Volume VII, Issue 3                                                                                              December 1, 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 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.

Congratulations to this Alumna!
Congratulations to Marjorie Radella Metts '90 of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Marjorie won November's drawing for alumni who attended Alumni Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2008 and completed a survey about their experience. She wins a GU throw blanket from the Gannon Bookstore.

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

Lunch & Learn Series Underway
Missed the latest Lunch & 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 & Learn will be held Jan. 15 and features Dr. Steven Ropski, biology professor. 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.

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.

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Thank you for believing in the possibilities at Gannon University!

Merry Christmas from Gannon University!

As we celebrate the wonders of the Christmas season, we reflect back on special thoughts expressed by Charles Dickens:

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."

"I have always thought of Christmas as a good time; a kind, forgiving, generous, pleasant time; a time when men and women seem to open their hearts freely, and so I say, God bless Christmas!"

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!"

"It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself!"
--Charles Dickens

Wishing you and your families happiness, blessings, prosperity and peace in this Christmas Season and throughout the New Year!

Cathy Fresch, Homer Smith '76 and Tracy Stolz
Gannon University's Alumni Office Staff

Giant Eagle VP, CAO Mark Minnaugh '81 Visits Campus

The Office of Alumni Services welcomed alumnus Mark J. Minnaugh, CPA back to campus on Nov. 12 as an Executive-on-Campus guest speaker. Mr. Minnaugh graduated from Gannon in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Pittsburgh-based grocery chain, Giant Eagle, Inc.

During his visit to Gannon, Mr. Minnaugh shared his personal and professional experiences with students as a speaker during several classes. He also participated in informal discussions over breakfast, lunch and dinner with students, faculty and staff members.

"All of my success in my professional career has been largely due to my experience here at Gannon," he said. To learn more about Mr. Minnaugh, read a brief biography HERE and watch this interview clip:
A Season of Giving

During this season of celebration and giving, please consider a gift to Gannon University's Annual Fund. Your tax-deductible contribution benefits Gannon in many ways. The Annual Fund enhances students' learning experience by: providing state-of-the-art classrooms and labs; funding activities to develop students' social and spiritual well-being; enabling faculty to conduct research and support the most current curriculum; ensuring financial aid will be available to deserving students in need; and so much more. As you count your blessings and relive fond memories this holiday season, make a donation to the Annual Fund that will help today's students achieve the same high-quality Gannon experience that you enjoyed.

Gannon Mom Rockets into Space

The mother of a Gannon University student blasted into space on Nov. 14 as part of the crew of STS-126, the latest space shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Heidemarie Martha Stefanyshyn-Piper was one of seven crew members aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. STS-126 was a 16-day mission with four spacewalks, largely dedicated to servicing and repair of the Solar Alpha Rotary Joints (SARJ).

Endeavour launched from the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Fla. Stefanyshyn-Piper served as a mission specialist, and performed three spacewalks as the lead astronaut. Her son, Michael A. Piper, is a sophomore chemical engineering major at Gannon and a member of the men's water polo team. Stefanyshyn-Piper took a Gannon water polo T-shirt, signed by each team member, with her on the mission.
Join Us as We Light Up A.J.'s Way

Gannon's Activities Programming Board (APB) will continue its annual holiday tradition of lighting up A.J.'s Way and helping to make a wish come true for a child. Part of the excitement is that the event raises money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. APB has already set a record this year, raising $1,300 to date.

The lighting will take place on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in A.J.'s Way, adjacent to the Zurn Science Center in the heart of campus. Refreshments will follow in the Waldron Campus Center. Jan Stork (a representative from the Erie branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation), as well as a Make-A-Wish child, will be present at the event. The event is free and open to the public.

"APB sees this as a great way to positively contribute to the community and also get our name out there to students, since that is the group we aim to serve," said Jackie Bacco, kaleidoscope chair of APB.
Social Work Club to Hold Annual Christmas Dinner

The 31st annual Gannon University Social Work Club Christmas Dinner and Wellness Fair will be held this year on Sun., Dec. 7. The event provides a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, Christmas presents and clothing to area residents. In addition, representatives from local agencies and organizations will be on hand to provide information on housing and human services and conduct health screenings.

