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Around the Diocese

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(From the Dec. 5, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

GU hosts alumni family Christmas Mass Dec. 15

Gonzaga University and its alumni association will host its annual alumni family Christmas Mass on Sunday, Dec. 15.

The Mass is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the newly remodeled student chapel on the third floor of the AD building.

Celebrant for this 21st annual Mass will be GU’s president, Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer.

Those planning to attend are asked to call 323-5999 by Dec. 10. Registration is also possible on GU’s web site: — click on events/registration and then holiday socials.

Tri-Cities hospital names Chief Medical Officer

Lourdes Health Network, Pasco, has named Dr. Laurie Zimmerman its chief medical officer, effective Jan. 13, 2003.

Lourdes is the first Tri-City hospital to name a CMO.

Dr. Zimmerman is a board-certified psychiatrist. She came to Lourdes Health Network in June 1996.

Fun-filled science

Photo: Fifth graders at St. Mary School, Spokane, spent the earlier part of the school year building a model of the school’s campus for use in making a map, part of their new science curriculum. That in turn was utilized as a transparency, for display through an overhead projector. (IR photo from St. Mary School)

Gonzaga Prep students commended

Ten seniors at Gonzaga Prep have been named “commended students” in the 2003 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The 10 students are Wiliam Brown, Rebecca Chase, Andrew Griffith, Erin King, Kaili MacLean, Rachel Nalley, and Kaylin Triesch of Spokane; Natalie Hayes of Post Falls, Idaho; Brian Johnson of Veradale; and Marueen Willcox of Otis Orchards.

They join some 34,000 students so commended nationally.

Providence Associates

Photo: Eleven individuals were accepted recently as Providence Associates. Associates are lay women and men who share in the spirituality, mission and ministries of the Sisters of Providence. The 11 were accepted into the Spokane Region in October. In the front row, from left, are Betty Weber, Mary Butler, Marilee Hedemark, Kate Smith, and Susan Keyes. In the back row, from left, are Crystal Johnson, Karen Wormell, Buck Rogers, Bob Wormell, Blanche Hill, and Marty Bishop. (IR photo from the Providence Associates)

Holy Names Music Center offers classes for seniors

Come January, Holy Names Music Center in Spokane will begin offering a music instruction program specifically tailored to the learning styles of beginning adults and seniors.

“New Horizons Orchestra” will offer instruction for those who have never played an instrument, but always wanted to; to those who used to play, but haven’t for years; in the context of an orchestra of other adults.

The class includes weekly group instruction and ensemble playing.

For information, call Holy Names Music Center: 326-9516.

Kennedy Center awards given to members of GU’s theater department

Gonzaga University Costumer Summer Berry and theatre arts Associate Professor John Hofland have been honored by The Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for their work on the play See How They Run, staged earlier this fall.

Berry was recognized for her costume design while Hofland was honored for his set and lightning design; both received Meritorious Achievement Awards.

The awards involve a national adjudication process.

This year’s awards mark the first time that faculty or staff at GU have received an award for technical work.

“It’s not often one wins these awards, so getting two at once is remarkable,” said Hofland. “We’re very thankful for this. I think it’s a tribute to the work of our students, who worked hard in both shops, and to the leadership of (adjunct theatre arts instructor) Janis Waley who directed the show. She inspires a healthy team spirit.”

Tekoa, Rosalia parishes switch Mass times

Holy Rosary Parish in Rosalia and Sacred Heart Parish in Tekoa will exchange Mass times for Sunday, Dec. 8, to allow Rosalia parishioners to host their annual Christmas party. Mass-goers in Tekoa need to be at the church at 9:45 a.m.; in Rosalia, Mass time is 11 a.m.

The time change was made for the party, which includes a potluck dinner and bingo after Mass. The Rosalia altar society provides ham, turkey, rolls and beverages; those who plan to attend should bring a casserole, salad or dessert the size of which depends on the size of their family.

Those who plan to stay and play bingo should bring a gift, marked for a man or woman. Organizers said there would be a fish pond for the younger children.

Parishioners in Tekoa, Oakesdale and St. John are invited to Rosalia for the event.

Shining stars

Photo: Stars were shining at Cataldo from the fifth grade classroom during a presentation called “Twilight Tuesday.” The evening was an opportunity for parents to come and see a scale model of the solar system and multimedia presentation done by student cosmologists.Power point presentations, graphics and slides were used to share facts on all the different elements of the solar system. Pictured, from left: fifth grade student teacher Megan Deustch, student Elaine Whaley, fifth grade teacher Lisa Bennett, and parent Lucinda Whaley. (IR photo from Cataldo School)

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