Message from the Director
Greetings from the new Director of the Gannon Center: Gabrielle M. Buckley
You may have noticed that Janet Sisler’s photo no longer graces the page of the Director’s Welcome. We are deeply grateful to Janet for her remarkable eight years of leadership and innovation at the Gannon Center. Although she intended to retire, she was instead prevailed upon to join the cabinet of Jo Ann Rooney, President of Loyola University Chicago, in the role of Acting Vice President for Mission Integration. I am very happy to say that she is just a telephone call away to provide counsel and support to the Center.
Twenty-five years ago, the Gannon Center began as an idea among Loyola’s women leaders to extend the academic legacy of Mundelein College, the last remaining women’s college in Illinois, before merging with Loyola in 1991. Named for Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, a longtime president of Mundelein and pioneer in women’s education and leadership, the Gannon Center represents a thriving set of programs and annual events that celebrate, encourage, support, and grow the leadership potential of women undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and community members.
The Center's activities include the Gannon Scholars Program, the Women and Leadership Archives focusing on the records of women leaders, fellowships for Loyola faculty, space and resources for visiting scholars, mentoring programs for undergraduate women students, and summer research grants for graduate students. We sponsor many other programs that promote women’s leadership and achievements.
As many of you know, we lost Sister Ann Ida Gannon in early summer at 103 years old. You may also know that one of her very few regrets at the end of her life was the fact that the United States had not yet ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, for which she worked tirelessly around the country. Fortunately, the Illinois State legislature ratified the Equal Rights Amendment the week before God spirited her home! Sister Ann Ida could not have been a better model for women and men in all walks of life. She was a true leader in every sense of the word in all of her many callings and interests.
In the brief lull of summer, the Gannon Center is very busy preparing for the 25th Anniversary of the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership. G) The Center is also preparing for the new Gannon Scholars and supporting our current Scholars as they move forward. We can all be tremendously proud of the current Scholars and of the 25+ years of Gannon alumnae. They are following paths inspired by Ignation/Jesuit/BVM values – sharing gifts, pursuing justice, having concern for the poor and marginalized, striving for excellence, and developing unity of heart, mind, and soul while living lives that reflect critical thought and responsible action on ethical issues.
Please join us on September 29-30, 2018, to celebrate twenty-five years of the Gannon Center, the Mundelein Reunion, and the Mundelein Class of 1968’s induction into the Golden Phoenix Society:
This diverse array of Gannon Center programming is made possible by the loyalty of Mundelein, Loyola and Gannon alumnae and friends, whose generous gifts established and continue to add to the Center's endowment fund. We welcome your suggestions and questions, and look forward to your support as we strengthen and expand the Gannon Center’s capabilities and outreach. We prepare women to lead extraordinary lives!
Gabrielle M. Buckley
Director, Gannon Center for Women and Leadership
“Love is shown more in deeds than in words.” ― Ignatius of Loyola