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Gannon hosts annual Celebrate Gannon, series of weekend events

Published: 04/21/2022

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Gannon University Golden Knights

Gannon University is hosting its annual Celebrate Gannon to showcase the scholarly and creative work of students this Friday, April 22 at its Erie and Ruskin campuses.

Celebrate Gannon is an annual event that celebrates the culmination of a year’s worth of scholarship, research, engagement and fine art collaborations between students, faculty and staff. Every project is the result of students mentoring with faculty and staff on projects that evolve out of course work, independent research projects and student service projects. Over the years, thousands of students have been able to share their first professional presentation at Celebrate Gannon.

“I am truly impressed by the level of presentation submitted for this year’s event, from assessing the impact of air and water quality on our health, to constructing materials for flight simulation, to continued research on COVID-19 and improving the quality of life through various medical means and applications, to projects that partnered with local businesses or focused on community improvement,” said Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D., provost and vice president of student experience.

We extend the opportunity for media interviews between 1 and 2 p.m. on Friday, April 22 in the Yehl Ballroom, Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St. To schedule a media interview, please contact Haley Figurski, media relations and marketing manager, at 814-823-1886.

The university is also proud to kick off its annual Celebrate Gannon Day of Giving on April 21 and 22. Day of Giving is an opportunity for members of the Gannon and surrounding communities to make a gift to an area that means the most to them. All support enables Gannon to fulfill its promise to students and uphold its mission of excellence.

Gannon University is excited to host several additional events this week including:

Thursday, April 21 | 7 p.m.
CHESS Speaker Series Event

What Brings You Hope? Kai Roberts on Mental Health and the Power of Creativity

In his high energy “Active Mic: Mental Health Through Music” presentation, Kai Roberts tells the story of his battle with panic attacks and Generalized Anxiety Disorder through interactive dialogue and hip-hop music. From the beginning, the audience moves with Roberts through the origins of his anxiety and his GAD disorder and goes into his recovery, with a first-hand look at all the emotions he experienced along the way.

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April 21-23, 28-30 | 8 p.m.

Gannon’s Schuster Theatre presents “Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight”

Eighteenth-century scientific genius Emilie du Cha^telet is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this highly theatrical, fast, funny rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, du Chatelet defends her life and loves and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history.

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Friday, April 22 | 7:30 p.m.

Annual Writing Awards Night

Gannon University will host its 45th Annual Writing Awards Night to recognize students for their accomplishments in research, journalism and poetry. The university is honored to have 2021-22 Erie County Poet Laureate Sean Dougherty as the featured speaker of the evening.

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Saturday, April 23 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Open House

Gannon University invites prospective students and their families to learn about our academic offerings and campus life during Open House. Prospective students and their families can learn about college application processes, hear about our generous scholarship and financial aid packages, meet expert faculty, and take a guided tour of Gannon’s campus. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m.

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All media inquiries can be made by contacting Haley Figurski, Media Relations and Marketing Manager, at 814-823-1886.