Volume VII, Issue 2                                                                                              November 3, 2008
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 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.

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

Lunch-N-Learn Series Underway
Missed the latest Lunch-N-Learn lecture in this popular series? Log on to the Online Alumni Community at www.gannonalumni.org and watch a 5-minute video of our September lecturer, Dr. Carolynn Masters. The next Lunch-N-Learn will be held Nov. 20 and features Dr. Thomas Comstock, assistant professor of management. For more information or to RSVP, click HERE.

Be Panama-Bound with GU
Alumni are invited to join Gannon students as they travel to Panama over Spring Break 2009. The adventure begins when you arrive in Panama City on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009.  A chance to explore the city will be available in addition to a visit to the Barro Colorado Rainforest and a tour of Panama City and the canal.  Plans to transit the canal are also on the itinerary.  You will return home on Saturday, March 7, 2009. For more information, click HERE.

GU Needs You!
Gannon University invites you to participate in a survey of Gannon alumni on a variety of important issues. This survey continues our efforts to keep your opinions and ideas at the forefront of our planning activities. Whether you are a graduate of Gannon University or of Villa Maria College, we are interested in your opinion.

Your participation in this project is important, so please take a few minutes (about 10) to answer the following questions. Upon responding, your identity will be separated from your answers. All results will be analyzed and reported only in the aggregate to assure your anonymity.

To complete the survey, please click
HERE. We appreciate your help!

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!

Join Us for Fall Open House this Sunday!

Numerous events and activities await prospective students and their families when Gannon University hosts its annual Fall Open House on Sunday, Nov. 9. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. in the Waldron Campus Center, located at 124 West 7th. St. in Erie. Students and their families may also attend optional masses at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel at 512 Peach St.

Gannon President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. and others will offer welcoming remarks at 1 p.m. in Hammermill Center, Peach Street and South Park Row. In addition, students can compete in Scholarship Contests in several academic disciplines, including English writing, Spanish, French, German, biology, education, chemistry and engineering.

Advance registration for Open House is not required. For more information, contact the Gannon University Office of Admissions at (814) 871-7420, or toll-free at 1-800-GANNON-U. To read a full listing of open house events, click HERE.

Annual Report of Gifts Debuts Online

This year, to do our part to help preserve the environment, Gannon University is "going green" by publishing our 2007-08 Annual Report of Gifts publication online. The Annual Report of Gifts provides Gannon the opportunity to recognize and publicly thank the generous alumni, parents, friends and many more who supported Gannon the past year with a financial contribution.

If you are interested in a hard copy or would like your name removed from the online list, please contact Britt Daehnke '98, '05M at 1-877-GU-Alums, ext. 6 or daehnke001@gannon.edu. The Annual Report of Gifts can be viewed HERE.

In addition, our Fall Phonathon effort is currently in progress. If you haven't received your phone call yet, get ready! The Fall Phonathon is underway and the response so far from alumni who have pledged a donation has been great. If you haven't received a call yet or talked with a Gannon representative, you soon will. Take the time to learn about the great things happening at Gannon and about ways you can help make a GU education available to deserving students. If you don't want to wait for the call, you can donate today!

Morosky Academic Center Dedicated

Erie Bishop Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, S.T.D., S.S.L. blessed Gannon University's newest academic building during a special ceremony held Friday, Sept. 26. Bishop Trautman, chairman of the University's Board of Trustees, blessed the Robert H. Morosky Academic Center, located at 150 West 10th St., during a ceremony that featured students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni. Morosky, a member of Gannon's class of 1963 and a member of the University's Board of Trustees, also attended the event with his family.

In 2007, President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. announced that the building and a forthcoming third academic college would be named in honor of Morosky, Gannon's most generous donor, after his second major gift to the University. The new Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences is based in the Morosky Academic Center and is comprised of the School of Health Professions, the School of Sciences and Villa Maria School of Nursing.

Read more about the new Morosky Center HERE.

Student Government Association President Nicolette Critelli (second from left) helps Mrs. Dianne Morosky (center) prepare to cut the ribbon during the Morosky Academic Center Blessing & Dedication Ceremony. Also pictured are President Garibaldi (far left), Mr. Robert H. Morosky '63 (second from right) and Bishop Trautman.
Distinguished Alumni Honored

Five alumni were honored during Gannon's annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner held Friday, Oct. 10. The Dinner is one of the signature events of Gannon's Alumni Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. Honorees were: R. Joseph Luckey '55 (Msgr. Wilfred J. Nash Principles of Christian Conduct Award), Benny C. Askew Jr., Ph.D. '83 (Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences), Valerie A. Kokor '80 (College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences); Michael J.E. Walsh '97 (Young Alumni Award) and John N. Heckman '82, '84M (College of Engineering and Business).

