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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.

Contact:

ead332@drexel.edu

215.895.0379

A Drexel Facilities employee at the Mario statue on 33rd and Market streets.

Student Takeaways from Drexel’s Virtual Forum on Returning to Campus in the Fall

On June 17, members of the Fall 2020 COVID-19 Task Force highlighted how Drexel’s academics, student life, research, human resources, facilities and health measures are adapting for the fall quarter.
A mosaic created by the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics featuring their 2020 graduates.

Drexel’s College-level Commencement Ceremonies Go Virtual

Though forced to celebrate from afar this year, the University’s colleges and schools created diverse, robust and meaningful virtual celebrations for their 2020 graduates.

Drexel's Class of 2020 is an historic one. Here are their thoughts during graduation week.

20 Thoughts from the Drexel University Class of 2020

The Class of 2020 is an historic one. Here are their thoughts during graduation week.

More than 700 people attended a virtual “Community Discussion Regarding Racism” convened by Drexel University on June 5.

Community Discussion Jumpstarts University Action on Topics of Race

DrexelNow provides the full transcript of a virtual community discussion convened by Drexel to answer questions about how the University is building an antiracist and inclusive culture.
Lindsay Matias, assistant director of the Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS), shares her views on the strategies, pitfalls and benefits of online final exam taking for Dragons this term.

Tips on Preparing For and Taking Online Finals This Unprecedented Term

Lindsay Matias, assistant director of the Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS), shares her views on the strategies, pitfalls and benefits of online final exam taking for Dragons this term.
Camile Holzbauer, a third-year product design major, created this photo for her one-minute sculpture project.

Pandemic-Era Sculpture I Class Makes Use of the Mundane

Though COVID-19 has inhibited access to the studio space and materials they’re used to, Sculpture I students and faculty are working well (remotely) with what they have at their disposal.
Iain Zwiebel, a second-year biomedical engineering student currently on co-op with Johnson & Johnson, working remotely from his off-campus apartment.

A New Kind of Co-op

For the first time in Drexel University’s 100-year co-op program history, students are working remotely due to COVID-19, along with a lot of the non-essential work force. Students and employer representatives explain what’s different, what’s the same and how to adapt.
President and Founder of Drexel's Italian Pride Club Mario De Lorenzo, a third-year computer engineering student, and his fellow 125 Italian Pride Club members to remain active, even in different time zones.

How Drexel Student Organizations are Staying Engaged Despite the Pandemic

Most of the University’s more than 300 student organizations are maintaining operations as they social distance away from campus, and have found ways to continue to hold events, keep the community together and even make a difference.
Drexel University’s Weekend Warriors club and co-sponsoring student organizations will host four adventure athletes for virtual presentations through its Explorer Series, including Alex Honnold of “Free Solo” fame.

Meet Your Favorite Explorers Through This Virtual, Student-Only Series

Drexel University’s Weekend Warriors club and co-sponsoring student organizations will host four adventure athletes for virtual presentations through its Explorer Series, including Alex Honnold of “Free Solo” fame. 
Mir Ahmed Leghari, a first-year finance student, finds solace while writing in solace in Caneris Hall this term.

The New Normal: Stories of Drexel Students Living on Campus During COVID-19

Sixty-five Dragons appealed for University Housing this term, and are sheltering on campus while most of the rest of the Drexel community is at home. Three students discuss their circumstances, new routines and hopes for the future.
COVID-19 has made virtual presentations the new norm. Two faculty members and two MD/PhD students who recently defended their thesis share tips on how to do this successfully, and why it might even be preferable to an in-person event.

A Guide for Graduate Dragons on Acing Virtual Presentations and Defenses

COVID-19 has made virtual presentations the new norm. Two faculty members and two MD/PhD students who recently defended their thesis share tips on how to do this successfully, and why it might even be preferable to an in-person event.
Things have changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how students connect with potential employers and the outlook for college labor market the Class of 2020 will soon enter into. Fortunately, Steinbright professionals are still here with the tips and resources Dragons need to succeed.

How Steinbright Continues to Support the Drexel Student Job Search From a Distance

Things have changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how students connect with potential employers and the outlook for college labor market the Class of 2020 will soon enter into. Fortunately, Steinbright professionals are still here with the tips and resources Dragons need to succeed.