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GU eNews, Gannon Alumni e-newsletter

Volume X, Issue 10       Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS       Oct. 4, 2011
President to be Formally Inaugurated
Gannon University is ready to celebrate the inauguration of its seventh president, Dr. Keith Taylor. Several days of festivities are planned for Nov. 3-5, 2011, and all alumni, employees, students, parents and other friends of the University are invited to attend. The weekend’s theme will highlight Catholic service and civic engagement and will feature a discussion forum, service experience and more. Read more >

Homecoming, Family Weekend Sees Large Crowd
More than 660 alumni registered for 2011 Alumni Homecoming Reunion & Family Weekend, with many more alumni and friends attending various events throughout the Sept. 23-25 weekend. Highlights included a landmark reunion for the Class of 1961 and a “roast” of the Rev. Joseph Gregorek, longtime biology professor. Photo gallery >

Congratulations to these Winners!
Gannon alumni are always winners, but we extend congratulations to these individuals in particular: Debbie Rydzinski, parent of junior Michelle Rydzinksi, was the lucky recipient of a $50 Gannon Bookstore gift card, chosen from those who completed a 2011 Alumni Homecoming Reunion & Family Weekend evaluation survey; Art Whiteman '89 won a Gannon tapestry blanket from the GU Alumni Association during this summer's 8 Great Tuesdays event; Laura Quinn '98 received a Kindle DX, raffled off among those who submitted their Annual Fund for Academic Excellence contributions on time; and Atlanta was this year's GIVE Day winner with 13 alumni in attendance (view alumni GIVE Day photos HERE).

Highmark Sponsors "Spooky" Lunchtime Lecture
Join us for the fall Alumni Lunchtime Lecture series, "Ghosts of Gannon," sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. The luncheon will be held Oct. 26 in the Waldron Campus Center. All alumni and guests are encouraged to hear tales from the crypts of Gannon University. Register online >

University Sees Large Freshman Class
Gannon University for the Fall 2011 Semester is excited to enroll 675 first-time college students, which represents the University’s highest number of first-time students in 18 years and is an increase of 9 percent over last fall. In addition, Gannon is enrolling 40 more new undergraduate students in the current fall semester compared to the fall 2010. The current number of 812 undergraduates is more than 5 percent higher than the 772 from this time last year.

What’s Going On at GU?
Fall sports, Schuster Theatre performances, financial aid workshops—there are still lots of events scheduled for the remaining fall months, and you don’t want to miss out on all the fun! Click HERE for a full schedule.

Join Us for Fall Open House
Save the date: Gannon’s Fall Open House will be held Oct. 29. This annual event offers a chance for prospective students and their families to tour campus, meet professors, learn more about academic offerings and get a taste for all that the University and downtown Erie have to offer. Contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-GANNON-U (1-800-426-6668) for more information.

GIVE Day Aids More Than 60 Sites
This year’s GIVE Day (Gannon’s Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere), held Sept. 17, saw a record number of students participate with more than 1,100 giving their time on a Saturday morning to volunteer in the Erie community. In addition, nearly 100 alumni gave back in nearly a dozen cities across the country—with two more still planned for later this month. Photo gallery >

One Green World Café Opens
Gannon University’s new One Green World Café, located in the former Antlers Pub at 162 W. Fourth St., held a formal ribbon cutting and grand opening on Sept. 15 to celebrate its relocation and expansion from the Zurn Science Center. The café seeks to bring together the University’s wide range of cultures and is run by American and international students as a self-supporting and financially stable student-produced business. Photo gallery >

Gannon Again Ranks in Top Tier
Gannon University for the eighth consecutive year is ranked as a top tier university in the 2012 edition of U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition to maintaining its Top Tier ranking, Gannon University was named for the sixth year to the list of Great Schools, Great Prices. Read more >

Update Your Email Preferences
Noticed something missing from your inbox lately? Gannon University periodically sends important news, exciting information and event reminders via email—so make sure your communication preferences and contact information is up-to-date in our files! Update now >

Calling All…Yearbooks?
That’s right—we are missing some past editions of both Gannon and Villa Maria College yearbooks, and need your help! If you have any of the following issues and would be willing to donate them to the University, it would be greatly appreciated: Villa - 1950, 1960, 1966, 1967, 1975 or anything after 1985; Gannon - 1958, 1959, 1986, 1987. If you don't want to part with your book, we can copy it and return it to you as well. Help us establish a full yearbook library to keep current students connected to past generations!
Travel Abroad with Gannon
Looking for somewhere to go? Alumni are invited to participate in the 2012 Gannon University tour of London, Paris, Florence and Rome. The trip will take place May 13-22 and will be led by Dr. Douglas King, associate professor of English, departing from Pittsburgh. Read more >

Job Search Tips from Career Services
Check out opportunities within a company that may be part-time or may not require your full set of qualifications. Taking a job in the mailroom to get your foot in the door of a company where you would like to work can be risky, though if you make a positive impression you may soon be considered for positions where your education and experience can be fully utilized. Career Services >

College Entrance Tips from the Office of Admissions
High School Seniors:
  • Attend Open House on Oct. 29 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or schedule a personal visit (Monday-Friday or Saturdays, Nov. 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10)
  • Take the SAT or ACT exam if you have not already done so
  • Apply online at (Alumni can waive the application fee!)
  • Complete the Financial Aid Early Version Award (EVA) – available HERE
  • Submit your enrollment deposit after acceptance to confirm your attendance to Gannon
High School Juniors
  • Attend Open House on Oct. 29 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or schedule a personal visit (Monday-Friday or Saturdays, Nov. 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10)
  • Take the SAT or ACT exam

Poll Question of the Month
Since getting a new suit of armor last fall, the Gannon Knight mascot needs your help in updating his moniker. Help the newly formed Spirit Committee name the mascot by voting for your favorite choice at the following link: Vote now >

Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. Peter Pearson '84, a Gannon alumnus who was profiled in the Summer 2011 issue of Gannon Magazine, was part of the Sept. 6 opening bell ceremony on Wall Street as his company, Student Transportation of America, went public. You can see several images HERE. Gannon’s One Green World Café officially opened in the former Antlers Pub; see news coverage on Keystone Edge and at Keep up with all the current Gannon news at and on Gannon’s Facebook page.

Living Our Faith
The Gannon Community formally celebrated the newest addition to campus—North Hall, a five-story residence hall at 143 W. Fourth St.—with a blessing and open house on Sept. 24. About 50 individuals attended the event, which featured a blessing by the Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, S.T.D., S.S.L., Bishop of Erie, remarks by Keith Taylor, Ph.D., President, and tours of the facility. Photo gallery >

Photo of the Month
From Sept. 19-23, Gannon hosted six Tibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery. The group performed excerpts from ancient rituals, gave a presentation about daily monastery life in India and created a sand mandala. Interreligious conversation, sociopolitical discussions and opportunities for more informal interaction with the monks were also held. Photo gallery >

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Upcoming Events

GIVE Day 2011 - NYC and Atlanta
10/1/2011 to 10/1/2011
Join Gannon students, staff, and alumni on Saturday, September 17th and October 1 in community service projects at a city near you ..........

Taylor On Tour Chicago 2011
10/18/2011 6:00 PM to 10/18/2011 8:00 PM
The Inaugural Tour of Gannon University's seventh president Keith Taylor, Ph.D., kicks off in Chicago on October 18, 2011.

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 takes place Wednesday, October 26, 2011 in the Waldron Campus Center. All alumni and guests are encouraged to hear tales from the crypts of Gannon University.

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