GSA Creativity & Innovation Colloquium & Reception 3/5 4pm

Graduate Student Association (GSA) Creativity & Innovation Colloquium & Reception
An interactive talk on the birth of great ideas

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

The brand new Gerri C. LeBow Hall
Grand Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, Room 220
3220 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Reception to follow in the Rose Terrace 5:15 PM – 7:00 PM

Join us for the second program of the series as our guest speakers share their journeys in research and their views on the importance of interdisciplinary research in fostering global initiatives, creativity, and collaboration.


“To Enrich Life – An Engineer’s Journey”
Dr. Klaus-Jürgen Bathe
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Bathe specializes in computational mechanics. He has made fundamental contributions in the finite element analysis of structures. The pioneering methods developed by Dr. Bathe and his students are extensively used throughout the world in commercial and academic computer programs.

“Following One’s Passion Even When The Destination Isn’t Clear”
Dr. Frank J. Lee
Associate Professor, Game Design, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts
Dr. Lee co-founded Drexel’s Game Design Program in 2008 which is consistently ranked as one of the Top 10 Best Undergraduate and Graduate Game Design Programs in U.S. and
Canada by The Princeton Review. He is also the founding director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio @ The Excite Center at Drexel University.

Moderated by Dr. Antonios Kontsos, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics

Special thanks to those who helped organize this event:
Dr. Teck-Kah Lim, GSA Faculty Advisor, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
Sandra Golis, Administrative Coordinator for Graduate Studies
Kavan Hazeli, GSA Vice President for Academic Affairs, PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering
Alison Novak, GSA Archivist, PhD Candidate, Communication, Culture and Media, College of Arts and Sciences

ALL Drexel University students, staff, and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Books & Bagels February 28, 2014

Join us for our next Books & Bagels!

Friday, February 28, 2014 12-1PM
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A)
Main Building
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Brief introduction to current research by graduate students followed by a moderated discussion.
Audience participation is encouraged.
Lunch will be provided.


Dr. Joseph J. Salomone
PhD Graduate, Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies, School of Education
Executive Director, Office of the University Registrar
“Student Engagement in Online Learning: Understanding and Defining the Infusion of the Social and Academic Shared Experiences”

Moderated by Dr. Rebecca Clothey, Assistant Professor, School of Education

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Call to Artists and Organizations. 11th Annual Art Auction

When: Friday, February 28th 2014, 7PM
Where: URBN Center, 34th and Market Streets

The Drexel University Arts Administration Graduate Association is hosting their annual Art Auction and we need the help of our fellow artists and arts and cultural organizations.

Contributing artists will receive free drinks and refreshments for the evening.

Contributing organizations will receive will receive one free guest pass for free drinks and refreshment for the evening.

For more information go to our website or contact Kristine Medley Farmer Events Director at

Artists this is an opportunity to showcase your work! As the arts and culture sector continues to grow and change, we wish to offer fresh new artists an opportunity to put their work and talents on display. Not only are we offering the opportunity to exhibit your work in a professional environment, but there is also a chance to receive 30% of the selling price profit. This event is a chance for young talented artists to network and market themselves to professionals within the community, while establishing themselves as a selling artist for a great cause!

Are you an organization who wants to donate museum passes, tickets to a performance, a gift card to your restaurant or a night in your hotel room? We need donations for our 11th Annual Art Auction in February 2014, hosted by Drexel University’s Arts Administration Graduate Student Association. We are reaching out to you now to solicit original works of art, gift certificates, museum passes, tickets, and much more.

Our mission is to help develop Drexel University’s Arts Administration students into successful leaders in the Arts and Culture sector. Funds raised throughout the school year allow us to financially support students attending National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. By contributing as an artist or an organization you are empowering the future leaders and your future colleagues with knowledge and experience that will benefit the growth of our sector!

For more information:

Contact Kristine Medley Farmer Events Director at


NSCAA Annual Convention Volunteers Needed

When: Wednesday-Sunday, January 15th – 19th 2014
Where: 109 Disque Hall

The NSCAA Annual Convention, which will be held in Philly this coming January needs to find at least two (2) and up to10 individuals (soccer nuts comes to mind who can volunteer their services to help with the coaching education program.

Volunteers will help to validate the coaching sessions being attended to earn one of the five (5) NSCAA Academy Diplomas being offered during the convention.

The volunteers will receive complimentary convention registration and meals at the staff dining center and T-shirts.

