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Jean Holdren D.O. ‘85-Richard Schnoor Wedded 10/14/17

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 6, 2020
Dr. Jean Holdren, Internal Medicine, Medical Director of S.C.I.Mercer since 4/23/18, was named the President of the Beaver County Medical Society 12/2018-12/2020 (only second female President since 1855), and recently elected as the District 10 Rep of the new PA Medical Society’s Women’ s Physician’s Section.

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Historical Society appoints Shelby Graml ’18 as events and outreach coordinator

Posted By Administration, Sunday, December 29, 2019
The Erie County Historical Society has appointed Erie native Shelby Graml ’18 as its new events and outreach coordinator. Graml, 24, began her duties on Monday. She earned a degree in marketing from Gannon University in 2017. "I'm here to plan any events we have on site and I'm in charge of making new events for the Historical Society," Graml said. "To expand it, they want a bit of the younger generation, so that's what I'm here to do and research and find out what kind of events we can hold that will bring in that type of crowd." During her senior year at Gannon, Graml worked an internship as events coordinator in the school's recreation and wellness center. She worked recently as social media director for Erie lawyer Ed Smith's campaign for Erie County Common Pleas Judge. "I feel this is an essential part of our operation," Historical Society Executive Director George Deutsch said. "We have public events, private events, holiday parties, and we have to have somebody on board who can coordinate all that. We want to expand. We want to look for more bookings for using the Watson-Curtze Mansion for all types of events." The Watson-Curtze Mansion is one of several buildings on the Thomas Hagen History Center grounds at 356 W. Sixth St. "Also, at our Wood-Morrison House, we have an excellent set of meeting rooms," Deutsch said. "We want to be able to reach out to the community with our events coordinator to let businesses and folks know that this is an opportunity to have their events in a great setting." Deutsch said he wanted to fill the events coordinator job opening with someone who had strong ties to the Erie community. "I really wanted somebody who had a good handle on the community who could develop from here," Deutsch said. "I think someone has to really know the community to be able to fully get into the community to have us out there."

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North Allegheny educator, Dean Boronyak ’03M, named state physical education teacher of the year

Posted By Administration, Sunday, December 29, 2019
North Allegheny educator named state physical education teacher of the year NewspaperDecember 15, 2019 | North Journal (Monroeville, PA) Dean Boronyak ’03M, a teacher at Ingomar Elementary School, has been named the Elementary Health and Physical Education Teacher of the Year, according to a news release from North Allegheny School District. Boronyak began his career in North Allegheny in 2008. He previously taught in the Seneca Valley School District, instructing kindergarten through fifth grade. He received his undergraduate degree from Slippery Rock University in Health and Physical Education, and his master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University. Boronyak received the award during the annual Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance convention Dec. 5 and 6 in Lancaster.

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Kathleen Cahill New Job Appointment

Posted By Kathleen M. Cahill, Monday, November 25, 2019
Kathleen (Cahill) Washington ('11) started a new job as The Arts Engagement and Education Assistant at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY. In this new position, she is working with community organizations and schools to make Theatre more accessible to the Western New York region.

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Cahill/Washington Wedding

Posted By Kathleen M. Cahill, Monday, November 25, 2019
Kathleen Cahill ('11) and Patrick Washington ('09) were married in Erie on October 12, 2019.

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Allison (Lesser) Fox '09 Welcomes a Baby Girl

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 8, 2019
Allison Fox '09 and her husband, Dr. Scott Fox welcomed a baby girl on 06/27/2019: Lillian Irish Fox 

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Chorus performance at Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 10, 2019
Jialin Li ('91) and I ('92) joined the Chorus performance at Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall last Sunday, September 22. It was mainly to celebrate the 40 anniversary of China and US relationship. The Chinese and American chorus group performed four (4) songs such as "America, the Beautiful", " Friendship Lasts Forever" and "Ode to Joy". Please feel free to share our story and pictures (see attached) with Gannon students and alumni at Gannon Newsletter. I think that the students, especially Gannon international students, may be interested in our performance and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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Ludlow nurse, Deborah Lorenzo ’16, is author of 2 books for children

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 9, 2019

NewspaperSeptember 17, 2019 | Kane Republican, The (PA)

Author: Ted Lutz Staff Writer | Page: 1 | Section: News

 

LUDLOW — Deborah Lorenzo ’16, a nurse from Ludlow, has always enjoyed writing.

But she never envisioned the day when she would become the published author of two children’s books— “Night Night, My Love” and “The Barnyard Ball.”

“I just thought that it might be fun to try and write a children’s book,” Lorenzo said. “The thought came to me early in 2018, but I had no story line at that time.”

Lorenzo continued to rack her brain.

“By the summer of 2018, an idea came to mind,” Lorenzo said. “I have no children, but my family has a dog— ‘Pepper.’ She is the highlight of our lives and brings us so much joy.”

Lorenzo said “Pepper” became the “inspiration” for her first book— “Night Night My Love.”

“At times I call ‘Pepper’ my love,” Lorenzo said. “I eventually dedicated the book to ‘Pepper.’”

According to Lorenzo’s publisher— LitFire Publishing of Atlanta, “the book is composed of poetic verses that describe the essence of bedtime.”

