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GU eNews, Gannon Alumni e-newsletter

Volume X, Issue 4        Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS        April 4, 2011
Say Goodbye to Dr. Garibaldi
All Gannon students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and community members are welcome to attend a special celebration for Dr. and Mrs. Garibaldi on April 7. The open house reception will be held in the Yehl Ballroom from 3:30—6:30 p.m. Several presentations will be made at 5 p.m. No RSVP is necessary. For more information, call 814-871-5842 or email Cathy Fresch, director of alumni services.

Gannon Receives Prestigious Grant to Help High School Students Prepare for College
Gannon is one of three organizations working closely with the Erie City School District to make it easier for students and their families to prepare for and gain the resources necessary to go to college. The “Gaining Options for College Collaborative,” or “GO College-Erie” initiative was announced at Gannon by the Council for Opportunity in Education on March 25. Read more >

Get to Know Gannon at Open House
Gannon’s Spring Open House, to be held April 10, allows 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. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Events, tours and presentations will continue until approximately 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-GANNON-U (1-800-426-6668).

Edge Fave Contest Concludes
After several weeks of voting, Edge’s Ultimate Fave contest has concluded and a winner is scheduled to be announced April 8. Log on to Edge and see if your favorite campus location was chosen as the Ultimate Fave. Read more >

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. (registration at 10:30 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 7 p.m. April 14 in the Yehl Ballroom of the Waldron 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
Todd Warren, a 1996 Gannon graduate, will give an April 18 guest lecture. He is vice president of commercial banking at Sandy Spring Bank in Olney, Md. His lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Yehl Ballroom of the Waldron Center, 124 West 7th St. Warren, who was diagnosed with dyslexia, will share his inspiring story. For more information, call 814-871-5567.

Cooney-Jackman Lecture April 19
John Hanger will serve as the inaugural speaker for the Cooney-Jackman Endowed Speaker Series on Energy and the Environment. Hanger is the former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and will present a talk on the Marcellus Shale gas well drilling controversy. The event will take place April 19 at 7 p.m. in Zurn 104. For more information, contact Rick Diz, Cooney-Jackman professor of renewable energy, at 814-871-7633.

Join us for a Last Call at Antlers
Alumni are invited to a Cinco de Mayo fiesta at Antlers Pub and Grill, 162 W. 4th St., on May 5 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the establishment’s history as a favorite Gannon student hangout. The University purchased the property in December 2010 and plans are currently underway to transform the space for student programming. Stay tuned to the Online Alumni Community and your e-mail for further details!

Alumni Homecoming & Reunion Weekend and Family Weekend Scheduled
Mark your calendars for Sept. 23-25, this year’s Alumni Homecoming & Reunion Weekend and Family Weekend at Gannon. This special time at the University promises plenty of events, activities and opportunities to reconnect with fellow classmates and learn more about campus. Stay tuned for more info to come!

Students Give Back Over Spring Break
More than 30 students—in addition to several faculty, staff and administrators—spent their spring break participating in Gannon’s Alternative Break Service Trips. This year, students headed to New York City to volunteer in a soup kitchen, New Orleans to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Immokalee, Florida, to aid migrant farm workers and San Pedro Sula, Honduras to perform community service for people living in and around city garbage dumps. Photo gallery >

Executive-on-Campus Shares Experiences
Gannon University business and engineering students, alumni and faculty spent the day with an alumnus from the class of 1973. Michael Doka’s 40-year career with Rehrig Pacific Co. began while he was still a student at Gannon. Today, he is the chairman of the same company with annual global sales in excess of $350 million. Watch the video >

Performance Aids Clemente Scholarship Fund
Gannon again hosted its annual Alex Clemente Scholarship Fundraiser, this time on March 18. The performance, For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf, a play by Ntozake Shange, attracted a crowd of nearly 50, with $845 total raised to support student scholarships.

Alumni Succeed in Government Positions
Three alumni--Rich Hudic '91, Sheila Sterrett '99M and Matthew Blackburn '02--recently received appointments with Pennsylvania government offices. Read more about how these alumni are succeeding here.

Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. Gannon’s MBA cohort in Warren, Pa., was featured in the Warren Times Observer. The Manufacturer & Business Association’s Business Magazine devoted significant attention to the Gannon University Small Business Development Center’s W.I.L.D. Conference. And Niagara University has announced that Dr. Tim Downs, dean of the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, will be its next vice president of academic affairs, an announcement covered in the Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune. Keep up with all the current Gannon news at and on Gannon’s Facebook page.

Living Our Faith
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul proclaims: “You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” Then he exhorts each of us: “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

We are united with Christ completely in his passage from death to life. It is the Risen Christ who, even now, in this flesh, raises our minds and hearts and enlightens us! In him we become visible as children of light! Psalm 103 foreshadowed the coming Christ and gives us all courage to pray to him now in gratitude and confidence: May you who redeems our life from the grave crown us with love and compassion, fill our life with good things, and renew our youth like an eagle’s!

Easter is the Season of Life and Light! Christ is Risen! Happy Easter!

Gannon Gives Back
Approximately 400 students have signed up to give back through the United Way’s Day of Caring on April 16. For the first time, Gannon groups will volunteer exclusively in the Erie-GAINS neighborhood, and all projects will have an environmental focus in honor of Earth Day. In addition, first-year students were able to sign up with their first-year seminar classes from the fall semester, allowing them to reunite for a picnic lunch in Gridley Park following the morning’s service.

Poll of the Month
How often did you visit Antlers Pub as a student? Log on to let us know, and mark your calendars for a last call event on May 5 at 7 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

Photo of the Month
Continuing Gannon University's tradition of giving back and community service, the women's soccer team spent spring break near Cape Town, South Africa, working with BeautifulGate Ministries, an interdenominational Christian organization providing care and support to vulnerable children and families. Head coach Colin Petersen '01 is a native of Vereeniging, South Africa.

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Upcoming Events

United Way Day of Caring 2011
4/16/2011 to 4/16/2011 11:59 PM
Gannon University will participate in the United Way Day of Caring on Saturday, April 16th.  The Alumni Association is sponsoring an alumni & student volunteer project in Erie at Gridley Park located at W. 6th and Liberty St.  We invite alumni to join us for a morning of service and a picnic lunch!  Contact Tracy Lyons 814-871-7473 if you would like to volunteer.

"Word Blind in a Written Business World" Todd Warren '96
4/18/2011 6:30 PM to 4/18/2011 8:00 PM
Join us April 18th from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Gannon University for an evening of inspiration and education as Todd Warren '96 presents his thought-provoking story.  Following the presentation, a student panel and Mr. Warren will be available to answer questions about learning disabilities and accommodations. 
To RSVP, Contact Jill Linton, linton001@gannon or 871-7177.

Preparing for College 2011
4/27/2011 6:00 PM to 4/27/2011 7:30 PM
Do you have students that are entering college in the next few years?  You are invited to attend a special information session for Gannon University alumni and friends on Wednesday, April 27 from 6 - 7:30pm in Room 219 of the Waldron Campus Center.  RSVP to Julie Coppolo,, 814-871-7410, or register online.

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! 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!

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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