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Beth Ann Downey

Beth Ann Downey

Staff Writer, University Communications

Beth Ann Downey is the staff writer for DrexelNow and also contributes to such publications as Drexel Magazine. She joined the University Communications team in March 2018 bringing a variety of work experience in journalism, public relations and marketing.

Beth Ann received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Penn State University in University Park. She has previously held editorial positions with the Altoona Mirror as a lifestyle reporter and JUMP Philly magazine as a managing editor. In her free time, you can find Beth Ann enjoying the local music scene as well as everything her East Passyunk neighborhood has to offer. Follow Beth Ann at @bethanndowney on Twitter and Instagram.

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To help cope with this transition to a fully online curriculum this spring term, some of Drexel University Online’s top students provided their online learning hacks and best practices.

Online Learning Tips From Your Fellow Dragons

Some Drexel University students will take their first online class this spring as the curriculum goes virtual in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help cope with this transition, some of Drexel’s top online students provided their online learning hacks and best practices.
From a “shelter-in-place” order to options for upcoming relief efforts, here’s what Drexel University Dragons remaining local to Philadelphia should know about the city’s response measures to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 Response: Changes in and Around Philadelphia as of March 23

From a “shelter-in-place” order to options for upcoming relief efforts, here’s what Dragons remaining local to Philadelphia should know about the city’s response measures to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Here’s how the city has responded to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and what Drexel University Dragons remaining on or near campus should keep in mind.

What Dragons Should Know About Changes in Philadelphia Due to COVID-19

Here’s how the city has responded to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and what Dragons remaining on or near campus should keep in mind.
As part of its celebration of the 100th anniversary of its cooperative education program this academic year, Drexel University hosted the inaugural University-wide Co-op Send-off celebration.

Drexel Sends Co-op Students Off in Style

As part of its celebration of the 100th anniversary of its cooperative education program this academic year, Drexel University hosted the inaugural University-wide Co-op Send-off celebration.
A multi-million-dollar project to repair the roof and skylight of Drexel University’s first campus building will start around March 16.

Drexel Main Building Roof Renovations Set to Start This Month

A multi-million-dollar project to repair the roof and skylight of Drexel University’s first campus building will start around March 16. Here’s how the renovations may impact Dragons.
Kristen Furlong spent her first year at Drexel University as an undeclared student through the Goodwin College of Professional Studies’ First-Year Exploratory Studies (FYE) program, which provides undecided students with the opportunity to explore their academic interests and options before selecting a major.

Major-switcher Memoirs: The Growing Support Systems for Undeclared Students at Drexel

Over the last five years, Drexel University has ushered in more than 1,500 undeclared students, and because of the support systems in place, they leave more confident and prepared Dragons.
Two LeBow College of Business upperclassmen share advice for how to assert yourself and make lasting connections in the classroom and on co-op, while also learning valuable lessons before you join the workforce.

Advice for Dragons on How to Hold Your Own with Higher Ups

Two LeBow College of Business upperclassmen share advice for how to assert yourself and make lasting connections in the classroom and on co-op, while also learning valuable lessons before you join the workforce.
Andrea Walls, a writer and multi-media artist as well as lifelong Philadelphia currently residing in Overbrook, giving a presentation about her work while in residence at The Study hotel.

Become a Writer-in-Residence at The Study This Summer

A week away to just … write? It’s in reach this summer through The Study x WR Writer-in-Residence program, which is accepting applications through March 1.
Melissa DePretto Behan, EdD, senior executive director of Student Life at Drexel University, discusses myths about Residence Life with Danny Inglis, a third-year architectural and civil engineering student who is also an RA in Millennium Hall.

Mythbusters: Building Community with Residence Life

Residence Life touches on the “three C’s” of Drexel student life, which stands for community, conduct and crisis. Despite this, misconceptions do prevail about the many important ways its employee network can support Dragons’ college experiences.
At a panel on Feb. 12 sponsored by the Steinbright Career Development Center and the College of Engineering, four students and one alumna discussed how they landed co-ops or jobs at Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Google and what it was like to work there.

10 Things Your Fellow Dragons Want You to Know About Working in Big Tech

At a panel on Feb. 12 sponsored by the Steinbright Career Development Center and the College of Engineering, four students and one alumna discussed how they landed co-ops or jobs at Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Google and what it was like to work there.
This series aims to highlight the ideas and initiatives of the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University’s Small Actions Spark Big Changes campaign in actionable ways for Drexel University students.

Earth Day, Every Day: Talking Climate Change With Your Peers

Healthy debate and discourse are at the center of most undergraduate students’ lifestyles, but it may be hard to have a conversation with peers about climate change. Two activist students weigh in on how to ease the burden.
Second-year Drexel University students Tara Boonngamanong and Note Nuchprayoon came in first place in the second round of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) game challenge for their aesthetically pleasing obesity prevention game.

Drexel Game Design Students Win Big With ‘Well Spent’

Second-year Drexel University students Tara Boonngamanong and Note Nuchprayoon came in first place in the second round of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) game challenge for their aesthetically pleasing obesity prevention game.