Gannon University has been named to the prestigious President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, as announced by the Corporation for National & Community Service.
In addition, Gannon was one of only eight colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to be named to the “Honor Roll with Distinction” portion of the Community Service Honor Roll.
The honor roll recognizes the role that higher education institutions play in addressing community problems and in helping more students focus on civic engagement. The corporation uses several criteria to compile the honor roll, including the colleges and universities which:
- Achieve “meaningful, measureable outcomes” in their communities.
- Demonstrate a strong “institutional commitment” to service.
- Produce results through “compelling campus-community partnerships.”
The Corporation for National & Community Service noted, “Your selection to the Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government of your commitment to service and civic engagement on your campus and in our nation.”
Service to one’s neighbor is an integral aspect of Gannon University’s Mission. Gannon students, faculty, staff and University President Dr. Keith Taylor recently returned from spring break service trips to Haiti, El Salvador, Joplin, Mo., and Richmond Hill, Ontario.
“Gannon University is honored and pleased to have been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for a fifth time,” Taylor said. “This honor recognizes the tireless work and steadfast commitment of our students, faculty and staff in serving their neighbors both locally and globally.”
More about Gannon University’s Erie-GAINS community initiative
In 2010, Gannon strengthened its longstanding commitment to community improvement by establishing Erie-GAINS, a comprehensive initiative designed to expand and to bring greater focus to the University’s efforts to serve its campus neighbors. Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability) is focused on the neighborhood bordered by Presque Isle Bay to the north, Parade Street to the east, 11th Street to the south and the Bayfront Parkway to the west.
Erie-GAINS has five general focus areas: education, health and wellness, business and economy, quality of life and environmental sustainability.
“As a University located in the heart of downtown, we are deeply invested in making Erie a better place to live, learn, work and play,” Taylor said.
More about Gannon University’s volunteerism
During the 2010-11 Academic Year, Gannon students, faculty and staff contributed 79,585 hours of volunteer service to the Erie community and to communities across the country and around the world. The hours include “one-time” service events such as GIVE (Gannon’s Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere) Day, as well as service-learning projects that have a direct tie to students’ academic coursework.
In addition, during the 2010-11 Academic Year the University made more than $146,000 in direct financial contributions to individuals, agencies and organizations locally and nationally.