Gannon University to Install Golden Knight Statue at
Posted: September 16, 2013
A new statue representing
Gannon University will be installed at the entrance of Gannon Field on Sassafras
St. on Sept. 18 and dedicated during Homecoming weekend on Oct. 4. The 8-foot,
800-pound Golden Knight statue sculpted by Jon Hair is made possible by a gift
from Irwin Belk, the retired executive of Belk Stores, the largest privately
owned department store company in America. The Gannon University Class of 2013
also partnered in the funding of the project.
Media are encouraged to
capture footage of the statue's installation on Sept. 18 from 10-11 a.m. Jon
Hair will be available for interviews during the installment, as well as Angela
Coustillac, Gannon's 2013 Student Government Association (SGA) president.
Gannon students, alumni and faculty and staff, as well as the public, are
encouraged to attend a dedication ceremony on Oct. 4 from 3-4 p.m. Gannon
University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D.; Luke King, current SGA president; The
Rev. Michael Kesicki, Associate Vice President of University Mission and
Ministry; and Coustillac will provide remarks.
The Golden Knight was
first mentioned as Gannon's nickname in 1945 when basketball player and
accounting major Dick Buseck, Gannon Class of 1946, wrote an article in the
Gannon Mansion referring to the "Knights around Gannon." The University
selected the Golden Knight as its mascot because the Knight is "Always
faithful, generous, brave and honorable."
Belk, of Charlotte, N.C., is a
patron of the arts and has commissioned numerous sculptures for educational
institutions across the country.
Hair, who began is sculpting career in
2000, has fulfilled more than 80 major public art commissions, including
projects for U.S. Olympic Committee, The U.S. Air Force Academy, The Academy of
Television Arts & Sciences and 30 American colleges. Hair has won six
national and international competitions and has sculpted portraits of
celebrities such as movie and television icon Dick Van Dyke and media mogul Ted