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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

After launching late last month, the Drexel University Family Portal already boasts over 2,500 active members and helps families access streamlined information, alerts and events to bolster their Dragon’s success at Drexel.

Drexel University Family Portal: Everything For Dragon Families, Now in One Place

After launching late last month, this new University resource already boasts over 2,500 active members and helps families access streamlined information, alerts and events to bolster their Dragon’s success at Drexel.
Welcome Week, taking place Sept. 12–20, may look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But with more than 250 virtual events, incoming students will still find ample ways to connect with campus resources, their individual colleges and schools, and each other.

A Guide to Drexel’s First Virtual Welcome Week

Welcome Week, taking place Sept. 12–20, may look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But with more than 250 virtual events, incoming students will still find ample ways to connect with campus resources, their individual colleges and schools, and each other.
Andrea Eleazar's work station for her remote STAR Scholars experience this summer. Drexel's STAR Scholars program was one of the deciding factors for Eleazar in choosing to attend Drexel.

How Drexel’s STAR Scholars Program Still Went According to Plan Despite Pandemic

The program, which gives highly motivated first-year students the opportunity to conduct faculty-mentored undergraduate research, supported 101 students this summer with stipends and remote positions, plus more in-person opportunities planned for the upcoming academic year.

A cross-curricular group of recent Drexel graduates created “Resilience,” an award-winning socially conscious city builder computer game that teaches players about the refugee crisis while aiming to foster empathy and action.

Drexel Senior Capstone Gamifies the Refugee Crisis for Good

A cross-curricular group of recent Drexel graduates created “Resilience,” an award-winning socially conscious city builder computer game that teaches players about the refugee crisis while aiming to foster empathy and action.

An image from Hannah Beier's "Time Apart" photo essay published in TIME magazine.

Three Drexel Student Projects Making a Difference During COVID-19

Whether documenting, advising or keeping communities connected, these senior projects showcased how the Dragon spirit for helping others continued on through the pandemic.

Offered by Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health, this new minor builds on the growing evidence base linking arts and public health, and complements many different fields of study.

New Arts and Community Health Graduate Minor Teaches Broad, Timely Concepts

Offered by the Dornsife School of Public Health, this new minor builds on the growing evidence base linking arts and public health, and complements many different fields of study.

When spring/summer co-op students started to lose positions due to the hardships brought on by COVID-19, several University colleges, schools and departments heeded the call to create new positions and provide funding to support this Drexel rite of passage.

Drexel Rallies Around Co-op Students Affected by the Pandemic

When spring/summer co-op students started to lose positions due to the hardships brought on by COVID-19, several University colleges, schools and departments heeded the call to create new positions and provide funding to support this Drexel rite of passage.

The Steinbright Career Development Center announced the winners of their annual Cooperative Education Awards despite the fact that COVID-19 halted plans for an awards ceremony.

Drexel Recognizes Career-Defining Co-op Experiences, Exemplary Students Amidst Pandemic

The Steinbright Career Development Center announced the winners of their annual Cooperative Education Awards despite the fact that COVID-19 halted plans for an awards ceremony.
Two Drexel University undergraduate students share their hardship with remote learning last term brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they overcame them with help from University resources.

Drexel Student Struggles, Triumph With Remote Learning

Two Drexel University undergraduate students share their hardship with remote learning last term brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they overcame them with help from University resources.
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.