Alumni Weekend 2021

Alumni Weekend 2021

Schedule of Events

Thursday
May
20
Friday
May
21
Saturday
May
22
Sunday
May
23
Arts and Culture
Awards Ceremonies
Drexel College of Medicine and Legacy Schools
History
Reunions
Signature Events
Special Interest

Class of 2020 Reunion Party

Thursday, May 20, 6p.m. - 7p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Reunions


Welcome to your first Alumni Weekend as Drexel grads! Celebrate with a reunion party just for your class, complete with a live DJ spinning popular hits from 2020 in the main room. Head to a breakout room for a chance to chat and reconnect with classmates or, if you’re looking for some friendly competition, play virtual games with prizes and giveaways.

Drexel InSites: Addressing Critical Issues Through Rapid Research and Innovation

Thursday, May 20, 7p.m. - 8:30p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Signature Events


In the wake of the global health crisis and economic impacts caused by COVID-19, along with the need to examine issues related to social justice and racial equity, communities around the country are turning to universities for support — and for answers.

Join Aleister Saunders, PhD, executive vice provost, as he highlights how faculty, professional staff and students have responded during to this pivotal time with cutting-edge research, scholarly inquiry and urgent action.

SPEAKERS:
Orakwue "Bay" Arinze PhD, Professor, Management Information Systems, LeBow College of Business
Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAHA, Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Drexel University College of Medicine
Loni Philip Tabb, PhD, ’03, ’05, Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Dornsife School of Public Health
Sharon Walker, PhD, Dean, College of Engineering, Distinguished Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Schuylar Bailar: An NCAA Athlete's Journey of Hope and Promise

Friday, May 21, 10a.m. - 11a.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

Arts and Culture Special Interest


The first NCAA trans athlete on a Division 1 men’s team, Schuyler Bailar, was a top student and an award-winning swimmer who was aggressively recruited by Harvard. Schuyler is also the first openly transgender man to compete on any NCAA Division 1 men’s team. Hear his inspiring journey of determination and tough choices. Schuyler’s story resonates with people of all ages who sometimes struggle to find themselves in a world of mass media and the pursuit of what he calls “paper successes.”


This event is being held as part of Westphal College of Media Arts and Design’s Fashion, Style & Queer Culture Conference.


Please Note: Registration for Fashion Style & Queer Culture Conference sessions has closed at this time. 

Drexel’s Response to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Friday, May 21, 12p.m. - 1p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Drexel College of Medicine and Legacy Schools History Signature Events


Our students and faculty played a significant role when the influenza pandemic ravaged Philadelphia more than 100 years ago. Join us for a panel discussion featuring curators, archivists and historians who will use Drexel’s rich historical collections to provide a glimpse of life during the pandemic at Drexel, Hahnemann, Woman’s Medical College and in Philadelphia. 

SPEAKERS:

Margaret Graham, Director, Legacy Center: Archives and Special Collections, Drexel University College of Medicine

Matt Herbison, Archivist, Legacy Center: Archives and Special Collections, Drexel University College of Medicine

Matthew Lyons, University Archivist, Drexel University Libraries, Drexel University

Steven J. Peitzman, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine

Clare Sauro, Director and Chief Curator, Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University

Jennifer Vess, The Brooke Dolan Archivist, Library and Archives, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

 


Sean Williams: SOLEcial Studies and Social Justice in the Sneaker Industry

Friday, May 21, 12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

Arts and Culture Special Interest


Sneakers are a fashion staple and a top-selling category of the apparel industry. With their strong ties to urban life, it’s a wonder why so many marginalized groups and minorities are left out of the sneaker industry. Sean Williams, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design former Rankin Scholar and international expert in the area of sneaker culture, will discuss the important contributions of minorities to this industry.  Williams’ work includes consulting for such brands as Adidas and aiding in the creation of the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture.

This event is being held as part of Westphal College of Media Arts and Design’s Fashion, Style & Queer Culture Conference.

Please Note: Registration for Fashion Style & Queer Culture Conference sessions has closed at this time. 

Virtual Campus Tour

Friday, May 21, 1:30p.m. - 2:30p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Reunions


Join student ambassadors for a virtual tour of campus hotspots including Main Building, the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, URBN Center, Gerri C. LeBow Hall and the Recreation Center. No need for comfortable walking shoes on this tour; take in the sights from your home. And feel free to ask questions along the way!

A Drexel Decade: 1965 to 1975

Friday, May 21, 3p.m. - 4:30p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

History Reunions


Richardson Dilworth, PhD, head of the Department of Politics in the College of Arts and Sciences, will take you on a journey back to this meaningful decade with his talk highlighting key moments in both Drexel and Philadelphia history. From protests to politics to President Hagerty, Dilworth (grandson of former Philadelphia mayor Richardson Dilworth) will dive into this transformative time when both Drexel and the city of Philadelphia were emerging as centers of science, health and technology. Guests will be encouraged to participate by sharing their own personal experiences. 

