Fandemonium

The phenomenon of Gonzaga’s fans: manly tears of joy, victory laps and the unspoken role of the Kennel Club Sometimes a single moment can define a fan’s relationship with his team. “In 1999, when Casey Calvary tipped it in, in the Sweet 16 against Florida, I just sat there and cried for five minutes,” said […]

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Jeju Big Swim

By Steve Oberhauser (‘01) The Jeju Big Swim was born in an instant. In South Korea, foreigners can pick up pieces of the culture fast. There’s no planning, just going at breakneck speed. So last April I accepted when Sherrin Hibbard, a 51-year-old Australian woman, asked me to support her by sea kayak while she […]

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Female Frontiers: Another Frontier

Joan Bennett (‘52) Joan Bennett arrived at Gonzaga in 1950 – the third year that the University officially accepted women – as a transfer from Seattle University. She embraced the sense of community she found and became a member of the women’s Glee Club. “We did local concerts, had a great time and formed such […]

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Female Frontiers: Engineering

N’Shama Sterling (‘60) N’Shama Sterling, née Rosemary Och, wanted to attend Villanova to study electrical engineering. But in the late 1950s, Villanova – along with many other universities – only accepted women in certain programs. Gonzaga University, however, was open to women interested in any major, engineering included. “I checked out a catalog from the […]

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Female Frontiers: Business

Noreen Littman (‘62) Majoring in business was a gamble “I remember searching for a major, thinking I should do psychology or journalism,” Noreen Littman said. “I was complaining to my guy friends that I couldn’t find a major and they said, ‘Why don’t you try a business major? No other girl has come through that […]

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Female Frontiers: Theology

Sister Mary Henriette Hoene Breaking the Stained-glass ceiling “My provincial was a very forward-looking lady,” said Sister Mary Henriette Hoene. “She knew it was in my best interest – and in the best interest of the School of the Sisters of Notre Dame, really – for me to earn a degree in theology.” One of […]

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Female Frontiers

By Sabrina Jones The aftermath of World War II led to a new era at Gonzaga. In 1948, the University first accepted coed undergraduates. They lived with families in Spokane and eventually on campus in the original Crimont Hall. The Young women thrived, Learned and were shaped in Gonzaga’s Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Here, we tell […]

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Higher education and a tower of hope

Burmese refugee students work in the computer lab set up in their camp by Jesuit Commons. This group graduated in August with a diploma from Australian Catholic University. Gonzaga, Regis, St. Louis and Fairfield universities each contributed one course to the eight-course program. Mark Beattie designed the Gonzaga course on leadership theory and co-taught it with Tom McFarland, who is retired from Gonzaga.

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