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The Veterans Homecoming Project, developed by Gonzaga faculty, gives veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan the chance to tell their homecoming stories. Laced with pain and pride, each veteran’s story and each experience is different. The only constant – a life changed forever. PAGE 16
POWERED BY HER TALENT, GONZAGA LOVE, BIG-TIME AWARDS AND NATIONAL ATTENTION, COURTNEY VANDERSLOOT’S LIFE HAS TAKEN OFF LIKE A ROCKET. SEE THE VIDEO “A NEW SKY FOR COURTNEY” AT GONZAGA.EDU/MAGAZINE.
The director of Gonzaga’s popular alternative spring break program says that participating in Mission:Possible is like putting on an invisibility cloak for a week to try out a life of service. PAGE 21
TALES OF DESMET
Growing up in Gonzaga’s legendary DeSmet Hall offers an education rich in life’s lessons. PAGE 24
A note from President Thayne McCulloh
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DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS DALE GOODWIN
EDITOR MARNY LOMBARD
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OFF CAMPUS My Words Who’s this Zag? AlumNews In Memoriam Chapters To Be Continued… PAGE 34
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COVER PHOTO: THE NEXT BATTLE This composite photo of Dan Austin, Iraq veteran and Gonzaga student, is by Rajah Bose.
perspective Catholic, Jesuit and Relevant: Reflections on a Lay President’s First Year
PRESIDENT THAYNE MCCULLOH CONGRATULATES A MEMBER OF GONZAGA’S 117TH GRADUATING CLASS.
During this first year, as I have traveled around the nation visiting with alumni and friends, I have been asked many questions about the present and future of Gonzaga: How are enrollments faring? How has the recession affected fundraising? Where do I see future opportunities for growth in programs?
of noise; yet I am constantly amazed at the thoughtfulness with which our students and faculty successfully engage difficult issues. Gonzaga University celebrates its Catholic and Jesuit identity at a time when the Church and society needs and counts upon us to do this work well, and I daily see evidence of the fruits of our labors.
There is, however, another question I am asked as often as any other: “What is it like being the first lay president?” Not infrequently, this question is accompanied by an expression of desire, or sometimes concern: “I hope you can continue to maintain and strengthen the Catholic and Jesuit character of Gonzaga.” The issue of affirming and continuing our identity as a Catholic and Jesuit university is so central to the work that I thought I would take this opportunity to offer some reflections about it as my first year draws to a close.
On a deeply personal level, I joyously and with deep gratitude embrace the daily opportunity of serving as a Lay Companion of the Society of Jesus. From the earliest days, our founder Saint Ignatius of Loyola sent forth his companions to bring the good news of Jesus to cultures around the world; critical to their way of proceeding then (as it is today) was an authentic communion with lay people whom they could entrust to carry out their works long after they, as individual Jesuits, had moved on to other works.
Gonzaga today finds itself – in the words of Pope Benedict XVI to the Jesuit General Congregation 35 – engaging in the work of educating women and men “. . . in a period of great social, economic, and political change, sharp ethical, cultural, and environmental problems, conflicts of all kinds, but also of a more intense communication among peoples, of new possibilities of acquaintance and dialogue, of a deep longing for peace.” The world of our students is filled with confusing messages and a great deal
Many of us, myself included, have been blessed throughout our lives by Jesuits and the opportunity to work and live in communion with the Jesuits. On countless occasions I have seen the impact that Jesuits have had on our students, faculty, and staff – as teachers, scholars, priests, chaplains, administrators, traveling companions, presiding at weddings, baptisms and funerals. I count among the greatest gifts of my presidency the unwavering support of our Provincial, our Jesuit community, and the welcome
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embrace I feel as a true companion in the Society’s higher education apostolate. Second: on a daily basis, I am grateful to do my work at a Catholic university where, together with many lay and religious colleagues, we daily have the opportunity to serve the Church at its very heart.
hours they spend in individualized instruction with our students. Characteristic of a Jesuit way of proceeding, we acknowledge that each student is uniquely gifted, and our faculty recognize this in the personal attention they give. We remain intent on being a place where cura personalis – the care of the whole, yet individual person – matters.
This past year has allowed us to serve our local Church in a very significant way: we were blessed to host the installation of the new bishop of the diocese, the Most Reverend Blase Cupich, at an event deeply meaningful to the entire university and diocesan educational community. Bishop Cupich has made it a point to attend every significant university event this year, culminating in the celebration of our Baccalaureate Mass on Graduation Weekend. As a lay president, I find our Bishop’s willingness to provide guidance and perspective invaluable and the prospect of building on our already strong relationship a source of great comfort.
Third: a key dimension to our work as university today is that it takes place in the context of daily opportunities for active expression of one’s faith, in both our academic and co-curricular activities. Gonzaga is blessed to have the active involvement of a vibrant, Jesuit community which ministers daily to our students, faculty and staff through a host of pastoral activities. Joined by diocesan priests and women religious, our students can worship at one of several Masses offered every day; they have opportunities to attend retreats held frequently throughout the year; and they are invited into Christian Life Communities and opportunities for sponsored participation in Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises.
The purpose we serve – our fundamental mission – is the noble pursuit of truth through teaching, scholarship, and service; through these we bear witness to our faith. I see Gonzaga as an essential part of the Church in service to faith: a mission of bringing the hope that is the Good News to a world in desperate need of it, by educating capable women and men and enjoining them to go forth and inspire the world.
The aim is to equip our students with the skills for discerning God’s call for each of them and their full participation in the faith communities of which they are a part. As Catholic, we are and remain a university open to, and supportive of, women and men from many faith traditions and maintain relationships with the local denominations to support an active faith life for all who desire it.
Gonzaga’s Jesuit heritage and mission calls us to prepare our students to take significant leadership roles in whatever profession or work they choose to be a part of. We also strive to educate our students to be women and men with a deep desire to serve others – especially those of our brothers and sisters who are “at the margins.”
These, to me, are characteristics of a vibrant Catholic, Jesuit and humanistic university.
To do this work effectively in the context of a Catholic university requires helping each student to construct connections between key social issues and contemporary perspectives for interpreting and understanding them. We want students to evaluate social issues of the day – such as the morality of capital punishment, the evils of human trafficking, respect for dignity in the workplace, the vital need for sustainability – in the public square of debate. As this evaluation is done through various and multiple lenses – some controversial – students understandably are forced to move outside their comfort zone. We believe that framing such exercises within and in relationship to, rather than outside of, Church teaching is the most certain path to the truth. Engaging the work of finding truth by examining issues from multiple perspectives is often difficult work, and students struggle with it. For this reason, I am so grateful to our dedicated faculty and staff for the countless
Finally: as we begin our planning for the upcoming academic year, we are filled with hope. As this issue reaches you, we will be welcoming our new Vice President for Mission, Fr. Frank Case, S.J. Much of his efforts will involve engaging the community in dialogue regarding the affirmation of our mission and the ways in which our mission identity manifests itself in the daily work. I look forward to welcoming him to the administrative leadership team. I want to thank you for your ongoing support of this important work. Many of you have been warmly generous in your response to our call for additional scholarship support; you make Gonzaga possible for our remarkable students. I am constantly humbled by your faith in this University and thank you for it. During these busy summer months, may the peace of Christ be with you and yours, always.
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GONZAGA GRADUATES THE CLASS OF 2011: • 1,128 UNDERGRADUATES • 996 GRADUATE STUDENTS • 162 LAW STUDENTS
President Thayne McCulloh addressed both the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies on May 7 and 8. At the undergraduate ceremony, the University bestowed an honorary degree on acclaimed northwest artist Harold Balazs. Judge Steven González of Seattle gave the School of Law commencement address on May 14 and was awarded an honorary degree. J. Richard Manning (’60 J.D.) was honored with the Law Medal.
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THE PRESIDENTIAL SPEAKER SERIES BROUGHT TO CAMPUS AS ITS INAUGURAL GUEST THE RENOWNED HUMANITARIAN
GREG MORTENSON [Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea,” has built 178 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.]
“When I was a child in Africa, my parents valued and nurtured a life of service. What they taught me is that being of service is a noble calling or profession.”
What makes me tick is being able to serve others and empower people… The most precious thing that I get to witness every year…
is when a child comes to school. The first thing we teach them is how to write their name. It might be with a stick in the sand or a pencil on a piece of paper, but when you see that child write their name, all of a sudden they have an identity. They are empowered and they belong in their community.
“If you ask an illiterate person of a village in Afghanistan or Pakistan ‘What does education mean?’ they say, ‘When we have an education we can go out and make decisions. We can go and do something in the world.’ ”
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“A classroom of the future” in the Tilford Center was dedicated in April. Tom and Camilla Tilford, whose generous support made the hightech facility possible, wanted to honor Tom’s parents, Charles and Helen Tilford… Gonzaga’s Institute of Hate Studies convened its Second International Conference on Hate Studies in April. The event drew 70 speakers from more than 20 countries, including keynoter Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and author of “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity.” Conference organizer and institute Executive Director John Shuford said, “Hate studies is meant to be a ‘big tent’ with a ‘big door’ to enter. We need the contributions of everyone who can help build understanding of hatred and effective responses to it. This conference is a big step in that direction.”…
“Tattoos on the Heart” by Father Greg Boyle, S.J., is the 2011 summer freshman read. This memoir describes the 20-plus years he has For more, go to gonzaga.edu/magazine. 8
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worked with gang members in Los Angeles. The reading will lead into an interdisciplinary theme of community for the 2011-12 academic year… U.S. News & World Report ranked Gonzaga’s civil engineering program in a tie for seventh best in the nation, GU’s Law School as the 58th best law school, and its part-time MBA program as 93rd best… Students were involved in three pedestrianvehicle accidents this semester at crosswalks on Hamilton Avenue. One suffered serious injuries. Gonzaga’s administration and the Gonzaga Student Body Association have begun an education campaign to improve pedestrian safety. The University and city of Spokane are working toward long-term solutions, which may involve reduced traffic lanes on Sharp Street and a footbridge over Hamilton…
A Chi-Urban Excursion during spring break introduced seven students to contemporary and historical issues on justice, community, faith and culture in the Windy City. Tracy EllisWard, director of Gonzaga’s Unity Multicultural
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Education Center, rated this first-time event a success. She hopes Gonzaga students will return to Chicago for other programs offered by the Chicago Center for Urban Culture…
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Gen. Eric Shinseki spoke at this year’s ROTC commissioning on campus. Twenty-two ROTC cadets were sworn into the Army as second lieutenants at the May 6 ceremony… The University honored Mert and Jessie Rosauer and the Rosauer family at Gonzaga’s Fourth Annual Ignatian Gala held April 14. The Rosauers have been major benefactors of Gonzaga since 1968. The J.M. and Jessie Rosauer Center for Education was dedicated in 1994…
Mission:Possible, GU’s alternative spring break program, was cited as a best practice on Jesuitresource.org. If you send us a photograph from a favorite time at Gonzaga, we’ll see if we can use it on a Zigzag page for an upcoming issue of Gonzaga Magazine. Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE SCIENCE OF PREVENTING HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS: START EARLY A year ago, assistant professor of education John Traynor led a small group of colleagues in a national search for evidence-based ways to stem the ﬂow of Spokane high school dropouts, then at 39 percent. The project is part of Priority Spokane, a community initiative. Working with a $44,000 grant from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Traynor found that successful dropout prevention projects share certain approaches. “It was interesting to see common ‘off-track’ factors.” Failing in math, failing in English. Trouble with attendance and behavior. In sixth graders, these were often warning ﬂags, or off-track factors, that predict future dropouts. However, students in each community show a different pattern. Key would be learning Spokane’s pattern of pre-dropout factors. Traynor and colleagues Jonas Cox and Katie Kaiser recommended three approaches to keeping middle school students on track for high school graduation. First, create a dropout early-warning system that would track students starting in sixth grade. The system would seek out the specific factors that predate Spokane students’ decision to zigzags
drop out. Second, develop high academic expectations and achievement – not simply in the classroom but in after-school and summer programs, too. Third, create social support so that students and families are embraced in a network of mentoring and education. “There are so many factors in a kid’s life, academic, social, economic, family – it’s surprisingly hard to pin down what works,” Traynor said. An interesting phenomenon in Spokane is that “they’re keeping their students until the senior year even though these kids know they’re not going to make it to graduation. That says something positive right there about Spokane Public Schools.” Today, the dropout early-warning system is a major step closer to operating. A second study, being done this spring and summer, is tracking dropouts from 2008 and 2010 to identify factors that led to their leaving school. This will create the initial data bank for the early-warning system. Educators will keep adding to the data bank, giving them a powerful tool to discern which interventions keep Spokane students on track for graduation. Traynor says it’s deeply encouraging to him that community partners Empire Health, United Way and the
Inland Northwest Community Foundation gave an additional $45,000 for that phase of the work. Traynor’s work leads directly to Gonzaga’s mentoring programs, particularly at the middle school level. If the school district shares data from the early-warning system, then those who lead after-school mentoring and enrichment programs will benefit. They can learn from the data whether their efforts are paying off and get a clear sense of how to improve their programming. “It’s exciting to have the school district agree that out-of-school time matters,” Kaiser said. “What I hope we can do is to create a method by which other agencies can evaluate themselves. We want to build a system of conversation, tracking from the schoolhouse to teachers, to other agencies. I think we can use this information to build a template so that we can evaluate success for Gonzaga’s mentoring programs and other after-school and summer programs.” JOHN TRAYNOR, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION, CONFERS WITH A SEVENTH GRADER AT SHAW MIDDLE SCHOOL.
