Volume IX, Issue 2            Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS!            February 2, 2010

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Gina Ianelli
Added: 3/3/2010 8:07 PM
Births and Adoptions
Nicholas Ianelli '00, and Gina (Fallecke...

Edwin Koch
Added: 2/21/2010 8:58 PM
Engagements and Marriages
Edwin Koch and Kathryn Trapp '08, were m...

Richard Figaski
Added: 2/20/2010 1:22 PM
Richard Figaski (Class of 1974) was elec...

Kristen Grippe
Added: 2/17/2010 9:02 PM
Births and Adoptions
Charlotte Mary Grippe, born July 7, 2009...

Rebecca Zeleznik
Added: 2/17/2010 8:37 PM
Engagements and Marriages
Rebecca Zeleznik ('07) married Robert Ro...

Jenna Rippert
Added: 2/4/2010 3:14 PM
Gannon alumni Jenna Rippert ’09 and Beck...

Becky Sheehan
Added: 2/4/2010 3:16 PM
Gannon alumni Becky Sheehan ’05 and Jenn...

Susan Smith
Added: 2/6/2010 8:03 AM
I am now working as a R.N. in the Mental...

Steven Fisher
Added: 2/4/2010 3:07 PM
Steve Fisher '80 is now running for the ...

Kenneth Ogorek
Added: 2/3/2010 9:45 AM
Ken Ogorek M90 is speaking this spring a...

Deanna Macioce
Added: 2/2/2010 7:49 PM
Births and Adoptions
Deanna Leskovec Macioce '00, '01M and he...

John Trigilio
Added: 2/2/2010 3:23 PM
Just published my eighth book, SAINTS FO...

Teresa Lawyer
Added: 2/2/2010 2:51 PM
Births and Adoptions
Teresa (Womer) Lawyer
Class of 1996...

Julianne Davis
Added: 1/21/2010 11:34 PM
Births and Adoptions
A girl Catherine Marilyn born June 2nd 2...

Brian Domitrovich
Added: 1/18/2010 3:17 PM
Engagements and Marriages
Carolyn Moncrief ('05) married Brian Dom...

Help Fill the ’Mill with Pink
Gannon’s women’s basketball team will again host a Pink Zone game on Feb. 13. The event, sponsored by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), is a global, unified initiative to raise breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Tip-off is at 1 p.m. in the Hammermill Center (620 Peach St.). Read more >

See photos from past years >
Join Us for an Evening of Jazz
For spring, the Alumni Lunchtime Lecture Series will feature an evening jazz lecture and performance. All alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends are welcome to attend on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel (Upper Lounge) at 520 Peach St. Dr. Allen Zurcher and Friends will perform. RSVP by contacting the Office of Alumni Services at 1-877-GU-ALUMS. Online Registration >

The lunch series will continue in Fall 2010 with three presentations. Have a topic or speaker suggestion? Contact the Office of Alumni Services! Couldn’t make it this fall for the Alumni Lunchtime Lecture Series events? All three speakers can now be viewed on Gannon’s YouTube channel. Watch the videos > 

Cheer for Your Golden Knights!
Basketball season is in full swing at Gannon, and we invite you to join the Gannon Alumni Association on Feb. 24 for a pre-game reception before the women’s and men’s teams take on the Mercyhhurst College Lakers at the Hammermill Center. Your energy at the January game helped the Knights secure a victory against Edinboro University, and we look forward to cheering with you again! The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Baldauf Lounge of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. 7th St. RSVP’s are requested to Homer Smith in Alumni Services. Registration and more info >

The Gannon women’s basketball team is ranked third in the latest USA Today ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll released Jan. 26, the highest national basketball ranking in school history regardless of gender. Read more >

Business Ambassadors Meeting in April
You’re invited to join us for the Spring 2010 Business Ambassadors meeting on April 8. Presenter Dennis Maloskey, director of sustainable engineering and development for the Governor’s Green Government Council in Harrisburg, Pa., will discuss how businesses can better implement greening efforts in the workplace and what state and federal funding opportunities are available. More information to come in future issues of GU eNEWS and on the Online Alumni Community.

Alumni Inducted Into Hall of Fame
Five individuals and one team were inducted into the Gannon University Athletics Hall of Fame during a special event held Jan. 9. The latest class increased the Gannon Hall of Fame membership to 37 inductees.

