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GU eNews, Gannon Alumni e-newsletter

Volume X, Issue 11       Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS       Nov. 7, 2011
Find Your Name in the Donor Report
A sincere THANK YOU to all who believed in Gannon and its possibilities by supporting the University with a gift last year. Your generosity helped us raise more than $5 million and reach new levels of excellence for all current and future Gannon students. Please take a moment to review the list and find your name amongst the thousands of loyal supporters. Didn't see your name? Make a gift this year to see your name in next year's report. Give now >

If you are interested in a hard copy or would like your name removed from the online list, please contact Britt Dyer Daehnke ’98, ’05M.

Taylor on Tour
He’s on the move! Alumni, parents and friends in several cities across the nation are invited to join Gannon’s newly inaugurated seventh president, Keith Taylor, Ph.D., for a meet-and-greet to learn more about him and his vision for the University. Watch your emails and to find out when Dr. Taylor will be coming to a city near you!
Lady Knights Honored for Philanthropy
The women’s basketball team was honored recently by the Northwest Regional Association of the American Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for its efforts to raise funds for and awareness of breast cancer. The Lady Knights and their coach, Cleve Wright, received the AFP’s “Outstanding Young Philanthropist” award. Read more >

Fall Lunchtime Lecture Spooks Audience
Gannon’s own Dr. Jeff Bloodworth gave an audience of more than 70 a scare during the fall Alumni Lunchtime Lecture. The history professor shared tales of ghostly Gannon occurrences and spooky stories at the event, which was sponsored by Highmark. Mark your calendars for the Spring Alumni Lunchtime Lecture on March 14, 2012, when the International Student Office will host a panel of students for “It’s a Small World: International Gannon.” Watch the video >

Alumnus to Serve as Executive-on-Campus
Alumni and guests are invited to attend a breakfast or lunch conversation and presentation with alumnus Donald J. Wagner ’68, a professional entrepreneur, on Nov. 17. Wagner’s visit serves as this fall’s Exeutive-on-Campus Series. Alumni and friends are invited to dine with him for breakfast at 8 a.m. or lunch at noon in the Old Main Boardroom. Online registration >
Come to Gannon’s Graduate Open House!
Please join us at Gannon University’s Graduate Open House on Nov. 9, 2011 between 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to learn about any of Gannon’s master’s or doctoral degree programs. Each of the graduate program directors will be on hand to discuss their programs with you and how we can help to meet your needs! Plus, admissions and financial aid representatives will be available to help you start the process or answer any questions. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 814-871-7474 with questions or to register for the open house. Graduate applications are FREE for all Gannon alumni! More information and online registration >

No Impact Week Comes to Gannon
During Oct. 3-8, Gannon participated in its first-ever No Impact Week, a concerted effort to raise awareness of environmental issues and the need to reduce carbon emissions. Events included nightly film screenings, organic plant sales, a Swap Shop where individuals could trade gently used or new items for similar pieces, and a lecture by Colin Beavan, author of the book, No Impact Man. Want to find out how Gannon is continuing to “go green”? Check out these mythbusters.

  Job Search Tips from Career Services
Do not use a canned approach. Generic resume and cover letters, vague emails or phone calls, or using a resume template all save time for the candidate but employers often view this as the lazy way to job search. Tailor your job search to specific jobs and/or companies. Communicate to the potential employer how you can be an asset to their organization. Career Services >

College Entrance Tips from the Office of Admissions
High School Seniors:

If necessary, take or retake the SAT on Dec. 3 (late registration deadline is Nov. 20) or the ACT on Dec. 10 (late registration deadline is Nov. 18).

Apply to Gannon by Dec. 15 to be considered for the full-tuition scholarship contest.

Also apply to Gannon by Dec. 15 to be considered for admittance to Gannon’s pharmacy partnership options with Duquesne University, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) or the University of Charleston.
High School Juniors:

Consider making visits to campus during your junior year or, if you prefer to wait, think about making a summer trip to Gannon.

Poll Question of the Month
Think you know everything there is to know about Gannon/Villa Maria? The latest issue of Gannon Magazine has a list of 25 fun facts and trivia that might change your mind.

For example, which of the following do you think is false?
(a) The most common student name in 1929, the first year Villa Maria’s yearbook was published, was Mary.
(b) Harborview House Apartments is the tallest building on campus.
(c) Old Main, formerly known as the Strong Mansion, hosted several prominent visitors over the years, including President William McKinley.
(d) Huey Lewis and the News and Dashboard Confessional are just two of several artists who have performed in Gannon’s Hammermill Center.

Vote now >

Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. Local news stations covered Gannon's efforts to encourage students to drive safely during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. featured the Lady Knights and their recent recognition as young philanthropists. The front page of the Erie Times-News on Oct. 31 featured Keith Taylor, Ph.D., in advance of his formal inauguration. WJET covered a Gannon flash mob to promote the theatre department's haunted Halloween theatre, Stage Fright. Keep up with all the current Gannon news at and on Gannon’s Facebook page.

Living Our Faith
Gannon is pleased to serve, for the third time, as the host site for the Sisters of St. Joseph Thanksgiving Dinner. Meals will be served in the Gannon cafeteria in Beyer Hall at 11 a.m. and at noon on Thanksgiving Day to anyone who is alone, in need or otherwise would not celebrate the holiday. Meal delivery is also available to those who are homebound due to illness or age. Read more >

Photo of the Month
Several hundred people converged on campus last week to celebrate the formal Inauguration of the University’s seventh president, Keith Taylor, Ph.D. The week’s theme, “Tradition of Service—Strengthening Our Community” featured several events, including a forum on Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability), a symposium on living the Catholic tradition of service and a special student celebration at Gannon University Field.

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Upcoming Events

Executive-on-Campus Donald Wagner '68
11/17/2011 8:00 AM to 11/17/2011
Donald Wagner '68, Entrepreneur, will visit campus Thursday, November 17 to speak to alumni, students and staff about how his success with start-up companies started at Gannon University.

PKA Epsilon Upsilon's 50th Anniversary Reunion
7/26/2012 to 7/29/2012
Save the Date!  Brothers of Epsilon Upsilon celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Pi Kappa Alpha at Gannon University from Thursday, July 26 - Sunday, July 29, 2012.  Plans are being made for golf, picnics, a Founder's Dinner, cocktail reception, house tours, breakfast at Dominick's Eatery, boat rides and more!  A room block has been reserved at the luxurious new Erie Bayfront Sheraton hotel.  Please contact Rich "The Kuj" Kujawinski '70 with your reunion suggestions and to be added to the mailing list.  Only brothers who respond to Rich by February 1, 2012 will be mailed information about next summer's reunion. Rich's phone number: 732-583-3595.

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