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GU eNews, Gannon Alumni e-newsletter

Volume X, Issue 3       Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS       March 9, 2011
Presidential Search Continues
The presidential search committee, chaired by the Rev. Nicholas Rouch, S.T.D. ’83, met on Feb. 18 and will be interviewing several candidates in April. Learn more about the search committee and what they're looking for in Gannon's next president HERE.

On April 7, members of the Gannon and Erie communities are invited to an open house reception honoring Dr. Antoine and Mrs. Carol Garibaldi for their contributions to Gannon University. The reception will be held in the Yehl Ballroom from 3:30-6:30 p.m. with a special presentation scheduled for 5 p.m.

Anonymous Donor Funds New Scholarship
The generosity of an anonymous donor will allow future students to attend Gannon University. The donor, who is living and is a Gannon alumnus, has made a $1 million gift to create the Cathedral College Endowed Merit Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. The scholarship is designed for students in the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Read more >

Highmark Pledges $12,500 Gift
Jim Martin, Highmark community affairs director, was on hand on Feb. 23 to present Dr. Phil Kelly, Gannon’s interim president, with a gift in the amount of $12,500. The funds will go toward Gannon’s Annual Fund for Academic Excellence, with $1,000 of it going to the Alumni Legacy Scholarship to benefit current and future Gannon students. The gift is part of Highmark’s annual support to the University.

Gannon Students, Metz & Associates Team Up for Erie-GAINS
Gannon students are analyzing the nutritional value of food pantry offerings and helping clients make healthier choices. A grant through Metz & Associates is funding the Erie-GAINS project, which will enable students to create recipe cards for low income residents that will help them create healthier meals using items they receive from food pantries. Seen here at a recent Golden Knights basketball game are Phil Kelly, D.A., interim president, and his wife, Judy, with Jim Dickson and Mark Carone from Metz & Associates. Read more >

Cross Country Team Records Nation’s Highest Team GPA
The Gannon men’s cross country team is the best academic program in NCAA Division II. The Golden Knights were named an NCAA Division II All-Academic team by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the eighth consecutive season on Feb. 17. Led by 21st-year head coach John Carrig, the Golden Knights produced the best cumulative team grade-point average in the country. Read more >

Edge Wants to Know Your Fave!
Students with Edge, Gannon's student-produced online experience, have been collecting nomination forms for the site's Ultimate Fave contest, trying to determine which place in the Erie area is the ultimate favorite of Gannon students. More than 1,000 nominations were made for upwards of 150 locations on and near Gannon’s campus. These nominations were narrowed down to 32 finalists in eight categories. Finalists will be announced when the voting beings March 7 on the Edge website, The March Madness-like bracket voting will continue until April 4. The winner—Gannon’s Ultimate Fave—will be unveiled on April 8. Check in each Monday throughout the month of March to cast your votes for your favorite places and to follow along with the results.

Theatre Dept. Hosts Mini-Fringe Festival
The Gannon University theatre department in March will host “Mini-Fringe Festival 2011,” a series of plays to be performed on and off campus. The performances will help support the theatre department’s participation in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival (ICTF), to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland in August. Gannon is one of only 15 college and university theatre programs from the United States and Canada to be chosen for the ICTF. Read more >

Dine with an Executive
On March 17, the Alumni Association will host Michael J. Doka ’73 as the spring Executive-On-Campus speaker. Doka currently serves as president of Rehrig Pacific Co., a company that manufactures plastic shipping containers and packaging, in Los Angeles. Events during the day include an informal breakfast and lunch, classroom discussions and a student round-table dinner. Online registration >
Performance Aids Clemente Scholarship Fund
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. More information and online ticket purchase >

Alumni Invited to Job Fairs
The Office of Career Development and Employment Services at Gannon invites alumni to participate in two upcoming job fairs. The WestPACS Spring Job and Internship Fair will be held March 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Monroeville (Pa.) Convention Center. Pre-register online (fee is $5) at; the walk-in fee is $10. On March 30, the PERC Teacher Job Fair will be held in the same location from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Asian Festival Offers Arts, Culture, Dance, Food and Interactive Fun
Gannon will once again host the Asian Festival, this time on April 2. The explosion of culture, color and culinary offerings will take place in the Hammermill Center from noon to 6 p.m. The biennial event is organized by the Erie Asian Pacific American Forum (APAF) to promote awareness and understanding of the 16 rich Asian cultures in the Erie community. Read more >

Get to Know Gannon at Open House
Gannon University will host its Spring Open House on April 10. The Open House is a wonderful opportunity for prospective students and their families to see the campus, learn more about academic programs, attend presentations on admissions and financial aid, and meet with faculty, staff and athletic coaches. Advance registration is not required. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-GANNON-U (1-800-426-6668).

