Volume VIII, Issue 1                                                                                              January 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!
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
Room 352
St. Mary's East
607 East 26th St.
Erie, PA 16504

GU eNEWS Wants Your Views!
Click HERE to take our new monthly poll and be an active part of your alumni office. For January, the question of the month is, "What would you like to see in the e-newsletter?" 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

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’s Campaign Exceeds Goal Because You Believe...

The Power To Transform Comprehensive Campaign set new levels of excellence for Gannon University, and it is because of you, our loyal alumni and friends, those of you who love and care for our great University.

Through these past several years, your donations, your time and your faith have helped our Campaign exceed its goal by more than $1.5 million, raising a total of $31,505,122.04 as of Dec. 31, 2008. By achieving the Campaign goal, Gannon is thriving and continues to build upon its foundation of academic excellence for all students.

This fundraising success is an investment in Gannon's future. Gannon can now offer more financial aid and scholarship money to deserving students who wish to receive a quality Catholic education. Faculty will be able to spend more time to research through established professorships, allowing them to be better prepared with always-changing classroom curriculum. The Annual Fund is stronger with a solid base of donors who are helping ensure that the operating budget allows for the latest technology and lab updates as well as offer out-of-classroom programming for an excellent campus experience. New and remodeled academic buildings offer state-of-the-art facilities that are needed to keep pace with the latest in teaching and learning excellence.

Gannon is stronger now than ever before because you continue to believe in all that is wonderful at the University. Thank you for making possible the dreams of many generations of students and for supporting The Power To Transform Comprehensive Campaign.

2009: A Great Time to Renew Your Support of Gannon University

The New Year brings with it a brand-new list of resolutions. Please make a commitment to renew your support of Gannon's Annual Fund. Your donation can help make the dream of a Gannon education become a reality for today's students. You value your own Gannon or Villa Maria experience, and you can show appreciation with a gift to your alma mater. To make your contribution online, click the link below, or you can send your check payable to Gannon University, 109 University Square, Erie, PA 16541. Thank you for your generous support of Gannon, and have a happy New Year!

President Garibaldi Stresses Value of Education

Dear Gannon and Villa Maria Alumni and Friends:

I hope that you had an enjoyable Christmas holiday with your family and friends. As the first semester of the 2008-09 school year ends, I am writing to thank you for your support of Gannon University and to tell you that the Gannon staff and faculty are devoting their attention to providing the same high quality and affordable education that our alumni received when they attended Gannon (Villa Maria). But as you and I are aware, our country has been facing serious economic challenges over the last several months. This past semester, we had the largest enrollment in 16 years; but we have been closely monitoring our financial situation to make sure that we are using all of our financial resources to support our students in the most effective and efficient ways possible. Even more, we have assisted many Gannon students by helping them to obtain all of their available financial aid (grants and loans) from federal and state sources. When possible, the University has also been able to provide institutional aid through scholarships and grants.

Despite the national and global financial challenges, our campus building projects are continuing as planned. For example, the extensive internal renovations to the Robert H. Morosky Academic Center are ahead of schedule and all Health Professions departments will be moved into the building by the end of January. The major renovations to the Zurn Science Center are still on schedule and some of the new classrooms and lecture halls are already in use. The work on the exterior of Beyer Hall has been completed; and the Erie Technology Incubator was dedicated in early October. Continuing to improve our academic facilities for our students, faculty and staff is a high priority so that teaching and learning can occur in state-of-the-art facilities.

At the end of December, we also concluded our major fundraising effort of the last seven years, The Power To Transform Comprehensive Campaign. The $30 million goal was achieved in July, but we are continuing to raise more money in support of student scholarships and for our faculty and their research. Many dedicated Trustees, alumni, faculty, staff and friends have contributed to this successful Campaign, and their donations are being used for the education of our current and future students. With additional students needing financial aid this year, your continuing support of Gannon’s 2008-09 Annual Fund is very important.

Gifts to The Power To Transform Comprehensive Campaign have also helped to double Gannon’s endowment, which is very timely because approximately four percent of the annual earnings are used for each year’s operating expenses. As you can see, the generosity of alumni donors to The Power To Transform Comprehensive Campaign is substantially influencing Gannon’s reputation and consistent rankings by U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2009.” Over the last five years, Gannon has been ranked as a “Top Tier” university and, for four years, as a “Best Value” university. Only 15 universities out of 171 in the northern section of the country achieved the “Best Value” distinction.

I hope that this brief letter provides you with the assurance that Gannon University is not only healthy but also doing everything possible to provide the highest quality and affordable education possible for all of our students, especially in the midst of our country’s economic challenges. Now more than ever, this is a time for adults of all ages to obtain a first-rate college education and especially to Believe in the possibilities at Gannon University. Thank you very much for your support, and best wishes to you and your family during the new year.


Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.

Log On to the New Alumni Web Site!

