The Faculty Senate SubCommittee on Academic Affairs unanimously voted March 16 to "abandon the current grading system" and adopt a plus/minus grading scale. The decision was announced by Director of the Doctoral Nursing Program and Chair of the SCAA Heyward Dreher who hopes to have the new grading system in place by fall 2005.
Senior Vice President of Student Life and Administrative Services Anthony Caneris appointed Michael Scales, former director of Residential Living, as director of University Housing and Jose-Luis Riera as the new director of Residential Living April 6. The position for University Housing has been vacant since December 2004 when Kristine Vliet left to embark on a new career path.
The 2005 Philadelphia Antiques Show, which was held from April 9-12 in the Armory, featured over seventy artifacts focusing on this year's theme "Vaulting Ambition: Gothic Revival in Philadelphia, 1830-1860." The hallmark of this year's exhibition was the annual loaned exhibit with over 50 collectors who contributed to a net excess of $700,000.
The College of Arts and Sciences held 2005 CoAS Research Day, which showcased graduates and undergraduates student research, April 13 in Behrakis Grand Hall. Students created posters outlining research projects they had completed over the past year. This year, over 70 different posters were on display presenting research in the fields of the physical sciences, biological sciences, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences.
University bids farewell to Trustee Emeritus Albert Soffa, Drexel University Trustee Emeritus, died April 10 at the age of 84. Soffa earned his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel in 1944 and helped to develop the modern circuit packaging industry.
Spotlight on Volunteering is a weekly look at opportunities on campus for those looking to make a difference in the Drexel community. Public servants interested in participating in these events should visit http://www.drexel.edu/cce. Any organizations planning a volunteer event should call The Triangle at 215-895-2585, extension 3, or e-mail news@thetriangle.
A University student, one of Rebuild Together's 25 volunteers, scrapes paint in a house in West Philadelphia April 9. The university donates $3,000 per home that the students work on.
The International Spring Festival, a joint effort on the part of the Office of International Students and Scholars and Campus Activites Board and a week-long celebration of diversity, will take place April 18-24. The week will cover over 25 international-themed events where students of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend in order to promote greater understanding and cooperation among different cultures.
A Look Back
Ebon Fisher is obsessed with all kinds of networks, whether they are social, neurological or wired, he is obsessed with them all. Fisher has created images of neurons on a number of mediums. He has gone on a graffiti kick through Pittsburgh, has fronted a rock band called Nerve Circle and has placed his MIT students in a special chamber that allows him to listen to their nervous systems.
Students (top left) listen and take notes as Director of Residential Living, Jose-Luis Riera (bottom left) conducts the CEO workshop "Win Win Situations: Conflict Resolution" with the help of Mackenzie Streit, assistant director of residential living for judicial affairs in MacAlister Hall room 2020 April 12.
Adorning a Drexel Dragon pin, newly hired Provost Stephen Director greeted faculty and staff at Town Hall meetings in the Edmund Bossone Research Enterprise Center auditorium April 11. University President Constantine Papadakis opened the student meeting with an introduction to Director's career.
The MetLife Foundation honored the University City District's Baltimore Avennue Commercial Corridor Initiative and the Philadelphia Police Department at a private luncheon April 12 with a $10,000 award for significant achievements in decreasing crime and helping to revitalize Philadelphia's University City neighborhood.
Bone marrow pictures Alpha Epsilon Pi sponsored Gift of Life's Bone Marrow Screening in the Berhakis Grand Hall April 12.
Photographer and artist Andres Serrano delivered a presentation Monday in the College of Media Arts and Design at which he discussed many of his works. His most famous piece is the highly controversial Piss Christ, a photograph taken in 1989 consisting of a crucifix immersed in the artist's urine.
Crime report from the Department of Public Safety
The Hagerty Library is featuring a collection of photographs by Harvey Finkle that documents immigrant families who have settle in Philadelphia.
Although there were talks of a South Eastern Pennsylvania Transit Authroity strike, public transportation will run on its normal schedule. SEPTA and the Transport Workers Union have agreed to extend the contract until June 15.
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