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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.
Drexel Student Named Miss Philadelphia 2021
Elaine Ficarra, a rising third-year biology major and Pennoni Honors College student, earned the title of Miss Philadelphia after competition was postponed due to the pandemic last year, and placed third runner up at the Miss Pennsylvania competition in June.
Eco-Passionate Students Find Outlet, Experience Through Climate and Sustainability Working Group
As plans for a centralized sustainability office at Drexel continue to formulate, students seeking climate and sustainability impact opportunities have found a home working with Drexel’s cross-functional and interdisciplinary working group started last spring in conjunction with the University’s “Climate Year” initiative.
Becoming a Drexel Student Ambassador
DrexelNow followed rising second-year student Esta Jacob through her month-long training process to become a student ambassador, a paid campus position which helps the University grow and thrive through ambassador-led campus tours and their sharing of knowledge and personal experiences with prospective students.
Drexel Writers Room Collaboration Shines 7-Story Spotlight on Local High School Graduates
As part of its TRIPOD initiative, the university-community literary arts program Writers Room helped celebrate and share stories of the Paul Robeson High School senior class and their resiliency during the pandemic — culminating in the projection of the students’ portraits on the side of the University City Campus’ Nesbitt Hall on the evening of June 17.
‘Good Morning America’ Scholarship Recipient Lyric Wise Can’t Wait to Be a Dragon
The 18-year-old Paul Robeson High School grad who won a $50,000 scholarship live on national television explains her existing ties to the University, as well as her excitement and plans for starting at Drexel this fall.
Watch Your Professors Give TEDx Talks During a Student-Curated Virtual Event This Week
TEDxDrexelU, a student organization whose mission it is to bring the spirit of TED to the Drexel community, will present a two-day virtual conference featuring Drexel faculty and alumni speakers June 26–27.
Drexel Virtually Celebrates 2021 Graduates of Colleges, Schools, Heritage Groups
Before the University-wide ceremony at Citizen’s Bank Park on June 11, commencement for Drexel’s colleges, schools and students of the African diaspora were held virtually though celebrated wholeheartedly.
Dragons Unite to Bring Vaccines, Resources to the Surrounding West Philadelphia Community
Drexel University faculty, staff, students and community partners, along with Sunray Pharmacy, have come together to put on weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships in Powelton Village.
10 Questions with University-wide Commencement Speaker Elijah Anderson, PhD
The renowned urban ethnographer who has focused much of his work in Philadelphia shared in this Q&A a preview of his June 11 commencement speech, career advice and his favorite local memories and eatery.
Advance Your Career (AYC) Helps Pandemic Co-op Students Take Professional Control
Created by the Steinbright Career Development Center and launched in June 2020, the AYC module’s focus on professional development and meaningful networking helped students turn lost or delayed co-ops due to the pandemic into both credit and opportunity.
One and Done: How ‘High Risk’ Drexel Sports Teams Made it Through a Pandemic Season
In their own words, Drexel basketball and wrestling student athletes, coaches and staff recount the 2020–2021 season’s differences, delays, setbacks and triumphs.