Results of the SGA Executive Board 2014-2015 elections came out March 27, 2014.
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The Gannon University men’s and women’s basketball teams will open the 2015-16 season with a pair of David vs. Goliath type exhibition matchups on Nov. 6
The men will travel to the University of Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers, while the women will face Dayton.
One night later the men will be after it again.
Gannon will travel to George Washington for a 7 p.m. preseason tipoff with the Atlantic-10 member.
The game with the Flyers marks the first time the women’s program will face an NCAA Division I opponent since playing a exhibition game against the University of Connecticut in 2013.
Gannon last played Dayton in an exhibition game in 2010.
This will be the women’s 10th preseason match-up against an NCAA Division I program since 2004.
The women, who will return eight players from last year’s team that finished 21-8 overall and 18-4 in the PSAC, will begin regular-season play Nov. 14 when the Knights travel to the Carol Eckman Memorial Tournament hosted by West Chester.
Gannon’s opponent has yet to be announced.
The defending PSAC Champion Golden Knight men are slated to open the regular season on Nov. 18 at Clarion
The men’s and women’s home opener will be a doubleheader on Nov. 21 against Millersville, with the women starting at 1 p.m. and the men at 3 p.m.
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Gannon University formally opened a new campus in Ruskin, Fla., with a grand opening and blessing ceremony on Aug. 19.
The Florida campus is located between Tampa and Sarasota on the western shore of Tampa Bay and was chosen because of the increasing demand for health professionals in areas that serve the health care part of the Florida economy.
Currently, the campus offers an occupational therapy doctorate degree (OTD). It is one of only three programs that are accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer the OTD degree in Florida.
Students enrolled in the OTD program at the Ruskin campus have already begun the online portion of the program. They will attend classes on campus beginning this fall.
Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., among those who attended the grand opening, said the new campus reflects the university’s mission.
“In this time of change and great challenges in higher education and our country and world, it is critical for Gannon University to redouble our focus on innovation and service, on learning and healthy growth, and on faith and belief – faith in God and belief in a vision for a better future,” Taylor said.
“All of us at Gannon University are prepared and honored to add our voices, our hands and our minds to the successful future and access to exceptional education in Ruskin, Fla.”
Steven Mauro, Ph.D., the dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, said he thinks the new campus will help Gannon achieve national recognition.
“Being in a different geographic location allows us to continue to enhance our footprint in the Erie region and to move from that regional distinction to one of a national awareness.”
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The Gannon University women’s soccer team was picked to finish fourth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, according to the preseason coaches’ poll released Wednesday.
The Knights, who tied with California in the poll, lead the two other area PSAC teams in the rankings.
Edinboro was selected seventh, while Mercyhurst came in 12th in the 17-team league.
West Chester topped the rankings, after reaching the NCAA Division II quarterfinals last season.
Gannon finished the 2014 season with a 9-9 overall record and 9-7 mark in the conference. The Knights won four of their final five matches to secure a fourth straight PSAC Tournament berth.
PSAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. West Chester
2. East Stroudsburg
5. Slippery Rock
8. Indiana (Pa.)
9. Seton Hill
14. Lock Haven
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The Gannon University men’s soccer team was selected to finish seventh in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, according to the preseason coaches’ poll released Tuesday.
Gannon, which will be led by first-year head coach Dale White, will look to improve on last year’s 5-11-1 mark.
That task won’t be easy, as the Golden Knights have their hands full this season with a loaded conference schedule.
Rival Mercyhurst topped the poll for the second consecutive year. The Lakers were also ranked No. 9 in the preseason national rankings earlier this month.
Gannon is listed among others receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason national rankings.
Defending PSAC champion Mercyhurst holds the top spot, while West Chester, Seton Hill, Bloomsburg and Millersville round out the top 5 of the 12-team league.
PSAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll
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For the fifth time since May, another Gannon University athletic coach has resigned.
This time it comes from the baseball program.
Head coach Nate Cocolin has stepped down to become an assistant coach at Division I Western Carolina University.
Greg Coleman, an assistant at Gannon for eight seasons, has been named the interim coach as Gannon searches for yet another head coach.
The athletic department is currently in the process of interviewing candidates for the water polo position and is still searching for a women’s golf coach.
Earlier in the summer, the university hired a new women’s lacrosse coach in Kerry O’Donnell, and Dale White was chosen as the men’s soccer coach in May.
