• Erie-GAINS Celebrates Community Partners

      Gannon University's Erie-GAINS program recently held a celebration for our community partners, in collaboration with the Center for Social Concerns and Service-Learning, in the Yehl Ballroom. The purpose of this event was to thank community partners for their support and collaboration and reflect on the year together.

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    • 2016-09-17 GIVE Day

      Gannon University Volunteers to Give Back to the Community 2016-09-16 Approximately 1,000 Gannon University students, faculty, staff, alumni and community volunteers are expected to lend their heads, hands, backs and hearts during GIVE Day 2016 on Saturday, Sept. 17. Gannon's Invitation to Volunteer

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    • 2016-07-26 ETI Acoustic Sheep Graduation

      Gannon University’s Erie Technology Incubator Graduates Member Acoustic Sheep, LLC 2016-07-26 On Wednesday, July 27 from 3-4 p.m., Gannon University's Erie Technology Incubator (ETI) will be recognizing Acoustic Sheep LLC, maker of wearable headphones for sleeping and running, with a special "graduat

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    • 2016-05-16 DEA Seminar

      Gannon University’s Criminal Justice Program Hosts Regional Training Seminar 2016-05-16 The alarming increase in the number of deaths attributed to heroin and opioid overdoses regionally and nationally is an area of immediate concern to public safety officials. Gannon University will play host to 45 l

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    • 2016-05-10 Diversity Days

      Gannon University Students Participate In Diversity Days 2016-05-24 Gannon University English as a Second Language Program (ESL) students from China, Germany, India, Libya, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have visited Diehl Elementary and Emerson-Gridley Schools, and most recently, Luther Memorial Academy to te

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    • 2016-05-06 Scott Rash VP Advancement Announcement

      Ganon University Announces New Vice President For University Advancement 2016-05-06 Gannon University announces the appointment of R. Scott Rash, CFRE as vice president for university advancement. In this position Rash is responsible for the University's annual fund, corporate and foundation relations

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    • 2016-04-28 Food Hub Presentationj

      Gannon Students Present Proposal to Help Alleviate Downtown Food Desert 2016-04-28 Students from Gannon University will present their business proposal for a possible fresh food hub on Tuesday, April 29 at 11 a.m. in Room 300 of the Center for Business Ingenuity at 900 State Street. The students have be

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  • Overview

     Erie Gains LogoGannon University has a rich history of service to Erie and the surrounding community. In the summer of 2010, Gannon took its commitment to service and to the community one step further with the launch of the Erie-Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability (Erie-GAINS) initiative, a long-term, mutually beneficial community initiative designed to expand the University’s efforts to support the common good of our neighborhood. While the University will continue to serve throughout the Erie region, across the United States and in various countries, Erie-GAINS will aid the University in focusing its efforts to maximize its impact in a well-defined, contiguous and manageable University neighborhood.

    Erie-GAINS coordinates strategic initiatives between the University, government agencies, community organizations and businesses to stimulate positive change and improve the sustainability and viability of downtown Erie and the neighborhoods surrounding campus. The initiative will bring greater focus to Gannon's existing efforts aimed at experiential learning, such as internships and co-ops, service-learning projects, civic engagement, community service, research and programming by focusing on urban development issues including, but not limited to, education, health and well-being, the economy, public safety, neighborhood revitalization and the environment.


    • To intentionally coordinate Gannon’s community interactions so that they are productive, proactive, more meaningful and increasingly focused on the Erie-GAINS Neighborhood;
    • To focus social and civic engagement efforts and community partnerships to support the Erie-GAINS neighborhood, neighbors, schools, centers of worship and other organizations; and
    • To align the planning of the University with the challenges of the neighborhood through the concentration of University efforts (service-learning, faculty and student research, internships, course curriculum and targeted academic program development) in the neighborhood.

    Goals and Objectives

    • Further increase the mission-oriented development of students, faculty and staff.
    • Focus academically-based social and civic engagement efforts (internships, service-learning, service, research, programming) and community partnerships to support the common good of the Erie-GAINS neighborhood.
    • Be a key partner with the City of Erie, non-profits, businesses, centers of worship, and schools in improving and revitalizing our downtown Erie neighborhood.
    • Create a continuum of opportunities for engagement that provide shared knowledge and results that will benefit residents, the community and the University.
    • Fundamentally change the targeted community to become a place where people want to live.


    • The University will adopt holistic and interdisciplinary approaches to community development.
    • Gannon will be a primary partner working to shape a sustainable community.
    • The University will grow and institutionalize service and service-learning projects in the targeted neighborhood.
    • Gannon graduates will go on to become leaders in the community and with national and international organizations where they will continue to develop and nurture civic and social engagements.
    • Neighborhood residents will see Gannon as a partner and the University of Choice.
    • Incoming students will select Gannon as the University of Choice for its commitment to their development as well as its commitment to the community.
    • Neighborhood characteristics (quality and affordable housing, safety, etc) will improve.
    • Neighborhood amenities will be developed or enhanced.
  • Erie-GAINS

    Phone: 814-871-5584
    Toll Free: 1-800-426-6668

    Office Location:
    Old Main
    109 W. Sixth St.