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    College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

    School of Humanities and Social Sciences 

    Criminal Justice
    Rachel Nicole Reynolds

    Nicole Jean Borro

    Autumn Julia O'Baker

    International Studies
    Muhammad Mazin Alsahlani

    Legal Studies
    Tracy Lynn Willover

    Military Science
    Molly M. Oldach

    Allyson Cymry Owens

    Political Science
    Sara Oros

    Madison North (BA)
    Rachel Tanilli (BS)

    Social Studies
    Kathryn J. Martinelli

    Social Work
    Sesile Ndayisaba

    James Michael Slater

    School of Communication and the Arts 

    Advertising Communication
    Eliana Marie Pietras

    Communication Arts
    Brian Larken Bowersox

    Digital Media
    Aubree Vae Lanman

    Public Relations
    Nicole A. Johnson

    School of Education 

    Early Childhood Education Pre-K-4
    Alexandra Elizabeth Smith

    Middle-Level Education 4-8
    Natalee May Junker

    Special Education Pre-K-8
    Riley Ritson


    School of Engineering 

    Biomedical Engineering
    Robert Daniel Felmlee

    Computer Science
    Tejita Rajbhandari

    Electrical Engineering
    Teresa Rose Sicree

    Environmental Engineering
    Rachel Smith

    Environmental Science
    Maria Taliani

    Industrial Engineering
    Andrew Livingston

    Information Systems
    Sinza Shrestha

    Mechanical Engineering
    Drew Thomas Bower

    Software Engineering
    Adelai Jean Flowers

    Dahlkemper School of Business Administration 

    Lisa Szajn

    Business Administration
    Brenda L. Langan (ASBA)
    Jason Alan Dambach (BSBA)

    Jacob Joseph Surkosky

    John Tyler Koch

    James Randall

    Healthcare Management
    Austin Michael Ludwik

    International Management
    Marc Robin Gruener

    John Tyler Koch

    Shanna Marie Conwa

    Risk Management and Insurance
    Thomas Squeglia

    Sport Management and Marketing
    Norella Anne Roche

    Supply Chain Management
    Jacob Joseph Surkosky


    School of Health Professions 

    Applied Exercise Science
    Jaelah A. George

    Health Science
    Mikaila Eross

    Nutrition and Human Performance
    Miriam L.Van Harn

    Occupational Therapy
    Hannah Marie Eckert

    Physician Assistant
    Bethany Ann Pollock

    Public Health
    Kelly E. Fehr      

    Radiologic Sciences
    Carlee Ann Provencher

    Respiratory Care
    Maryam A. Kenany

    Villa Maria School of Nursing 

    Hope Elizabeth Gingrich

    School of Sciences

    Lydia Lukomski

    Matthew Christopher Dilts

    Katherine Alice Galgozy  

    Forensic Science
    Amanda Rose Puthoff

    Freshwater and Marine Biology
    Kaylee Luchansky

    Catherine Grace Wahlenmayer

    Medical Laboratory Science
    Kristen Riley Ament


    Outstanding Club

    Global Student Organization

    Presented to the club or organization that has exceeded the expectations inherent in their stated purpose and function, has nurtured the leadership development of its members and has had an impact on campus and in the community.

    Greek Medal of Honor

    Outstanding Woman, Kennedy Lyn Walters
    Outstanding Man, Ryan Ward Hamilton

    Awarded to the student who best exemplifies Greek ideals.

    Martha Noyes/Sandra Mead Leadership Award

    Melinda Sandiff

    The Martha Noyes/Sandra Mead Leadership Award is presented to a female student for demonstrating personal achievement and professional promise. This award was endowed by Martha Noyes in 1983 to Villa Maria College to thank them. Sandra Mead was the Director of the Villa Maria Counseling Services Office for Women, which assisted Martha Noyes. Martha stated that Sandra Mead was the inspiration for the award, saying that the work that Sandra did at Gannon/Villa Maria will live on for generations.

    Martha Noyes grew up in Butler, Pa., and received her undergraduate degree in music and music education from Carnegie-Mellon University. She earned her master's degree in cello from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She also holds a certificate in management from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Martha has played with the Houston and Milwaukee Symphonies and was assistant cellist in Birmingham, Alabama and cellist in Sioux City, Iowa, and from 1973-1976 in Erie.

    Along with performing, Noyes taught in public schools and at several colleges. She is now retired, living in Cary, North Carolina.   

    Model United Nations

    Muhammad Mazin Alsahlani 

    Awarded for outstanding service, dedication and leadership to the Model UN program.

