Volume IX, Issue 4                Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS!                April 6, 2010

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Business Ambassadors Learn to Go Green
You're invited to join Gannon University Business Ambassadors for their spring 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 > 

GU Hosting Financial Aid Workshop
Gannon will host a free Financial Aid Workshop at 10 a.m. in Room 1200 of the University’s Palumbo Academic Center (824 Peach St.) on April 10. The workshop is informational in nature and is free and open to the public. It will include an overview of the entire financial aid process, including a step-by-step review of the questions on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Advance registration is not necessary. Read more >

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 take a trolley tour of downtown Erie. More Admissions events > 

Do you have a child entering college soon? You are invited to attend a special information session about the college selection process on April 14 in Room 219 of the Waldron Campus Center at 6 p.m. RSVP to Terry Kizina, director of Admissions, at (814) 871-5759.

Renowned Poet to Lead English Awards Night
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will serve as keynote speaker at the University’s annual English Awards Night on April 20. The annual event, which honors winners of the Gannon English Department’s annual high school and university writing contests, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Yehl Ballroom in Waldron Campus Center (124 W. 7th St.). In addition, Berwyn Moore, professor of English and Erie County poet laureate, will host an official Poet Laureate reading on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hirt Auditorium at Blasco Library in Erie. GU English Department >

Graduate Open House Set for April 28
Please join us at Gannon University’s Graduate Open House on April 28 to learn about all of Gannon’s master’s and doctoral degree programs. Program directors, plus admissions and financial aid representatives will be on hand to discuss each program in depth with you. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (814) 871-7474 with questions. More information > 

Spring Commencement Honors Graduates
More than 730 students will transition to the role of graduate after Spring Commencement exercises on May 8. Msgr. Robert Sheeran, 19th president of Seton Hall University, will serve as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. The event will be held at 2 p.m. at Erie's Tullio Arena. Check the May issue of GU eNEWS, as well as Gannon's news Web site, for more information as it becomes available about this event.

Gannon to Host Simulation Conference
Gannon University, in collaboration with the renowned WISER Center from UPMC, will be hosting this year’s Healthcare Simulation: Instructor Development Program. This three-day program, scheduled for May 10-12, will offer comprehensive education and training on how to incorporate simulation learning activities into instruction. The program will be held in Gannon’s new state-of-the-art Patient Simulation Center. Read more > 

Erie Golf Outing Returns
Brush off your golf clubs and mark your calendars—it’s time again for the annual Erie Golf Outing, to be held May 27 at Erie’s Lake Shore Country Club. Come out for a day of fun and camaraderie on the course with alumni, friends and administrators of Gannon University. Online registration >

Students Give Back on Spring Break
Some 40 Gannon University students and five staff members, spent their spring break week focused on community service, volunteerism and education and awareness of social justice issues. Gannon’s Center for Social Concerns continued its 16-year tradition of offering students the opportunity to participate in alternative spring break service trips, traveling this year to Florida, New Orleans, New York City and Guatemala. Read more >

Schuster Performance Aids Scholarship
Gannon University hosted its annual Alex Clemente Fundraiser on March 19 with a performance of An American Scrapbook. All proceeds from the event--which featured Gannon faculty and staff like Zach Flock '05, e-marketing coordinator--benefitted the Clemente Fund for the Performing and Related Arts at Gannon. About $1,500 was raised to support student scholarships in this field. See photo gallery > 
Gannon Teams Up to Support WQLN
Christine Cedzo ’92 (mathematics), Elisa Konieczko, Ph.D. ’84 (biology) and Karinna Vernaza, Ph.D. (engineering) of Gannon University’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) faculty competed in the 4th Annual WQLN and Books for Kids Corporate Spelling Bee, held March 30. Team STEM Spell Research progressed to the third round but stumbled on vexatious. They then used a free pass to try one more word, but were also stumped by atrabilious. The C.A. Curtze company ultimately won the competition, but a good time was had by all.
President Named “Person of the Year”
The executive board of the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Erie recently honored President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., as its Person of the Year during its annual Universal Notre Dame Night celebration held March 31. President Garibaldi received the award in recognition of his work with Catholic higher education and for furthering the religious and humanistic ideals celebrated by Notre Dame University. Read more >

