Volume VIII, Issue 3                                                                                                  March 4, 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!
2009 Alumni Homecoming & Reunion Weekend is scheduled for
Oct. 23-25, 2009
Mark your calendars 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
Early in your job search, check out jobs in federal and state government, and look for employment opportunities in small to mid-sized companies.

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
fresch001@gannon.edu. We want this to be of interest to you, and we welcome your comments and suggestions. If you have been forwarded this e-mail and would like to be added to our mailing list, please e-mail Cathy. If you have received this via multiple e-mail accounts, please let us know which one to designate as your primary address.

Thank you for believing in the possibilities at Gannon University!

Gannon Stimulus Initiative Increases Financial Aid by $2.6 Million

Gannon University’s Board of Trustees recognizes that today’s difficult economic times require the University to provide more financial assistance to college students than perhaps ever before. That is why the Trustees have authorized up to $2.6 million more this year for financial aid as part of the Gannon Stimulus Initiative.

Additional financial aid will be available to current and prospective students, particularly those whose economic circumstances have adversely affected their ability to pay tuition. Students who may be eligible for a portion of the Gannon Stimulus Initiative could include, but not be limited to, those whose parents have lost their jobs or are experiencing unusual circumstances, and self-paying students who have become unemployed.

Last year, Gannon budgeted $24 million for financial aid. Due to the economic uncertainty many current and prospective students are facing, the Board of Trustees and the University administration believed that more financial aid money would be needed to support students who may not otherwise be able to afford college at this time. To that end, the Gannon Stimulus Initiative was created, increasing Gannon’s total financial aid to $26.6 million for the 2009-10 Academic Year.

You can read more about the Gannon Stimulus Initiative
HERE, or go to www.gannon.edu/gannonstimulus for additional information.

Gannon Stimulus Initiative

Information Night
Thursday, March 5, 2009
7 p.m.
Room 219, Waldron Campus Center
124 West 7th St.

For more information,
contact the Office of Admissions
at (814) 871-7240

Gannon's Career Services Helps Alumni

The Gannon University Alumni Services and the Career Development and Employment Services (CDES) offices work together to assist alumni and students in their job searches. We encourage you in this difficult economic time to utilize this free service to assist you in your job searches or career changes. Visit the Web site
HERE as a way to get started.

A successful job search in tough economic times may take nine to 12 months, or longer. Be prepared for the long haul and use a variety of the resources available to you. CDES gives you access to online job resources and counselors who can help you to create an effective job search plan. Counselors can assist you with designing a professional resume or strengthening your interview skills. Call (814) 871-7680 to schedule an in-person or phone appointment, or e-mail your resume and questions to

All Gannon students and alumni are invited to the .ORG Non-Profit Career Fair, hosted by the partnership of Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University and Point Park University, with generous support by the Forbes Funds. Mark your calendars!

Thursday, March 19, 2009
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Carnegie Mellon University
University Center

Job and internship seekers can distribute resumes and speak with organizational representatives about current and future employment and internship opportunities in the non-profit sector. For an active list of employers, please click HERE

Gannon Students Need Your Support!

Click HERE to hear from Kristina Freeman, a junior sports mangagement and marketing major and a member of the Lady Knights basketball team. She is a great student and deserves the best that Gannon University offers. You can help complete the picture for Kristina and all other Gannon students by pledging your support today.

Alumni Lunchtime Lecture Series Celebrates Women's History Month with Panel Discussion

Gannon's Small Business Development Center presents “Women in Leadership Roles and Business Ownership,” a Women's Panel featuring Misty O’Connor, president of Point Click Learn, and Beverly Fetzner, founder of Comfort Care and Resources Inc. This lecture will take place on Thursday, March 19 at noon in Room 219 of the Waldron Campus Center, located at 124 West 7th Street.

Every Alumni Lunchtime Lecture is free to attend and open to the public. New this semester, a boxed lunch may be purchased in advance for the discounted cost of $5
per lunch. Guests may also bring their own lunches to the event. All attendees--even those not purchasing a lunch-- must pre-register to attend no later than the Monday preceding each Thursday lecture, so that the Alumni Office can complete meal orders and prepare room arrangements. The registration deadline for the March 19 lecture with our women's panel is Monday, March 16.

To reserve your space, go to www.gannonalumni.org or contact Tracy Stolz in the Alumni Services Office at lyons025@gannon.edu or (814) 871-7473.
Alumnus David W. Grzelak '76M to Return as Executive on Campus

On April 1 and 2, the Gannon community will welcome David W. Grzelak ’76M, chairman and CEO of Komatsu America Corporation, back to campus as an Executive on Campus. Mr. Grzelak will speak during special sessions and in the classroom to students, faculty and staff during his visit. 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.

A 2001 Gannon University Distinguished Alumnus, Mr. Grzelak graduated from Penn State University in 1971 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and then obtained his MBA from Gannon in 1976. He joined Komatsu Dresser Company on January 1, 1991 as vice president of sales and progressed through the company until April 2002. He was then appointed chairman and CEO of Komatsu America Corp. with management responsibility of five U.S. Komatsu Operations related to the construction, utility and mining industries. 

HERE to read more about Gannon's next Executive on Campus.

Wesley Alexander graduated from Gannon University in 1982 with a degree in social work and a Master of Public Administration degree in 1986. Wesley is employed as an equal opportunity specialist for the Bureau of Opportunity with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

What did your Gannon experience mean to you?
As a student-athlete, my experiences far exceeded my wildest dreams. My decision to come to Gannon was based on the distance to my hometown (Fort Wayne, Ind.); it did not take long before I felt at home through the friendships I acquired at Gannon. Campus life was a short walk to class, the campus nestled in the downtown area was different and you felt attached to the city. Alumni throughout the city knew you as well as the community as a whole.

