Volume VIII, Issue 6                                                                           June 2, 2009

In This Issue

Knights in the Know
Gannon University is home to an active campus with dynamic faculty and staff and motivated students. Want to know more about current happenings? Follow the links below for recent press releases, the current issue of the Gannon Magazine and more.

Mark Your Calendars!

Get ready for a weekend of reminiscing with friends and visiting campus. Stay tuned as many events and activities are planned for this fun-filled weekend.

Contacting Joe Luckey '55
Joe loves to hear from Gannon alumni! To contact Joe, please visit or send mail to:

Joe Luckey
Gannon University
109 University Square
Box 3282
Erie, PA 16541

Gannon Career Opportunities
Gannon University's Human Resources Department invites you to browse its Web site to view current career opportunities available on campus. Alumni may wish to be considered for these positions or to nominate candidates they believe would be an asset to the University. For more information, visit

Tip of the Month
Do not rely solely on the Internet to generate your job leads. Check local/regional newspapers on a weekly basis and beware of online scams.

Quick Links

Classmate Connections
New job? Just married? We want to know! Click here to submit your class notes information and update your fellow alumni on what you've been up to. Updates appear on the Online Alumni Community Web site at
www.gannonalumni.org as well as in the Gannon Magazine, published three times a year.

New Class Notes

Brian Domitrovich
Added: 1/18/2010 3:17 PM
Engagements and Marriages
Carolyn Moncrief ('05) married Brian Dom...

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...

Welcome to GU eNEWS, an electronic newsletter from Gannon University's Office of Alumni Services meant to keep you informed and updated on all that is happening at Gannon. There is always a lot going on and much to read, and you can follow the underlined links for more information.

Thank you for believing in the possibilities at Gannon University!
Speaker Gives Inspirational Message

Suzanne Malveaux recalls competing, as a “late-blooming athlete,” in a triathlon in Wisconsin. During the first portion of the event, a swim in Lake Pewaukee, she struggled mightily as thick seaweed began to wrap around her legs. Malveaux, who admitted being in over her head, was not among the top finishers. Still, she was encouraged by the fact that she was able to complete what – for anyone – had been an intense, demanding, and physically grueling competition.

In an inspiring keynote address during Gannon University’s May Commencement ceremony, Malveaux passed on a number of life lessons, among them: don’t stress unnecessarily over bottom line results.

“Don’t be afraid to be last,” said Malveaux, a White House correspondent for CNN and primary substitute anchor for “The Situation Room,” hosted by Wolf Blitzer. Malveaux was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the ceremony. “Returning to cross the finish line is what’s really important.”

Want to know more? Click
HERE to read the press release.
Gannon’s Patient Simulation Center Opens Its Doors

Since late April, many faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and friends of Gannon University have received an up-close look at one of the most exciting components of the Robert H. Morosky Academic Center: a 5,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art Patient Simulation Center that is unique to northwestern Pennsylvania. The Simulation Center is one of many positive results of The Power To Transform Comprehensive Campaign.

The Center was designed to mirror a hospital setting, with individual sections capable of simulating an operating room, emergency room, labor/delivery area, pediatric unit, examination room, and a seven-station critical care area. One of the Center’s many advantages is being multi-disciplinary, in terms of its ability to help train students in a number of academic disciplines, including respiratory care, nursing, and physician assistant.

The Simulation Center is outfitted with 14 human patient simulators spread across 12 different stations. The simulators serve as invaluable tools for student learning; they are controlled electronically by faculty members while students treat the simulators accordingly, based on the symptoms the students have been trained to observe and diagnose. The simulators – which “run the life span” and include a newborn, infant, child, adult, and an expectant mother – react just as a human patient would.

An official grand opening celebration of the Simulation Center is planned for fall. For more information, contact the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences at (814) 871-7618.
New Director of Athletics Named

Gannon University President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., has named Mark Richard as Director of Athletics. The Meadville, Pa., native and former Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) student-athlete is expected to begin his duties June 8.

Richard comes to Gannon after spending the last 10 years at NCAA Division I Auburn University of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), including the last four years as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Team Support. He was an integral part of the leadership and strategic planning group.

“Gannon is very excited to welcome Mark Richard as Gannon’s Director of Athletics,” said Garibaldi. “With his two decades of experience at five Division I universities, his four years as a student-athlete in two sports at a PSAC member university and his appreciation of Gannon’s Mission, Mark has the ideal qualities to raise Gannon’s record of academic and athletic success even higher in all of its 18 NCAA Division II sports.”

Click HERE to continue reading about Richards’ experience and goals for the Golden Knights.
Variety of Summer Camps Offered

Looking for something fun, exciting and educationally rewarding to do this summer? Look no further than Gannon University’s campus for a variety of summer camps and academic programs. Summer camps and programs are scheduled in areas such as basketball, volleyball, writing, journalism, engineering, science and theater.

