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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

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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.
Merck CEO and Chairman Ken Frazier and his employees.

11 Questions with University-Wide Commencement Speaker Ken Frazier

Merck CEO and Chairman Ken Frazier shared a little bit about himself in a Q&A with DrexelNow before his address to Drexel University’s Class of 2019 on June 14 at Citizen’s Bank Park.
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Campus Digest — June 2019

Here’s what you need to know about spring 2019 move-out and storage, summer programs and some recently completed construction projects.
Nicole Kalitsi did her second co-op as the diversity, equity and inclusion coordinator for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, which made her realize how much she valued working directly with people on worthy causes.

Finding Focus Through a Drexel Non-Profit Co-op

Nicole Kalitsi was tasked with pioneering a new role during her co-op with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Supported by Drexel University’s Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships, this experience helped the fourth-year global studies student zero in on her future career goals.
11 co-op student winners were recognized for their extraordinary achievements during their work experiences.

2019 Cooperative Education Awards Bring Together Drexel’s Best of the Best

The nearly 100-year-old co-op program is a cornerstone of Drexel University, and its annual award ceremony this year brought together the many different types of Dragons who contribute to its success.
The event featured a Q&A between Jefferson and Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca, who had previously interviewed Joe Jefferson about the release, and sat with a copy of the vinyl record on his lap throughout the discussion.

Drexel Celebrates Collaborative Album Release, Rediscovered Group and the History of Philadelphia Soul

Upon the release of Nat Turner Rebellion’s debut album 50 years after its recording, Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and its MAD Dragon Music Group brought together the album’s many collaborators and the group’s sole-surviving member for an evening of celebration and remembrance.
Drexel Expo will be co-presented by a variety of student organizations, including Drexel’s Black Action Committee, The Good Idea Fund and the Anime and Gaming Organization as well as Drexel Quidditch, Dragon Jedi.

Drexel Expo to Celebrate Art, Fandom and Bring Something for Everyone

The inaugural Drexel Expo will bring student organizations centered on popular culture and fandom communities together for a convention-style event on Drexel University’s University City Campus.
“An Evening with Tarana Burke” brought together survivors and allies, as well as campus resources and organizations, in Mitchell Auditorium to get to know Burke as more than just a face of a movement.

‘Me too.’ Movement Founder Gets Real During On-Campus Event

Tarana Burke held little back while explaining her background, her work and her hardships to a captive audience of Drexel University students, faculty and staff.