IMPACT REPORT 2019
Cat Truong â€™14 Zag Nation Mural
$3,273,891 Dollars raised from Alumni donations
ALUMNI, PARENTS AND FRIENDS, It’s been another incredible year around Zag Nation! This publication shares our top priorities and highlights, and the moments we’ve celebrated together! This past year saw our Career Treks expanding internationally (to London!), our mentoring program (GAMP) becoming accessible online at zagsconnect.gonzaga.edu and we proudly featured president Thayne McCulloh, D. Phil. ’89 in chapter regions including Hawaii and Seattle, kicking off our “Alumnus to Leader” celebration of his 10 years as Gonzaga’s President.
We’re continually proud of all we’ve accomplished together, but realize it’s only because of your continued support of Gonzaga. You’ve hired our graduates, referred our incoming students, provided necessary scholarship support and cheered from every corner of the globe! Thank you for all you do. You inspire us daily.
If you’re not already involved, we hope you’ll find a place to reconnect within the pages ahead. Gratefully, Kara Hertz ’01 Executive Director, Alumni Relations Alumni Relations strives to connect, engage and inspire alumni and friends across Zag Nation.
Alumni AT A GLANCE
3,472 Alumni Donors
Alumni, Current Parents & Friends
Alumni Supported Scholarships by attending an event
$114,512 Scholarship Dollars raised through Alumni events
$15,918 Alumni Sponsorships (total dollars)
Most alumni continue to live in Washington State after they graduate.
Total Living Alumni: 64,525 Undergraduate: 35,370
Alumni-in-Residence (Current Students!)
Graduate: 19,094 Undergraduate & Graduate: 730 Law: 7,561
Graduate 13.9% 3.4%
Undergraduate Legacy Students (Grandparent, Parent, Sibling attended GU)
3. Attend an
Ways to Connect
Reunions, Spirituality events, basketball socials and regional events and service projects! Attend an event near you today! gonzaga.edu/alumnievents
With over 51 alumni & friends chapters from Spokane to New York, Japan to Florence, we have a chapter for everyone. Join your regional chapter at gonzaga.edu/chapters
WITH ZAG ALUMNI & FRIENDS
1. Follow us
on social media @zagalumni @zagalumni @gonzagaalumni
6. Join Your Regional 7. Come Back for
2. Leverage Your Zag Network
Your News! We love celebrating life’s milestones with our alums, share yours at gonzaga.edu/alumninews
Did you know when you buy an alumni membership you are supporting alumni scholarships? PLUS we offer sweet perks! Discounts at the Zag Shop, the opportunity to audit classes and local access to the Foley Library. Learn more at gonzaga.edu/membership
Sign-up for ZagsConnect, Gonzaga’s online mentoring platform. Become a mentor to students or find a mentor as a young professional. Sign up at zagsconnect.gonzaga.edu
8. Support Alumni
5. Refer a
Student to Gonzaga
Know someone that would make a great zag? Waive their college application fee with our alumni fee waiver gonzaga.edu/alumnifeewaiver
Gonzaga has 26 different graduate degrees and 4 doctoral programs. Come back to Gonzaga or take online classes through our virtual campus. It’s a great way to connect with Gonzaga and boost your career in the process. Discover your possibilities at gonzaga.edu/graduate
With Your Spiritual Side
Attend an alumni mass, retreat, or spirit & spirituality event. gonzaga.edu/alumnifaith
10. Give Today!
Give the gift of the Gonzaga experience for the good of all! Already made a gift? Encourage others to pay it forward to future GU students. gonzaga.edu/givetoday
Career Trek CITIES
Alumni MENTORS Spokane
Companies with the most mentors 1 2 3 4 5
MICROSOFT – 43 BOEING – 42 AMAZON – 213 NIKE – 16 KPMG – 10
Gonzaga University tops the list of organizations with the most mentors with a total of 72
Zag Alumni, along with Gonzaga’s Center for Career and Professional Development (CPD), host eight career treks in major metropolitan cities including Spokane, Seattle, Portland, Bay Area, LA, Denver, New York and most recently London. Students have the opportunity to visit a variety of businesses throughout the day hosted by GU alumni, tour the building, ask questions and attend a short presentation. Afterwards, students and alumni from the area gather to network, make connections and listen to an alumni keynote speaker. Learn more about Gonzaga’s Trek program at: gonzaga.edu/treks
Interested in hosting a trek excursion? Email Erin Shields at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Winter break of my senior year I went on Gonzaga’s Career Trek in Seattle. This changed my life because I met Glynn Baxter (’17), a Gonzaga alum and my future employer! I asked Glynn to get coffee with me after the trek and we discussed my career interests and opportunities at T-Mobile. We stayed connected and a few months later I was hired as an intern on her team (Emerging Services). This showed me how powerful Gonzaga’s alumni network is and every student should take advantage of it during the career treks!”
