COVID-19 Alumni Message

Dear Zag Alumni and Friends,

We hope this note finds you well and safe in these unusual times. Our Alumni staff continues to work remotely, and we are missing the beautiful summer views of our campus home. This summer, we had planned to roll out the red carpet and welcome home our Class of 1970, celebrating an exceptional 50 years since their graduation! Until we can gather with them, please join us in sending this special class your socially-distanced well wishes!

In the coming weeks, we will be sharing regular updates about rescheduled events and campus operations for the Fall. We are not yet gathering for events, but our office has created several new opportunities to assist you as we navigate these challenging times. Below you’ll find increased career and mentoring resources, virtual employer events, and a call for spotlighting our Zag-operated businesses recovering from the impacts of COVID-19. Let’s unite to show the extraordinary power of the Zag network in the weeks ahead.

The recent death of George Floyd has opened up the conversations about racism in new ways, and we are committed to doing more. Recently, more than 20 regional chapter leaders engaged in a productive dialogue on this topic, acknowledging that there is still work to do, and that we must do it together. Please reach out with your input as well, as we continue these conversations and efforts.

Additionally, I would like to update you on the preparations for our students’ return to campus this fall. President Thayne McCulloh appointed a Pandemic Response Task Force in April following three months of emergency management planning. This task force is preparing daily to put proper processes and protocols in place to help the University prepare for the return of students, with in-class and hybrid instruction, and resumption of residence living and meal services. Of course, sound prevention practices will be in place to ensure students, faculty, staff, and visitors are given a safe and healthy environment in which to work and recreate.

  • Fall classes are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Sept. 1, as previously scheduled. Move-in will be staggered over a six-day period for on-campus residents to lessen the crowds on any one of those days.
  • To mitigate the risk associated with COVID-19, students who travel outside of Spokane County for Thanksgiving break will be asked not return to campus. Spokane-area students may stay on campus with the normal services through the end of the semester, but all students will complete those last two weeks of fall semester, and finals, through remote-delivery methods.
  • Gonzaga will continue to follow regional and state guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and will set aside several campus facilities for isolating and supporting those who test positive, and quarantine for those who may come into contact with infected individuals.

For more details about the University’s plan to re-open for fall semester, please visit In addition, you are welcome to contact our Call Center at (509) 313-7010 with any questions you may have.

We are praying for you all and remain awestruck by the ways you serve our world, even in the most challenging moments.


Kara Hertz
Executive Director, Alumni Relations