“The book is about saying goodbye to the day that had just passed, embracing the beauty of the night and the love and care a parent has for his or her children,” the publisher said. “Being related to a poetic verse, it radiates a feeling of sincerity.”

According to LitFire, the book by Lorenzo matches “wonderful words with beautiful pictures that depict the gentle and serene moments during bedtime.”

Lorenzo said it took her “a month or two” to finish her first “story.”

She had her doubts that the publisher would accept her first book.

So she decided to write a second book and send both to the publisher for consideration.

The two books were published.

“It took me quite some time to come up with another story,” Lorenzo said.

She initially thought about a book linked with woodland animals. But she switched venues and wrote about horses, sheep, chickens, cows and pigs in a barnyard.

“It took me only a day to write ‘The Barnyard Ball,’” Lorenzo said.

She came up with part of the storyline during one of her daily walks on Gibbs Hill Road near her home in Ludlow.

“This children’s book shows that even animals can groove, too,” LitFire Publishing said in describing Lorenzo’s story. “As the day at the farm ends, the night for the animals begins. With the pasture as their dance floor and the donkey as their DJ, they each show their best dance moves.”

As she wrote her books, Lorenzo had the tedious task of coming up with words that rhyme for the stories.

“Both of my books rhyme,” she said. “Let me tell you, it’s hard to do that. Your storyline ends up being based on what words rhyme and what ones do not.”

Lorenzo’s two children’s books are available through LitFire Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other on-line book retailers.

Both books are illustrated, but not by Lorenzo.

“I am not artistic whatsoever so I had illustrators from LitFire Publishing create the illustrations,” Lorenzo said.

Lorenzo said she has “no idea how successful my books will be” and does not plan to leave her job as a registered nurse in the maternal children health unit at Warren General Hospital.

She has autographed her books for friends, but has no immediate plans for “book-signing” appearances at local libraries.

A 2012 graduate of Kane Area High School, Lorenzo attended Gannon University in Erie. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gannon in May 2016 with a degree in nursing. She has been employed at the Warren hospital ever since.

Lorenzo is the daughter of Bill and Trudy Lorenzo of Gibbs Hill Road, Ludlow. Her brother, Ryan works at Utility Pipeline in Kane and is a member of the Reserves in the Marines.

In addition to her walks on Gibbs Hill Road, the author enjoys bicycle riding, crocheting, baking and gardening.

While she enjoys writing, Lorenzo said she did not author the two children’s books as part of a journey to become “rich and famous.”

“Success to me does not pertain to how many books I sell or how much money I make,” Lorenzo said. “If there is just one child or just one family that grows to love and enjoy my books, then, in my eyes, I will have been successful beyond what I could ever have imagined.”

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Photo submitted Deborah Lorenzo of Ludlow, a 2012 graduate of Kane Area High School, shows off her two published children’s books— “Night Night My Love” and “The Barnyard Ball.”

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IWWG Announces New Board Member: Marisa Moks-Unger '06M

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 9, 2019

 

IWWG Announces New Board Member: Marisa Moks-Unger

 

Press Release Contact:

Michelle Miller

617.792.7272

mmiller@iwwg.org

The International Women’s Writing Guild (IWWG) announces the appointment of a new member of its Board of Directors, Marisa Moks-Unger ’06M. 

 

“Our newest Board member embodies the spirit of the Guild and brings expertise and energy to our community of women writers,” said Michelle Miller, Executive Direct. “We are very fortunate to have Marisa by our side as we continue to grow.”

 

Moks-Unger founded the Internet start-up: We Write It Right, which provides personal and professional growth to companies and individuals through writing. Her 30 years of experience includes work with Department of Defense contractors, financial software companies, and commercial and trade publications. 

 

A former Poet Laureate of Erie County, Pennsylvania, Moks-Unger wrote and edited the Picture This Anthology: Poems from Pop Art, Fine Art, and Photography during her two-year term. The anthology was an extension of the Picture This project, which included both live workshops and online learning modules to make poetry appreciation accessible to the quarter million residents of Erie County. “This book of poems and images invites us, simply and beautifully, on a passage of spiritual luminosity.” Says June S. Gould, Ph.D., author, The Writer in All of U

 

Moks-Unger is the author of a chapbook-length book of poetry, "Mud and Stars.” She has been recently published in "Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of Over One Hundred Twenty-Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyustu RD Sharma.” Furthermore, she is an Amazon Best-Selling Author within "The Collection Flash Fiction for Flash Memory.”  Moks-Unger holds English degrees from Gannon University (M.A.) and the University of Central Florida (B.A.). She is an Adjunct Professor of English and Humanities at Polk State College in Winter Haven, Florida. 

 

ABOUT IWWG
The International Women’s Writing Guild is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1976. Our mission is to encourage women worldwide to tell their stories and provide support and instruction as they seek to improve their craft and bring their writing into the world. 

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Promotion

Posted By Carl R. Hoegerl D.O., Monday, September 16, 2019
Carl Hoegerl, DO, MSc, FACP was promoted to Assistant Dean for Clinical Education at the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine on September 1, 2019.

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