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GU eNews, Gannon Alumni e-newsletter

Volume X, Issue 8       Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS      Aug. 2, 2011
You’re Invited: Presidential Inauguration
Mark your calendars and plan to join us as Gannon University celebrates the inauguration of its seventh president, Keith Taylor, Ph.D. Several days of festivities are planned for Nov. 3-5, 2011. The weekend’s theme will highlight Catholic service and civic engagement and will feature a discussion forum, service experience and more. Stay tuned for further details.

New Residence Hall Open House
Join us during Alumni Homecoming Reunion & Family Weekend on Sept. 24 at 10:15 a.m. as we formally bless the newest residence hall on campus, North Hall, located at 143 W. Fourth St. Tours of the facility will be available. 
Distinguished Alumni 2011
All alumni are invited to honor five individuals at the University’s annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner during Alumni Homecoming Reunion & Family Weekend, to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 in the Yehl Room, Waldron Campus Center (124 West 7th St.). Honorees this year include: James E. Dudenhoefer ’65; Robert D. Buyan, Esq. ’74; Margaret A. Vanderlaan ’89; Paul R. Gradl ’02, ’04M; and George P. Schillinger ’75. Online registration >

“Roast” to Honor Father Gregorek
The Rev. Joseph Gregorek, professor of biology, is having a polka party and he wants you to come. Click HERE to view his video invitation.

Sign Up for Flip Flop Friday
Join us Aug. 5 for a closer look at Gannon during the next Flip Flop Friday. Prospective students and their parents will learn more about academic majors related to their specific areas of interest and attend a series of activities and cool demonstrations. You’ll leave better informed of the University—and with a pair of maroon and gold flip flops! Read more >

Alumni Soccer Games in August
You're invited to the 2011 Gannon University women’s and men’s Alumni Soccer Games, Aug. 27, 2011. The women's game will start at 5 p.m. with the men's game to follow at 7 p.m. There will be a pregame gathering at Gannon University Field, located between West Fourth and Fifth streets on Sassafras Street, starting at 4 p.m. A postgame reception will be held at Calamari's Squid Row, 1317 State St., after both games. If you are planning to participate in the women’s alumni game, contact Colin Petersen at 814-871-7230. For the men’s game, please contact Rob Van Rheenen at 814-871-5810. Special alumni rates are available at many of the local hotels in the area (contact Mark Gaeta '87 for details).

Help Us with our GU/VMC History
Do you know how Gannon's school colors became maroon and gold, or how Villa Maria College's colors became blue and gold? What about the Golden Knight mascot? The newly formed Gannon Spirit Committee would love to know - contact Cathy Fresch, director of alumni services, with your information and help us update our records.

Win a Gannon Tapestry Blanket!
Gannon University is a sponsor of Erie’s 8 Great Tuesdays concert series, which runs each Tuesday night 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 >

Preview GU Coming Soon
Preview GU, a weekend-long schedule of events in the four days preceding the start of the 2011-12 Academic Year, will kick off on Aug. 20 with freshman move-in. New students will be able to meet their fellow students, settle in to their residence halls, talk to their adviser, become more familiar with campus and the Erie area--and more! Full schedule >

Police & Safety Relaunch Bike Patrol
The Office of Campus Police and Safety has launched a bike patrol unit to enhance community policing efforts. Benefits include more contact between officers and the community and easier access to some areas. Officers Kristen Bergquist and Christopher O’Connell will patrol the campus area daily. Read more >

Job Search Tips from Career Services
Network. Family, friends, neighbors, current or former bosses/coworkers, classmates, teammates and acquaintances can all be helpful in developing job leads. To increase your network, attend business or professional meetings or volunteer at events where you can interact with people from area businesses. Set a goal of meeting three new people at each event. Conduct informational interviews with people in your career field. Establish an online presence by joining LinkedIn. Visit our website >

Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. featured Gannon's newest admissions event, Flip-Flop Friday. A website for collegiate water polo recognized Gannon's stellar student-athletes. CollegeXpress included a detailed review of Gannon on its website. Keep up with all the current Gannon news at and on Gannon’s Facebook page.

Living Our Faith
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.

Gannon Gives Back
A special thank you to our loyal supporters of alumni, parents and friends who helped raise $1,313,320 for this year’s Annual Fund for Academic Excellence! Your generosity is literally helping students’ dreams come true.

Poll Question of the Month
Gannon’s giving back! Alumni in seven regional cities will be volunteering in a number of ways for GIVE (Gannon’s Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere) Day. If you participate, what kind of service project would you like to help with? Vote now >

Photo of the Month
On July 23, more than 50 Gannon and Villa Maria College alumni gathered for a summer picnic in the South Gardens of the Nash Library. Afterwards, picnic goers enjoyed the Shakespeare Summer Nights performance of Return to the Forbidden Planet in the Schuster Theatre. View photos >

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Upcoming Events

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.  All alumni, parents, and current students can register their families online for this event!

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,

Ghosts of Gannon
10/26/2011 12:00 PM to 10/26/2011 1:00 PM

Ghosts of Gannon sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield: Alumni Lunchtime Lecture Series

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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