Dr. David J. Gustafson, Associate Professor, Biology Department
Gannon University, Erie Pennsylvania.

Our May 2016 Meeting:
Meetings are held at the Erie Yacht Club in Erie PA and begin at 6:00 pm with a social hour and dinner, followed by our program/speaker. Enter from West 6th Street on Kahkwa Blvd, North to Virginia Ave, and turn right on Virginia Ave to the Yacht Club. Tell the attendant you are with the Torch Club.

Our Dinner Menu:
Dinner Menu: We will have a two Entrée Buffet, choice of, Mediterranean Stuffed Pork Loin, Baked Ziti with Meatballs, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad, and Fresh Baked Dinner Rolls with Butter, along with Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Tea, Milk or Iced Tea. Our dessert will be Ice Cream with Berries.

Our Guest Speaker:
Dr. David J. Gustafson, Associate Professor, Biology Department, Gannon University, Erie Pennsylvania.

His topic will be "Life on the Coral Reef"

For reservations; please E-Mail the Torch Club Secretary at secretary.erietorch@gmail.com.

"Life on the Coral Reef"

Our presenter for this evening is will be one of our own members, Dr. David J. Gustafson, Biology professor at Gannon University.

His program title is: "Life on the Coral Reef". He will present a movie compiled of 15 years of his underwater photographs and talk about various biological life forms found underwater.

Dr. Gustafson earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Gannon in 1968, and his career with his alma mater covered the next 47 years. He began his teaching career as director and assistant professor of biology at Villa Maria College in 1971. He later came to Gannon serving in many roles over the years, including chairman of the university's biology department. He was the recipient of Distinguished Faculty Award in 1999 and the Bishop Persico "Veritas in Caritate" Award for exemplifying faith, hope and love both in and out of the Gannon community in 2014.

Dr. Gustafson said, "For over 50 years the Gustafson family has enjoyed supporting the mission of Gannon University and Villa Maria College, the learning experience and commitment to the Erie community. It has been a true blessing to witness the growth of so many individuals and to help them answer the question of 'how will they live their life?' My life has been blessed to provide a charitable contribution to help students who will touch and enrich the future lives of so many."

Dr. Gustafson’s wife, a native of Erie, Carolyn Gustafson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Villa Maria College in 1969. Throughout her distinguished career, Carolyn held several Nursing positions including director of nursing for the Summit County Health Department in Stow, Ohio; instructor of medical-surgical nursing, community nursing and gerontological nursing at Akron General Medical Center; head nurse for the medical-surgical units at Erie Osteopathic Hospital; and adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University and the University of Akron.

Please join us on may 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm, for our pre-dinner cocktail and chat time and remember to bring your friends and acquaintances. Reservations are required.

Please remember to make your reservation at secretary.erietorch@gmail.com.