Erie, PA, United States
Erie, PA, United States

Gannon University is a private, co-educational Catholic university offering associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees, certificates and doctoral degrees and is located in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States. Gannon University has an alumni base numbering around 31,500. Current enrollment is 4,238.Gannon's academic programs are appropriately accredited. For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2010" has ranked Gannon as a Top Tier Master's University in the northern section of the United States. And, for the first time, Gannon was also ranked as a Top Up-and-Coming School. This is only the second year for this category, which is determined by a peer assessment survey of high-ranking college officials, and recognizes institutions "that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities." Only 9 institutions in the northern region were selected for this category.Gannon's signature programs, Core of Discovery and Lifecore provide students with the foundation for experiencing both the academic and co-curricular experiences of a solid college education. The Core of Discovery is Gannon's liberal arts core curriculum that helps students understand humanity, social concepts and structures, their own ethics and values. Lifecore challenges a student's growth and development through participation of events and activities that encompass nine lifestyle dimensions.A range of campus organizations and activities encourages academic interests, community service, and moral and spiritual growth. Gannon also provides students with a broad program in intramural and intercollegiate athletics, including 18 athletic programs for men and women at the NCAA Division II level. Wikipedia.


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News Article | November 9, 2016
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AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org, the Community for Accredited Online Schools has released it’s ranking of the 2016-2017 Best Paralegal Schools in the U.S. Using more than a dozen unique statistics from both online and on-campus Paralegal programs across the country, the higher education resource provider awarded top marks to Madonna University, Hampton University, Colorado Mountain College, Utah Valley University and Mount Saint Joseph University for four-year schools and Metropolitan Community College, Cape Fear Community College, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Johnson County Community College and South Piedmont Community College for two-year schools. “Earning a paralegal degree can open many doors for students interested in law,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “These schools are going above and beyond to provide their students the stepping stones to success, whether they plan to go on to law school or begin a paralegal career immediately after graduation.” Schools earning a spot on the Best Paralegal Schools ranking are required to meet several standards. Each must hold regional accreditation and be registered as public or private not-for-profit institutions. Schools must also provide career placement services to students after graduation. The Community for Accredited Online Schools analyzes school-specific statistics, such as graduation rates, student teacher ratios and financial aid availability, to determine a score and rank for each qualifying college. The Best Two-Year and Four-Year Schools with Paralegal Programs in the U.S. are listed alphabetically below. Rankings and school scores can be found at the link below, along with details on the data and methodology used: Baker College of Auburn Hills Bay Path University College of Our Lady of the Elms College of Saint Mary College of Southern Nevada Colorado Mountain College Daemen College Davenport University Eastern Kentucky University Gannon University Hampton University Highline College Humphreys College – Stockton, Modesto Campuses Husson University Idaho State University Lewis-Clark State College Liberty University Madonna University Marian University Marist College Midland College Missouri Western State University Mount Saint Joseph University Pennsylvania College of Technology Roger Williams University Saint Mary of the Woods College St Petersburg College State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota Suffolk University Texas State University Touro College University of Akron Main Campus University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arkansas - Fort Smith University of Cincinnati - Clermont College University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Detroit Mercy University of Great Falls University of Hartford University of La Verne University of Louisville University of North Georgia University of Toledo Ursuline College Utah Valley University Washburn University Webster University Wesley College Widener University - Delaware Campus William Woods University About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.


