In 2006, an Erie alumni focus group proposed a lecture series to draw on the expertise, research, hobbies or other interesting and unique issues and projects of Gannon University faculty, staff and alumni.  The Office of Alumni Services created an Alumni Lunchtime Lectures Series beginning with speaker Chris Dubbs, University Grants Writer, speaking on "Space Dogs, Pioneers of Space Travel" in September that year.  Beginning in September 2008, these lectures were video-taped and uploaded to Gannon's YouTube channel to share with alumni across the world.  An Executive-On-Campus series was also created to welcome prominent business alumni back to campus to lecture in classes and speak with alumni, students, faculty and staff. 

If there is a specific topic you'd like to see presented at a future alumni lecture, please contact associate Director of Alumni Services, Erin Sekerak '04 at or 814-871-7784.

All underlined titles are hyperlinks to a video clip from the lecture.

The Real Batman: Gannon's Bat Tracking project
Dr. Steve Ropski '78,  Professor, Biology Department. Director, Science Program, Col.Health Professions & Sci.
Executive on Campus
Debbie Burbules RN, MSN, MPA ’78VMC, ’01MPA, Senior Vice President of Outpatient Services, Hamot Health Foundation and President of Hamot Women’s Hospital
Rocket Science for Real Life
Paul Gradl '02, '04M
Entrepreneur on Campus Ray Conrad, CEO and Owner, General Information Services, Inc.  11/14/2012
Road to the White House 2012
Dr. David Kozak, Professor, Political Science Program Director, Leadership Erie
Executive on Campus
Dr. Stephen Nelson '79, Chief Medical Examiner of Florida 3/15/2012

It’s a Small World: International  Gannon

International Student Office


Executive on Campus     Donald J. Wagner ’68, Professional Entrepreneur    11/17/2011
Haunted Erie Dr. Jeff Bloodworth 10/26/2011
Executive on Campus Michael Doka '73, Chairman of Rehig Pacific, Co. 3/17/2011

A Knight in the Kitchen

Mary Carol Gensheimer, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts & David Blaetz '84, '10M, Communication Arts Instructor


Executive on Campus Dr. Ben Askew '83, Vice President of Research and Global Head of NCE Technologies at EMD Serono  9/30/2010

Why Tall Ships Matter: Pretty Ships and Erie's Future

Dr. Jeff Bloodworth


Jazz Lecture Performance

Dr. Allen Zurcher & Friend


Organizational Responsibility and Ethics Prof. Tom Comstock 11/20/2009

The Impact of Optics on the New Cosmology and Religion

John D. Mangus '56, Independent Committee Member of the James Webb Space Telescope Standing Review Board


Executive on Campus Anne Cooney '91, Vice President of the Power Conversion Division for Siemens Energy & Automation 11/9/2009

Vacation with a Vision: Gannon's Service Trip Program

Arlene F. Montevecchio, MTS, Director of the Center for Social Concerns at Gannon University


Stress and Coping

Dr. David B. Barker, Associate Professor of Sociology


Becoming Green: Responsibility, Challenge or Does It Just Make Sense (Cents)? What You Can Do To Help
Don Benczkowski '82, Environmental Planner with the Pennsylvania Office of the Great Lakes Department of Environmental Protection 


Executive on Campus David W. Grzelak '76M, Chairman and CEO of Komatsu America Corporation 4/1/2009
Women in Leadership Roles and Business Ownership SBDC 3/19/2009

A Look At Gannondale School for  Girls and Erie Social Service Agencies for Youth

Pearl Jeffries '81, Campus Ministry, Gannondale School for Girls


Grizzly Bears of Yellowstone

Dr. Steve Ropski '78, Chairperson for the Honors Program


Executive on Campus Mark Minnaugh '81, Giant Eagle VP, CAO 11/12/2008

Road to the White House 2008

Dr. David Kozak '66, Director of Leadership Erie, Political Science Professor


Dr. Carolynn Masters, Dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences


So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur Dr. James Scozzie '65 4/17/2008
Social Networking Ted Marnen     3/15/2007

Erie Architecture:An Exploration of the City as Place, Presence and Promise

Dr. Michael DeSanctis, History Professor