Gonzaga’s University Advancement department consolidates in the BARC

Comprised of Marketing and Communications, Alumni Relations, Donor Relations  and Development, University Advancement’s (UA) offices used to be spread throughout College Hall and across Sharp Avenue, but after 18 months of planning, all of UA was relocated to the former BARC  building in January. 

With the department stretched out over campus, collaboration between divisions of the department was difficult. 

Construction began in July and ended in January, but the physical move lasted only two days. This was the largest move  in university history done by one team of about 60 people.

A place meant for community and alumni engagement, the new offices were designed to cater to the needs and wants of the department.

“It’s been really neat to see our greater team work together, in some new ways that weren’t even expected,” Director of Engagement and Alumni Kara Hertz said. 

Both GU graduates, Hertz and Associate Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness Dori Sonntag said one of the many emphases that UA focuses on is the importance of alumni engagement. 

According to Hertz, GU has regional chapters all over the country that host over 140 events per year. UA uses these events to keep alumni engaged with what is going on at GU. 

“The alumni team was across campus, across Sharp, and we were in just different areas and pods within College Hall,” Hertz said. “We knew that collaboration would be so much better and we would be able to work together as a full University Advancement team, but the Final Four is where we really saw it executed.” 

One of many purposes for regional chapters to…

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