RecycleMania Winners Announced
The Gannon Goes Green Committee has announced the winners of the 2010 RecycleMania Competition. First place went to Wehrle Hall for averaging a 152 percent increase in recycling during the competition; second place to Student Services for averaging a 47 percent increase; and third place to Lubiak Apartments for averaging a 43 percent increase. As the winners of Gannon’s RecycleMania, Wehrle Hall will host the Green Award for the month of April. Please join the Gannon Goes Green Committee in congratulating all the winners who made an effort to make our community more sustainable.

Get Connected with GU!
Alumni far and wide are all getting involved in Gannon’s social media scene; are you? For instance, Seth Morton ’73M, recently posted his thoughts about Gannon’s MBA program on LinkedIn: “I find myself at 67 years old still in demand in the workplace. Let me tell you that earning an MBA from Gannon University required tremendous effort, and the skills I picked up have never left me.” You can find links to all of Gannon's social networking sites on the University's home page. 

Alumni Directory Offers Valuable Resource
Have you answered the call yet? Harris Directory LLC, a trusted partner of Gannon University, is currently calling alumni to update their 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. More information >

Citizen Applauds Gannon's Emergency Response 
A local Erie woman has thanked the University community for its assistance when, while attending Gannon's Pink Zone game in February, the woman's granddaughter suffered a medical attack. Thanks to the quick response of alumna Dr. Mary B. Russo-Colt, D.O. '80 and physician assistant graduate Bethany Zimmerman '99 (daughter of Doug Zimmerman, director of student living at Gannon), the woman's grandchild was transferred to medical personnel and has made a full recovery. Read letter >

Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. A Florida newspaper covered Gannon students’ community service efforts there over spring break. The Spring 2010 issue of ESBA Magazine was dedicated to the 3rd Annual W.I.L.D. (Women in Leadership Development) Conference, a popular event sponsored by Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Toshiba has included mentions of Gannon’s radiologic science program on their various Web sites, ads and promotional materials.

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

GU Celebrates Easter Season
On behalf of all of us at Gannon University, Father George Strohymeyer, chaplain and acting vice president for Mission and Ministry, extends blessings on you and your loved ones during the recent Easter holiday. We pray that you may live in joyful heart to heart union with Jesus this Easter time! Read more >

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Every Alum Has a Story
Joseph V. Schember ’72, ’81M is a native of Erie; in fact, he still lives in his childhood home, which his grandfather originally owned. He graduated from St. Marks Seminary High School in 1968 and received a B.A. in English Literature from Gannon in 1972, followed by an MBA from Gannon in 1981. In addition, Joe earned an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Dayton in 1974 and the CFP® designation from the College for Financial Planning in 1991. Read more >

Alumni and Friends Support Lady Knights
Gannon University’s women's basketball team saw its best season in program history come to an end after No. 15 Emporia State eliminated No. 1 Gannon 97-94 in overtime in the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Final Four. A crowd of more than 100 alumni, parents, athletics boosters and fans were in attendance in St. Joseph, Mo., to show their support. The Lady Knights ended the season with NCAA Division II records for most victories in a season (37) and consecutive wins in a single season (37). Read more >


Gannon University is holding a photo contest with the theme, “My Favorite Spot Around Campus,” and we want your snapshots! To enter, upload your favorite photos to the GU Facebook page by April 15. Read more >

Upcoming Events

23rd Annual Alumni & Friends of GU Golf Outing
5/27/2010 10:30 AM to 5/27/2010

The 23rd Annual Alumni & Friends of Gannon University Golf Outing takes place Thursday, May 27 at the Lake Shore Country Club in Erie.

Knights Football Golf Classic 2010
7/24/2010 12:00 PM to 7/24/2010

Alumni, parents & friends are cordially invited to attend the 2nd Annual Knights Football Golf Classic at Gospel Hill Golf Course on Saturday, July 24, 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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