Gonzaga University

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Gonzaga University
Gonzaga U Seal.png
Latin: Universitas Gonzagae
Motto Ad majorem Dei gloriam (Latin)
Motto in English For the greater glory of God
Established September 17, 1887
Type Private, nonprofit
research, coeducational
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Endowment US$121 million[1]
President Thayne McCulloh
Academic staff 381 Full-time
Students 7,764
Undergraduates 4,865
Postgraduates 2,899
Location Spokane, Washington, USA
47°40′03″N 117°24′09″W / 47.6675°N 117.4025°W / 47.6675; -117.4025Coordinates: 47°40′03″N 117°24′09″W / 47.6675°N 117.4025°W / 47.6675; -117.4025
Campus Urban - 131 acres (53.0 ha)
Former names Gonzaga College
(1887–1912)
Fight song "Go, Gonzaga!"
Colors      Navy Blue
     White
     Red
Athletics NCAA Division IWCC
Sports 16 varsity sports teams[2]
(8 men's and 8 women's)
Nickname
Mascot Spike the Bulldog
Affiliations
Website www.gonzaga.edu
Gonzaga University Logo.svg

Gonzaga University is a private Roman Catholic university located in Spokane, Washington, United States. Founded in 1887 by the Society of Jesus, it is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. It is named for the young Jesuit saint Aloysius Gonzaga. The campus houses 105 buildings on 131 acres (53 ha) of grassland along the Spokane River, in a residential setting one-half-mile (0.8 km) from downtown Spokane.

The university was founded by Father Joseph Cataldo, SJ, an Italian-born priest and missionary. He established the Catholic school for local Native Americans whom he served.[3]

Campus[edit]

Foley Center Library is Gonzaga's main graduate and undergraduate library. Chastek Law Library primarily serves Gonzaga University School of Law.

Gonzaga is host to many unique pieces of artwork, many devoted to historical religious figures and prominent Catholics. Among the most notable are statues of St. Ignatius, St. Joseph, and St. Aloysius, as well as a statue of Bing Crosby.

Due to an expanding student body, Gonzaga is currently constructing a projected $60 million building that will serve as the new center of campus. The new Circulus Omnium Gonzagaorum (COG) will replace the former COG that was utilized by students for over 60 years. The three-story, 167,000-square-foot (15,500 m2) building will feature modern architecture and an all-glass exterior. Completion is estimated in early 2015.[4]

Organization and administration[edit]

The 2009–10 operating budget is $206.6 million, with an annual payroll of $71.9 million. The average class size is 23 students, and there are 364 employed faculty; the student/faculty ratio is 11:1. Of the 38 Jesuits on campus, 24 are employed by the University. There are 648 non-faculty employees. Enrollment in 2009–10 was 7,682 (4,729 undergraduate) students.[5] The university ranks fourth in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for Regional Universities in the West.[6]

The university is divided into seven colleges or schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • School of Law
  • School of Nursing and Human Physiology
  • School of Professional Studies
360° panorama on the campus of Gonzaga University as seen on an August evening
College Hall

Academics[edit]

Gonzaga is nationally recognized for its academics. Gonzaga is consistently ranked in the top 4 best universities in the west (master's division) by US News & World Report. The School of Engineering and Applied Science is the No. 22 (tie with seven other schools) best undergraduate engineering program nationwide (among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s). Moreover, Gonzaga is ranked as the third best value school in the west. Gonzaga’s Master of Business Administration program is ranked the 73rd best. Additionally, you will find Gonzaga among Princeton's rankings of the best 378 colleges. Gonzaga has also graced the prestigious Fisk Guide to Colleges, which ranks the best 336 colleges, not just in the United States, but also in Canada and England.[7]

