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GU eNews, Gannon Alumni e-newsletter

Volume X, Issue 12       Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS       Dec. 7, 2011
A Christmas Message From Gannon
From the Gannon family to your family, we wish you a Merry Christmas season and a Blessed New Year!  Click Here to watch a special holiday video message from the Rev. George E.Strohmeyer '60, Vice President for Mission & Ministry and University Chaplain (or click Here for a text version).

Gannon Gears Up for Winter Commencement
Gannon will host its Winter Commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. December 11 in the Hammermill Center.  Gannon alumna Tina M. Donikowski '85, vice president of Propulsion Systems and Services at GE Transportation, will be the keynote speaker and honorary degree recipient.  Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., will award some 215 degrees.  Read more >

Inauguration of Dr. Taylor
The official inauguration of the seventh President of Gannon University, Dr. Keith Taylor, took place during the first week of November 2011.  To read the inaugural speech and to browse photo and video galleries from inauguration, visit here >

Gannon Annual Fund Makes a Difference
To those of you who pledged to Gannon's Annual Fund for Academic Excellence or plan to make a gift, remember that to be eligible for a 2010-11 tax deduction, your payment must be received on or before December 31st.  Thank you for your supoprt of all Gannon students!  You can give quickly and securely today.

**Pay your pledge by December 31st to qualify for a $250 travel gift card!


Athletics Hall of Fame to Welcome New Members
The honorees of the 2012 Gannon University Athletics Hall of Fame induction have been announced and will be honored on Jan. 21. A reception at 5 p.m. will start the evening, followed by a dinner and induction ceremony in the Yehl Alumni Room of the Waldron Campus Center. Read more >

Executive-on-Campus Shares Experiences
Gannon University business and entrepreneurship students, alumni and faculty spent the day with alumnus Donald J. Wagner ’68, a professional entrepreneur and this fall's Executive-on-Campus speaker, on Nov. 17. Wagner ran his own manufacturing company during the 1980s and has spent recent years identifying and supporting promising new start-up businesses through "angel" investing. Watch the Video >
GU Honors Martin Luther King

Join Gannon University as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 16, 2012 beginning with a Memorial Prayer Service at 11 a.m. in the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel at 520 Peach Street. Meet Gannon students, staff and alumni in Perry Square at noon to join the annual City of Erie MLK, Jr. Day March, immediately followed by lunch in Gannon’s Waldron Campus Center. For more information, contact Arlene Montevecchio at (814) 871-7433 or Read This >
ISO and Gannon University unlocked new frontiers for International Education Week
During the week of Nov. 13 the International Student Office (ISO) hosted this year’s International Education Week (IEW). By no means was it just a trip down the international food aisle at the grocery store; rather Gannon was transformed into a cultural principality full of ethnic food and rhythmic energy.  From a pepper eating contest to salsa dancing the Gannon community was immersed in international expression.  View Photos and article >


Job Search Tips from Career Services
Dedicate at least 3 - 5 hours per week towards job searching if you are currently employed full-time, and more if you are working part-time or are unemployed.  Looking for a job is difficult and it can be frustrating.  Adopting a consistent and persistent approach over time will yield the best results.  There are many roadblocks and rejections along the way.  Stay organized and focused and you will generate more opportunities. Career Services >

Admissions Deadlines
Do you know high school seniors who would be a good fit for Gannon?  If so, please share these dates:
December 15
is the deadline for high school students to apply for Gannon’s Full-Tuition Scholarship Contest, and to apply for one of Gannon’s partnership pharmacy programs. 
January 15 is the Gannon application deadline for seniors hoping to gain entrance into Gannon’s partnership program for medical school with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).  To schedule a personal visit, please contact the Campus Visit Coordinator at (814) 871-7407 or register online.

Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. The monks who visited Gannon in September have posted a blog about their time on campus, calling it a wonderful experience. Goerie.com has posted a photo gallery from the student Homecoming parade. Media coverage of the Presidential Inauguration was extensive, including an article, editorial, and photo gallery in the Erie Times-News. WJET-24 and WICU/WSEE also covered the Inauguration; you can watch a video here. Keep up with all the current Gannon news at www.gannon.edu and on Gannon’s Facebook page.

Gannon Raises Awareness of Hunger and Homelessness
Gannon’s annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, held Nov. 10-19, featured several new events to create a more personal, educational experience for the Gannon community. Activities included keynote speaker Ken Davis, a formerly homeless man from Cleveland; 100 students, faculty and staff created and personally delivered food baskets containing approximately $1,500 of food to 36 refugee families; and a food basket decorating contest that raised an additional $1,000 in "penny war" donations.
Photo: Jessie Badach Hubert (left) with students Courtney Lewis and Pete Messina pose during the food basket decorating contest that raised over $1,000 -- with which the Second Harvest Food Bank can purchase $17,000 worth of groceries for the needy in Erie.

David Christopher '71 Retires
David Christopher is a 1971 Industrial Engineering and Mathematics graduate of Gannon who has had an illustrious career holding various management positions at Elgin Electronics, Lord Corporation, Bliley Technologies/Sunburst Electronics, and Better Baked Foods, from which Mr. Christopher will retire this December after 40 years of operational leadership.  Read more >

Poll Question of the Month
Congratulations to all who correctly guessed that answer C in the November Poll was the inaccurate “Fun Fact” trivia answer, as it was President William H. Taft, not William McKinley, who visited campus and stayed overnight in Old Main in 1912.

