Alden Trust Grant to Benefit Gannon University Student Support Services
Posted: February 28, 2017
Gannon University's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics) Center and Writing and the Research Center received a
$90,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust of Worcester,
Massachusetts that will support investments in technology.
Among the technology to be purchased through the grant award are
tablet computers, high-end computer workstations, graphing and
scientific calculators and software for web conferencing and a One
Button Studio video production system for assisting students in
practicing presentations, speeches, mock interviews and more.
The investment in technology will prepare the for planned
relocation to the Nash Learning Commons scheduled to open in early
The Gannon University STEM Center coordinates free one-on-one
tutoring in STEM coursework for all Gannon students. The STEM
Center also provides assistance for students in key STEM courses
through the STEM-PASS (Peer Assisted Study Scheme) initiative,
which embeds a tutor in the classroom who provides extra help for
students in that course.
The Gannon University Writing & Research Center (WRC) offers
peer-to-peer consultations for students at all levels and in all
disciplines for both undergraduate and graduate students. In
addition, the WRC provides tutoring for all CHESS courses, as well
as support for the College of Communication and the Arts.
Adam Nogaj, director of the STEM Center, said, "Because
technology is advancing so quickly, the ability to supply students
with a cart-full of tablets to take advantage of interactive
learning technologies, will allow students receiving STEM Center
support to get their hands on immersive technology. Moving to the
Nash Learning Commons, we want to build a culture where students
expect to receive support, find it easily, and once they experience
the benefits, they come back."
The George I. Alden Trust was established in 1912 for the
general purpose of "the maintenance of some charitable or
philanthropic enterprises" with particular expressed interest in
"the promotion of education in schools, colleges, or other
educational institutions," The Trustees have given priority to
higher education, predominately in support of independent
undergraduate education, in smaller institutions with full-time
traditional undergraduate enrollments of at least 1,000 students
and with a total undergraduate and graduate student population
(full-time equivalents) of under 5,000.