Cocolin spent the last eight seasons at the helm for the Golden Knights, turning a struggling program into a PSAC contender.
Cocolin was named the 2012 PSAC Coach of the Year and guided the Knights to a PSAC divisional title the following year.
Cocolin arrived in the summer of 2007, taking over a team that went 5-43 the previous season. Gannon had 22 straight losing seasons prior to Cocolin’s arrival.
In 2013, the Knights went 24-19 overall and captured their first divisional crown. Gannon reached double digits in PSAC wins three straight seasons from 2012 to 2014 and twice won at least 24 games during that stretch.
Cocolin said he leaves Gannon – and his hometown of Erie – with mixed emotions. “Although I will miss working with the student-athletes within the baseball program and the relationships I have built because of it, I’m excited to begin this new chapter of my coaching career,” Cocolin said.
While at Gannon, Cocolin coached Aaron Cox, who became the fourth Knight in program history to be selected during the Major League Baseball Draft. Cox was picked in the 19th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in June.
Cox, after a bit of a rough start, has compiled a 2-0 record with a 2.74 ERA in 15 appearances with the Orem Owlz of the short-season Class A Pioneer League.
Cox has allowed 19 hits in 23 innings while striking out 17 and walking seven.
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One season after becoming co-champions of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division and tying the school record for most wins in a season with nine, the Gannon University football program was picked to finish first in the PSAC Western Division, according to the league’s preseason coaches poll released Monday.
Gannon was named the front-runner to win the West, edging Slippery Rock during the PSAC Football Media Day hosted by Slippery Rock University.
Defending PSAC East champion Bloomsburg was selected to repeat, in front of West Chester and East Strodsburg.
Gannon will return 38 letter winners and 18 players who started at least five games from last year’s 9-2 squad.
The Knights will rely heavily on their offense, which is led by a pair of record-setting veterans.
Senior quarterback Liam Nadler and Brock Jones will lead the Gannon offense as it returns seven starters from last season’s high-scoring attack.
Nadler will be under center for the fourth straight year, and he has played a key role in helping to build Gannon into a PSAC power.
Nadler is Gannon’s all-time leader in six different categories, including a school-record 58 passing touchdowns.
After a breakout year last season, Jones, a senior tailback, will look to run his way into the Gannon record books.
Jones, the 2014 PSAC West Offensive Athlete of the Year, currently sits at fourth all-time in 100-yard rushing games (nine) and 10th in career rushing yards at 1,656.
Brad Rzyczycki, who will start his fourth season as head coach of the Knights, won as many games last season as he did in his first two seasons as head coach. Gannon finished 3-8 and 6-5 during the 2012 and 2013 campaigns.
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Garbage crews must dread stopping at our house. My family is moving out of town and into a cul de sac street with some acreage and we’re sorting through the buildup of 15 years’ worth of junk. At least that’s what I call it.
My 13-year-old sister, Julie, has been teasing me all week saying we need to save it for the “memories.” As far as I’m concerned, my memories are good enough.
I spent Monday morning packing up our living room into about eight boxes and found a collection of still life drawings I had saved from an art class I took in the seventh grade. My mom had 20 watercolor paintings saved in the same place when she took a class with the same teacher.
I texted her at work asking if she wanted to keep them and I was surprised when she said no. You realize what you don’t need when it’s been hidden away in the dining room hutch for six years.
I told her she should have kept them to frame them and give them away as Christmas gifts. I don’t know how much of the family she could fool that she took the time to paint them especially with her part-time pharmacy gig and full-time mom gig, but I think that would have been a good use for them.
My older sister Carly and I went through the dining room Monday night and finished packing mom’s cookbooks and the clutter that makes its way to the dining room. My dad helped me with one box that had no rhyme or reason to it. Then again, the stuff we have doesn’t either.
We put some board games in the bottom, then my parents’ wedding silverware, Christmas plates and finished it off with old pictures my dad decided to keep in the dining room. There was a big print that said “Uncle Charley” on the back of a man and his dog.
“See dad, here’s Uncle Charley and here’s a big ass dog book,” I told him as we packed.
“Poor Uncle Charley,” dad laughed. I made sure the picture was placed with a scrapbook my great grandma had put together of black and white pictures. She had cut the edges with scalloped scissors and carefully slid them all into the triangle covers you only see drawn into pages anymore. It was the first time I’d seen something like that in person.
