Volume VIII, Issue 11            Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS!            November 3, 2009

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Gregory Pashke
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Kristen Stimmell
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Births and Adoptions
Kristen (Ballant) Stimmell (B.A. '99, M....

Nicole Halladay
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Births and Adoptions
Nicole (Kuss) Halladay (BA '02) and her ...

William Grieshober
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Bill Grieshober, a Senior Bu...

Eric LaPrice
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Eric La Price, BS-1994, MS-1999, won Bes...

Darin Sutton
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Engagements and Marriages
Married Christine (Bond) August 22, 2009...

Amber Hornburg
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Engagements and Marriages
Amber Ashley (01) married Michael Hornbu...

Chip Rohrbach
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Chip Rohrbach, D.O. '96 was granted the ...

Alumna Returns as Executive on Campus
The next installment of Gannon’s Executive on Campus Program, which brings high-level executives to campus as guest lecturers, will be Nov. 9 with a visit from Anne M. Cooney ’91, vice president of the Power Conversion Division for Siemens Energy & Automation. You are invited to hear Cooney speak during either a breakfast (8 a.m.) or lunch (12:15 p.m.) presentation, both held in the Boardroom in Old Main, 109 W. 6th St. RSVP to Lori Bly in University Advancement at (814) 871-7468. More about Cooney > 
Interested in a Graduate Degree?
Attend the Gannon University Graduate Open House on Nov. 12 from 3:30-6 p.m. to learn about all of Gannon’s master’s and doctoral degree programs. Program directors and admissions and financial aid representatives will be on hand in Room 219 of the Waldron Campus Center (124 W. 7th St.) to discuss each program. For further details, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (814) 871-7474. More information >

Zurn Science Center Blessing Nov. 12
After $18.5 million in renovations, Gannon’s Zurn Science Center is now a state-of-the-art science facility providing students and faculty with the latest technology. Please join us for a formal blessing and dedication of the building, located at 143 W. 7th St., on Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. Contact Lori Bly in University Advancement at (814) 871-7468 for further details.

Alumni Lunchtime Lecture Series
John D. Mangus ’56 will speak on “The Impact of Optics on the New Cosmology and Religion” during the next Alumni Lunchtime Lecture Series session on Nov. 19 at noon in Room 219 of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. 7th St. Mangus has worked on all the Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions; his current specialty is cryogenic optical systems. He is also a member of the James Webb Space Telescope Standing Review Board. A free boxed lunch is available for the first 30 registrants! Registration and more information >

Student-Athletes Host Talent Show Benefit 
Gannon’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) would like to invite all alumni and friends to an Athlete Talent Show, Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. in the University’s Hammermill Center (620 Peach St.). “As an athletic population, we wanted to do something to help raise money and show our support for assistant coach Sandy Zirkle-Trocki ’98 and her two little girls,” explained Rosie Cooper, SAAC representative and member of the women’s cross country team. Zirkle-Trocki’s husband, John Trocki ’00, passed away in August. Both played basketball for Gannon during their undergraduate years.

GU Student Chosen for ATHENA Award
Gannon University student Hannah E. Kirby recently became the first-ever local recipient of the ATHENA PowerLink Young Professional Award. The award, which honors an outstanding college student in the community, is given to an emerging leader who demonstrates a commitment to community service and serves as a personal and professional role model to other young women. Read more >

Gannon Gets Into the Halloween Spirit
Gannon students brought some spookiness to campus on Oct. 29 with a social experiment in the Waldron Campus Center. More than a dozen theater/communication arts students, dressed as zombies, spontaneously performed Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance to remind viewers of upcoming Halloween events around campus. Watch it! >

From zombies to vampires, a former Gannon student has been cast in the second film installment of the popular Twilight series, New Moon. Daniel Cudmore, who was a member of Gannon’s football team from 1999-2000, will play the role of Felix. The movie opens Nov. 20.

