The Student News Site of Gannon University since 1947


The Student News Site of Gannon University since 1947


The Student News Site of Gannon University since 1947


Knightly News


In last week’s issue, The Gannon Knight, incorrectly listed Nick Tarant and Steve Wymer as co-founders of the American Student Government Association. They were paid speakers at some ASGA conferences, but have not been involved in ASGA since 2006. Neither was employed by ASGA until after the association was founded.

The Knight also printed that Gannon’s Relay for Life took place 7 p.m. Nov. 30, which was incorrect. The event that was held was the kickoff for the relay, which will be held on April 29, 2011.

The Knight regrets these errors.

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Christmas Concert

The Gannon University Concert Band will host its annual Christmas concert 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Christmas Concert Sing-Along

Gannon’s Erie Chamber Orchestra will hold its annual Christmas concert sing-along with the St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral Children’s Choir 7:30 p.m. Friday. The performance will be at St. Patrick Church, 130 E. Fourth St. The choir is directed by Sharon Downey and the orchestra is conducted and directed by Bruce Morton Wright.

Baccalaureate Mass

The Gannon community is invited to attend the December Baccalaureate Mass 11 a.m. Sunday at the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel. The Most Rev. Donald Trautman, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, will celebrate the Mass and bless all the graduates. 

Students take honors at conference

Several Gannon University students recently won awards for their presentations at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (LECOM) Research Day.

The research projects were performed in the Gannon University biology department with Gregory Andraso, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, and Troy Skwor, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, who both also served as research mentors to several Gannon students. These studies also involved collaborations with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Penn State Behrend and Hamot Medical Center.

Alexander T. Augustyniak took first place for his poster presentation, “An Overview and Assessment of Antibiotic Resistance in the Bacterial Genus Aeromonas from Lake Erie.” Jasmine L. Shinko was a co-author on the study, which has been an ongoing research project in Skwor’s and Andraso’s laboratory.

Gregory R. Delost took second place for his poster presentation, “Holistic Approach to Combating Staphylococcus aureus through Photobiomodulation via Light-Emitting Diodes (405nm).” Amanda E. Stolz was a co-author in the project, which is being conducted with Skwor and includes collaborations with Dr. Janis Eells, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Cassandra J. Wasson took third place for her oral presentation, “Effect of Photobiomodulation (NIR and NUV) on the Inflammatory Response from Cervical Epithelial Cells Infected with Chlamydia Trachomatis.” Jessica L. Zourelias, a 2010 Gannon graduate, also participated in the study. The project was conducted with Skwor, with collaborations involving Eells and Dr. Justine Schober, a urologist at Hamot Medical Center.

U.S. Bank scholarship

U.S. Bank will award 40 $1,000 scholarships through a random drawing process. Undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Scholarship applications will be accepted through March 2011 and are available at

BigSun scholarship

The BigSun organization continues to help athletes succeed in their academic pursuits by offering an annual scholarship. All student athletes are eligible for the $500 award. Applications can be found at and are due by June 23, 2011.

Abbott & Fenner scholarship

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants is offering a $1,000 scholarship. Interested students must write an essay answering, “What have you done outside of the classroom that demonstrates qualities sought after by universities? Of these, which means the most to you?”

The essay should be between 500 and 1,000 words. Submissions can be sent to [email protected] by June 18, 2011.

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