April 2017
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Alumni eNewsletter 
April 5, 2017

Reunion Weekend will be held June 9-11 at Mercyhurst University! All classes are invited and we will celebrate the 10th (2007), 25th (1992), 40th (1977), and 50th (1967) landmark reunions along with our Distinguished Alumni Awards and Athletics Hall of Fame. We hope to see you this June!
Register today at:
Giving Day 2017 will be held on Tuesday, May 2! We're excited to announce that a very generous donor will match all gifts to the Mercyhurst Annual Fund on Giving Day up to $40,000! This is a great day to show your support for the Hurst because your gift will be DOUBLED - meaning you can DOUBLE your impact. Be sure to save the date and help us reach our goal of 400 donors! 
A special Giving Day site will launch in the coming weeks!
Upcoming Alumni Chapter Events:

Alumni and Student Networking Night
April 5, 2017
Register: 814-824-2330

Erie Alumni Chapter Gathering
April 26, 2017

Reunion Weekend
June 9-11, 2017

Philadelphia Alumni Chapter
June 14, 2017

Save the Date:
Homecoming Weekend
September 29-October 1
Mercyhurst vs. Gannon!
Click the links below to connect with the Alumni Chapter in your area or by visiting

DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia)
New England
New York City

Special thanks to the Pittsburgh Chapter for recently completing a service project!
The Laker Business Directory is a NEW project for Laker alumni to list a company/business that they might own or work for. This is also a tool for alumni who might offer a service to list their information. Fellow Lakers can take a look and learn more about fellow alumni services/business in their area!

Submit your name/business today at
Take advantage of a great way to give back to Mercyhurst - by joining the National Alumni Association Board of Directors! The board meets four times a year and provides great help to the University, helps fellow Lakers remain connected, volunteers for events and activities, and offers guidance and advice to the Office of University Advancement. All applications are due by May 10. 
Submit an application at
As a member of the Mercyhurst Alumni Association, we are able to provide you with several benefits - just because you graduated from the Hurst!
New benefit now available through Howard Hanna! Receive cash rewards on home purchase and home sales, as well as free consultation. Learn more here!
Check them out by clicking the links above or by visiting
Mercyhurst University has been ranked among the top 50 best colleges and universities in the area of education and teaching programs, according to a leading resource provider of higher education information, the Community for Accredited Online Schools.

Read the full story at
Loan Forgiveness Is All About Where You Work—Not What You Do
Most people associate Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) with well-known public service jobs, like teaching, social work, or nursing. Your job does not determine whether you qualify—your employer does. 
According to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), approximately one-quarter of those working in the United States may be eligible for PSLF.  PSLF eliminates ("forgives") the remaining balance on federal student loans of employees who work full time at public or nonprofit institutions after making 10 years' worth of eligible payments (120 total). 
To qualify, your loans must come from the Direct Loan program, and you must make all 120 payments on or after October 1, 2007 (as well as under specific repayment programs: standard repayment, income-based repayment, Pay As You Earn, Revised Pay As You Earn, or income-contingent repayment). 
What is even better is that your payments do not have to be consecutive. You can bounce in and out of the public or nonprofit workforce without penalty (other than taking longer to get your loans forgiven). Just remember that only eligible payments made during eligible employment count. 

To view a list of eligible and non-eligible employer types and more information on Loan Forgiveness, please visit SALT at
Tickets for the 2016-2017 Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture season headlining acts are available at
Learn more about upcoming performances:

Mercyhurst Theatre Program: The Miss Firecracker contest, April 6-9, times vary

The Met: Live in HD – Eugene Onegin, April 22, 12:55 p.m.

D’Angelo Opera Theater: Carmen, April 21 @ 8 p.m., April 3 @ 2 p.m.

D’Angelo Department of Music: Faculty Recital Series, April 26, 8 p.m.

D’Angelo Department of Music: Jazz Ensemble Concert, April 29, 8 p.m.

Mercyhurst Dance Department: The Sleeping Beauty (Act III), April 28-30, Times vary

D’Angelo Department of Music: Composers Concert, April 30, 2 p.m.

D’Angelo Department of Music: Small Ensembles Concert, May 3, 7 p.m.

D’Angelo Department of Music: Wind Ensemble Concert, May 6, 4 p.m.

D’Angelo Department of Music: Mercyhurst Chamber Orchestra, May 7, 4 p.m.

National Theatre Live: Twelfth Night, May 7, 12:55 p.m.

