Engage in the Community

Service is at the heart of the University's Mission. Founded on the principle of service to the community, Gannon University embraces engagement as an articulation of our Catholic Identity at its fundamental level, and as a privilege.

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See what Carolynn Masters, Ph.D., R.N., provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Rev. Michael Kesicki, associate vice president for mission and ministry, say about Gannon's efforts to engage in the community.

The Archbishop Gannon Scholars Program was created in honor of the late Archbishop John Mark Gannon to assist students in the Erie School District who have academic credentials to be admitted into Gannon University, but may not have the necessary funding. The Archbishop Gannon Scholars Award covers the remaining cost of tuition after the qualifying students' federal and state grants are applied. A

The School of Education at Gannon University and St. Peter Cathedral School in Erie announced the St. Peter Cathedral-Gannon Professional Development School. The program creates a means for Gannon's students to bring the latest educational practices to St. Peter Cathedral's students under the careful direction of professors and evaluators. C

The University expanded its GO College program in December 2013 to include East High School in conjunction with the existing partnership with Strong Vincent High School. The GO College program is a $2.2 million, five-year commitment to the Erie School District that has served 640 students and helped participating students reach a 96 percent college or military enrollment rate, 50 percent of which enrolled in local universities.


The Lowest Tuition Increase in Over 36 Years

The University's annual Gannon's Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere (GIVE) Day reached across 11 cities when faculty, students, staff and alumni participated in various acts of service including landscaping, trash and debris clean up, sorting and donating clothes, and more.

Nearly 400 Gannon University students, faculty, staff and alumni participated in Gannon's own Day of Caring, an initiative stemming from the United Way's Days of Caring, by volunteering citywide, especially focusing on the neighborhood that is part of the Erie-Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability (Erie-GAINS) initiative.

Four undergraduates became the University's inaugural Social Change Fellows. The new summer service-learning initiative, funded by an Erie-GAINS mini-grant, was a 10-week commitment of about 170 service hours at local non-profit organizations. In addition to the opportunity to develop leadership skills, the four Social Change Fellows built valuable continuity with the University's community partners between academic years.


Million Dollars in Fundraising, Third Largest in School History

Students in Gannon's nursing program conducted 1,400 in-home visits to residents and neighbors of John E. Horan Garden Apartments and MidCity Towers within the Erie community.

A University-wide commitment to wellness was set into motion to include the creation of programming, facilities, educational initiatives and services for students, faculty and staff. The goals of the initiative include increased academic success, increased productivity and greater retention rates.

An interfaith memorial service honoring The Four Chaplains was held on Gannon's campus. The University was chosen as the host of the annual ceremony to recognize unity among all military members, regardless of their religious background. B

Assistance with finding jobs, housing, medical care, education and other services drew several hundred veterans and their families to the Hammermill Center for the first Veterans Resource Expo. The four-hour event was organized by State Senator Sean Wiley with the Erie County Vietnam Veterans Memorial organization and hosted by Gannon University to connect veterans with available services at one easily accessible, centrally located event.

Strategic Plan Measures: Goal Two

Teaching and Engagement for Learning

Year One Result1

Nearly 50% of the total service hours were completed in the Erie-GAINS neighborhood.2

Process Improvement for Institutional Effectiveness

Year One Result1

71% of local partners responded positively that Gannon has supported their strategic goals.3

The University reached an estimated economic impact of $184 million.

Through charitable contributions, the University raised a total of $6,730,593.

Market And Delivery for Growth

Year One Result1

Racial diversity was achieved among the student body through the enrollment or retention of 363 students.

1Fiscal Year 2013-14, unless otherwise noted
2This 2013-14 figure is estimated as of September 2014
3Percentage of those surveyed responding "yes" to "has Gannon supported your strategic goals for community impact."

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