Services

University Ministry

Mission

The Office of University Ministry is responsible for the faith development of all students regardless of religious affiliation and tradition. University Ministry provides opportunities and resources for spiritual growth and fellowship through retreats, service projects, liturgies, music ministry, Christian Life Communities (CLC’s), spiritual direction, residence hall programs and more. These activities offer students a more mature understanding of Gonzaga’s Jesuit and Catholic identity and a deeper respect for other religious traditions.

Activities

Mass and Sacraments: As a Catholic University, we hold Masses on campus to unite us as a faith community. At least four public Liturgies are available each day in the Gonzaga community. People of all religious paths are welcome to join us in prayer and worship. In addition, we help students connect with other local area places of worship.

Not only are students invited to come to Mass, but they are also invited to take on leadership positions, such as that of Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Server, or Sacristan. University Ministry also offers students the Sacrament of Reconciliation three times each week. In addition, a student may seek out a priest at any time.

Retreats: University Ministry’s retreat programs provide opportunities for students to practice reflection, self-disclosure, leadership, fellowship and self-examination according to our Ignatian heritage. More than a thousand students participate in University Ministry retreats each year.

University Ministry coordinates one Pilgrimage, six Freshmen Retreats, four SEARCH Retreats, four Cardoner Retreats, one Senior Retreat and three Montserrat Retreats per academic year. Each retreat is coordinated by a University Ministry staff member and most are led by student crews.

If you have questions about other University Ministry sponsored events and programs, please contact the office at (509) 313-4242 or umin@gonzaga.edu. University Ministry is located on the main floor of the Crosby Student Center and online at www.gonzaga.edu/um.

Counseling and Career Assessment Center

The Counseling and Career Assessment Center services are available for all currently enrolled students who have concerns—which may be career, personal, or academic in nature – and which may impede their academic progress. The counselor will decide with the student how many sessions will be needed—not to exceed the limits of our short-term mode. Confidentiality is strictly maintained.

Specialized Services: Occasionally, students have concerns that may require specialized services; our counselors can serve as consultants in the processing of referrals to appropriate community professionals. Some concerns for this specialized service include: alcohol rehabilitation, eating disorders, chronic psychological conditions or long-term therapy. Fees incurred for services beyond the scope of the Counseling and Career Assessment Center are the responsibility of the individual student.

Career Counseling: The college experience often has a profound impact on personal and professional goals. We provide career counseling to take a comprehensive look at how a student’s particular interests, values and abilities may relate to various career and lifestyle choices. The process would likely entail completing the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and using the System of Interactive Guidance and Information (‘SIGI’) – a computer career exploration program – as tools to examine the student’s life in terms of developing a career plan. Personal agency (being self-aware and actively developing one’s own potential) is the ideal we work with students to develop as we assist in clarifying interests, values and skills, and in identifying compatible academic majors and career fields.

Our Counselors are all professionals, each possessing years of experience in their field and therefore qualified to address the individual needs of the student and to do so in a short-term, “focused” type counseling. The counselor assists the student to clarify their life goals – personal, academic and professional – and also to acquire and develop methods for coping with obstacles encountered throughout life. Succeeding sessions are devoted to finding ways of achieving the goals that have been established.

Location: The Counseling and Career Assessment Center is located in College Hall Room 303 and can be reached by calling 509-313-4054 or by e-mail: ccac@gonzaga.edu. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Counselors are available for appointments Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. and 1:10 pm.-4:00 p.m.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services and Counseling

Gonzaga University offers services related to alcohol and substance abuse counseling for those students who may need such services. Services include: alcohol and drug education programs, alcohol and substance counseling, and substance free housing. Occasionally students have concerns that may require more specialized counseling services. In these instances, there are designated individuals in the student life division who can serve as a source of referral to appropriate community professionals. For more information on alcohol and substance abuse services please contact the Student Development Office at extension 4156 or from off-campus at 313-4156.

