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GU eNews, Gannon Alumni e-newsletter

Volume XI, Issue 3       Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS       March 5, 2012
Gannon, Behrend, EUP to Host The Fray
Three area universities are working together to host musical group The Fray in concert on April 15 at Erie’s Tullio Arena. The lineup will feature special guests Jack’s Mannequin and Andy Grammer and begins at 7 p.m. The performance is made possible through BEG4MUSIC, a collaborative group of 15 students and 3 advisers who, by combining their respective resources, hope to attract high-caliber musical acts. General public tickets are $30, on sale now. Buy tickets >

Spring Executive-on-Campus Announced
On March 15, the Alumni Association will host Stephen J. Nelson, M.A., M.D. ’79 as the spring Executive-On-Campus speaker. Dr. Nelson is the chief medical examiner for Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit. He was the consulting neuropathologist in the 2005 death of Terry Schiavo, which sparked a national debate on an individual’s right to die, and again for celebrity Anna Nicole Smith who died in 2007. Events during the day include an informal breakfast and lunch, classroom discussions and a student round-table dinner. Online registration >

Business Ambassadors Hold Spring Meeting
You’re invited to join us for the Spring 2012 Business Ambassadors meeting, which will be held on March 29 in Room 219 of Waldron Campus Center (124 W. Seventh St.). Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:15 a.m. Michael W. Ferralli, chair of Gannon's Physics Department, will be the featured speaker. His presentation, "Nurturing Creativity, Invention, and Innovation," will be an interactive session. The program will begin promptly at 7:45 a.m. and will conclude by 9 a.m. Please RSVP by March 26 to Cindy Toland in University Advancement at or 814-871-7608.

Culture Cravings
You're invited to be our guest at the next Alumni Lunchtime Lecture, sponsored by Liberty Mutual. Judy Van Rheenen ’85, director of Gannon’s International Student Office, and a panel of international students and alumni representing the cultures of India, China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will present “It’s a Small World: International Gannon.” Sample ethnic cuisine, learn about foreign cultures, and see a sneak preview of Gannon’s International Night.  RSVP by Mar. 12 >

A Walk Down Erie’s Memory Lane
In their book, Italian Americans of Greater Erie, Mary Lou Scottino '74, Dr. Sandra Lee and Norma Palandra Webb have collected 150 years worth of pictures chronicling the Italian American experience in the Erie community. Join us on Mar. 28 from 6-8 pm in the Boardroom of Old Main for this complimentary evening Alumni Lecture! A reception with light refreshments, book signing, and photo presentation will follow.  RSVP online >

Support Gannon Performing Arts
The annual fundraiser for the Alex Clemente Fund for the Performing and Related Arts at Gannon University will be held Friday, Mar. 9. This year's performance of "The Glorious Ones," a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is directed by Almi Clerkin ’85 and features Gannon alumni including professors Fr. Shawn Clerkin ’86 and Dr. Steve Ropski ’78. Details and online ticket purchase >

Join Us for International Night
Gannon University on Saturday, March 24 will host its annual International Night celebration in the Hammermill Center, 620 Peach St. The international food buffet will begin at 6 p.m. with the entertainment portion of the event starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students with ID and $10 for adults. Children under 5 are admitted free. For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact the University’s International Student Office at 814-871-7133. 

Get W.I.L.D. with Gannon’s SBDC
There’s still time to register for the fourth annual W.I.L.D. (Women in Leadership Development) Conference, hosted by Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center. This year’s conference is Friday, May 11 at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center, with registration beginning at 7:45 a.m. Keynote speakers include Peggy Klaus, president of Klaus & Associates,  and Grace Killelia, Senior VP of Talent for Comcast Cable. Go W.I.L.D. >

Travel to Italy with Gannon!
On October 5 – 14, 2012, join the Gannon University Alumni Association and Dr. Michael E. DeSanctis, professor of fine arts specializing in design and architecture, and director of the Gannon University Honors program, to experience ITALY’S SACRED SPACES: Venice, Florence, Rome and the Tuscan Hills. Special "Early Bird" super savings:  $100 discount per person for all deposits received before April 1, 2012! Trip Details >

Get to Know Gannon at Open House
Gannon University will host its Spring Open House on March 31. The Open House is a wonderful opportunity for prospective students and their families to see the campus, learn more about academic programs, attend presentations on admissions and financial aid, and meet with faculty, staff and athletic coaches. Advance registration is not required. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-GANNON-U (1-800-426-6668).