THIS I BELIEVE BY CASEY SCHAUB (’11)
SENIOR CASEY SCHAUB WROTE THIS FOR A CLASS IN THE COMPREHENSIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM. HER PIECE WAS AMONG SEVERAL ’THIS I BELIEVE’ ESSAYS PUBLISHED IN THE GONZAGA BULLETIN THIS SPRING.
I believe in always getting up off the ground. I must admit that over the years I have become acquainted with concrete, gravel, asphalt and cobblestones more often than I would have preferred; however, the momentary face-to-face meetings I have had with the paths upon which I have tread have taught me some great lessons. I have concluded that whoever invented rubber crutch tips must have not tested them before placing them on the market. I acknowledge that these innovative pieces of equipment are intended to aid my walking but they are often the culprit, which causes me to find myself yet again on the ground. The traction on crutch tips is relatively non-existent which means that when I encounter the natural elements of water, ice or snow, I am definitely at the mercy of whether these crutches want to keep me upright. Before long, with my crutches outstretched, I resemble Bambi attempting to walk for the first time and find myself sprawled out flat on the ground. Once again, we meet. I have found the ground is quite dependable. I know what to expect from it. Each time we have an encounter I know that it is the result of me being too daring; attempting to walk with one crutch or thinking that I can overcome those stairs instead of utilizing the ramp. It is like a game we play that I can never win. The ground: 1; Casey: 0. While I have not won as many games, we have gladly shed more laughs than tears on the playing field, and for this, I am eternally grateful. I must thank the ground for the many friendships I have made. Falling down and finding myself on the ground has taught me about the goodness of humanity. I have been offered a helping hand and asked if I was OK more times than I can recall, both from those I know well and complete strangers. I have seen the Good Samaritan. The ground has been very forgiving to me. Having never broken a bone, I am confident that I have bones of steel. Surely, it has offered the occasional scar or bruise as a reminder that I need to be careful, but it never discourages me from navigating the world in my own way. Each mark I receive from the ground is a gift bestowed upon me and an indication of a relentless refusal to be defined by the limits of my disability.
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IN 1974, GONZAGA’S SCHOOL OF LAW made the then-unusual decision to launch its Law Clinic. This new concept was modeled after the practice of building medical clinics adjacent to medical schools, allowing students to put into practice what they had learned in principle. The Law Clinic’s early years were modest. It found a home in the basement of what is now Gonzaga’s Health Center, with just a dozen students involved. Today, the University Legal Assistance, as the clinic is formally known, operates from offices in the Law School building. Seven divisions exist: business law, consumer law, elder law, environmental law, federal tax law, general practice law and Indian law. One testament to the Law Clinic’s lasting influence is that several of its earliest enrollees – professors
George Critchlow, Alan McNeil and Larry Weiser to name a few – have returned to work at the clinic in supervisory roles. If the ongoing mission of the clinic was distilled into a single word, it would be access. The clinic puts the legal system within reach of the financially disadvantaged. By doing so, it puts the egalitarian, publicminded principles of both Gonzaga University and the American justice system into practice. “Gonzaga’s emphasis in the classroom on service, and its commitment to service through the legal clinic, left a deep imprint on my legal philosophy,” said Barbara Madsen (’77 J.D.), chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court. “Every year the clinic helps hundreds of clients who might otherwise get lost in the cracks or not pursue whatever legal options they have because of the daunting aspect of proceeding without counsel,” offered Jim Merson (’05 J.D.), who is a Colorado public defender. “The clinic gives Gonzaga Law and its students a chance to practice what they preach: public interest law.”
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ACT SIX: ONE HALF NETWORK, THE OTHER HALF SAFETY NET THE NAME ACT SIX COMES FROM ACTS 6:1-7.
Gonzaga’s first cadre of Act Six scholars will be juniors this fall. They choose these words to describe what Act Six means to them: A blessing. Perseverance. Change. Life. Leadership. Direction. “Act Six is always in the back of my mind,” said Anna Hester of Tacoma. Without it, she wouldn’t be at Gonzaga, where she loves the fact that God is discussed in classes. Take away Act Six, and Spokane’s Edwin Torres might still be weighing his options: auto mechanic, police officer or technical school. Instead, he’s an international studies major who enjoys supporting La Raza Latina. Torres is soft spoken and thoughtful.
It’s easy to see him becoming a powerful friend for any cause to which he devotes himself. “Act Six really opened doors for me. College is expensive,” he says. Without Act Six, Mercedes Hayes, Kent, Wash., would not have co-founded Gonzaga’s gospel choir. “Act Six is like a framework for life. It has provided me with purpose and reason,” says Hayes, a communications major. Tracy Ellis-Ward, director of Unity Multicultural Education Center, does much of the Act Six support work. “Working with the Act Six scholars has been one of the best representations of our faith-inspired commitment to diversity in action since my
arrival at Gonzaga three years ago,” she said. “Members of the first cadre are learning to find their voice, and I have no doubt they will make a lasting impact on campus and beyond.” Act Six founder Tim Herron, a former Tacoma math teacher, wants the students to practice leadership skills while earning their degrees, then to bring their expertise and commitment back into their communities. Ethnically diverse students make up a majority of Act Six scholars, but the program is open to all candidates. A collaborative approach creates Act Six scholarships. Scholars often qualify for government and
private scholarships; Act Six networks with local funding resources; and Gonzaga makes up the difference. Once high school seniors are admitted to Act Six, they are grouped into cadres. Training starts immediately on money management, time management and other topics. On campus, cadre members form their own safety net. They receive leadership training and academic support. Something’s working right: Act Six’s overall graduation rate surpasses 90 percent. “In an environment of unlimited resources, many more students could thrive holistically under such a model,” Ellis-Ward said.
Act Six scholar Oscar Marmelejo is an engineering student, who plays club hockey. He’s careful not to judge others, but to get to know them before forming an opinion. Last summer he ran a crew for Student Painters and grossed $40,000. What makes him proud? “That’s hard to answer,” he says. “Knowing that people trust me to be responsible, that makes me proud. Being able to say that I am an engineer, it makes me proud. Being able to have fun and to succeed at the same time – that makes me proud.”
THE NEW ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONCENTRATION, WHICH PROFESSOR TODD FINKLE HAS HELPED TO CREATE, WILL BE OPEN TO ALL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS.
FIND A NEED, CREATE A SOLUTION Todd Finkle, Pigott Professor of Entrepreneurship, gave his students a taste of an entrepreneur’s life with this assignment: Find a need, create a product, sell it for a profit, and donate a portion to the community. He gave them just five days. One team of students took advantage of the GU-St. Mary’s basketball game. The need? Something warm and tasty for students to nosh on while standing in the January cold before the game. The products? Hot dogs and sodas. The price? Less than the concession stand inside McCarthey Athletic Center. But there was a glitch. Out of nowhere came competition from the Kennel Club, handing out free pizza. The experience taught Finkle’s students, as no textbook could, about the hard work and perseverance that are basic to entrepreneurship. “I ask students why they are in my class, and you know what almost all of them say? They do not want to work for anyone else,” Finkle says. “People tend to associate entrepreneurship with merely starting a new business. And it’s not just that. It’s more of an attitude and a set of skills that center around seeking opportunities and taking advantage of them. These entrepreneurial skills can be used in any organization whether it’s for profit or non-profit, big or small business, and government.”
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Entrepreneurship – and particularly a growing subset of the field, social entrepreneurship – is an emerging academic discipline nationally and at Gonzaga. Gonzaga’s entrepreneurship program recently was ranked in the top 25 of all schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report. There is a strong correlation between entrepreneurship and GU’s Jesuit mission of educating people to better the world. “Entrepreneurship is the process of seeking and finding new opportunities, taking calculated risks, using limited resources, and ultimately creating value - economic, social, environmental, artistic and/or cultural. Entrepreneurial leaders use their unique talents, gifts and resources to create value and contribute to the common good,” said Professor Paul Buller of the School of Business Administration. “People think that entrepreneurs are in it for greed, but they’re not. Most of them are simply trying to make a difference.” Buller has long-term involvement with entrepreneurship at Gonzaga, first as the original director of the Hogan Program for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and more recently through other initiatives.
Successive grants from the Kern Family Foundation in Wisconsin have helped Gonzaga establish entrepreneurial thinking and skills among faculty and students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The professorship endowed by Mark Pigott and his family, and held by Finkle, includes responsibility for creating courses for a new concentration in entrepreneurship. Finkle also is helping to educate and spark research on entrepreneurship among faculty both inside and outside the business school. Finkle arrived on campus in fall 2010. His entrepreneurial background includes creating an entertainment company (one of three businesses he has founded) while earning an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Even though there was not a doctoral program in entrepreneurship, he created his own while earning a Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Finkle has taught in the field for 18 years. He is gregarious, passionate, a productive scholar, and loves to teach and help students. Case studies written by Finkle have examined the lions of entrepreneurship – Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway, Steve Jobs and Apple, Inc., Richard Branson and Virgin, Inc., Wayne Huizenga (Waste Management, Inc.; Blockbuster; and Republic Industries), and others. He uses these in his teaching and sends his students “not to the library, but out on the street” for research. As his students discovered in the January chill, experiential learning is the backbone of Finkle’s teaching.
GONZAGA INITIATIVE HONORS VETERANS’ STORIES, DOCUMENTS THEIR HOMECOMING EXPERIENCES PHOTOS BY RAJAH BOSE Anna Marie Medina, assistant professor of psychology, came of age in the late ’70s and early ’80s. “Vietnam veterans were having trouble, and people started making movies about it, but there was really no recognition of the people who had returned, good or bad. I remember being a senior in high school and angrily asking my parents, ‘So all this was going on and you didn’t protest, you didn’t volunteer, you didn’t do anything?’ But they were busy raising five small children. So even then, it bothered me that these people could go through these God-awful and lifechanging experiences, and the people for whom theoretically they have done this can remain blissfully unaware.” That sense of wrong never left Medina. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan developed and continued, her desire grew to recognize veterans’ experiences. In December 2009 she began talking with colleagues at Gonzaga. Last fall the group launched the Veterans Homecoming Project. They interview veterans on campus and in the community. The interviews will be archived at the Foley Center Library, available to faculty, students and the public. Faculty and staff from history, English, social sciences, professional studies and military science are involved in the project. Their hope is to continue interviewing homecoming veterans for at least 10 years. With few exceptions, interviews in the project will remain anonymous. Following are excerpts from Medina’s interviews with two undergraduates. AT LEAST 181 VETERANS WERE ENROLLED AT GONZAGA THIS SPRING, INCLUDING 61 UNDERGRADUATES. AT RIGHT, DAN AUSTIN; FAR RIGHT, NICHOLAS JEFFRIES.
