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GU Celebrates Second Annual National Gonzaga Day Jan. 25

‘Global Education, Global Celebration’

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga celebrates its second annual National Gonzaga Day on Saturday, Jan. 25 – when Zag Nation gathers in person and in spirit to rejoice in the impact of Gonzaga’s mission. The Gonzaga Alumni Association is hosting 34 events worldwide from Spokane to Calgary, Alberta to Tokyo, rallying around the men’s basketball game that tips at 7 p.m. in the Kennel against Brigham Young University. The women are also in action that day, playing at Pepperdine at 2 p.m. The day begins with a student midnight Mass on Mulligan Field in the middle of “Tent City.”

This year’s event is themed “Global Education, Global Celebration” and highlights the many aspects of global education at Gonzaga and the impact GU students have in the world. In a key measure of Gonzaga’s global engagement, the University ranks 13th nationwide among peer schools for the number of students studying abroad for a full academic year. Also, 45 percent of Gonzaga students study abroad during their University careers. In addition, Gonzaga educates students from more than 40 countries.

Gonzaga itself was established as the result of global engagement more than 125 years ago when Jesuit priests traveled from Europe to share their Ignatian approach to Catholicism and education as part of an intentional engagement with the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest.

“While Gonzaga is very proud of the number of students who study abroad and whom we welcome to campus from other heritages, our global education is also about how we integrate a global context into the curriculum, increase overall diversity of students and faculty, and bring speakers and scholars from other heritages to campus,” said Joseph Kinsella, director of Gonzaga’s Center for Global Engagement.

This global theme will be shared in multiple ways: through a special halftime show streamed live on the web, by Gonzaga ambassadors attending many of the events nationwide, and in a special video that will debut Jan. 25. Once again, a service component will be a part of the events.

Fans will want to be sure to stay at their seats or tune in to the live webcast at the start of halftime (approximately 8 p.m. PST). This year’s program will be hosted by a special guest and will feature student performances and an invitation to an inspiring global event hosted by Gonzaga in October 2014.

Be a Part of National Gonzaga Day:

Visit the website for complete details on all events and activities. For more information or story ideas, please contact Peter Tormey, editor of Gonzaga University News Service, at (509) 313-6132 or via email.



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