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The Moose is Loose!: Gonzaga University Honors Program: Case 3

Case 3

Case 3

Over time, the Honors Program at Gonzaga underwent many changes, altering its core requirements and the student’s attention to their specific major. At the end of each student’s senior year, a senior symposium was held in which each student gave a one hour presentation on a research paper they had written. This event was accompanied with a single publication that included each student’s paper. Later the senior symposium was replaced with the Honors’ interdisciplinary senior thesis and presentation. In the late sixties, the program introduced colloquia—discussion based courses that explore a wide range of interdisciplinary topics and were facilitated by one or more faculty. The interdisciplinary thesis and colloquia are both traditions live on today.

Dr. Franz Schneider, professor of English, Director of the Honors Program, 1965-1967.

Dr. Franz Schneider, professor of English, Director of the Honors Program, 1965-1967.

Dr. Jack Salmon, professor of political science, Director of the Honors Program 1968-1969.

Dr. Jack Salmon, professor of political science, Director of the Honors Program 1968-1969.

Dr. Salmon made some drastic changes to the program while director. Under his direction, students in their sophomore, junior, and senior year were allowed to choose between a number of one credit hour seminars. Students were required to take an average of one seminar per year. Three seminars were offered per semester and were open all sophomores, juniors and seniors in the program.

Dr. Kornel Skovajsa, professor of English, Director of the Honors Program 1969-1972.

Dr. Kornel Skovajsa, professor of English, Director of the Honors Program 1969-197

Dr. Pat Monahan, professor of French, Director of the Honors Program in 1973-1976.

Dr. Pat Monahan, professor of French, Director of the Honors Program in 1973-1976.

Fr. Donald Sharp, S. J., professor of religion, Director of the Honors Program, 1976-1977.

Fr. Donald Sharp, S. J., professor of religion, Director of the Honors Program, 1976-1977.

Dr. Michael Herzog, professor of English, Director of the Honors Program, 1978-1983.

Dr. Michael Herzog, professor of English, Director of the Honors Program, 1978-1983.

Dr. Blaine Garvin , professor of political science, Director of the Honors Program, 1984-1993.

Dr. Blaine Garvin , professor of political science, Director of the Honors Program, 1984-1993.

Fr. Michael Siconolfi, S. J., professor of English, Director of the Honors Program, 1988-1993.

Fr. Michael Siconolfi, S. J., professor of English, Director of the Honors Program, 1988-1993.

While Fr. Siconolfi was the director, the program acquired Hopkins House as a community center. The house is equipped with study rooms, computers, a kitchen, a movie room, a sitting room and a classroom. Although no honors students live in the house, all have 24 hour access to the building for studying and social activities.

Fr. Stephen Kuder, S. J., professor of religious studies, Director of the Honors Program, 1994-2001.

Fr. Stephen Kuder, S. J., professor of religious studies, Director of the Honors Program, 1994-2001.

During Fr. Kuder’s time as director, the program adopted the moose as its mascot. It all started because the honors community house was getting too messy. When Fr. Kuder had had enough, he flew a flag with a moose on it outside of the house and the students knew they had 24 hours to clean up, or Kuder would lock them all out for a week.

Fr. Timothy Clancy, S. J., a graduate of the Honors Program, professor of philosophy, Director of the Honors Program, 2002-Present.

Fr. Timothy Clancy, S. J., a graduate of the Honors Program, professor of philosophy, Director of the Honors Program, 2002-Present.

Honors program brochure, 1969.

Honors program brochure, 1969.

Memo from Jack Salmon, Director of the Honors Program, 1968-1969.

Memo from Jack Salmon, Director of the Honors Program, 1968-1969.

Under Dr. Jack Salmon, the Honors Program made some radical changes. These included the introduction of one credit seminars to be made available for any sophomore, junior, or senior in the program. Three seminars were to be taught per semester. This memo announces to professors the opportunity to submit a proposal for such a seminar.

 

Honors Program Brochure, c. 1980s.

Honors Program Brochure, c. 1980s.

Spires Honors Program Page, 1980-1981.

Spires Honors Program Page, 1980-1981.

“Honors Freshman Average 3.9 GPA, 1325 SAT” from Signum, Fall 1991.

“Honors Freshman Average 3.9 GPA, 1325 SAT” from Signum, Fall 1991.

In this article in Signum, Gonzaga’s alumni magazine, Gonzaga announces to its alumni the incredible statistics boasted by the Honors Program’s incoming freshman. One student in the class even scored perfectly on the verbal SAT.