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LIVING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES NICHOLAS JEFFRIES’ INTERVIEW Could you tell me about a time when you were deployed when you really missed home? There was a lot of those. I’d say I missed home the most during my first deployment. Marine Corps deployments are so intensive that you don’t have a lot of time to sit and think. There are times, though when you’re sitting on a post and watching for security reasons, watching for hours on end. That’s when you’re missing home. You’re thinking of what you want to do and what you want to buy when you get home. Did you struggle to stay in touch with home while you were deployed? I kept in communication through letters during my first deployment mostly, and my second by phone. You lose your sense of… commitment to all others. You push everybody off because you have a mission to do. And they’re not there, and you can’t be thinking about them. You really lose the connection emotionally. I would say that to this day I have problems with connections, because of stuff that I pushed myself to do in the Marine Corps. Do you find that true for the people closest to you? It’s true for everybody except for my daughter. For whatever reason, me and my daughter have a very good connection. My wife – I make efforts to connect with her. I have to do that. My relationship with my parents never was deep. Now we try to stay connected, but it’s tough. It’s like there’s an emotional wall between us. I call them by their first names. I have a hard time keeping friends. You know, my wife is my friend. If I do something, I hang out with my wife. I’ve got people I do stuff with once in a blue moon, but for the most part, I’m on my own. And going hunting with my old man. Other than that I don’t connect with him. Do you feel even-keeled emotionally, or do you have ups and downs? I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder with post-traumatic stress disorder. There has been lots of ups and downs with that. There’s been days when I just sat there and didn’t want to live. I’ve been on medications for two and a half years. For the most part I can deal with the anxiety. It doesn’t control my life like it did when I first got out. I would just sit there. Once I got anxiety I was done for the day. And it didn’t necessarily go away when I went to sleep. Some days I would wake up with it again. They prescribed meds for that, but all that did was put me to sleep. Life doesn’t just stop if you stop. My wife understood that, she helped me deal with things.
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JEFFRIES, AT LEFT WITH HIS DAUGHTER, LED MORE THAN 200 PATROLS IN THE MARINE CORPS AND FOUGHT IN THE FIRST BATTLE OF FALLUJAH. HIS HONORS INCLUDE THE NAVY COMMENDATION AWARD. HE WILL BE A SENIOR IN THE FALL AND IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES MAJOR WITH PLANS FOR A CAREER IN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. Have you been to the VA? I’ve dealt with the VA since probably a month after I got out. And the funny thing is – I’d been stateside for over a year after I was done with my deployment, I’d been loaned out as an MP on Camp Pendleton. They basically loan you out if you don’t have enough time left for another deployment. I didn’t have any issues because I was so busy. But as soon as life slows down – boom, it started. I got started with the Veterans Outreach Center in the Spokane Valley, but they don’t prescribe any drugs, and I needed something now! They referred me to the VA hospital. Did you go for counseling? I did a therapy called prolonged exposure. You’ve heard of it? Overall, I think I turned out better. I don’t think it hurt anything. It was, like, ‘Once you get done with the therapy we’ll talk about getting you off some of these drugs.’ I don’t want to be on these drugs for the rest of my life. But my counselor is retired, and I’m still on these drugs. If anything since I started, they’ve added stuff. What was the first thing you did when you came home? My wife was six and a half months pregnant and the Marine Corps dropped her from all medical coverage, because spouses are dropped as soon as you get out. Eventually we got state coverage for her. We moved in with my in-laws and lived with them. Overall that was a good experience, because I got to know them better. Then I decided to start school and found out all the things that the GI Bill has. I started in community college. Before, I never would have gotten into a university like this. I doubled my GPA from high school to college. I got my associate’s degree and applied here and Eastern, which were the only places that offered environmental studies. I’m happy that I’m here. It’s a good school. How was coming home? You ought to know that during both deployments, I was an alcoholic. I did not drink overseas, you can’t drink over there, but I ate a whole lot of chocolates to make up for the sugars. When I was home it was – drinking, drinking, drown out the thoughts. It’s a different world coming back, especially the first time, coming back from Fallujah. A Humvee doesn’t go faster than 50, but you get on the freeway, you’re going 70 and you’re hauling. Honestly, that was all a pretty good blur. After my second deployment we got married and eventually I quit drinking.
When you came back, were all the instincts you had for regular life gone? Yeah, a lot of that stuff you learn in combat sticks with you. I still have situational awareness more than someone else. I sit in the back of the classroom (where no one can come up behind me). And driving, you’re avoiding IEDs. You’re just always on guard. Can you tell me about the homecoming you got from your family? I have an older brother and a younger sister. We’re all five years apart, so we’re not super close. My homecoming? Well, for my 30-days leave, it would be a lot of drinking. Every opportunity I could, I would come home. It’s usually a big blur. Now that you’re not drinking, do you find you have disturbing thoughts? Over time they’ve gotten better. We talk about them in counseling as intrusive thoughts. People’s heads get blown off, people die. Everything and anything that a normal person wouldn’t think of – those thoughts are going through your head, whether you’re sitting in a classroom or walking through the grocery store. You just keep them to yourself. They’re still there and they’re not right. In what ways are your home life and family life different now? I’m on a whole different set of priorities. I have a lot things going for me now. And I understand that responsibility is the only way this stuff is going to get done. I know that I’m never going to be normal, where I don’t have intrusive thoughts, or I don’t have anxiety. Who knows, I could be on medication the rest of my life. But I wanted to go into the Marine Corps and I wanted to be in the infantry and so I’m good with my decisions. Now I have to live with the consequences. The school benefit is something I could have never imagined. And the PTSD is something I didn’t even know existed. That’s quite a trade-off. Yeah, I’d say. What sort of things do you value differently? Education for one. Definitely a strong tie to education. My parents never pushed college. I never really thought about past the military. I didn’t really know that there would be an end after the military.
Beyond the GI Bill, are there other resources that you’ve been able to access? The other one would be the disability benefit, which I did not ask for. I’m 80 percent disabled, 70 percent for PTSD and 10 percent for tinnitus. So, that disability check pays my mortgage. That’s the only reason I bought a house, because I have that permanent income. Otherwise I would still be renting. But because it came to me the way it did, I took advantage of it. This project is about giving a voice to veteran’s homecoming experiences. What do you want people to know about coming home from combat? That things aren’t going to be normal. I don’t care if you’re a spouse and you hear the stories, you’re never going to understand anxiety, you’re never going to understand what feelings are coming out. As much as my wife tries, she doesn’t have a grasp. She understands that I’ve seen people get blown up, that I’ve seen things you’re never supposed to see. But by you knowing that, it doesn’t mean you get it. Other things, like getting in gunfights and putting bullets in people, you can talk about it as a story that happened. But you can never know what that person feels like. I don’t know that I feel bad, I don’t know that I feel good. I know that I did it. I don’t know if I’m going to hell – I don’t know where I’m going. One other thing I would say: Give them a little respect, because they have done things and seen things for you. This country is free because people made the decision to go in the military and go over there and fight. When I do tell people I’m a veteran, I get some of those good responses. “Thanks for serving.” It’s always kind of awkward to hear. “Hey, thanks for your service.” “Oh, you’re welcome.” It sounds like you had a tough time for a variety of reasons. How is it to talk with me? It’s fine. I enjoy talking about some of the things I’ve done in the military but people don’t ask. The one question you’ll get once in a blue moon is ‘Did you kill anyone?’ That’s not a good question to start with. Ask about their experience. A lot of times, they’re proud of what they’ve done.
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EVERY SOLDIER’S EXPERIENCE IS DIFFERENT DAN AUSTIN’S INTERVIEW
Did you struggle to stay in touch with home or maintain a sense of home? They offered us ways to communicate with home. It’s not as good and as often as you would like. But as time goes on, you don’t want to be too in touch at home, or I didn’t at least. The first month I did not call home or talk to anybody, just so I could settle in and get my mind set. Just to talk to someone you know really well, your mom or your girlfriend – it can take you out of that reality for a little while, but you know you’re going to get right back into the war reality. It’s almost not even worth it.
Because you came back so often, did you start building a pattern of what you did? Yes and no. When I was there in 2004, we had only been at “this war thing” for a couple of years. As we came back, initially, it was like, “OK, we’re excited we’re back, we just went to war. Let’s have fun and party.” But it got to where we would come back and three days later we’re already training. That’s just the cycle of the war. You’ve got to keep up with the enemy. It’s kind of hard, really. You don’t have that excitement, that transitionary period.
Was it weird to come back between deployments? It’s absolutely weird. I noticed the intensity of it the first time, coming back and trying to fit back in. I was so isolated over there, especially with the unit I was with. We were isolated even from the rest of the U.S. forces in our own compound. We would only associate with 30 to 40 guys that I knew very well. Coming back, I was living in Tacoma, and one Saturday I went to the Tacoma Mall. Walking in there, seeing and smelling everything all at once, walking past someone and smelling their cologne – it was sensory overload. Another example was driving. While you’re in Iraq even if you’re not a driver, you’re used to not following the law. You’re in a giant armored vehicle. There are no stoplights, no stop signs. You don’t worry about other traffic, really. When I was over there – and a car came too close to you, if you hit the car it’s not a bad thing. So, when you’re trying to drive your vehicle when you get home – there’s stop lights and stop signs, other traffic, white lines, yellow lines. It’s overwhelming at first.
There was kind of a joke in my unit: When you’re overseas, you get to relax, because you don’t have all the daily stress that you have in America. In Iraq or Afghanistan, you only have to stress about if you’re going to die. If you can come to terms with that – ‘OK, I might die’ – then you have zero stress.
Did you ever find yourself getting ready to drive into oncoming traffic, to avoid ‘garbage’ on the road? I was blessed in my first deployment not to be ravaged by IEDs and ambushes. Toward my fifth and sixth deployment was when it was really bad and we got hit a lot. By that time, I was kind of used to the transitioning (between Iraq and home). And I knew that when I got back, the first time out driving was going to be really overwhelming. I knew that I would have to pay attention to rules of the road. And just to kind of relax (about IEDs).
So it felt kind of relentless.
Because you’re in college here now, do you find that you deal with stress differently? I transferred in from Eastern in the fall, and I’ve found that the academics here are a lot more intense. I have seven classes and I have a hard time trying to grasp a schedule and do everything in order of importance. That’s a big change for me; I’m usually a very structured person. Did you join the Army right after high school? I had planned on going to college. Then I got a summer job. Then it was “oh, I’ll take a year off.” That was a bad idea. So I said, ‘I’ll just go into the Army.’ Turns out the Army was something I was really good at. By the time I got two years in, I was leading people in combat and I really enjoyed it, actually. It made me want to stay there longer, it was so easy for me to do. Can you tell me about homecoming? Initially when I got home, my girlfriend would fly over. Since we deployed so often, it almost became routine: You’re flying in usually in the middle of the night. You take your bag, you turn in your weapons, go to barracks, go to sleep. Any chance I could get to drive home to Spokane, to see my parents and brothers – it was really nice to have that. A lot of my friends, their families are scattered all across the country, and they would just get really drunk the first three days.
What does home mean to you now? It’s a lot more important. That’s why I moved back to Spokane, back to family. Are your home and family Iife different from before you deployed? I get to see my girlfriend and family a lot. But there’s definitely an invisible wall between what they think they can talk to me about, and what I really went through. You’ve got to be the tough guy. You make fun of things that normally you never would. And, especially if you’re in a leadership role, if you’re scared, you can’t show that to your soldiers. I think you bring that with you. You keep that steady, hard statue. Not just for yourself but for your family to not see inside you. My dad was in the military, but not in any war. We talk a little more. He knows he’s not going to ask me certain questions. The question ‘Did you kill anybody?’ There’s a lot of disrespect in that question. My little brother, he asked me ‘Did you kill anyone?’ and I said, ‘I don’t want to answer that question. If I have, that’s going to change your outlook of me and if I haven’t, that’s going to change your outlook of me.’ Ideally, this project is about giving veterans a voice. What do you want people to know? From my personal experience, the Army gives a lot of opportunities for transitioning out. They do a lot of classes on things like how to treat your wife. Regardless, every soldier has a different experience when coming home. For me I was lucky to have a steady family. It helped, but there’s still always that feeling, especially being in combat, that you’ve seen a lot of things that you didn’t really want to see. And there’s a difference from you and a lot of people who haven’t seen those things. There will always still be that wall that separates you from the rest of society. The only thing that helps is getting together with groups of veterans. You see that in the Vietnam vets, the WW II vets and that those friendships really help.