The Career Center

The Career Center assists students and alumni with career support, opportunities and connections translating the Gonzaga experience to meaningful life’s work. A wide variety of events, programs and opportunities are held throughout the year to encourage students to be actively involved with career planning. Employer representatives visit campus to interview and recruit students. Campus-wide career fairs bring many employers and organizations in direct contact with students. The Internship Program provides resources for students to learn how to find and develop internship opportunities related to their career goals. Many formal and informal opportunities exist for students, including one-on-one appointments with professional staff and mentoring from student peer volunteers. ZagTrax is an online program which allows students, alumni and employers to connect with Gonzaga’s electronic posting board for internship and employment opportunities, as well as to maintain an electronic career portfolio.

Career Preparation Workshops—offering sessions throughout the academic year on all phases of career development: resume, cover letter, interviewing, networking, internships, recruiting and job search.

Employment & On-Campus Recruitment Opportunities—meet with representatives from national, regional and local corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and school districts when they visit campus to interview and recruit students for internships and careers

Internship Program—learn how to prepare yourself, as well as how to find and develop internship opportunities related to career goals.

Career Fairs—network with employers at the Engineering Invitational and the campus-wide career fairs in the fall, and the Partnership Career Event in the spring. Employer and Job Search—receive a “hands on” demonstration of how to use online resources to find a job or internship, get career direction, and search for employers who hire people with a specific degree.

ZagTrax—visit www.zagtrax.net to connect with Gonzaga’s online posting board for internship and employment opportunities, as well as maintain an electronic career portfolio (letters of recommendation, transcripts, resumes, and other pertinent documents) which can be made available to prospective employers or graduate schools upon request.

Electronic Files—allows students and alumni access to storage and electronic delivery of placement files for the School of Education.

Individual Student Appointments—schedule an appointment with a career professional to discuss specific career questions.

After Hours—drop in on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to receive immediate assistance with resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, or other career-related questions.

Career and Internship Resource Materials—come by to conduct a “hands-on” or online career-related search and make use of reference materials that provide current information on career trends.

Career Center Representatives (CCR)—receive mentoring from the student-run group who provide career support to their peers through walk-in appointments, classroom visits, career-related programs, and campus-wide outreach.

Resumania—stop by during the lunch hour once a month to enjoy a slice of pizza while receiving assistance on resumes, cover letters, or interviewing skills.

Etiquette Dinner—savor a four-course meal and learn the proper etiquette for dining with an employer (offered once per semester).

For a complete listing of workshops, events, on-campus recruiting opportunities, or to schedule an individual appointment, visit www.zagtrax.net.

GAMP

The Gonzaga University Alumni Mentor Program (GAMP) is a career development and networking resource for students and alumni. This award-winning program assists individuals in exploring alternative career fields and in developing a network of contacts by matching them with alumni mentors in their particular career field. The program has over two thousand mentors in a wide variety of career fields from different geographical locations willing to help students clarify academic and career decisions. Students acquire realistic and current information from these career practitioners and begin developing relationships that will prepare them to make a successful transition from school to the professional world. The program is intended for all majors and students are encouraged to use the services throughout their college experience.

In addition to the individual mentoring, GAMP organizes regional career development and networking events in Spokane, Portland, Seattle, New York, San Francisco, and San Jose. The “Trek” program offers students the opportunity to participate in corporate excursions, networking socials, and to meet representatives from some of the top employers in the region. The treks help students make valuable career connections with individual alumni and corporate recruiters in some of our nation’s most important employment markets.

Center for Community Action and Service-Learning (CCASL)

The Center for Community Action and Service-Learning (CCASL) has accumulated almost two decades of experience putting Gonzaga University’s mission into action through a wide spectrum of volunteer and service-learning programs. CCASL empowers students and faculty to take action through community involvement, education, and public service to strive for social justice. Together with the campus community, CCASL endeavors to fulfill the university’s mission of creating “women and men with others.” The CCASL offices are found in two houses that serve as a resource center to students, faculty, alumni, and community partners with the goal of providing community service opportunities. Programs include:

The Office of Academic Service-Learning: GU has offered service-learning courses (a service component is integrated into a course’s curriculum) for over 15 years. The program is supported by the Service-Learning Advisory Board and the Office of Service-Learning. Over 75 faculty teach service-learning courses in twelve different academic departments and the law school. Over 1,200 students are engaged in service-learning each academic year. Each fall semester the office coordinates a Service Fest where 80 to 100 non-profit agencies come to campus recruit student volunteers.

