Gannon University Hosts Grand Opening and Blessing for New Center for Communication and the Arts
Posted: September 5, 2014
Communications technologies and the messages they carry are
transforming the way we live, work and play. Today Gannon
University changed the way students will learn about converging
disciplines in this dynamic field with the opening of a new Center
for Communication and the Arts.
The Center will be home to the newly created School of
Communication and the Arts (SCA) in Gannon's College of Humanities,
Social Sciences and Education. Students in the SCA engage in
comprehensive, multidisciplinary education in human communication
studies, media production, advertising, journalism, and the
performing arts with the goal of becoming accomplished
communicators able to succeed in a variety of professions.
The Center, in a building at W. Seventh and Peach Streets
formerly occupied by the Loyal Christian Benefit Association,
includes classrooms and student lounges for studying and
socializing, a state-of-the art Media Center and Multimedia Studio, a
television and audio production complex equipped with the latest
digital workstations and tools, and a multipurpose art studio.
In acknowledgement of the synergies that arise when related
creative disciplines interact with one another, the Center also
co-locates hands-on, co-curricular programs, including 90.5 WERG,
the University's award-winning radio station, the Schuster Gallery,
the Gannon Knight newspaper, the Collins Institute for
Archaeological Research and the Erie Chamber Orchestra. The Center
will also house a large music and movement space that houses the GU
Student Concert Band as well as dance and theater classes.
Co-location will facilitate integration of current and emerging
programs in human communication studies, media studies, and the
digital and performing arts. Additionally, SCA will provide
artistic and educational opportunities to enhance and expand the
cultural lives of the Gannon University family as well as the Erie
community at-large. The Center's location will add to the richness
of offerings and the economic vitality of Erie's arts and cultural
With a wide variety of exhibitions, broadcasts, performances,
concerts and readings, the combination of theory and practice
within the School of Communication and the Arts will provide
students with enriching experiences that can make the difference
between obtaining a degree and getting an education, between
knowing and understanding.
"With a speed that has astounded many of us, this new building
is now the artistic and cultural center of the University," said
Linda Fleming, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Humanities, Education
and Social Sciences. "Student involvement in curricular and
co-curricular events will increase as will the opportunities for
collaboration between and among students and faculty."