The Met: Live in HD – Der Rosenkavalier, May 20, 12:30 p.m.
The Student Activities Council (SAC) is hosting an event called "Adulting is Hard" on April 21, 2017 from 8-10 p.m. in Zurn 214. SAC hopes to give the students an opportunity to learn about what happens outside of college, as well as give them helpful tips on how to integrate into the adult world. SAC is looking for alumni who would be willing to pass on their “adult” knowledge, specifically about the ins and outs of insurance, buying/renting/leasing cars and property, how to balance time and manage money and be open to questions that students may have about life after college.
If you are available and willing to volunteer your time please email senior James Duncan `17 at 
Earn your Mercyhurst grad degree from anywhere. Thinking about grad school? Mercyhurst University offers several online graduate degree and certificate programs you can complete from anywhere in the world. Build on your previous experience and develop the skills needed to advance your career with online program offerings including: Organizational Leadership (Master of Science or four-course grad certificate), Applied Intelligence Studies (Master of Science or four-course grad certificate), Secondary Education (Master of Science) and Criminal Justice Administration (Master of Science or four-course grad certificate). Scheduling flexibility and full- and part-time options allow you to earn your master’s without disrupting your career. Online coursework means no matter where you are, you’ll have access to cutting-edge online learning technology and direct connections with experienced Mercyhurst instructors.
Learn more at

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Careers and Education
Trent Frey `14 has accepted the position as the football assistant strength & conditioning coach for the UCLA Bruins
Caitlin Ewing `14 was recently appointed as the creative lead at Speakeasy Content Marketing, owned by Dallas Morning News
Marie (Watt) Palano `02 was promoted to the supervisor of data and federal programs within the Seneca Valley School District 
Sarah (Hinsdale) Schnarrs `02 has recently been named chief accounting officer/director of Patterson - Erie Corporation in Erie, Pa.
Jeffrey Haft `07 returned home to Mercyhurst University as an assistant athletic trainer and adjunct faculty member in the Athletic Training Professional Program
Victor Laurenza `02  joined Key Private Bank as vice president, wealth advisor. His role focuses on further development of the region's high net-worth investment management and fiduciary portfolio for Key Private Bank
Corinne Pitts `06 graduated in July from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in Blacksburg, Va. with a MBA. She earned her bachelor's degree in Intelligence Studies from Mercyhurst University. She is a workforce engagement manager for Accenture in the Washington DC metro area

Marriages and Engagements
Bethany Coon `16 and Michael Reilly, Jr. `12 were married at Christ the King Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Groomsmen included Shane McCabe `12, Thomas Hall `12, Aaron Ullman `12 and Andrew Jaouen `12. Bethany is the granddaughter of Gloria Sullivan `44, daughter of Sheila Coon `72 and the niece of Maureen Maus `73 and Mary Ann Hathaway `88
Narda Gatgen `87
married Christopher Oberg on Oct 8, 2016 on Longboat Key, Fla. Maid of honor was Anne Janosko `86. Christopher and Narda reside in Jamestown, N.Y. Narda Gatgen LCSW-R has worked at New Directions Youth and Family Services for 25 years and is the clinical director
Kate Riley `03 married Cory Palmer at  a small ceremony on Nov. 6, 2016 at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN and a larger party was held at Riley's Pour House in Carnegie, Pa. on Aug. 14, 2016.
Births and Adoptions
Carrie (Karsznia) Strickland `06 and her husband Brandan welcomed their first child, Lucy Louise Strickland on Dec. 15, 2016
Katie (Jarocki) Streets `07 and her husband Nathan Streets welcomed their first child together, Sophie Irene Streets, on Dec. 22, 2016. Sophie joins big brother Levi
John David `94 and wife Jocelynn welcomed their second child, daughter Sullivan Hannah David on July 15, 2016. Sullivan joins big brother Finn
Eileen (McGoun) Law `05 and her husband Adam would like to announce the birth of their first child, Natalie Therese on April 10, 2016 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Katherine (Good) Graeca '06, and her husband Ryan, welcomed a daughter Emilia Louise, on Feb. 16, 2017 in Erie, Pa.

Ryan Gibson `05 and Jaclyn (Kerper) Gibson `05 recently welcome a daughter, Quinn Marilyn Gibson on Ha. 26. Ryan and Jaclyn are celebrating their ten year wedding anniversary this fall, Sept. 2017. They met on the rowing team at Mercyhurst
Alumni Deaths
Jane (Kelly) McCrone '50
Therese (Strobel) Raven '52
Mary C. Turner '52
Anne (Froehlich) Metzger '64
Sr. M. Stephen Calvin, R.S.M. '69
Curtis J. Brooks '76
Sharon (O'Connell) McDermott '79
Denise Beard '83
Mary Ellen Bujnoski '92
Dolores (Krainock) Dzeskewicz '92
Yvonne Costelloe '94
Patricia (Krisch) Francis '96
Kristin A. Schmidtfrerick '97
Robert J. Vereb '99
Mari N. Doyle '04
John J. Groszkiewicz, Jr. '10
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