Gonzaga Collaborates to Support Holmes Elementary
SPOKANE, Wash. – A partnership primarily between Spokane Public Schools and Gonzaga and Whitworth universities will use a nearly $500,000 state grant to design ways to improve teacher education at both universities and help Holmes Elementary School students. Washington State University will provide an initial needs assessment. The one-year planning grant supported by SPS teachers will identify the unique strengths of teacher candidates at Gonzaga and Whitworth universities and blend them into a powerful collaborative model. Located in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood, Holmes serves one of the highest percentages of high-risk and low-achieving students in the school district. Both Gonzaga and Whitworth have active mentoring and tutoring programs in Spokane Public Schools. The Collaborative Schools for Innovation and Success grant proposal, funded by the Legislature and managed by the state’s Office of Student and School Success, was developed by SPS in collaboration with education faculty at Gonzaga and Whitworth. It aims to close a gap in opportunity for Holmes students by leveraging resources of the partner institutions to increase and improve services. Further, the proposal aims to create an innovative and shared model of clinically based teacher preparation based on best practices – a model similar to a medical residency. Teacher-education students from both universities will be placed in Holmes to practice and learn from their university supervisors, on-site mentors, and each other to prepare them to work successfully with at-risk students. . . . Read More
Veterans Day Memorial for Fallen Soldier, Alumnus Fazzari
SPOKANE, Wash. – A campus Veterans Day memorial service for fallen soldier, Gonzaga University alumnus 1st Lt. Mathew Fazzari, 25, begins at 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12 in the University Chapel on the third floor of College Hall. Before the service, Gonzaga also will present a Veterans Day Luncheon for faculty and staff at 11:30 a.m. in the Herak Club Room at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Also part of Gonzaga’s Veterans Day activities will be the 5K Run 4 Fuzz along the Spokane River; those interested in participating should meet at the Rudolf Fitness Center at 6 a.m. Nov. 12. Fazzari, a 2010 alumnus from Walla Walla, Wash., was killed in combat in Afghanistan June 6 when the helicopter he was in was struck by enemy gunfire. Capt. Scott Pace, 33, from Brawley, Calif., also was killed during the incident. A funeral for Fazzari was held June 22. In 2010, Gonzaga presented Fazzari with the 1st Lt. Forrest P. Ewens Servant Leadership Award. “Mat Fazzari was the best of the best and a noble hero,” said Lt. Col. (Retired) Alan Westfield, a Gonzaga senior military science instructor. “His memory will live and he will never be forgotten. May we be inspired to be better persons by Mat’s character, approach to life, example, and supreme sacrifice.” For more information, contact Westfield at (509) 981-1947 or via email.
International Day of Tolerance Event Nov. 16
SPOKANE, Wash. – Hundreds of Gonzaga University students, faculty and staff will gather in front of the Crosby Student Center at noon Friday, Nov. 16 to observe International Day of Tolerance by linking arms and forming a human chain of solidarity. In honor of the University’s 125th Anniversary Year, a special invitation is extended to the community to participate in this year’s commemoration. “In this, Gonzaga’s 125th Anniversary year, we are especially mindful of the role the University plays through its Catholic, Jesuit and humanistic mission – and its social justice work – to respect, recognize and support the rights and beliefs of individuals, including those who are often marginalized in the world,” said Tracy Ellis-Ward, director of Gonzaga’s Unity Multicultural Education Center, which organizes the event. “This year, especially, we look forward to welcoming the community to campus to join in this brief, powerful commemoration.” A Facebook page has been created for participants to track development of the event and invite friends. Link to it from Gonzaga’s web page. . . . Read more
Jesuit Visionary Fr. John Morris Passes
