SPOKANE, Wash. – This fall, Gonzaga University will celebrate 125 years of its people, ideas and achievements that have helped shape and improve the world. In addition, Gonzaga University School of Law will celebrate its 100th year of legal education excellence. The occasions will be marked with special books and a series of events.
Reflecting on Gonzaga’s rich history, two thoroughly researched and professionally written full-color books will commemorate the successes of Gonzaga and Gonzaga Law School. The books, due for release in fall 2012, reveal the core of an extraordinary collegiate experience for so many alumni. The books will answer questions including: Why did the Jesuits come to Spokane? How did Gonzaga change with the addition of female students? What was the impetus for the new Law School building? What brought Gonzaga to national prominence? Moreover, what is the University’s vision for the future?
Local author Michael Schmeltzer has written, “Celebrating Gonzaga: The University and Its People.” With stunning photography, the hardbound book dips frequently beneath the surface to bring to life the most compelling tales of the University’s heritage. Readers will walk Gonzaga’s halls, tip their hats to classmates including Bing Crosby, and cheer on the short-lived Gonzaga football team.
Local journalist Dan Webster has penned, “Celebrating Gonzaga School of Law: The First 100 Years” to mark its centennial. The book deftly chronicles the Law School’s history from its early days as a night school without a home, to skyrocketing enrollment, and its continual evolution to meet the changing needs of the legal community. Meet the people who made Gonzaga synonymous with outstanding legal education.
“Celebrating Gonzaga” is $39.95; a special commemorative edition, signed by President Thayne McCulloh, is $125. “Celebrating Gonzaga Law” is $100. Some proceeds from sales of the special edition University book and the law book will help support the Fund for Gonzaga and law student scholarships, respectively. Reservations for these limited-edition books may be made online, or by calling (509) 313-5999 for the University book and (509) 313-3759 for the Law book.