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ROBERT P. BARKER has been named president of Parker Aerospace. DAVID A. BRUZGA is retiring as principal of Long Reach High School in Maryland after 30 years. THOMAS GAMBLE, PH.D. has been named vice president of academic affairs and dean of Mercyhurst College. JAMES E. GEHRLEIN has been named president of National City Bank in Erie. Jim has also been approved for a three-year term to Gannon University’s Board of Trustees.


REV. JOHN M. FISCHER ‘73M was ordained 40 years ago on May 23. He has been at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Albion for the past seven years. JOSEPH M. BIONE ‘75M is a managing director in the Automotive Practice of BearingPoint, Inc., located in Southfield, Michigan. GREGORY DEVICTOR is a consultant and president of his own high technology firm in Pittsburgh. MICHAEL M. MURNOCK, M.ED. ‘78M received the Erie County Bar Association Liberty Bell award at a ceremony held on Law Day, May 1, 2003. He is the executive director of the International Institute of Erie. ROBERT J. SZCZESNY will long cherish the memories of caddying for the winner of the 2003 PGA Championship, Shaun Micheel.


MICHAEL P. HUMENIK ‘77M is the senior vice president of human resources and communications for Global Exchange Services (GXS). WILLIAM A. JANICKI ‘82M ‘84M is the director of the Archdiocese of Denver Catechetical School. PATRICIA MCLAUGHLIN (VMC) has accepted a position at the Erie Catholic School office as Director of Teacher Personnel. MICHAEL C. SUTIKA has been named as the head of retail banking for County National Bank.


SAMY V. KARUPPANA ‘75M is the vice president of engineering/manufacturing/ quality for Intra Technologies in Tukwila, Washington. RONALD R. SIMONETTI has earned the life underwriter training council fellow professional designation from the American College in Bryn Mawr. He is a financial associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Erie.


MARY ANDERSON (VMC) will attend the Native Voices seminar sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities this summer. She was one of 17 teachers chosen nationally to participate in an intensive five-week program at Kenyon College in Ohio, analyzing Native American autobiographies.

Where has the time gone? It’s been six years since I took over as President of the Gannon and Villa Maria National Alumni Association Board of Directors. It’s been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many dedicated people from the faculty, staff, Alumni Board, and the Board of Trustees. In my six years as President, the National Alumni Board has made some great strides integrating itself into the fabric of the Gannon family. • We’ve expanded the Board nationally and demographically to better reflect the alumni. • Through strategic planning we have set attainable goals that help define the role of each Board member. • We’ve increased the involvement of the alumni body through events across the U.S. that bring us all together. • We’ve grown Homecoming Weekend into a “can’t-miss” event. I’ll certainly never forget the pleasure of working with Bishop Trautman, Monsignor Rubino, Dr. Ostrowski, and Dr. Garibaldi. The highlight was being a member of the search committee that chose Dr. Garibaldi as our new President. Being a Trustee gave me the chance to see how Gannon has become the premier Catholic University that it is. You cannot imagine a more passionate, dedicated group of individuals. As a group we all plan for future students who will occupy the dorms and classrooms throughout this campus. It’s an awesome responsibility and one that each of us takes very seriously. One of the best things about being president has to be working with the Alumni Office staff. I will truly miss them. Susan Black-Keim, Cathy Fresch, Julie (Krumpe) Groenendaal, and Michelle Potter have been keeping me on track and I couldn’t have done it without them. There have been many other alumni staff that I’ve worked with through the years and I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank them, too: Susan McDyer, Margie Klein, Rachel Hards, Judy Steele, and Holly Schlosser. To all of the Gannon administration, faculty, staff, and Board members, please accept my sincere thanks for all that you do and for making these past six years so enjoyable. To the new Alumni Board Executive Committee and all of the Board members, thank you for your kind words, and I wish all of you the joy I’ve had in serving Gannon University.


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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...

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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...