SPOKANE, Wash. – If people have difficulty getting hotel rooms in Spokane this weekend, the folks at Gonzaga University probably know why. Gonzaga is expecting more than 5,000 visitors on campus today through Sunday, Oct. 21 for a flurry of activities unparalleled in the University’s 125-year history.
This weekend marks Gonzaga’s “Zagapalooza” All-Alumni Reunion with more than 2,000 alumni expected from class years 1941-2012 to the sold-out reunion events and dinner. In addition, Zagapalooza is combined with the University’s annual Fall Family Weekend for which some 1,200 families are expected. One Fall Family Weekend tradition involves families taking their students to dinner; so Gonzaga encourages Spokane residents to book their local restaurant reservations early.
This year marks Gonzaga’s 125th Anniversary – for which a yearlong celebration is taking place – and a host of special Anniversary events are taking place this weekend. Zags’ fans won’t want to miss the men’s basketball preview Saturday known as “Kraziness in the Kennel”; McCarthey Athletic Center doors open at 3 p.m. and “Kraziness” begins at 4 p.m.
Gonzaga’s 125th Anniversary celebration kicks into high gear at the first of the year when the University marks National Gonzaga Day on Thursday, Jan. 24 (2013). This is a day for all Gonzaga fans – from those who bleed the blue and white to casual fans – to celebrate all things Gonzaga. See www.gonzaga.edu/ngd for ways to join in the celebration, including attending one of 30 events around the country from downtown Spokane to New York. Events will feature a game-watch (men’s basketball at home vs. Brigham Young University and women’s basketball at Pepperdine University) and special announcements live from McCarthey Athletic Center.
The theme for the 125th Anniversary Celebration is “Tradition and Transformation” and Gonzaga’s campus will be transformed this entire weekend (Oct. 19-21) with activity and celebration. While Zagapalooza is sold out, the following events at Gonzaga are open to the public and free (see list below).
Gonzaga University Events Open to the Public This Weekend
- Choir Concert Friday evening at St. Aloysius Church – 7 p.m.
- “Tradition & Transformation” exhibit at the Foley Center – 125 objects representing 125 years.
- Jundt Art Museum features “Gift of the Artist,” a variety of works personally donated by artists to the University, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture and photographs, as well as “Ignatius of Loyola,” an exhibit of 80 engravings from 1609, based on work by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) that celebrate the life of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). In the Arcade Gallery, “Damn Everything but the Circus,” a collection of prints and paintings celebrating carousels, festivals, and carnivals.
- Gonzaga Chorus performs a casual concert in the University Chapel, 3rd floor of College Hall on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
- Big Bing Theory, members of Gonzaga’s a cappella group lift their voices Saturday evening in the Marketplace in the COG – 9 p.m.
- Kraziness in the Kennel on Saturday; doors open at 3 p.m.; ‘Kraziness’ begins at 4 p.m.
- Dedication of a new Grotto – a sacred space between St. Aloysius and College Hall –1 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit the University’s online Events Calendar; come be a part of the excitement at Gonzaga University this weekend.