Kelsey Burns ’19
Associate Marketing Innovation Manager - T-Mobile
“After Gonzaga gave so much to me over my four years, it was only right to pay it forward. Working at First Republic Bank I knew this was a place where Zags could thrive and wanted to pass along the opportunity. I originally connected with Drew Rieder at a “Zags at the Giants Game” event and mentioned that I would be happy to host a trek. I later received an email asking to host a trek and jumped at the opportunity. In my second year of hosting, I was able to meet Lili Jeffers (’19), a graduating senior. After explaining what is available at the bank she was excited to apply and I connected with her the hiring manager. Lili has been with the bank for two months now and we look forward to her success.”
Casey Cremen ’13
Team Lead, Senior Associate - First Republic Bank
GR ADUATE SUCCESS R ATE Have you heard about our new online networking program ZagsConnect? We’re excited to roll out an online version of Gonzaga’s Alumni Mentor Program (GAMP) to meet mentors and students where they are: online. This new platform offers career resources, Gonzaga interest groups and the opportunity to match with a student and become a mentor. Alumni can also connect with their classmates and other professionals in their field. Sign up at zagsconnect.gonzaga.edu
ARE CONNECTING! Each year following graduation, recent grads are surveyed by the Career and Professional Development Department on where they are after graduation. Gonzaga is proud to partner with students and alumni to ensure career success both during and after their time at Gonzaga. Through Treks, career workshops and ZagsConnect, Gonzaga is helping students reach their career goals upon graduation.
of the class of 2018 are employed, enrolled in grad school, or serving through post-grad service programs.
Where They Work Top 5 Employers (Recent Grads)
1 PROVIDENCE HEALTH & SERVICES/SWEDISH 2 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY 3 DELOITTE 4 BOEING 5 VIRGINIA MASON MEDICAL CENTER
Where They Live Top 5 Cities (Recent Grads)
1 SPOKANE 2 SEATTLE 3 PORTLAND 4 LOS ANGELES
Overall Top 10 Employers of All Gonzaga Grads
5 SAN FRANCISCO
1. GONZAGA UNIVERSITY - 217 2. BOEING - 155 3. MICROSOFT - 121 4. AMAZON – 62 5. UNIVERSITY OF WA. - 52 6. US ARMY - 50 7. SACRED HEART MED. CTR. - 49 8. KPMG - 34 9. NIKE - 33 10. STARBUCKS - 32
Overall Top 10 Cities of All Gonzaga Grads 1. SPOKANE/VALLEY 2. SEATTLE 3. PORTLAND 4. TACOMA 5. BOISE 6. BELLEVUE 7. SAN FRANCISCO 8. VANCOUVER, WA 9. SAN DIEGO 10. KIRKLAND
CHAPTER GAME WATCHES:
GONZAGADAY SERVE. GATHER. CHEER / 02.09.19 / #GONZAGADAY
Serve. Gather. Cheer.
Gonzaga Day is a day to celebrate all things Gonzaga! Centered around a basketball game, Zag Alumni & Friends chapters from around Zag Nation rally together to celebrate being a Zag.
On February 9th, 2019 Zags from across Zag Nation came together to celebrate the Gonzaga Mission of service to others through service projects in their communities. Gonzaga Alumni Regional Chapters organized over 29 different service projects and donation collection events on February 9th, 2019. This year included an on-campus student service project in partnership with Giving Back Packs, a non-profit started by Gonzaga senior Rick Clark '19.
Learn more at gonzaga.edu/gonzagaday
Gonzaga Alumni are our BEST referrals for future Zags!
