News
Gonzaga Students Help Generate $1 Million in Tax Refunds

For the fourth consecutive year, Gonzaga University accounting and economics students working with the IRS and United Way have helped generate more than $1 million in refunds through their free income tax return preparation efforts for low- and middle-income Spokane residents. Students from Eastern Washington University and Whitworth University joined the efforts.

The United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, which was staffed by 70 IRS-certified student volunteers from Gonzaga along with nine from EWU and eight from Whitworth, filed 793 electronic and paper returns and generated $1.09 million in total refunds, said Andrew Brajcich, Gonzaga assistant professor of accounting.

This year’s effort included more than 851 hours of volunteer service by GU students. Gonzaga students who deserve special recognition for their extra work include: Cole Garcia, Molly Steilen, Carter Padgham, and Divin Kanyama, Brajcich said.

“Thanks to all of our student volunteers,” Brajcich said.

VITA provides Gonzaga students the opportunity to implement many of the concepts they learn in class while providing a community service. Many VITA clients would have had difficulty obtaining much-needed refunds if such services were not offered. To volunteer, Gonzaga students attended two full days of training over a holiday weekend and then passed a certification exam.

(From: Gonzaga University)





Recent News

Father John P. McBride, SJ, veteran of the 75th Infantry Division during WW II who saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and helped in the liberation of France before becoming a teacher, pastor, and chaplain throughout the Northwest, entered into God’s peace October 20.

A year following his death, the late Jesuit Superior General Father Peter-HansKolvenbach, SJ, has been honored with the launch of a new website.

Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School has named Margaret Higgins, PhD, its next president.

This fall, the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight program will mark a decade highlighting the mission of Jesuit education through basketball with two Jesuit Basketball Classics, played by four men’s and women’s teams.

Father Lawrence Bernard Murphy, SJ, longtime teacher at Loyola High School and parish priest at St. Brendan’s Church, Los Angeles, entered into God’s peace October 18 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 90.

The Jesuit High School of Sacramento Board of Trustees has unanimously appointed Father John P. McGarry, SJ, as the school’s new president. Father McGarry will assume his duties at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

From November 4-6, nearly 2,000 individuals — mainly young adults representing 26 Jesuit colleges and universities, 49 Jesuit high schools, seven Jesuit parishes, current and former Jesuit Volunteers, and hundreds of alumni of Jesuit schools — gathered to hear speakers talk about social justice concerns ranging from Black Lives Matter to LGBTQ communities in the Catholic Church to feminism and environmental justice.

view all news

Search news

Publications

Mission Magazine - Fall 2017

Mission Magazine - Fall 2016

Mission Magazine - Spring 2016


Companions
Fall, 2017

Update
Summer, 2017

Update
Spring, 2017


Loyola Institute for Spirituality
Loyola Institute for Spirituality (LIS), founded in 1997, is located in Orange, CA. LIS provides many programs and services for individuals, parishes, and dioceses throughout Southern California and beyond.