Volume VIII, Issue 12            Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS!            December 9, 2009

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Leigh-Anne Williams
Added: 12/22/2009 8:54 AM
Births and Adoptions
Madolyn Elizabeth Williams born 1/28/08 ...

Leigh-Anne Williams
Added: 12/22/2009 8:52 AM
Engagements and Marriages
Leigh-Anne Persing married to Matthew Wi...

Julia Burton
Added: 12/18/2009 10:54 AM
Births and Adoptions
Julia (Dembinski) Burton '94 and husband...

Michael Valente
Added: 12/1/2009 7:45 PM
Chief Resident in Surgery at Summa Healt...

Catherine Oakley
Added: 12/1/2009 2:50 PM
Births and Adoptions
Catherine Engman Oakley, MPA Class of 20...

Robert Giannamore
Added: 11/29/2009 7:54 PM
Births and Adoptions
new baby, Sarah Love, September 30, 20...

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!
The staff members of Campus Ministry, the Center for Social Concerns and the Office of Service-Learning join me in wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a joy-filled happy and holy holiday season! Special Message >

The Gospels of Luke and Matthew proclaim that Jesus is conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of Mary as Word made flesh and God with us. May the Holy Spirit consecrate our bodies, minds and hearts as we long to become Christ-filled men and women of love, peace and joy. We are grateful to God for your continuing relationship with Gannon and for the faith, hope and love you embody. We pray God to bless you, your family, your work and your home into the new year.

Rev. George E. Strohmeyer
University Chaplain and Acting Vice President for Mission and Ministry

Winter Commencement Ceremony Dec. 13 
Nearly 275 students will receive diplomas and join the ranks of the University’s alumni on Dec. 13 during Gannon’s winter commencement. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Hammermill Center, 620 Peach St. Thomas Loftus ’74M, senior vice president of Lord Corp. (retired), will give the keynote address and will be awarded an honorary degree by President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. Read more >

Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced
You are cordially invited to the help celebrate the 2010 Gannon University Athletics Hall of Fame class on Jan. 9, 2010. Inductees include: Mary Kay Lynch Poppe ’85 (women’s basketball); Rob van Rheenen (men’s soccer); Rob Russo (men’s soccer coach); Gerry Vandemerwe ’88, ’91M (men’s soccer); Harold “Butch” Warner ’85 (men’s basketball); and Tom Chapman (men’s basketball head coach). Read more >

Patient Simulation Center Tours
Tour Gannon’s new state-of-the-art Patient Simulation Center in the Morosky Academic Center on Jan. 21 from 5-7 p.m. as part of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership’s Business After Hours program. Join us at 150 West 10th St. for this interactive event! RSVP's are requested to Tracy Stolz in Alumni Services. Read more about the Patient Simulation Center >

Fall Lunchtime Lectures Wrap Up
John D. Mangus ’56 presented the final Fall 2009 Alumni Lunchtime Lecture Series on Nov. 19. Mangus serves on the Independent Committee for the James Webb Space Telescope Standing Review Board and spoke on the topic, “The Impact of Optics on the New Cosmology and Religion.” Watch the videos >

Alumni Services is planning an evening jazz presentation and lecture in the spring, and the Lunchtime Lecture Series will continue in Fall 2010 with three proposed presentations. If there is a topic or speaker that you would like to have considered, contact the Office of Alumni Services at 1-877-GU-ALUMS. Read more >

Staff, Students Celebrate Upgraded Facility
Members of the University’s Health Center and Counseling Services and the Office of Campus Police and Safety hosted a ribbon cutting and reception on Nov. 20 to celebrate their new office space in the basement level of Harborview Apartments. The offices relocated following a summer-long renovation process to upgrade the area, providing larger accommodations as well as a more central location for students. View photos of Gannon's transformation >

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 >

Thank You for Believing in the Possibilities!
During this season of giving, Gannon offers several ways for you to support the University. Consider making a gift to Gannon of appreciated stock. Your gift is tax deductible, but you have to make your gift before Dec. 31, 2009. Similarly, to be eligible for your 2009 tax deduction, please make your gift to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence by the end of the year.

In addition, Congress has extended the law allowing you to move money directly from IRA accounts to institutions like Gannon without triggering any tax. In fact, for those who have a limited taxable income and limited charitable deductions, they can transfer up to $100,000 from IRAs to charity this year. Contact the trustee of your IRA account to make the direct transfer before the new year.

If you have already made your gift, thank you! Your generosity helps increase student scholarship funds, support faculty research and development and improves campus facilities for an enhanced educational experience. Thank you for supporting Gannon’s dynamic faculty, staff and students!
Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. The Erie Times-News featured the Zurn Science Center’s recent renovations in a November article“We Question and Learn” interviews with Dr. Garibaldi and Debbie Steiner, director of Gannon's Small Business Development Center, aired on WQLN radio in November. You can still hear them here. On Page 18 of the Manufacturer and Business Association’s Business Magazine, the “Economic Spotlight” includes commentary from Dr. Garibaldi on how Gannon has adjusted its business operations for continued success during these challenging economic times.

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

Every Alum Has a Story
Richard P. Albreski Jr. is a 1991 graduate of Gannon University with a bachelor’s degree in life science and respiratory therapy. He married Carol M. Bailey, a 1985 graduate of Villa Maria College. Rick is the director of respiratory, laboratory and radiology services for the Chicago Market for Kindred Healthcare. Read more >

Zurn Science Center Blessed, Rededicated
The Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, S.T.D., S.S.L., Bishop of Erie formally blessed and rededicated the Zurn Science Center during a ceremony held Nov. 12. Visitors were able to tour the building, which recently underwent an $18.5 million renovation to create a state-of-the-art educational facility. Faculty and students were also on hand to perform live demonstrations in several of the Center’s newly updated classrooms and laboratories.
View photos of Gannon's transformation >

Upcoming Events

Gannon Hosts Business After Hours
1/21/2010 5:00 PM to 1/21/2010 7:00 PM
Gannon University hosts the Business After Hours networking event on Thursday, January 21, 2010 in the Morosky Academic Center, 150 W 10th Street.

Basketball Pre-Game Receptions
1/27/2010 to 2/24/2010

Join the Gannon Alumni Association for two pre-game receptions in the Baldauf Lounge of the Waldron Campus Center before the women and men Knights take on Edinboro on January 27th and Mercyhurst on February 24th.

Men's Basketball Porecco Cup
Dec. 29
Ferris State vs. Taylor (IND) @ 6:00 PM
Gannon vs. Seton Hill @ 8:00 PM

Dec. 30
Consolation Game @ 6:00 PM
Championship Game @ 8:00 PM

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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