900+ alumni referred undergraduate students to GU in 2019 AND waived their application fee! Know a great future Zag? Submit the student’s information through our online form, and the Office of Admission will match it to their application and waive the fee. The process takes less than 2 minutes! gonzaga.edu/alumnifeewaiver
ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTED: Denver VA
Kids in the Game
St. Vincent De Paul
Paulist Center Supper Club
Hemby Children's Hospital
2nd Harvest Food Bank
Student Supply Drive Kootenai County
Greater Wenatchee Habitat for Humanity
St. Mary's Food Bank
Giving Back Packs
Catholic Community Services of Lane County LA Regioanl Food Bank
San Diego Food Bank
The Food Group
St. Anthony's San Francisco
Julia Esser '10 Area: 22 ,125
Sean McKenzie '98 Area: 21,294
Meghan MontelibanoGorman '15 Area: 3,592
Meg Nielslanik '13 Area: 1,544
Lauren Joseph '16 & Natalie Hastings '16 Area: 2,625
Arizona Phoenix California Bay Area Los Angeles Orange County Sacramento San Diego San Joaquin Valley
Andrew Sorenson '08 Area: 7,571
51 Zag Chapters
Chapter Program Launched in 2005
Christelle Gorman '07 Area: 1,536
Chris Laurion '06 Area: 2,900
Currently Uniting in 28 States and 3 Countries
Annie Mauk '11 Area: 1,534 REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP:
Haeley Girlich '12 Area: 9,905
SAN DIEGO President
Rebecca Van Loon '07 Area: 2,149
Cynthia ReyesMethvin '01 Area: 2,585
Bob Finn '88 Area: 1,590
Missouri Kansas City St. Louis Montana Billings Butte Bozeman Helena Missoula Nebraska Omaha Nevada Las Vegas Reno New Mexico
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Tennessee Texas Austin Dallas-Fort Worth Houston Utah Salt Lake City Washington Seattle Spokane Tacoma Tri Cities Wenatchee Yakima Washington DC
Idaho Boise North Idaho
Ohio Cincinnati Kansas City
Wyoming Cheyenne Canada
Oregon Bend Eugene Portland Salem
Iowa Des Moines
Danielle Cendejas '04 Area: 3,971
Explore our chapters at: gonzaga.edu/chapters
Regional Alumni Chapters
Brian Murry '16 Area: 5,753
58,000 living alumni
Gathering for game watches, service projects, retreats and networking events
Chapters are for all Gonzaga alumni, current and former parents and family and friends of Gonzaga. There are no fees or dues, membership is free! We just want YOU, your ideas, service, fellowship and camaraderie! Email your chapter ideas to: email@example.com
2019 Events by the Numbers
» 12,632 attendees
Total Attendees: 643 Zag Up: Where Gonzaga alumni, friends and fans meet up, fuel up and Zag Up before the game. Formerly known as Pregame socials, these Men’s Basketball road events are a great way to connect with Zag Alumni & Friends on the road.
West Coast Conference Tournaments/NCAA Zags from around the world gathered in Las Vegas to cheer on the Zags at the West Coast Conference Championship Tournament at the Orleans Arena. Alumni and friends joined us for bowling, golf, spiritualty and sprits, a service project, two Women’s Basketball Socials AND two Men’s Basketball Socials in a brand-new location, Bulldog Alley!
Breakdown of Event Attendees: MBB PREGAME 1 . . ............. 1,370 MBB PREGAME 2 . . ............. 1,327 WBB PREGAME 1.............. 200 WBB PREGAME 2.............. 200 BOWLING............................ 25 GOLF. . ................................... 53 SERVICE PROJECT............ 30 SPIRITS+SPIRITUALITY. . .. 76 Total: 3,281
Round 1 & 2 – Salt Lake City – 550 Round 3 & 4 – Anaheim 1,100 The 2018-2019 Season proved to be successful for both of Gonzaga’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams. It was the 20th straight appearance for the Men’s Basketball team in the NCAA Basketball Tournament and their fourth time to the Elite 8. Zag Fans rallied to Salt Lake City (1st & 2nd Round) and then off to Anaheim (3rd & 4th Round).
Senior Lawn Party
Total Attendees: 497
Nearly 500 seniors from the class of 2019 attended our Welcome to the Alumni & Friends Lawn party! Seniors enjoyed live music, tacos and a chance to connect with their Alumni & Friends Association to help prepare them for life after graduation. We are so proud to welcome in as the newest batch of alumni!
Alumnus to Leader Speaker Series Total Attendees: 180
Gonzaga’s President Thayne McCulloh D. Phil spoke to Seattle Alumni & Friends in a new speaker series coming to select locations in the spring of 2020. The Seattle event was held at the Halo Bar owned by alumnus Kevin Daniels ’79. In celebration of his 10th year as president, Thayne hopes to meet with alumni across Zag Nation to connect, listen and celebrate.