Like my mom’s paintings, a lot of it ended up in the trash. I found some things like emergency numbers for my brother’s classmate’s parents and 3 ½-inch floppy discs that were no use to keep.
I asked my dad about the floppies and he pointed out we didn’t have any computers that would read them. I was able to use the container they were resting in to safely pack up some saint statues, though.
Since our closing date is Aug. 17, my family is feeling the time slip away as we try to pack everything up. I set up a little yard sale Saturday after helping Julie clean out her room. We decided it was the black hole of the house. Whenever you lose something, it ends up in her room.
We only made about $30 selling junk, but we managed to get rid of some lamps and furniture that did not need to move with us. Of course, it wasn’t exactly a picnic to make sales while watching four kids and baby at the same time.
My aunt stopped over to drop off my cousin and some more stuff and I grumpily told her we were having a ball. She chuckled at me and said sounds stressful, welcome to adulthood.
Yes, welcome to adulthood. Moving out with nine people in the family makes me wish I lived alone. Or at least with people who didn’t like to hold onto things for so long. My mom is pretty overwhelmed with the whole situation and doesn’t enjoy the packing process. I’m pretty sure none of us do, but I think it will be worth it when we can enjoy the open floor plan and breathing room at the new house.
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After spending all Saturday morning packing decorations and printing off one last bridal shower game, we carted everyone to Carly’s destination music museum. The owners called me first thing in the morning to tell me their elevator was broken.
This would not have been a problem if we weren’t holding the party three floors up and all of our guests were under 30. That wasn’t the case. We went over to the museum anyway to see if we could move our guests somewhere else.
Carly’s future mother-in-law was making phone calls to change our venue and I didn’t want to decide on anything until Carly cleared it. We knew my grandma was not about to walk up three flights of stairs, and we certainly didn’t want to take all our food and decorations up manually either.
In a panic, I called the caterer and tried to explain we were deciding where to move the shower and I was going to call her back.
“Why don’t you just come here?” she demanded, cutting me off. I didn’t want to assume the catering place had room so I didn’t think to ask firsthand.
We decided to move everyone to our caterer, Amazing Foods, after she promised she’d still make our food and give us some places to sit.
The initial stress of the morning was relieved. We made a few phone calls to the family members who were coming and had them spread the word to other guests as we drove around the block to our new venue.
The next hour was spent putting giant snowball hydrangeas, chocolate and ice breaker games on the tables. At some point before the shower my parents decided my baby sister was going to stay the whole time.
Originally, mom’s orders were to keep Rachel away from the party. She recently discovered her ability to run away and go exploring – a talent she especially likes to show off during Mass.
I carried Rachel around while my parents filled two spouted glass pitchers with iced tea and lemonade “punch.”
My mother found a recipe online and insisted on making it for the shower, even though she previously argued at every will against punch because the serving method is too messy.
All sugary drinks aside, it was a fun little party. My mother’s long-term pharmacy techs and co-workers were two of the first ladies to arrive. A few of Carly’s classmates and mutual friends joined the bridal party table before we kicked off with a “What did the groom say?” quiz.
Carly asked me to think of questions a few days before and then got her fiancée’s answers over Facetime. Some of them surprised everyone right down to his mother.
After my cousin won her fair share of Bath and Body Works door prizes, we headed over to the food arrangement.
By this time, I was glad I hadn’t let the caterer talk me out of ordering quiche. She had called around 8:15 a.m. two weeks before and I answered although my voice was cracking like a seventh-grade boy.
She told me I should order frittata instead, which is apparently a quiche without the crust, but if you want egg pie you’re ordering it for the crust. I’m glad I told her no.
Everyone else enjoyed the food, even six hours later when we brought the leftovers to my grandmother’s house. My co-worker was still talking about Carly’s father-in-law’s cheesecake when I came in for my shift Monday.
Even with the last-minute change, I would say Carly’s shower went swimmingly. Although we could have had a better turnout, I’m sure my sister looks forward to using her kitchen appliances and Victoria’s Secret purchases with her husband in England.
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The Gannon University athletic department has been in a search mode for most of the summer months, as four vacant head coaching positions surfaced since May.
Those empty spots are slowly starting to be filled.
