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GU eNews, Gannon Alumni e-newsletter

Volume X, Issue 7       Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS       July 5, 2011
Linda Fleming Named Interim Provost
Linda M. Fleming, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Gannon psychology department and director of training for the counseling psychology program, has been appointed by President Taylor as the University’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Fleming will keep the wheels turning and progress going during this period of transition as a national search to fill the position will be conducted promptly. Read more >

Alumni and Parents, Check your Mailboxes!
The Alumni Homecoming Reunion & Family Weekend brochure was mailed at the end of June; this is your registration form for the Alumni Homecoming Reunion and APB’s Family Weekend for families of all current students, which will be held Sept. 23-25, 2011. A new and improved online registration is up and running. Now is a great time to book your hotels for the weekend!

It's Tee Time!

Practice your golf swing and help raise important funds for student scholarships at these remaining summer golf outings: 4th Annual Gannon Wrestling Golf Scramble and Capt. Harry R. Stauffer Memorial Golf Outing. Thank you for your support; we hope to see you there!

Win a Gannon Tapestry Blanket!

Gannon University is a sponsor of Erie’s 8 Great Tuesdays concert series, which runs each Tuesday night from July 12 through Aug. 30 at Liberty Park at 6:30 p.m. Alumni are welcome to stop by the GU tent to register for a chance to win a Gannon tapestry blanket that will be awarded on Aug. 31. Say “hi” to the Gannon staff and students and get free popcorn and giveaways each week! 2010 photo gallery >

Interested in a Graduate or Doctoral Degree?
Join us at Gannon’s Graduate Open House on July 21 from 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. to learn about Gannon’s master’s and doctoral degree programs. Each of the program directors will be on hand to discuss their programs and how we can help meet your needs! Plus, admissions and financial aid representatives will be available to help you start the process or answer any questions. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 814-871-7474 with questions or to register. More information >

Annual Alumni Picnic and Shakespeare Summer Nights Play
Join the Gannon University Alumni Association for an alumni picnic on July 23 at 6 p.m. in the South Gardens of the Nash Library. The featured Shakespeare Summer Nights play is Return to the Forbidden Planet, a family-friendly sci-fi musical loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Be sure to register by July 20!

Hall of Fame Nominations Now Accepted

Nominations for the Gannon Athletics Hall of Fame are still being accepted through Gannon's athletics website. The deadline for the Class of 2012 nominations is July 31, 2011. Nominations will be accepted online throughout the year, but only nominations received before July 31 will be considered for the 2012 induction. Nomination form >

Save the Date to Serve!
This year’s GIVE Day (Gannon’s Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere) is scheduled for Sept. 17, 2011. Whether you live close by or far away, find out how you can get involved with a community service project in your city by contacting the Office of Alumni Services.

Job Search Tips and More from Career Services

Create an effective résumé. The résumé is used as a screening tool by most employers. If it doesn’t get their attention quickly, then your chances of getting an interview are very small. It should highlight your education, experience, skills and activities and should begin with the most important information related to your career objective. The résumé should be written in a clear, concise manner using action words to describe your background and accomplishments. It needs to be formatted in a visibly appealing manner. Set it up as a Word document (.doc or .docx) and do not use templates. Feel free to email your résumé to and a career counselor will be glad to critique it and offer suggestions. Visit our website >

Special Announcement for 2006 Alumni
Gannon University has partnered with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) to conduct a Baccalaureate Outcomes Survey. The survey will benefit Gannon University by providing data on the occupational success of recent graduates and on your satisfaction with your Gannon experience. Alumni who received a degree from Gannon during the 2005-06 Academic Year will be surveyed. You will be contacted in September 2011 and invited to complete either a Web-based survey or a paper questionnaire. Please take a moment to complete the survey. For questions, contact Cathy Fresch, director of Alumni Services, at 814-871-5842.

