending time on campus this fall, these restaurants are nearby and open for pick-up, online ordering and/or indoor or outdoor dining.
Drexel's 2020 Convocation was held virtually and filmed in a socially distant way.

During a Historic Time, Drexel’s Virtual Convocation Looks Ahead

Looking and sounding different than past years, the 2020 ceremony outlined how Drexel will be working to improve educational, working and living environments on and off campus.
For a course that was supposed to be taught in the Netherlands over the spring, LeBow College of Business clinical professor Dana D’Angelo arranged for a “goodie box” of Dutch food to be sent to students during a virtual group meal. Photo courtesy Dana D’Angelo.

Share Your Story of Remote Teaching at Drexel

Drexel’s Remote Teaching Task Force is publishing faculty-written accounts and tips for remote teaching — and you can share your own with your peers.
A photograph from 1918 or 1919 showing newborns being cared for in the Barton Dispensary, which WMCP temporarily closed during the 1918 pandemic. Photo courtesy Legacy Center Archives, Drexel College of Medicine.

In Their Own Words: The Front Lines of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Faculty, staff and students of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, which later grew into Drexel’s College of Medicine, worked heroically in the fall of 1918 to treat influenza patients, including themselves — as documented in the few reports remaining from that time.
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.