Gonzaga Mentoring Programs: The Campus Kids and Shaw Connection Projects: Campus Kids and Shaw Connection are mentoring programs for at-risk youth. The project pairs GU students with 4th, 5th and 6th grade children, or middle school children, for tutoring activities centered on the Gonzaga campus.

GU Service Corps: These student initiated projects include one-day events such as April’s Angels and the Way of the Heart Retreat. These include projects for the homeless, elderly, environment, and at-risk youth. CCASLalso has information and resources on over 100 community agencies, as well as resources for students interested in post-graduate volunteer opportunities. Please visit www.gonzaga.edu/CCASL for additional information.

Health Center

The campus Health Center provides medical treatment for illness and minor injuries, provides health education, and promotes physical and mental health. A referral service is also provided. The Health Center is open weekdays during the academic year except for holidays.

The physician, nurse practitioner, and registered nurses are available for confidential treatment and consultation with an emphasis on personal responsibility and wellness. All registered students are eligible for these services.

In compliance with university policy, all students born after 1956 must submit documentation of two immunizations for red measles (Rubeola) prior to registration. Non-compliance with this requirement may result in a hold on any future registration. Exceptions must be verified by the Health Center and will be granted only for specific medical or religious objections to vaccination.

An accident/injury plan is in effect for all students. Additional insurance coverage is offered to cover the cost of services, in or out of the Health Center.

Unity House Cultural Education Center

The Unity Multicultural Education Center’s primary purpose is to build a more inclusive community at Gonzaga University based on trust, honor, and respect. It is our mission to empower students to become leaders on the university campus as well as in their communities. Under the Division of Student Life, the Multicultural Education Center shares in its commitment to help students achieve their maximum potential and to improve the quality of campus life. This partnership allows for center to expand its reach beyond academics and into all aspects of a student’s life.

An important goal of the Unity House is to help create a welcoming campus climate via educational programming and presentations, activities and events. Diverse individuals add to the distinctive educational and social experience of campus and community life. The staff of the Multicultural Education Center works to assist Gonzaga University students in developing and expanding its commitment to recruit, nurture, and retain students, faculty, administrators and staff of diverse backgrounds. In order to facilitate the academic success and care of students from underrepresented populations, we work to provide the necessary tools they need to succeed academically, professionally, and personally.

Resources provided through Unity House include classroom presentations, residence hall presentations, event/program planning, recruitment initiatives, workshops and trainings, mentoring and much more. The Unity Multicultural Education Center provides on-going programs throughout the year, such as Summer BRIDGE, LEADS Program, Multicultural Honor Society, a bi-monthly speaker series, academic and career building workshops, and evening study tables during mid-terms and finals. Other social activities include cultural events off-campus, BBQ’s, game nights, and cultural potlucks.

Veterans

Gonzaga University’s academic programs of study are approved by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board’s State Approving Agency (HECB/SAA) for enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under Title 38 and Title 10 USC.

For graduate students enrolled in academic programs offering courses in non-standard terms, the number of credits required to achieve a time status of "full time" shall be proportional to the number of weeks in that non-standard term divided by sixteen (e.g. 8 divided by 16, times 6 credits equals a full-time status of three (3) credits for a non-standard term of eight (8) weeks duration).

Eligible veterans needing to apply for their benefits, approved veterans needing certification of enrollment, or students with questions about possible veteran benefits should contact the University’s veterans advisor in Room 229 of College Hall.

