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May 21, 2009 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Drexel University soon will launch a national search for a new president to replace the late Constantine Papadakis, the chairman of the board of trustees said yesterday. The university plans to create a Web site to help with the search "with people giving us ideas and recommendations," said chairman Richard Greenawalt. The trustees, who met in Philadelphia yesterday, also are considering hiring a search firm. Greenawalt is consulting with other universities around the country.
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September 30, 1998 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MICHAEL MALLY
At Drexel University's convocation ceremony, Harald Rafdal, chief executive officer of Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, is given the Drexel Presidential Medal by college president Constantine Papadakis. In his speech, Rafdal said Kvaerner would become a work-study partner with Drexel.
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November 12, 1997 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
Veterans Day ceremonies at Drexel University yesterday included the rededication by university president Constantine Papadakis (displaying the 316th's colors) of the affiliation between the 316th Infantry Division and the university's ROTC unit. At left, the U.S. flag is reflected in the chrome helmet of honor guard cadet Jimmy Biggs. Meanwhile, in Carlisle, home of the Army War College, Gov. Ridge and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., both Vietnam veterans, conducted a wreath-laying ceremony in the town's square.
SPORTS
December 12, 2000 | By Kevin Tatum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Drexel University, which has competed in the America East conference since 1991, will take its 18-sport athletic program to the Colonial Athletic Association for the 2003-2004 school year. Drexel is one of four America East schools that are leaving for the CAA. The others are Delaware, Hofstra and Towson. They will join current association members George Mason, James Madison, North Carolina-Wilmington, Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth, and William and Mary. The official announcement on the addition of the teams to the CAA will be made tomorrow during a news conference in Washington, D.C. "Drexel is pleased to be joining the Colonial Athletic Association because of its record of strong academic performance combined with its great athletics," said Constantine Papadakis, Drexel's president.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2009 | Compiled from The Inquirer, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times
"The sense of a ball falling off a table, which is what the economy has felt like since the middle of last fall, I think we can be reasonably confident that that is going to end within the next few months, and we will no longer have that sense of a free-fall. " - Lawrence Summers, President Obama's top economic advisor "The downturn is still intense, but it's no longer intensifying. " - Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Economy.com "We are profoundly stunned at the early passing of a good man. " - Mace Security International CEO Dennis Raefield, on the death of company director and Drexel University president Constantine Papadakis "It's certainly going to help their bottom line, but it's not the great victory they had hoped for. " - psychiatrist Daniel Carlat, on an FDA panel's recommendation for limited expanded use of the AstraZeneca drug Seroquel "People are always less likely to pay after the fact.
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April 13, 1999 | By Thomas J. Brady, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A.J. Drexel Paul Jr., 84, great-grandson of Drexel University founder Anthony J. Drexel and former chairman of Drexel's board of trustees, died of heart failure Thursday in Stuart, Fla. A member of Drexel's board since 1949, Mr. Paul was a trustee emeritus at the time of his death. He served as chairman from 1970 to 1974. He established the A.J. Drexel Paul Award in honor of his father, who also served as a university trustee for many years. The award, the highest presented by Drexel University's General Alumni Association, is given annually to an alumnus or alumna whose personal and professional achievements reflect the ideals exemplified by the university's founder as well as by Mr. Paul's father.
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February 27, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pei Chi Chou, 89, a nationally known engineering professor and a leader in the local Chinese American community, died of heart failure Thursday, Feb. 13, at Shannondell at Valley Forge in Audubon, Montgomery County, where he had resided for the last few years. Born in China's Hubei province in 1924, Mr. Chou came to the United States for graduate study in 1947, earning advanced degrees at Harvard and New York Universities, and soon decided to forge a career here. He joined Drexel University as an assistant professor of engineering in 1953.
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September 29, 2007 | By Larry Eichel INQUIRER SENIOR WRITER
The Philadelphia Democratic presidential debate, scheduled for Oct. 30, will take place at Drexel University. The event, part of a six-debate series sanctioned by the national Democratic Party, is to be televised by MSNBC. In a statement issued yesterday, university president Constantine Papadakis said that hosting the debate was "an excellent expression of Drexel's mission of education, public service and civic engagement. " Drexel officials said their expectation was that the debate would be held in the Main Building Auditorium at 32d and Chestnut streets.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2002 | By Reid Kanaley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Drexel University is launching a wireless Web service to let students retrieve grades, class schedules and campus news over cell phones, handheld computers and pocket organizers with Internet connections. The system, called DrexelOne Mobile, was switched on Wednesday and will be formally announced by university president Constantine Papadakis during commencement activities tomorrow. It may be the first system of its kind at a university, but it is similar to some commercial services set up to deliver, say, airline information or stock quotes no matter what device the customer is using to make the online connection, said John A. Bielec, Drexel vice president and chief technology officer.