News Article | December 1, 2016
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Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has released its ranking of the Best Online Registered Nursing (RN) Programs in the U.S. for 2016-2017. Analyzing more than a dozen unique data points on colleges and universities who offer online RN programs, the site honored 65 schools for providing the best overall value and quality for students. East Carolina University, Allen College, Seton Hall University, University of Alabama in Huntsville and West Virginia University were among the highest scoring four-year schools, while New Mexico Junior College, Amarillo College, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Hopkinsville Community College and Kansas City Kansas Community College were among the highest scoring two-year schools. "There is a growing demand for health care workers, and quality registered nursing programs are growing more and more competitive,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “Our list of schools gives registered nursing students a better idea of which programs offer the best combination of cost, quality curriculum and online learning flexibility.” AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires schools to meet several minimum requirements to be eligible for placement on their rankings. Colleges must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions and must offer in-state tuition rates below $5,000 annually at two-year schools or below $25,000 annually at four-year schools. Qualifying schools are scored and ranked based on a comparison of more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates by school. More details on data and methodology used to rank each online criminal justice program and a complete list of schools and scores is available at: Two-year schools with the Best Online Registered Nurse Programs for 2016-2017: Amarillo College Ashland Community and Technical College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Columbus State Community College Community College of Philadelphia Henderson Community College Hopkinsville Community College Jefferson Community and Technical College Kansas City Kansas Community College Madisonville Community College Minnesota West Community and Technical College New Mexico Junior College San Antonio College Somerset Community College Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College West Kentucky Community and Technical College Four-year schools with the Best Online Registered Nurse Programs for 2016-2017: Allen College Aurora University Ball State University Barry University Clayton State University Columbus State University Concordia University - Wisconsin Drexel University East Carolina University East Tennessee State University Fitchburg State University Gannon University Gardner-Webb University Georgia College and State University Graceland University - Lamoni Indiana State University La Salle University Loyola University Chicago Minot State University Missouri State University-Springfield New Mexico State University - Main Campus North Carolina Central University Northern Arizona University Olivet Nazarene University Sacred Heart University Seton Hall University South Dakota State University The College of Saint Scholastica University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Arkansas University of Central Florida University of Cincinnati-Main Campus University of Colorado, Colorado Springs University of Delaware University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Massachusetts - Boston University of Massachusetts - Lowell University of Memphis University of North Alabama University of North Dakota University of North Florida University of Northern Colorado University of Southern Indiana University of the Incarnate Word University of Toledo Villanova University Wayland Baptist University West Virginia University Western Kentucky University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


