• 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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    • 2015-04-23 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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    • 2015-04-17 CBI Grand Opening

      Gannon University Hosts Grand Opening and Blessing At New Center for Business Ingenuity 2015-04-17 Gannon University today dedicated the new Center for Business Ingenuity at 900 State St. in the heart of Erie's central business district. The Center will be home to the University's Dahlkemper School of

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    • 2015-03-24 College for Every Student

      Gannon Welcomes Hundreds of Middle School Students To Campus 2015-03-24 Gannon University will host more than 200 eighth-grade students from Erie's Woodrow Wilson middle school on Wednesday, March 25 as part of the "College for Every Student" (CFES) program, a national non-profit organization dedicated

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    • 2015-02-23 President’s Community Service Honor Roll

      Gannon University Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll 2015-02-23 Gannon University was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction for general community service and for education community service. The honor, given by the

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    • 2015-01-15 ECO MLK Concert

      Gannon University’s Erie Chamber Orchestra Honors Martin Luther King Day 2015-01-15 An innovative multimedia composition will join music by a distinguished African-American composer and a Gershwin masterpiece on the program of the Erie Chamber Orchestra's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day concert. T

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    • 2015-01-07 Carnegie Classification

      Gannon University Selected for 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification 2015-01-07 Gannon University was among the 240 U.S. colleges and universities selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. This honor re

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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.