Foster Innovation

What’s new? That is a salient question at Gannon University. We aim to make the resources–human, intellectual and technological–of our diverse University relevant and accessible to communities within the University as well as regionally, nationally and globally. The power of originality is the engine that drives us.

A generous gift from Judith Alstadt was presented to Gannon University in December to establish the Donald M. and Judith C. Alstadt Environmental Center. This new exceptional learning environment is located on more than three acres of land on which two cabin-style dwellings of over 3,700 sq. ft. sit on Brokenstraw Creek in Warren County. The Center’s unique setting offers unparalleled access to diverse ecosystems that will enable research and learning opportunities for students in the University’s biology, environmental science and engineering and freshwater and marine biology programs. A

Gannon expanded on its academic offerings in the Florida market, announcing new programs including a Master of Athletic Training, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate online program. The three new programs join the existing Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at the Ruskin campus, creating a broader spectrum of academic training to meet the demands of the health professions fields in the region and nation. To provide the technology and resources that will support the enrollment and program growth, the University has begun planning renovations to existing buildings and construction of an additional academic building on the Ruskin campus.

In addition to the new programs created at the Ruskin campus, Gannon’s Erie campus established new academic programs, including a Digital Media Communications and Public Relations undergraduate programs, and concentrations in Business Administration, Economics and Management Information Systems.

In Fall 2016, Knight Tower was opened to students as a temporary library location while the modernization of Nash Library was underway. Nash Library, scheduled to re-open in January 2018, will be completely transformed into a technologically advanced learning commons featuring 49 new study rooms, computer labs, the STEM and Writing and Research Centers and a coffee shop. The result will be a one-stop facility to support students in all aspects of learning.

Gannon University undergraduate and graduate students in Erie and Ruskin showcased their scholarly and creative work during the annual Celebrate Gannon event in April. This year’s event dramatically expanded, featuring the work of 453 students, reflecting the increasing number of students conducting research projects alongside faculty mentors, traveling the globe, creating their own businesses, and pursuing valuable internships or fieldwork. C


Students Participated in Celebrate Gannon

Gannon University received 42 grant awards throughout the 2016-17 Fiscal Year, some of which included $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Education to support GO College and a $1 million donation from the National Science Foundation in support of Gannon’s Scholars for Excellence in Engineering and Computer Science scholarship program. The University also received grant funding to support faculty research and development, including a substantial in-kind donation of advanced manufacturing software in excess of $6.3 million from Siemens that will be incorporated into engineering program curriculum and utilized for leading research and training in the manufacturing industry.



GUBotDev, a volunteer, extra-curricular student group dedicated to research and problem-solving through technology and robotics, designed and built a 10-foot-tall 3-D filament printer to feature at Erie Manufacturing Day in October. The students went on to win at the 2017 Erie Collegiate Innovation Showcase in April with the 3-D printer, which the students have found to be among the three largest filament printers in the world. B

Gannon’s Erie Technology Incubator recognized the advancement of two member companies. Graduating in July 2016, AcousticSheep, LLC. is a maker of wearable headphones for sleeping and running. The company grew to exceed $4 million in sales, increased its number of employees and has won several regional and national awards. In June 2017, Conduit Technology, LLC announced its acquisition by Brightree LLC, forming a relationship through the introduction of MyForms, a workflow solution used by more than 200 home medical equipment organizations.

Strategic Plan Measures: Goal One

Initiative Success Measure Baseline Year One Result Year two result Year Three result Year Four result Year 4 target
Market and Delivery for Growth Additional Site Enrollment 67 69 86 105 136 150
Teaching and Engagement for Learning Faculty Scholarship and Development Investment $215.000 $511,000 $534,000 $619,000 $646,000 $648,000
Process Improvement for Institutional Effectiveness New Program Enrollment N/A 11 26 83 154 110

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