Gonzaga's liberal arts tradition lies in its core curriculum, which integrates philosophy, religious studies, mathematics, literature, natural and social sciences, and extensive writing in each major discipline. Gonzaga offers studies in 92 fields and 26 graduate programs. In addition, Gonzaga offers programs in preparation for professional schools in business, education, engineering, dentistry, divinity/theology, law, medicine, nursing and veterinary medicine. Gonzaga also sponsors an Army ROTC program which prepares students to become commissioned officers upon graduation. Additionally, Gonzaga partners with Bishop White Seminary, located next to the campus, to prepare Catholic seminarians for the priesthood.[8] Students may study abroad at Gonzaga's campus in Florence, Italy, or at other programs in Australia, Benin, British West Indies, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Spain and Zambia.[9]

Gonzaga's admission standards are considered "more selective" by U.S. News & World Report .[10] Gonzaga boasts a high average SAT score for entering students of 1202 (CR+M) and an average ACT score of 27.[11] Forbes ranks Gonzaga as the 102nd best private school in the country.[12]

Athletics[edit]

Main article: Gonzaga Bulldogs

Gonzaga University, whose official mascot is the Bulldog and whose players are nicknamed the Zags, is part of the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference. Gonzaga became a household name with their "Cinderella" run in the NCAA tournament in 1999, which saw Gonzaga make it to the "Elite Eight." Gonzaga continued to build on that success, and now has one of the highest regarded basketball programs in the country. Since that historic run in 1999, Gonzaga has experienced notable success in the West Coast Conference as well as in the NCAA tournament, for which they have played in 16 consecutive years. Gonzaga's basketball feats include 15 WCC regular titles, 5 "Sweet 16's," produced 15 All Americans, a national CBS-Chevrolet Player of the Year and USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy in Adam Morrison, and 4 NBA first round picks as of 2012.[13] Additionally, in 2013, Canadian center Kelly Olynyk, a national Player of the Year finalist, was selected as a first team All American. In the 2012-13 season, Gonzaga was ranked No. 1 by the AP for the first time in school history. Its highest ranking before reaching the pinnacle of college hoops came in 2004, when the Bulldogs were ranked No. 2.

Basketball games are held in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The university's men's basketball team, which did not make its first appearance in the NCAA tournament until 1995 (more than a decade after NBA Hall of Fame player and Gonzaga alum John Stockton graduated), has made the regional finals of the NCAA tournament (the "Elite Eight") in 1999, re-appearing in the tournament every year since (As of 2014). The Ladies basketball team made it to their "Sweet Sixteen" in 2010.[14]

Three of Gonzaga's most recent notable athletes are basketball players—former center Ronny Turiaf (now playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves); Robert Sacre 2012 NBA Draft (selected by the Los Angeles Lakers third overall 2006 NBA Draft pick, and Red Star Belgrade Adam Morrison (who was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats); and Courtney Vandersloot, 2011 winner of the Nancy Lieberman Award as the leading Division I women's point guard and women's Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the top Division I player no taller than 5'8" (1.73 m), selected third overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2011 WNBA Draft. Men's head coach Mark Few was the West Coast Conference coach of the year from 2001 to 2006, and again in 2008. Women's head coach Kelly Graves, a six-time WCC coach of the year, has led the Zags to seven consecutive WCC regular-season titles and four WCC tournament titles. The 2010–11 women's team, a No. 11 seed in that year's NCAA Tournament, became the lowest seed ever to advance to a regional final in the history of the women's tournament.

Like some other smaller colleges, Gonzaga ended its football program in the Fall of 1941, just before the U.S. entry into World War II. It produced two Pro Football Hall of Famers: Tony Canadeo (1941) of the Green Bay Packers, and Ray Flaherty (1926), head coach of the Washington Redskins. In addition, Flaherty recruited former Bulldog football stars, Ed Justice, George "Automatic" Karamatic and Max Krause to play in the Redskin backfield. Gonzaga football ended due to declining enrollment of young male athletes.[citation needed] Efforts to restart the program in 1946 were unsuccessful, and the football stadium was razed in 1949.

