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? There is, however, another question I am asked as often as any other: “What is it like being the first lay president?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Helping Another Veteran The Gilbert family has its fair share of veterans. John Gilbert’s father and father-in-law 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 […]
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.”
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. Do you know who he is?