Wednesday, Jan 15th | 6 – 9PM
Thursday, Jan 16th | 9AM – 5PM
Friday, Jan 17th | 9AM – 5PM
Saturday, Jan 18th | 9AM – 5PM
Sunday, Jan 19th | 9AM – 1PM

The schedule is rather demanding but it has its rewards as there will the annual draft for the professional MLS teams that will take place and volunteers can hobnob with US soccer glitterati. It may be possible for the volunteers to commit to less than the full schedule.

If you have any questions or want to volunteer:

Contact Dr. Lim : ASAP!! Spaces and times are limited.

Call for Outstanding TA Nominations

The Committee on Teaching Assistant Excellence is now accepting nominations for outstanding Drexel University Teaching Assistants (TAs)!

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate highly effective teaching assistants for certificates of recognition and monetary awards.

Nominations may be sent until the deadline,Monday, April 21, 2014.

Nominees must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be appointed as a teaching assistant and have taught at least one full quarter during the current academic year.
  • Must be currently teaching or have taught courses/labs/recitations for which s/he had major responsibility and/or played a major role in the teaching of the class.

Award winners will be invited to attend the Outstanding TA Award Ceremony hosted by the committee in the spring. Awardees will also be expected to participate in TA Orientation activities during the week before classes begin in the Fall 2014 term.

To nominate a TA:

Complete the TA nomination form on the Office of Graduate Studies website. (Note:Self-nominations will not be considered.)

Cite specific examples and details to support your answer.

To qualify, at least one nomination must come from a student of the TA.


Annual GSA Ski Trip

When: Saturday, January 25th 2014, 7AM-8PM
Where: 1000 Montage Road, Scranton PA.


*Cash only, exact change please.

Come join GSA as we host the best outdoor event of the Winter!!!

We have a limited number of spaces available, guests are not limited to the student; the more the merrier! If you do want to go we suggest getting them as soon as possible.

Purchased ticket will include transportation to and from the slopes, $10 food voucher, and your choice of ski, snowboarding or tubing equipment.

If this is your first time at a snow mountain please read up on the internet guidelines on what to be prepared for!

To purchase tickets:
Students: $20
Guests: $30

Please go to the Office of Graduate Studies to purchase tickets, sign waiver and reserve your place on the bus!

Senate Meeting

When: Monday, January 13th 2014, 12-2PM
Where: St. Declan’s Well, 3131 Walnut Street

All graduate student organizations leaders are requested to attend the Senate Meeting of the new year.
President and Vice President of each organization are requested (can substitute if unavailable); please have at least 1 representative from each organization in attendance. The main agenda of the meeting is to bring ideas about Phase II of the Graduate Student Lounge.
Phase II: includes renovations and additions to the graduate student lounge that can benefit students over the upcoming years. Keep in mind the need for the space to serve as a study, eating, conference and general area.
If your organization requires the floor to host a discussion, please let GSA know by Friday 1/10 5PM.
Student members of each organization please email your leaders to bring up any points of discussion or ideas you have for the upcoming year as soon as possible!

“The Human Machine Merger” with Dr. Alon Wolf 1/9 2:30pm ExCITe Center

Drexel University will be visited by Professor Alon Wolf, founder and director of the Biorobotics and Biomechanics LAB (BRML) in the Technion Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, one of our top international partner schools in Israel. In honor of Dr. Wolf’s visit, the College of Engineering and Office of International Programs will be hosting Prof. Wolf for a presentation, “The Human Machine Merger,” featuring a live demonstration of a robot, open to students, staff, and faculty at the ExCITe Center (3401 Market Street) from 2:30-3:30pm on January 9. Refreshments will be served. RSVP not required.

Fellowships for International Graduate Students (Info Session 1/23/14)

Info Session: Fellowships for international graduate students
Thur, Jan 23, 5-6 p.m.
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A)
Basement of Main Building (3141 Chestnut Street)

Are you an international graduate student with a stellar academic record and high ambitions? Then come to this info session about competitive fellowship opportunities that you may be eligible for.

You will hear more about awards such as the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future program, the DAAD RISE Professional, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships. I will also share useful links to outside fellowships search engines.

This event is sponsored by the Drexel Fellowships Office. If you have any questions, please email Cindy Schaarschmidt at!

A separate info session for international undergraduate students will be held Wed, Jan 22 at 5:30p.m. (109 Disque Hall).