SPOKANE, Wash. – Traffic is extra busy this weekend (Aug. 24-26) near Gonzaga University as new and returning students move in to their residence halls in preparation for the start of the 2012-13 academic year. All classes begin Tuesday, Aug. 28, and Orientation Weekend continues through Monday (Aug. 27).
The five bleary-eyed Zags on the Orientation Core, who are watching as their plans are implemented, include: Nancy Carl, Orientation coordinator; Michael Valentino, activities manager; Kayla Davison, public relations manager; Shannon Hashiguchi, academics and special populations manager; and Allyson Binversie, who manages small groups and catering. Click the following link to meet the Orientation Core students.
Theme for Orientation 2012
Each year at Orientation, Gonzaga chooses a theme to incorporate throughout the year. The theme this year, during Gonzaga’s yearlong celebration of its 125th Anniversary, is “Unite in Tradition.” This theme was chosen to challenge new students to unite with their fellow Zags and transform their future. Gonzaga has many traditions to make an impression on new students and Core members encourage new Zags to create their own traditions, as well.
The “Unite in Tradition” theme also resonates in the book new students are required to read titled, “They Come Back Singing.” The book was written by Rev. Gary Smith, S.J., who helped transform communities by encouraging them to find the love of Christ and unite in traditions. In the book, Rev. Smith shares stories of working with Ugandan refugees.
Residence hall check-in takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. Organizers have a slew of exciting events and activities planned for new Zags and their families this weekend, including President Thayne McCulloh’s address to parents from 8-9 p.m. Friday. Residence hall activities Friday night include a carnival from 7:30-9 p.m., and Headphone Disco from 9-11 p.m. – followed by GU Fred Meyer Night from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. (open only to those with GU identification) at the 400 S. Thor St. store (map).
Events Saturday include a Parent and Family Barbecue from noon-2 p.m., followed by a Parent and Family Information Session (2-4 p.m.). The Class of 2016 Dinner on the Foley Center Lawn will run from 5-7 p.m. Faculty and administrators are invited to Fraternizing with Faculty, a dessert social with parents, from 6:30-8 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Jundt Art Museum. After that, Welcome Night festivities for students will run until midnight.
Sunday & Monday Highlights
On Sunday (Aug. 26), from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., President Thayne McCulloh will host a reception in front of College Hall on the Eric and Ina Johnston Family Mall. The reception is always a popular event, and a great opportunity for new students and their families to meet President McCulloh, have coffee and a pastry and chat with faculty and administrators. At 1 p.m., Sunday, all new members of the Gonzaga community are encouraged to attend the Welcome Mass in St. Aloysius Church. Parents bid adieu at 3 p.m. Sunday. Monday brings a strong dose of academics for the new students as the Academic Convocation begins at 9:30 a.m. in St. Aloysius Church, followed by a host of other academic-related activities before classes begin Tuesday.
EDITORS AND BROADCASTERS PLEASE NOTE: Media are welcome to cover Orientation Weekend but are NOT allowed inside residence halls. Media with questions should contact Mary Joan Hahn, director of public relations, at (509) 313-6095 or David Lindsay, director of student activities, at (509) 313-5886.