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Introducing McConnell Family Stadium

Elizabeth Cochran Receives Inspiration for the Next Generation Award
Elizabeth Cochran Receives Inspiration for the Next Generation Award

Gannon University Hosts Agents of Change Conference
Gannon University Hosts Agents of Change Conference

Gannon University's SBDC Hosts Branding Your Business Seminad
Gannon University's SBDC Hosts Branding Your Business Seminar

Gannon University Biology Professor Receives HAPS Grant
Gannon University Biology Professor Receives HAPS Grant

Gannon University Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Gannon University Named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Gannon Engineering Professor Wins PITA Grant
A Gannon University engineering professor has received a $10,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) to study liquid silicon rubber (LSR) dampers, which are used in buildings to protect from earthquakes and high winds. 

Gannon University’s WERG Wins College Radio Day Award
Gannon University’s WERG Wins College Radio Day Award

Gannon University Announces 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame Class

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Supports Gannon

Gannon Announces New Doctoral Degree

Facebook Helps Gannon Grad Rescue Pregnant Woman

Erie-GAINS Celebrates Community Partners

Gannon Football Alumni Sign With Erie Explosion
The Erie Explosion, a Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) announce the signing of three Gannon football alumni to their roster for the 2014 season...

Sport and Exercise Science Master's Degree Now Offered At Gannon

Son of Long-time Gannon Professor Establishes Scholarship to Honor Parents

Dec. 23 Fire Damages Hammermill Center
At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Dec. 23, the Erie Fire Department received an alarm from the Hammermill Center at Gannon University. Smoke detectors were activated and alerted responders from Gannon Police and Safety, Erie City Police and Erie Fire Department...

Email Surveys Alumni Engagement
In September 2013, the Gannon University Alumni Association electronically surveyed 15,074 alumni to gauge alumni involvement and engagement with their alma mater. The survey yielded a 3.9% response rate, or 616 unique responses...

Meet the New Directors
The National Alumni Board is a very distinguished group of alumni comprised of graduates from the class of 1961 through the class of 2013. At our most recent meeting on June 15th, the Board welcomed eight new directors to its ranks.  Please join me in welcoming each of the new directors...

Gannon's Alumni Association: What's In It For Me?
An article by Carla Noziglia '63VMC, a member of the Gannon University Alumni Association Board of Directors...

NASA Engineer and Alumnus Paul Gradl Visits Campus
Paul Gradl '02, '04M works as a propulsion engineer at NASA Marshal Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  Paul came back to Gannon's campus on Tuesday, April 16 to speak with students and faculty members.  Watch this video interview of Paul's visit.

The Gannon University Alumni Association Announces 2013 Distinguished Alumni Class
Please help the Alumni Association welcome the 2013 class of Distinguished Alumni at the Distinguished Alumni Dinner during Homecoming Reunion weekend, Oct. 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the Yehl Alumni Room of Gannon University.

Cleve Wright Announces Next Career Step
ERIE, Pa. – Gannon head women’s basketball coach Cleve Wright announced Friday afternoon he will take the next step up the coaching ladder and become the new head women’s basketball coach at NCAA Division I Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Gannon Alumnus Wins 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing
TAMPA BAY, FL - Gannon alumnus Daniel Ruth, Class of 1972, is awarded journalism's most prestigious award, the Pulitzer Prize, for Editorial Writing.

Class of 1963 to Celebrate 50th Year Reunion at Homecoming
Calling all graduates of the Gannon and Villa Maria College class of 1963: make your plans to attend your 50th Reunion at Alumni Homecoming Reunion Weekend on October 4 - 6, 2013.  Read the Class of '63 Reunion Newsletter.

WERG: Rockin' GU Since 1972
Calling all WERG DJ's this is your year!  WERG turns 40 this year and we're celebrating all year long.

How Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff May Affect Your Charitable Giving
It's official—the President has signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 into law. The new law gives taxpayers some certainty for at least another year, and in some cases, permanently.

The Stelter Company has provided some highlights of changes in effect for 2013.

Browse Gannon and Villa Yearbooks From Home!
Yearbooks and student newspapers are now available in a digital archive through the Nash Library.  We're also seeking some missing copies to complete the archive.

Ropski writes book on Yellowstone
With more than 20 years of Yellowstone experience, Dr. Steve Ropski, Gannon class of 1978 and a current professor of biology, has literally written the book on Yellowstone National Park.  For details, click title.

