Volume VIII, Issue 5                                                                           May 5, 2009
              Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS!

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

GU eNEWS Wants Your Views!
Click HERE to take our new monthly poll and be an active part of your alumni office. For May, the question of the month is, "What do you think of the new Gannon Magazine design?" The spring issue featured a fresh new look and should be arriving in your mailbox shortly (if it hasn't already). We welcome your comments and suggestions, so log in and tell us your thoughts.

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
Network by getting people you know to help you in your job search; over 60% of jobs are filled this way! Start with the four F’s: family, friends, former supervisors, and faculty.

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!
National Alumni Association Announces New Officers

During the April 18, 2009 National Alumni Association meeting, three board members were voted in as officers. The three alumni will begin their two-year terms this July as officers of the National Alumni Association:

Dana Fallon, Esq. '91 - President (Washington, D.C.)
Brian Fargo, CPA '71 - Vice President (Chicago)
Scott Krall '84 - Secretary (Pittsburgh)

Outgoing officers are Jim Scozzie, Ph.D. '65 as president, Dana Fallon, Esq. '91 as vice president, and Deanna Leskovec Macioce '00, '01M as secretary. We thank them for their time and service to the National Alumni Association, and congratulate our new officers!
David W. Grzelak '76M Returns as Executive on Campus

The Gannon community welcomed David W. Grzelak ’76M, chairman and CEO of Komatsu America Corp., back to campus in April as an Executive on Campus speaker. Grzelak spoke during special sessions and in the classroom to students, faculty and staff during his visit.

Grzelak graduated from Penn State University in 1971 with a B.S. in industrial engineering and then obtained his M.B.A. from Gannon University in 1976. A 2001 Gannon University Distinguished Alumnus, Grzelak joined Komatsu Dresser Company on January 1, 1991 as vice president of sales and assumed the additional responsibility of vice president of service and sales in February 1992.

He has since progressed through the ranks of the company, being appointed chairman and CEO in April 2002, giving him management responsibility of five U.S. Komatsu Operations related to the construction, utility and mining industries. He is married to Diane and has two children, Mike and Meghan.

The Executive on Campus program provides the opportunity of exposure and interaction between successful alumni and students, during which executives share their expertise and serve as role models. To learn more about Mr. Grzelak, read a brief
biography and watch an interview clip from his visit to campus this spring.
Gannon Set to Launch New Entrepreneurship Program

Gannon University believes that people can change the world one great idea at a time. Whether you are interested in starting your own business or nonprofit organization, joining a family business, working for a small or mid-size company or becoming a change agent within a larger corporation, Gannon’s new entrepreneurship program can help you turn that dream into a reality.

Students who choose this new academic major or minor will develop an understanding of how to create value by recognizing attractive opportunities and identifying the unique resources needed to exploit them. They will learn that being a successful entrepreneur requires not only having a complete understanding of all the individual business functions, such as accounting, marketing and management, but more importantly how they all need to work together to create a successful venture. In the final year of the program, students will apply this knowledge to a real-world scenario by creating a comprehensive business plan they will then present before a panel of established business executives.

After graduation, students will be fully prepared to enter one of the fastest-growing and dynamic business environments. According to the United States Small Business Administration, small businesses represent 99.7% of all employers, and they provide 60 to 80 percent of net new jobs annually.

For more information on Gannon’s entrepreneurship program, click on the logo above or contact director Kurt E. Hersch at hersch006@gannon.edu.
Gannon Golf Tournament Set for May 21

The 22nd Annual Friends of Gannon University Golf Tournament will occur on Thursday, May 21 at Lake View Country Club in North East, Pa. The entry fee is $100 per golfer with an optional $60 Foursome Skills Package to participate in skins and poker games during the tournament.

Entry fees include: a boxed lunch, greens and cart fee, a chance to participate in a million-dollar Hole-In-One competition and a banquet dinner, where awards will be given to team and individual golfers. Each guest will also have an opportunity to win fantastic raffle prizes! Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Dinner begins at 5:45 p.m.

Alumni and friends are invited to join for this day of friendship and camaraderie on the course with Gannon University! The golfing roster is capped and golfing spots will be awarded on a first-come basis before the May 15 registration deadline. For more information or to register, click HERE or call Tracy at (814) 871-7473.
CNN Reporter to Speak at Graduation 

Gannon University President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., will confer the largest number of undergraduate and graduate degrees to Gannon students ever: 1,149. More than 815 students will receive degrees during the University’s Spring Commencement ceremony, while the remainder received their degrees during December 2008 Winter Commencement Exercises. Spring Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 9. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at Tullio Arena, 809 French St.

The graduates include 45 doctor of physical therapy degree recipients and three doctoral degree recipients. In addition, 329 students will be awarded master’s degrees, 411 bachelor’s degrees, and 27 associate degrees. Of the class, 49 will graduate summa cum laude, 79 magna cum laude, 81 cum laude, and seven with academic honors.

The ceremony’s keynote speaker will be Suzanne Malveaux, a White House correspondent for CNN and primary substitute anchor for “The Situation Room,” hosted by Wolf Blitzer. Malveaux will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the ceremony.

For more on Suzanne Malveaux, continue reading
Gannon to Offer Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Leadership in Cranberry Township

Gannon’s newest doctoral-level program, a doctor of philosophy in Organizational Learning and Leadership (OLL), will be offered starting in the fall 2009 semester at the Regional Learning Alliance (RLA) in Cranberry Township, Pa.

