The Gannon community gathered to dedicate the Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. McSweeney ’66 Multimedia Suites.
The Gannon community gathered to dedicate the Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. McSweeney ’66 Multimedia Suites inside the Gannon Center for Communication and the Arts with contributions from former students and friends.
Over the course of his illustrious career, Rev. Msgr. McSweeney founded the Department of Speech and Drama, Radio and Television in 1972, WERG-FM (1972), the Gannon Little Theatre (1973) and was the General Manager of WETG-TV Channel 66 from 1985-1988.
Also unveiled during this gathering was the anonymous gift that will start the School of Communication and the Arts Content Creator Endowed Scholarship Honoring Rev. Msgr. McSweeney, beginning with the first scholarship recipients in the 2023 January academic semester. His transformational impact continues.
Please enjoy remarks from Mary Carol Gensheimer, director and assistant professor of communication and the arts at Gannon University.
“Msgr. McSweeney, we know you to be someone who enjoys being in front of an audience and takes great pride in your contributions to society.
Today, you are part of this special audience, made up of those you hold close and who have been with you on your professional, religious, and personal journeys. We thank them for traveling here today as we celebrate you.
You have made a significant impact on Gannon with your foresight, enthusiasm, and commitment. In 1972 - just 50 short years ago - you founded the Department of Speech and Drama/Radio and Television, as well as and WERG-FM.
In 1973, you opened the premier season of Gannon’s Little Theatre. For 13 years thereafter, you built the programs and curriculum with dedicated faculty and staff, encouraging eager young minds to experience all the possibilities in front of them. You and your colleagues guided them as they honed their skills in front of a microphone, at a podium, on the stage and behind the scenes. You also helped them in the sound booth, at the controls, and in front and behind the camera.
In 1980, you were named the Director of the Diocesan Communication Center, and in 1985, served as General Manager for WETG-TV Channel 66. For the next three years, you directed Gannon’s debut into television broadcasting, and we are better today for the work you did.
The education you received at Cathedral Prep and then at what was Gannon College prepared you for every facet of your life - and this is what we continue to do here at Gannon.
We seek to provide exceptional educational opportunities for our students so that they too can go out into the world and do amazing things.
Monsignor, you have done amazing things! You have taught, performed, and directed and been called upon nationally to be an expert in your field. You produced a TV mass for shut-ins and served the diocese as a professional communicator and faithful rector.
There is a litany of accomplishments that could be shared here, and they all have one thing in common: you have helped to make a difference and to transform the lives of those you served.
Monsignor, thank you for all you have done for Gannon, our students, the community, and the world.
We honor you today by naming the Msgr. Thomas J. McSweeney Class of 1966 Multi Media Suites for Gannon University School of Communication and the Arts.”