Hahnemann University Class of 1971 Meetup and Legacy Center Presentation

Friday, May 21, 3p.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Drexel College of Medicine and Legacy Schools History Reunions


Celebrate your 50-year milestone reunion by joining fellow HU Class of 1971 alumni for a virtual meetup and tour of the Legacy Center – the repository for the records and heritage of Drexel University College of Medicine and its predecessor institutions, including Hahnemann University. After some time visiting and catching up with one another, an archivist will discuss historical memorabilia curated specifically for your class.

Medical College of Pennsylvania Class of 1971 Meetup and Legacy Center Presentation

Friday, May 21, 3p.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Drexel College of Medicine and Legacy Schools History Reunions


Celebrate your 50-year milestone reunion by joining fellow MCP Class of 1971 alumni for a virtual meetup and tour of the Legacy Center – the repository for the records and heritage of Drexel University College of Medicine and its predecessor institutions, including Medical College of Pennsylvania. After some time visiting and catching up with one another, an archivist will discuss historical memorabilia curated specifically for your class.

Two-Spirit and Our First Nations People

Friday, May 21, 4p.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

Arts and Culture Special Interest


Sheldon Raymore is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and is a Native American storyteller, second generation tipi maker, visual artist, actor, choreographer, cultural consultant and award-winning grass dancer. In this discussion, Raymore will speak about the concept of Two-Spirit People and their places in today's contemporary Indigenous societies. The term “Two-Spirit” is intended to unite Indigenous cisgender, transgender, gender fluid, gender queer and gender nonconforming people under one spirit name. Raymore’s presentation will include historical and contemporary dress styles of Two-Spirit People as well as a mini display of clothing samples inspired from the Two-Spirit Nation.

This event is being held as part of Westphal College of Media Arts and Design’s Fashion, Style & Queer Culture Conference.

Please Note: Registration for Fashion Style & Queer Culture Conference sessions has closed at this time. 

Alumni Spirits Tasting: Pennsylvania Rye

Friday, May 21, 8p.m. - 9p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Arts and Culture History Signature Events


This popular Alumni Weekend tradition is all about rye whiskey – bourbon’s spicier cousin! This year it’s a BYOB tasting as you follow along from home and learn the history of rye whiskey and American-based distilling from Olivia Babiec ’15, formerly of Philly Distilling and Chad Butters ’14, owner of Eight Oaks Distillery. 

Purchase a premium ticket (before May 11) to have a tasting box* sent to you prior to the event, featuring food pairings that will enhance the flavors of the spirits. The box will also include samples of grains so you can smell and touch the actual grains grown in Pennsylvania and used to make rye and other spirits.

  • PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS: Eight Oaks Distillery is offering a 10 percent discount to purchase whiskey for this tasting. A promo code will be sent to you upon registration. Eight Oaks Distillery can only deliver to Pennsylvania residents.
  • *Tasting Boxes: Tasting boxes ship throughout the United States, at this time we are unable to accomodate requests for APO and international addresses. Tasting boxes contain food only, they do not include any alcohol. 

The Fashion Salon

Saturday, May 22, 10a.m. - 11a.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

Arts and Culture Special Interest


The Fashion Salon will address issues related to COVID-19, racial justice and future trends in retailing, featuring a panel of professionals in various areas of the fashion and retailing industry from around the globe. This event will be moderated by Anne Peirson-Smith, PhD, senior lecturer and course leader of the Master’s in International Fashion Management at Nottingham Trent University.

This event is being held as part of Westphal College of Media Arts and Design’s Fashion, Style & Queer Culture Conference.

Please Note: Registration for Fashion Style & Queer Culture Conference sessions has closed at this time. 

Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Awards Ceremony

Saturday, May 22, 11a.m. - 12p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Awards Ceremonies Drexel College of Medicine and Legacy Schools Signature Events


Each year, the Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Awards program recognizes exceptional alumni who go above and beyond in their professions, the community and within the University. Join us as we recognize the College of Medicine Alumni Award recipients, including alumni from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, who go above and beyond in their professions, the community and within the University.


An Afternoon at the Barnes: Experiencing Art for Personal and Professional Success (Session 1)

Saturday, May 22, 12p.m. - 1p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Arts and Culture Signature Events


Through a joint venture pioneered by Drexel’s Physician Assistant Program, educational experts at the Barnes Foundation have developed programing that teaches participants critical work and life skills through observing and discussing art. 

Join us for this interactive virtual experience and immerse yourself in this program which has been applied to disciplines as diverse as medicine, business, social justice, public service and education. 

Our speakers will share a short history of the Barnes Foundation, how the partnership with Drexel emerged, and will then offer guided prompts for how to view selected pieces of artwork. Afterwards, reconvene for a discussion about your experience and how it can be applied in your personal and professional lives.


Please Note: This event has reached capacity. To be added to the waitlist for An Afternoon at the Barnes, please email alumni@drexel.edu. You will be notified if additional spaces become available. If you are also registering for other Alumni Weekend events, please complete your registration at this time.

