Gonzaga University School of Business Administration will be hosting its 6th Annual Wine and Dine fundraising event on Friday, November 18. Join us in Gonzaga's John J. Hemmingson Center Grand Ballroom for the continuation of a longstanding affair of dining together as friends and supporters to the School of Business.
The evening will start off with a reception, followed by an exceptional dining experience courtesy of Sodexo's top chefs.
The challenges the School of Business faces are significant.
- Growing concerns about the cost and value of higher education
- Significant changes in the academic preparedness and educational aspirations of our students
- Increased competition from traditional competitors and new forms of educational delivery
- Continuing pressure to distinguish ourselves in a crowed business school landscape
Our values are clear.
- There is no substitute for academic excellence.
- We will be active and engaged in our university and our community.
- We will embrace the Jesuit legacy of confident, enlightened, and innovative action.
Our vision is simple. We will be a global leader in Jesuit business education.
Purpose of the event: In order to fulfill our vision and values, we need to be engaged in our community. Building relationships through this event will benefit the entire business school, especially our students. The Wine and Dine is a fundraising event with a focus on excellence through networking and engagement. All net proceeds will benefit the School of Business Administration Excellence fund in support of the annual initiatives to fulfill the SBA’s vision and values.
The business school’s success in being able to pursue our values relies on the myriad of relationships we enjoy with so many people and business community partners who are engaged with us over time and who support this event each year. From single ticket purchasers to underwriters of wine costs to premier corporate sponsorships—every single relationship we build with this event enhances the delivery of Jesuit business school education. Here are some examples of the use of the funds:
- Student scholarships, travel, professional development
- Student competitions
- Faculty led study abroad
- Programming such as our “Careers” days
- Student internship and job placement rates
- Development of the dean’s Student Advisory Board
Networking and engagement: Some examples of the relationships formed because of this event are below:
- Experiential Learning Opportunities like project-based collaboration
- Building stronger boards in each business discipline
- Development of the Executive Council, advising the dean
- Mentor young alumni to contribute back and get more involved with the school
Enlightened and innovative action:
- On site 1-credit weekend intensive courses at corporate business partners like Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft and locally at Schweitzer Engineering Lab for the first time this year.
- Experiential Learning Opportunities like project based, community impact courses
- Student membership on local business boards
Program: As a high-end event held at the Hemmingson Center Grand Ballroom on Gonzaga University’s campus, the intention is that the guests have most of the evening to enjoy the company of those in the room and at the table. There will be very little programming, with a focus on networking. The evening will begin with a networking social at 6:00 pm, with seating for dinner by 7:00 pm. The dining experience will be an unmatched four-course food and wine paired culinary delight in a beautiful event space, leaving the guests eager to come back and bring their friends for next year. Attire is business formal.
Whether this is your first interaction with the School of Business at Gonzaga University, or you have been a loyal supporter of us, we invite you to join us in our efforts in building the relationships we need to support the education our business students need to go out and make an impact in the world.