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GU eNews, Gannon Alumni e-newsletter

Volume IX, Issue 9       Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS       September 8, 2010
Gannon Again Named a Top College
Gannon University advanced five places in the new U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2011” rankings and, for the fifth time, is included in the coveted list of Great Schools, Great Prices. Gannon is ranked 46th overall out of 172 schools in its region. In addition, Washington Monthly has also recognized Gannon, ranking the University 16th out of more than 500 "Master's Universities."

Return to Campus this October!
It’s almost here—Alumni Homecoming & Reunion Weekend is just around the corner, promising three days of activities, events and fun Oct. 22-24. For instance, the Sheik Social Fraternity (instated Dec. 2, 1969) is planning a reunion for alumni members. Homecoming schedule >

Gannon Introduces New Mascot Uniform 
Just in time for a new school year and the opening of the Gannon Knights football season on Sept. 2, the University has unveiled a new-and-improved mascot uniform. Check out the big reveal on GU's Facebook page or watch a video of the old mascot passing the torch. Watch the video >

Student Success Center Opens
One of the newest additions to campus, a 13,000-sq.-ft. Student Success Center, hosted a grand opening on Aug. 31. The Center represents a true “one-stop shop” of support services, resources and programming for Gannon students. Read more >

Tall Ships are Coming to Erie! 
Approximately 75 alumni and friends attended this fall's Alumni Lunchtime Lecture on Sept. 2, which featured Jeffrey Bloodworth, Ph.D., assistant professor of history. He discussed “Why Tall Ships Matter to Erie” as a preview for Erie's Tall Ships Festival, Sept. 9-12. Read more >

Quail Hollow Golf Outing Preview
James A. Scozzie, Ph. D. ’65, former president of the National Alumni Association and current trustee of Gannon University, cordially invites you to a golf outing and barbecue at Quail Hollow Country Club in Painesville, Ohio, on Sept. 13. Online registration > 

Local Attorney to Serve as Constitution Day Speaker

Help celebrate Constitution Day--which commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution--with Gannon. This year’s speaker will be Erie-based Marshall Piccinini, assistant U.S. attorney, who will speak on Sept. 17 at noon in Room 1200 of the Palumbo Academic Center (824 Peach St.). The event is open to the public.

Dinner to Honor Generous Donors

On Sept. 23, Gannon Trustees and President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., are hosting a jazzy night of art, poetry and music featuring Gannon students and faculty. This evening is a special recognition and thank you to loyal members of Gannon’s Universitas Society, the Archbishop Gannon Founder’s Society and Circles of Distinction members. Give to Gannon > 
Executive-on-Campus Returns for Fall
Ben C. Askew Jr., Ph. D. ’83, vice president of research and global head of NCE Technologies at the biotechnology company EMD Serono, will return to campus as the fall Executive-On-Campus speaker. Alumni, students, faculty and staff are welcomed to join Dr. Askew for informal breakfast or lunch discussions on Sept. 30 in the Old Main Boardroom. Online registration > 

It’s Tailgate Time!
As fall approaches, two things come to mind…football and tailgating! Please join us for a tailgate on Oct. 2 as the Gannon Golden Knights football team hosts local rival Mercyhurst. Kick-off is set for noon at Gannon University Field. Online registration >

Need Help with Post-Graduate Plans?
Join us on campus on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Waldron Campus Center. Representatives from over 50 graduate and professional schools will be on hand to answer any questions you have concerning these higher education options. The event is open to all students and alumni. Read more > 
What’s Going On at Gannon?
Find out about many of the exciting alumni and campus events scheduled for the Fall 2010 semester in Gannon's “What’s Going On” brochure. Download the brochure >

Delta Sigma Phi Chapter Receives Charter
The Grand Council of Delta Sigma Phi has voted to install the Gamma Rho Chapter at Gannon University once again, crediting the hard work of fraternity members over the last 18 months. The chapter was originally chartered in 1954 and recolonized in early 2009. Watch the video > 

Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. Melissa Peterson, assistant professor of nursing, was featured in the Erie Times-News about her “climb for a cause” on Mount Kilimanjaro. An Erie Times-News columnist profiled one of Gannon's soccer standouts. The Keystone Edge Web site posted an article on one of the Erie Technology Incubator’s tenant companies. Keep up with all the current Gannon news at and on Gannon’s Facebook page.

