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Networking & Happy Hour in DC

Gonzaga U. Alumni DC Chapter Summer Charity Happy Hour at Sutra Lounge & Savour Restaurant!

Please join Gonzaga Alumni, current Zags, and friends for a Happy Hour to support Community of Hope.

When: Thursday June 23rd, 2011, 6:00 pm to Late

Where: Sutra Lounge & Savour Restaurant in Adams Morgan

2406 18th Street NW, Washington DC 20009



Why: Don’t miss out on this chance to meet new Zags, reconnect with fellow Alumni, and support a great cause.  You can help make this event a success by spreading the word widely throughout your area networks, including your friends, family, work, church, service, and social organizations.

Music, food and drink specials will be featured!


About Community of Hope: Community of Hope works to improve the health and quality of life for low-income, homeless, and underserved families and individuals in the District of Columbia by providing healthcare, housing with supportive services, educational opportunities, and spiritual support. The vision: that all families in Washington DC are healthy, stably housed, well educated, and financially secure. The key: to serve with compassion, integrity, and respect.  Learn more on our website:
Questions? Contact Christelle Gorman at


2011 Silicon Valley & San Francisco Treks

We are excited about the line up for the 2011 Bay Area Treks! Students of all majors and years are invited to join us for the Bay Area Treks.  For more information, contact the GAMP office at or 313-4048.

To Register:

Cost: $35 for one city, $60 for both.   (Scholarships are available) The first 15 students who register for the Trek get 50% off their registration fee!

Silicon Valley, March 10th

Students must meet at the campus of Santa Clara no later than 10:00.  If students wish to meet in San Francisco, they must arrive at the Courtyard Hotel (299 Second Street, 94105)   no later than 8:45 am.  Group stays together and goes to all three sites.

Google (Lunch on Site):



After day of excursions, students will return to Santa Clara campus for a networking social and dinner with alumni from area.

San Francisco, March 11th

Excursions will run from 1:30-3, 3:30-5.  Lunch will be provided prior to excursions at hotel. Please plan on meeting at hotel no later than 11:30 am.

After day of excursions, students will head to networking social and dinner with alumni from area at Bechelli’s Flower Market Café, 698 Brannan St, San Francisco CA.

Get Ready to Rock… the Fair

As “Career Week” and the “Business & Liberal Arts Career Fair” rapidly approach, we would like to make you aware of the ways that the Career Center & GAMP is here to support and

Here is a schedule of the upcoming Career Week Events for:

(Monday, November 8th –  Friday, November 12th)

Monday, Nov. 8:

Speed Mock Interviews 6:30-8:30pm                 Herak Room

Tuesday, Nov. 9:

Career Fair 12:00-4:00pm                 Cataldo

To view a list of the employers attending the fair visit:

Wednesday, Nov. 10:

Corporate Excursions 1:30-3:30pm                   Downtown Spokane

Inland Northwest Health Services, 1:30-3:30

Visit St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute to learn about INHS’ various cutting edge technologies, patient care and more.  Meet staff members from various sectors of the INHS business to learn more about  career opportunities in fields in health care.

Focus on Academic Majors: Nursing, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Human Physiology, Computer Science. ***MBA, Health Care Administration***

(Note: Students interested in the general field of health care are highly encouraged to attend this Trek track.)

For more information, go to:

Desautel Hege Communications, 1:30-3:30

Learn about the brand of Desautel Hege Communications in a presentation aimed at highlighting the communication agency function as well as pro/cons of different professional avenues within the field.

Focus on Academic Majors: Public Relations, Applied Communications, Advertising, Marketing, Liberal Arts

(Note: On this excursion, space is extremely limited.  Per request of host, students who have not been exposed to the brand of Desautel Hege are encouraged to participate.)

For more information, go to:

Next IT, 1:30-3:30

Have you asked Spike a question on Gonzaga’s website?  Or asked Jenn a question on Alaska Airlines site?  If so, you have been a customer of Next IT’s innovative real-time customer service interface using their Human Emulation Software.  On this track learn how Next IT recruits all majors from business to psychology to form a cutting edge service.

Focus on Academic Majors:  Computer Science, Communications, Business, Marketing, Computer Engineering or any liberal arts degree.

For more information, go to:

Thursday, Nov. 11:

Résumé & Cover Letter Workshop                             12-1 pm                                                Road to Bali

Friday, Nov. 12:

How to Work a Room Workshop 12:00-1:00pm    Road to Bali

Spokane Trek Networking Social 5:30-8:00pm     Barrister Winery

To register and learn more about Career Week Events please visit:

We look forward to working with you!

Career Center Coffee Chat: Washington D.C.

Interested in learning about how to navigate the professional waters in Washington D.C.? Join us for coffee chat as we welcome Tom Lopach, Chief of Staff for Senator Jon Tester (D-MT).

Tom will discuss career advice and transition for political science, international relations, communications, history and more in relation to Washington D.C.

Tom Lopach is currently serving as Senator Jon Tester’s (D-MT) Chief of Staff.  In that role he leads the Washington, DC and Montana Senate staff in work on behalf of Senator Tester and Montanans.  Prior to this assignment Lopach served as an appointee of the Obama-Biden Administration at the Export-Import Bank of the United States where he served as Senior Vice President of Congressional Affairs.  In the 2007-2008 election cycle Tom was the National Finance Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee where he led a staff that raised over $137 million for Democratic Senate campaigns – a record amount of money raised for the DSCC.  Lopach was also part of a team that helped to bring the Democratic Caucus in the US Senate to 59.  Before serving at the DSCC Lopach spent eight years working for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA).  At the end of his time with Senator Kennedy Lopach was Finance Director for Kennedy’s 2006 re-election campaign and Executive Director of Kennedy’s political action committee, the Committee for a Democratic Majority.  Lopach is a native of Helena, MT and a 1996 graduate of Gonzaga University with a bachelor of arts in political science and additional concentrations in international studies and women’s studies.