Tickets Sold: 1,448
Total raised for Seattle Scholarship Fund: $7,240 Each year, recent Gonzaga grads, students, Alumni & Friends take over T-mobile Stadium to cheer on the Seattle Mariners. Adorned in Mariners/Zags ﬂannel, the Kennel (for one day only) had a new home. It’s also the Seattle Chapter’s largest fundraiser.
The Sanctuary Building, Halo Bar, Seattle, WA.
Alumni Scholarship Benefit
Every year Zag Alumni & Friends brings together Anniversary classes to celebrate their reunion. Itâ€™s a time to connect with old classmates and friends, discover what is new with Gonzaga and return to the place Zags once called home. Event highlights include Class Socials, Alumni Academy, Spirits & Spirituality, Campus Tours, Alumnus to leader event, Womenâ€™s Fanfest, Bulldog Bash and Mass. Nearly 400 alumni from all over came together annually to celebrate and create lasting memories.
The Alumni Scholarship Benefit is an annual event that brings together Zag Alumni & Friends to raise money for the Alumni Association Scholarship. The Alumni Association awards nearly $145,000 in scholarships to 46 deserving legacy students. Since the scholarship program began, the Alumni Association has given out over 2,100 scholarships, totaling over $2.5 million. For more information about the Alumni Association Scholarship program visit gonzaga.edu/AlumniScholarship
Spirituality, Faith AND Mission Gonzaga encourages alumni and friends to make meaning of the Gonzaga mission and tradition in their lives. We invite you to join us for masses, retreats, service experiences and spiritual programming throughout the year. Please visit our event calendar for the most updated opportunities www.gonzaga.edu/events. If you are seeking personal assistance or support with marriage, baptism, funerals or the sacrament of the sick, please contact the alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spirits & Spirituality
Spirits & Spirituality are events held in a pub or a pub-like setting to gather as a community and discuss matters related to our spirituality and faith. They are often have a speaker who poses enlightening or provoking thoughts followed by discussion. We do all this in the spirit of community over beverages and food.
Mass for Alumni and Friends
Masses for our Gonzaga community are planned annually and include our annual Advent Mass and Santa Photos, class reunion masses on campus and masses in our regional chapter areas. If youâ€™re interested in planning an alumni mass or learning more, please email us at email@example.com.
During the month of November, the Gonzaga community joins the universal Catholic Church in honoring all those who have died and now enjoy eternal life with God in heaven. We invite you to submit names of your departed friends and relatives that will appear in ourÂ Online Book of Remembrance at gonzaga.edu/NovemberRemembrance.
During Zags Give Day on March 19, 2019, more than 1,148 donors from 37 states and 65 graduating classes were inspired by the generous gift-doubling challenges totalling $131,570 provided by some very special members of the Gonzaga family. The annual 24-hour donate-tovote bracket challenge raised enough to provide over 100 scholarship awards.
& SCHOLARSHIPS The year in GU generosity
Between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019, more than $23.6 million in donations were given to Gonzaga University, including $11.1 million given to GU Athletics and over $793,000 donated to Gonzaga Law School. Thanks to your support this year, Gonzaga reached some amazing milestones, including top rankings for undergraduate teaching and for alumni securing jobs after graduation. You have had an incredible impact for which this entire community is grateful.
Additionally, eleven new endowed scholarships were established by individuals and families whose commitment to a future influenced by Jesuit-educated people for others shines in their generosity and care for GU students.
New Students this Fall (CLASS OF 2023)*
*Strongest academic class in 132-year history
Glad you asked!
Kiplinger’s top 25 for Best College Value 2020 US News and World Report now ranks Gonzaga University as a National University for the first time.
In 2018 over $6.9 million was donated to Gonzaga University scholarships. Several scholarship gifts celebrated the legacies of well-loved professors Dan Brajcich and Joe Albert, while others supported the dreams of talented and deserving students like Alexandra Gonchar '22, a psychology student who shared with Gonzaga scholarship donors, “You’ve inspired me to be the best I can be and work toward making our world more just and equitable.”
WHAT ELSE IS GONZAGA UP TO?
In this new category, we are proud to report the following statistics for Gonzaga:
1st and 2nd year medical students have studied at GU since the UWGU Regional Health Partnership Program was formed in 2016
Groundbreaking News! INTEGRATED SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FACILITY Broke Ground September 2019 GU-UW MEDICAL PARTNERSHIP BUILDING Groundbreaking Summer 2020
Top 20% Overall Top 5% FOR BEST UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING
Top 7% BEST ENGINEERING PROGRAM
Top 12% BEST COLLEGES FOR VETERANS
FOR BEST UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING
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