Engage in the Community

Embedded in the word community is another word: unity. As an urban University, we are formed and inspired by the communities in which we serve. inasmuch as Gannon University was conceived by Archbishop John Mark Gannon in the spirit of service to the community, that spirit animates and inspires us daily.

In January, Our West Bayfront (OWB) announced a $1.675 million commitment from UPMC Health Plan, Marquette Savings Bank, Erie Insurance and Gannon University. Created under the aegis of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program, an additional $500,000 in funding from the Erie Community Foundation was provided to OWB and the Bayfront Eastside Task Force. The funding from the community partners helped launch OWB’s efforts to improve housing stock, increase safety and security, and enhance the quality of life for residents in the neighborhoods adjacent to campus.  C

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$2.175 Million

Public/Private Contributions To Our West Bayfront

Greek letter organizations responded to community needs in a significant manner by making contributions through multiple fundraising and service activities. Through organizing and holding a variety of events during the academic year, these students worked together to raise nearly $12,000 for local charitable and service organizations, and provided volunteered time valued in excess of $107,000 during the fiscal year.

Gannon’s Goodwill Garden grew from the commitment of the University’s Greening Committee to address community needs. It has evolved by linking hands-on learning about health, nutrition and neighborhood development with academic research projects, outreach activities and workshops to serve the Gannon and Erie communities. A highlight of the past fiscal year was the Garden’s involvement in the launch of the Erie County Garden Coalition, bringing together managers of community gardens to collaborate on environmental sustainability and food access in neighborhoods identified as a food deserts. A


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Harvested from goodwill garden Donated to Local Food Pantries

Gannon’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences hosted a yearlong Culture and Climate Change series of lectures and events topics such as the effects of climate change on our geographic environment, political viewpoints and consumer behaviors. One such event brought Greg Czarnecki ’89, Climate Change and Research Coordinator for the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, to campus to discuss the effect of climate change on local and global wildlife, and the challenges and opportunities conservationists face in ensuring their survival.

The biology department brought both scientists and reindeer to campus to present research on the impact of climate change on Alaskan reindeer populations. The University has continued its collaboration on this effort to pursue potential internship and research initiatives.

Gannon University’s Recreation and Wellness Center was the host location for the MOM-n-PA free dental clinic in June. The clinic is part of a statewide series of annual missions that provides dental care free-of-charge to community members who otherwise cannot afford it. During the two-day event, 736 patients received various treatments and hygienic care from dentists, Gannon and community volunteers. B



In Dental Care Services Provided At Mom-n-PA Dental Clinic

Increasing the access to a quality education is the purpose of the Archbishop Gannon Scholars Program. During the 2016-17 Fiscal Year, 37 academically qualified high school students in the City of Erie Schools received $739,000 in tuition support from the program. For these students, federal and state grant funds are the only resources needed to cover their tuition cost.

The culture of service at Gannon University is deep and strong. During the 2016-17 Academic Year, members of the Gannon University community provided 72,895 hours of service to the community. Students provided 62,991 hours of community service at 455 sites. Indicative of the University’s commitment to integrating the culture of service into academics, 100 courses offered an academic service-learning experience that resulted in 31,814 service hours provided by students.

Strategic Plan Measures: Goal TWO

Initiative Success Measure Baseline Year One Result Year two result Year Three result Year Four result Year Four Target
Market and Delivery for Growth Diverse Student Enrollment (Domestic) 360 363 399 419 437 460
Teaching and Engagement for Learning Student Experiential Learning Participation 95% 96% 97% 99% 100% 100%
Process Improvement for Institutional Effectiveness Postitive Response to Impact Survey on Community Need N/A 71% 94% 97% 98% 97%

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