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Transfer Welcome Letter

Hello New Zag!

On behalf of the Transfer, Veteran, and Returning Adult Students Office (TVRAS – pronounced: T.V. Ras), I want to congratulate you on becoming a part of the Gonzaga University community! I look forward to the opportunity to work with you all throughout the coming year. While you may not have started at GU, our goal is to be a support for you as you work to earn your Gonzaga Degree.

We acknowledge the unique experiences that you, as a transfer student, bring to our institution. It is the objective of our team in the TVRAS office to be your campus contacts in connecting you to the variety of resources that are available to you as a student at GU.

It is through our programming that we hope to best connect you with others who have the same shared experiences as yourself. To best achieve this, we host monthly TVRAS luncheons and evening programming to give an opportunity to engage with your peers, learn about opportunities on campus, and grab some free food (always a plus). For those of you looking for late night programming, SpikeNites provides a series of fun activities every Friday and Saturday night.  And finally, for transfers who have a children we also offer monthly family-friendly programming known as SpikeDays!

Throughout your time at GU, you’ll learn we offer a variety of ways to be involved. We’re here in the TVRAS office to assist you in discovering what your involvement looks like. To begin getting connected, I would highly recommend logging into Zagtivities and joining our Transfers, Veterans, and Returning Adult Students group. This is a great low-commitment way of knowing what programs we’re putting on through the TVRAS office, along with other opportunities that may interest you.

Currently, we have a group of TVRAS Orientation Leaders that will be available to answer questions and support you as the semester moves forward. In being transfer students themselves, they have made the transition to GU before you and are happy to share their experiences and tips for success. If you would like to sit down with a leader to share a free lunch or Starbucks on Gonzaga’s campus, let me know and I will be happy to connect you.

Finally, we invite you to stop by the TVRAS office. Come say “hello”, grab some coffee (we have a Keurig), check out the free lockers, use the fridge, and share a laugh with us. We’re in Hemmingson 211! I look forward to connecting with each of you as we navigate the upcoming years together.

Welcome to Gonzaga University. Go ZAGS!

Michaela Johnson
Program Coordinator, Center for Student Involvement
John J. Hemmingson Center | Suite 211

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