Living Our Faith
As a Catholic, Diocesan university, Gannon values its strong Catholic foundation. On Aug. 22, the University welcomed more than 600 members of the Class of 2014 with a Welcome Mass and New Student Convocation. Over the next two days, students participated in a variety of Preview GU events to help them meet their new classmates and get acclimated to life on campus. Photo gallery >
Gannon Gives Back
Join alumni and friends in 6 selected cities across the country for the second annual Alumni GIVE (Gannon’s Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere) Day on Sept. 25. This day of service, in the spirit of Gannon’s core values, offers alumni and friends a chance to spend time together and network while completing important projects in their community. Read more >

Every Alum Has a Story
Jamie Taylor ’06, ’07M has come full circle from her golf days as a child to a golf standout on the Gannon team to her post-graduate activities. Read more > 
Photo of the Month
Approximately 50 people stopped by Waldron Campus Center this summer to wish a good friend and alumna well. Annette Franklin '94, '03C celebrated her 60th birthday, receiving her Ph.D. and an upcoming move to Texas to begin a new job at a special evening event. Do you have something to celebrate? Log on to the Online Alumni Community to post your class note information and watch for it in future issues of Gannon Magazine.

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New Class Notes

Alexis Lafuria
Added: 9/6/2010 8:53 PM
Births and Adoptions
Max Angelo LaFuria, born September 27, 2...

Ronee Woodley
Added: 9/2/2010 10:06 AM
Mrs. Woodley recently accepted a positio...

John White
Added: 9/1/2010 10:00 AM
John C. White '95, M.A., NCC is the new ...

Diane Lindenberger
Added: 8/31/2010 7:02 PM
Births and Adoptions
Diane (Miceli) Lindenberger '03 and her ...

Carl Hoegerl
Added: 8/31/2010 11:19 AM
Seeniann John, DO, MPH (Gannon alumni 19...

Carl Hoegerl
Added: 8/31/2010 11:18 AM
Births and Adoptions
Julia Patricia, daughter of Carl Hoegerl...

Amanda Wawrzyniak
Added: 8/25/2010 7:24 PM
Engagements and Marriages
Amanda (Haller) Wawrzyniak ('08) married...

Carol Minyon
Added: 8/24/2010 2:25 PM
Carol (Zembrzuski) Minyon, Class of 1992...

Ranko Barac
Added: 8/17/2010 11:40 AM
Ranko "Ron" Barac D.O.M.S.(Med...

Christopher Wolski
Added: 8/11/2010 4:06 PM
Engagements and Marriages
Abigail Suppa ('07) and Christopher Wols...

Upcoming Events

Quail Hollow Golf Outing 2010
9/13/2010 11:00 AM to 9/13/2010 6:00 PM

James A. Scozzie, Ph. D. '65, former President of the National Alumni Association and current Trustee of Gannon University, cordially invites you to a golf outing and barbecue at Quail Hollow Country Club in Painesville, Ohio on Monday, September 13, 2010.

Family Weekend
9/17/2010 to 9/19/2010

Family Weekend is sponsored by: APB
Contact: Emily Taft at
View the registration poster PDF here.

GIVE Day 2010
9/25/2010 to 9/25/2010

All alumni, family and friends are invited to volunteer to serve their local communities on Gannon's GIVE Day, September 25, 2010!  Find out where alumni will be on September 25th and register at

Executive-On-Campus Ben C. Askew, Ph.D. '83
9/30/2010 to 9/30/2010

Ben C. Askew, Jr., Ph. D. '83 returns to Gannon's Campus as the Executive-On-Campus speaker.  Alumni, students, faculty and staff are welcomed to join Dr. Askew for breakfast or lunch on Thursday, September 30th.  RSVP to Tracy Stolz by Monday, September 27th.

Alumni Football Tailgate October 2, 2010
10/2/2010 10:00 AM to 10/2/2010 11:30 AM

Join the Gannon Alumni association for a tailgate party on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. before the Gannon Knights football team takes on the Mercyhurst Lakers at the Gannon Field at noon.

We welcome your comments and suggestions! To share your thoughts or be added to our e-mail list, contact Cathy Fresch, director of Alumni Services, at

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