Campus Ministry The Universityâ€™s Mission is furthered by Campus Ministry through a wide variety of programs that are open to individuals of the various faith traditions in our diverse world. Our team works to develop a community of faith through daily and weekend Masses, monthly ecumenical services and luncheons, retreats, inter-collegiate leadership workshops, faith-sharing groups and a week-long mission trip to Toppa Joppa in Tennessee. We seek to empower our students to share in the responsibility of their life in the Church through being active at Masses as altar servers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, lectors and music ministers. Additionally, the Kirk House and The Bishop Donald W. Trautman House offer Gannon students the opportunity to live in and experience Christian community through faithsharing, community-building and service. The Campus Ministry team embraces an ecumenical dimension enhanced by the Coalition for Christian Outreach. Our team consists of full-time professionals and resident campus ministers. Center for Social Concerns Founded in 1988 and inspired by Catholic Social Teaching, the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) equips students and campus colleagues to engage with Gannonâ€™s communities, both local and global, through purposeful service, exploration and action for the common good. CSCâ€™s signature initiative is Alternative Break Service Trips (ABST), through which mentored student leaders facilitate a travel-based immersion for their peers over spring and summer breaks. Through ABSTs, students and their faculty/staff accompaniers live out four pillars: Service, simplicity, community, and reflection. The CSC also supports interfaith initiatives across campus and fosters intentionally inclusive, diverse community in partnership with other campus and community groups through service, community building, and other strategically aligned efforts. Working closely with colleagues in community engagement, Mission and Ministry, and Student Development and Engagement, the CSC helps bring the University Mission to life across campus and in our global human family. Associate Vice President for Mission and Ministry The Mission and Ministry Office celebrates the rich heritage of the Roman Catholic tradition through ministries of pastoral care, sacramental celebration, evangelization and service to the Gannon community, and provides specialized community and individual support as needed, including pastoral counseling, spiritual direction and hospital and bereavement visits.
NEW STUDENT PROGRAMS Gannon recognizes that new students undergo a unique experience and the Office of New Student Programs was established to assist them during this period of transition. This office provides supportive programs and services for new students that enable them to experience a successful academic and personal adjustment to the University environment. Orientation programs are held to accommodate the needs of a diverse student population. These programs enable new students and parents to explore the programs, services, and opportunities available at Gannon. The most extensive sessions are held during the summer months for traditional incoming Fall freshmen and their parents. Nontraditional (adult) students are included in the Fall orientation program and a special orientation program is provided for transfer students in June. Also, a Spring Welcome/Orientation program for new students is held in January at the beginning of the semester. Once the semester begins, the Office of New Student Programs continues to provide support for students through programs involving academic advising, freshman four week grades, academic progress, registration follow up, and other first-year experiences. First-Year Experience Gannon University recognizes the importance of connecting all students to the University