University Honors Distinguished Alumni
A large crowd of fellow alumni and well-wishers honored six individuals at the University’s annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner, held Oct. 23 as part of 2009 Alumni Homecoming and Reunion Weekend festivities. Honorees included: Dante C. Parrini ’86; Robert W. McGee, Ph.D., Esq. ’69; Eric Klann, Ph.D. ’84; Thomas E. Dever, Ph.D. ’84; Kary J. Schroyer, D.O. ’93; and Evelyn Marie (Prenatt) Madonia ’59VMC.

Gannon was All Over Pittsburgh!
Oct. 27 was an exciting day for Gannon and Pittsburgh! Seventy-five alumni, along with 18 prospective students and their families, gathered at the Duquesne Club for a special evening with University President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., and other Gannon administrative and community members. The combined alumni and admissions event provide prospective students with a valuable networking opportunity to engage and interact with our dynamic alumni, who represented a variety of career paths.

Share Your Info with the Alumni Directory
With the help of Harris Connect, LLC, a trusted partner of Gannon University, work on the 2010 Gannon University Alumni Directory has begun. The directory will contain not only listings of thousands of fellow alumni, but also gives you a chance to share your stories, pictures and life experiences with friends and former classmates. Find out more >

Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. The Erie Times-News explored Gannon’s Greek life; take a look at the photo gallery. Check out a video posted by WQLN about Archbishop John Mark Gannon’s induction into the Erie Hall of Fame (it is also playing at the Erie Maritime Museum).

May 2009 graduate and basketball standout Kyle Goldcamp’s pickup games against the Cleveland Cavaliers drew the attention of the Blog Talk BayHawk. President Garibaldi and Debra Steiner, director of the Small Business Development Center at Gannon University, recently recorded "We Question and Learn" segments at WQLN; listen and learn more. In addition, ErieBlogs.com has posted information about President Garibaldi's scholarly chapter, "The Educational Status of African American Males in the 21st Century," being selected for inclusion in a new book.

Keep up with all the current Gannon news at www.gannon.edu.

Every Alum Has a Story
Nettie V. Smith ’79 has dedicated her life to working for disenfranchised people. She is currently the executive director for the Partnership for a Healthy Community an affiliate agency with the PA Department of Health. She is a licensed minister whose intentions are to continue in ministry as well as continue to positively impact the greater Erie community. Read more >

Alumni Return for Homecoming Festivities
More than 500 alumni—and over 600 people total—returned to campus to celebrate with a wide variety of activities during Alumni Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, Oct. 23-25. Friendships were rekindled and memories were shared as alumni and friends showed their pride in Gannon University. We want to hear your thoughts! How can we make the celebration better? Want to see more alumni events in your area? Contact the Office of Alumni Services at 1-877-GU-ALUMS (482-5867), ext. 1.  

Couldn't make it? Take a look at Rick Klein's photo gallery >

Upcoming Events

33rd Annual Golden Harvest Food Drive
11/7/2009 8:00 AM to 11/7/2009 4:00 PM

Food Drive where university students, alumni and staff will collect canned food throughout the city for the Second Harvest Food Bank.  
Contact Name:  Kayla Coan 814-871-7205, Student Living Office  

Exec on Campus Anne Cooney
11/9/2009 8:00 AM to 11/9/2009

Anne M. Cooney '91 returns to Gannon as November's Executive On Campus speaker on Monday, November 9th.  Sign up to join Anne for an informal presentation and chat session at breakfast (8 a.m.) or lunch (12:15 p.m.) in the Old Main Boardroom.

Blessing & Re-dedication of Zurn
11/12/2009 to 11/12/2009

Join Bishop Trautman and Dr. Garibaldi at the Blessing & Re-dedication of the Zurn Science Center at 4:00 p.m. in Zurn 101.

Alumni Lunchtime Lecture - John Mangus '56
11/19/2009 12:00 PM to 11/19/2009 1:00 PM

Location: WCC, Room 219
Registration Deadline: Monday, November 16th
Topic: "The Impact of Optics on the New Cosmology and Religion"

We welcome your comments and suggestions! To share your thoughts or be added to our e-mailing list, contact Cathy Fresch, director of Alumni Services, at fresch001@gannon.edu.

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