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    Do You Believe in the Possibilities?

    October 2013


  • Keith Taylor, Ph.D., President

    Keith Taylor, Ph.D.President

    Melanie Whaley 95Director for Marketing and Communications

    John ChaconaMedia Marketing and Communications Writer

    Andrew Lapiska 09MCreative Services Director

    photography John ChaconaMichael Gorski 10MRick Klein 84Andrew Lapiska 09M Tim Rohrbach

    printing Knepper Press

    class notes and address changes Jana HuntCoordinator of Gifts and 871-7469

    Gannon Magazine is published by the Office of Marketing and Communications at Gannon University.

    Gannon Magazine welcomes ideas for submissions; this is your magazine, after all. The reality of having a physical magazine is that there is only so much space we can devote to stories and photos, however worthy. So, please continue to let us know what youd like to see in these pages, and we will do our very best to make sure that the most interesting material is published for your enjoyment.

    Vol. XXVIII, No. 1 October 2013


    As we roll deeper into this Fall Semester, the momentum and enthusiasm continue to build across campus for what is shaping up to be another very successful year. Undergraduate enrollment reached its highest level in a decade, and total enrollment increased by nearly five percent from last year.

    The growing student body, faculty, staff and Erie community are closely watching the progress being made on the Recreation Center and field house construction. This physical transformation is one designed to support student and employee health, wellness and engagement and upcoming announcements of new creative academic ventures, and additional coinciding facility enhancements are keeping expectations high. We are truly blessed to be able to boldly move forward from a strong foundation built these past several years to support the success of our students even in these challenging times.

    None of this is an accident. It is the result of careful planning and decision making and gratifying dedication by faculty and staff to making Gannon University a vibrant, innovative and international campus.

    You will find illustrations of the great Gannon story in the pages that follow, and many more are on their way in the days to come. We are happy to share the good news through the lens of our evolving Believe in the Possibilities campaign.

    As always, our eyes are on future possibilities and the tremendous potential our faculty, alumni and students possess to inspire, achieve and believe in themselves and the great impact they can and will have on our world. We have great stories to tell because we have great people living and creating the stories of Gannon, past, present and future.

    As we continue to grow, we sharpen our focus on partnering with our students and our community in deep and meaningful learning and living, delivering on our Mission, and promise to ensure their and our dreams and possibilities become realities.

    We Believe in the possibilitiesand hope you do too.

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    Keith Taylor, Ph.D., president, and Luke King, Student Government Association president, help students unpack their cars and move into their new homes at Gannon during move-in day.




    contentsGannon Magazine October 2013

    10 GU PossibilitiesIntroducing our new comprehensive marketing campaign, and the possibilities it represents.

    12 Lead with Honor2nd Lt. Kayla Holtz believed in her possibilities, and was honored as one of the top two senior Army ROTC cadets in the nation.

    14 Learn Through ServiceOccupational Therapy Professor Lynne Oberle turned a change in federal regulations into an opportunity to take Gannons message of learning and service abroad.

    16 Inspire the FutureEducation graduate Jason Keim takes his first-hand experience of inspiration into his classroom to inspire a new generation of learners.

    18 Homecoming ReunionA wrap-up of the milestone event, told through photography.

    20 Up For the ChallengeJim Brunelli arrives to coach a Gannon womens basketball team with a storied history and lofty goals.

    Gannon University and President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., welcomed more than 700 new undergraduates for the Fall 2013 Semester at New Student Convocation on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Hammermill Center. The additions bring the Gannon total enrollment in excess of 4,000 students. Twenty-one percent of the first-year class are members of the National Honor Society including 11 valedictorians. Students new to Gannon University this year come from 20 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and from 19 nations, including Jordan, Sierra Leone and Singapore. Pictured above are new students posing for the traditional P.R.O.M.I.S.E. photo along with Dr. Taylor and Victor E. Knight. The incoming class is asked to take the P.R.O.M.I.S.E. pledge, which promotes a unified community through Promoting Responsible Ongoing Management In Social Environments.


  • fromthearchivesThieves Carnival Do you know these men and women (and men dressed as women)? They were in the cast of Jean Anouilh's Thieves Carnival, staged at Gannon College in 1963.

    Do you recognize the students pictured here? Email Bob Dobiesz in Gannon Archives at

    03 newsnotes - innovationGround-breaking ideas and the Gannon people who make them happen

    04 newsnotes - communityDoing well while doing good, on campus and beyond

    05 newsnotes - worldviewNews from the world of Gannon University and Gannon University in the world

    06 newsnotes - faith & serviceOur Catholic Tradition at work in our backyard and around the world

    08 newsnotes - alumniAround the world and through the years with our far-flung alumni

    09 universityupdateKeeping you up-to-date with news from a dynamic campus

    22 facultyfocusInspiring stories about the women and men who inspire our students

    23 studentfocusExtraordinary stories about exceptional students

    24 alumnifocusGannon University alumni making a mark on their professions, communities and churches

    25 alumnotesCatch up on all the latest news of the extended Gannon University family


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    High PerformanceStrength and flexibility are two main concerns of practitioners of sport and exercise science, and through the creation of two new graduate programs Gannons leadership in the health sciences continues to grow.

    The masters in Athletic Training and Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Science programs increase the strength of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences and provide interested students with the flexibility of choosing their academic path.

    For instance, the masters in Athletic Training program is available as a 52-credit, two-year option or as an accelerated program, which will allow students to finish their undergraduate degree in three and a half years, and their masters in five years.

    The Sport and Exercise Science degree is a 36-credit, one-year program that allows students to choose a thesis or non-thesis based option. There is also an internship option that allows students to gain a year of hands-on experience while working with one of Gannon Universitys varsity athletic teams as a strength and conditioning coach.

    Both programs will use the new Human Performance Center that is being established as part of the modernization of Gannons

    Recreation Center, which includes a motion analysis lab and a human performance and testing lab.

    With the growth of the undergraduate program and the success that our students have had after leaving Gannon, we felt that it was only natural that we build upon our strengths and offer graduate level education right here at home, said Assistant Professor Jason Willow, Ph.D., chairperson of the sport and exercise science program.

    BIG Ideas Pay OffClients from Gannon Universitys Erie Technology Incubator (ETI) impressed the judges of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners BIG IDEA Business Plan Contest for Northwest Pennsylvania.

    Four of the six finalists were ETI clients and three finalists from ETI earned cash for their outstanding business plan presentations, including contest winner Advanced Power Control Solutions LLC (APCS). APCS, which provides technologies for coal-fired power plants to burn on natural gas, received a $35,000 cash prize from Ben Franklin, six months of residency at the ETI and other business consulting services.

    Finalists who received $10,000 seed money included Adaptmicrosys and reCAP Mason Jars. Adaptmicrosys, whose president

    is Gannon University Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Yong-Kyu Jung, Ph.D., is a semiconductor company that makes smart-connected devices run more efficiently. Founded by 1994 Gannon alumna Karen Rzepecki, reCAP Mason Jars makes high-quality plastic caps for Mason jars and an app that caters to those interested in using Mason jars for creative uses.

    We appreciate our partnership with Ben Franklin and are pleased to congratulate these outstanding entrepreneurs, said ETI Executive Director Jeffrey Parnell, who was promoted after serving as the Incubators interim director from March to July. These collaborations will not only help the companies, but also Gannon, the city of Erie, and the region.


    Yong-Kyu Jung, Ph.D.; Tom Woodward (APCS president); and Karen Rzepecki 94

    Kory Stauffer, Ph.D. instructs student