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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.
COVID Campus: How It Feels to Be Back for Dragons
DrexelNow spoke with undergraduate students on campus about this phase of Drexel University’s reopening, including health and safety protocols for residence halls and in-person learning, making new friends and staying connected, and their advice and hopes for the near future.
Need an Impartial Sounding Board? Meet the Drexel Ombuds
Drexel’s 2021 Homecoming Set to Safely Keep Winter Tradition Alive
Despite being mostly virtual, Drexel’s weeklong Homecoming celebration and Spirit Week from Feb. 1–7 will still boast many of the annual events current students and alumni have come to look forward to.
New Minor to Offer Co-Curricular, Collaborative Approach to Creating a Just World
Drexel’s Department of Criminology and Justice Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences is now offering a Justice Studies minor to all undergraduate students interested in viewing their disciplines through a social justice lens.
Town Hall Touts Student Role in Collective Campus Health and Safety
Drexel University students were invited to a Virtual Town Hall on Jan. 13 to receive up-to-date information about winter term health, safety and testing protocols related to COVID-19.
Moving Back to Campus? Here’s What’s Open for Winter Term (and When)
As students move into on-campus residencies for the first time this academic year, here are the academic, recreational, health and retail amenities which will be open for winter term.
As select faculty and professional staff return to campus, here are the recreational, health and retail amenities which will be open for winter term.
Drexel Students to Move on Campus, Unite Online for Winter Term
More than 1,000 Drexel University undergraduate students will move on campus starting Jan. 16, though the COVID-19 pandemic continues to augment this college rite of passage and necessitate virtual programming.
How Drexel’s Campus Facilities Have Been Prepared for Winter Student Move-In
Though it was announced in late October that Drexel University would welcome undergraduate students back for campus living, the process of preparing academic and residential spaces in the face of COVID-19 has been both ongoing and thorough.
Drexel’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship Moves the Needle in Entrepreneurship Education
Seven years after disrupting the landscape by becoming the first entrepreneurship school in the nation to reside outside of a business school, the Charles D. Close School has moved to number 12 in the nation in the 2021 Princeton Review rankings, while simultaneously being recognized for its innovative and high-quality programs through first-time inclusion in Drexel’s business education accreditation.
Drexel’s Interdisciplinary Battle Against COVID-19
From administering COVID tests to conducting case investigation and contact tracing, the University has relied on a cross-college battalion of faculty, professional staff and students to protect Dragons against the coronavirus, and in turn, protect the surrounding community.
Graduate Students Lend a Helping Hand With Pandemic-Era Remote Learning
Two graduate students tell DrexelNow about their experience participating in the Graduate College’s Remote Course Facilitator program, in which they aid faculty and students in the remote learning environment and gain valuable contacts and insight along the way.