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OCT. 2015 | VOL 17 | #2

ZAGAPALOOZA WEEKEND Chance to celebrate everything good about Gonzaga It will be the biggest weekend in Gonzaga history. A celebration expected to exceed 1,000 Zags and friends at the glamourous new Davenport Grand Hotel, the official dedication of the John J. Hemmingson Center, and the Zagapalooza all-Zag reunion should make for a wonderfully engaging weekend.

The Campaign for Gonzaga On Oct. 15, Gonzaga is announcing its largestever capital campaign at an event named Because You Believe. The campaign has been in the quiet phase for several years. The public announcement will invite the entire Gonzaga community to join the effort in making our vision a reality. At Because You Believe, this vision will be vividly painted through art, music and storytelling. While you will need to attend for all details, central to the vision is: • Make a Gonzaga education accessible to future generations of students • Provide faculty and staff learning environments and resources necessary for fulfilling careers and delivering on our promise to students • Position Gonzaga as a university of the future • Provide a relevant and challenging education that prepares our students to enter and contribute to an increasingly complex world “Raising funds through this campaign is only part of this endeavor,” says Joe Poss, vice president for University Advancement. “It is about building a community that advances a lifelong attachment for the mission and vision of Gonzaga University.” Faculty, staff, students, Spokane community members, and the Zag Nation are invited to this free event at the Grand Hotel Ballroom, from 5-7 p.m., where Gonzaga’s fine artists, thespians, dancers, musicians and singers will perform. President Thayne McCulloh will announce the largest gift in GU history.

The weekend of Oct. 15-18 will provide insight into Gonzaga’s future and chances to reunite with, and celebrate alumni and friends at a variety of events, all open to faculty and staff.

Hemmingson Dedication On Oct. 16, the extended weekend continues with the 4 p.m. formal dedication of the John J. Hemmingson Center, which is proving to be a magnet for students, staff and faculty, alike. Taking place on the north plaza, the event will be emceed by AVP Patricia Killen and Vice President for Student Development Judi Biggs Garbuio. It will feature remarks by GSBA president Taylor Kratochvil and President McCulloh about the Hemmingson Center’s vision, and a blessing by Vice President for Mission Fr. Frank Case, S.J. The GU community is encouraged to attend. The family-friendly event offers self-guided tours, food and drinks, and kids’ activities.

Zagapalooza Reunion Weekend Zagapalooza Hemmingson Homecoming tips off the three-day, all-class reunion immediately following the dedication, 5 p.m., Oct. 16. All employees are invited, but register at The free event includes drinks and appetizers, live bands and a toast by alumnus President McCulloh (’89). This marks the second time Gonzaga will host an all-Zag reunion. Here are other reunion highlights:

Saturday, Oct. 17 9-10 a.m.

5K Fun Run on campus and Centennial Trail, Bronze Bulldog start

9:30-11 a.m.

Finding God in Everything: A 90-Minute Jesuit Retreat, Jesuit House Chapel

10:30 a.m.

“Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Global Engagement: Why at Gonzaga and Why Now?” Hemmingson Auditorium

11:45 a.m.

Alumni lunch ($25), Rosauer Plaza

4 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Fan Fest, McCarthey Athletic Center

6-10 p.m.

Alumni class socials (2005, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1975), $10, various Spokane sites

6:30 p.m.

Arbor Crest Wine Social for all alumni, regardless of class year, faculty and staff, $20

For a complete list of events, who’s coming and to RSVP for all events, go to


BIG QUESTION Who has occupied the same physical office for 20 or more years? Send notes about it to goodwin@, or send notes about your colleague who fits this description but is too shy to self-report. Submission deadline Oct. 12.

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