    Reverend Charles Drexler Award for Outstanding Leadership in Faith, Worship, Community and Service

    Outstanding Woman, Claire A. Smith
    Outstanding Man, Zachary Van Gorder

    Charles H. Drexler received his bachelor's degree in arts of foreign languages from Gannon College (now Gannon University) in 1965 before moving on to the Catholic University of America in 1968 to obtain his bachelor's degree of sacred theology. He began working at Gannon on May 24, 1969, shortly after becoming an ordained priest in the Catholic Church. He served the Gannon community in various positions for 25 years, including vice president of student development, director of liberal studies, professor of theology, and university chaplain. As chaplain, he oversaw the installation of the stained glass windows in the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel, which were said to be one of his proudest accomplishments. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, he was also the director of the center for catholic studies, chaplain to the residents of Wehrle Hall, campus minister and director of student living.

    The Reverend Charles Drexler Award for Outstanding Leadership in Faith, Worship, Community and Service is presented annually in his honor and memory.

    Inspiration for the Next Generation 

    Tejita Rajbhandari

    Presented by the Alumni Association to a graduating senior who reflects the ideals, mission and character of Gannon University. This includes academic achievement, high moral character, leadership, service and commitment to Gannon University.            


    Joe Luckey Award for Dedication to the University

    Alex Stauff

    In 1952 Joe Luckey enrolled at Gannon College and embarked upon a journey that would last over 50 years. Luckey is recognized as a 1955 alumnus of the University. In point of fact, he halted his study at Gannon due to a lack of funds and had entered into employment with the college within the maintenance department at the advice of the late Rev. Msgr. Joseph J. "Doc" Wehrle.

    Over his 55 years of service, Luckey became a "Gannon legend." Many of his former co-workers refer to him as THE maintenance department since he could fix anything and everything and knew the campus and buildings like no other. Luckey was a loyal and well-respected member of the Gannon community and retired in 2008. Throughout his career, he enjoyed a very special bond with the many priests who ministered and taught at Gannon. Over the years, he was honored as the recipient of various awards including the Archbishop John Mark Gannon Medal of Distinction, was made a member of the University's Founders' Society, was a special honoree at the 2008 Gannon University Alumni Dinner and had also been recognized by the Serra Club.

    The Joe Luckey Award for Dedication is presented annually in his honor and memory, for his lifetime of service and dedication to the University.

    Msgr. Wilfrid J. Nash Service Award

    Outstanding Woman, Allison Perston
    Outstanding Man, Sydney Oyatta

    Nash was raised in the St. Mary Parish and attended Cathedral Preparatory School and Cathedral College. He received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Licentiate of Sacred Theology degrees from the Catholic University of America, and also a doctorate of letters degree from Fordham University.

    Nash joined the faculty of Gannon in 1944, teaching psychology and logic. During his time at Gannon, he also served as the director of athletics, dean and chancellor. He served as the second president of Gannon from 1956-1977. During his presidency at Gannon, the college became co-educational, enrollment more than doubled, undergraduate programs tripled and a graduate school was established. Nash also directed the most extensive building program in the school's history, adding nine buildings to the campus. The core of the campus was built during his presidency, including the Nash Library, Zurn Science Center, Beyer Hall, the cafeteria, and Gannon's second dormitory, Finegan Hall. In 1990, Nash received Gannon's highest honor, the Archbishop Gannon Medal of Distinction.

    The Msgr. Wilfrid J. Nash Award for Christian Service is presented for outstanding Christian service is his honor and memory.

    Doc Beyer Award

    Women's Program, Sarah Elizabeth Ingerick                                         
    Men's Program, Joseph Westrick

    Richard 'Doc' Beyer attended Allegheny College and received his bachelor's degree in 1926. He then attended the State University of Iowa to receive his master's in 1927 and his doctorate in 1929. He was a history professor from 1946-1966, and then became the director of the department of history from 1956-1966. The multi-purpose building, located on campus at Seventh and Peach streets, was renamed Beyer Hall in 1972.

    The Doc Beyer Award is presented in his honor and memory for outstanding achievement in scholarship and athletics.                    

    St. Catherine Medal

    Kathryn Dickey  

    The story of Catherine of Alexandria portrays a young woman (age 18) in Egypt in the early fourth century, who was required to offer sacrifices to the Roman gods, and protested to the Emperor Maxentius that he cease his idolatry and persecution of the Christians and instead turn to the one true God.

    When Kappa Gamma Pi was founded in 1926, charter members selected Catherine of Alexandria as the patron saint of the organization because of her intellect, integrity and faith.

    Her story speaks of women's intelligence, faithfulness, her skills in evangelization and public speaking and ability to stand on her own ground in the face of institutional pressures to do otherwise. Catherine's story has historically inspired and sustained women in leadership, scholarship and courage. Her feast is celebrated as a reminder of those qualities in her life to which we should all aspire to have.

    The St. Catherine Medal is presented for outstanding leadership, scholarship and service.


    National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society for Academic Excellence and Service Leadership

    • Erin Faith Behe
    • Emily Cekella
    • Kirsten LeVan
    • Samantha Marie McHenry
    • Dorian Tamburlin
    • Amanda Marie Weber

    Archbishop John Mark Gannon Awards

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

    • Caleigh Adams
    • Natalie K. Miller
    • James Randall

    Founders' Day Awards Program

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