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GU eNews, Gannon Alumni e-newsletter
Volume XI, Issue 11      Welcome to your GU eNEWS      Nov. 6, 2012

To all of our alumni, families and friends who were in the path of Hurricane Sandy, may you know that the prayers of the Gannon Community continue to be with you in your time of need and recovery.

We welcome the new Bishop of the Diocese of Erie and Chairman of the Board of Gannon University, the Most Reverend Lawrence T. Persico. 

Learn more about Bishop Persico's Oct. 1 ordination

Gannon University's Board of Trustees has voted to honor the service of Bishop Trautman by renaming its Catholic House, The Bishop Donald W. Trautman House.

Join Bishop Persico, Bishop Trautman, and the rest of the Gannon community for the Dedication on Friday, Nov. 16

Alumni News

Entrepreneurs Thomas F. Power Jr. '63 and Raymond W. Conrad will visit campus Wednesday, Nov. 14 to speak to alumni, students and staff about how Gannon has contributed to the success in their fields. Register for either the complimentary breakfast or lunch with the Entrepreneurs by Nov. 12. 


  • A very successful Homecoming Reunion Weekend welcomed 550 people back to campus. View the professional photo gallery by Rick Klein '84 online: Click "View and order photos." Select "Gannon Reunion 2012." Enter your email and be sure to view all the "categories" to see photos from each Homecoming event. If you attended, you can still submit your Homecoming Evaluation form and give your feedback to the Alumni staff; Congratulations to Lauren Theisen '02, winner of the $50 Gannon Bookstore giftcard.   
  • Save the dates of Oct. 4 - 6, 2013 for next year's Homecoming Reunion Weekend!
  • The Oct. 19 meeting of the National Alumni Board brought new officers and a passing of the Gavel.
  • Watch Dr. David Kozak '66's analysis on the 2012 election. View the full September Alumni Lunchtime Lecture video.
  • For over 20 years, Gannon biology professor Dr. Steve Ropski ’78 has led students and tourists through Yellowstone National Park.  With so much expertise, he’s now literally written the book on Yellowstone!  Special signed copies of Ropksi’s Let Yellowstone Come to You: A Non Tourist Guide are now available for sale at the Gannon Bookstore.  More book info >

University News

David W. Grzelak '76 will deliver the keynote address to graduates at Winter Commencement on Dec. 9.


Events & Happenings

Join Gannon on Nov. 8 as we celebrate alumni who have served in the armed services at Gannon's Veteran's Day Celebration on Nov. 8.  Event details> 

More Events & Happenings:

Poll of the Month

What was the toughest adjustment you had to make as a freshmen at Gannon or Villa?

a.) Managing your academic course load
b.) Living in the residence halls
c.) Being responsible for your own schedule
d.) Making friends
e.) Learning to navigate the campus
f.) Finding available and convenient parking

Vote now

Photo of the Month

Eleven alumni and friends participated in the inaugural alumni travel trip "Italy's Legacy" with Dr. Michael DeSanctis earlier this month. Check out Erin Sekerak '04's Italy travel blog and view the photo gallery.  Save the dates of March 1 - 8, 2014 for an alumni travel trip to the Galapagos Islands with Dr. Steve Ropski '78

Quick Links



New Class Notes

Dante Parrini
Added: 9/27/2012 9:46 AM
Dante C. Parrini '86 was elected to the ...

Megan Sarkis
Added: 9/24/2012 7:59 AM
Megan Sarkis (Hallock), BA 2001, recentl...

Megan Sarkis
Added: 9/24/2012 7:56 AM
Births and Adoptions
Megan (Hallock)Sarkis, BA 2001; and Lee ...

Jessica Nelson
Added: 9/8/2012 12:23 PM
Jessica Nelson, BA '04, MA '10, recently...

Cynthia Balkstra
Added: 9/6/2012 7:38 PM
I have been elected to the position of F...

Dawn Powell
Added: 9/6/2012 10:23 AM
Dawn (Dunlap) Powell graduated from the ...

Daniel Woodward
Added: 9/4/2012 9:49 PM
Dan Woodward graduated with an MBA in He...

Megan Julius
Added: 8/29/2012 11:17 AM
Births and Adoptions
Megan (Klass) Julius '06 and Richard Jul...

Walter Kalista
Added: 8/22/2012 11:23 AM
Dr. Walter T. Kalista, Jr., DMD, Gannon ...

Lucas McGuire
Added: 8/22/2012 11:12 AM
Lucas McGuire '08 recently graduated fro...

Upcoming Alumni Events

11/8/2012 11:00 AM
Mass of Remembrance

11/8/2012 3:00 PM
Veterans Day Salute

11/10/2012 9:00 AM
Taylor On Tour California

12/1/2012 11:00 AM
Book Signing: Dr. Ropksi's "Let Yellowstone Come To You"

We welcome your comments and suggestions! To share your thoughts or be added to our e-mail list, contact Cathy Fresch, director of Alumni Services, at

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