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The DC Center Has Been Busy: Programs and Offerings in 2018

Over the past six months, the DC Center has seen a significant uptick in activity, with a wide range of events and initiatives. The good news is that there have been so many that we cannot report on them all but below we provide a glimpse of what has been happening and the spectrum of kinds of activities that we are able to handle.

School of Education Hybrid Ed.D Program
Drexel’s School of Education is the first college/school to launch a degree program out of the DC Center. Having gained approval for the program from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education in September 2017, the School now has two cohorts of working adults attending Executive-style weekend sessions to complement their online work. A third cohort is planned for Spring 2019 and at least one other degree program will be launched later that year.

Change on the Horizon
In conjunction with the National Student Legal Defense Network, Drexel presented a panel discussion moderated by a writer from The Atlantic and featuring, among others, a representative from the New America Foundation. The topic was the latest planned modifications to US Department of Education changes to regulations affecting higher education and student borrowing. The event attracted a wide range of individuals involved in government, the not-for-profit world, and law and we reached our capacity of 50 quickly, with more clamoring for the presentation to become available online.

Royal Society of Chemistry
One of the functions of the DC Center is to serve as a venue for convenings organized by Drexel faculty and staff for education-related purposes. Recently, Dr Kishore Bagga was able to provide the DC Center’s gorgeous roofdeck for a sit-down dinner for the America Chapter of the Royal Society of Chemistry with which he is involved. The evening featured a fascinating presentation on the use of neonicitinoids in pesticides and their impact on the global bee population in our conference room.

Coalition Against Childhood Cancer
A Drexel alumnus, Tom Pilko, who is now one of the leaders of the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer secured the Center for a board meeting of this worthwhile organization, followed by a reception in conjunction with CureFest 2018. The Center is available to alumni, with appropriate notice to DC Center staff, for activities consistent with the University’s mission and, on an individual basis, for “hoteling” on a daily basis.

Freshman Admissions
Drexel Admissions held one of their perennial events in DC, greeting a host of accepted students for the 2018 Academic Year. Alumni, current students, and staff were on hand to field questions from the students, and their families and loved ones. The students were impressed by our gorgeous facility and went home with Drexel swag and, hopefully, a renewed intention to enroll.

Networking Event
Drexel co-hosted with The Jefferson Education Exchange, a not-for-profit working to advance the effective use of learning technologies in K-12 schools, a happy hour on our roof deck in early November, taking advantage of our space heaters to give their guests a breath-taking view of the Capitol skyline on a gorgeous evening. While we can’t always promise such nice weather, we have used our space for networking events like this that introduce players from a wide range of industries to Drexel and to build the brand of our University as an important participant in the issues of the day.