Gannon University Celebrates Completion of Symbolic Mural on Campus
Posted: October 20, 2017
Gannon University held a celebration event Friday, Oct. 20 in
recognition of the completion of a symbolic mural on campus
representing the many facets of the University's history, campus
life and its Mission.
The celebration event brought together members of the Gannon and
Erie communities to hear from the students and faculty who helped
in bringing the mural to campus, and were part of the origin of the
idea as part of an Honors College Composition class taught by Carol
Hayes, instructor in Gannon's English department.
"In Fall 2014, in a freshman honors College Comp class, I was
taken aback when in the middle of a discussion about a traditional
assignment, a student called out: 'Let's propose doing a Mural on
AJ's Way,'" said Hayes. "Since then, freshmen honors students in
English class after English class, and in a first-year seminar,
have demonstrated creativity, curiosity and a knowledge of how to
engage others in dreams. A traditional College Comp assignment of
proposal writing became something greater."
"Professor Hayes and her later Honors College Composition
classes continued to work on the mural each year to make this
hypothetical thought turn into a beautiful reality," said Evan
DeFalco, senior student who proposed the mural idea to his
The mural, located between W. Seventh and Eighth streets along
the path of the University's A.J.'s Way, was created by Ehren
Knapp, a local resident and well-known muralist in Erie. The mural
portrays a myriad of academic, athletic and student engagement
representation, and includes imagery of the University's founder,
Archbishop John Mark Gannon, as well as both its campuses in Erie,
Pennsylvania and Ruskin, Florida.
"We are extremely grateful for Professor Hayes and her
perseverance of this project," said Ryan Micsky, Honors Program
vice-chair. "She has had her different honors courses participate
in this project, thus involving a hundred students in the process
of getting this mural on AJs Way."
"We would like to thank the Honors Program and students for all
of their hard work in not just creating an idea, but seeing it
through to the end," said Morgan Grzegorzewski, Honors Program
Chair. "We are excited that this mural will be a lasting piece of
our experience at Gannon University with the Honors Program."