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Bulldog Briefs for April

Law Alumnus Rice to Be Sworn in as U.S. Judge April 27

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University School of Law alumnus Thomas Rice will be sworn in as a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Washington at 5 p.m., Friday, April 27 in the Barbieri Courtroom at Gonzaga School of Law (721 N. Cincinnati St.). The event is free and open to the public. President Obama nominated Rice for the position last June. The nomination was approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee last October and confirmed March 6 by the U.S. Senate. Rice earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gonzaga in 1983 before enrolling in Gonzaga Law School as a recipient of a Thomas More scholarship. Read more

Gonzaga Hosts 10th Annual Research Conference Saturday

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University – in collaboration with other Inland Northwest institutions of higher learning – hosts the 10th annual Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference Saturday, April 21. The event culminates 2012 National Undergraduate Research Week(April 6-20) and provides opportunities for students at Gonzaga, Whitworth University, Washington State University-Spokane, Eastern Washington University and the Community Colleges of Spokane to present original research across all disciplines. Patricia Terry, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is organizing the daylong event in College Hall. Some 179 GU students will present original scholarly research ranging from Julia Hubbard’s, “What is So Super about Living Near a Superfund Site?” to Andrew Cataldo’s “The Blame Game: Obesity and Perceptions of Responsibility.” Read more

Live Stream Video of Very Rev. Tutu’s Address

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga’s Senior Commencement keynote address by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will be available via live streaming video on Sunday, May 13 at the following link for home computers, tablets or smart phones. See system requirements here. The live video from the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena will begin with the procession into the arena at 9:30 a.m. Archbishop Tutu is expected to speak at approximately 10:10 a.m. The ceremony will be streamed in its entirety, ending at approximately 1 p.m. A prominent link to the live video will be available on Gonzaga’s website home page on the morning of May 13. While admission to the ceremony is by invitation only – to accommodate the families and guests of graduates – Gonzaga invites alumni, students and the public to view this special occasion online. Read GU announcement of Archbishop Tutu’s Commencement address.

Women’s Club Volleyball Team Wins National Crown

SPOKANE, Wash. – A Gonzaga women’s team captured club volleyball’s 2012 Division I-AAA national championship, winning the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation tournament April 7 in Kansas City, Mo. After an up-and-down season, the team buzzed through the tournament undefeated. Teresa Crane, program specialist for the Master’s of Organizational Leadership Program, is coach. Nine players traveled to the tournament: Elaina Bruna, Alex Catibayan, Mady Dahlstrom, Eva Grassl, Molly Heutmaker, Mary Konis, Morgan Miller, Maggie Nelson and Cara Paganini. Catibayan, the team’s setter, was named MVP in I-AAA. Paganini and Heutmaker were named first team all-tournament; Grassl made second team all-tournament.

Ogletree to Deliver Law School’s Douglas Lecture April 23

SPOKANE, Wash. – Harvard Law School Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr., will discuss the First Amendment right to peaceful assembly at 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 23 when he delivers Gonzaga University School of Law’s William O. Douglas Lecture. The free event is open to the public and will be held in the Barbieri Courtroom.  The lecture is titled, “Celebrating the First Amendment in Troubled Times.” Ogletree will host a question-and-answer session after the lecture. This marks Ogletree’s second visit to Gonzaga Law School to deliver the William O. Douglas lecture. In April 1996, Ogletree presented “The Limits of Hate Speech: Does Race Matter?” Read more

Free Legal Help to Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

SPOKANE, Wash. – A new state law gives Washington state homeowners facing foreclosure the right to request mediation, and a Gonzaga University School of Law program is helping homeowners ensure that banks negotiate with them to prevent foreclosures. The law, which took effect in July, requires that banks complete mediation “in good faith” when homeowners request it before banks are allowed to complete foreclosures. According to RealtyTrac, 19,304 homes are in foreclosure statewide as of last month. In a first test of the new law, a homeowner represented by the mostly student-run GU Law School Mortgage Mediation Clinic stopped foreclosure on his home last month – hours before he was to lose it. For more information, contact the Gonzaga Center for Law and Justice at (509) 313-5791. Read more