New Leadership for the Alumni Association
During the October 19, 2012 meeting of the National Alumni Board, new leadership was installed.

Knights in Italy
Follow the Gannon Alumni Inaugural travel trip to Italy, October 5-14, 2012.  Visit the blog at to follow all the adventures. Then view pictures from the trip at

Edge Magazine seeks Alumni Bloggers
Edge Magazine is looking for Alumni who are interested in writing “guest blogs” about their lives after completing their study at Gannon University. These blogs would be about 300 to 350 words and should focus on their different life experiences or professions and how Gannon helped or prepared them. Submissions along with a recent photo are welcomed at

Watch the Gannon-Mercyhurst Football Game LIVE on Oct. 13!
On Saturday, October 13, the Gannon Knights vs. Mercyhurst Lakers football game local rivalry will be broadcast live at 12:05 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Savings Time) on Fox 66 and Root Sports, which is viewable to most of Pennsylvania (excluding Philadelphia) as well as parts of West Viriginia and eastern Ohio.  You can also stream the game live via the internet from anywhere in the world at

Gannon Magazine Facebook Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of a $25 gift card, courtesy of Gannon Magazine, after liking our Facebook page or following us on Twitter. The winners are:
Kathleen Kennedy DiLaura '85, '87
James DeDad '80, '97M
Nathan Fuenffinger '09
Bobbie Jo Fye

Alumni Association Gets New Look
The Gannon University Alumni Association has just become more visible, adopting an official logo and tagline.

Gannon Names New Director of Community and Government Relations

Erika A. Ramalho will lead University’s Erie-GAINS initiative.

Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., has named Erika A. Ramalho as the University’s director of community and government relations, effective July 1.  Click title to read full article.

Gannon Announces Recent Staffing Appointments
Leadership at Gannon has made some exciting developments.  Read about Gannon's new Provost, the appointment of Dr. Linda Fleming to Dean of C.H.E.S.S., how a defensive coordinator made the rise to head football coach, and Father Kesicki's rise to Associate VP for Mission and Ministry.

Gannon Announces $50,000 Challenge
Gannon University is looking for a few new gifts. At least 1,350, to be exact.  Gannon has announced the “G & G Challenge” to help propel the University from good to great. If Gannon receives 1,350 new gifts prior to June 30, 2012, Gannon trustees Thomas C. Guelcher ’62, ’76M and James E. Gehrlein ’72 will make a $50,000 gift to the University.

Alumni Lectures on Video
The Office of Alumni Services and University Advancement regularly host alumni speakers for lectures and events on campus.  The Alumni Lunchtime Lecture series and the Executive-On-Campus program promote life-long learning while showcasing our accomplished and fascinating alumni and faculty/staff.  Read this article for links to videos of past lectures.

Ashlee Thompson to receive the Inspiration for The Next Generation Award
The Gannon University Alumni Association has identified Ashlee Thompson as the senior who most represents the ideals, mission and character of Gannon University, including exceptional academic achievement, high moral character, leadership, service, and commitment to the University.

What's going on at Gannon this Spring
Find out what alumni and friends are invited to attend at Gannon this spring.

ISO unlocked new frontiers for International Education Week
During the week of November 13 the International Student Office (ISO) hosted this year’s International Education Week (IEW). By no means was it just a trip down the international food aisle...

Gannon Observes the 2012 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Join Gannon University as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 16, 2012 beginning with a Memorial Prayer Service at 11 a.m. in the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel at 520 Peach Street.  Meet Gannon students, staff and alumni in Perry Square at noon to join the annual City of Erie MLK Jr. Day March, immediately followed by lunch in Gannon's Waldron Campus Center.

661 Return for Alumni Homecoming & Family Weekend
661 alumni and families checked in at the Alumni & APB registration area for the 2011 Alumni Homecoming Reunion & Family Weekend!  See the photo gallery here - available online until October 31st.

Gannon remembers Bruce Morton Wright
Regretfully we announce the death of Bruce Morton Wright, Gannon's Music Director, Instructor of Fine Arts, and the director of the Gannon University Concert Band.  Bruce is also remembered as the Director/Conductor of the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the successor to the Erie Bayfront Orchestra, and the Director/Conductor of the Erie Opera Theatre.

25 Ways to Use Your Gannon Degree
Continued article from the Summer 2011 Gannon Magazine.

There’s a reason each graduation ceremony at Gannon is celebrated with plenty of pomp and circumstance: earning that diploma is a major accomplishment. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, less than 30 percent of the U.S. population holds a college degree, meaning that Gannon graduates already have a head start among their peers when leaving campus...

