Volume VII, Issue 1                                                                                              October 6, 2008
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In This Issue

Knights in the Know
Gannon University is home to an active campus with dynamic faculty and staff and committed 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.

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.

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

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Thank you for believing in the possibilities at Gannon University!

Celebrate Alumni Homecoming/Reunion Weekend, Oct. 10-12

The 2008 Alumni Homecoming/Reunion Weekend will be celebrated from Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12. Come see how the Gannon campus has grown over the years, including several recent changes made during the 2007-08 Academic Year.

Highlights for this year's Alumni Homecoming/Reunion Weekend include a tailgate party featuring entertainment by The Fabulous Intruders and the much-anticipated football game against Gannon's ultimate rival, Mercyhurst College. All alumni are encouraged to return to campus for this fun-filled weekend of reminiscing, reconnecting, making new friends and creating new memories.

The Classes of 1958 and 1983 will celebrate their 50th and 25th Landmark Year Reunions. Members of the Class of 1998 will also gather to celebrate their 10-Year Reunion. Affinity groups celebrating special reunions include: African-American Alumni; all Business Major graduates; Commuter and Non-Traditional; Football Players; The Gannon Knight Newspaper Staff; ROTC; Student Government Association and Villa Maria College Alumnae.

Visit the Alumni Homecoming Reunion/Weekend event page online at
www.gannonalumni.org/homecoming_2008 for a complete listing of events and activities. You can also view the attendance list, participate in message boards and register to attend online. For questions or additional information, please contact Tracy Stolz in the Alumni Services Office at lyons025@gannon.edu or 1-877-GU-ALUMS, extension 1.

Year of Giving
Annual Fund Breaks Record, Campaign Surpasses Goal

Gannon has experienced unprecedented levels of support this year, as evidenced by a record-breaking Annual Fund and history-making Comprehensive Campaign. Alumni generously contributed to the 2007-08 Annual Fund, with more than 3,300 donors giving nearly $769,000. The University received more than $1.2 million total over the course of the year, marking Gannon's largest Annual Fund to date.

Thanks to the generosity of the Board of Trustees, alumni, friends and other members of the Gannon community, The Power To Transform Comprehensive Campaign surpassed its original goal of $30 million in August and thus raised the goal by $1 million. The Campaign, which has raised $30.1 million as of September 22, concludes on December 31.

Your support helps fund student scholarships and faculty research. Click here to give back to Gannon today!
Gannon Honors Alumni at Mass of Remembrance

The annual Gannon Mass of Remembrance will be held on Thursday, November 6 at 11 a.m. in the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel (located at 520 Peach St.). The names of Gannon and Villa Maria alumni who have passed away during the past year will be spoken aloud in a special commemorative prayer. Family and friends of our recently departed alumni will be welcomed to the Mass of Remembrance with a reception to follow. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sue Grande in the University Chaplain's Office at
grande001@gannon.edu or (814) 871-7334 by October 24.
Popular Alumni Lunch-N-Learn Series Returns

On September 18, Dr. Carolynn Masters, Ph.D., RN, CARN kicked off the 2008-09 Alumni Lunch-N-Learn Series with a presentation entitled, "The Process of Reconnecting: Women and Addiction." Dr. Masters has served Gannon as the director of the Villa Maria School of Nursing since July 1, 2000 and is currently dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences.

The topic, which was also Dr. Masters' doctoral thesis, was based upon research conducted while working at the Community House for Women. Her research explored and described the experiences of women who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. The study explored the addiction/disease process, its hidden secrets, treatment issues and social interactions. The presentation was informative and well-received.

Lunch-N-Learns are held each third Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. The recommended arrival time for registration and seating is 11:45 a.m. There is no charge to attend, but a reservation is required. Boxed lunches will be provided free of charge to guests who respond no later than the Monday before each lecture.

The next Lunch-N-Learn program will be held Thursday, October 16 in the Old Main Boardroom and will feature Dr. Michael DeSanctis, professor in the Fine Arts Program. He will discuss "Erie Architecture: An Exploration of the City as Place, Presence and Promise." For questions or reservations, please contact Tracy Stolz in the Alumni Services Office at
lyons025@gannon.edu or 1-877-GU-ALUMS, extension 1.
Gannon Ranked in "Top-Tier" by U.S. News & World Report

"Gannon is honored to be ranked again as a 'Top-Tier' university for the fifth straight year and as a 'Best Value' university for the fourth consecutive year," announced President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. in August. "These rankings are a tribute to the high quality and dedication of Gannon's students, faculty, staff and alumni."

Overall, Gannon is ranked 40th out of 171 schools in the northern region of the "Best Universities - Master's" category, which is five places higher than last year's ranking in the America's Best Colleges guide. For the fourth consecutive year, Gannon is ranked as one of the guide's "Great Schools, Great Prices;" only 15 of the 171 schools ranked in the entire northern region of the "Best Universities - Master's" category are selected as "Best Values" universities.

Read more about the U.S. News & World Report rankings
Campus of Change
Several Facilities Renovated, Upgraded

The next time you visit campus, you'll notice some big changes to the facilities.

The new Robert H. Morosky Academic Center (the former Verizon Communications building, located on the corner of West 10th and Sassafras streets) is now being used for classes in the health professions. Interior renovations are ongoing. When the project is complete next academic year, the building will house a Patient Simulation Center. It will allow students of different disciplines to work together in a realistic "hospital" environment. The "patients" will be high-fidelity mannequins that react to treatment just like humans. The students will be able to record their work on video, then review and assess their successes and shortfalls as a team.

The Zurn Science Center is in its second phase of renovations. The end result will boast more student-centered space and state-of-the-art laboratories, which will better prepare Gannon students for their future careers and graduate school.

The Erie Technology Incubator (ETI) opened this summer. Housed in the former Boys and Girls Club of Erie on West 8th Street, the ETI provides consulting services from the Gannon Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and space to upstart technology companies. It will also provide internship opportunities for students. Several tenants have already moved in and more are in the process of taking up residency. To learn more, log on to

The red panels are gone! Beyer Hall has received a much-needed facelift with a new curtain wall and windows.

Check out the changes for yourself during your next visit to campus!

Upcoming Events

2008 Alumni Homecoming/Reunion Weekend
10/10/2008 to 10/12/2008
Find out about the events and activities planned for the 2008 Alumni Homecoming/Reunion Weekend on Oct 10-12, including online registration!

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