Disability Resources, Education, and Access Management

Disability Resources, Education, and Access Management (DREAM), provides access services to Gonzaga University’s programs, services, activities and facilities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Washington State laws. DREAM serves students with permanent or temporary disability. DREAM may arrange or provide appropriate academic adjustments, reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, assistive technology, advocacy, and other types of assistance for students with disabilities. Students should contact DREAM to inquire about the procedure for securing academic adjustments or accommodations. The university recommends the student contact DREAM at least four weeks prior to the semester for which they are requesting services. However, DREAM continuously evaluates student documentation and requests for accommodation throughout the school year.

If at any time during the process of application, admission, and enrollment, individuals feel that they have been discriminated against because of disability, they are encouraged to notify the DREAM director. Incidents which have occurred more than 120 days prior to making the complaint may or may not be given consideration. To obtain copies of GU’s Informal Complaint Process for Reasonable Accommodation or the Formal Grievance Procedure, please contact the DREAM director.

Disability Resources, Education, and Access Management is located in Foley Library, 2nd floor, East Wing and is at extension 4134. Visit the department Website: www.gonzaga.edu/disabilityresources.

Campus Public Safety and Security Department

The Campus Public Safety and Security Department facilitates the safety and security of the students, staff, faculty, visitors, and property of Gonzaga University. As part of the Student Life Division, the Safety and Security Department supports the educational and developmental mission of the Office of the Vice President for Student Life. The department is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Officers are professionally trained in public safety methods. On-going training, appropriate for the campus environment, is provided. Officers make regular checks of all university buildings, with emphasis on the residence halls. Officers also answer calls for service, provide escorts and jump starts, check alarms, and investigate suspicious situations. Criminal activity and requests for police service that are outside the authority of campus officers are directed to the Spokane Police Department. The university possesses a collaborative working relationship with local law enforcement and emergency service providers.

Crosby Student Center

The Crosby Student Center opened in the spring of 1993 as a student-oriented facility designed to enhance the quality of life among members of the Gonzaga community. The center offers meeting rooms, lounges, and areas for programs, study, and socialization. Also available are student mailboxes, the university mail service, a central information desk, café, Grab and Go snack bar, television lounge, espresso bar, vending machines, gifts/balloons, a small movie theatre, several food retail outlets, a student photo gallery, ATM, bank, courtesy phones, and Ticket Central where students can purchase discounted tickets to area-wide events both on and off campus. Offices housed in the center include University Ministry, the Career Center, Student Activities, Outdoor Recreation, in addition to the offices of the Gonzaga Student Body Association (GSBA), and the Crosbyanna Room with Bing Crosby memorabilia.

Student Publications

Gonzaga University is the publisher of these student produced publications: the Gonzaga Bulletin newspaper; Reflection Journal of Literary and Visual Arts, Charter Journal of Scholarship and Opinion and Spires yearbook. These publications are also available online at: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Life/Get-Involved/Student-Media/default.htm or to www.gonzagabulletin.com for the newspaper. For distribution locations or other questions, please call 509-313-6875.

International Students

Gonzaga welcomes applications from international students. Non-native English speaking students must present evidence of English proficiency sufficient for graduate-level work. Gonzaga University requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and that the official scores be sent from ETS. In lieu of the TOEFL, Gonzaga will accept satisfactory completion of Level 108 of the University’s English as a Second Language program with a grade point average of at least 3.00 and the recommendation of the ESL faculty. Applicants should submit transcripts in both their native language and an English translation. Photocopies are not accepted as official documents and may not be used for evaluation purposes.

In addition, Gonzaga University requests international applicants provide documentation of sufficient funds for academic and living costs while staying in the United States for at least the academic year (two consecutive full-time semesters) via the Financial Declaration form. On this form, students state that they have access to a certain amount of available funds as well as the source(s) for these funds. Students must provide documentation regarding the source of funding such as written notification from a sponsor or a certified bank statement.

In order to process an I-20 form, the university requires a completed Financial Declaration form and supporting documents. The university program director collects the information and accompanying documents; when the student is accepted, the program director forwards the documentation to International Student Programs, which prepares and mails the I-20 to the student. The student must report to the International Student Programs Office immediately upon arrival to receive a travel signature and to have immigration information collected.