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MISSION:POSSIBLE: REFLECTIONS FROM PORTLAND “I have never felt the presence of God as deeply as I did during my week on Mission:Possible. It would have been easy to look at the destitution this community faces and ask, “Where is God?” It was an incredibly humbling experience to feel the exact opposite. I understood for the first time God’s assertion that he is found in the least of our brothers. God was sitting at the table eating eggs with George every morning. He was waiting in line to get clothes, he was sitting next to Peter at Mass. For the first time in my life, I got to meet God where he truly dwells.”
– Katherine DeGreef, sophomore, electrical engineering major
STUDENTS INCLUDING DEGREEF AND MARK AHERN, FAR LEFT, KAYLA DAVISON, NEAR LEFT TOP, AND MARK PETTIBONE, NEAR LEFT BOTTOM, COOKED FOR AND SERVED HOMELESS MEN AT PORTLAND’S BLANCHET HOUSE. AS MISSION:POSSIBLE INCLUDES A COMMITMENT TO LIVING SIMPLY, STUDENTS SLEPT ON THE FLOOR AT PORTLAND’S DOWNTOWN CHAPEL.
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DESMET HALL OF BROTHERHOOD LIFE LESSONS FROM THEIR DESMET YEARS ILLUSTRATIONS BY TOM QUINN (‘82)
DESMET HALL CARRIES THE NAME OF FATHER PETER DESMET, S.J., WHO BEGAN HIS WORK IN THE NORTHWEST IN 1842 AND FOUNDED THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS MISSION. BUILT IN 1925, DESMET HALL ORIGINALLY OFFERED A FINE VIEW OF GONZAGA’S FOOTBALL GAMES, PLAYED IN THE STADIUM TO ITS SOUTH. THE FOUR-STORY MEN’S RESIDENCE HALL AND ITS GRANITE-STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY HAVE OUTLASTED GONZAGA’S PIGSKIN ERA BY SEVEN DECADES. TODAY, MANY ALUMNI CREDIT THE REMARKABLE ATMOSPHERE OF DESMET TO FATHER KEVIN WATERS, S.J., ITS CHAPLAIN FOR THE LAST QUARTER CENTURY.
BRIAN GOSLINE (’85, ’89 J.D.) To me, DeSmet is all about family. Father Kevin Waters and I, as resident director of DeSmet in 1984-85, started the tradition of the annual “DeSmet Family Picture.” To this day, the DeSmet family is immortalized each year by a picture in the hall entry. Anyone who has lived in DeSmet can point to any of the pictures and say, “This is my family” or “I am part of this very large family.” My only wish is that when the 100th picture is posted in 2084, those residents of DeSmet will look at us in that first picture as part of the family. I have a feeling that they will, because of what DeSmet means to all who live there.
There were other great things about DeSmet, too: the Thanksgivingto-Christmas beard growing contest, the annual charity drive for Union Gospel Mission, the story (likely apocryphal) of Bing shoving a piano off the fourth floor fire escape, watching the December sun rise from DeSmet’s rooftop the day after everyone left for Christmas break.
[Gosline practices law in Spokane. He is a past president of Spokane South Little League and an adjunct instructor in GU’s School of Business Administration.]
[Albert lives in Seattle with his wife, Carol, and sons, Leo, 4 and Baron, 2. He works as a management consultant.]
CONRAD ALBERT (’90) My experience at DeSmet was not quite typical. I spent my junior and senior years there as a resident assistant and then as resident director. I’m sure I missed a few nuances of the “Gonzaga experience” by living on campus all four years, but looking back over two decades, I don’t regret the choice at all. Living at DeSmet gave me the opportunity to work with quality people, especially Father Kevin Waters, S.J. Whenever Fr. Waters was around, his door was open. Fr. Waters was especially kind to me when, the first week of my senior year, my mother died unexpectedly. He helped me sort through that terrible loss and even drove nine hours round trip with two other Jesuits to be there for me at her funeral in Montana.
It’s more than terrific memories, really. It’s texture. That’s what these people and events brought to living at DeSmet. Any Zag will tell you that DeSmet Hall definitely added texture to their Gonzaga experience.
MARK STOLTZ (’03) Among the many events that tie those of us from DeSmet together, there is one that sums up a great coming-of-age experience. It was spring 2000 and my freshman year. The Gonzaga men’s basketball team was playing against Purdue in the Sweet Sixteen. I crammed into the room of my good friends Sam Reed and Sam Shaw, then both sophomores. The atmosphere was electric. Already our team was known beyond the “one-year wonder.” The Zags fought hard and we yelled and screamed just as hard. Those of us at DeSmet were and always will be family. Socially, there were no boundaries there. Brand new freshmen were instantly accepted as brothers by the sophomores. It has been nearly 11 years since that March day and I am proud to say I have kept in touch with just about every guy in that room. [Stoltz, his wife, Isabell (’03), and their children Jacque, 2, and 9-month-old Alexandria live in San Antonio, Texas. Stoltz is in his eighth year with the family business, Stoltz & Company. He structures alternative risk financing in the oil and gas industry.]
next room. But the question became why not? Father did not have to prepare a sermon to the masses, but a personalized message to a group of young men sharing in the same core beliefs. Those Sunday evenings are some of my fondest memories of DeSmet and Gonzaga. One of my most important decisions ever took place during my sophomore year. Each of the four floors hosted a social gathering every year. I asked Janelle Watts if she would be my date. Seven years later, I asked her to be my wife and, almost to the day 14 years after asking her to be my date, we had a little girl, Isla Pearl Hizzey.
BEN FOLEY (’05) I woke to my dorm room phone ringing. I looked in disgust at my alarm clock – 6:45 a.m. Biology didn’t start until 8 a.m. I was pretty confident who was on the other end, though. I picked up the phone. “Hi Mom,” I said in my most unenthusiastic voice. I was hoping my tone relayed the message that losing 45 minutes of precious sleep was not worth an early morning conversation. She was not fazed, “Ben, turn on your TV now. Someone just flew two planes into the World Trade Center. I love you but I have to go. I need to call your sister.” I turned on the TV, watched the scenes unfold and felt an overwhelming desire to be with others. Up to that point in my existence every significant event in my life had been shared with my family. Yet I was 800 miles from my home in Colorado. I went next door and knocked on Skip Chambers’ door, I apparently was not the only one who had received an early morning phone call. He was sitting on the edge of his bed; without saying a word I joined him. Slowly others from our hallway in DeSmet began to filter in. We all realized we were watching something that would change the world, but none of us were sure what it meant. Classes were cancelled, and conversation filled the remainder of the morning. That day, by helping to fill a void in each other, we began to transition into a family. The lesson that I took from DeSmet was the power of fellowship when engaging the experiences of a lifetime. To this day when I reach a point in my life that needs to be celebrated or mourned I pick up the phone to share my thoughts with some of the men of DeSmet. [Foley lives in Nashville where he is a second-year oral and maxillofacial surgery resident at Vanderbilt University. He loves all outdoors activities and mourns the fact that he’s found little chance to ski or fly-fish in Tennessee.] IAN HIZZEY (’99) For the most part DeSmet is a play-hard, work-hard culture. But at the center of it all, it was a spiritual one. The longest residing resident of DeSmet, Fr. Kevin Waters, held Mass every Sunday evening in the basement. With the gorgeous St. Al’s on the other side of the Admin Building and the energized youth of the Student Chapel, one would wonder why a bunch of guys would prefer to go to Mass in a concrete-walled basement, sitting on stained couches and hearing the rattle and hum of the washers and dryers from the
[Hizzey works for Expeditors International of Washington in Spokane.] BRADLEY BAUMGARTNER (’03) I heard a firm knock on the door of my room. “Come on in!” I responded, as I leaned out the window surveying campus. Two unfamiliar guys sauntered in, introduced themselves and explained that they had lived in that dorm room a decade ago. They talked, and I listened. The two explored every nook and cranny of the double room while reminiscing about the power of DeSmet and the stories of yesteryear. The two left, and I shrugged my shoulders and rolled my eyes. I asked myself, “Why did those guys want to check out their old dorm? What is there to see aside from two desks, a set of bunk beds, an antiquated sink and a radiator?” I didn’t understand it then. But I do now. It might be an understatement to say that two years in DeSmet changed my life. DeSmet is a place where maturation occurs, where students challenge themselves daily, where boys become men, and where men become lifelong friends. It would be fair to say that the all-male dormitory has its share of other reputations, but I challenge you to rethink those reputations. DeSmet is a brotherhood, rooted in all the values emphasized by a Gonzaga education. I learned about loyalty, community and faith in that four-floor structure, and I developed amazing friendships. The last time I was in Spokane, I felt compelled to visit campus. I, too, wanted to check out my old DeSmet room. I’m sure the student who opened the door to show an old Zag his former stomping grounds shrugged his shoulders and rolled his eyes after I left. He didn’t understand it then. But he will one day.
[Baumgartner lives near Seattle and works for Molina Healthcare of Washington as a training specialist, and keeps in touch with more than a dozen close DeSmet friends.]
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BRAD HAGELIN (’03) My freshman-year roommate, Rob Duane, and I were assigned to the third floor, on the east side of DeSmet facing Welch Hall. We found conditions even more primitive than I had imagined: tiny room, shabby carpet, old desks, thin mattresses – and, oh, how the radiators clanged if you turned them on. It was a great group of guys, though. Fr. Kevin Waters also lived on the third floor and made us aware that he celebrated Mass Sunday nights in the basement. At Gonzaga, my college rebellion had consisted of not attending Mass the first few weeks. After that, I found a balance missing in my life. One Sunday night, I made my way down to the basement. Participating in that Mass with about eight other men confirmed what was missing in my life. I began to go every week. This nourished and anticipated a movement in my life that crystallized at Christmas with a very concrete religious awakening. I began to take my faith seriously. The following summer, before returning to DeSmet for my sophomore year, I heard my calling to the priesthood. That year I became active in University Ministry and worked on retreats. I also joined the rugby team because many freshmen on DeSmet third floor had joined. After practice we would sit around in an overcrowded room, exhausted, grass-stained and dirty and play “Halo.” In all of this, DeSmet was a great place for me to be with good companions for that significant part of my life journey.
[Hagelin will be ordained into the priesthood this June in the Archdiocese of Seattle.] BEN FOLGER (’07) I slid my key into my door on Day One with no idea what transformation I would unlock over the next two years. The first transformation: nervousness into laughter. My roommate Scott and I would share Room 209, a single room the size of many people’s walk-in closet. It didn’t take long to bust out the power drills, attempt to throw up lofts that were shaky at best (literally) and begin to piece together our new home. Little did I know that the random pairing with Scott, this crew guy from Sacramento (who, by the way, woke up at 4:45 a.m. nearly every morning for rowing practice – really cool, Scott), would result in four straight years of living together and a cascade of lifelong friendships that has landed a group of us DeSmet guys in his wedding party this summer. Whether our time was spent all night socializing (or studying, if you’re reading this, Mom), debating philosophical and spiritual viewpoints over cigars at AJ (Aluminum Jesus), or cleaning up intramural championships and the annual sausage bowl, my 160 brothers really did grow as a family. Such history is rooted in the soul of that place. Without Fr. Waters and his love and guidance for everyone who has lived in those
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halls, DeSmet would not be the transformational place that it is today. It converts ignorance into maturity, youthful energy into leadership, and most of all, boys into men.
