Alden Trust Grant to Benefit Gannon University Student Support Services

Posted: February 28, 2017

Gannon University's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Center and Writing and the Research Center received a $90,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, Massachusetts that will support investments in technology.

Among the technology to be purchased through the grant award are tablet computers, high-end computer workstations, graphing and scientific calculators and software for web conferencing and a One Button Studio video production system for assisting students in practicing presentations, speeches, mock interviews and more.

The investment in technology will prepare the for planned relocation to the Nash Learning Commons scheduled to open in early 2018.

The Gannon University STEM Center coordinates free one-on-one tutoring in STEM coursework for all Gannon students. The STEM Center also provides assistance for students in key STEM courses through the STEM-PASS (Peer Assisted Study Scheme) initiative, which embeds a tutor in the classroom who provides extra help for students in that course.

The Gannon University Writing & Research Center (WRC) offers peer-to-peer consultations for students at all levels and in all disciplines for both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, the WRC provides tutoring for all CHESS courses, as well as support for the College of Communication and the Arts.

Adam Nogaj, director of the STEM Center, said, "Because technology is advancing so quickly, the ability to supply students with a cart-full of tablets to take advantage of interactive learning technologies, will allow students receiving STEM Center support to get their hands on immersive technology. Moving to the Nash Learning Commons, we want to build a culture where students expect to receive support, find it easily, and once they experience the benefits, they come back."

The George I. Alden Trust was established in 1912 for the general purpose of "the maintenance of some charitable or philanthropic enterprises" with particular expressed interest in "the promotion of education in schools, colleges, or other educational institutions," The Trustees have given priority to higher education, predominately in support of independent undergraduate education, in smaller institutions with full-time traditional undergraduate enrollments of at least 1,000 students and with a total undergraduate and graduate student population (full-time equivalents) of under 5,000.