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Bulldog Briefs for May

Follett Group Picked to Manage Bookstore

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University has chosen Follett Higher Education Group to manage its campus bookstore operations, effective June 1. After a thorough evaluation, the selection committee – comprised of administrators, faculty and students – chose Follett to serve the Gonzaga community due to its experience, technology and resources. Follett is committed to providing first-class service by offering a variety of affordable choices – including its Rent-A-Text program – to save students 50 percent or more on textbooks compared to buying new.  . . . Read More

Gonzaga Graduates 10th-Straight Record Large Class

SPOKANE, Wash. – For the 10th consecutive year, Gonzaga has graduated its largest class ever during its 119th commencement exercises May 11-13. Officials estimated the University conferred a total of 2,221 undergraduate, graduate and law degrees, a dozen more than its previous record-largest class of 2,209 graduates in 2011. The University conferred 1,147 bachelor degrees (up 45 from 2011), 887 master degrees (off 39 from 2011), 19 doctorates (same as 2011), and 168 law degrees (up 6 from 2011). . . . Read More

Commencement Highlights

Washington state Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens (undergraduate ’87, Law School ’93) delivered the keynote address for the Law School commencement May 12. John E. Clute, former Law School dean and GU Law alumnus (’60), received (posthumously) the 2012 Gonzaga Law Medal. Most Rev. Blase Cupich, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, was the principal celebrant for the undergraduate and graduate Baccalaureate Mass. Maryknoll Lay Missioner and Gonzaga (undergraduate and master’s) alumna Marjorie Humphrey delivered the keynote address for the graduate commencement May 12 and received the DeSmet Medal. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa delivered the keynote address for the senior commencement May 13.  Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh and Board of Trustees Chair John Luger presented the Most Rev. Tutu with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Very Rev. Patrick J. Lee, S.J., provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, offered the benediction. For the first time, GU graduates donned caps and gowns made from 40,000 recycled plastic bottles. . . . Read More

Faculty Honored for Achievement, Service 

The following faculty members were honored at the Academic Honors Convocation with the Exemplary Faculty Award. TENURE TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSORS: Andrea Bertotti-Metoyer; Matthew Rindge; Christopher Stevens; Charles Salina; and Shawn Bowers. TENURED PROFESSORS: Joanne Smieja and Paul Buller. TENURED ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS: Kirk Anders; Molly Pepper, and Jonathan Isacoff. OTHER FACULTY HONORED were Jessica Maucione, Faculty Diversity Leadership Award; Fr. Mike Cook, S.J., and Kay Carnes were accorded Professor Emeriti status; Fr. Tim Clancy, S.J., Faculty Service Learning Award.

Feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Events June 21

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane is uniquely blessed with four apostolic works under the patronage of St. Aloysius Gonzaga: Gonzaga University, St. Aloysius Church and School, and Gonzaga Preparatory School. A celebration of beloved St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron saint of youth, as well as anniversary milestones for these four institutions, will be held Thursday, June 21 with a noon Mass at St. Aloysius Church followed by a barbecue at the University’s Cataldo Hall from 1-3 p.m. Members of all four works will participate in the Mass, led by celebrants Revs. Dick Case, S.J., Frank Case, S.J. and homilist Kevin Connell, S.J. Please RSVP to attend the barbecue. For more information, contact Shanea Giroux via e-mail or by phone at (509) 313-6191.

Join 4th Annual National Alumni Service Project 

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga alumni, parents and friends are cordially invited to become one of 125 volunteers for the 4th Annual National Alumni Service Project
 Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in
New Orleans. As Gonzaga celebrates its 125th Anniversary, the University continues to be inspired by its Jesuit roots and traditions that call for loving service to others. For more information or to register, visit ZagsOnline.

Garvin Named Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences

SPOKANE, WASH. – Political science Professor Blaine Garvin will assume the position of interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, filling the position vacated by Dean Marc Manganaro, who has been selected as the new provost and vice president of academic affairs for Loyola University, New Orleans. Garvin, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College, earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of California-Berkeley. An expert in American politics and political theory, Garvin has developed a reputation for being a challenging and engaging teacher. He is a past chair of the political science department. A national search will be conducted for Manganaro’s successor.

Franchise Expert Litalien to Offer Strategies May 31

SPOKANE, Wash. – Ben Litalien, an educator and expert in franchise analysis and operations, will discuss “Franchising for Community Impact” in two 90-minute presentations Thursday, May 31 in the Wolff Auditorium at Gonzaga’s Jepson Center for the School of Business Administration. Gonzaga is collaborating with SNAP to bring these timely presentations to Spokane; both are free and open to the public. The first lecture begins at 7:30 a.m., and is designed for consumers, business owners and entrepreneurs interested in learning more about franchising, either as a potential franchisee or in starting a new franchise. The second lecture begins at 9:15 and is designed for nonprofit organizations. For more information please contact Mary Joan Hahn at Gonzaga at (509) 313-6095 or via e-mail or Tricia Ovnicek, communications manager at SNAP at (509) 456-7111 ext. 206 or via e-mail. . . . Read More

Centioli to Deliver Pigott Entrepreneurship Lecture

Gerard Centioli, founder, president and CEO of ICON, will deliver the Second Annual Pigott Entrepreneurship Lecture Series from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium. A reception will be held before the event from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Lobby. All events are free and open to the public. Centioli will offer reflections on food-service industry icons that highlight a path to success applicable to any industry. For more information, contact Kellie Evans at (509) 313-7036 or via e-mail.

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