Page 2

Editor’sInklings It seems an odd trait for humans to thrive during times of difficulty. We pull together when we face mutual struggles. We need that taste of adversity spicing the plenty we have received. Long after we’ve forgotten the struggle, that spice lingers in our memories. This odd nostalgic feeling typifies fall semester at Gannon University for me. The crisp mornings, warm days, and cool nights; the (now rare) smell of burning leaves in the air; the sense of seemingly endless possibilities in the new academic year all fill me with nostalgia for my own days as an undergraduate—now fifteen years in the past. Despite memory’s haze, those days were not carefree. Like many of the students I have come to know at Gannon, I struggled to balance academics with work and social life. Villa alumnae and Gannon alumni returning to campus for Homecoming/Reunion Weekend (page 14) have mentioned this same longing to me—nostalgia for a “simpler” time. But memories can deceive, and many Gannon alumni struggled to find equilibrium here. Some arrived directly from high school. Others returned from World War II or Vietnam, older and forever changed by their service to our country, to try to find new lives for themselves in academe. Change is inevitable and we should embrace it, we are told. Gannon’s challenge is to embrace it in such a way as to seize opportunities and expand capabilities without sacrificing its focus upon teaching and the students who are its reason for existence. The Engineering Program at Gannon has a long history of seizing opportunity. As obsolescence occurs ever faster, current technology becomes ever more essential and expensive. Through the support of alumni like James Weber ’62, Gannon’s program remains competitive with new software and hardware (page 6). One way to embrace change is to seize the opportunities it offers to us. Gannon’s Erie Technology Incubator (page 10) is poised to do exactly that. Housed in the old Boys and Girls Club, it will offer entrepreneurs a vital chance to develop their concepts and products in a high-tech environment. Its purpose is to fuel local and regional economic growth, support technological entrepreneurial endeavors, and serve Gannon’s mission by sharing the considerable experience and expertise of Gannon’s talented faculty and staff with regional businesses while offering our students valuable internship and experiential learning possibilities. Ever-changing seasons flicker past and we find ourselves again at the end of fall semester celebrating December Commencement. As we close one year, the new one dawns full of promise and possibility for Gannon’s students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends.

Deb Bartle, Editor bartle@gannon.edu 814.871.5817 We’ve updated Gannon magazine with larger type and a new design to improve readability. Gannon’s website has undergone a similar metamorphosis. Check it out at www.gannon.edu.

Profile for Gannon University

Fall/Winter 2003  

Stay in touch and see the history of Gannon as it’s made! Gannon Magazine is published three times annually (Winter, Spring and Summer) by t...

Fall/Winter 2003  

Stay in touch and see the history of Gannon as it’s made! Gannon Magazine is published three times annually (Winter, Spring and Summer) by t...