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In this blog we, the Alumni Service Corps volunteers, hope to share with you our reflections and experiences that come along with this year of service. Check back weekly to read about a week in the life of ASC volunteer Hailey, Jack, or Liam. 

Introducing this year's volunteers

Sept. 5, 2019

 

We're kicking off this year's Alumni Service Corps volunteer blog with some introductions. Read on for the 4-1-1 on each of us:

 

Liam McKeegan 

What I studied: History; Minors in Philosophy, Classics, and Political Science

Where I’ll be at Prep: Freshman Seminar and Athletics

 

A classic middle child (the third of six siblings), I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in McMinnville, Oregon. Growing up, I ran cross country and track, sang in my high school choirs, and worked as a youth group leader in my local parish. While attending Gonzaga University, where I studied history, I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad, both at Oxford and at Gonzaga-in-Florence. I also started a club sport: the Gonzaga Hurling Team (which is an ancient Irish sport that is still played there today, while schools and clubs form across the USA; it resembles lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer rolled into 1). I love to fish, play golf, and hike. Additionally, I enjoy reading, both books and the news. My favorite book is The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Finally, I really enjoy traveling to see new lands, meet new people, and embrace new cultures.

 

I am thrilled to be an Alumni Service Corps Volunteer; the Jesuit model of educating the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—is a great inspiration for me. I can’t wait to get involved in the Gonzaga Preparatory mission to develop lifelong learners for others, to help wherever I can, and to learn and grow along the way.

 

Hailey Maher 

What I studied: English and Italian Studies; Minors in History and Religious Studies

Where I’ll be at Prep: Freshman Seminar and Campus Ministry

 

A classic oldest child (the proud eldest sister of two brothers and two sisters), I was born in Federal Way, Washington and raised in both Gig Harbor, Washington and Edgewood, Washington. Growing up, I played almost every sport but played none of them particularly well. I notoriously forgot to run after making my first hit in softball, and I scored my first basketball layup in the other team’s basket, to name just a few of my sporting snafus. But, when I was in high school at Bellarmine Prep, a fellow Jesuit school in Tacoma, Washington, I rose to athletic glory playing C-Team basketball my senior year. My ten freshmen teammates and I enjoyed an epic season of hoops and finished with a record of 0-13. Fondly known as the “Bad News Lions,” many called us the worst team in Bellarmine’s school history. Off the court, I fared a bit better in my high school activities: I acted and stage managed for the theater department and spent four years on ASB. In the summers, I served as a volunteer at L’Arche Tahoma Hope Farm. 

 

I’ve always loved to read, so when I arrived at Gonzaga University, I was thrilled to be able to pursue my passion for literature and writing by studying English. I served as an RA and worked in the Office of Mission and Ministry as the Student Assistant for Faith and Justice. My Junior Year, I hopped on a flight and set off to spend eight months in Florence, Italy where I lived with a lovely Italian host family and developed a deep appreciation for the richness of Italian language and culture. A few fun facts about me: 1) My favorite author is Ray Bradbury, and I once took a pilgrimage to his home in LA. 2) I spend my summers kayaking, cooking, and adventuring with middle and high schoolers at a summer camp called Camp Gallagher on the South Puget Sound. 3) My favorite fish is tuna. 

 

I am so excited to serve as an Alumni Service Corps Volunteer this year. Without a doubt, my Jesuit education has shaped the best parts of who I am today, and I am abundantly grateful for it. It is this gratitude for the mission of Jesuit education which sparked my desire to fulfill a year of service at Prep, and I look forward to continuing to learn and grow as I serve in this incredible community. 

 

Jack Kiesewetter 

What I studied: Biology; Minors in Catholic Studies and Philosophy

Where I’ll be at Prep: Academic Success Center, Learning Resource Center, and Advancement 

 

A classic youngest child (the second of two brothers), I was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon (A.K.A. TrackTown, USA / Home of the University of Oregon Ducks). Growing up, I was involved in a variety of activities, including but not limited to the following: participating, but not excelling, in a variety of sports, playing a multitude of instruments, participating in school retreats, and pestering my older brother. I graduated from Marist Catholic High School, where I continued to participate, but not excel, in cross country and track and field, played violin in our strings orchestra, led and attended a myriad of retreats, and shot trap, skeet, and sporting clays (competitive shotgun sports). While at Gonzaga University, I continued to be involved with attending and leading retreats, furthered my knowledge of Biology, Catholic Studies, and Philosophy, all while studying here in Spokane as well as spending a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. A few fun facts about me: 1) I don’t believe in favorite colors. 2) I have Smokey Bear license plates. 3) My favorite fish is salmon.

 

I am delighted to serve the Gonzaga Prep community as an Alumni Service Corps Volunteer. To participate in a Mission based on the development of the whole person, for and with others is both an honor and delight.