Intramurals and extracurricular[edit]

Gonzaga University offers a multitude of intramural and club sports for each season, open to all students, and over 72% of the student population participates. Through intramural sports, students compete against fellow students. Gonzaga offers various levels ranging from A to D, with D being the lowest level. In the fall Gonzaga offers golf, soccer, flag football, volleyball, dodgeball, 3-on-3 basketball, badminton and various tournaments. In the winter soccer, frisbee, volleyball, pickleball, bench press competition, and handball tournaments are offered. During the spring softball, spring triathlon, and home run derbies are offered.[15][16]

Gonzaga also has an Army ROTC Ranger Challenge team, which has won 15 championships in the last 16 years. It has more than once won the Douglas MacArthur Award, given annually to the best Army ROTC program in the Western United States.[17] [18]

Student life[edit]

Gonzaga Student Body Association ("GSBA") is in charge of the clubs and activities on campus.[19] Elections for its offices (e.g. President, Vice President, Senator) take place annually during the fall.[20][21]

The university requires all freshman and sophomore students to reside on campus.

The Knights and Setons are Gonzaga's sophomore service clubs, composed of 60 sophomores (30 men make up the Knights, and 30 women make up the Setons). Every year, the Knights and Setons raise money for a charity of their choice, their most successful fund raiser being the charity ball held every fall. They do charity work within and outside the university, and are involved in events such as new student orientation and graduation.[22][23]

Knights of Columbus[edit]

On March 7, 2013, the Student Activities department at Gonzaga denied permission for the formation of a Knights of Columbus council on its campus, because the K of C limits its membership to male Catholics and is, therefore, discriminatory.[24] The decision was overturned by the University's president on April 30, 2013.[25]

Student publications[edit]

The Gonzaga Bulletin is the official, weekly student newspaper of Gonzaga University. The newspaper is staffed largely by students of the journalism and broadcasting department of the university's communication arts department; it is managed by a faculty adviser and an advisory board, which reports to the university president. During the 1990s, the paper was recognized for its independence and excellence by the Society of Professional Journalists, winning Best Paper in the Inland Northwest Awards twice. The Gonzaga Bulletin is designed on the 4th floor of Gonzaga's College Hall. It is printed off-site in Spokane and transported to campus for distribution.

Spires is Gonzaga's official yearbook. It details the academic year through pictures and articles. The yearbook is distributed at the beginning of each year and is free to all students. To ensure being included in the yearbook, students have their pictures taken during opening weekend or Fall Family weekend.[26]

Notable alumni[edit]

Bing Crosby on June 15, 1942
NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton '84

Entertainers[edit]

Athletes[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Other[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Gonzaga University Sports". 
  3. ^ "History of Gonzaga University". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  4. ^ http://www.gonzaga.edu/beinspired/universitycenter/project-facts.asp
  5. ^ "Facts and Figures". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  6. ^ "Regional University West Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.gonzaga.edu/About/national-rankings-recognition.asp
  8. ^ Skylstad, William S. (2004-01-15). "The Bishop 333Writes". The Catholic Diocese of Spokane. Retrieved 2009-01-30. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Study Abroad". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  10. ^ "Gonzaga University". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
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  12. ^ "Gonzaga University", Forbes
  13. ^ http://www.zagaholic.com/p/history.html
  14. ^ "Gonzaga Falls to Xavier; Ends Historic Season". Gonzaga. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  15. ^ "Intramurals". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  16. ^ "Schedules". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  17. ^ "Bulldogs Making Headlines". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  18. ^ "Ranger Challenge". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  19. ^ "GSBA". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  20. ^ "Gonzaga Activities Board". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  21. ^ "Gonzaga Student Activities Board". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  22. ^ "Knights, Setons Have a Ball Supporting Charity". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-14. [dead link]
  23. ^ "Gonzaga University Orientation 2010". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  24. ^ http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2156/gonzaga_university_knights_of_columbus_are_discriminatory_updated.aspx
  25. ^ http://www.gonzaga.edu/About/mcculloh/messages/2012-13/message_043013.asp
  26. ^ "Spires". Gonzaga Website. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  27. ^ Celebrate Gonzaga’s milestone birthdays with look at how it all began - Spokesman.com - Oct. 28, 2012
  28. ^ http://www.avvo.com/about_avvo/leadership

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