Coaches Record Milestone Wins
Don Henry, in his 28th season as coach of the wrestling team, on Jan. 6 recorded his 150th dual win as the Knights edged Ashland (Ohio) 22-18. Gannon’s Chaz Lear won his heavyweight match to secure the win for Henry. Also, Cleve Wright, women’s basketball coach, recorded his 200th win at Gannon. The Lady Knights on Feb. 18 secured the milestone win for Wright with a 77-67 home victory over Lock Haven. Wright, in his 10th season at Gannon, has won more games and has the highest winning percentage in the history of the women’s basketball program. He is also the women’s program’s longest-tenured coach. More Golden Knights news >

GU Football Coach Resigns

Gannon head football coach Jim Kiernan has announced that he will step down on March 3 due to personal reasons. Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Brad Rzyczycki has been named interim head coach and will lead and support the players and coaching staff through the transition until a new head coach is named. A national search for Gannon's next head football coach will begin immediately. Read more >

Gannon Alumni Affinity Benefits
The Gannon University Alumni Association is pleased to announce the establishment of four special partnerships which will provide benefits and discounts to all Gannon University and Villa Maria College alumni! Learn More > Plus, Liberty Mutual has a special message for our alumni. Read more >

Students Produce Weekly Sports Video Magazine
Fourteen students in two communication arts classes are teaming up to produce a weekly sports video magazine. Students in David Blaetz’s video production/post-production class and students in Mary Carol Gensheimer’s video pre-production and performance class have created “GU-REVU,” which focuses on Gannon’s student-athletes and intercollegiate athletic teams. The initial episode was nearly 8 ½ minutes long, which is deceiving: Gensheimer estimates that she, Blaetz and the students spent several hundred hours putting the show together. Gensheimer notes that the show is “highly” post-produced and has a number of animated sequences. By the end of the current spring semester, the team will produce another eight or nine episodes of GU-REVU. Curious? Check it out HERE.

Save These 2012 Dates!
Mark your calendars for the following alumni and family events at Gannon:
  • Saturday, Apr. 21 - Day of Caring Gridley Park clean-up
  • Saturday, Sept. 15 - Gannon’s Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere national alumni day of service
  • Friday, Oct. 19- Sunday, Oct. 21 Alumni and Student Homecoming & Reunion Weekend

Job Search Tips from Career Services
Keep a positive attitude. Be positive about what you have to offer and how you can benefit the company. Candidates who have all the answers, criticize their managers and second-guess employers during an interview are seldom invited for second interviews. The job search process can last 9-15 months or longer and it can be difficult to maintain energy and enthusiasm. Be sure to develop a support system of people to encourage and coach you along the way. A team effort will help you to endure and remain positive in the job search process. Career Services >

ALSO: Gannon’s Career Services invites alumni to participate in one or more of several upcoming job fairs, including PERC (Pittsburgh Education Recruitment Consortium), the WestPACS Spring Job and Internship Fair and more. For further details and registration options, visit their website HERE.

Double the Impact of Your Gift…Through your Job!
Over 1,000 companies in the U.S. match charitable gifts made by their employees, including GE, Erie Insurance, Verizon and many more! Not sure if your company matches gifts? Check your company’s website or HR department, or call 814-871-7261 to find out. Haven’t made your gift to Gannon yet? Click HERE to give today!
Every Alum Has a Story: Elliott Ehrenreich '02
Elliott Ehrenreich is a 2002 graduate from Gannon University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Click HERE to see what he's been up to since continuing on to earn his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 2005.
Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. The women’s basketball team is having another outstanding season. You can read more about the Lady Knights HERE and HERE. A Gannon University Deacon recently offered some perspective on Lent, and you can see two episodes of WICU and WSEE-TV's series on Gannon's seminarian students HERE and HERE. Keep up with all the current Gannon news at and on Gannon’s Facebook page.

Poll Question of the Month
A record-breaking number of votes for February's poll confirmed the most memorable fraternity on campus to be Delta Sigma Phi, with 42 percent of the vote. For March, it's the women’s turn: What sorority was most memorable on campus during your time as a student? (a) Alpha Gamma Delta; (b) Alpha Sigma Alpha (formerly Zeta Tau); (c) Alpha Sigma Tau (formerly Lambda Delta Pi); (d) Phi Sigma Sigma (formerly Kappa Xi); (e) Sigma Sigma Sigma; (f) Theta Phi Alpha (not active). Vote now >

Pink Zone 2012
The Gannon Lady Knights on Feb. 18 hosted their fifth annual Pink Zone game. GU rallied for a 77-67 win over Lock Haven. Nearly 1,800 fans turned out for the game, where the Lady Knights were hoping to raise $15,000 for the Erie Unit of the American Cancer Society. Their four previous Pink Zones have raised a total of $52,500.

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Upcoming Alumni Events

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Taylor on Tour Pittsburgh

5/22/2012 6:00 PM
Save the Date for Taylor-On-Tour New York City

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