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  • Dr. Eugene Gan

    Professor of Communication Arts

    284-5355
    egan@franciscan.edu

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    Brief Bio

    Dr. Eugene Gan was born in Singapore, the only child of Catholic parents. He grew up with an unusual combination of talents—technology and art. When it came time for college, he could see no way to combine these interests in Singapore. “Then a family friend suggested I apply to schools in the United States,” says Gan. “There I could study both subjects.”

    Gan attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and graduated in 1994 with a BS in electrical and computer engineering and a minor in art. Although the term “multimedia” was barely born, he began working in that field, helping build the fledgling industry. Then his spiritual director suggested he explore teaching.

    “I didn’t want to!” says Gan. “My mother was a teacher, so I knew how relentlessly demanding the profession is. But out of obedience, I said okay.” Gan started teaching at a computer academy and right away was invited to teach courses at Duquesne University’s graduate school. He then simultaneously helped design and participated in Duquesne’s MS program in multimedia technology, receiving his degree in 2001.

    In 2000, he began part-time at Franciscan, while continuing to work in the multimedia industry. He became an assistant professor in 2004.

    “Mother Church has been calling us for decades to get our act together as far as media,” he says. “Not only to use it for evangelization but to integrate it into our lives.” Gan is publishing a book on media literacy for Catholics, and he helped launch a multimedia concentration in Communication Arts.

    In 2003, Gan met his wife, Cindy, online at Ave Maria Singles. They have four sons, John Paul, Maximilian Kolbe, Benedict, and Gabriel.


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  • Dr. Eugene Gan - Sabbatical Granted 
    2011-2012 Sabbatical granted: research and study the Catholic worldview of video games and their impact on us, culture, and society


    Dr. Eugene Gan - Infinite Bandwidth 
    InfiniteBandwidthDr. Eugene Gan published the book Infinite Bandwidth with Emmaus Road Publishing, 2010.
    http://www.amazon.com/Infinite-Bandwidth-Encountering-Christ-Media

    Dr. Eugene Gan - Catholic Higher Education and Media Technology Integration: Compromise or Complementary? 
    Published the article "Catholic Higher Education and Media Technology Integration: Compromise or Complementary?" in Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education/Journal of Catholic Higher Education, Volume 26 Issue 2 (2009)

    Dr. Eugene Gan-“Alternative assessment methodologies for media communication courses” 
    Conference presentation: “Alternative assessment methodologies for media communication courses”; presentation with panel: “Assessing Competencies in Media Communication Programs”, Ohio Communications Association (OCA) conference, 2009

    Dr. Eugene Gan-Ethics in Computer Games 
    Article for Pontifical Council for Social Communication: “Ethics in Computer Games”, 2009

    Dr. Eugene Gan - Our Bible Adventure CD 
    Wrote, designed, and programmed the “Our Bible Adventure CD” for adults, 2001

    Dr. Eugene Gan - Can teens stay connected without losing touch? 
    Dr. Eugene Gan was Interviewed for Our Sunday Visitor articles, “Can teens stay connected without losing touch?” (Spring 2009), and “Getting real about reality TV” (2006)

    Dr. Eugene Gan - Presentation: Catholic Higher Education and Media Technology Integration: Compromise or Complementary? 
    Conference presentation: “Catholic Higher Education and Media Technology Integration: Compromise or Complementary?” A City on a Hill conference, 2007

    Dr. Eugene Gan - Communication and the New Culture Challenges and Opportunities for the Church 
    Dr. Eugene Gan wrote an Article for Pontifical Council for Culture (panel contribution) “Communication and the New Culture Challenges and Opportunities for the Church”, 2009

    Dr. Eugene Gan - Film: The Run 
    Directed, filmed, edited, designed, and produced the half-hour film The Run, 2001

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