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Niki Gianakaris

Executive Director of Media Relations, University Communications

Niki is the executive director of media relations at Drexel University’s Office of University Communications. Together with a team of four news officers, she oversees media relations at the university and the College of Medicine, with the exception of the Academy of Natural Sciences and Athletics. Niki joined Drexel in 2002 as a staff writer and later became an assistant director of media relations before becoming director in 2010. Prior to Drexel she worked in Rowan University’s Office of University Relations while earning a master’s degree in writing with a specialization in journalism. She also received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Rowan University. Niki blogs for the Drexel News Blog and tweets at @drexelniki.

Contact:

ngianakaris@drexel.edu

215.895.6741

The Final Faceoff: Update on Democratic Candidates Seeking Gubernatorial Nomination Debate at Drexel

The hour-long debate will be held on Monday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in Drexel University’s Mandell Theater on Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets. Journalist, news anchor and author Larry Kane will serve as moderator and produce the debate. He will be joined by two panelists: Daily News columnist John Baer and American Cities Foundation president Sandra Dungee Glenn. The four candidates are: Rob McCord, Katie McGinty, Allyson Schwartz and Tom Wolf.

Rendering of The Study Hotel in University City

New Hotel Coming to Drexel Campus

The Study at University City, to be built on the corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets, will feature 212 rooms, approximately 7,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space and a 105-seat corner restaurant and bar.

Drexel student Rina Patel with children in India

Drexel Student Launches Non-Profit to Educate Underprivileged Women and Children in India

During a trip to her parents’ homeland of India, Rina Patel witnessed the pain of a starving woman carrying her crying baby and the suffering of four orphaned siblings. This experience together with the stories she had been told about her own parents’ childhoods forever changed her life. A student in Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, Patel wanted to help underprivileged women and children in India. For that reason she established Aahana, a non-profit organization that recently received 501(c)(3) status from the U.S. Government.

Eileen Behr

Former Montgomery County Sheriff Eileen Behr to Lead Drexel Police

Former Montgomery County Sheriff Eileen Behr officially started her tenure on Jan. 7 as Drexel University’s director of Police Operations.

Pennsylvania Capitol building

Democratic Candidates Seeking Gubernatorial Nomination to Debate at Drexel University in May

The Democratic City Committee and Drexel University will host a debate among the democratic gubernatorial candidates vying for the chance to challenge incumbent Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in the November election.

John Fry and Karen Stout

Innovative Partnership Brings a Drexel Education to Montgomery County Community College

Montgomery County Community College and Drexel University have entered into a bold and innovative partnership that will build a pipeline of qualified graduates for high demand jobs in the region.

Philadelphia Designated as a Promise Zone, Drexel Plays Key Role

The City of Philadelphia was one of three cities and a total of five areas selected for a Promise Zone designation, a federal initiative to accelerate revitalization efforts in targeted areas. The Promise Zone initiative is led by the White House with support from federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice. 

Gerri C. LeBow Hall

Drexel Surpasses $400 Million Fundraising Goal, Ends Campaign Early

Seven months before its scheduled closing date Drexel University President John A. Fry announced the conclusion of the University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Dream It. Do It. Drexel. A Campaign for the Future.” The campaign’s public phase was launched in November 2011 with a goal of reaching $400 million and was expected to conclude in June 2014, but ended early with its goal already exceeded by $55 million.

Drexel Partners with Delaware County Community College to Establish Drexel@DCCC

A new innovative agreement between Delaware County Community College and Drexel University will establish Drexel@DCCC, a program that will allow students from the College to earn a degree from Drexel without ever leaving the College’s campus. Drexel President John A. Fry and College President Jerry Parker signed the agreement on Nov. 22 during a ceremony at Delaware County Community College’s Main Campus.

Drexel, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Hebew University Launch Research Consortium

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia CEO Steven M. Altschuler, Drexel President John A. Fry and Hebrew University of Jerusalem President Menahem Ben-Sasson signed a research agreement today as part of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s trade mission to Israel. The research partnership is designed to focus on pediatric translational research and to develop a collaborative platform for advancing pediatric medicine from the lab to the bedside.
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Drexel Breaks Ground on Biggest Building Project Ever

Drexel University and American Campus Communities celebrated the next major residential and retail milestone in University City with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday, Nov. 1 for the $170 million, 24-story development on Lancaster Avenue and 34th Street.

Drexel Appoints New Trustees

Drexel University recently appointed three new members to its Board of Trustees. The new trustees are R. John Chapel, Jr., president and CEO of White Hall Capital, LLC, Richard C. Ill, chairman of the Triumph Group, and Robert F. Powelson, chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.