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EndNotes

Our Alumni: Living and Modeling the Mission of Gannon University Throughout Gannon University’s history, our faculty and staff have had the challenging and rewarding task of educating more than just the minds of their students. Our faculty work with students to explore not only the professional and technical aspects of their crafts, but the philosophical, intellectual, and ethical consequences of their actions and decisions. As future leaders and agents of change in our country and the world, they understand why we challenge them to look at and weigh all sides of their real or hypothetical decisions. Our students know that those analytical skills will serve them well when they graduate and especially when they are confronted with difficult decisions and choices. Providing for this holistic development of the individual has been the focus of Gannon and Villa Maria since their inceptions—a focus reflected in the breadth of ability and experience our alumni have amassed in the years since they graduated. Over the last two-and-a-half years, it has been my pleasure to meet hundreds of alumni who truly epitomize success—and not simply financial success—as I have traveled across the nation and as they have returned to Gannon for Alumni Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. When I traveled to Illinois in July 2001, I met four successful executives—Chris Cooney ’63, Brian Jackman ’63, Thomas Power, Jr. ’63, and James Boris ’66 ’73M—who continue to express their strong feelings for the education they received at Gannon. In Michigan, there were Mary Freeman Klupp ’73 and Harry Hairston ’77.

Meeting Dr. Michael Cannone ’61, Bernard Caserta ’61, and Jim Borowy ’80 in Florida was a pleasure. Joseph Wang ’52 and Robert Ruyak, Jr. ’71 visited us here on campus, astonished over the differences the years have brought. In Pittsburgh, I later met Bill Springer ’63, Mark Minnaugh ’81, Linda Hunley ’83, Don Carlson ’73, Pete Pearson ’84, and John Hadgkiss ’69 ’73M. I spoke with John Vail ’63 and Larry McHugh ’72 in Georgia; got to know Dick McGlinchey ’72, Thomas Nash ’67, Dr. Mark Nelson ’83, and George Hillman ’73 in Massachusetts; Dr. Sally Schulze ’77 and Dr. James Scozzie ’65 in Ohio; spoke with Anne ’74 and Tim McCallion ’75 ’81M and Jim Weber ’62 in California; and met Dr. James Considine ’56 and Dr. Helen Schilling ’77 in Texas. I have enjoyed speaking by phone with even more alumni such as Terrence Cosgrove ’63 and Louis Cicerone ’67. What is most striking about this diverse group of alumni is that they all reflect Gannon’s values and mission through their careers and their service to their local, regional, national, and international communities. Today’s faculty and staff continue the mission of Archbishop Gannon, Mother Helena Dillon, and Sister Stella Harrington as they enrich all aspects of our current students’ development. As our students graduate and assume leadership roles in their professions, communities, and faiths, they convey a strong message that Gannon is an outstanding University in many different ways. During the coming year I hope to meet with many more Gannon and Villa Maria College alumni. Meanwhile, I extend my best wishes to all of you and your families for a blessed holiday season and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2004.

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