By Mary Jantsch
Class of 2013
Learning to ride a bike, saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ knowing not to jump off the monkey bars onto your little sister. All of these things parents and family have tried to pass on to their children. In college, lessons shift toward filling out forms, paying bills and late-night phone calls for reassurance. Through the new Gonzaga Parent/Family of the Year Award contest, students now can thank their parents and families in a special way.
This contest reminds the GU community that families are essential for students. At GU “family” is formally defined as the people rooting for a student’s success. The award was spearheaded by Amy Walker, coordinator of Parent and Family Programs and Non-Traditional Student Initiatives. Nominations are now closed.
“The philosophy of our office, and I’d include Gonzaga, is really that family, parents and cool family friends really help students along the way to get through their four years,” Walker said. “Our office is just six months old and this award is our first initiative to give back and show some gratitude.”
Nominations, following a 1,000-2,000-word letter or essay, are judged on their ability to convey the merit of their parents’ and families’ outstanding involvement in their life and evidence of parent/family enthusiasm for Gonzaga.
The award will be announced May 9 at the Parent and Family Office Student Life Awards Convocation. Winners will receive one $250 bookstore voucher, the letter or essay published in the Gonzaga Parent Advisor Newsletter, Gonzaga Parent/Family of the Year Jackets and a congratulatory letter from Student Life Vice President Sue Weitz.
For more information email Amy Walker or call at (509) 313-4154.