An Afternoon at the Barnes: Experiencing Art for Personal and Professional Success (Session 2)

Saturday, May 22, 3p.m. - 4p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Arts and Culture Signature Events


Through a joint venture pioneered by Drexel’s Physician Assistant Program, educational experts at the Barnes Foundation have developed programing that teaches participants critical work and life skills through observing and discussing art. 

Join us for this interactive virtual experience and immerse yourself in this program which has been applied to disciplines as diverse as medicine, business, social justice, public service and education. 

Our speakers will share a short history of the Barnes Foundation, how the partnership with Drexel emerged, and will then offer guided prompts for how to view selected pieces of artwork. Afterwards, reconvene for a discussion about your experience and how it can be applied in your personal and professional lives.

Please Note: This event has reached capacity. To be added to the waitlist for An Afternoon at the Barnes, please email alumni@drexel.edu. You will be notified if additional spaces become available. If you are also registering for other Alumni Weekend events, please complete your registration at this time.

Medical College of Pennsylvania Class of 1991 Virtual Meetup

Saturday, May 22, 3p.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Drexel College of Medicine and Legacy Schools Reunions


Celebrate your 30-year reunion by joining fellow MCP Class of 1991 alumni for a virtual meet up – complete with some special surprise guests! Take a walk down memory lane with a trivia game about your time at MCP and look through old photos together. 

Please bring any photos or memorabilia from your medical school days that you’d like to share with the group!

DUBAC Virtual Alumni Weekend Mixer

Saturday, May 22, 4p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Special Interest


The Drexel University Black Alumni Council invites you to its annual mixer. It may look a little different this year, but in person or online, it’s always a good time when this group gets together! Get updates from DUBAC leadership and take a virtual tour of the new Center for Black Culture on campus. Plus, four award recipients will be honored: Veronica Carey, PhD (Dr. Ewaugh F. Fields Legacy Award), Cleo ’78 and Denise ’80 Kirkland (Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award) and Randy Holmes ’70 (Paragon Trailblazer Award).


A Toast to the Past; A Look to the Future: WMC/MCP Class of 1971 Scholarship Toast

Saturday, May 22, 4:30p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Drexel College of Medicine and Legacy Schools Reunions


Join us as we raise a glass to the Medical College of Pennsylvania Class of 1971 and celebrate the WMC/MCP Class of 1971 Scholarship Fund, established in honor of your class and your 50-year reunion. Hear from a current Drexel medical student who has benefitted directly from scholarship support. Then, continue the fun that started during your class meet up on Friday by sticking around and chatting with classmates. Don’t forget to bring your favorite toasting beverage!

A Toast to the Past; A Look to the Future: Hahnemann University Class of 1971 Scholarship Toast

Saturday, May 22, 5p.m. - 6:30p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Drexel College of Medicine and Legacy Schools Reunions


Join us as we raise a glass to the Hahnemann University Class of 1971 and celebrate the HU Class of 1971 Scholarship Fund, established in honor of your class and your 50-year reunion. Hear from a current Drexel medical student who has benefitted directly from scholarship support. Then, continue the fun that started during your class meet up on Friday by sticking around and chatting with classmates. Don’t forget to bring your favorite toasting beverage!

Drexel Alumni Awards Ceremony

Sunday, May 23, 10a.m. - 11:30a.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Awards Ceremonies Reunions Signature Events


Join the Drexel Alumni Board of Governors to recognize the outstanding achievements of the recipients of the Alumni Awards, the A.J. Drexel Paul Award for Service to Alma Mater, the Joseph Jacovini Outstanding Service Awards, and 40 Under 40 

Brunchtime Bake: Rolling Out the Rugelach

Sunday, May 23, 11:30a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Arts and Culture Special Interest


There is nothing better than biting into a piece of rugela, a sweet crescent-shaped cookie stuffed with a variety of delicious fillings. Grab a glass of coffee or orange juice and join us for this brunchtime bake as Rebbetzin Moussia Goldstein of Chabad Serving Drexel shows you how to make rugelach from the comfort of your own home. Goldstein will also share the history of rugelach and where this traditional Jewish dessert originated.

This event is perfect for children so get your little helpers ready. Baking alongside Goldstein is optional. Guests are welcome to join us just to watch and engage in conversation!

The rugela recipe including a full list of ingredients will be emailed to all registered guests prior to the event.

We Love the 90s: 25 and 30-Year Reunion Celebration

Sunday, May 23, 6p.m. - 7p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Arts and Culture History Reunions


Let’s pay homage to a very special time for many Silver Dragons -- the 90s! In this event moderated by Pennoni Honors College's Kevin Egan, PhD, former on-air radio personalities Adam Blyweiss ’96 of WKDU and WXPN and Pam Biasi '89 of WPST and WDRE for a discussion about the music that defined this totally iconic decade.

Extra points for anyone who wears their best neon windbreaker, slap bracelets or Doc Martens!