Gannon Students Recognized During Founder’s Day

Posted: May 14, 2013

Gannon University's Archbishop John Mark Gannon Award is presented for academic excellence in memory of the University's founder, Archbishop John Mark Gannon, to the students who have attained the highest grade point average upon graduation.

This year, 12 recipients graduated with academic excellence. They are:

Jill Brownfield a graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio who received her Bachelors of Science degree in sport and exercise science. Brownfield   participated in intramural flag football, basketball and soccer, was treasurer of both the Physical Therapy Club and the Gannon University Society for Exceptional Children, a member of the Honors Program, the Phi Sigma National Honor Society, ICHTHI, and served as a Eucharistic Minister. After graduation, she plans to complete the physical therapy program at Gannon.

Maura Elizabeth Corless graduated with a degree in early childhood grade pre-K through fourth, and special education grade pre-K through eighth. She participated in Kappa Delta Pi as President; the Gannon University Society for Exceptional Children as President and Vice President; ICHTHI, a faith sharing group, as Vice President; the Future Educators Association as President; Phi Eta Sigma, Lambda Sigma, and Gamma Sigma Sigma; Students for Life; and served as a Eucharistic Minister. Corless, a graduate of State College Area High School in Boalsburg, Pa., plans to teach at an elementary school.

Beth Facchine is a graduate of Fairview High School in Fairview, Pa.  After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with minors in mathematics and statistics, she plans to enter the Ph.D. program in Biochemistry at Notre Dame.  While at Gannon, she was a member of the Chemistry Club, which she served as Treasurer, Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society, Habitat for Humanity and the Ski Club.

Amanda Haig graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, serving as secretary for two years, was a member of the Honors Program and Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, which she served as treasurer and a sister of Alpha Sigma Tau Social Sorority, which she served as Philanthropy Chair.  She is a graduate of Sherando High School in Stephens City, Va.

Emily Noel Hudson graduated with a Bachelors degree in early childhood education grades pre-k through fourth, and special education grades pre-k through eighth. She participated in Phi Eta Sigma, a National Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi, an Education Honor Society, Gannon University Society for Exceptional Children and the University Ambassador Program. Hudson graduated from Villa Maria Academy in Erie. She hopes to pursue a teaching position in her hometown of Erie, PA after graduation, and pursue graduate studies in reading.  

Sharon A. Murri is a graduate of Strong Vincent High School, Erie, who received a Bachelor of Science degree. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in occupational therapy. She participated in the Social Concerns Club and Phi Theta Epsilon. She was a founding member of Gamma Sigma Sigma, and served as a service chair and treasurer for the Student Occupational Therapy Association. After graduation, Sharon plans to work with Advanced Medical Inc., Traveling Therapists.

Mary Reilly represented the Golden Knights on the pitch as a member of the soccer team and was a member of GUSPAS and Phi Eta Sigma.  A graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio, she will continue her education in Gannon's five-year Physician Assistant Program

Jonathan Sacco, who received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, served as vice president and president of both the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and of Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honors Society.  He was also a member of Students of Excellence in Engineering and Computer Sciences (SEECS), Phi Eta Sigma and Activities Programming Board.  A graduate of Ambridge (Pa.) Area High School, Jonathan will join LORD Corporation as a full-time Design Engineer in the Equipment Isolator and Application Engineering Department.

Kyle Seyler, graduate of Franklin High School in Franklin, Pa., received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Gannon and has been assigned by the Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, JCL, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, to attend Saint Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, the oldest Catholic seminary in the United States.

Jillian C. Shay graduated from Grove City (Pa.) Area High School. She received a degree in criminal justice, with minors in Spanish and psychology. Shay participated in the Gannon University Dance Team as co-captain, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society, Psi Chi Honor Society, Criminal Justice Club as secretary, Habitat for Humanity and the Foreign Language Club. After graduation, Shay plans to work at United States Investigation Services and later pursue graduate studies.

Dominick Sisinni will also attend the University of Notre Dame, as a law student, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy.  The graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie participated in the University Honors Program where he was an SAB Board Member, Students for Life, ICHTHI, and was a   Staff Writer for the Gannon Knight newspaper.

Sarah Wells graduated from Baldwin High School in Pittsburgh. While at Gannon, she participated in Phi Eta Sigma; KnightLIFE as secretary; the Student Occupational Therapy Association; and Phi Theta Epsilon, an Occupational Therapy Honors Society, where she served as President this year. She is an Occupational Therapy major who received a Bachelors degree in health sciences and hopes to be an occupational therapist in the Pittsburgh area after completing fieldwork placements and a year of graduate school at Gannon.