Gonzaga Mourns Loss of  Student Christopher J. Gormley

SPOKANE, Wash. – President Thayne M. McCulloh said Gonzaga was profoundly saddened to learn of the accidental death on the afternoon of Sunday, April 1 of first-year student Christopher J. Gormley, 18, from Everett, Wash., after the kayak he was paddling capsized at Rock Lake in Whitman County. “All of us at Gonzaga join together to extend our deepest sympathies to Chris’ parents, Chris and Susan Gormley, his 13-year-old brother, Tim, and his entire family,” Dr. McCulloh said. “To his Gonzaga family, as well – his friends, hall mates, classmates, professors and other acquaintances – please know the entire Gonzaga community is with you at this time of sadness and loss.” An Eagle Scout, Chris was in the Gonzaga Honors program and was a political science major. Read more

Symphony Orchestra Presents Season Finale Concert April 30

SPOKANE, Wash. –The Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra will present its season finale concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 30 at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox (1001 W. Sprague Ave.). Admission is $12 for the public, $10 for non-GU students and seniors; free to GU faculty, staff and students. Conducted by Kevin Hekmatpanah, the performance will open with Suppé’s “Light Cavalry Overture,” followed by Victor Herbert’s “Cello Concerto No. 2,” Wagner’s “Rienzi Overture” and Tchaikovsky’s “Marche Slav.” The Herbert Concerto will feature internationally acclaimed cellist Amit Peled. Tickets are available by calling (509) 624-1200 or by visiting the ticket office at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.  Read more

April’s Angels Beautify Neighborhood Properties

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University students’ 18th annual April’s Angels service project partnered with Rebuilding Together Spokane Saturday, April 14 to renovate and repair a home and a retreat facility at St. Joseph Family Center (1016 N. Superior St.) – both in Gonzaga’s Logan neighborhood. This year’s initiative, titled “Live Together. Rebuild Together: Logan Neighborhood Revitalization Project” focused Gonzaga’s spirit and mission of loving service to others to help the University’s neighbors. The goal of the project is to help neighborhood homeowners in need, such as low-income, elderly and veterans. Read more

Zags Standish, Redmon Chosen in WNBA Draft

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga women’s basketball senior Kayla Standish was selected as the 19th pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft by the reigning WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx, becoming the third player in GU women’s basketball history to be drafted by the WNBA. Also, senior Katelan Redmon was drafted in the third round, 36th overall pick, by the New York Liberty. Standish and Redmon join Courtney Vandersloot and Vivian Frieson as former Bulldogs drafted into the WNBA. Vandersloot, in her second year in the WNBA, was chosen by the Chicago Sky as the third overall pick last year. Frieson, GU’s first women’s player drafted, went to the Tulsa Shock in the 2010 draft. Read more

Pacific to Join West Coast Conference in 2013-14

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The University of the Pacific has formally accepted an invitation to join West Coast Conference for the 2013-14 academic year. Pacific was one of five founding members of the WCC (then the California Basketball Association) in 1952-53 and remained in the conference until 1971. Gonzaga Athletic Director Mike Roth says Pacific is welcome from a scheduling standpoint. “We just experienced a basketball season where we saw how cumbersome it can be to try and schedule a nine-team conference and at the same time try and be fair to all institutions,” Roth said. “We needed a tenth team.” Roth said Pacific will be a good addition to the WCC. “I’ve been the athletic director at Gonzaga for 15 years, and Pacific has always been a part of expansion talks,” Roth said. Read more

Theobald Sets Women’s School Record for 800 Meters

SPOKANE, Wash. Add the women’s outdoor 800 meters record to Gonzaga sophomore Catherine Theobald’s resume. Already the school record holder in the indoor 800 and a member of the school-record 4-by-400-meter relay, Theobald won the 800 meters in 2:14.84 April 12 at Whitworth University. That broke the mark of 2:16.23 set by Kate Brayko in 1997. Theobald also set the Boppell Track record, beating the record of 2:15.10 set by Jaime Miller of the University of Montana in 2001. “Catherine ran a remarkable race,” head coach Pat Tyson said. “She led start to finish.”

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