Zag Nation Celebrates 8th Gonzaga Day

Spike fires up fans on Gonzaga Day in the Kennel where the Zags beat BYU 92-69. (GU photo)
Spike fires up the student section on Gonzaga Day in the Kennel where the Zags beat BYU 92-69. (GU photo)

January 21, 2020
Gonzaga News Service

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Gonzaga community worldwide united on Saturday, Jan. 18 to celebrate their connection to the University on the eighth annual Gonzaga Day. Fans in McCarthey Athletic Center and at more than 20 chapter game watch events around the world cheered on the Zags’ basketball teams to wins with the men beating Brigham Young 92-69 in the Kennel and the women beating San Francisco 69-46 on the road.

Fans gather in a game watch in the Hemmingson Center. (GU photo)
Fans gather in the Hemmingson Center to cheer on the Zags in one of nearly two dozen game-watch events nationwide. (GU photo)

Thousands of Zags around the world gathered to watch the men improve their record to 20-1 in an ESPN2 national broadcast. Gonzaga’s women improved their record to 18-1 in another exciting victory.

President Thayne McCulloh thanked all members of Zag Nation — including Gonzaga students, alumni, parents, friends, employees, devoted supporters and casual fans — for their ongoing loyalty and support of Gonzaga. 

“On this our 8th annual Gonzaga Day, I am particularly proud of how Gonzaga, driven by the support of our generous communities, benefactors and partners, is evolving to meet our students’ needs and those of the communities they will serve. We want to say, ‘thank you’ and encourage Zags everywhere to stay connected with us and keep showing your Zag pride today and every day,” President McCulloh said.

Read all about Gonzaga Day from the fans' perspective:

A Focus on Engagement, Innovation

On Gonzaga Day, 14 service projects took place around the country along with 23 game watches at various alumni chapter locations. President McCulloh addressed a capacity crowd of more than 100 alumni, parents and friends at Salesforce in San Francisco, sharing University updates and institutional vision.

Science and engineering facility
A rendering of the Integrated Science and Engineering facility under construction

Additionally, updates were shared on the Integrated Science and Engineering facility, slated to open its doors in Fall 2021. Fundraising efforts are continuing toward completion of this facility, which will add nearly 83,000 square feet of space dedicated to supporting students, faculty, and the broader community, particularly those in the STEM fields.

Gonzaga Day is all about connection with the broader institution and there are many ways to stay connected to Gonzaga:

  • Support Gonzaga students’ career aspirations through the TREK program, which provides career advice and mentoring, as well as offering job, internship, and networking opportunities.
  • Refer new student families to GU.
  • Support fundraising efforts toward the Integrated Science and Engineering facility.
  • Show Zag pride all around the world. 

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