Gannon offers more than 75 different clubs and organizations for students to get involved with on campus. Some of these are specific to certain majors, but most are not.

Organizations like 90.5 WERG, the student-run radio station on campus, or The Gannon Knight, Gannon’s student-run weekly newspaper, are open to all majors as long as participants have the desire to work hard. Gannon’s small community allows for room to branch outside of major specific organizations and get involved in other things.

Sophomore elementary and special education major Sam Polito created a link between the health center and the education program. Polito is a member of “Promoting Awareness Toward a Community of Healthy Educated Students” – or, P.A.T.C.H.E.S., for short. The group is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles in Gannon students. Polito is also a member of several other groups such as the Student Government Association, the Activities Programming Board, Habitat for Humanity and social sorority Alpha Sigma Tau.

Polito says that getting so involved on campus has had a positive impact on her life.

“Since getting involved I have learned time management,” she said. “I have also learned the best way to be an effective leader is to give constructive criticism and to work through things.”

Polito recommends everyone get involved during their first year on campus.

“You make so many friends,” she said, “and can learn to adjust to college life better with so many things to keep you busy.”

Sophomore advertising communications major Chelsie Markle said is also glad that she took the opportunity to get involved. Markle is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and the Honors Program.

Alpha Kappa Psi is an honors business fraternity; however it is open to anyone regardless of major.

“Getting involved help me make new friends,” Markle said, “and will really help me in the future when I start to build my résumé.”

Gannon’s on-campus Schuster Theatre is open to students of all majors. In fact, most shows that are performed on the Schuster stage are not cast with all theater majors.

Gannon offers many ways to get involved. Interested in learning what clubs and organizations are available? Check out the office of Student Organizations and Leadership Development Web page at