Two Gannon University students made presentations at the
conference of the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical
Association of America, April 4-5 at Westminster College in New
Krista Munger, a mathematics major, spoke on "Dominating
Multidimensional Chess" and "Dominating Honeycombs: Not Just for
Bees" was the topic of the presentation by Joe Petrone, a biology
major with a mathematics minor.
David Prier, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, was the
advisor for both students in their work, which dealt with finding
minimal arrangements of chess pieces that allow every space to be
attacked in the following turn. Both students studied these
problems for chessboards of non-standard shapes (three-dimensional
or hexagonal spaces instead of squares). Each student gave a
15-minute talk to an audience of faculty and students from colleges
and universities located in western Pennsylvania and West
Munger and Petrone gave two of the 24 student talks at the
conference, which was attended by six Gannon faculty members and
nine students. Gannon University will host the MAA sectional
conference in 2016.
Penn State College of Medicine Primary Care Scholars'
Three Gannon University pre-medical students have been chosen to
participate this year in Penn State's College of Medicine Primary
Care Scholars' Program.
Juniors Grant Schirmer, Brian Sohl and Morgan Thompson were
selected for the program based on their academic performance,
broader life experiences, knowledge of medicine and service
experiences. The two-week summer program, which begins May 19
includes workshops and a one-week clinical experience that can be
done near the Penn State College of Medicine or near the student's
Villa Maria School of Nursing Awards
Nearly $20 thousand in scholarships were awarded to nine
undergraduate nursing students at the Villa Maria School of Nursing
Awards ceremony April 6. Heather Wilson won both the Sister Mary
Norman Award and the Sister Doloretta Thorn Scholarship Award. She
was also one of five students who received Dr. Dorothy Jean Novello
Scholarships, named for the longtime head of the Villa Maria School
of Nursing. The others were Chelsea Griffiths, Deborah Lorenzo,
Heather Smith and Monique Smith. Griffith was awarded one of the
two Dr. Mary Ann Kibler Awards with Emily Ziroli, who also received
an award from the Marilyn Schaffner Memorial Scholarship Fund. Emma
Patterson received the Mary Spaulding, R.N. Nursing Scholarship
Award endowed by the Meadville Woman's Club, and Courtney Behr was
given the undergraduate scholarship presented by Eta Xi Chapter of
Sigma Tau Theta International, The Honor Society of Nursing. Eta Xi
Chapter also inducted 20 new members at the awards ceremony.
DPT Students Community Health Initiatives
On May 1, students in Gannon University's Doctor of Physical
Therapy (DPT) Program gathered for the annual Celebrating Community
Health Initiatives presentation. The daylong event included
presentations of capstone projects done by 37 DPT students for 14
different community partners in Erie, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
Stand-up reports were presented for 20 community partners helped by
members of the Classes of 2015 and 2015. Forty-two DPT students of
the Class of 2015 were recognized for their participation in seven
health initiatives at the John F. Kennedy and Tri-Boro Senior
Centers operated by the Greater Erie Community Action Committee
(GECAC) and the St. Joseph Apartments operated by the Housing and
Neighborhood Development Service (HANDS).
Gannon's University's DPT curriculum requires students to
integrate classroom material and apply it into clinical practice
through full-time clinical placements throughout the program.
Clinical exposure starts in the first semester with the first full-
time clinical experience occurring after only two semesters of
Gannon Students Present at National Conference
Four Gannon University physical therapy students presented a
poster, Health Illiteracy: Examining Discrepancies In Body Mass
Index (BMI) and Perceptions of Body Morphology in Female
Adolescents, at the American Physical Therapy Association's
Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas in February. The student
physical therapists, Michelle Adams, Tori Darling, Kylee Gnesda and
Kimberly Marmol, were among the 11,331 attendees, speakers, and
guests at the conference.