Join us for our department open houses! Nearly 20 programs are eager to share information about student support and opportunities. Click on a program of interest and join their Zoom meeting. You may come-and-go from one open house to the next, as you would in person. If there are already a lot of people in the meeting, please ask your questions in the Zoom Chat.
If you missed Virtual GEL and would like to learn more about the departments and offices listed below, please reach out directly to the contacts in each drop-down. We want to connect with you!
Assistant Vice President for Career and Professional Development
Ray Angle, Assistant Vice President for Career and Professional Development, loves helping students on their professional journey. In the Center for Career and Professional Development, Ray and his team are here to assist you in everything from resume and cover letter writing, to connecting you with alumni mentors through our ZagsConnect portal and other networking events. CPD also tracks next destination student data, gives career direction advice, offers mock interviews, and so much more.
Director of the Center for Community Engagement
Molly Ayers, the Director for the Center for Community Engagement is excited to speak with you about community engagement and service learning. CCE provides Gonzaga students with mentorship and service opportunities ranging from GAME, a weekly group-mentoring program mentoring middle school students through team sports and games, to Mission Possible, an alternative spring break trip with a service learning focus. Some of Molly’s student leaders and colleagues will also join the meeting to give you more information and answer any questions you may have. CCE also runs RISE (Rooted in Solidarity & Engagement) one of our pre-orientation programs which is a five-day service immersion program in and around Spokane.
Sean Joy, Case Manager
Kyle Myers, Case Manager
Kristiana Holmes, Director of Health & Counseling Services
The Center for Cura Personalis (CCP) and the Student Health Center partner on Gonzaga’s campus to make sure that students are being cared for, and are caring for themselves, holistically. Members of the CCP and Health Center teams, along with some of their student workers, are excited to talk about all the ways Gonzaga supports you, physically, mentally, and emotionally while you are on campus. They are ready to answer whatever questions you may have, including how they can connect you to mental health counseling on- and off-campus, our anonymous referral program, and what services the health center offers.
Director of the Center for Student Academic Success
Associate Director of Academic Advising and Assistance
The Center for Student Academic Success is here to make sure you have the tools to succeed while you are at Gonzaga. Deb Stevenson, Director of the Center for Student Academic Success, and Jill Culley, Associate Director of Academic Advising and Assistance, are here today to give you an initial look at all of the resources CSAS has for you, ranging from Academic Advising and Assistance with academic progression plans, to connecting students to Disability Resources for an alternative learning plan, and everything in between, including free academic tutors.
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Director of the Comprehensive Leadership Program
Josh Armstrong, Director of the Comprehensive Leadership Program, and a few of his students are looking forward to sharing the CLP story with you. CLP is a minor in Leadership Studies that challenges you to look at leadership differently. With a focus on experiential learning the CLP teaches leadership through storytelling, service learning, and professional development.
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Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, Community and Equity
Joan Iva Fawcett, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, Community & Equity, and staff are available to discuss the vision and mission of DICE, as well as ways they support students on campus. Learn about the two offices housed within DICE: UMEC, the Unity Multicultural Education Center, and the Lincoln LQBTQ+ Center. UMEC’s mission involves advocating for underrepresented students and providing experiential learning opportunities for all students, to create an inclusive and intentional campus community. UMEC also runs BRIDGE, one of Gonzaga’s pre-orientation programs focusing on connecting historically underrepresented and/or first-generation college students to the Gonzaga community. The Lincoln LGBTQ+ Center strives to provide a safe and inclusive space for students of all identities, while educating and celebrating everyone on our campus.
Director of Financial Aid Operations
Director of Operations Sarah Everitt is available to answer questions about financial aid and student employment at Gonzaga. Sarah can explain the differences between federal, state, and institutional work study, as well as describe types of jobs on campus and how to find them. Please visit our Student Employment web page if you’re interested in learning more about work study and other employment opportunities. During the week, financial aid counselors are available for one-on-one appointments over the phone or via Zoom! If you'd like to meet with a counselor to discuss your financial aid award, please schedule a one-on-one appointment. . Financial Aid counselors are committed to providing excellent service for our students and families, whether that’s assisting with the FAFSA, creating payment plans, or walking through aid packages.
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Program Coordinator for First Year Experience Programs
Gonzaga's First Year Experience Program team helps new students transition smoothly into life at Gonzaga. Justin Gambone, Program Coordinator in the First Year Experience Programs, is looking forward to sharing the different resources offered to students, which includes everything from finding a tutor to a service opportunity in the community. The FYEP also facilitates New Student Orientation, which provides new Zags with a holistic (and fun!) overview of Gonzaga. For interested students, FYEP also offers four optional Pre-Orientation Programs, which allow students to explore different aspects of the Gonzaga community and begin building relationships before Orientation even begins.
Assistant Director of Outdoor Programs
If you’re a new Zag looking for outside adventures, check out Gonzaga Outdoors! Dave Gilbert, Assistant Director of Outdoor Programs, is excited to tell you about the different opportunities GU Outdoors provides to explore the Inland Northwest, including weekend trips, educational clinics, gear rentals and resources, and GOOB – a Pre-Orientation Program that takes students on a multi-day adventure in Western Montana. If you’ve never tried an outdoor activity, GU Outdoors provides instruction and leadership in a variety of activities such as backpacking, snowshoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, and much more. Gonzaga Outdoors strives to make the outdoors as accessible as possible to students, foster relationships and leadership opportunities, and promote stewardship and care for the environment.
