Dedicating The John J. Hemmingson Center
“It’s really a game-changer for the University,” Hemmingson Center director Chuck Faulkinberry told the Spokesman-Review newspaper. “There really isn’t a building like this anywhere else in Spokane.”
More than a quarter of a million hours of work went into the construction and preparation of the 167,726 square-foot building, which was celebrated outside its main entrance on a sunny Friday afternoon. All of the hard work and the benefactors who made the Hemmingson Center possible were honored by students, alumni, faculty, staff, families and members of the Spokane community present at the event. Attendees heard from Gonzaga University President Thayne M. McCulloh, Academic Vice President Patricia O’Connell Killen and Gonzaga Student Body Association President Taylor Kratochvil (’16), who ceremoniously cut the ribbon to officially dedicate the building. Fr. Frank Case, S.J., blessed the Hemmingson Center before welcoming the community inside for an open house, where guests experienced tours of the building and samples of the dining options available in the new COG.