Business Ambassadors Hold Spring Meeting
You’re invited to join us for the Spring 2011 Business Ambassadors meeting on April 12 at 10:45 a.m. in the Yehl Ballroom. Alumnus Kurt Duska ’87, president of Engineered Plastics in Erie, will discuss the importance of plastics recycling and what you can do to make a difference. Duska’s visit is sponsored by the students of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity. More about Business Ambassadors >

Holocaust Survivor to Lecture at Gannon
Manya Friedman, a Holocaust survivor, will give a guest lecture at Gannon at 7 p.m. on April 14 in the Yehl Ballroom of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 West 7th St. The lecture is free and open to the public. Friedman is one of more than 90 active volunteers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. For more information, call 814-871-5768. Read more >
Alumnus to Share Inspirational Story
Join the Program for Students with Learning Disabilities as they welcome alumnus Todd Warren ’96 on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Yehl Ballroom. Warren will give a presentation titled “Word Blind in a Written Business World” that tells the story of his battle with dyslexia. He is currently vice president and relationship manager at a Maryland bank.

Mark Your Calendars for September Events
Save the date for the 2011 Alumni GIVE (Gannon’s Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere) Day on Sept. 17. Stay tuned for more information about volunteer events in Erie, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Rochester, New York City, D.C., Cleveland, Columbus, Chicago and Atlanta. Also mark your calendars for 2011 Alumni Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, Sept. 23-25, which is also fall Family Weekend at Gannon. Look for more info to come!

Save the Date for a PKA Reunion
Mark your calendars for Gannon’s Pi Kappa Alpha 50th Anniversary Reunion in Erie on July 26-29, 2012. Pike brothers, confirm your contact information, help us locate fellow alumni brothers, or volunteer for the planning committee by contacting Rich “Little Kuj” Kujawinski ’73 or 732-882-6761.

Cooking with Class
Over 50 alumni, students and members of the Gannon community attended the spring Alumni Lunchtime Lecture, “A Knight in the Kitchen: Gannon University’s Cooking Show.” The event featured students in a Video Performance and Production class, taught by professors Mary Carol Gensheimer and David Blaetz ’84, ’10M. Watch the video >

Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Gannon University is a news maker, in Erie and beyond. A $1 million gift from an anonymous donor to create a scholarship for students enrolled in Gannon’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences attracted media coverage locally as well as regionally from WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh. The story also made headlines on Erie Blogs. posted a photo gallery of Gannon’s Docs vs. Jocks volleyball game, held Feb. 20. Find out more about the theatre department’s upcoming Mini-Fringe Festival 2011 in an Erie Blogs article. Keep up with all the current Gannon news at and on Gannon’s Facebook page.

Living Our Faith
Gannon honored its heritage of faith Feb. 6-12 with a Celebration of Catholic Education. Several events, including panel discussions, luncheons and Masses highlighted the week’s theme. A lecture on Cardinal Newman served as the inaugural Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus Lecture on Catholic Thought and Action. The objectives of the lecture series include furthering the University’s mission and Catholic identity, distinguishing Gannon as a Catholic and Diocesan university and broadening the understanding of the Catholic faith as well as its heritage and traditions. Read more >

Gannon Gives Back
Calling all Annual Fund for Academic Excellence supporters…spring Phonathon has started and we hope to reach you! Support scholarships this year when you receive your call on behalf of Gannon—you can help thousands of students with your single gift. Don’t want to wait for your phone call? Give securely online today. Give to Gannon >

Poll Question of the Month
Looking for something quick and fun to break up your day? Take the monthly alumni poll! This month's question is: How do you read your GU eNEWS?

Photo of the Month
Do you recognize this piece of student artwork? Dick Sukitsch, who retired from Gannon in 2010 after 34 years with the University, kept the piece in his office for many years and believes it was created in the 1970s. However, he isn’t sure who the artist is. The initials JDK are found toward the bottom. If you have any information about the origin of this artwork, contact Gannon Magazine editor Audrey Starr at 814-871-5817.

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Upcoming Alumni Events

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 or Erin Sekerak by Tuesday, March 15th.

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.
Yellowstone National Park Trip
6/20/2011 to 6/30/2011
The Annual Summer Biological Travel Study to Yellowstone National Park is open to alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends.  Trip cost of $1,975 includes roundtrip airfare, all lodging and most meals, transportation, fees, and field guides.  For more details, contact Prof. David Gustafson at, 814.871.7636 or Prof. Steven Ropski at, 814.871.7637.

Save-the-Date! Alumni GIVE Day 2011
9/17/2011 to 9/17/2011
Save the date for the 2011 Alumni GIVE (Gannon's Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere) Day!  More information about volunteer events in Erie, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Rochester, New York City, DC, Cleveland, Columbus, Chicago, and Atlanta to come!

Save-the-Date! 2011 Alumni Homecoming/Reunion & Family Weekend
9/23/2011 to 9/25/2011
Save the Date for the 2011 Alumni Homecoming/Reunion & Family Weekend Sept. 23-25, 2011.  More details to follow!

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