Student Café Moving Into Antlers Building

The project to transform the former Antlers Pub into a new venue for use by Gannon students is well under way. The One Green World Café, a student-run organic coffee house currently residing on the first floor of Zurn Science Center, will relocate to the space, which will be upgraded in phases starting this summer. In conjunction with the College of Engineering and Business, Gannon students will be largely responsible for operating the facility. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting development!

Thank You for Your Support!
Gannon University and its students wish to thank the many alumni, friends and parents who during the past year generously supported the Gannon University Annual Fund for Academic Excellence. Gifts to the Annual Fund support student scholarships, help the University invest in technology for its labs and classrooms and allow students and faculty to conduct research. The Annual Fund is on pace to meet its goals for the 2010-11 Fiscal Year. For more information on making a gift, please visit the Online Alumni Community.

Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. The summer newsletter for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) includes an article (page 24) on Dr. Keith Taylor being named president of Gannon. Dr. Linda Fleming was the “Mover of the Week” in the Erie Times-News for being named interim provost of Gannon. of Michigan posted a story about Rachel Folcik being named the new assistant women’s basketball coach. The PSAC website posted a story about Drew Deimel being named the Men’s Golfer of the Year. Keep up with all the current Gannon news at and on Gannon’s Facebook page.

Living Our Faith

Gannon University's Office of Campus Ministry would like to offer the following message to our alumni, parents and friends who have been affected by recent severe weather: "We live in mindful solidarity with our alumni and with their families, friends and communities whose lives have been overturned by the continuing catastrophic weather, including tornadoes, flooding, fires and other events. Gannon will pray especially for these individuals that we may manifest our compassion and generosity in support of victims and for their resilience to rebuild their lives."

Poll Question of the Month
It’s finally summertime! Log on and tell us what your favorite summer activities were during your college years in Erie. Vote now >

Photo of the Month

Dr. David Kozak and the Very Rev. Joseph Gregorek, Ph.D., V.F., were honored as the recipients of Gannon University’s Distinguished Faculty Award during a ceremony held April 8. Kozak, professor of political science, and Gregorek, professor of biology, were honored at the annual Faculty Awards Convocation.

Also honored at the Convocation were Dr. Steven Ropski, SGA Excellence in Teaching Award and Undergraduate Research Award; Dr. Geoffrey Dietz, The Bishop Trautman "Feed My Sheep" Award; Janice Whiteman, Kurt Hersch and Dr. Sarah Ewing, Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards; Dr. Maria Garase, Award for Excellence in Service-Learning; Dr. Ludwik Medeksza, Dr. Patrick O’Connell, Patricia Marshall and Gary Berringer, 25 Years of Service Awards; and George Sucha and Susan Calvano, retirement recognition. Congratulations to these outstanding faculty!

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Upcoming Events

Alumni Picnic & A Play 2011
7/23/2011 6:00 PM to 7/23/2011
The Gannon-Villa Alumni Association invites you to an Alumni Picnic & A Play featuring Return to the Forbidden Planet, a Schuster Theatre Shakespeare Summer Nights performance, on Saturday, July 23.

4th Annual Wrestling Alumni Golf Scramble
8/13/2011 12:00 PM to 8/13/2011
The GU wrestling alumni are gathering once again for their fourth annual golf outing at Union City Golf Course.  Golfers will play a four-man scramble with a noon shotgun start.  Contact: Don Henry, Head Wrestling Coach Phone: 814-871-7768,

Homecoming, Reunion and Family Weekend 2011
9/23/2011 to 9/25/2011
The Alumni Homecoming Reunion Weekend joins forces this year with the Activities Programming Board (APB) Family Weekend scheduled for Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25.

Stauffer Memorial Golf Outing 2011
9/24/2011 8:00 AM to 9/24/2011
The Captain Harry R. Stauffer Memorial Golf Outing takes place Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Seven Springs Golf Course and begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
Contact: Don Henry, Head Wrestling Coach, 814-871-7768,

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