Gannon University’s student body and academic community represents an impressive global presence, welcoming hundreds of global students to campus annually– and has been recognized for hosting the 8th largest global student population of universities in Pennsylvania in recent years. As president of Gannon, I am proud of our University’s remarkable global outreach and commitment to inclusion of all into the fabric of our learning community. I am inspired by the devotion our employees have to caring for our global students, in supporting their academic and personal development, and in celebrating our difference in cultures and beliefs. Embodying our Mission, we have placed a greater emphasis on infusing global initiatives and programming into our daily lives, which has created a deeper sense of belonging for our students and promoted dialogue and an expanded worldview of each member of our campus community. We are blessed to have the ability to make a difference in and transform the lives of the global students and employees who have put their faith in us to provide the education and opportunities abroad that they have dreamed of. We are equally grateful for the impact they have made on our lives. We are excited to launch this inaugural global news brief and look forward to continuing to share more on their great work and the opportunities, events and resources available for Gannon and local community members to get involved and engage with our global family.
Global Plan Initiatives
New Steps & Next Steps
Strategies for Academic Success Workshops Offered throughout the Semester
The English Language and Global Training department is offering free one-hour workshops to all international students who wish to improve their skills and expand their toolbox in a variety of academic areas. Starting the second week of September, students can learn about reading strategies, paraphrasing tips, presentation skills, the process of academic paper development, and presentation techniques. Other workshops also include engaging in campus activities and social success as well as an opportunity for students to propose their own workshop. Schedule will be posted on the Gannon website and in the Global Support office and workshops will begin the week of September 10th.
Updates for Learning Abroad are as follows:
We have signed a new partnership agreement with the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch New Zealand. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a semester exchange as part of that new agreement.
-We now have agreements in Australia, Italy, Germany, Ireland, France, England, Chile, and Spain
-In 2018-2019, 32 students studied abroad for a semester in 6 different countries
-During summer 2019, 6 students spent their summer studying abroad in 4 different countries
The Spring 2020 GIFT Courses will be announced in the beginning of October; GIFT Courses are courses taught by Gannon faculty which fulfill Liberal Studies Core requirements, major/minor requirements, and/or electives. They include 1-4 weeks of international or domestic travel to provide firsthand experience of application to concepts learned during the course and facilitate the development of students’ cultural competencies.
-In 2018-2019 138 students enrolled in GIFT Courses and traveled to 15 countries.
This summer the students also participated in AmeriMasala in Erie’s festival that celebrates diversity and multiculturalism. Beautiful and elaborate puppets and costumes lined the streets and the energetic music could be heard around Perry Square.
Gannon students assisted in assembling and showcasing the enormous whale puppet alongside Erie’s mayor, Joe Schember.
The ESL students ended the summer session with a celebration on Presque Isle with lots of food, skipping rocks in the water, and music.
Students in the English as a Second Language program love to engage with members of the Erie community. Each month, they roll up their sleeves and prepare and serve meals at the Erie City Mission. This is a team effort with Joseph Kumer and members of the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant to jointly serve at the mission for people who need assistance. While they spend time serving and assisting families in need, they also get a chance to share their perspectives of service, community, and social issues from home.