Introducing Advanced Programs in the CAS
The Center for Public Humanities promotes community engagement with the humanities through teaching, service and research in the tradition of a Jesuit, Catholic and humanistic education. The center will focus on veterans this academic year with special guests including William D. Adams, chair of the National Endowment of the Humanities, and American novelists Tim O’Brien and Whitney Terrell. Brian Cooney, professor of English, is director.
The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry, directed by Jeff Watson, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, aims to expand undergraduate research and creative inquiry opportunities that transform educational experiences available through student-faculty research collaborations.
Return of Father Pat Lee
President Thayne McCulloh recently appointed Father Pat Lee, S.J., to the position of vice president of mission and ministry. Fr. Lee, who previously served as Gonzaga’s vice president for mission (2005-08), is a Gonzaga alumnus (B.A. ’69, M.Ed. ’74) who also earned a master of divinity from the Weston School of Theology and a doctor of education from the University of San Francisco. In 2008, Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicolás appointed Fr. Lee as provincial of the Oregon Province (2008-2014), and for the past two years he served as the superior of Community of the Holy Land – Jerusalem. Fr. Lee’s previous experience at the University, coupled with his extensive pastoral and vocational experience and significant leadership roles in the Society of Jesus, makes him particularly well-suited to support the community in this important role. The Division of Mission and Ministry at Gonzaga provides mission-relevant information, programs, leadership and pastoral support for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and governing boards.
Facebook for Soldiers
Lisa Silvestri, assistant professor of communication studies, won the 2016 James W. Carey Media Research Award competition, sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research. The annual award honors one of the North American pioneers in applying cultural approaches to the study of media technologies. It comes as no surprise that the organization saw Silvestri a good fit: she is author of “Friended at the Front: Social Media in the American War Zone,” which examines how social media has altered the relationships between military personnel and their loved ones at home.
History in the Making
Partnership with University of Washington School of Medicine comes to life Never before has Gonzaga University had 100 future physicians on campus at once, or held white coat ceremonies, or handed out stethoscopes by the dozens. These moments mark the beginning of the new partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine to expand medical education in Spokane.
Gonzaga faculty teach alongside UW professors at the Schoenberg Center, and medical students enjoy campus support services and programs. Courtney Law, Ph.D., has been hired by Gonzaga to direct work with UW colleagues to advance health-related research, entrepreneurship and interprofessional health education to help both schools achieve goals of improving the health and vitality of this region. In addition, the School of Medicine is educating 57 students to become physician assistants.
Peachy Kay says Goodbye
Kay Calobeer – better known as “Peachy Kay” – served Gonzaga as a cashier in the COG for 15 years. But her real role was being a second mom to thousands of students. While she says it broke her heart to leave her Zags, Kay returned to Montana to be near her own family.
Tara Schmidt was one of many to leave tributes on Facebook: “Kay was the person to make a place so far from home feel like home. At commencement I saw her in the front row, right at the corner where students came out, crying and beaming just like my mom, who couldn’t be there, would have been.”
It’s true, Kay responded: “I cry and beam like any mommy there does! I sit at graduation and see you all again as freshmen, just for a second. You all amaze me every day by what you teach me about your lives … I treasure every moment.”