Kerry O’Donnell is the second person to take over as head coach in one of those vacant slots, after Dale White was tapped as the men’s soccer coach in late May.
O’Donnell replaces Lindsey Lowman as the women’s lacrosse head coach.
O’Donnell comes to Gannon after spending the last three seasons as head coach at Georgian Court in Lakewood, N.J. She led the Lions to a 32-18-1 overall record and 23-7 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play.
O’Donnell, who was member of the lacrosse and cross country programs at Rowan (N.J), was named the 2013 CACC Coach of the Year, after a first-place finish in the conference’s North Division in her first year at Georgian Court.
With the two hirings, Gannon has two vacancies remaining – water polo and women’s golf.
According to Gannon Director of Athletics Lisa Goddard McGuirk, Gannon is currently interviewing candidates for the water polo position and is still conducting a search for the women’s golf coach.
Longtime men’s and women’s water polo coach Don Sherman resigned his post June 30 but remains on board as associate athletic director. And Ben Deets stepped down in May after spending one season as women’s golf coach.
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I’ve lived on a quiet street in a small town for the past 15 years. That means school, church and groceries have always been within walking distance. It also means there’s hardly a country bone in my body.
I’ve been to my share of county fairs at the suggestion of my dad growing up, but that’s about it. So when my significant other suggested we go to a rodeo in Tionesta, Pa., Friday night, I tagged along with no expectations.
The ride over there was accompanied by Trace Atkins singing “them’s fighting words” in the background and I already knew there was no way I was going to take it seriously. I actually made fun of it enough for Jason to turn off the radio.
The venue, Flying W. Ranch, was littered with trucks in the surrounding fields. The crowd was intimidating until we were part of it.
We followed the campers with competitors’ horses snacking and campers watching the people move like sheep toward the main event. There was so much flannel.
Once we bought tickets and moved toward the bleacher seating, a security guard asked to check my bag and unfold the extra shirt I brought. I didn’t think twice of it.
It surprised Jason and he wondered at it before we picked seats right next to the stalls where the horses and steers waited. I told him that they were probably freaked out after the stories of shootings going on in the news lately. The atmosphere was reminiscent of a concert so it didn’t faze me.
I ended up treating the whole night like a concert. Before the sun went down, I made a point to people watch, especially regarding attire. Like I said before – there was a lot of flannel.
There were also cowboy hats — surprising to see at night — bejeweled belt buckles and a group of presumably underage boys sporting Jack Daniels bandanas. The rodeo clown made a point to comment on that fashion statement.
Our seats were good as far as I was concerned because they were set off from the crowd. Once the events started, I had a hard time understanding the scoring process.
After the host, a loud man on a red horse wearing glittery chaps, got through the introduction and tributes read from a script, I knew I was going to have to make fun of everything. Truth be told, I did enjoy myself.
We could see the bareback riders nod “yes” during their spiels from the host so the men inside the ring would open the gate. It was a quiet thing that I thought you only saw in the movies.
After that, there was steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing and whatever else I watched. The steer wrestling didn’t sound exciting until the announcer started talking up a rodeo vet who had done this event for 36 years.
I watched him get up short of breath after scoring better than some of his younger competitors, but he looked happy to be there.
Turns out he was 77 years old. I looked at Jason in disbelief and told him my chemistry professor is retiring this year at 77.
Later, during the intermission, he ended up walking behind us and he had a strong walk for his age. He was my favorite contestant.
My favorite event was probably barrel racing. Unlike the other events, it was easy to follow. “Beautiful cowgirls,” as the host called them, rode around a triangle arrangement of feed barrels and whoever had the best time won. I found myself watching the clock and getting into it.
It didn’t look as dangerous as some of the other events that were exclusively male. It didn’t look easy either, though.
My only complaint from the night’s events was the music selection at the rodeo. There was no rhyme or reason to it. I assumed they would just play country all night, but I was wrong.
There were snippets of everything from Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface” to Sublime’s “What I Got.” While I sang along with both, I wish they would have picked a genre. If anything, it was funny to see grown men falling off a horse to the tune of “Uptown Funk.”
Although, I don’t think I fit in any better with country folk, I’m glad I spent Friday night with Jason. It goes to show that you enjoy yourself as much as you allow yourself to.
Well, that, and cowboy-style kettle corn never hurts.
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