News Article | October 29, 2016
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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are hosting four events during Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week October 1-7, 2016. The events are part of a nationwide effort to change perceptions of manufacturing today, draw attention to career opportunities available in a variety of sectors, and educate the public on the significant impact manufacturing has on the economy. Currently, more than 70 events are being hosted in Pennsylvania as part of the celebration. If OSHA were to show up at your door today, would you be prepared for an inspection? Are you certain that you are doing everything possible to minimize workplace accidents and injuries? If you are unsure or answered ‘no’ to either of these questions, this seminar is for you! Speaker, Mark Harmon, will provide answers to your compliance questions and will discuss recent changes to OSHA’s record-keeping rule. Topics to be covered include: OSHA’s record-keeping rule – what has changed?; help for employers - how to comply, go beyond compliance, and improve your bottom line; and compliance-related frequently asked questions. Penn State SBDC Presents: From Food Innovation to Food Processing: Tour of Oats Greens & Sweets Community Kitchen October 3, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. Old Gregg School Community Center 106 School St., Spring Mills, PA 16875 Penn State SBDC staff and guests will tour the new commercial kitchen in central Pennsylvania where food innovation ideas can be developed and scaled. In 2015, 5 percent of Penn State SBDC’s 495 entrepreneurs and small businesses that they assisted in Centre and Mifflin counties were agriculture-related and 11 percent were manufacturing-related. This course is designed to meet the needs of: Bucknell University SBDC Presents: Making Young Makers: Grand Opening of a MakerSpace October 5, 2016 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 90 Lawton Ln., Milton, PA 17847 The Bucknell University SBDC invites members of the community to celebrate the Grand Opening of a MakerSpace in Milton, PA. This event will be: 1.)    Recognizing the importance of the Maker Movement in education to the future of the nation’s manufacturing industry; 2.)    Celebrating startup firm MakerEDU's collaboration with CSIU to create a MakerSpace that will inspire student makers and enable teachers to bring these tools to their schools; 3.)    Describing MakerEDU co-founders Diego Aldan & Uttam Kumaran's pathway from engineering students to entrepreneurs; as aided by Bucknell’s SBDC; and 4.)    Featuring hand-on demonstrations of 3D printers and other tools of the Maker Movement For a full list of Manufacturing Week events across the state, visit http://mfgweek.dced.pa.gov/. Pennsylvania has a deep history and rich legacy in manufacturing – it has long been the foundation for the state’s economy. Today, manufacturing has an $85 billion impact on Pennsylvania’s economy and is the 8th largest output in the United States. Manufacturing also employs over a half million workers in Pennsylvania, from a highly skilled labor force of more than 6.5 million, educated at nearly 300 educational institutions across the state. In the past 15 years (2000-2015), the Pennsylvania SBDC network has contributed to the success of Pennsylvania’s manufacturers through the following: -Provided assistance to 12,426 manufacturing clients across Pennsylvania -Worked with manufacturers in 571,465 consulting hours Helped manufacturers achieve the following business milestones: -1,977 Business plans completed -1,751 Bought, started or expanded a business Helped manufacturers achieve the following economic impact: -Total Investments: $899,150,739 (Loans, grants, equity, venture, line of credit, owner investment) -Gross sales: $17,201,694,078 -Export sales: $2,209,641,353 X Material Processing (State College, PA) – Matt Woods, a Penn State mechanical engineering student made his direct metal 3D printing business a reality with help from the Penn State SBDC. Quality Mould, Inc. (Latrobe, PA) – Owners DJ and Jamie Danko approached the St. Vincent College SBDC for business planning and financial assistance to purchase a larger manufacturing facility to accommodate increased demand, and are now operating from a new 33,000 square foot manufacturing site. Holloway Seating (Freeport, PA) – Owner Jason Holloway worked with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania SBDC to create a business plan and obtain bank financing to vertically integrate and establish his own production facility, resulting in construction of a new space to grow production. AC Power Tech (Belle Vernon, PA) – After exhibiting at the Conexpo Show in Chile with the Duquesne University SBDC, owner Jeremy Wallace has seen an increase in potential orders from Latin America for their high electric power systems for underground mines. Erie Ale Works (Erie, PA) – Working with the Gannon University SBDC, owner Jeff McCullor was able to secure additional funding to expand their production capacity, which has allowed for a 20 percent increase year over year. The Pennsylvania SBDC helps makers of all products, from fabricated metal to furniture to food. Pennsylvania businesses can receive no-fee, confidential assistance with business planning; market research; identifying potential funding options to start or grow your business; finding new markets locally, internationally, online, or within the government; product development planning & commercialization; understanding environmental regulatory requirements; business continuity planning; and succession planning. About Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) The Pennsylvania SBDC network is the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to empower new and existing businesses. SBDC consultants work with entrepreneurs in confidential, individualized sessions to help them with a range of business issues including testing a new business proposition, shaping a business plan, investigating funding opportunities, and much more. The SBDC program is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and 18 universities and colleges across the Commonwealth. For more information on the Pennsylvania SBDC services and impact, please visit http://www.pasbdc.org.


News Article | November 4, 2016
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Evolution Labs announced today that Gannon has adopted its SA360 platform as a required part of its student-athlete experience across all of its men’s and women’s NCAA teams. SA360 provides student-athletes with engaging mobile app and web-based content on topics ranging from health and wellness to avoiding risk behavior, to assessing and improving their academic skills. Gannon joins other top intercollegiate athletic departments that have integrated the platform into their core programming, including Louisiana State University, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Maryland. “The university and the athletic department are committed to fostering students’ success as scholars, athletes and citizens,” said Lisa Goddard McGuirk, Director of Athletics at Gannon. “SA360 uses smart technology to deliver content in a manner that’s more compelling and convenient to student-athletes, while enabling the athletic department to provide timely support throughout the academic year. SA360 can assist student-athletes whether they’re on campus or traveling to an away game.” SA360 covers important success topics, including mental health, physical fitness, study and test-taking skills, time management skills, drug and alcohol use, sexual assault, NCAA compliance and career preparedness. It employs pulse surveys, social media, interactive self-tests and digital video to keep students returning for regular updates. In addition, the platform can be configured to work as part of an existing course or as an independent required curriculum. “Gannon is extremely forward-thinking in their efforts to support student-athletes,” said Peter Kraft, CEO at Evolution Labs. “SA360 will enable Gannon to strengthen its engagement with student-athletes and increase their likelihood of furthering their success both on and off the field.” About Gannon University Athletics Gannon is a Catholic, Diocesan university dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Its faculty and staff prepare students to be global citizens through programs grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and professional specializations. Inspired by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, it offers a comprehensive, values-centered learning experience that emphasizes faith, leadership, inclusiveness and social responsibility. The Gannon Athletics Department serves over 600 student-athletes and 20 varsity teams. The Golden Knights are a proud member of the NCAA Division II, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA), Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) and National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA). The department produced a 3.24 cumulative grade point average during the 2015-16 academic year with 65 percent of Gannon’s student-athletes achieving a 3.0 GPA or better during the 2016 Spring semester. In competition, 16 ofGannon’s 20 programs qualified for the postseason last year, including 12 of its 16 PSAC sports. Seven teams participated in the national postseason. Athletic honors during the 2015-16 academic year included 85 conference players of the week, 62 all-conference selections, 20 all-region selections and 17 All-Americans. About Evolution Labs Spanning the entire student lifecycle, Evolution Labs is vastly improving the engagement experience between schools and students. The company’s proprietary S360 and P360 programs help schools drive enrollment and retention, and also gain the alliance and influence of parents. It’s SA360 program delivers critical success content to college student-athletes, and the company’s Suite360 program engages K-12 students in highly immersive content around character development and social & emotional learning.