Click HERE for registration information and spend your summer with Gannon!
Gannon Celebrates Comprehensive Campaign

President Antoine M. Garibaldi hosted a celebration of Gannon’s transformation on Thursday, May 14. The event highlighted the success of The Power To Transform fundraising campaign that raised nearly $40 million for student scholarships, faculty development, Annual Fund support, building renovations and much more.

The celebration has held in the courtyard of the Robert H. Morosky Academic Center, which houses the new Morosky School of Health Professions and Sciences. There were also tours of the new patient simulation center.

There has been so much transformation and so much to be proud of!
View The Transformation 2001-2008 video, a 5 minute, 37 second production that dynamically depicts the growth and expansion of Gannon University over the last eight years, HERE.
Save the Date for Alumni G.I.V.E. Day

The National Alumni Board of Gannon University is inviting Gannon alumni around the country to participate in G.I.V.E. (Gannon’s Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere) Day on Saturday, September 19, 2009. The National Alumni Board and participating alumni will work with the Center for Social Concerns and current Gannon students on numerous local projects to give back to the Erie community.

With the leadership of Gannon’s National Alumni Board and Regional Partners, we hope that as many alumni as possible in all regions will come together for a day of service in their respective regions. Interested alumni can contact Homer Smith ’76, associate director of Alumni Services, at smith167@gannon.edu or (814) 871-7784 to suggest service opportunities, or for more details on how to get involved locally or in your area.

Mallory Croston is a 2009 graduate of Gannon University with a degree in elementary/special/early childhood education. She is the 2009 recipient of the “Inspiration for the Next Generation” Founder’s Day Award, sponsored by the National Alumni Association. While at Gannon, Mallory maintained a 4.0 GPA. Mallory is listed in “Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities” and received the SGA Merit Scholarship Award and the Marilyn O’Hara Dregalla Award. She was active in P.A.T.C.H.E.S., Pep Band, Phi Eta Sigma, Concert Band, G.I.V.E. Day, ESO Dance Committee, Four Star Program, Sr. Gus’s Kid’s Café and was an orientation advisor.

To read the rest of Mallory's story, click

Looking for a way to reconnect with fellow classmates? Visit the Online Alumni Community to post Class Notes information, stay in touch with other alumni, register for upcoming alumni events and more!

Awards Convocation Honors Faculty

Sixteen faculty members were honored during the 2009 Faculty Awards Convocation on April 17.

Honorees included: Thomas S. Ostrowski, Ph.D., Distinguished Faculty Award; Francis A. Pelczar, Ph.D., SGA Excellence in Teaching Award; MaryAnne M. Kozak ’67, The Bishop Trautman “Feed My Sheep” Award; and Sreela Sasi, Ph.D., Undergraduate Research Award. Receiving the Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award for their respective colleges were: Jeffrey H. Bloodworth, Ph.D., for the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences; Theresa M. Vitolo, Ph.D., for the College of Engineering and Business; and Charles S. Cornfield, for the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences.

In addition, these faculty were honored for 25 years of service to the University: Richard Bonalewicz, Ph.D., Susan Calvano ’89, Karen A. Lumia, M.S., R.N., Joanne E. Revelt, Steven J. Ropski, Ph.D. ’78, Susan Sapone, Robert D. Tarkowski ’76, ’94M and Hamid Torab, Ph.D., PE. Bonalewicz, Ph.D., and Frank J. Bogacki ’70 were also recognized as retirees.

Dr. Garibaldi (right) presents MaryAnne M. Kozak ’67 with the Bishop Trautman “Feed My Sheep” Award, chosen by the Chaplain’s Office.
Relay for Life Raises Funds for Cancer

Some 20 teams, comprised of more than 260 Gannon University faculty, staff and students, participated in the University’s annual Relay for Life on May 1, raising more than $21,000 in support of the American Cancer Society. The event included a survivor reception to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, a luminaria ceremony that remembered loved ones lost to the disease and additional activities such as performances by the University dance team, cheerleading squad and choir.

(L to R) Dr. Garibaldi, sophomore Anthony Firetto and Mary Riedy, Relay for Life student president, carry the Gannon University banner during the event’s opening lap.

Upcoming Alumni 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.

There's always something happening on Gannon's campus. For a full listing of University events, including those scheduled as part of the Schuster Program for the Arts, click HERE for dates, event descriptions and more.

Alumni from the Class of 1977 pose for a picture at the 22nd Annual Friends of Gannon University Golf Tournament, held at Lake View Country Club on May 21, 2009. Pictured are (listed alphabetically) Glenn Belleau ’77, Bryan Francart ’77, John T. Johnson ’77, George Koerner IV ’77, ‘87M, and John McGraw ’77.

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