Engage in the Community

The impact of the University on the community extends beyond its economic impact and the skills its graduates contribute to the region’s labor force. Playing an active role in assuring access to higher education; volunteering from the University’s students, faculty and staff; and mobilizing intellectual capital for the common good are guiding principles at Gannon.

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service-learning hours by students, faculty and staff at 247 sites

Gannon University was among the 240 U.S. colleges and universities selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. This honor recognizes Gannon’s deep historical commitment to service and care for humanity and the Erie community.

A new organization to uplift the neighborhood surrounding Gannon’s campus was created by Gannon University’s Erie-GAINS initiative. Our West Bayfront was organized to enhance the quality of life in Erie’s west bayfront neighborhoods by promoting civic involvement, thoughtful development, historic preservation and neighborhood pride. On behalf of Our West Bayfront, Gannon University received a $25,000 Keystone Communities grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development that was matched by the National Fuel Gas Company in support of this Erie-GAINS initiative. 

The Gannon Goodwill Garden grew fresh produce and herbs that were planted and harvested by 77 volunteers, 28 of whom were new, and who gave a total of 261 service hours. The garden received three new fruit trees, piloted its first bed-lending program with three local organizations, installed two new vertical planters created by students in a first-year engineering class, and has donated over 978 pounds of its harvest to local food pantries. C

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reduction in annual carbon footprint through lighting improvements

An Erie-GAINS signature project, the Club Fit program expanded from teaching fitness and nutrition to girls at East High School to teaching girls at Strong Vincent High School as well. Seventy percent of participants increased their exercise time from one day or less per week to three days or more per week.

Gannon participated in the second annual Summer Jobs and More (J.A.M.) program for Erie County employing eight local high school students for 20 hours per week in 2014. Employment at Gannon through the summer program increased in 2015 to 15 students, collectively earning over $19,500. A

Since the collaborative creation of the St. Peter Cathedral-Gannon Professional Development School in 2013, Gannon education students and faculty have provided over 2,600 hours of one-on-one classroom instruction, with 2,421 of those hours being completed between 2014-2015.

Gannon’s Catholic Identity was celebrated with the continuation of two distinguished lecture series. Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D., astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, delivered the inaugural Bishop Donald Trautman Lecture in Catholic Theology, while the Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus Lecture on Catholic Thought and Action was given by the Rev. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., president of the Jesuit Conference in Washington, D.C.


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The University composed a plan for campus identity and wayfinding to better identify the physical make-up of campus, while featuring Gannon’s tradition, school spirit and Catholic Identity. During Summer 2015, Gannon-branded benches and waste receptacles were installed on campus, while the iconic arch received fresh paint and updated lighting. B

Strategic Plan Measures: Goal TWO

Initiative Success Measure Year One Result Year two result
Market and Delivery for Growth Diverse Student Enrollment (Domestic) 363 399
Teaching and Engagement for Learning Student Experiential Learning Participation 96% 97%
Process Improvement for Institutional Effectiveness Postitive Response to Impact Survey on Community Need 71% 94%
1This data was recorded as of September 2015.

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