By Tara Schmidt
Class of 2012
SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga’s campus is teeming with the sights and sounds of autumn as the displays of vibrant, multicolored leaves foreshadow the certain advance of Fall Family Weekend Oct. 21-23. Gonzaga’s annual rite of fall means children at play, galas, concerts, plays, introduction of the men’s basketball team at “Kraziness in the Kennel,” and more.
Susie Prusch, for one, can’t wait.
Prusch is Gonzaga’s events manager and Fall Family Weekend is her baby. She birthed it in 1997 and has nurtured it ever since. Like most babies, this one keeps growing each year. Already, some 550 families have signed up for Gonzaga’s annual festival of fun and Prusch expects the total to reach 1,100 again this year, matching the previous two years. Susie Prusch discusses Fall Family Weekend in video below.
With an unmatched abundance of energy, she handles almost every detail of the three-day event with aplomb. She manages everything from registration to flyers to academic lectures and other activities. However, Prusch says, the festivities would be impossible to pull off without the small army of volunteers who help to carry out the bountiful schedule she has carefully crafted for maximum merriment.
For the third consecutive year, Fall Family Weekend has teamed up with the Gonzaga Alumni Association to coordinate alumni reunions for the Classes of 1981, ’86, ’91 and ’01, along with the 60th Reunion of Spurs and Setons, and the Graduate School of Business Reunion.
Gushes Prusch: “I love my job. I get to plan parties!”
She hasn’t forgotten about those students who won’t have family coming, either. Families are encouraged to “Add-a-Kid,” or invite their student’s friend along for Fall Family Weekend events, and students flying solo (such as upperclassmen or foreign exchange students) are welcome to attend any and all FFW festivities.
Visit the following Fall Family Weekend link to view a full schedule of events or to register online.