The program offers a flexible class schedule with Tuesday evening and Saturday morning sessions and is designed to help working professionals develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to lead organizations. The OLL program incorporates core doctoral-level courses, plus dissertation. The coursework takes two years, and the dissertation typically takes one to two additional years.

Any student with a master’s degree may apply for admission. Application forms, instructions on applying, and a complete description of the Organizational Learning and Leadership doctorate can be found on Gannon’s Web site
HERE. More information can also be obtained by contacting the program director, Dr. David B. Barker, at (814) 871-7700 or barker002@gannon.edu.
University Chaplain Named Acting Vice President for Mission and Ministry

In April, Gannon University President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. announced that Rev. George Strohmeyer, chaplain, will also serve as acting vice president for University Mission and Ministry. Fr. George, who has served as University chaplain since 2002, will continue the work of University Mission and Ministry that was previously led by Rev. Nicholas Rouch ’83, who has been serving as Vicar for Education for the Diocese of Erie since 2006.

Click HERE to read an in-depth question-and-answer interview with Fr. George about his new responsibilities and commitment to the University.
Nominations Now Being Accepted for Distinguished Alumni Awards

Do you know a fellow Gannon or Villa Maria College classmate, friend, or colleague who has made exceptional achievements in his or her professional career? Whose character reflects the Gannon mission? Who is a leader in the community through public or church-related service? If so, nominate him or her for Gannon’s Distinguished Alumni Award!

At least five Distinguished Alumni Awards are given each year to alumni who attended Gannon University or any of its predecessor educational institutions, including Villa Maria College, Gannon College, or Cathedral College. Award recipients are honored at the annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner held during Alumni Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, which is scheduled this year for Friday, October 23, 2009.

Nominate a deserving alumnus or alumna today by contacting the Alumni Services Office at 1-877-GU-ALUMS or by logging in to the Alumni Online Community and submitting THIS form.

Catherine Allen Lyons '96  

Catherine Allen Lyons '96 graduated from Gannon University in 1996 with a degree in administrative studies. She has held several positions in a variety of healthcare areas and is currently the proprietor of the BayBreeze Lounge, an upscale cocktail lounge located in downtown Erie at 25 East 10th St.

What did your Gannon experience mean to you?
L-O-N-G. My experience began in the ’70s and I finally achieved my degree in 1996 after a few twists and turns in the road. I was never far away though. I continued to follow sports and affiliate myself with other Gannon alumni throughout the years. I always knew that I would complete my education at Gannon. 

What kinds of campus activities have you been involved in?
I participated in the activities of the ABC (Association of Black Collegians). Currently, I am a member of the African American Alumni Committee.

What was your favorite class and who was your favorite instructor?
Actually, Sacred Scriptures. Initially, I balked at having to take the class, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I learned so much valuable Biblical information. My understanding of the scriptures was so enhanced that it continues to fuel my thirst for knowledge, thus contributing to my spirituality.

Cathy Allen '96
How did Gannon prepare you for life after college?
I’ve applied my curriculum in many different aspects of my career.

Tell us about the type of work that you are doing.
Currently, I am the proprietor of the BayBreeze Lounge, located in downtown Erie. It is a cocktail lounge with an upscale environment catering to adults 30 and over.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I am happy where I am; I’ve found my niche. I am a nurse and upon completion of my degree, I have done everything from patient care to chief operating officer of a major healthcare facility. Now I am content with successfully doing my own thing.

What hobbies and activities do you enjoy in your spare time?
I actually don’t have much spare time, but I like to take short road trips.

Have you stayed in touch with any of your college classmates?
Most definitely! Every year I host a reception for the African American Alumni at my facility.

What advice do you have for current and future Gannon students?
Make the most of your learning experience. Try to thoroughly grasp all of your course knowledge, even though you may not immediately understand the value of the material.

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!

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.
Gannon Stimulus Initiative Helps Students

Gannon students are struggling with financial uncertainty as their families face unemployment, layoffs, cutbacks, downsizing and even home foreclosure.

With your help, the University has established the Gannon Stimulus Initiative, a commitment from the Board of Trustees to help our students during the nation’s recession by putting an additional $2.6 million into financial aid.

You can make the difference whether or not our students can return to campus in the fall. Please donate to the Annual Fund today.

Spring Phonathon Underway

If you are a loyal Annual Fund supporter or have been in the past, then you’ll want to know that our spring Phonathon has started! Not only is this a great way to support the students with a gift, it’s also an opportunity to learn more about Gannon and all the exciting things going on across campus. So, if you see Gannon University on your Caller ID, please be sure to answer.
What’s New in Estate and Planned Giving

Do you have questions about your estate plans, wills, living wills, trusts, or making provisions for children or parents? You need to check out our Web site. Each month you will find a variety of interesting topics. It’s easy; just click these links to learn more:

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.

Senior Shaundra Curtis (left) prepares to shoot hoops with President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. during the president's sixth annual basketball challenge on April 27.  

Gannon students, faculty, staff and alumni were encouraged to sign up to play a game of "Horse" with Dr. Garibaldi while supporting a good cause. At a cost of $2 per game, all proceeds benefited the Senior Class Gift.

The event kicked off Springtopia, a weeklong series of events aimed at helping students relax before final exams. Other events included caricature artists, a fashion show, Mass on the Grass and the ever-popular MidKnight Pancake Breakfast.

To watch a video of Gannon students celebrating the season at Springtopia, click HERE.

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