Volume VIII, Issue 4                                                                           April 6, 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 April, the question of the month is, "Do you have a Facebook account?" 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
A successful job search may take six to nine months--or longer. Be prepared for the long haul by utilizing a variety of resources available to help you, like your alma mater's Career Services office.

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.

Please forward this newsletter to your alumni friends and share your feedback with Cathy Fresch, director of Alumni Services, at
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Thank you for believing in the possibilities at Gannon University!
Alumni Web Site Features "My Groups" Social Network

Gannon alumni now have a quick and easy way to connect and communicate with fellow alumni. The Gannon Alumni Online Community at www.gannonalumni.org introduces My Groups, where users are assigned, choose or create group communities with other alumni who have the same interests or common backgrounds.

My Groups allows alumni to:
  • Join an existing group or start your own
  • Invite your friends to join your group
  • Share your posts, photos, videos, events, e-mails and comments with your group
  • Chat instantly with other group members
  • RSVP to group events
  • Subscribe to RSS updates about other group members
To take advantage of the My Groups capabilities, you must be logged into the alumni Web site with your username and password. Register for the Gannon Alumni Online Community HERE and be sure to check out the My Groups function to reconnect with your friends, former club members, teammates, roommates, classmates and more!
Gannon Stimulus Initiative Helps Students Pursue College Dreams

In February, Gannon University’s Board of Trustees passed what is now known as the Gannon Stimulus Initiative. This plan provides $2.6 million more this year than last year in financial aid for families who are struggling in these tough economic times. We need your support now to make the Stimulus work for our students! Please consider a gift to the Annual Fund so we can provide our students with the support they need to continue their dream of a college education. Click HERE to support the Gannon Stimulus Initiative today.

Gannon Goes Green

Environmental responsibility, renewable resources, and recycling are buzz words in today’s society, and the Gannon community is doing its part to go green.  A new Campus Greening Committee comprised of students, faculty, staff and administrators are at work to complete recycling inventories and energy audits, to promote environmental awareness, and to encourage green practices in classrooms, offices and residential areas.

The Alumni Office invites you to do your part to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by committing to adopt a new greener habit.

Some green ideas to consider:

  • switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • dry your laundry on a clothesline or drying rack in nice weather
  • walk or bike to work
  • buy local produce and meats
  • fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water instead of purchasing bottled water 

In the Erie area on April 16th? Attend the April Alumni Lunchtime Lecture series featuring alumnus Don Benczowski ’82 presenting the topic, “Becoming Green: Responsibility, Challenge, or Does it Just Make Sense (Cents)? What You Can Do to Help" from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 219 of the Waldron Campus Center.  Don works as an environmental planner with the Pennsylvania Office of the Great Lakes Department of Environmental Protection.  To make your reservation to attend, please contact Tracy Stolz in the Office of Alumni Services at phone 814-871-7473 or lyons025@gannon.edu by Monday, April 13, 2009.

CNN Anchor to Give Commencement Address

Reporter Suzanne Malveaux will serve as keynote speaker for the University’s Spring Commencement on May 9. She will also receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Malveaux is a White House correspondent for CNN and primary substitute anchor for “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” Based in the Washington, D.C., bureau, Malveaux joined the network in May 2002.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She received a 1996 Emmy Award and was named one of “America’s Most Powerful Players Under 40” by Black Enterprise magazine, Ebony’s “Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications” and the National Black MBA’s “2004 Communicator of the Year.”

The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the Erie Civic Center, 809 French St.
Gannon Greek Chapter to Celebrate 50th Reunion

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding and initiation at Gannon University, Alpha Phi Delta, Beta Rho Chapter has planned a reunion weekend for July 24-26, 2009. For more information, click HERE.

Student Receives "Inspiration for the Next Generation" Award

Congratulations to Mallory Croston, the recipient of the 2009 “Inspiration for the Next Generation” award, presented by the Office of Alumni Services at the Annual Founder's Day Student Awards Convocation on Sunday, April 5. Mallory is an early childhood/elementary/special education major from Beaver Falls, Pa.

Mallory was nominated by: Janice M. Whiteman, interim director of the School of Education; Arlene Montevecchio, director of the Center for Social Concerns; and Professor Susan Collier, School of Education. While at Gannon, Mallory has maintained a 4.0 GPA and has made the dean's list seven semesters. Mallory is listed in “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities” and received the SGA Merit Scholarship Award and the Marilyn O’Hara Dregalla Award. She has been active in P.A.T.C.H.E.S., Pep Band, Phi Eta Sigma, the Concert Band, G.I.V.E. (Gannon's Invitation To Volunteer Everywhere) Day, ESO Dance Committee, Four Star Program, Sr. Gus’s Kid’s Café, an Orientation Advisor and many other campus activities.

In her essay to educate current students about the alumni community, connect current students with Gannon alumni and foster a sense of community and belonging amongst fellow alumni, Mallory offered the following ways she could stay involved with the university as an alumna:

  • Stay connected to clubs and organizations.
  • Stay in contact with the education department and be an asset to current students.
  • Help students strengthen and develop their leadership skills.
  • Get involved in Gannon social network groups.

Mallory is a great example of the type of student that attends and graduates from Gannon, and has proven herself to be studious, caring and will be a great asset to the University for many years to come. Congratulations, Mallory, on your award!


Tony is a 1987 graduate of Bishop Canevin High School (Pittsburgh, PA) and is a 1991 graduate of Gannon University with a degree in Communications Arts. Tony is currently employed with the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as an Electronic Communications specialist. He is married to Elizabeth Hills of Pittsburgh, PA.

