Gannon University Hosts Grand Opening and Blessing for New Center for Communication and the Arts

Center for Communication and The Arts Ribbon CuttingPosted: September 5, 2014

Communications technologies and the messages they carry are transforming the way we live, work and play. Today Gannon University changed the way students will learn about converging disciplines in this dynamic field with the opening of a new Center for Communication and the Arts.

The Center will be home to the newly created School of Communication and the Arts (SCA) in Gannon's College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education. Students in the SCA engage in comprehensive, multidisciplinary education in human communication studies, media production, advertising, journalism, and the performing arts with the goal of becoming accomplished communicators able to succeed in a variety of professions.

The Center, in a building at W. Seventh and Peach Streets formerly occupied by the Loyal Christian Benefit Association, includes classrooms and student lounges for studying and socializing, a state-of-the art Media Center and Multimedia Studio, a television and audio production complex equipped with the latest digital workstations and tools, and a multipurpose art studio.

In acknowledgement of the synergies that arise when related creative disciplines interact with one another, the Center also co-locates hands-on, co-curricular programs, including 90.5 WERG, the University's award-winning radio station, the Schuster Gallery, the Gannon Knight newspaper, the Collins Institute for Archaeological Research and the Erie Chamber Orchestra. The Center will also house a large music and movement space that houses the GU Student Concert Band as well as dance and theater classes.

Co-location will facilitate integration of current and emerging programs in human communication studies, media studies, and the digital and performing arts. Additionally, SCA will provide artistic and educational opportunities to enhance and expand the cultural lives of the Gannon University family as well as the Erie community at-large. The Center's location will add to the richness of offerings and the economic vitality of Erie's arts and cultural district.

With a wide variety of exhibitions, broadcasts, performances, concerts and readings, the combination of theory and practice within the School of Communication and the Arts will provide students with enriching experiences that can make the difference between obtaining a degree and getting an education, between knowing and understanding.

"With a speed that has astounded many of us, this new building is now the artistic and cultural center of the University," said Linda Fleming, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. "Student involvement in curricular and co-curricular events will increase as will the opportunities for collaboration between and among students and faculty." 

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