June 16, 2013
Television and radio host Tavis Smiley wrapped up Drexel University's 2013 commencement exercises with an address Saturday afternoon to graduates of Drexel's Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design and College of Arts and Sciences. Starting Friday, more than 5,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students received degrees from the West Philadelphia institution during five ceremonies in the John A. Daskalakis Athletic Center at 33d and Market Streets. Smiley, host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS and two shows on public radio, was among 13 who received honorary degrees.
June 7, 2013 |
The NCAA said this week that 976 teams have earned Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rates. The awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport in the APR results. The full report will be released Tuesday. St. Joseph's baseball, men's golf, women's lacrosse, and women's rowing received recognition. It marks the fourth straight year that the Hawks' baseball, women's lacrosse, and women's rowing teams have been cited, and the second consecutive year for men's golf.
June 2, 2013 |
Canopy tents surrounded the playing field at Drexel's Vidas Athletics Complex on Friday afternoon, each inhabited by throngs of exhausted, sweat-soaked rugby players resting and rehydrating. On the sidelines, small crowds hid from the sweltering sun as well, collectively gasping at each crushing tackle. The round-robin rounds of both the USA Rugby Sevens Women's Collegiate Rugby Championships and the U.S. Military Memorial Cup kicked off this weekend. And for a few of the teams competing, the tournament provided the opportunity to experience top-notch rugby sevens for the first time.
June 1, 2013 |
Drexel women's basketball coach Denise Dillon has agreed to a multiyear contract extension that will keep her at the school through 2020, athletic director Eric Zillmer said Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed. Dillon, who played at Villanova from 1993 to '96, is a member of the Big Five Hall of Fame. In her 10th season as coach, she guided Drexel to a 28-10 mark this year - a program record for victories. The Dragons won the Women's NIT championship in April, making Drexel the first Division I women's basketball team in Philadelphia to gain a postseason tournament title.
May 31, 2013 |
Of the 20 teams competing at PPL Park in this weekend's USA Sevens College Rugby Men's Championships, four particular squads will feel right at home. Penn, St. Joseph's, Villanova, and Temple each received invitations this year to collegiate rugby's premier sevens tournament. And if any of those teams meet another during the two-day tournament, the stakes will be high. "It's just kind of part of it, right?" Penn winger Dan Gleesack said of the local rivalries. "You go down Boathouse Row, and it's all the same schools that are right next to each other.
May 25, 2013 |
Wesley O. Pipes, 81, of Haddon Township, a former environmental engineering professor at Drexel University, died of aplastic anemia, a bone marrow disease, Monday, May 20, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Pipes, who headed the Drexel civil engineering department from 1984 to 1987, was president in 1975-76 of what is now the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, an organization with members in universities worldwide. "His father was a high school principal in Dallas," where Dr. Pipes grew up, daughter Susan Pipes Gobreski said, "and his family valued education.
May 24, 2013
ASHLEY HOWARD could be setting some kind of City 6 record when Villanova officially announces, probably sometime next week, that he is the newest assistant to basketball coach Jay Wright. Howard, a 2004 Drexel graduate, spent 4 years as a La Salle assistant and another 4 years as an assistant at Drexel. He spent last season as an Xavier assistant. So Villanova will be the third of the six city Division I schools in his first decade as a coach, certainly a unique résumé. Howard, the son of St. Joseph's Prep and Maryland great Mo Howard, will replace Raphael Chillious who was one of Wright's assistants last season.
May 24, 2013 |
Guy Grady Garrison, 85, of Radnor, professor and dean emeritus at the iSchool, Drexel's College of Information Science and Technology, died Monday, May 13, of heart failure at his home. "Since joining the college as professor and dean in 1968, Dr. Garrison was an integral leader, mentor, and friend of the Drexel community," the university said in a statement on its website. He served as dean for 19 years, until 1987, when he became the first Alice B. Kroeger Professor. He retired in 1992.
May 24, 2013 |
Johns Hopkins senior defenseman Tucker Durkin , from Huntingdon Valley and La Salle College High, was named a first-team all-American on Thursday. Durkin earned second-team honors as a sophomore and first-team honors last season. He led a Johns Hopkins lacrosse team that ranked third nationally in scoring defense (7.79). Drexel's Robert Church and Ben McIntosh were named honorable-mention all-Americans. Church led the Colonial Athletic Association with 3.8 points per game.
May 16, 2013 |
CHRIS FOUCH has unfinished basketball business at Drexel. Last season, Fouch, Drexel's instant offensive off the bench, was lost for the season after breaking his right ankle in the season's third game vs. Penn. The 6-2 guard has been granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA and will return for his sixth season next year. The Bronx, N.Y., native also missed his freshman season at Drexel with a knee injury. "As long as I've been playing basketball, I've won a championship on every level," Fouch said yesterday.