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    • 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.

    • 2017-09-27 NCATA Championships

      Gannon University and Erie Sports Commission Awarded 2018 NCATA National Championships 2017-09-26 The National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) has awarded hosting rights for its 2018 national championships scheduled for April 26-28 to Gannon University, the Erie Sports Commiss

    • 2017-09-23 Kathy Wyrosdick lecture

      Gannon University Erie County Planning Director’s Lecture on Erie’s Comprehensive Plan 2017-09-23 Erie Refocused, the city's first comprehensive plan in 50 years, will be the subject of a lecture by Kathy Wyrosdick, Erie County's director of planning. The lecture, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Yehl Room of

    • 2017-09-22

      Gannon University Breaks Ground for Construction of St. Joseph House 2017-09-22 A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday, Sept. 22, at 1:30 p.m. for the St. Joseph House of Faith in Action on the 400 block of W. Fourth Street in Erie. St. Joseph House will be an outreach ministry of Gannon Universit

    • 2017-09-15 GIVE Day

      Gannon University Volunteers Set to GIVE Back to Their Communities 2017-09-15 More than 1,000 Gannon University students, faculty, staff and alumni will work to strengthen their communities by participating in GIVE (Gannon's Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere) Day. For the 20th consecutive year, the G

    • 2017-09-06 Queen of the Sun film

      Gannon University to Show Film Outdoors for Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times Series 2017-09-06 In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist, philosopher and social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years, the population of honeybees would collapse. Almost as if on cue, beekeepers around

    • 2017-08-29 Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times

      Gannon University to Present Yearlong Series on Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times 2017-08-29 Gannon University will present Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times, a yearlong series of events exploring the theme through film, lectures, panel discussions and theater. The series is a success

  • 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.