GU eNews, Gannon Alumni e-newsletter

Volume IX, Issue 12       Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS       December 6, 2010
We Wish You a Merry Christmas!
As a Diocesan university, Gannon proudly celebrates its Roman Catholic traditions throughout the year, and especially during this holiday season. Click HERE to read a special Christmas message from the Rev. George Strohmeyer, vice president for Mission and Ministry and University chaplain.

Dr. Garibaldi Named Next President of the University of Detroit Mercy
Gannon University President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., will be the new president of the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). Dr. Garibaldi made an emotional announcement to the Gannon community on Nov. 12 following simultaneous press conferences at Gannon and UDM. Garibaldi has been Gannon’s president since 2001, and he will begin his new position at UDM on July 1, 2011. During his tenure at Gannon, the University reached its highest enrollment in 17 years, more than doubled the endowment and achieved seven consecutive top tier rankings by U.S.News and World Report as well as being listed in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category five times and making the “Top Up-and-Coming” list once. Read more >

Gannon Gears Up for Winter Commencement
Gannon will host its Winter Commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Hammermill Center. William M. Zeitler, who graduated from Gannon in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, will be the keynote speaker and honorary degree recipient. Gannon President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., will award some 253 degrees. Read more >

Athletics Hall of Fame to Welcome New Members
Mark your calendars now for the 2011 Gannon University Athletics Hall of Fame event, scheduled for Jan. 22. A 5 p.m. reception will start the evening, followed by a dinner and induction ceremony in the Yehl Ballroom of the Waldron Campus Center. Read more >

Sheiks Celebrate 40th Anniversary
More than 100 brothers and little sisters of the Sheik Social Fraternity gathered during Alumni Homecoming & Reunion Weekend to celebrate its 40th Reunion. To commemorate the occasion, the Sheik alumni presented Gannon University with $25,000 for the Sheik Fraternity Endowed Scholarship, which honors the Rev. Robert Susa (the first faculty adviser for the Sheiks when founded in 1969). To honor Father Susa and help a deserving Gannon student, please support the scholarship today! You can give online (make sure to designate your gift to the scholarship).

GU Honors Martin Luther King
Join Gannon University as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 17, 2011 beginning with a Memorial Prayer Service at 11 a.m. in the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel at 520 Peach Street. Meet Gannon students, staff and alumni in Perry Square at noon to the join the annual City of Erie MLK Jr. Day March, immediately followed by lunch in Gannon’s Waldron Campus Center. For more information, contact Bonita Booker at 814-871-7447.

Students Host Cooking Show
Gannon students are cooking up something fun in MC Gensheimer’s Video Pre-Production and Performance class. The group has produced and filmed a series of television cooking shows designed for a college lifestyle. Watch the video >

Additionally, join us on Feb. 16 for the spring Alumni Lunchtime Lecture, which will feature Gensheimer and these student chefs. You’ll learn how the show was produced and partake in their delicious dishes. Online registration >

Gannon Raises Awareness of Hunger and Homelessness
Gannon’s annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, held Nov. 15-19, had students, faculty and staff donating meals, braving the cold from within cardboard shelters and increasing understanding of global poverty issues. On Monday and Tuesday, students could opt to donate a meal from their meal plan to Oxfam America, an international organization focused on ending poverty, hunger and injustice. Students set up makeshift shelters along A.J.’s Way in Box City, collecting change from passersby for several local charities. The week ended with a Culture Fair. Approximately 200 students, faculty and staff participated in the events and the efforts raised a total of $1,400 to be shared by four local charities.

Annual SSJ Thanksgiving Dinner Feeds Those in Need
For the second consecutive year, Gannon hosted the Sisters of St. Joseph annual Thanksgiving Dinner. The University’s cafeteria in the Waldron Campus Center was packed with volunteers and families looking for a hot meal on Thanksgiving Day. Approximately 750 meals were served at Gannon and 370 meals were delivered to homes by volunteers. Read more > 

Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. Students who participated in November's Box City can be seen in snapshots on the Web site. Former Gannon baseballer Matt Berkey recently competed in the World Series of Poker. U.S. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper paid tribute to Dr. and Carol Garibaldi during a speech on the House floor, which aired on Dec. 1 on CSPAN. Keep up with all the current Gannon news at and on Gannon’s Facebook page.

Annual Fund Supports Students
The end of the year is a great time to support Gannon University with a gift to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence. Not only can you use the donation as a deduction on your taxes, but you will help financially needy students receive the scholarships they need to begin their spring semester. Thanks for your support of Gannon students! Give online > 

Photo of the Month
Nov. 3, 2010 was Gannon is All Over Cleveland day, culminating with a special reception at the Shoreby Club, where 33 alumni and parents of current students gathered to socialize and network with prospective students and their families, Gannon administrators and each other. Congratulations to Jane Frye ’85, winner of the C-Town Goes Maroon & Gold Photo Contest grand prize of an iPod Nano.

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Upcoming Events

2011 Athletics Hall of Fame
1/22/2011 5:00 PM to 1/22/2011 8:00 PM

The Gannon University Athletics Booster Club invites you to the Gannon University Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Saturday, January 22, 2011.

Alumni Pre-Game Basketball Receptions
1/26/2011 4:30 PM to 2/9/2011 5:30 PM

Join the Alumni Association for a pre-game basketball reception from 4:30 - 5:30pm on January 26 (before GU takes on Mercyhurst) and February 9 (before GU takes on Edinboro).

Alumni Lunchtime Lecture - GU Cooking Show
2/16/2011 11:30 AM to 2/16/2011 12:30 PM

A Knight in the Kitchen The Alumni Lunchtime Lecture series returns for "A Knight in the Kitchen; Gannon University's Cooking Show" on Wednesday, February 16, 2011.

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