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Gannon University To Host First Annual “Goals for Life”

More than 700 students, teachers, staff will be in attendance Tuesday and will arrive on the Gannon campus around 9:30 am. The sixth, seventh, and eighth grade sections will then split up to participate in unique sessions across campus.

More than 700 students, teachers, staff will be in attendance Tuesday and will arrive on the Gannon campus around 9:30 am. The sixth, seventh, and eighth grade sections will then split up to participate in unique sessions across campus.

More than 700 teachers and students from Strong Vincent Middle School in addition to Gannon community members will attend the university’s first annual “Goals for Life” event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at various locations on campus.

The event will feature break-out sessions for Strong Vincent Middle School students that cover topics such as leadership, grit, and campus life. These sessions will be followed by the Gannon University vs. Wheeling University women’s basketball game.

Gannon’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach Cleve Wright designed the program in partnership with the university’s Erie-GAINS strategic partner, Strong Vincent Middle School, a United Way community school. “Goals for Life” is an initiative to help better the neighborhood and community while giving students an educational and recreational experience outside the classroom.

Media are invited to campus for the following events: 

10 - 10:45 a.m. | Waldron Campus Center, Yehl Ballroom, 124 W. Seventh St.  

Sixth-grade students will engage in a panel discussion led by Erie police Sgt. Tom Lenox along with a small panel of Gannon students. Topics will cover leadership, leadership as influence, and why being a leader does not require a title or position.  

10 - 10:45 a.m. | Recreation and Wellness Center, 130 W. Fourth St.  

Seventh-grade students will learn all about grit by participating in activities with Wright and student-athletes. Students will perform a “tableau” about grit for attendees during game time.

10 - 10:45 a.m. | Zurn Science Center, 143 W. Seventh St.  

Eighth-grade students will learn about campus life through educational sessions designed specifically for them. Students will also receive a tour of campus. This session will be led by Tom Camillo, director of Undergraduate Admissions at Gannon. 

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Hammermill Center, 620 Peach St.   
The Gannon University women’s basketball team will compete against Wheeling University. All Gannon staff, faculty, students, and Strong Vincent faculty and students are invited to cheer on the Golden Knights.  
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