To read more about these alumni and their accomplishments, click HERE.

Joe Luckey '55, a member of the Gannon maintenance department since 1953, was one of five individuals honored at the University's annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner in October as part of 2008 Alumni Homecoming & Reunion Weekend.
Four Recognized at Scholarship Celebration

Longtime Gannon faculty member, program director and department chair Rev. Robert Susa was recognized, along with three others, during Gannon's 21st annual Scholarship Celebration. The event, held Saturday, Oct. 18, honored Rev. Susa as well as philanthropist James E. Winner Jr. C. Christopher Cooney and Brian Jackman, both members of Gannon's class of 1963, received the Archbishop Gannon Medal of Distinction. Scholarship Celebration recognizes the personal leadership, academic quality and scholarship support of Catholic Higher Education.

To learn more about the honorees, click HERE.

Erie Bishop Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, S.T.D., S.S.L. with honorees Rev. Robert Susa, C. Christopher Cooney '63, Brian Jackman '63 and President Garibaldi.
Alumni Return for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend

Another Reunion has passed. Well over 400 people attended the various activities held on campus during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, held Oct. 10-12. Landmark reunions for the Class of 1958 and 1983 were held. Activities occurred on and off campus, reuniting African Americans, Business Majors, Class of 1998, Commuter/Non-Traditional, Gannon Football, Gannon Knight, ROTC, Student Government Association and Villa Maria alumni.

Reunion weekends require many hours of planning and coordination. Special thanks to all who helped plan the various reunion events. As we reflect on the weekend, the friendships rekindled, the memories retold, taking in how Gannon continues to change, alumni are proud that they attended Gannon University. Alumni were amazed at how large the campus has become. They were glad to see the nostalgic flavor of the older buildings maintained and how the architects intertwined these buildings into the fabric of new buildings. For many, the 2008 homecoming marked the first time they had returned to Gannon's campus since graduation. Everyone was impressed with President Garibaldi and commented on his engaging attitude and availability to everyone.

We want to hear your suggestions concerning alumni programming and how we can better engage you. How can we make the celebration better? What activities did you enjoy when you attended Gannon? Would you attend an alumni event in your home region? What is the best way to contact you? Contact the Office of Alumni Services at 1-877-GU-Alums, ext. 1 or gannonalumni@gannon.edu.

If you attended the 2008 Alumni Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, please take a moment to fill out THIS SURVEY and return it by Monday, Nov. 17 to be entered in a prize drawing from the Alumni Services Office. Winners of the drawing will be personally contacted and announced in the December issue of GU eNews.

Erie Technology Incubator Hosts Grand Opening Ceremony

Gannon University hosted a Grand Opening Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 3 for its Erie Technology Incubator (ETI).

The incubator, Erie's only technology incubator, is intended to serve as a catalyst for encouraging investment and creating knowledge-based jobs in northwestern Pennsylvania. The ETI, located at 130 West 8th St., represents a key strategic initiative of Gannon President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. The facility is designed to nurture early-stage and start-up advanced technology businesses and entrepreneurs by providing key mentoring and support services.

For more information about the ETI, click

Present for the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the new ETI were (L to R) Rep. Florindo J. Fabrizio, Erie County Executive Mark A. DiVecchio '81, Sen. Jane Earll, Regina Smith on behalf of Rep. Phil English, President Garibaldi, Phil Scrimenti '70, '74M on behalf of Gov. Edward G. Rendell and Erie Mayor Joseph E. Sinnott '88.
New Three-College Structure Takes Effect
Deans Named for Each College

In January 2008, President Garibaldi announced plans to create a new three-College academic organizational structure that would take effect with the start of the 2008-09 Academic Year. The decision was made after input from faculty, staff and students was received as well as recommendations made by the College Organization Task Force. The three colleges now include the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, the College of Engineering and Business and the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

Dr. Timothy Downs serves as the dean of the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, and Dr. Carolynn Masters is the dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences. Most recently, Dr. Melanie Hatch was appointed as the inaugural dean of the new College of Engineering and Business. Dr. Hatch came to Gannon from the Indiana Institute of Technology, where she served as dean of the College of Business.

"Dr. Hatch has extensive experience as an operations research analyst in the defense industry and as a faculty member and an administrator in public and private higher education. Her blend of expertise in engineering and management is a perfect fit for the new College," said Dr. Keith Taylor, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.

Upcoming 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.

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