[Folger is three classes away from completing his M.B.A. at Gonzaga. He works for Shell Energy as a commodities trader and lives in Spokane.] ERIC MENDOZA (’06) One of the best features of DeSmet is the community that is built through the second-year students. Many sophomores find it their unofficial duty to take the freshmen under their wings and help acclimate them to everything Gonzaga. While I didn’t intentionally seek the role my second year, it was this aspect of the DeSmet brotherhood that left one of my most lasting memories. In fall 2004, while many sophomores returned to the third floor, we had a good crop of freshmen that joined our ranks. As always, the freshmen were brimming with questions. I did my best to help answer any inquiry, but did not believe that I was having any profound effect. A few on the floor thought otherwise. One day in March, I was studying in the basement when three of the freshmen came down clad in shirts and ties and asked me to accompany them back up to the third floor. Slightly confused, I nonetheless followed them. As I got closer to the floor, I heard patriotic music blasting. When I turned onto the hallway, almost the entire floor was lined along the walls with “swords” composed of hockey sticks, baseball bats, and guitars that they raised as I walked down the middle. At the end of the hall, one freshman in ceremonial garb asked me to kneel and then “knighted” me “Sir Mendoza the Wise.” I was placed on the shoulders of Calum MacLeod, the third floor’s resident basketball player, while the news was proclaimed to the rest of the floors. While to some outside observers this might just be dismissed as typical DeSmet tomfoolery, it had greater implications. My sophomore year was filled with uncertainty, about my role at Gonzaga and my future. This event convinced me to take a more active leadership role within the school. In its own unique way, the knighting ceremony also helped me decide on a major and my future as a teacher and mentor. I unknowingly helped freshmen in their transition into college life. They, in turn, unknowingly set into motion my future at Gonzaga and into the real world. In the end, this shows the true nature of DeSmet: We enter the hall unsure of our role and leave it as men for others. [Mendoza is entering his fifth year in teaching. He teaches middle school in Boston and heads up the Boston Alumni Chapter of the Gonzaga Alumni Association.]
CELEBRATING FR. WATERS ON AUG. 14, FATHER KEVIN WATERS, S.J., WILL CELEBRATE 60 YEARS AS A JESUIT ON CAMPUS AT SEATTLE UNIVERSITY WITH A MASS AT 1 P.M. IN ST. IGNATIUS CHAPEL FOLLOWED BY A RECEPTION.
KELLY MCBRIDE AS JOURNALISM TRANSFORMS ITSELF IN THE DIGITAL AGE, KELLY MCBRIDE (’00) STANDS AT THE VANGUARD, ENCOURAGING THE NEW GENERATION OF BLOGGERS AND CITIZEN JOURNALISTS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE.
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KELLY MCBRIDE, (‘00 RELIG. STUDIES), senior faculty for ethics, reporting and writing at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fl., told a group of 30 “nontraditional journalists” last October that today’s new wave of digital reporting will succeed if the practitioners focus on what’s working: giving a voice to the voiceless, filling the reporting gaps left by the decline of daily journalism, holding public officials accountable and finding new ways to tell stories about how we live. “Journalism isn’t dying, but journalism institutions are,” says McBride, 44, who joined the Poynter faculty in 2002 and is now recognized as one of the nation’s leading voices on media ethics. “The world is moving forward, and we need to be thinking about the future. And you guys are that future.” The October seminar was part of Poynter’s Sense-Making Project, which McBride conceived with the support of the Ford Foundation to explore the rapid rise in what she calls the Fifth Estate – the digital platforms outside the mainstream media that deliver opinion, news and links to the everincreasing amount of information available with the click of a mouse.
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The project grew out of her role as leader of Poynter’s Ethics Group, where McBride is known as both a practical scholar and a reflective practitioner. She fields calls every day from journalists concerned about what they are doing, or what they have been asked to do. When Clark Hoyt was public editor at The New York Times from 2008 to 2010, he was often on the phone with McBride as they discussed issues, such as whether it was appropriate for journalists to contact underage sources through the social-media site, Facebook. “I was hearing from reporters and photographers being asked to do things for which they weren’t qualified, or doing things on the cheap, and they were worried about quality,” says McBride. “There were questions about business pressures, new ways to make money, and niche products sold to a certain audience. And then there were the technological changes affecting journalism.” Hoyt, now editor-at-large for Bloomberg News, says his discussions with McBride were often lengthy conversations that touched on many corners of a sticky ethical issue.
“When I’d toss out an ethical issue to Kelly, it became an extended conversation across many surprising avenues,” he says. “Sometimes we didn’t agree. But she was always challenging, thoughtful, able to see complicated subjects from many different points of view, and sometimes surprising in her conclusions. The process was clearly important to her, and she was always more than willing to work it all out with me.” Last February, McBride took on a new role, as one of three Poynter faculty to offer public commentary on ESPN’s content across its various platforms. The 18-month ESPNPoynter project, which brings the role of a traditional newspaper ombudsman into the 21st century, also addresses fan concerns. McBride runs half-marathons, training up to 25 miles a week. She ran 2:35 in the Halloween half-marathon in Fort DeSoto Park, and at that point, had three more halfmarathons on her calendar. “In Florida you up your distances in the winter when it cools off,” says McBride, who lives in St. Petersburg with her children, Molly, 16; Clarke, 14; and Maggie, 10. “I’ll be doing a series of four half-marathons, six weeks apart, and I’m looking to get faster with each one. At least that’s the theory.” McBride earned her undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of Missouri and began her writing career in northern Idaho, writing about crime for Spokane’s Spokesman-Review. After six years, she became the paper’s religion reporter, which opened up a broad range of stories – from gender politics and fertility issues to clergy abuse. Feeling the need for a better grounding in religious studies, she took a graduate course at Gonzaga. After that one course, she decided to seek her master’s degree – a daunting task for a woman with a full-time job and then two babies to raise. She took one course a semester, and it took her four years to complete her degree. “The classes were heavy on morals, ethics, and justice, so it turned on that part of my brain,” she recalls. “I wasn’t so interested in what each denomination was doing, I was more interested in how religion affected people’s lives – for better or worse. And my studies helped me put my stories into that larger matrix.”
Her introduction to Poynter began with a cross-country phone call McBride made from the Spokesman-Review the day after the contentious November 2000 elections. The American public was still wondering whether George Bush or Al Gore would be our next president. But many from the Inland Northwest were voicing their outrage to Spokesman editors about a headline in that day’s paper: “Nazi priest to sign books,” which appeared over a news brief announcing then-Gonzaga president Father Robert Spitzer’s upcoming book signing. An intern copy editor, a GU student who’d had disagreements with Spitzer over campus policy, had written it as a joke, and intended to strip it off the page before it was published. In the rush of election night, the fake headline wasn’t replaced. The next day McBride was assigned the task of writing the front-page story, which included an apology to Spitzer, a detailed accounting of the error, and Spitzer’s announcement that he accepted the apology and wanted to move on. As part of her research, she called Poynter and spoke with Bob Steele, who then headed Poynter’s ethics group. They talked about how a workplace culture can contribute to healthy or unhealthy ethical decisions, especially if cynicism and sarcasm were prized values. Steele was so impressed by McBride’s grasp of ethics that he invited her to Poynter as one of 16 Ethics Fellows who came to explore issues in journalism. He subsequently asked her back as a guest teacher. And in 2002, Poynter asked her to join the faculty. McBride packed up her family and moved to Florida. “That story was literally the turning point in my career,” says McBride. “You just never know when opportunity is going to open up for you. You have to always be on your toes.” – David McKay Wilson A NEW YORK-BASED FREELANCE JOURNALIST, DAVID MACKAY WILSON WRITES FOR UNIVERSITY MAGAZINES AROUND THE COUNTRY.
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WHY MONTY HOPPEL IS IN NO HURRY TO LEAVE MIDLAND, TEXAS MONTY HOPPEL (’84) HAS FOLLOWED HIS PASSION FOR BASEBALL FOR 22 YEARS. REMEMBER THE LAST SCENE FROM “THE ROOKIE,” STARRING DENNIS QUAID, WHEN THE WEST TEXAS WIND SWEEPS ACROSS THE PARCHED HARDPAN OF THE OPEN FIELDS, AN OCCASIONAL OIL RIG VISIBLE THROUGH THE DUSTY HAZE? HOW ABOUT THE LAST SCENE FROM “FIELD OF DREAMS,” STARRING KEVIN COSTNER, WHEN THE HEADLIGHTS OF CARS CARRYING BASEBALL FANS TO THE NEW BALLPARK CREATE A RIVER OF LIGHTS A MILE LONG? Monty Hoppel’s baseball career is a combination of both scenes. As general manager for 22 years of the Midland RockHounds, a Double-A franchise in the Texas League, Hoppel sees the dustbowls from his Citibank Stadium office. Juxtaposed to that is the stream of fans he greets every night as thousands make their way into his stadium for nearly 100 games a year. Hoppel has built this once-unappreciated franchise into one of extraordinary success. Not that the team has always been great on the field, but Hoppel and his crew have made RockHounds baseball into a family affair, a virtue that resonates with the Zag from Laurel, Mont. “From the beginning, when I arrived here in 1989, we saw an opportunity to make this into something very special for families here in West Texas, where there aren’t a lot of other things to do,” Hoppel said. “Attendance shot up and we were able to convince the city to partner with us to build a new 9,000-seat baseball stadium in 2002, and a football/soccer stadium next door which seats 15,000 (and was one of the sites for filming the movie “Friday Night Lights”). We offer a playground, whiffle ball field and numerous family promotions. “And they come.” Attendance leapt by 30,000 his first year on the job and in 1995 exceeded 200,000, a number believed unreachable in such a small market. Between Midland and Odessa, Texas, combined, are about 260,000 people. The RockHounds’ annual attendance now flirts with 300,000.
As Hoppel told a reporter for Baseball America, “A ballpark in a small community is like a town-hall meeting every night.” “To accomplish what the RockHounds have done, in one of the smallest markets in AA baseball, is nearly miraculous,” said Texas League President Tom Kayser after Hoppel was named 2010 Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year. Four times Hoppel has been honored as Texas League Executive of the Year. The franchise itself has won its share of awards, including the national 2010 Bowie Kuhn Award for its involvement in Baseball Chapel. “Monty’s tenure has produced one of the model organizations in all Minor League Baseball,” said Bill Beane, vice president and general manager of the parent Oakland A’s. Hoppel’s, and the club’s success, is rooted in his own family sense. He grew up in tight-knit Laurel, Mont., and played four sports in high school. Sports were a big community builder there. He tried out for baseball at Gonzaga and didn’t make the cut. But he found his sports-management passion while working in the Sports Information Office at GU, then for the Spokane Indians in the summer. “We don’t have any control over the players on the field or the weather,” Hoppel explained, with Oakland making all player decisions and weather having a mind of its own. “But everything else we can control. We have made this a family-friendly entertainment venue, with games, promotions, fireworks and guest appearances.” Hoppel serves as Texas League director of Baseball Chapel, which provides a spiritual outlet for players, most of whom are from outside the area. From providing transportation to local churches, to locker room chat sessions and Bible studies on Sunday mornings, Baseball Chapel looks out for these young men. Would Hoppel consider moving up to the majors? “Our owners have tried unsuccessfully to buy a Major League Baseball franchise, and have asked me to be a part of it but I’m not sure I’d want to leave this city. It’s been a great place to raise our kids. The people are so very friendly. We have a good thing going here.”
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BEST PART OF LIFE:
“My wife Rita and our three kids, Kelsey, 18, Megan, 16, and Bryce, 13. They’re all very involved in sports. We make a lot of (300-mile) trips to Dallas.”
WHAT’S A ROCKHOUND?
A geologist who searches for oil.
“Sometimes I fear losing good front office people. After 9/11, I worried about the safety of our fans in this public venue. Sometimes I fear for the safety of our fans because of tornados and severe thunderstorms. I don’t want to let myself down because I want to do well for this family I work with.”