Assistant Director of the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program
Program Coordinator for the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program
Nicole Cooney, Assistant Director of the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, and Cole Kelly, Program Coordinator for Hogan, are excited to share all things Hogan with you today. The Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program is a three-year undergraduate minor that immerses students in the fundamental concepts and practices of creating non-profit and for-profit businesses. Students complete the Entrepreneurial Leadership minor in conjunction with their chosen major in any academic field offered at GU. Nicole and Cole are here to answer any questions about the application process, curriculum, pairing Hogan with your major, or any other questions you may have.
Director of the Gonzaga Honors Program
Associate Director of the Gonzaga Honors Program
Linda Tredennick, Director, and Erik Schmidt, Associate Director, are available to discuss what makes Honors at Gonzaga distinctive and unique. With a focus on the holistic development of students, Honors is unveiling a new curriculum this fall, starting with a 3-day immersion experience before the school year begins. The directors and a few of the current Honors students are excited to answer any questions you may have about the Honors program, including questions related to the Honors Living and Learning Community, how Honors connects to your program of study, what the Honors capstone looks like, and anything else that piques your curiosity.
Assistant Director for Housing and Residence Life
Living on campus at Gonzaga is a part of what makes our campus culture so unique. With options from Living and Learning Communities, to corridor, apartment and suite-style living, students will find that whichever residence hall they end up in will have a distinct culture. Drew Satter, Assistant Director for Housing and Residence Life, is here today to talk with you about the different housing options, how to apply for housing if you have not done so already, how roommate pairing works, and anything else having to do with Housing and Residence Life. You may want to ask Drew what it’s like to be an RA or how to get involved in the Residence Hall Association (RHA).
Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services supports our international population on campus. Our support begins right after you choose Gonzaga as we start your Visa process, continues with International Student Orientation to help you acclimate to campus, and stays with you the entire time you are on campus. Melissa Heid, Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services, is here today with Theresa Howlett, International Admission Counselor, to talk with you about what your experience on campus may look like and how we are here to help you acclimate to, and engage in, Gonzaga.
Director of Mission and Ministry
The Gonzaga Mission & Ministry team is here to support students in their faith journey. Luke Lavin, Director of Mission & Ministry, will provide an overview of the services provided, including individual spiritual support, liturgical celebrations, faith-sharing small groups, faith and justice work, women's and men's ministry, and service and pastoral needs for the Gonzaga community. The Mission & Ministry Office also facilitates a variety of retreats during the school year, all of which are open to students from every faith background. Staff in the office can also assist students in finding a place of worship on campus or in Spokane that works for them. Mission & Ministry also run Embark, a faith-based pre-orientation program focused on helping students start the Gonzaga experience with an intentional community around them.
Program Coordinator for Parent and Family Relations
Jim Fawcett, Program Coordinator, and the entire Parent and Family Relations team, are thrilled to welcome families to the Gonzaga community! We are excited to share and witness student growth with families over the next four years. Our goal is to help ease the transition for families and make Gonzaga a “home away from home” by offering a variety of resources and support to both the student on campus and the family back home. This Open House will cover the variety of helpful tools and programs available and give an opportunity to ask questions about this important phase in the lives of students, parents, and families.
Lieutenant Colonel Alan Westfield, Recruiting and Enrollment Officer
Leslie Burks, ROTC Office Manager
Gonzaga University ROTC has a long history of excellence in and outside of the classroom. Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Alan Westfield, Ph.D., is excited to introduce you to our program. GU ROTC is a four-year program, with some exceptions, and is designed to meet the country’s requirements for officer-leaders in the Army (Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves). Dr. Westfield, Office Manager Leslie Burks, and current ROTC cadets are here today to answer any questions you may have regarding the ROTC program.
Associate Director of Student Involvement
Director of the Payne Center for Leadership Development
The Student Involvement and Leadership office impacts almost every aspect of life outside of the classroom, and even engages in some parts of the academic experience. Joey Sammut, Associate Director for Student Involvement, and Pam Alvarado, Director of the Payne Center for Leadership Development, are excited to talk to you about all the different ways you can get involved on campus. Whether it is learning new ways to lead through the Payne Center for Leadership Development, leading a club sport/program, or anything in between, Gonzaga has a spot for you.
Assistant Director of Semester Study Abroad Programs
The Center for Global Engagement serves both international students on our campus, as well as domestic students interested in studying abroad. Alisha Lombardi, Assistant Director of Semester Study Abroad Programs, is excited to show you how CGE helps Zags develop intercultural skills and provides international experiences for today’s students, who will be tomorrow’s leaders. Richard is excited to talk with you about all of the different opportunities you have to study abroad all over the world. Over 50% of our students study abroad, and our staff are well-equipped to support students at every junction in their journey. Students looking to study abroad can learn about different programs all over the world, as well as information about applying to and affording your time abroad.
Assistant Dean of Student Involvement and Leadership
TVRAS Program Coordinator
Colleen Vandenboom, Assistant Dean of Student Involvement and Leadership, and TVRAS Program Coordinator, Shelby Krug, are here today to talk through how the Transfer, Veteran, and Returning Adult Services (TVRAS) office can enhance your educational experience. TVRAS focuses on empowering all students in order to make the Gonzaga campus a more vibrant community. Join in conversation with staff and current students to ask questions about programming and life on campus as a TVRAS student.