By Catherine Van
Class of 2012
SPOKANE, Wash. – Alumni, faculty, and students describe the “Gonzaga Experience” as a way of life. Gonzaga’s tight-knit community and the students’ strong sense of belonging make it difficult for some students to leave. Alumnus Mike Kelsey (’10) has chosen to stay and now will take on new work with the Alumni Association.
The former president of the Gonzaga Student Body Association and retreat leader in University Ministry, Kelsey believes strongly in Gonzaga’s mission and is well-respected by his young-alumni peers. Shortly after graduating, he decided not to leave the inspiring community he helped shape, and became a counselor in the Office of Financial Aid.
“I realized that that community continues through the staff as well and through the Gonzaga Alumni Association, so being a part of this community, staying involved here is really important to me,” he said.
Now Kelsey’s passion for Gonzaga will be directed both internally and externally. As an assistant director of the Alumni Association, he will steward 10 alumni chapter regions, help with several alumni and Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program (GAMP) initiatives, and will help expand programming for students and young alumni.
Kelsey, who began his new duties Sept. 19, said his passion for Gonzaga burns brighter than ever now and he aims to share it with current students.
“I always tell students that I meet with, ‘Your time at Gonzaga is going to be unlike any that you’ve ever had and will probably be unlike any of the next eighty years or so as well,’ ” Kelsey said.
Alumni Association staff are pleased as well.
“We are excited about the talents, perspectives and ideas Mike will bring to our team and our alumni,” said Kara Hertz, associate director of the Alumni Association.