PAY IT FORWARD – HELPING ANOTHER VETERAN THE GILBERT FAMILY has its fair share of veterans. John Gilbert’s father and father-inlaw were World War II vets, Navy and Army. During the Vietnam War, John was in college, but lacked direction. Home on Christmas break from Washington State University, he spotted a Marine Corps poster. “Before I knew it I was enlisted, and I spent two years in the Marines,” Gilbert says. He came home from Vietnam, married his sweetheart, Sherry, finished his education and began a career in finance, soon becoming president of the successful Bank of Latah. The Gilberts raised two sons, Sean and Brad, on the north Palouse. During high school, Brad wanted to break into rodeo – roping, in particular. His mom, a nurse at Valley Medical Center, kept telling Brad that she
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worked with a woman “whose husband was into roping.” One day, she put a note on the kitchen counter: “Brad, call Fred Brown.” Brad was thrilled to discover that the anonymous roper he’d heard his mom mention was none other than Fred Brown, champion roper, Gonzaga alumnus and today the founder and CEO of Next IT. Brad worked off his roping lessons with Brown, and that was the beginning of the Gilbert family’s connection to Gonzaga. When the Gilberts’ two sons began college, the family pattern repeated itself. Neither one was strongly directed in his education. Both became Marines. Four years later, after seeing a great deal of Asia and the Middle East, both came home with oodles of direction.
Brad gravitated toward mechanical engineering. With encouragement from Brown, the young man turned to Gonzaga. His grades failed to impress, however, so he spent the next year polishing his coursework at Eastern Washington University. “He had to get a letter of recommendation from his high school teacher,” John Gilbert said. “They wanted to know that he was serious.” After a year at Eastern, Brad re-applied and got into Gonzaga. What impressed John Gilbert most was the amount of individual support his younger son received once he became a Gonzaga student. “They said ‘Measure up, shape up, show us you’re serious – and we will help you get an education.’ ” Evening math tutorials, uncommon accessibility to his professors in mechanical engineering – it all added up to success.
THANK YOU NOTES WHAT FRIENDS DO: Early in spring semester Tony Nelson (’11), an engineering graduate, received a GU check for a scholarship. But he no longer needed the funding. Rather than pocketing the money, Nelson gave it to the Matt Madison Scholarship. Here’s the back story: Nelson grew up in Bozeman, Mont., right next door to Belgrade, where Madison grew up. While on winter break during his junior year in Florence, Madison died from a fall in Scotland. “ Matt was a good friend of mine in high school, and I really looked up to him,” Nelson said. “He was a senior when I was a freshman and gave me rides to and from golf practice. All the good stories I heard about Gonzaga became one of the reasons I decided to come here. Everyone still talks about him in Florence – he was a pretty good kid. His parents helped me out with a scholarship after high school, so I’ll keep donating for as long as they have the scholarship.” YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM: The Post- 9/11 GI Bill pays veterans’ tuition, by state, up to the amount of the highest tuition at any state-owned university. The Yellow Ribbon Program, which serves selected veterans, helps veterans attend private universities. The program pays 50 percent of the tuition left after the GI Bill, and Gonzaga pays the other 50 percent. Gonzaga has 35 slots in the Yellow Ribbon Program; 34 of these are filled. BRAD GILBERT (’03), LEFT, WITH HIS PARENTS JOHN AND SHERRY GILBERT.
Brad Gilbert graduated in 2003. About a year and a half ago, he took a leap into plastics manufacturing. Early this spring, things were going well enough with his enterprise that he wrote himself his first paycheck. The Gilberts knew that they wanted to give back to Gonzaga, and it wasn’t hard to figure out how. The family started a small scholarship fund for veterans. The only qualifications? The recipient must have earned a purple heart or have completed at least two years of active duty. If the scholarship helps another young veteran pursue a purposeful education at Gonzaga, it will fulfill John Gilbert’s hope.
REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS: Portland, Phoenix and Alaska alumni have, as individual regions, banded together to develop regional scholarships – with more planned in the future. For many alumni, a scholarship for local students is a simple way to give back to Gonzaga and their community. And for Greg Bui (’88) of Portland, it’s more than that.“This scholarship is about making it personal,” Bui says. “We want potential donors who have a passion for helping others within this area to directly connect their support to local students. “It’s such a difficult time today for young students to attend the University of their choice. We’ve all seen examples when young adults reach high and achieve great success. If we can help enable that, the communities we live in will be that much better,” Bui says. For more information on regional scholarships contact Shane Hatcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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mY worDs Alumni Perspective
WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?
BY PEG HAUN-MCEWEN (’86, ’90)
Earning a bachelor’s in religious studies N A H and my master’s CTICAL T MORE PRA E in counseling V NOTHING IS O L IN LLING D, THAN FA O G G psychology, Gonzaga IN D FIN WAY. UTE, FINAL L O S B University prepared A E IN A QUIT ITH, WHAT W E V O L me well for falling IN ARE WHAT YOU L IL W , N IO T in love. As a mother R IMAGINA SEIZES YOU L DECIDE IL of three, a teacher, W IT . G ERYTHIN AFFECT EV IN D a counselor, E B F UT O GET YOU O liturgist, and WHAT WILL H DO WIT WHAT YOU , G IN N R dean, Gonzaga’s O THE M YOU SPEND W O H , S G curriculum taught IN YOUR EVEN E A D, HAT YOU R W , me to not only be S D N E K YOUR WEE REAKS B T A competent, but H W , KNOW WHOM YOU S E Z A M also to discern, A T A T, A N D W H L L YOUR HEAR FA pray, and be . TITUDE Y AND GRA JO H IT W U open to where YO WILL OVE, AND IT L IN Y TA S God might IN LOVE, ING. H T Y lead me. At R E V E DECIDE times during these past 25 years, this path has not always been easy, but has been always rewarding. Quite content at first, in the classroom, then as a counselor, I believe there was balance in my life as I advocated for students and helped them prepare for their futures. When the position of dean of students presented itself, there was both a tension and desire to work with students and families in a different way. In this job, I trust I am living the magis and am often challenging students to look openly at situations when they choose between good and bad, but more importantly, between good and better. Gonzaga University taught me the importance of relationships and of listening to the stories of students in both words and actions. The conversations I had with mentors like Sue Weitz and Jesuit Fathers Steve Kuder and Len Sitter taught me the importance of being present to the person sitting across from me, looking at them, not through them. I truly believe the biggest grace of my work is
the simple act of listening and becoming that presence of God for the student before me. Fr. Pedro Arrupe’s prayer has come alive in my own conversations with students in the classroom and in the office when asked to pray about what gets them out of bed in the morning; answers run the gamut from “my mom” to “my education.” At Gonzaga University, students are met at the doors and where they are, and through education and love, introduced to concepts and relationships, which make a difference in the world. Like Gonzaga University, Gonzaga Prep serves students from a wide range of socioeconomic situations. Listening to high school students who work to pay their own tuition and who will be the first in their families to attend college gets me out of bed in the morning. The reality of what breaks one’s heart is evident when walking with a student to our free lunch cupboard because of their family’s social-economic struggles or sitting with students as they struggle to view the world through different eyes and with newfound vision. Arriving at Catherine Monica Hall in the fall of 1982 from Walla Walla, the grasp of what it meant to be starting a university education at a Jesuit school was beyond my years. My first paper was martyred as Father Kuder made it bleed red ink. I thought that perhaps my stay would be brief. Sue Weitz took me under her wing and served as a mentor. Her belief in my leadership skills opened up possibilities that these 25 years later still amaze me with joy and gratitude. Gonzaga University and the relationship forged with God have affected everything in my life. Beyond my career, it is why my two oldest children are studying at Boston College. Our home is five blocks from Gonzaga’s campus but another home was found 2,600 miles further away at another Jesuit institution. My son and daughter made the same choice I had – to move long distance to a university and it made sense to do so at a Jesuit university. It is why my 10 year old attends St. Aloysius Gonzaga grade school. It is why the friends in my life share this mission in their work and with their families. It is why on a particularly challenging day I can sit back, read that prayer on my wall, and realize the journey started at Gonzaga University continues with my own children, my colleagues, and the 920 students that cross my path each day. It truly gets me out of bed each day and seizes my imagination.
THE PRAYER ABOVE IS ATTRIBUTED TO PEDRO ARRUPE, A FORMER FATHER GENERAL OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS; IT IS PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED IN PEG HAUN-MCEWEN’S OFFICE AT GONZAGA PREPARATORY SCHOOL WHERE SHE IS ONE OF TWO DEANS OF STUDENTS. 36
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DISCOVERY IN FLORENCE ABSTRACT TOPOPHILIA – adj. and noun. Definition: The affective bond between people and place. The love of place.
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Ben Joyce’s interest in pride of place was born during his junior year in Florence. “Studying the people of Florence, I could feel their sense of place and it dawned on me that there was a connection there that I had never observed before,” Joyce said. “When I got back to the United States, I realized people here have that same connection and pride of place.” And from that, ‘abstract topophilia’ was born. “The term translates into ‘love of place,’ and there is no better way to explain what I’m trying to do here,” Joyce said, who earned a fine arts degree at Gonzaga in 2001. “It’s my kind of abstract approach, so abstract topophilia seemed like a natural term for what I’m doing.” Joyce’s style is bold and recognizable – layers of bright oil and acrylic on thick layers of wood, cut into the identifiable shapes of cities, states and countries. In his downtown Spokane studio, large depictions of San Francisco, Spokane and Spain are propped against the wall. On a narrow table lies a colorful, untamed painting of Manhattan. Bright yellow and red splatter chaotically across the light blue landscape signifying the life and commotion of New York City. At the heart of the crisscrossed lines is a rectangular cutout filled in with emerald green – Central Park in the middle of frenzied Manhattan. (See previous page.) The past year has been a turning point in Joyce’s career. His work has appeared in art galleries from Coeur d’Alene to San Francisco and was recently displayed on the AT&T U-Verse website. Even his studio got an upgrade, from a modest workspace over a real estate office on Hamilton, a few blocks from Gonzaga, to a more spacious studio located in Spokane’s downtown arts district. Perhaps the biggest moment of Joyce’s career came earlier this year when Joyce was featured at Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. A Google executive saw Joyce’s work at the Sausalito Art Festival and gravitated to Joyce’s bird’s eye vantage point with its clear correlation to Google Earth. The Google show opened in January with 25 pieces by Joyce. “You don’t get much bigger than Google, as far as corporations go,” Joyce said. “It was a great experience and people seemed to really connect with it.” Joyce’s artwork is scattered through homes and art galleries up and down the West Coast. Many of his pieces command five-figure prices. An early spring show in New York City helped to make his work known on the East Coast. With a hefty load of personal commissions and his third child born this spring, Joyce expects the next year to be a juggling act. “I’m lucky that I can do what I love and support a family,” Joyce said. “To be able to create a unique style that people can connect with has been my biggest artistic accomplishment.” – Stephanie Brooks (’11) BEN JOYCE (’01) WITH HIS ARTWORK.
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JESUIT OREGON PROVINCE ARCHIVES
WHO IS THIS ZAG? This Jesuit was a Zag his whole life, graduating from Gonzaga Prep and Gonzaga University and later teaching at the University for more than 17 years. He did, however, study for a time at the Sorbonne in Paris. This mystery Zag shared his love of languages and culture even with grade school students, and during the late ’50s, he put on a children’s production of “Le Petit Chaperon Rouge,” or Little Red Riding Hood. He was described by his fellow Jesuits as someone who came across as a tough guy, but actually was “a warm and friendly person who was a real community man.” If you know who this mystery Zag is, please share a favorite memory by e-mailing email@example.com or writing to Editor, Gonzaga Magazine, Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99258-0070.
MEMORIES OF MARILYN STANTON Dale Krumm, husband of the late LaRue Krumm (’50) writes from Kirkland, Wash.: “Marilyn Maguire Stanton and my wife, LaRue, were close friends during their years at Gonzaga. She and her husband, Fred, were members of our wedding party when LaRue and I were married at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral. Marilyn was the organist and Fred sang “O Promise Me,” which was required at all weddings in the 1950s. Accomplished pianist that she was, she had a Kimball Square Grand piano in her home. When she replaced it with a grand piano she offered us the Kimball if we would move it. We hesitated as it weighed at least a ton, but finally accepted, and the piano was with us many years for our three children to use.” ’56 Pamela (Fournier) Small, St. Aloysius Parish, Spokane, writes: “Your picture is of a great lady and a real asset to our community, Marilyn Stanton, pictured in the 1950s with her ever-present smile. I didn’t know Marilyn until 15 years later when Citizens Against Residential Freeways (CARF) stopped the Hamilton Street freeway corridor cold. Marilyn with her great organizational skills headed CARF. Forty years later a freeway is slowly being built, but along the Greene/Market Corridor which Marilyn and CARF proposed way back then. The GU neighborhood and Mission Park are still intact.”
