SPOKANE, Wash. – On Saturday, Jan. 25, when Gonzaga University celebrates its second annual National Gonzaga Day, it will recognize the school’s global education.
Nearly half of Gonzaga students study abroad at some point in their college career and Gonzaga serves some 500 international students, from undergrads to doctorate students, like Evelyne Ello Hart who hails from Africa’s Ivory Coast.
Ello Hart, who is in her fourth year at Gonzaga, said Gonzaga’s global community is evident to her every day on campus. In fact, her doctoral class includes students from Libya, Saudi Arabia and Puerto Rico.
“The international student population is just growing every year, so I’m very excited about that and I love it,” Ello Hart said.
By the time Ello Hart finishes her PhD she will have studied on three continents: Africa, Europe and in North America at Gonzaga.
“I’m not shy to be on campus and speak to you or different people with my French accent, mix in some Italian,” Ello Hart said. “That’s what Gonzaga is.”
Ello Hart ultimately hopes to open a summer leadership institute in her home city back on the Ivory Coast.
She plans to start National Gonzaga Day with a breakfast of French cuisine at Madeline’s restaurant and end the day by watching the Gonzaga men take on BYU at 7 p.m. She doesn’t have tickets to the game at the McCarthy Athletic Center, but she plans to watch online.
She won’t be alone in watching the game remotely. The Gonzaga Alumni Association has 37 watch parties planned worldwide on Saturday, from Calgary to Tokyo.