You spoke, we listened! The Office of Alumni Services is proud to announce that the Gannon Online Alumni Community, located at www.gannonalumni.org, has been revamped to include a cleaner look, better organization and some helpful features. Be sure to check out your new Alumni site and--if you haven't done so yet--register a username and password to take advantage of the alumni directory, online donations and event registrations, a personalized profile and much more! We always value your feedback and comments, so e-mail us at gannonalumni@gannon.edu to let us know what you think of the new and improved Online Alumni Community!
Lunch-N-Learn Series Sees Changes, Returns for Spring

The former Alumni Lunch-N-Learn Series, now known as the Alumni Lunchtime Lecture Series, returns for the Spring 2009 semester with a new name, a fresh line-up and some new reservation procedures that go into effect this month, beginning Thursday, Jan. 15 with Dr. Steve Ropski '78 presenting a Lunchtime Learning Lecture titled, "Grizzly Bears of Yellowstone."

For additional information, including a listing of lecture speakers and specific reservation guidelines, click HERE.
More Than 300 Degrees Awarded During Winter Commencement

Very Rev. Ronald D. Witherup, S.S., S.T.L., Ph.D. (center), Superior General of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice, served as keynote speaker during Gannon's Winter Commencement. Shown with Fr. Witherup, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, are: Trustee James E. Gehrlein '72; Erie Bishop Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, S.T.D., S.S.L.; National Alumni Association President James A. Scozzie, Ph.D. '65; and President Garibaldi.
President Antoine M. Garibalidi, Ph.D. conferred 335 degrees during Gannon University's Winter Commencement ceremony, held Dec. 14 in the Hammermill Center. Of these, six were awarded associate degrees, 62 received bachelor's degrees, 260 were recognized with master's degrees and seven earned doctoral degrees.

Very Rev. Ron ald D. Witherup, S.S., S.T.L., Ph.D. served as keynote speaker. On July 11, Fr. Witherup was elected the 26th Superior General of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice. Fr. Witherup now resides at the Sulpicians' headquarters in Paris, France. A native of nearby Franklin, Pa., he was ordained in 1976 as a priest in the Diocese of Erie and attended Gannon from 1968-70 while he resided at St. Mark's Seminary. Fr. Witherup's extensive list of accomplishments includes numerous academic and professional positions, and he is the author of 11 books and more than 80 articles on scripture.
Gannon to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Gannon University will again host a number of campus events in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Jan. 19, including the city-wide celebration. This year's theme is, "In the Spirit of Unity and Service, Remember! Celebrate! Act!"

The first event will kick off on Fri., Jan. 16, when Gannon University's Erie Chamber Orchestra, conducted and directed by Bruce Morton Wright '69, will perform a "Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." The concert will feature the Shiloh Baptist Church Choir and will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 130 East Fourth Street, in Erie. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call (814) 871-7755.

On Sun., Jan. 18, special liturgies in honor of Dr. King will be offered during the 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. masses at Gannon's Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel, located at 512 Peach Street. The masses are open to the public.

A memorial service will be held on Mon., Jan. 19 in Gannon's Hammermill Center on the corner of Peach Street and South Park Row. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m., with the program beginning at 1:30 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Herb Boyd (pictured at left), an award-winning author and journalist. Prior to the service, a memorial march will be held, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Perry Square (corner of Sixth and State streets). Both events are free and open to the public.

Also on Monday, anti-racism training by the PAX Christi Anti-Racism Team will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. in Gannon's Waldron Campus Center, Room 219. Registration is preferred; contact Arlene Montevecchio, director of the University's Center for Social Concerns, at (814) 871-7433 to RSVP.
Social Work Club Christmas Dinner Serves Hundreds

Members of the Lady Knights basketball team help serve food to attendees at the 31st annual Social Work Club Christmas Dinner & Wellness Fair in December.
Gannon University's annual Social Work Club Christmas Dinner and Wellness Fair, held in the University's Hammermill Center on Dec. 7, made the holiday season a little brighter for those who otherwise may not have much to celebrate. The always-popular event, which includes a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, attracted a large crowd of several hundred. Santa Claus was available to visit with children at the event, which was free and open to the public.

The event also offered more than 10,000 pounds of donated shoes and clothing to attendees, and representatives from local agencies were on hand to meet with attendees and distribute information. Participating agencies included the Booker T. Washington Center, Youth Development Center, Community Health Net, GECAC (Division on Aging) and Gaudenzia Crossroads.

The Christmas Dinner and Wellness Fair, now in its 31st year, is a Gannon tradition in keeping with the University's Mission of service to one's neighbor. For example, the event is made possible through the many volunteer hours that Gannon students, faculty and staff spend prior to the event sorting through box upon box of donated clothing. During the dinner, they generously give of their time cooking and serving meals and handling many other duties.
President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. serves students during the traditional Mid-Knight Pancake Breakfast, held the night before final exams began, Dec. 14. The breakfast gives students a break from studying, and faculty and staff help serve students.

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.

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