Villa Maria College Alumna Establishes Endowment Honoring Her Mother

Posted: August 5, 2015

Carla M. Noziglia's gift of $25,000 will establish the Eileen Miller Endowed "Power" Scholarship at Gannon University, and will be matched by Gannon under the provisions of the "Power" Scholarship Challenge.

Eileen Murphy graduated in 1935 from Villa Maria College with a degree in foreign languages, and married Earnest C. J. Miller in 1941. They had three children: Carla Noziglia, Barbara Paproski, and Paul Miller.

Eileen Miller was a teacher of Latin and English for many years at the Erie Day School, spreading the motto Scientia Potentia Est ("Knowledge is Power"), to generations of students as well as designing the Erie Day School logo. Eileen was a mentor to her students and an inspiration to young women as a Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed writing poetry and had several of her poems published in poetry anthologies. Eileen was an accomplished pianist and sang in St. Andrew's Church choir in Erie.

"Mom was dedicated to education," said Noziglia. "Because of her teaching and example, I succeeded in my career of forensic science."

Carla Miller Noziglia earned her undergraduate degree from Villa Maria College in 1963 and became a bench scientist and forensic laboratory director in Mansfield, Ohio; St. Louis, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada and Tulsa, Oklahoma before retiring in 2000. From 2002-14 she served as senior forensic advisor for the USDOJ/ICITAP in Tanzania.

Noziglia is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a recipient of the Gannon Distinguished Alumni award and currently serves on Gannon's National Alumni Board.

The Eileen Miller Endowed "Power" Scholarship is among the 234 endowed scholarships at Gannon providing $914,000 in scholarship support annually to 413 deserving students from diverse locations, backgrounds and financial circumstances. Ninety-five percent of students at Gannon University received financial aid in the 2013-14 academic year. Endowed gifts to Gannon can also help fund faculty professional development, student and faculty research, speaker series, study-abroad programs, mission trips, academic departments, athletics or the library.

More than 90 percent of undergraduate students received some type of Gannon grant or scholarship. Endowed gifts to Gannon can also help fund faculty positions, professorships, chairmanships, faculty excellence and study abroad programs at the University.