’62 Dr. Anna Ledgerwood of Detroit and Pomeroy, Wash., recalls: “Marilyn Stanton taught embryology and comparative anatomy. I was in her class as a pre-med student in 1960-61. She was an outstanding teacher who expected a lot from the students. At the end of each class, she would say ‘take the next 20 pages’ and there would be a test on those 20 pages at the beginning of the next class. The mid-term and final exams were always open book and you could bring any material you wanted. She also would announce at the beginning of the test that you could take as long as you wanted and she brought her dinner. The test questions really made you think and it did not matter what books you had – you still had to reason out the question. She would ask such questions as ‘What physiological change had to occur to allow a certain fish that was native to fresh water, to survive in salt water?’ ” ’67 Roger Branz of Spokane writes: “This mystery Zag is Marilyn Stanton. I was in two semesters of embryology with her in 1965-66. She was quite the teacher. No monkey-business was allowed, and you had better have all of her notes. I was fortunate to get through both classes with Bs. Boy, was I happy. A lot of students didn’t make it. I can still hear her footsteps coming down the fourth floor of the Administration Building headed for the lab. She
was an intimidating figure, but also one of the best over-all professors I had at Gonzaga. Not only did I have Marilyn, I also had Fred Stanton for speech on the first floor of the Administration Building. He was a cupcake compared to her.” ’69 Joe Busch of Spokane recalls, “I had Marilyn Stanton for comparative embryology in 1966-67. I remember the yearend finals were scheduled to be two hours long. Mrs. Stanton told us that we could use open books. I thought ‘this will be easy.’ Silly sophomore. It took five hours, and I swear most kids had headaches leaving the classroom. It was the longest and hardest final I had at GU. She was a tough teacher, but very knowledgeable.” ’71 Mary Anne Brown Stuckart of Spokane reminds her classmates that 2011 is their 40th class reunion and recalls: “I was a student in Marilyn Stanton’s anatomy and physiology class during the 1968-69 school year. The class was at 8 a.m. Students were on time and never missed the class; she was so entertaining and interesting with her presentations. I have kept the textbook for 42 years and refer to it frequently regarding medical questions. My funniest memory is that when we studied the reproductive and urinary systems she called it the GU system-short for genital/urinary system. Needless to say she had everyone’s attention.”
’77 Wesley Manaday of Boston recalls: “The woman in the photograph is the wonderful Marilyn Stanton, who was my adviser and whom I loved dearly. In my first year at Gonzaga, I took her human anatomy and physiology 101 and 102 courses and in the fall of that year, won the Great Giant Pumpkin Contest for my amylase analysis report, a competition she held annually. The year after, Marilyn Stanton selected me to be one of her teaching assistants. It was also the year I declared a minor in speech pathology and her husband, Fred Stanton, was my adviser and instructor. The year following, I went abroad in the Gonzaga-in-Florence Program and by chance, their son, David became my roommate at the Pensione Medici. David and I became fast friends and enjoyed the culture, food and wine of Italy.” ’84 Russell Shear of Spokane writes: “The mystery Zag is Professor Marilyn Stanton. I found her to be delightful and an expert in human physiology, anatomy and embryology. I will always remember her worksheets she passed out which were on legal-sized paper, small font and used every space of the paper including the margins. I learned a great deal from her.” (More memories of Marilyn Stanton are online at gonzaga. edu/magazine.)
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’64 Gary Steiner(J.D.) retired from the Pierce County Superior Court bench on Feb. 11. One of his most recognized achievements was co-founding Pierce County’s Drug Court in 1994. It was the 23rd drug court in the nation. Approximately 1,400 individuals have graduated from the program. ’69 George Sherman writes: “Where can being a Gonzaga alumnus lead you? How about on a quarter-mile long footbridge 100 feet above the crocodile-infested Zambezi River?” Last summer, George Sherman and his wife, Valarie, travelled to Zambia and teamed up with Earth Charter US and the Workers Education Association of Zambia to provide clean water, sanitation and clean fuel to local Zambezi villages. (Gonzaga travels to Zambezi with students each summer.) “This summer we plan to send three waterless toilets, water purification indicators, solar stove materials, and two trainers to meet with the Gonzaga folks,” George said. “The Gonzaga students will participate in the training, so they will have the knowledge and skills to train other villagers. As local people master the skills, they can teach others in the village. We are hoping to introduce the waterless toilets into the government school system, which will provide work for the Zambians who make them, and the local people who install them.” George makes his home in Clearwater, Fla., and teaches ethics at the local community college. ’73 Gregg Hersholt has a new job as the afternoon news anchor and managing editor at Portland’s KXL-FM + AM. For 26 years, Hersholt was a broadcaster at Seattle’s KIRO NewsRadio. ’75 Patricia Geaudreau, (M. Ed.) wrote the life story of her father, Edmund T.
Brigham… (’22 J.D.) for Big Smoky Magazine. Brigham taught at Gonzaga’s Law School before and after receiving his degree. Father Arthur Dussault, S.J., was one of his students and they remained good friends until Brigham passed away in 1973. Geaudreau works at the Pend Oreille County Historical Society in Newport, Wash. ’84 Theresa Pouley has been appointed a member of the federal Indian Law and Order Commission by President Obama. She has served as the president of the Northwest Tribal Court Judges Association since 2005. Terry Kelly (J.D.) has been named partner at Lee and Hayes PLLC. He has more than 25 years experience in practicing corporate and tax law in Spokane. ’88 Heather Raftery… and husband David Garret created an unforgettable Christmas card for 2010 – with a photo of themselves with President and First Lady Obama in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House. David has been with the Secret Service for 19 years and Heather is a stay-at-home mother and volunteer in her church, community and daughters’ school. “David’s job has given us many opportunities,” Heather said. “We have met three presidents, two vice presidents and attended numerous historical events.” They live in Gainesville, Va., with daughters Kailey and Sydney. ’89 Forrest Ehlinger joined Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Wash., as vice president and chief financial officer. In his work he finds himself involved in decisionmaking that affects the care of patients, whether through staffing decisions, equipment purchases or decisions on strategy. “The great thing about being in my position is that it is one of the rare roles where
an accountant can feel like they make a difference in people’s lives,” he said. Ehlinger lives in Tacoma, Wash., with his wife Molly (’89) and sons Bryce and Zachary. They spend as much time as possible at their cabin in Priest Lake, Idaho. ’92 Wendie Burbridge has started a blog about a remake of the popular TV show, “Hawaii Five-O,” for The Honolulu Star’s online magazine, The Honolulu Pulse. She also teaches English at Mililani High School in Mililani, Hawaii. ’97 Rachelle Anderson (J.D.) has been named a court commissioner of the Spokane County Superior Court. She presides over family law motions and juvenile dependency cases. “The most rewarding part of being on this side of the bench is that I have the ability to use my discretion to help shape solutions for these families who are going through such trauma in their lives,” Anderson said. “As an attorney, I gave my all to help them, but couldn’t make any direct changes in their lives.” ’98 Annie and Shannon Boroff welcomed their third son, Joseph Cannon, into the world on Oct. 11. Shannon has been product manager of industrial tooling at ESCO for 11 years. Annie was a physician assistant for seven years before becoming a stay-at-home mother. They live in Portland, Ore. Jennifer M. Ilenstine (J.D.) has joined the Fulbright & Jaworski law firm in Los Angeles. ’03 Rob Hartman was named partner at Spokane law firm, Lee and Hayes. ’05 Liezl Alcantara and Daniel Houglum… (’06) were married on New Year’s Eve at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Seattle. Their wedding party included Gabe Alcantara and Dave, Chris and Rosemary Houglum. Fr. Gary Uhlenkott, S.J., officiated, and
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Gonzaga theatre arts costumer Summer Berry created Liezl’s wedding dress. “Summer was my instructor, mentor and also costumer for a number of theatre productions in which I performed,” Liezl said. “She and a team of helpers, including Gonzaga alumni Kati Olsen Schroeder, Beth Bland and Jeanine Dellinger, catered the reception.” David Fague, Gonzaga’s director of Jazz Studies and pep band, played saxophone for Daniel and his mother’s dance at the wedding. Daniel is a doctoral candidate in music composition at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Liezl is in the doctoral program in community psychology at DePaul University in Chicago. After five-plus years of a longdistance relationship, Dan and Liezl were looking forward to being together in Chicago starting in May. ’06 Adam Bracchi and Alexis Knutson… (’08) were married on Oct. 9 at Canyon River Ranch near Yakima, Wash. The wedding and reception were filled with Gonzaga alumni, making for a great Zags reunion. The couple now lives in Okinawa, Japan, where Adam is a captain in the Marine Corps. Eric Mendoza, Chris Laurion and Megan Williamson (’07) completed the Athens Marathon on Oct. 31. The marathon commemorated the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon. Eric finished in 2:55, Chris in 4:16 and Megan in 4:31. Eric lives in Boston and teaches middle school social studies and Spanish. He is an active member in the Greater Boston Track Club and also leads the Boston Chapter of the Gonzaga Alumni Association. Chris lives in Seattle and recently launched his own photography website. Megan lives in Seattle, as well, and is a CPA with Berntson Porter & Co. ’08 Lauren Zuckerman (‘09 M.Acc.) and David Pendergraft… were married on the floor of the
McCarthey Athletic Center on Aug. 7. Lauren played on GU’s women’s soccer team and David was well-known for his role on the men’s basketball team. The couple lives in Spokane; Lauren works as an internal auditor at Avista and David is a client executive at Next IT. Their wedding party included Derek Raivio, Kenny McKerlick, Jeremy Pargo, Kara Hodgins, Sarah Hall, Christine Soma, Heather Horn and Jamie Blanche. ’09 Katie Corbett and ’10 Reece Kolbrick… were married Aug. 21 in Covington, Wash. Their wedding party included Heather Shouse, Priyanka Fernando, Katie Gumke, Kayli Crosby, Mary Corbett, Paul Goodhue, Stephen Grant, Tim Kelly and Tim King. The couple honeymooned in Kauai, Hawaii. They live in Renton, Wash., where Reece is the plant and website coordinator for Pabco Roofing Products and Katie is an audit assistant at Deloitte & Touche. Elizabeth Sullivan and Daniel Beyer… were married Aug. 14 in Denver at King Catholic Church. Forty GU graduates attended the wedding, with Gabrielle Lemieux, Maura Lynch, Kristi Beyer, John Beyer, Marcus Mosely, David Hahn, Geoff Fischback, Jason Payne and John Behrens in the wedding party. Daniel works as a financial analyst at Lockheed Martin, and Elizabeth is in marketing at Triple Creek Associates, a small software company. ’10 Eric Hofer (M.O.L.) has been promoted to program manager of community-based services at Riverside Rehab in Garden City, Idaho. Outside of work, Hofer, who lives in Boise, is an avid outdoorsman – snowboarding, disc golfing, running, hiking, camping and traveling. Cameron Knauerhaze (M.O.L.) has been appointed president of Crime Survivors Inc., an advocacy group in Orange County, Calif.
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Reunion Weekend 2011
Come back to campus October 21-23 as we celebrate:
The Classes of 1981, 1986, 1991 and 2001
60 Years of Setons, Spurs & Zagettes
50 Years of MBAs and 20 Years of MAcc Alumni For more information or to register, visit www.zagsonline.org/reunion2011
in memoriam GONZAGA EXTENDS ITS CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS
Dr. Edwin MacCamy (’36), Dec. 22, Seattle. He practiced in obstetrics and gynecology and taught at the University of Washington Medical School. Over his career, he delivered more than 6,000 babies.
Space Launch Complex at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Eugene Kraft (’39), Dec. 29, Spokane.
John Maynard (’52 J.D.), Nov. 22, Lewiston, Idaho. He practiced law in Lewiston and became a district judge.