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January 25, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Applications for Drexel University's Class of 2019 have plunged by more than 50 percent from the previous year - but that's not a bad thing. In fact, officials at the West Philadelphia university say that's exactly what they were hoping for. The 27,424 applications are the result of a decision to hone an applicant pool that had ballooned to levels so unwieldy that some prospective students didn't even know what city Drexel was in. This...
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Philadelphia, Drexel University's president, John A. Fry, 53, is known as one of the chief architects of a revitalization of West Philadelphia in a program developed while he held the top nonacademic post at the University of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2002. These days, he's trying to pull off the same transformation in three neighborhoods around Drexel. He also has grand plans to cap the Amtrak and SEPTA rail yards near 30th Street Station, creating 80 to 90 acres of developable space in the heart of what he's calling the "Innovation Neighborhood.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pei Chi Chou, 89, a nationally known engineering professor and a leader in the local Chinese American community, died of heart failure Thursday, Feb. 13, at Shannondell at Valley Forge in Audubon, Montgomery County, where he had resided for the last few years. Born in China's Hubei province in 1924, Mr. Chou came to the United States for graduate study in 1947, earning advanced degrees at Harvard and New York Universities, and soon decided to forge a career here. He joined Drexel University as an assistant professor of engineering in 1953.
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June 29, 2013 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
In the competitive world of academia, colleges are always looking for ways to burnish their image. Drexel University is trying to do it one orange brick at a time. Still smarting from the days when it was tagged the "ugliest campus" in America in a college-ranking survey, the West Philadelphia institution has begun a massive effort to colorize its oft-derided orange-brick buildings, transforming them from garish tangerine to tasteful collegiate red. It is accomplishing this by equipping workers with miniature paint rollers and dispatching them to coat each offending orange brick, one by one. So far, the improvement brigade has faux-painted the lower portions of the General Services parking building along the 34th and Ludlow Streets sides.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2013 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there At his friend Anthony's summer 2010 wedding in Ithaca, N.Y., Brendan noticed a woman who looked like she wanted to dance. Eliana Papadakis accepted his invitation, and they talked and laughed together much of the evening. Eliana liked this Brendan. "You must meet my daughter," she told him. Back home in Wayne, Eliana told her daughter, Maria, about Brendan: He grew up in Ardmore and graduated from the Haverford School - the brother school to Maria's Baldwin School.
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September 8, 2012 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
When it comes to neighborhood relations, big urban universities often behave like small kingdoms. They rule over the surrounding lands with an iron hand, exercising almost total control over what gets built. As one of Philadelphia's Big Three, Drexel University has frequently played the role of absolute monarch. Collaboration was a foreign idea. The results, as you might expect from any one-party state, were not always the best. But the world changes, and occasionally so do large institutions.
NEWS
July 10, 2011 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kimmel Center president Anne Ewers will never forget the first time she met George M. Ross, who, as a member of the search committee, was interviewing her for the post in 2007. He was describing the Kimmel's gala opening night in 2001, and his eyes began to well with tears. "It meant the world to me to know how passionate he was about the Kimmel Center," Ewers said. "If George believed in something, he put all his energy, his focus, his support behind it. " Mr. Ross, 77, an investment banker and one of the city's most dedicated philanthropists and civic leaders, died Friday, July 8, at his home in Bryn Mawr.
NEWS
May 15, 2011 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A top Drexel University administrator who oversees the school's graduate campus in Sacramento, Calif., will become president of Arcadia University in Glenside. Carl "Tobey" Oxholm III, senior vice president and dean of Drexel's Center for Graduate Studies in California, was selected unanimously by the board of trustees Thursday. Chosen from 90 candidates, he will start this summer at Arcadia, which enrolls about 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Oxholm replaces Jerry Greiner, who retired in February after seven years as president.
NEWS
October 9, 2010
When you find a plan that works, it's best to stick with it. That's exactly what Drexel University's new president, John A. Fry, proposed this week in an attempt to enhance the neighborhood surrounding the West Philadelphia campus. This is a good move that will benefit the university, its neighbors, and the city. Fry's five-point plan to improve safety and offer incentives to employees who buy homes in the neighborhood resembles the plan he largely designed and implemented as an executive at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1990s.
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