HOMECOMING REUNION WEEKEND 2017

    October 6, 7, & 8

    Thursday |Friday | Saturday | Sunday

    REGISTRATION - YOUR FIRST STOP ON CAMPUS

      

    Pre-registered and walk-in guests check in at the Registration and Hospitality Lounge located in the Wright Room (first floor of Waldron Campus Center) to receive your name badge. This serves as your "ticket" to events, discounts and services throughout the weekend. Gannon and Villa Maria College alumni also receive a complimentary souvenir t-shirt.


    A satellite registration site will be open at the Recreation and Wellness Center on Saturday during the Homecoming Tailgate.


    Registration and Hospitality Hours:

    Wright Room, Waldron Campus Center, 124 West 7th St.          

    ·         Friday from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

    ·         Saturday from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.


    Satellite Registration Site and Hospitality Hours:

    Recreation and Wellness Center, 130 West 4th St.    

    ·         Saturday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.


    FREE T-SHIRTS FOR REGISTERED ALUMNI


       

     

    Each registered alumnus/alumna will receive a t-shirt at the Registration and Hospitality Lounge (Wright Room). Alumni shirts are provided free of charge by the Gannon University Alumni Association. Additional shirts may be purchased for $15 each at registration. Sizes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.


    FREE GIFT WITH EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

     

    Alumni who register online or whose mailed registration is postmarked on or before Friday, September 1, qualify to receive a FREE early bird gift upon check-in. This year's gift is a rain poncho...which will surely come in handy if history repeats itself for this year's Gannon Homecoming Reunion Weekend!  One gift will be given to each GU/VMC alumnus on the qualifying registration.

     

    COMPLIMENTARY USE OF REC CENTER FOR ALUMNI AND FAMILIES

     

    Alumni and family members with Homecoming name badges will enjoy use of the Recreation and Wellness Center all weekend! Please sign in at the Rec Center front desk. 

    Hours for the Rec Center are:

    ·         Friday from 6 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

    ·         Saturday from 8 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

    ·         Sunday from 8 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

     

    PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES WITH GANNON’S MASCOT

      

    Have your photo taken on Saturday with Sir Victor E. Knight! There will be opportunities at the tailgate and football game.


    GANNON BOOKSTORE

     

    Don't leave campus without the latest GU fashion and fan gear! Special bookstore hours will be offered over the weekend. Present your name tag for a 20% discount on one item.


    Book Store Hours:

    ·         Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    ·         Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    ·         Sunday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


    EVENT ACTIVITIES

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017


    4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - Complimentary

    Villa Maria School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series

    The Five Generations in Nursing: Challenges in the Profession

    Join the Villa Maria School of Nursing for tours, dinner and lecture. Registration and tours begin at 4:30 p.m., with dinner served at 5:15 p.m.  The lecture will begin at 6:00 p.m.

    Keynote speaker: 

    Elaine M. Rutkowski, PhD, RN, CNS, PHN ’77VMC

    Associate Professor, School of Nursing
    Interim, Research Compliance Officer
    Vice-Chair, University Institutional Review Board
    Co-editor, Californian Journal of Health Promotion
    California State University, Fullerton

    Robert H. Morosky Academic Center, 150 W. 10th St.


    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017


    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Heritage Society Luncheon - $15

      

    Celebration for alumni from the Class of 1966 and prior.

    Boardroom, Old Main (1st floor)


    1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Gannon University Alumni Association Board Meeting*


    Alumni Conference Room, Old Main, 3rd Floor

    *Meeting for National Alumni Board of Directors


    6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Dinner - $40

      

    A dinner to recognize alumni who have succeeded in their respective fields and made significant contributions to church and/or community. All are invited to this special celebration. You may sponsor a student to attend the dinner for an additional $40.

    Yehl Alumni Room, Waldron Campus Center (2nd floor)

    (tables accommodate up to 10)


    8:00 p.m.

    Schuster Theatre Presents Heathers the Musical

    Schuster Theatre, 620 Sassafras St.