The dinner will be held in the University's Hammermill Center, located at Peach Street and South Park Row. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa will arrive at noon to meet with the children and pass out gifts.

The always-popular event is expected to attract an even bigger crowd this year partially because of the ongoing economic downturn. Organizers plan to serve close to 1,000 meals at this year's dinner. Participating agencies include the Booker T. Washington Center, Youth Development Center, Community Health Net, GECAC (Division on Aging) and Gaudenzia Crossroads.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Gannon University Social Work Program at (814) 871-7263.
Winter Commencement Scheduled for Dec. 14

Gannon University’s Winter Commencement ceremony will take place on December 14, at 2 p.m. in the Hammermill Center, where 327 degrees are expected to be conferred. The keynote speaker will be the Very Rev. Ronald D. Witherup, S.S., S.T.L., Ph.D. 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, but his roots are near Gannon. A native of nearby Franklin, Pa., he was ordained in 1976 as a priest in the Diocese of Erie and attended Gannon from 1968 to 1970 while he resided at St. Mark’s Seminary. Fr. Witherup’s extensive list of accomplishments includes numerous academic and professional positions. He is also the author of 11 books and more than 80 articles on scripture.
Gannon Partners with M&BA

Gannon and the Manufacturer & Business Association (M&BA) have formed a strategic partnership whereby the Association’s members can enroll in Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) classes through Gannon on-site at the M&BA.

Members of the Association, as well as their employees, will be able to take the classes at a special reduced tuition rate. In the interest of convenience for these unique students, classes will be offered on Saturdays at the M&BA Conference Center, 2171 West 38th Street.

For more information on this partnership program, contact Scott E. Miller ’93, associate director of the Dahlkemper School of Business, at (814) 871-7397 or the Office of Graduate Admissions at (814) 871-7474. You can also attend an information session at the M&BA Conference Center on Tues., Dec. 9 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Gannon Sponsors "Discover Our Times"

Gannon professors are making weekly appearances in local high school classrooms through “Discover Our Times,” a partnership between the University, WJET-TV, Erie Times-News, “Newspapers in Education” and Parade magazine. Inspired by topics that are predetermined by the “Newspapers in Education” program, Gannon faculty with expertise in the week’s featured topic visit a classroom and engage students in critical thinking. The finished product becomes a one-minute television promotion that runs several times throughout the week on WJET. New topics and professors are featured every week. This partnership is a high-profile demonstration of Gannon’s commitment to education and community involvement. You can view all of the “Discover Our Times” segments at http://yourerie.com/content/dot.

Schuster Program for the Arts at Gannon University
Upcoming Art, Music and Theatre Events in the 2008-09 Season

Alumni are welcome to join us for these upcoming art and music events:

Schuster Gallery
"The Art and the Artist" - Vitus J. Kaiser
Gallery Director - Lori Steadman
Nov. 16-Jan. 16
GU Nash Library, 3rd Floor
619 Sassafras Street; Erie, PA

Schuster Theatre
"A Tuna Christmas" - All-American Christmas Fun
Theatre Director - Fr. Shawn Clerkin
Dec. 4-6 and Dec. 11-14 (Times Vary)
GU Schuster Theatre in Scottino Hall
620 Sassafras Street; Erie, PA
Box Office: (814) 871-7494

Erie Chamber Orchestra
Annual Christmas Concert Sing-Along
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral Children's Choir
Choral Director - Sharon Downey
Fri., Dec. 5 @ 7:30 p.m.
St. Patrick's Church
130 East 4th Street; Erie, PA

Erie Opera Theatre
"A Family Christmas Tradition" - Amahl and the Night Visitors
by Gian Carlo Menotti
Sat., Dec. 6 @ 7 p.m.
Central Tech Auditorium
3325 Cherry Street; Erie, PA

Concert Band
Annual Christmas Concert
Music Director - Bruce Morton Wright
Wed., Dec. 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
GU Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel
512 Peach St.; Erie, PA


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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