What did your Gannon experience mean to you?
I had a well-rounded education and great experiences at Gannon. I made some great and lasting friendships. The college educational experience I received was complete both academically and socially. We were provided a great opportunity to learn television production skills through our work with WETG, Gannon’s broadcast television station and later Erie’s first Fox network affiliate, and Erie Cablevision, Erie’s local cable production studio. I also was involved with WERG as an on-air jock.

What kinds of campus activities were you involved in?
I was a DJ on WERG, and was one of the last announcers to spin records. WERG was rebuilt during my time at Gannon and CDs replaced the records. I was also involved with Gannon productions on WETG and the Gannon Theater. I was a part of one of the first Honors classes under Father Robert Susa, as well as intramural sports.

What was your favorite class and who was your favorite instructor?
I had several memorable classes. Some of my favorite classes include broadcast criticism taught by AJ Miceli; my freshman speech class taught by MC Gensheimer; basic acting taught by Bill Doan and an Honors class on Chinese history and culture. 

Tony Accettulla '91

How did Gannon prepare you for life after college?
Gannon taught me to appreciate the whole college experience. When I first started I was concentrating on subjects in my major field of study. I later realized how profound a part the Liberal Arts/Studies classes played in my educational experience at Gannon. Most importantly was the critical thinking, looking at learning as a holistic concept.

Tell us about the type of work that you are doing.
I work for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as an electronic communications specialist. I am responsible for producing programs and commercials for the Pittsburgh Diocese, video taping and covering live events, and directing projects. 

Where do you see yourself in five years?
With the evolution of television and video, I can see myself becoming more involved in video programs and productions on the web. I see this as a media outlet to broaden the diocese computer based programming in both the Greater Pittsburgh region and on the worldwide web.

What hobbies and activities do you enjoy in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my wife, Elizabeth as well staying physically fit, community volunteerism, sporting events, creative projects and watching movies.

Have you stayed in touch with any of your college classmates?
I have been fortunate that a number of my alumni friends in Pittsburgh and those that return home to Pittsburgh get together periodically during the holidays and special occasions. I have also connected with Gannon alumni on Facebook and plan to visit the Gannon Facebook site in the very near future.

What advice do you have for current and future Gannon students?
The advice I would give to both current and future Gannon students is to take it all in. Enjoy the full scope of college life, including the academic, social, cultural, campus and community experiences. Try not to narrow your focus; look at your college experience in a broader sense.

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!

Respiratory Care Program Reaccredited


Gannon University’s Respiratory Care program has been reaccredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), which noted that Gannon met or exceeded all thresholds for the various criteria used to evaluate the program.


In order to be reaccredited, Gannon was required to prepare a comprehensive report on the status of the program. CoARC assesses programs based upon factors like students’ pass rates for required certification exams, students’ job placement rates following graduation, students’ performance in their jobs and students’ ratings of the program.


To read more about this achievement, click HERE. For more information on the program, contact the department at (814) 871-5637 or click HERE to visit the program’s Web page.

Happy Easter from the Chaplain's Office 

The closing scene in Chapter 21 of the Gospel of John is arguably the most touching and affectionate moment Jesus enjoys with his friends, ever. Everything has changed. He is changed, his form is changed. It is all finished now and he is completely glorified in the glory of God. The mystery and beauty of the Risen Christ intoxicates the disciples with joy as they rush from their fishing boat, just thrilled to see him again and wanting to be close to him. And at the same time they do not quite recognize him and don’t dare to ask who he is. Yet he is so Jesus! Still knows where the fishing is good, still delighting to spend time with them, still preparing and eating breakfast with his friends.

Then he asks, like a little child would ask, “Do you love me?” “Peter, do you love me, will you stay with me, will you be my friend?” Jesus invites the affection, the companionship and communion of Peter and of the other disciples. It is so intimate! So touching! Peter is filled to the brim as he says with all his heart, so simply, like a child, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus, the risen Christ, whom we have never seen in the flesh, nonetheless, invites us with the fullest affection to enter and to complete the circle of love. “The Father has loved me...so I have loved you...!” Jesus says to you this Easter, “Come, fill your heart with affection for me, be glad with me in my joy and rejoice with me in my glorified and risen life!” Come, with all your heart, place your heart in mine and let us live forever!

May this Easter find you peaceful with the peace of Christ and joyful with the joy of Christ. May you be filled to the brim to proclaim your love for Jesus and to surrender yourself to the cause of absolute and unconditional love in the wounded and still suffering worldwide human family. There is no other way. Set the child in you free to say “Jesus, you know that I love you.” Christ is Risen indeed! Happy Easter!

Rev. George Strohmeyer, University Chaplain

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.

Gannon Basketball Teams End Season with Nation's Best Combined Winning Percentage

The Gannon women’s and men’s basketball teams completed record-setting seasons in 2008-09 and represented the nation’s top basketball program with an .862 combined winning percentage during the 2008-09 campaign. The women’s team finished 26-5 while the men’s squad posted a 30-4 mark.

Gannon was the only school in the country with nine combined losses or fewer. The women’s team tied the school record for victories (26) and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history. In addition, the squad won four games against nationally-ranked opponents and was ranked among the nation’s top 25 twice. The men’s team (30-4) also set a school record for victories and winning percentage (.882) while taking the fifth trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in school history. The team won 26 games in consecutive seasons for the first time ever and posted a 56-9 record over the last two campaigns.

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