SPOKANE, Wash. – Rev. John “Jack” Morris, S.J., co-founder of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, died Sept. 30 at the Jesuit infirmary in Spokane after a long battle with cancer. He was 84. Born in Anaconda, Mont., he entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Sheridan, Ore., in 1950 and was ordained a priest in 1962. A man who put his ideals into action, Father Morris organized and named the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Glennallen, Alaska in the late 1950s. The acclaimed project places young adults in challenging settings to develop their character and encourage them to put their faith into action. He once described the JVC as “older than the Peace Corps, twice as tough, and ten times more rewarding,” according to an article from the JVC. Working with Catholic Charities of Seattle in the early 1980s, he helped found the Senior Chore Service, the largest entity providing aid to low-income seniors. In his quest for world peace, Fr. Morris organized a well-known walk with about a dozen others to draw attention to the dilemma of nuclear weapons. The trek, which included about a dozen others, started in April of 1982 at the Bangor Naval Base in Bremerton, Wash., wound its way to the nation’s capital by winter, and ended in Bethlehem (following an overseas flight) in the Holy Land on Christmas Eve, 1983 (see story in The Spokesman-Review.) In the 1990s, Fr. Morris moved to Uganda to work and direct retreats in refugee camps. He returned in 2002 to perform parish work in Rockaway, Ore., until his health necessitated retirement. A vigil service was held Oct. 5, at Gonzaga’s Jesuit House Chapel, followed by a funeral Oct. 6 at St. Aloysius Church.
Campus Abuzz with Sustainable ‘Zipcars’
SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga’s campus and the Spokane community were abuzz in late September when the University partnered with Zipcar, Inc., to offer a campus car-sharing program. The cost-effective and convenient transportation option will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to Gonzaga students, faculty and staff age 18 and older. Members of the Spokane community are also eligible for membership. On-campus launch events Sept. 27-28 allowed Gonzaga students, faculty and staff to learn more about Zipcar and apply for membership. In celebration of Gonzaga’s 125th Anniversary this year, Gonzaga’s 125th approved Zipcar member will receive an anniversary grand prize from Zipcar. The program at Gonzaga was launched with two cars. . . . Read More
Student Engineering Teams Earn Top Honors
SPOKANE, Wash. – Two Gonzaga School of Engineering and Applied Science student teams – “NBD Engineering” and “In God We Truss” – captured the top two awards, respectively, at the recent Chicago Innovation Chase finals. NBD Engineering team members won the top prize for their innovative idea, titled “Smart Serve.” The team designed dinnerware pieces and a serving station that utilized radio frequency identification and sensor technology to track food consumption on the high-tech plates they designed. The team analyzed the collected data to provide insight into consumption, waste and nutrition. In God We Truss designed an innovative product called the KineMAT. As people walk across the surface of the futuristic mat, the mat produces electricity that can be stored in lithium ion battery banks. The team designed the mat to be used in high-traffic, indoor areas. In God We Truss beat NBD Engineering by one point at the Spokane semifinals, before NBD Engineering edged In God We Truss by one point – out of 4,000 total points – at the finals in Chicago Sept. 9. . . . Read More
ROTC Battalion Captures Ranger Crown
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University ROTC Bulldog Battalion’s Black team defeated a strong field from 10 other schools this month to capture the U.S. Army Cadet Command 8th Brigade Task Force East Ranger Challenge. The Oct. 1 victory marks the Bulldog Battalion’s 19th championship in the past 20 years of the event. The Bulldog Battalion (comprised of students from Gonzaga and Whitworth University) prevailed over fierce competition from teams throughout the West. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, Jr., a 1979 Gonzaga alumnus, congratulated the champion cadets and noted the significance of the competition in forming lifelong winning habits for the future leaders. “I recognize these events represent the underlying character, determination and leadership skills that carry our grads through life. I thoroughly enjoy seeing our alumni excel as Army Officers,” noted Caravalho, a physician and the commanding general of the U.S. Army’s Northern Regional Medical Command. “Many of them point to this ROTC competition – and the arduous preparation leading up to it – as defining events in their preparation as leaders. Again, from a fellow Zag, congratulations!” . . . Read More