    Show your name badge to get special pricing of $5 at the door.
    *Adult Content


    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017


    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Homecoming Tailgate - Complimentary

     

      


    All alumni and families are invited to enjoy the Homecoming Tailgate in front of the McConnell Family Stadium. Gannon will kick off a new tradition this year by closing off Sassafras St. between 4th and 5th Streets and celebrating with students, alumni and faculty/staff before the Homecoming Football Game. Live entertainment and kids' activities will be offered! The student performances (previously part of the Homecoming Parade) will be featured at this location at 10:00 am. The Students of APB (Activities Programming Board) will have snacks available until 11:30 am. 


    Alumni are welcome to reserve a parking spot for traditional tailgating (bring your own food/beverages) in the Recreation and Wellness Center parking lot. YOU MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED for a reserved spot. A parking pass on your vehicle dashboard is required and can be picked up at registration. 


    Live Entertainment on the Main Stage (tentative):

    9:45 a.m.  Pep Band

    10:00 a.m.  Student Performances

    11:00 a.m.  Romantic Era


    All activities will be located between the Recreation and Wellness Center and McConnell Family Stadium.


    12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Homecoming Football Game - $5 / $3

    Cheer on the Gannon Knights as they take on Edinboro University at McConnell Family Stadium.  All invited.

    McConnell Family Stadium, 5th and Sassafras Streets

    ($5 adult, $3 senior/student**)

    **Seniors are age 62+. Students are all school-age children and college students with ID.


    3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Alumni Lounge Open House - Complimentary

    See our newest addition! The new Alumni Lounge is open and ready to welcome alumni. Light refreshments will be served.

    Old Main, 3rd Floor


    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Villa Maria Alumnae High Tea - Complimentary

     

    Join in the excitement as good friends reunite and tell stories of their special days at Villa Maria College. All Villa Maria alumnae and their guest(s) are invited.

    Boardroom, Old Main (1st floor)

    Hosted by Susan Forquer '66VMC 

     

    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Gannon Women of the 60's Reunion- $10

    Gannon University's Women of the 60's are invited to a special reunion in the Schuster Art Gallery located in the Communication Arts building. Catch up over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. 

    Schuster Art Gallery, 700 Peach Street


    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Post-Game Gathering at Molly Brannigans – Pay as you go        

      

    Join the Sam Hyman Duo and Gannon fans at Molly Brannigans after the game for a celebration! Snacks will be provided.

    Molly Brannigans, 506 State Street

      


    5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Class of ’67 Reunion - 50th Reunion - $25

     

    A celebration of the 50th Reunion Classes of Villa Maria College and Gannon
    Cocktail Attire 

    5:00 pm Yehl Alumni Room, Waldron Campus Center (2nd floor)

    7:00 pm Old Main, Boardroom and Lobby (1st floor) 

     

    5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    Circles of Distinction Reception - By Invitation Only

    The Circles of Distinction honors donors who step forward as philanthropic leaders through their annual gifts. Donors are invited to a very special Presidential Reception celebrating their generosity and the positive impact it makes on our students.

    Cocktail Attire 

    Yehl Alumni Room, Waldron Campus Center (2nd floor)


    5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    Class of ’92 Reunion - 25th Reunion

    A celebration of the 25th Reunion Classes of Villa Maria College and Gannon

    5:00 pm Yehl Alumni Room, Waldron Campus Center (2nd floor)

    8:00 pm Plymouth Tavern 


    7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    African-American Alumni Reunion - $15

     

    Reunite with classmates, friends, and students during a very special celebration and dance party at the Knight Club.

    The Knight Club (formerly Antlers Pub), 162 West 4th Street


    8:00 p.m.

    Schuster Theatre Presents Heathers the Musical

    Schuster Theatre, 620 Sassafras St.

    Show your name badge to get special pricing of $5 at the door.
    *Adult Content

     

    8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    Alumni Association “Meet Me at the Plymouth” - Pay as you go

      

    One free drink and chips & dip provided to all GU and VMC alumni who are registered for this fun event at the Plymouth Tavern. Bring your business card for a Gannon gear raffle! All invited.

    Plymouth Tavern, 1109 State St.


    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2017


    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Alumni and Family Mass

    All are welcome to take part in a special alumni Mass.

    Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel, 520 Peach Street


    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Alumni Brunch with the President - $5 / $20 per family

    Enjoy a delicious brunch and say good-bye to old and new friends.  Start to make plans for Homecoming Reunion Weekend 2018!

    Yehl Alumni Room, Waldron Campus Center (2nd floor)