• 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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    • 2015-08-13 Summer J.A.M. Ceremony

      Gannon University Honors Summer J.A.M. Students 2015-08-13 On Friday, August 14 at 12 p.m. the 15 Erie high school students who participated at Gannon University in the Summer Jobs And More (J.A.M.) program will be honored at a ceremony in the Yehl Room of Gannon University's Waldron Campus Center, 214

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    • 2015-07-22 Upward Bound

      Upward Bound Students Put Their Robots To the Test At Gannon University 2015-07-22 Gannon University and the Northwest Tri-County IU5 partnered again this summer for the Upward Bound Math and Science Program. The University is hosting a six-week Summer Academic Institute at the University for over 20 fir

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    • 2015-05-05 Students Diabetes Association Presentation

      Gannon University Students Collaborate with the Erie County Diabetes Association 2015-05-05 Gannon University MBA program students are assisting the Erie County Diabetes Association (ECDA) to analyze and promote awareness of its mission to combat diabetes in local Erie area. Bruce Kibler, Ph.D., assistan

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    • 2015-04-29 Celebrate Gannon

      Gannon University Students Showcase Their Accomplishments at University’s Annual Event 2015-04-30 Gannon University undergraduate and graduate students showcased their scholarly and creative work during the University's annual "Celebrate Gannon" event on April 14 in the Yehl Ballroom of Gannon's Waldron

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    • 2015-04-28 WILD Conference

      Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center Hosts Eighth Annual WILD Conference 2015-04-28 The Gannon University Small Business Development Center suggests the best way to deal with the phrase "It's A Jungle Out There" is to go WILD. WILD is the Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Confer

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    • 2015-04-23 Day of Caring

      This Weekend Gannon University Gives Back To the City Of Erie 2015-04-23   More than 400 Gannon University students, alumni, members of faculty and staff and their families are expected to volunteer throughout the Erie community for United Way of Erie County's Day of Caring on Saturday,

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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.