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Volume X, Issue 2       Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS       Feb. 7, 2011
Hall of Fame Welcomes Inductees
Eight former student-athletes and coaches and one team were inducted into the 2011 Gannon University Athletics Hall of Fame during festivities held Jan. 22. Honorees were recognized during halftime of the men’s basketball game before attending dinner and the induction ceremony in the Yehl Ballroom of the Waldron Campus Center. You can read more about the inductees or view a photo gallery of the event online.

Lunchtime Lecture Gets Cookin’
Join the Gannon Alumni Association for the Spring 2011 Lunchtime Lecture on Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m. in Room 219 of the Waldron Campus Center. This semester’s lecture will feature the brains behind the new student-produced television cooking series, “A Knight in the Kitchen.” Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look and will partake in their delicious recipes. Online registration >

Celebrate Black History Month
Gannon will host two events in celebration of Black History Month. At 7 p.m. on Feb. 3, the University will show Soundtrack for a Revolution in Room 104 of the Zurn Science Center. Also, Gannon will host a lecture by Elon James White at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 in Yehl Ballroom. Both events are free and open to the public. Read more >

Financial Aid Workshop Scheduled
Gannon will host a free Financial Aid Workshop at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 in Room 1200 of the Palumbo Center. The workshop will cover the various aid programs available and will include a step-by-step review of the FAFSA. For information, call 814-871-7337 or 1-800-GANNON-U (1-800-426-6668). Read more >

Love is in the Air
In honor of the Valentine’s Day season, the latest issue of Gannon Magazine (arriving in mailboxes next week) celebrates Gannon’s nearly 3,600 alumni marriages. Click HERE for a few of their stories, and post your own memories and pictures. In addition to tales of campus romance, the winter edition features an update on the presidential search process, a look at the MBA program’s 40th anniversary and more. Gannon Magazine Online >

Play Benefits Clemente Scholarship
Gannon will host its annual Alex Clemente Fundraiser on March 18. The performance, For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf, a play by Ntozake Shange, will begin at 8 p.m. at the University’s Schuster Theatre. A portion of each ticket sale goes to the Alex Clemente Fund for the Performing and Related Arts at Gannon University, which helps provide opportunities for professionals in theatre and other arts to serve as “artists in residence” at Gannon. Clemente, a 1962 graduate, served as technical director for Gannon’s Little Theatre during the 1980s. More information and online ticket purchase >

Alumnus to Return as Executive on Campus
Michael J. Doka '73, chairman of Rehig Pacific Co. in Los Angeles, returns to campus as the spring Executive-On-Campus speaker. Alumni, students, faculty and staff are welcome to join Doka for breakfast (8 a.m.) or lunch (noon) on March 17 in the Old Main Boardroom. Both events are informal and feature an informative discussion lead by Doka. Online registration >

Get WILD with Gannon’s SBDC
There’s still time to register for the third annual W.I.L.D. (Women in Leadership Development) Conference, hosted by Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center. This year’s conference is March 25 at the Bayfront Convention Center, with doors opening at 7:15 a.m. Keynote speakers include former star of “The Apprentice” Bill Rancic, wellness expert Jan McGinnis and life coach Connie Podesta. Read more >

Holocaust Survivor to Lecture at Gannon
Gannon’s history department will host a lecture by Holocaust survivor Manya Friedman on April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Yehl Ballroom in the Waldron Campus Center. Friedman was liberated from the Ravensbrück concentration camp, the largest concentration camp for women in the German Reich, in April 1945. The event is free and open to the public. Read more >

Dr. Garibaldi Receives Honors
Dr. Garibaldi Receives Honors Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., former president of Gannon University, is receiving honors before he assumes his new duties as president of the University of Detroit Mercy in July. On Feb. 2, Erie City Council presented Dr. Garibaldi with a proclamation, which acknowledged his many accomplishments at Gannon. On Feb. 3, he was the guest of honor at the Youth Leadership Institute of Erie’s annual Hero’s Breakfast. In choosing to honor Dr. Garibaldi, organizers characterized him as an “extraordinary leader and friend.” Garibaldi, currently on sabbatical at Gannon, will deliver the keynote address and will be awarded an honorary degree at Gannon’s May Commencement. Read more >

Remembering Msgr. Speice & Joe Luckey
January marked the passing of two well-known and beloved figures in Gannon history, Mgsr. Lawrence T. Speice ’55 and Robert Joseph “Joe” Luckey ’55. More information about the lives of Father Speice and Joe Luckey can be found on the online alumni community, including a video tribute.

GU Recognized by Malaysian Ministry
Gannon has been formally recognized by Malaysia’s Ministry of Education, paving the way for the University to continue to grow its international student population. As a result of the recognition, Gannon has been awarded a Malaysian Quality Assurance Certification (MQAC). The recognition will further Gannon’s efforts to enroll government-sponsored students from Malaysia. Gannon enrolls nearly 300 international students from 25 countries. Read more >

Biomedical Program Enrolls First Student
The University has received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer a new bachelor of science degree with a major in biomedical engineering. Biomedical engineering, one of the fastest-growing academic disciplines, is the application of engineering principles and techniques to the medical field. Gannon’s program is the only one of its kind locally. Read more > 

Gannon in the News

Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. Gannon's newest academic offering, a biomedical engineering program, has garnered plenty of attention lately, from the Erie Times-News and Keystone Edge. The program is the first of its kind in the region. One columnist called it a "big step for Erie." Keep up with all the current Gannon news at and on Gannon’s Facebook page.

Living Our Faith
Gannon University will celebrate its Catholic Mission during Catholic Colleges Observance Week, Feb. 6-10, 2011. Activities include Masses, a lecture and Faith Field Day. Check out the full schedule of activities HERE and join us!

Go Online with Gannon’s Social Networks

Now you can stay connected with Gannon University anytime through a number of online social network sites. You can “like” the official Gannon Facebook page, follow the University on Twitter, catch the latest videos on Gannon’s YouTube channel or network with alumni and colleagues on LinkedIn. Log on and let us know your thoughts!

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 education that will enable them to be leaders in their communities, churches and careers. Thank you for your support! Give to Gannon >

Photo of the Month
More than 60 alumni and friends filled the ’Mill to cheer on the Golden Knights on Jan. 26 following a pregame reception. Although both Gannon teams succumbed to the Mercyhurst Lakers (women 63-75, men 64-68 in overtime), Gannon fans were proud as always to support their Knights! Join us for the next pregame reception before home games against Edinboro University (Pa.) on Feb. 9.

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This month's question:

About 11 percent of Gannon/Villa Maria alumni are married to fellow alumni.
Did YOU find your spouse at Gannon?

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Alumni Events

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.  Featuring the students of Asst. Prof. Mary Carol Gensheimer's Video Performance class and instructor David Blaetz's Video Production Class.

Executive-On-Campus Michael J. Doka '73
3/17/2011 8:00 AM to 3/17/2011 1:00 PM
Michael J. Doka '73 returns to Gannon's Campus as the Executive-On-Campus speaker.  Alumni, students, faculty and staff are welcomed to join Mr. Doka for breakfast or lunch on Thursday, March 17th.  RSVP to Tracy Lyons by Monday, March 14th.

Clemente Fundraiser Performance 2011
3/18/2011 7:30 PM to 3/18/2011
The annual Alex Clemente Fundraiser play this year is For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide...When the Rainbow is Enuf. A reception will be held at 7:30 p.m. prior to the 8 p.m. performance in the Schuster Theatre on Friday, March 18, 2011.

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