Dr. Caulfield Named Interim Associate Provost
Now joining the provost office team, Michael J. Caulfield, Ph.D., associate professor in the mathematics department, has agreed to serve as Gannon’s interim associate provost.

Dr. Linda Fleming named as interim provost and VP for academic affairs
Linda M. Fleming, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Gannon psychology department and director of training for the counseling psychology program, has agreed to serve as the University’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Linda will keep the wheels turning and progress going during this period of transition as a national search to fill the position will be conducted promptly.

Celebration of Fr. Joseph Gregorek to be held Sept. 24, 2011
If you've taken an anatomy lab or biology class in the past 35 years, chances are that you know Rev. Joseph Gregorek, Ph.D., professor of biology.  The alumni are "roasting" Fr. Gregorek at this year's Alumni Homecoming Reunion & Family Weekend taking place September 23 - 25, 2011.  Click the article for more details and a video invitation from Fr. Gregorek himself!

Gannon Announces Dr. Keith Taylor as 7th President
Bishop Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, chairperson of the Gannon University Board of Trustees, announced the seventh president of Gannon University on May 15.  Click the article title to read more and visit the press release and video of the press conference.

Read About the 2010 Distinguished Alumni
To learn more about the 2010 Gannon University Distinguised Alumni honorees, please click here.

Alumni Offices Welcomes 2 New Assistant Directors
Please join Gannon’s Office of Alumni Services in welcoming two new Assistant Directors to the staff this January, Tracy Stolz and Erin Sekerak ’04.  To learn more about Tracy and Erin, please read the article.

PR Office Announces Winners of CASE Survey Gift Card Drawing
Find out who won the gift card drawing for answering CASE Magazine Readership Survey about Gannon Magazine.

Gannon Email Accounts
Attention, new Gannon Alumni: Did you know that your student Gannon email account remains active for approximatedly 12 months after the date of your last registration?

Alumni Association Welcomes New Exec Board
This summer marked the Passing of the Gavel to a new Executive Board of the National Alumni Association.  Read more about the Exec Board members!

Gannon Invites YOU to Partner Up!
Let's Partner Together...Get Involved with Gannon University!

Gannon's Transformation 2001 - 2008

Click the title to view our Transformation

Exec On Campus - Mark Minnaugh '81
For more information on Mr. Minnaugh and to view a brief video of his visit to campus, please click the title.

Exec on Campus - David Grzelak '76M
Click to title to read more about Executive on Campus speaker David Grzelak, including a brief video of his visit.

Dr. David Kozak '66 Lunch N Learn 2008
Dr. David Kozak '66, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Policy and Leadership Studies at Gannon University presented "Road to the White House 2008" at the January 17, 2008 Alumni Lunch-N-Learn.

Mexico-Cancun - Spring Break 2009
Ola!  Come join us as we visit the wonders of Mexico during Spring Break 2009 (Febraury 28 - March 7, 2009).  We will be visiting Mexico City,  Veracruz, Chichen Itzo and Cancun!  We'll also be visitng Aztec and Mayan Sites.  This trip is co-sponsored by the Collins Institute for Archaelogical Research and the History Department.  Click on the image for more information.

Distinguished Alumni 2008
This year's Distinguished Alumni dinner was held on Friday, October 10, 2008 in the Yehl Room of the Waldron Campus Center.  This annual event recognizes alums who have distinction in their chosen field, are a reflection of Gannon University's ideals through their character, have made significant contributions to society through public, community, or church-related service and are committed to the University.

Click on the header to see who are 2008's Distinguished Alumni.

Dr. Masters presents at Lunch-N-Learn
Dr. Carolynn Masters, Ph.D., RN, CARN, Dean of the Morosky School of Health Professions and Sciences, gave a presentation titled: 'The Process of Reconnecting: Women and Addiction.'

Click here for a 5-minute video of her presentation.

Click on the heading for more information on Dr. Carolynn Masters.

Join Gannon students as they travel to Panama!
During Spring Break 2009 (February 28 - March 7, 2009), students will be traveling to Panama City, Panama to visit tropical beaches, the Barro Colorado Rainforest and learn about the engineering marvel known as the Panama Canal.  The trip is open to everyone so grab your passport and join us!  Click on the title for more information.

Contacting Joe Luckey '55
Send your letters and notes to Joe at this new address...

Gannon Student Newspaper Online
Read the Gannon Knight here.