Dr. Thomas Mering (’40), Nov. 21, Waynesburg, Pa. He developed a practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Waynesburg. Philip Dolan (’41 J.D.), Jan. 11, Coeur d’Alene. As a teenager he worked in the Panhandle Lumber sawmill in Spirit Lake, Idaho, and later fought the forest fire that gutted the mill. He is remembered by many Spirit Lake residents for providing pro bono legal aid. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Robert Adams (’45), Dec. 19, Davenport, Wash. He farmed in Harrington, Wash., and worked as an electrician for Kaiser Aluminum. William Bosch (’50), Nov. 26, Spokane. He worked at Intermountain Equipment, National Cash Register, Kaiser Mead and the city of Spokane, eventually serving as retirement director. William Stordahl (’51), Dec. 29, Butte, Mont. He worked as a construction engineer on the Canyon Ferry Dam in Montana. Later, Bill worked for Lockheed Martin and Martin Marietta on the
Paul Richter (’51), Feb. 1, Spokane. He practiced law at Washington Trust Bank before co-founding Richter, Wimberly and Ericson.
James Delany (’53), Dec. 28, Muldoon Road, Alaska. He was a founding partner of Delaney Wiles Inc., one of the oldest law firms in Alaska. Joseph Lemieux (’53), Nov. 7, Bellevue, Wash. A lifelong teacher, he started his career at Omak High School and then taught at Bellevue’s Highland Jr. High. Anita Roberts (’54), Jan. 17, Spokane. She taught in the Liberty School District. Joyce Bennett (’54), Nov. 26, Spokane. She worked as an instructor and registered nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center for many years. John Fox (’57 J.D.), Jan. 17, Battle Ground, Wash. He practiced law in Battle Ground. Paul “Sandy” Keith (’57), Dec. 28, Butte, Mont. He combined his passion for business with a natural gift of friendliness to run supper clubs in Butte. Arthur Dryden (’59), Dec. 12, Spokane. He and his wife, Florence, met at Fairchild Air Force Base
and were married 57 years. Margaret Reagan (’63), Dec. 4, Spokane. She taught at Sacred Heart and Deaconess Hospitals. Frederick Porter (’66 J.D.), Jan. 22, Yakima, Wash. He built his law career in Yakima. Stephen Ryder (’66 J.D.), Oct. 10, Seattle. After serving as a law clerk to Justice Robert Hunter of the Washington Supreme Court, he practiced law in Seattle until retirement in 2007. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Robert Burke (’67), Dec. 11, Rancho Mirage, Calif. After a career in business, he earned a master’s degree in education and taught elementary school for several years. He was a University Regent who gave scholarships for Gonzaga students. Fr. Roger Gillis, S.J. (’69), Dec. 3, Seattle. He was an adviser and drama professor at Seattle University since 1987. Every Christmas, he and his father celebrated Christmas Mass with inmates at the state prison. James Connolly (’74), Dec. 22, Olympia, Wash. He was a partner at Connolly, Tacon and Meserve law firm in Olympia and in 2010 received the Daniel Bigelow Award. Peter Morse (’77), Jan. 24, Vancouver, Wash. He worked at Glacier Northwest in sales. He
spent many hours fishing with his sons and grandchildren. Julia O’Connell (’80 M. Acct.), Dec. 8, Kansas City, Kan. A CPA for Anderson-Peretti, Co., McFarland & Alton and Moss-Adams, she also helped with her husband’s dental practice. Arnold William (’82, J.D.), Jan. 23, Wenatchee, Wash. He spent 30 years as a claims representative for the Social Security Administration. After law school, he opened a paralegal business. Rev. Christopher Trussell (’86 M. Rel. Studies), Nov. 11, Sartell, Minn. He was a priest, composer, teacher, actor, conductor, playwright, director and musician. He taught for nearly 20 years at Catholic High School in Minnesota. Jeannette Eaton (’92), Dec. 31, Spokane. She worked as secretary to the Spokane Friends Church. Joanne Welch (’92, ’93 M. Medical Ethics), Jan. 31, Spokane. A registered nurse at Harborview Medical Center and Deaconess Medical Center, she taught medical ethics at Gonzaga. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tara Salisbury (’97), Jan. 16, Spokane. She taught Spanish and home economics to home-schooled children, and was a rock climber, runner and bicyclist.
Christopher Ibaibarriaga (’07), Jan. 27, Reno, Nev. He died due to complications from viral influenza. He opened Elite Doggie Day Care and loved working with dogs. FRIENDS OF GONZAGA Harv Clark, April 1, Spokane. A longtime Spokane radio announcer, Clark spent nearly two decades as public address announcer for Gonzaga men’s and women’s basketball games. John Heath, Dec. 27, Spokane. He practiced law with Spokane’s Witherspoon Kelley Davenport & Toole, served as president of the Spokane County Bar Association. John Maughan, March 14, Calgary. He led a rewarding career in the oil and gas business and served as a Gonzaga Regent 1985-88 and as a Trustee 1988-2001. James P. Seabeck, March 9, Spokane. He was a giant in the livestock industry, the sage of Washington state horse racing and a Gonzaga Regent 1987-96. Katherine Shaw, Dec. 19, Juneau, Alaska. She was 101. A scholarship at Gonzaga honors her daughter, Mary Katherine. DuWayne Watts (former staff), Jan. 22, Spokane. He worked at the Foley Center Library for 15 years.
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BOISE We welcomed new students from the Boise area in March and helped the Boys and Girls Club with their annual fundraising dinner in April. We will hold a send-off reception for new students and their families in August and will participate in two community-service events with Parks and Rec in September and November. Watch your e-mails for the Third Annual Backpack for Kids bike ride in October. Contact: Connie Sturdavant, 208-336-1184 or firstname.lastname@example.org. DALLAS-FT. WORTH It has been a busy and exciting 2010-11 year for the DallasFt. Worth Chapter. We have increased our attendance by hosting monthly events, from September’s Oktoberfest, October’s Ranger game, game watches November through March, April’s service project with Catholic Charities and ending our calendar with May’s wine tasting in Grapevine, Texas. Contact: Cynthia Reyes Methvin, chapter president, Gozags@centurytel.net or 940.497.5900. SALT LAKE CITY It seems it was just yesterday that we dropped off our first child, Ryan, at Gonzaga. We moved him in, attended the parent meetings, and concluded our visit with a tearful farewell Mass. It is hard to believe that our son has completed his freshman year. As a high school senior, Ryan applied to eight universities. To our delight and dismay, he was accepted by all.
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We visited several of the schools and, as first-time college parents, initially gave Ryan our advice. My wife and I soon learned that when we tended to like a school, Ryan did not. As hard as it was, we decided to let Ryan make his own college decision. Gonzaga was the last university we visited. Ryan spent the night in DeSmet Hall. Early the next morning, I walked the campus on my own and eventually stumbled upon the chapel in College Hall. In that sacred space, I prayed that God would help my son make the right decision. I met Ryan at the entrance to College Hall. As we drove to the airport I asked what he thought of Gonzaga. He said that he really would like to attend Gonzaga, that he was comfortable with the environment and found the people friendly and welcoming. At home, I told my wife that my impression of Gonzaga was similar to Ryan’s. Students were extremely polite to me. I struck up a friendly conversation with a student in the book store and was impressed by his positive comments about his Gonzaga experience. My wife and I continue to pray for Ryan, but we are comforted to know that he is learning in a place where people care deeply for one another. We couldn’t have asked for a better environment in which he can grow, intellectually and spiritually. We are grateful to the Jesuit priests, the faculty and staff for welcoming us into the Gonzaga family. – by Mark Longe, a member of the parent group of Salt Lake City’s Chapter.
SEATTLE The Seattle Chapter began the spring by welcoming newly accepted Gonzaga students in the Class of 2015 to the Zag family at the Museum of History and Industry. On April 30, the chapter held its fifth annual community outreach project with Rebuilding Together. Rebuilding Together selects a home in need of repair, focusing on elderly or disabled homeowners or families with children. This has been a hallmark event for Seattlearea alumni to demonstrate the spirit of giving instilled in us at Gonzaga. This year’s homeowner, a veteran’s widow who is an amputee, needed help with cleaning and organizing her home; yard work and landscaping assistance; and installation of a wheelchair ramp. Gonzaga alumni, parents and friends turned out in record numbers. We will partner with the Seattle Sounders and Everett Aquasox on events again this summer. The Seattle Chapter also plans to expand our service and mission events, including quarterly sessions of Spirituality on Tap. Contact: Matt Sullivan, mattsul@ amazon.com. SPOKANE As if Dominic DeCaro, chair of the chapter’s ZAG-Link Networking Committee, wasn’t busy enough with ZAG-Link and other alumni activities, the De Caro family also is hosting a Mexican exchange student, Christian, an eighthgrader at St. Charles Middle School. Dominic (’00) and his wife, Denise, have one son and three daughters, so Christian is a good companion for their 13-year-old son. And Dominic’s
love for Gonzaga sort of compels him to do the rest. ZAG-Link is a networking organization that connects with local businesses and organizations. DeCaro also is a GAMP mentor; a Bulldog Club member; and for something to do in the summer he tutors 50-100 high school students on campus during Business Week-Gonzaga. Dominic also has a day job – as an executive with U.S. Bank in Spokane. Contact: Rol Herriges, email@example.com. TACOMA In June the Tacoma Chapter will return to Wildside Wines in Tacoma. Last year this sellout event was billed as a wine tasting; well, now we know better. It is actually an incredible multicourse meal, showcasing a variety of wines. In mid-season we will hold a block of seats in the new Rainier stadium for a family-friendly chance to watch minor league baseball. In September, the chapter will hold its third annual three-club golf tournament. Serious golfers and sporadic enthusiasts compete together, handicapped by using only three clubs for the event. Rumor has it that an Octoberfest event is in planning; details will follow. All events require preregistration which will be sent out via e-mail to Tacoma Chapter members. Contact: Julie Rehberger, firstname.lastname@example.org.
to be continueD … Father Tony Lehmann, S.J., beloved alumni chaplain, often ended conversations with the phrase “To be continued…” This column honors his memory.
EVERY TEACHER AND STAFF person at Gonzaga has his or her own effective and unique way of entering into the lives of students. Our strength is to allow ourselves to be woven into the fabric of students’ lives, and likewise, to allow them to be woven into ours. Each of us contributes threads that have their own unique color, texture and strength.
During the Christmas break we celebrate midnight Mass as we journey through the Holy Land, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia or China.
As Jesuits we not only teach, but also live on campus. We have the opportunity to become part of the weave in a unique way. The various threads of my life as a Jesuit on campus include priest, teacher, adviser, spiritual director, fellow musician, travel companion and friend. Students do not want me to be their parent or uncle; I am not asked to be one of them, but one with them. It is a privileged position that we as Jesuits have been entrusted with by parents, and ultimately by the students themselves.
I often say to students that they are the ones that keep me being priest, challenging me to be a better Jesuit, a better teacher. The challenge of being part of a fabric of their lives is to remain flexible, to be laundered and renewed though our own faithfulness to prayer and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
As a member of the music faculty at Gonzaga for the past 25 years I have found that what we do together in the classroom is not separate from what we do as we gather for weekly liturgy, or as neighbors in one of the student residences. In my capacity as one of the live-in chaplains on campus, I have the opportunity to invite students over, often spending time preparing meals together, sharing long hours of conversation about all sorts of things, as we listen to music, watch a film, or play cards. As we travel together in the Florence summer study abroad program; we gather for liturgy on an Italian beach in Cinque Terre; in the Carmelite chapel at Dachau concentration camp near Munich; in an ancient Roman amphitheater in the ruins of Pompeii; or on a hilltop overlooking the city of Florence on a summer evening.
The spiritual journey continues when so often the same students that we as Jesuits have taught, prayed with, and lived next to, return to request that we preside at their wedding and baptize their children.
I am so thankful that through this unique integration into cloth that is a student’s life, I am constantly called and challenged as a Jesuit at Gonzaga, to be a stronger thread, a better priest, a more skilled teacher. I am so privileged to be called a “man of the cloth.” GARY UHLENKOTT, S.J., IS CHAIRMAN OF THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT. HE HAS TAUGHT AT GONZAGA SINCE 1985.
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