Since I’ve relocated from Erie to Harrisburg, Pa., I often reminisce with Roger Moore—a teammate and friend of mine—about college life and our basketball-playing days. We met there during a recruitment trip and we told each other we had other plans on where we wanted to play and, lo and behold, we both had a change of plans.

One advantage of attending a small college is everyone knows you, especially from a sports standpoint. The fans yelling and screaming was electrifying, especially during the heated rivalry games. This was a huge selling point when I visited the school prior to signing.

What kinds of campus activities have you been involved in?
I was an adjunct professor and a member of the African-American Alumni Committee.

What was your favorite class and who was your favorite instructor?
I want to personally thank a few professors who made a lasting impression on me: Dr. Thomas Ostrowski, Chuck Murphy and Tony Rao.

Wesley Alexander with his daughter, Brandy.
How did Gannon prepare you for life after college?
Teamwork, preparation and timeliness. I hated coming into class late or not being prepared, and it’s the same philosophy I believe in today. Being challenged and finding solutions enabled me to find success in future life experiences.

Tell us about the type of work that you are doing.
I am an equal opportunity specialist for the Bureau of Opportunity with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. One of my essential responsibilities is to ensure that citizens and employees of the Commonwealth have equal access to state employment, public services and contracts issued by DPW. The BEO develops, implements and monitors policies and programs promoting fairness, equity and diversity as directed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Titles VI and VII and Commonwealth policy.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Currently, the Commonwealth has a freeze on hiring or promotions; I love my current position, however when the hiring freeze is lifted I would like to find myself in a higher management or director level position.

What hobbies and activities do you enjoy in your spare time?
I was involved in coaching boy’s basketball for Cathedral Prep while I was in Erie and later coached at Harding Middle school. Upon arriving in Harrisburg a few years ago, I got involved in coaching girl’s high school basketball. During the summers, I enjoy playing golf.

Have you stayed in touch with any of your college classmates?
Yes, during my visits to Erie, I often run into many of the friends I’ve met through Gannon and through annual Homecoming events.

What advice do you have for current and future Gannon students?
Believe in yourself and have faith to accomplish the goals you set for yourself. Don’t be afraid of failing, and seek the help and guidance of your mentors.

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!

Gannon to Host Spring Open House on April 5

A full day of events and activities is planned for prospective students and their families during Gannon University’s annual Spring Open House, scheduled for Sunday, April 5.

Throughout the day, representatives from various academic programs and University departments, including student development and athletics, will be on hand to meet with students and families and answer questions. Visitors will be able to tour campus and also take a trolley tour of downtown Erie.

The day will begin with an optional Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the University’s Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel, 512 Peach Street. Registration will also be held starting at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 West Seventh Street, with refreshments provided.

The rest of the schedule is as follows:

  • At 11 a.m., student development representatives will be available to speak with attendees in the Yehl Ballroom of the Waldron Campus Center.
  • At 12:30 p.m., prospective students can meet with many of Gannon’s dynamic faculty in the Hammermill Center, corner of Peach St. and South Park Row. Also during this time, campus tours and trolley tours of downtown Erie will be available.
  • At 1 p.m. in the Hammermill Center, Gannon University President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., will offer welcoming remarks.

    The Office of Admissions Presents...

    "The College Selection Process"
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009
    6:30 p.m.

    If you have a child, relative or friend who may be considering attending Gannon, don't miss this informational session on campus.

    For more information, contact Terry Kizina, director of admissions, at (814) 871-5759.

  • At 1:30 p.m., a “Meet Our Coaches” event will be held in the Carneval Athletic Pavilion, 130 West 4th Street.
  • The offices of Admissions and Financial Aid will give presentations in the Waldron Campus Center beginning at 3 p.m.
  • Also at 3 p.m., an accepted student reception will be held at Old Main, 109 West 6th Street.

While reservations are not necessary, it is helpful if you let the Office of Admissions know you are planning to attend. All prospective students and their families are welcome!

For more information or to register, contact the Gannon University Office of Admissions at 1-800-GANNON-U or 814-871-7240. You may also register online
HERE. We look forward to seeing you on April 5!

Men’s Basketball to Host PSAC Championship Tournament

With Gannon University’s 89-75 win over Edinboro University at the Hammermill Center during the PSAC Quarterfinals on Tuesday night, the men’s basketball team is now ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II and No. 1 in the Atlantic region.

The Golden Knights will return to action at the PSAC Semifinals on Friday, March 6 against Cheyney University at the Hammermill Center at 7:30 p.m. Read more about ticketing information
HERE to come out and show your support. Let’s Go Knights!

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.

The mother of a Gannon University student blasted into space on Nov. 14, 2008 as part of the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour, the most recent space shuttle mission to the International Space Station. 

NASA astronaut Heidemarie Martha Stefanyshyn-Piper was one of seven crew members aboard the space shuttle and performed three spacewalks as the lead astronaut. Her son, Michael A. Piper, is a sophomore chemical engineering major at Gannon and is a member of the men’s water polo, swimming and diving teams. The team sent Stefanyshyn-Piper to space with a signed GU Water Polo T-shirt and swim cap.

Stefanyshyn-Piper also visited campus in February, speaking with students, faculty, staff and the local community during her visit.

                                                                    photo courtesy of NASA

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