Step Up to the G&G Challenge...and Gannon gets $50,000
Trustees Tom Guelcher '62, '76M and Jim Gehrlein '72 have presented all Gannon fans with a challenge…the G & G Challenge! If 1,350 gifts come in before June 30, 2012, G&G will give Gannon $50,000. So, spread the word. Tell your Gannon friends and fans. And most important, make your gift today
to support the challenge. GU needs you to be one of the 1,350 to get $50,000 for Gannon! Give online >
Students, Staff Return from Alternative Break Service Trips
Nearly 40 students and staff—including President Keith Taylor, Ph.D.—spent their spring breaks traveling to one of four new destinations with the University’s annual Alternative Break Service Trip program. The groups journeyed to: Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti; Joplin, Mo.; El Salvador; and Richmond Hill, Ontario. Photo gallery >
Spring Commencement May 5
Gannon University will host its Spring Commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. on May 5 at Tullio Arena. The Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, S.T.D., S.S.L., Bishop of Erie, will be the ceremony’s keynote speaker. The Baccalaureate Mass honoring the graduates will begin at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Cathedral. In addition, graduates and their families and friends are welcome to attend a reception at 11 a.m. in the Yehl Ballroom of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 West 7th St.
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 and on sale now. Buy tickets >
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 vice president of talent for Comcast Cable. Go W.I.L.D. >
Help Gannon Create Erie Green Guide
As part of an Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability) project, Gannon graduate students are creating a “green guide” website for Erie County, called GreenERie, to be launched in Fall 2012. The site will connect Erie residents to resources, tips, news, information and a business guide focused on sustainable and environmentally-conscious practices. Find out more about the Green Guide project and how to include your business HERE.
Financial Aid Workshop
Questions about financial aid? We’ve Got Answers! Gannon will offer a free Financial Aid Workshop at 10 a.m. on April 14 in Room 1200 of the Palumbo Academic Center, 824 Peach St. All are welcome. The workshop will include an overview of the entire financial aid process, including definitions of common terms, an explanation of the various aid programs available and a step-by-step review of the questions on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Advance registration is not required. For more information, contact the Gannon University Financial Aid Office at 814-871-7337.
Join Us as we “Celebrate Gannon”
Celebrate Gannon, a University-wide opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their accomplishments, scholarly and creative work, will be held from 1:30-5 p.m. on April 19 in the Yehl Ballroom of Gannon’s Waldron Campus Center, 124 West 7th St. Celebrate Gannon is a day for the Gannon community to celebrate the hard work of our students and their excellence in the areas of graduate research, undergraduate research, creativity (in performance, visual arts, or creative writing) and engagement (experiential projects that demonstrate significant learning outside the classroom).
Graduate Open House
If you’ve been thinking about earning your master’s degree, now is the time to act! Gannon University’s Office of Graduate Admissions is holding its April Open House to give you the opportunity to talk with program directors, admissions and financial aid. Gannon and Villa graduates can apply for FREE! Plus, we now offer several master’s degree programs online. More information >
Alpha Kappa Psi Hosts Spring Dinner
Barbara Chaffee, president and CEO of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, addressed the crowd of 55 students and alumni at Alpha Kappa Psi’s third annual spring dinner. Barbara addressed the students with lessons learned throughout her career with the intention of inspiring the students with her words of wisdom. Additionally, she gave the outlook of the Erie job landscape and insight to future plans for the Erie community. Students had the opportunity to network with local business alumni at the event as well.
Missed Our Executive-on-Campus? Catch the Video!
If you couldn't make it to hear our spring Executive-on-Campus, Stephen J. Nelson, M.A., M.D. '79, or just want to hear a recap of his exciting discussion, log on today to watch this video review of this time on campus on March 15. Nelson is the chief medical examiner for Florida's 10th Judicial Circuit. Watch the video >
Alumni Association Award Winner Announced
The Gannon University Alumni Association has identified Ashlee Thompson as the senior who most represents the ideals, mission and character of Gannon, including exceptional academic achievement, high moral character, leadership, service, and commitment to the University. The Alumni Association would also like to recognize the outstanding nominees, Laurel Martinez, Landis Erwin, Courtney Lewis, and Emily Taft who truly have all the qualities the Association hopes to see in Gannon’s current student body as ideal alumni. Ashlee will be presented with the award at the 2012 Founders’ Day Student Awards Convocation on April 22.
Job Search Tips from Career Services
Consider job opportunities in federal, state or local government. Take time to explore government jobs early in your job search because the government hiring process can be different, and longer, than the hiring process in the private sector. Be sure you understand the application process and if you need to complete a civil service test. Government links can be found on the Career Development and Employment Services website. Visit their page >
High School Students – Check Out these Admissions Tips!
Juniors and Seniors:
- Please remember to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before May 1!
- Start thinking about making summer visits to colleges and universities as you plan your vacation schedule as well. Gannon offers several visit options during the summer, from daily personal visits Monday-Friday to Flip Flop Friday events on July 13 and Aug. 3.
- Register to take the SAT or ACT exams that many colleges and universities use as a component in their admissions policies. Office of Admissions >
Save these 2012 Dates!
Mark your calendars for the following alumni and family events at Gannon:
- Saturday, April 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 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend (coincides with student homecoming weekend)
Living Our Faith
for a special holiday message from Father George Strohmeyer, University chaplain and vice president for mission and ministry. Gannon University wishes you and yours a happy and blessed Easter!
Poll Question of the Month
Extra, extra! Did you know that you can read the weekly Gannon student newspaper, The Gannon Knight
, online at www.gannonknight.com? The publication features new issues each Wednesday during the Academic Year (except during student holidays). Vote now >
Photo of the Month
More than 500 individuals attended this year’s International Night, a lively celebration of Gannon’s diverse population. Faculty, staff and students gathered to offer members of both the University and Erie communities a taste (literally!) of their cultures with ethnic food and cultural performances. Gannon’s International Student Office hosts the event, now in its 23rd year.