Zheng Q.,Gannon University | Gao Z.,Cleveland State University
Proceedings of the 29th Chinese Control Conference, CCC'10 | Year: 2010

This paper presents a summary of some recent developments in practical applications of the active disturbance rejection control (ADRC). ADRC is a novel disturbance estimation and rejection concept, leading to a new technology with a distinct advantage where, unlike most existing methods, disturbances, internal and external, are actively estimated and rejected. Applications of the new approach in solving industry-wide bench mark problems have led to a slew of innovative solutions. The scope of the applications shown in this paper includes motion control, web tension regulation, DC-DC power converters, chemical processes, and micro-electro-mechanical systems gyroscope. Recent production line validation results obtained by the third party are also included.


Zheng Q.,Gannon University | Gao Z.,Cleveland State University
Proceedings of the World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation (WCICA) | Year: 2012

This paper is focused on the design and factory testing of a disturbance decoupling control (DDC) approach for hose extrusion processes. A unique dynamic DDC strategy, based on the active disturbance rejection control (ADRC) framework, is designed and implemented in programmable logic control (PLC) code for temperature regulation in the volumetric flow of a polymer single-screw extruder. With the DDC method, it is shown that a largely unknown square multivariable system is readily decoupled by actively estimating and rejecting the effects of both the internal plant dynamics and external disturbances. The proposed DDC approach requires very little information on plant model and has the inherent disturbance rejection ability, and it proves to be a great fit for the highly nonlinear and multivariable extrusion processes. Recently, the DDC design strategy has been put under rigorous test at Parker Hannifin Parflex hose extrusion plant. Across multiple production lines for over eight months, the product performance capability index (Cpk) was improved by 30 percent and energy consumption is reduced over 50 percent. The production line data demonstrates that ADRC is a transformative control technology with great potentials in streamline factory operations, saving energy and improving quality, all at the same time. © 2012 IEEE.


Zheng Q.,Gannon University | Gao L.Q.,North Central College | Gao Z.,Cleveland State University
Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Transactions of the ASME | Year: 2012

This paper is concerned with the question of, for a physical plant to be controlled, whether or not its internal dynamics and external disturbances can be realistically estimated in real time from its input-output data. A positive answer would have significant implications on control system design, because it means that an accurate model of the plant is perhaps no longer required. Based on the extended state observer, it is shown that, for an nth order plant, the answer to the above question is indeed yes. In particular, it is shown that the estimation error converges to the origin asymptotically when the model of the plant is given. In face of large dynamic uncertainties, the estimation error is shown to be bounded. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the error upper bound monotonously decreases with the bandwidth. Note that this is not another parameter estimation algorithm in the framework of adaptive control. It applies to a large class of nonlinear, time-varying processes with unknown dynamics. The solution is deceivingly simple and easy to implement. The results of analysis are further verified through simulation and hardware tests. © 2012 American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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