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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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Campus Digest — September 2019

The exciting start of the new academic year is less than a week away! Here are the things to do, know and celebrate as you start the Fall term.
New Dragons and Dragon parents during Move-in weekend 2018 at Drexel University.

22 New Dragon Parent Questions, Explained

The Drexel Family Association put their heads together and came up with questions they had when their students first started at Drexel — questions that new Dragon parents this year will undoubtedly have as well.
Here's what incoming Drexel students should do to make sure the transition to living on Drexel University’s campus is as smooth as possible before classes begin.

New Drexel Dragons 2019: You’ve Moved In, Now What?

You’ve got your books bought, your bed made, your posters hung — but what else should you do to make sure your transition to living on Drexel University’s campus is as smooth as possible before classes begin?
Incoming students are invited to join in 10 days and nearly 250 events dedicated to helping them find their home at Drexel during Welcome Week 2019.

What to Expect for Welcome Week 2019

Incoming students are invited to join in 10 days and nearly 250 events dedicated to helping them find their home at Drexel.
5 Little Known Facts Drexel Counseling Center

Five Little Known Facts: American Campus Communities

Since American Campus Communities (ACC) established a University-affiliated housing partnership with Drexel in 2010, a lot of beneficial updates and changes have been made, but several myths have also formed.
Produce and herbs from the garden also find their way into the culinary courses taught at and menu items served by Drexel's Academic Bistro.

Kitchen Garden Class Promotes Diversity, Sustainability and Getting Your Hands Dirty

CULA 426 and related sections of the Kitchen Garden class taught through the Center for Food & Hospitality Management gives students from all majors the chance to learn about gardening and environmental stewardship.
Matthew Shirley started his biomedical engineering PhD at Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems through the Bridge to the Doctorate (BTD) Fellowship program.

National Program Helps Drexel Bridge the Representation Gap for STEM PhDs

The Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship program (BTD) provides funding and resources for STEM PhD students from underrepresented populations, and so far Drexel has hosted nearly 50 BTD students.
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Campus Digest — July 2019

It’s summertime on campus, but things have certainly not slowed down! Here’s what’s going on this month.
Penny Hammrich, PhD, Dean of the School of Education.

Q&A: Penny Hammrich, PhD, Dean of the School of Education

Penny Hammrich was just named dean in May, but has already established a collective, innovative future vision for the School of Education that will help set it further apart from competitors.
The winners of the Drexel University 2019 Graduate Student Day.

Graduate Student Excellence Celebrated at 2019 Graduate Student Day Awards

The accomplished year in the past and the bright future ahead for graduate students at Drexel were recognized and celebrated at this year’s Graduate Student Day awards ceremony and reception.
Students observe sun spots during PHYS 131.

Intro to Astronomy Class Provides Innovative, Interpersonal Ways to Discover the Cosmos

PHYS 131 is Drexel’s introductory course to Astronomy open to all majors, and faculty may soon pilot a video game class to further pique student interest in the subject.
Drexel's commencement ended with a fireworks show.

Commencement 2019 in Tweets

Here’s what graduates, faculty, staff, friends, family, mentors and honorees had to say on Twitter about Drexel University’s 131st commencement ceremony hosted at Citizens Bank Park on June 14.