The December Poll question is:  What is the first thing you would do if you came back to Gannon's campus?  Vote now >

Photo of the Month
Gannon University's annual Social Work Club Christmas Dinner and Wellness Fair, held in the University's Hammermill Center on Dec. 4, made the holiday season a little brighter for those who otherwise may not have much to celebrate.  The always-popular event, which includes a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, attracted a large crowd of needy young families and adults who enjoyed games, toys, a prize raffle, health information and screenings, and of course a visit from Santa Claus! 




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New Class Notes

Sheri Blystone
Added: 12/2/2011 5:06 PM
Careers
Sheri Blystone joined Huntsman in April ...

Eric Ballinger
Added: 12/2/2011 1:45 PM
Careers
Eric Ballinger, Esq. was named by Georgi...

Kristin Fouse
Added: 10/14/2011 1:41 PM
Engagements and Marriages
Kristin Fouse (‘06, Gannon University), ...

Elissa Powell
Added: 11/21/2011 11:39 PM
Careers
Elissa Scalise Powell, Certified Genealo...

Jamie Taormina
Added: 11/14/2011 6:50 PM
Engagements and Marriages
Jamie Taormina, a Gannon University 2007...

Honey Pezzimenti
Added: 11/10/2011 11:26 AM
Births and Adoptions
Honey (Marburger) Pezzimenti '06, '08M a...

Erin Nelsen
Added: 11/7/2011 8:55 AM
Education
Completed Doctor of Philosophy degree in...

John Baker
Added: 10/25/2011 8:43 AM
Births and Adoptions
Sean Aldean Baker, born October 5, 2011 ...

Phyllis Bembenek
Added: 10/17/2011 2:03 PM
Deceased
Spouse Donald "Bruce" Lathrop...

Lauren Foley
Added: 10/16/2011 8:07 PM
Births and Adoptions
Lauren (Kropp) Foley '02 and her husband...

John Kroto
Added: 10/14/2011 12:55 PM
Births and Adoptions
John F. Kroto and his wife Lisa (William...

John Kroto
Added: 10/14/2011 12:48 PM
Careers
In April 2011 John accepted the position...

Tracy Lyons
Added: 10/12/2011 1:18 PM
Miscellaneous
The US Department of Justice Forensic Pr...

Erin Lawrence
Added: 10/6/2011 3:55 PM
Births and Adoptions
Erin (Duddleston) Lawrence '02, '03M and...

Meghan Plaxe
Added: 9/16/2011 8:28 PM
Births and Adoptions
Meghan Heil Plaxe (2000) and her husband...

Upcoming Alumni Events

GU Knights vs. Edinboro Basketball Reception
1/11/2012 7:00 PM to 1/11/2012
  Save the date for the first basketball reception of the season!  Gannon Knights and Lady Knights will take on Edinboro for a thrilling match-up.  Come for the women's game at 5:30 pm, followed by a reception sponsored by the Boosters and stay for the men's game at 7:30 pm.

Gannon University Athletics Hall of Fame 2012
1/21/2012 5:00 PM to 1/21/2012
Members of the Gannon community are cordially invited to the 2012 Gannon University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Saturday, January 21, 2012.  Tickets are $30 per person, and the registration deadline is Monday, January 16th.



Save the Date for Taylor-On-Tour Orlando
1/30/2012 to 1/30/2012
Dr. Taylor, 7th President of Gannon University, is on a listening tour!  Dr. Taylor will be in Orlando, Florida on Monday, January 30, 2012.  More event details are coming soon.  Do you live in a 60-mile radius of Orlando?  Send an email to  gannonalumni@gannon.edu confirming your mailing address so we can make sure you receive a mailed and email invitation.

Save the Date for Taylor-On-Tour Tampa
1/31/2012 to 1/31/2012
Dr. Taylor, 7th President of Gannon University, is on a listening tour!  Dr. Taylor will be in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.  More event details are coming soon.  Do you live in a 60-mile radius of Tampa?  Send an email to  gannonalumni@gannon.edu confirming your mailing address so we can make sure you receive a mailed and email invitation.

GU Knights vs. Mercyhurst Basketball Reception
2/15/2012 7:00 PM to 2/15/2012
   Save the date for the second basketball reception of 2012.  Gannon Knights and Lady Knights will take on Mercyhurst for a thrilling match-up.  Come for the women's game at 5:30 pm, followed by a reception sponsored by the Boosters and stay for the men's game at 7:30 pm.

Save the Date for Taylor-On-Tour Naples
2/22/2012 6:00 PM to 2/22/2012 8:00 PM
Dr. Taylor, 7th President of Gannon University, is on a listening tour!  Dr. Taylor will be in Naples, Florida on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.  More event details are coming soon.  Do you live in a 60-mile radius of Naples?  Send an email to  gannonalumni@gannon.edu confirming your mailing address so we can make sure you receive a mailed and email invitation.

Save the Date for Taylor-On-Tour Ft. Lauderdale
2/23/2012 6:00 PM to 2/23/2012 8:00 PM
Dr. Taylor, 7th President of Gannon University, is on a listening tour!  Dr. Taylor will be in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Thursday, February 23, 2012.  More event details are coming soon.  Do you live in a 60-mile radius of Ft. Lauderdale?  Send an email to  gannonalumni@gannon.edu confirming your mailing address so we can make sure you receive a mailed and email invitation.

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.

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 fresch001@gannon.edu.

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