The 2010 inductees included: former women’s basketball standout Mary Kay Lynch Poppe ’85; former men’s soccer coaching great Rob Russo; former men’s soccer standout Gerry Van de Merwe ’88, ’01M; former men’s soccer standout and current men’s soccer head coach Rob van Rheenen ’86; former men’s basketball standout Harold “Butch” Warner ’85; and the 1986-87 men’s basketball team. See the photo gallery > 
Alumna Returns as Executive on Campus
Anne (Weiser) Cooney ’91, vice president of the Power Conversion Division for Siemens Energy & Automation, returned to campus in November as one of Gannon’s Executive on Campus speakers. During her day-long stay, Cooney hosted a breakfast and a luncheon discussion and visited with students in two engineering classes. Watch the video >

Help for Haiti
Following the January earthquake that devastated Haiti, the Gannon community stepped up to help out. The Chaplain’s Office collected more than $500 in donations for Catholic Relief Services, while two student missionaries participated in a local telethon to raise funds for relief efforts. One of them, senior Cara Black, is also helping to serve as a translator for orphans relocated to Pennsylvania. Read more > 

Virgin Islands Students Choose Gannon
Gannon University is happy to welcome 10 new students from the U.S. Virgin Islands, all of whom entered the University in the fall 2009 semester. Each of the 10 has a different outlook on college life and the area they are residing in. Two of the students, Ludence Romney Jr. and Kevin Greaux (seen here enjoying some winter weather), are embarking on different experiences at Gannon University. Read more >

Recyclemania Kicks Off
Gannon has kicked off its participation in Recyclemania, a national competition designed to increase recycling efforts on college campuses. The campus building that generates the greatest increase in percentage volume of recycling from their baseline output will be declared the Gannon winner. A traveling trophy, created by Mary Carol Gensheimer, assistant professor of communication arts, will be presented to the winners.

Head to Yellowstone with GU
Need something fun and educational to do this summer? Join biology faculty David J. Gustafson and Steven J. Ropski, Ph.D. ’78 for a 10-day trip to Yellowstone National Park to study the fauna and flora of the park’s ecosystem, examine the geological history and volcanic processes native to the region and investigate current issues involved in the management of Yellowstone. Read more >

Update Your Info
Harris Directory LLC, a trusted partner of Gannon University, will soon begin calling alumni to update their information for the 2010 Alumni Directory. Please help us update our information, allowing you to stay connected with your classmates and the University for years to come. The finished product will provide valuable contact information as well as personal updates to help classmates stay informed and connected. Read more >
Calling All Couples!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Gannon Magazine is on the lookout for Gannon couples with great stories to share! Are both you and your spouse Gannon/Villa Maria graduates? Were you married in the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel? Did you meet at a Gannon mixer? Send your story and pictures to editor Audrey Starr and they may be published in a future issue. Gannon Magazine online >

Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. was recently featured in the NCAA’s Champion magazine. The Erie Times-News featured several Gannon-related videos on their Web site, including Athletics Hall of Fame inductees and biology professor Troy Skwor, Ph.D., who provided information about germs on workplace surfaces.

Keep up with all the current Gannon news at www.gannon.edu.

GU To Celebrate Catholic Colleges Week
As a Catholic, Diocesan university, Gannon’s strong faith community can be seen across campus. During the last week in February, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and the National Catholic College Admission Association (National CCAA) are pleased to present National Catholic Colleges Week. The week's activities highlight the accomplishments of Catholic colleges and celebrate the role of Catholic colleges in society by encouraging high schools, churches, and families to promote students in the community to consider Catholic higher education. For more information on activities planned at Gannon, contact Campus Ministry at (814) 871-7434.
Every Alum Has a Story
Daniel R. DeFloria '70 graduated from Gannon in 1970 with a degree in business management. Following graduation, Dan had a successful career in sales. However, Dan says it’s the criminal justice positions he has held that gave him the most satisfaction. Dan retired after 24 years with the Department of Corrections and is currently employed as an employment specialist for the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg. Last month, Dan and several other Harrisburg area alumni participated in the 4th Annual Harrisburg Stand Down at the 28th Infantry Division Headquarters. Read more >

Gannon Alumni Give Back 
Recently, the Central Pennsylvania Gannon Alumni group attended the 4th Annual Harrisburg Stand Down at the 28th Infrantry Division Headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa., on Jan. 10, 2010 and prepared over 50 carryout food bags with sandwiches and snacks for the homeless veterans who attended. Are you and your fellow alumni participating in community service activities? Let the Office of Alumni Services know so you can all be celebrated for giving back!

Upcoming Events

Clemente Fundraiser 2010
3/19/2010 7:30 PM to 3/19/2010
The annual Alex Clemente Fundraiser play this year is An American Scrapbook. A reception will be held at 7:30 p.m. prior to the 8 p.m. performance in the Schuster Theatre on Friday, March 19, 2010.

We welcome your comments and suggestions! To share your thoughts or be added to our e-mailing list, contact Cathy Fresch, director of Alumni Services, at fresch001@gannon.edu.

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