Volume IX, Issue 3                Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS!                March 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...

Women’s Basketball Reaches No. 1 Ranking
For the first time in the history of Gannon University basketball, the Lady Knights are ranked No. 1 in the country, according to the latest USA Today ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll (released Feb. 23). The team boasts a perfect (30-0) season and has won 40 consecutive regular season games. The women have clinched the Pennsylvania State Athletic Association (PSAC) Western Division No. 1 seed and home court advantage for the PSAC Quarterfinal Tournament on March 2 . If Gannon wins this game versus Edinboro University, then Gannon will also host the PSAC Final Four on March 5 and 6. Come out and cheer for your Lady Knights as history is made at the Hammermill! PSAC ticket information >

Schuster Performance Aids Scholarship
Gannon University will host its annual Alex Clemente Fundraiser on March 19. The performance, An American Scrapbook, will begin at 8 p.m. at the University’s Schuster Theatre (620 Sassafras St.). Tickets are $15. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Clemente Fund for the Performing and Related Arts at Gannon. More information and online ticket purchase >

GU Hosts Receptions for Accepted Students
Gannon is hosting several receptions across the region to celebrate students who have recently been accepted to the University. Receptions will be held in: Independence, Ohio on March 16; Pittsburgh on March 18; Buffalo, N.Y. on March 23 and Erie on March 25. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-GANNON-U (1-800-426-6668).
Alumni Invited to Job Fair
Are you looking for a job? If so, Gannon University’s Office of Career Development and Employment Services encourages you to attend the WestPACS Spring Job Fair on March 24 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Monroeville (Pa.) Convention Center. Participants can register online before March 22 to guarantee a discounted admission of $5 (cash only). Walk-in registration the day of the fair is $10. Visit the WestPACS Web site to view an employer directory, driving directions and tips on making the most of the fair experience.

Business Ambassadors Learn to Go Green
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 about Business Ambassadors > 

Get to Know Gannon at Spring Open House
A full day of events and activities is planned for prospective students and their families during Gannon University’s annual Spring Open House on April 18. Throughout the day, representatives from various academic programs and University departments, including student development and athletics, will be on hand to meet with students and families and answer questions. Visitors will be able to tour campus and also take a trolley tour of downtown Erie. More admissions events >

Gannon Teams Up to Support WQLN
Several members of Gannon University’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) faculty have teamed up to enter the 4th Annual WQLN and Books for Kids Corporate Spelling Bee. The March 30 competition, held at Junior’s Last Laugh Comedy Club from 5-9 p.m., allows teams to compete for the trophy as well as awards for most spirit, biggest fan club and best costumes. Competing in Gannon’s team “STEM Spell Research” are Christine Cedzo ’92 (mathematics), Elisa Konieczko, Ph.D. ’84 (biology) and Karinna Vernaza, Ph.D. (engineering). More information >

Pink Zone Raises Funds for Breast Cancer
More than 2,000 fans packed the Hammermill on Feb. 13 to help the women’s basketball team raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research. All proceeds from the special Pink Zone game—which came from auction items (like this team-autographed pink basketball), T-shirt sales and donations—went to the local Erie chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The team set a fundraising goal of $13,000 for this year’s event, marking the third year the team has participated in this nationwide initiative. See photo gallery >

Alumni, Friends Enjoy Evening of Jazz
A crowd of more than 30 alumni, faculty, students and friends enjoyed music and fellowship at An Evening of Jazz, held Feb. 16 as part of the spring Alumni Lunchtime Lecture Series. Allen Zurcher, Ph.D., adjunct lecturer in Gannon’s fine arts program, gave an informative presentation on the history of improvisation in jazz music. He was accompanied by fellow faculty David Blaetz Jr. ’83, communication arts instructor, and Carl Hultman, Ph.D., chemistry professor. See all Spring 2010 events >

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

Alumni Directory Offers Valuable Resource
Calls have begun from Harris Directory LLC, a trusted partner of Gannon University, to update alumni information for the 2010 Alumni Directory. The finished product will provide valuable contact information as well as personal updates to help classmates stay informed and connected. Read a letter from your National Alumni Association president >

Freshmen from U.S. Virgin Islands Featured in Hometown Newspaper 
Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. Some of Gannon’s newest students, freshmen hailing from the U.S. Virgin Islands, were showcased in their hometown newspaper, the St. Croix Source. The Erie Times-News interviewed President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., about his connection to New Orleans as part of a Super Bowl preview in February. Erie’s WJET-TV featured Gannon’s Radiologic Sciences Department as part of a “Green Report” segment in February. The department has gone completely paperless and is committed to educating students while “going green.”

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

GU Celebrates Catholic Higher Education
As a Catholic, Diocesan university, Gannon’s strong faith community can be seen across campus. During the last week in February, the University planned several events to celebrate Catholic higher education with National Catholic Colleges Week. Events included: Mass in the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel; student presentations on their faith development and spiritual journey at Gannon; a Faith Field Day for student groups; and a tour of St. Peter Cathedral for international students. See photo gallery >

Scholarship Support Helps Next Generation
Did you know that over 90 percent of Gannon University students rely on scholarships and financial aid to help them attend Gannon? Your gift to support student scholarships will help even more students receive a high-quality Gannon University education that will enable them to be leaders in their communities, churches and careers. Thank you for your support! Give to Gannon >
Every Alum Has a Story
Kurt Matthew Duska is a 1987 graduate of Gannon University with a bachelor of science degree in industrial management. Kurt started a plastic molding company in the summer of 1986 while finishing classes. Over the years he has merged, bought and sold different companies but has always focused on manufacturing. Today, Kurt is involved with the operation of three distinct businesses (molding, recycling and assembly facilities) in the Erie area and conducts sustainability audits for national companies and manages comprehensive recycling programs. Read more >

President Visits International College Fair
Gannon University President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. recently traveled to Saudi Arabia to encourage international student recruitment. During his trip, Dr. Garibaldi represented Gannon at the International Exhibition for Higher Education, held Jan. 26-29, 2010 in Riyadh. Currently, Gannon is home to 63 undergraduate and graduate students from Saudi Arabia, and four alumni are currently residing in the country. See more alumni photos >


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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