If you are interested in government, politics or learning more about how to navigate the system invite them to this informal coffee chat!

Save the Date!
Date: Friday, October 22nd
Time: 9-10 am
Where: Road to Bali

Coffee and pastries to be provided!

Please RSVP to by Wednesday October 20th in order to have an accurate count.

Step Four: Grow Your Network

Now, it’s time to take your professional brand to the street, (so to speak) and start growing your network.  Many students are lost when trying to conceptualize the formation of a professional network.    In all honesty, it’s pretty simple.  Think of an onion with an immediate core of friends and family.   (Yes, you can connect to your parents on LinkedIn!)  After that, start connecting to recent alumni of Gonzaga.

  • Join LinkedIn groups for your alumni and the industry you’d like to work in.  Here are some “Zag Only” groups I’d recommend: Gonzaga Alumni Association, Gonzaga Career Center, Gonzaga University.
  • Request introductions from your connections to grow your network, gain advice, and open doors to new opportunities.
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Step Three: Who do You Want to Be?

Ah, the aged old dilemma: What do you want to be when you grow up?   You find yourself searching on job boards all around the internet with little to no luck.  Sometimes, adding a bit of focus will amp up your search by narrowing down types of industry or field you want to work in.

Through groups and professional networking, LinkedIn can give solid guidances for “next steps” in your career.

  • Search LinkedIn to learn about career paths, industries, and geographic locations
  • Engage with industry groups to keep up on hot topics and trends
  • Visit company pages and follow companies to see who’s coming and going
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Welcome to the Alumni Family, Class of 2010

The countdown to graduation weekend is well underway.  Within a handful of weeks, your time as an undergrad at Gonzaga will be complete.  However your time as a Zag, is just getting started!   As an alum of Gonzaga, you will always have a place here within the Gonzaga community.

And to welcome the Class of 2010 into the alumni family properly, consider joining us tonight for the annual senior social. This is a great way to see fellow classmates while learning all about the chapters in 26 cities across the country!  This event allows us to welcome you into the family of Gonzaga alumni and wish you well as you graduate.

Please join us for this evening of hors d’oeuvres and friends, old and new.

The Alumni Association is honored to invite the members of the

Class of 2010

to the annual Senior Social

on Thursday, April 22nd from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

in the East Lobby, McCarthey Center

Semi-formal attire required.

RSVP asap to  In your RSVP, please include your name and the city you plan to move to following graduation.

Hope to see you there!

Not Your Usual A.S.K.

Last night’s event for the Spring Alumni Sharing Knowledge (A.S.K.) was a packed room of students learning best tips and tricks for working a room!  Students were joined were hosted by Margel Kaufman who lead the students in various ways to think about networking.  She urged the students to practice networking as if they were learning to ride a bike.

All in all, a great event!  Thanks for all who attended…..

How to Work a Room

Working a room sounds like a lot of WORK right? In order for you to fully understand what this means and why attending this event might WORK to benefit you …

I want to encourage you to attend this interesting, useful and practical event coming up Wednesday, April 14 from 7:00-9:00pm in the WA/CA room of the COG at Gonzaga University,

What you can gain by coming to the event?

• Confidence in how to start and end conversations

• Great food

• Meeting new people and how to better market yourself

• Learn how to better market yourself

• Find helpful connections

• Practice conversations starters

• Shine in a group of people

To get the most out of a networking event you have to know how to work a room, so we have invited Guest Speaker: Alumna and Regent Margel Kaufman who is involved in San Francisco’s politics, arts, education, and real estate to share some of her secrets for success.

Success is really all about relationship building and working a room helps you build relationships … positive connections that will help you gain confidence, knowledge and experience.

The more people you know and who know you, the better your chances are of succeeding in your future in everything you do.

Have any questions you want addressed at the event? Email the Career Center.

An RSVP is encouraged! Email or join the Facebook Event.

-Mary Heitkemper, Director of the Career Center

Curious How GAMP Works?

You’ve probably seen the acroynm “GAMP” around the blog as well as on campus… curious what it is and how to get involved?  Well, you have come to the right blog post!
GAMP stands for the Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program, a network of 2,500 alumni, friends and parents of Gonzaga who have volunteered to help coach and mentor current students.
To gain access to the network of mentors there are three simple steps:

  • You’ll first have to fill out a registration form.  You can swing up to the Career Center (2nd Floor of Crosby) or simply click here.
  • Then attend a simple 30 minute GAMP orientation, to explain guidelines of program as well as levels of expectations.  To the orientation, you’ll need to bring a letter of introduction as well as a resume.
  • From there, you’ll be matched with mentors in the fields/industries you have requested.

It really is that simple!

Frequently Asked Questions about GAMP:

1. Is this program just for business students?  I am a liberal arts major, how can it help me? This program is designed to help all students regardless of major or academic program! We have a wide variety of mentors in a great spectrum of fields ranging from non-profit to government, business, higher education and more!  The GAMP team is happy to work with students one on one to find the best mentor match for you!

2.  I have already been matched, is it possible to be matched again? I have changed my mind of where I want to work or my future plans.  Yes!  We welcome mentees to contact our office if your needs for mentoring change and you’d like to contiune to expand your professional network. We strongly encourage however the you are able to properly maintain relationships with mentors.

3.  I have contacted my mentors, but I haven’t heard back…what should I do? Contact them again!  Do not be a pest or a bother, but remember…these mentors are typically very busy professionals.  Keep e-mails brief but well thought-out and be considerate of their time and needs.

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