byeeee, summer!

And just like that, we blinked and summer was over.  Happy first day of school!  As if you don’t have enough things to do today, here’s a little beginning of the year KC update!

The KC Board has been at it for the last week getting ready for this year, throwing around ideas, meeting with people, all in the spirit of making this year one for the record books.  We’ve got some reeeeally great things coming in hot.  Here’s just a little taste tester for ya of potential ideas we’re playing with.  Some are set, others are in the works.

1.  Siiiiick Promo items

2.  Kennel Carbo Load (because fans need energy too)

3.  Improvements to Ticket Distribution and Tent City procedures

4.  Super new, super special events for the 125th Anniversary Celebration

5.  National Gonzaga Day game-viewing events

6.  Return of the Kennel Commander

7.  Midnight Mass in Tent City

But the biggest highlight of the last seven days for us was, hands down, Welcome Night.  And let me just say, the class of 2016 was rockin!  At one point we thought the Martin Center might actually implode via the unbelievable volume at which the freshmen were screaming Haec Est Domas Nostra, they sure are enthusiastic bunch. In the words of Senior Class Representative Doug Chesney/Dougie C himself: 

I concur, 100% which is extra exciting because we have one spot left of the KC Board for a Freshman Representative.  Any freshmen caught up in the bulldog-fever, who can foresee themselves as a super crazy passionate zagfan, shoot us an email and we’ll get you an application!  [kcboard@zagmail.gonzaga.edu]

The bummer of the weekend, which I’m sure you all heard, was our little slip up spelling error on the 2012-2013 t-shirt.  That was definitely our mistake and definitely correctable.  We have a new shipment of revised ones on the way and will be able to give anyone with a misprinted shirt a corrected one as soon as they come in!  We’re just going to do the swap out option at our next distribution.  So sorry for this, again, but we’ll get everything all figured out in no time at all.  Stay tuned for information and emails about the date and times of the swap distribution.  Also, if you haven’t bought your KC Membership yet, here’s the link again https://commerce.cashnet.com/gukennel (the Free Tumbler deal ends 9/7!)

Our Men’s and Women’s soccer teams are both coming off wins and the Men play at home this week.  Be sure to hit up these games to cheer on the Zags and swipe your student ID card to start racking up student rewards points.  The volleyball team also has a tournament at home this weekend, which is the perfect opportunity to get your all the GU VB you could ever want!

FRIDAY      8/31 Men’s Soccer v. Manhattan @ 4:00pm

Volleyball v. South Dakota State @ 6:00pm

SATURDAY 9/1  Volleyball v. UC Riverside @ 9:00am

Volleyball v. Eastern Washington U @ 6:00pm

SUNDAY       9/2   Men’s Soccer v. UC Santa Barbara @ 2:00pm

Besides that, we, as a board, are PUMPED for this year.  Although this weekend was many of the board members’ fourth go around at GU Freshman Orientation, it definitely didn’t disappoint.  Its hard to define what it is about Gonzaga that is so darn great, but I was definitely reminded about how lucky we all are to be a part of whatever that is these past couple of days.  Good luck with the first week of classes!  And…always remember, there’s no ‘I’ in team, but there is one ‘I’ in offical 😉 let’s gooooooo.

-Meg

Hello Gonzaga!

Welcome to the Kennel Club Blog!

All summer, the 2012-2013 KC Board and I have been working alongside our awesome Web Developer, Zach Quiring, to develop our very own website, http://www.gonzagakennelclub.com.  Although the website is still being finished up, it should be up and running for Orientation weekend!  This blog is an exciting piece of our new website that will be used for to keep everyone in the know about upcoming events, news, and other related Kennel Club activities. Look here for all of our promotions, video posts, and photo albums.  Once the website is up and running, the blog will be easily accessible through the ‘Blog’ tab at the top of the navigation bar.

On behalf of the KC Board, we can’t tell you how excited we are for this upcoming year.  Our staff is made up of so many enthusiastic, hardworking, super creative students including:

President, Connor Cahill, Vice President, Emily Rosenberger, Treasurer, Troy Darrock, Public Relations chair (that’s me), Meg Nieslanik, Events Coordinatior, Katy Covert, Social Club Chair, Brittany Miller, Women’s Sports Chair, Andy Patton, Tickets and Camping Chair, James Lumia, Senior Rep, Doug Chesney (you may know him as Dougie C, the up and coming legend, himself), Junior Class Rep, Trang Nguyen, and Sophomore Rep, Ben Cary.  Our final board position, the Freshman Rep, will be filled before the season starts in November.  We want to make sure all the board is super approachable and available for anything any student needs.  Check out the ‘Meet the Board’ tab on our website for pictures and contact information and let us know what you’re thinking!

In other news, the t-shirt design for next year is super close to being finalized!  Its really cool because it is a little bit throw-back, a little bit retro, in celebration of the Kennel Club’s history and Gonzaga’s 125th year Anni this school year!  Make sure you get on buying your’s stat because we have some super sweet deals going on right now. For example:

Buy before Sept 7th and for $20 get your shirt, your KC Membership, and a FREE tumbler (perfect for helping pass the hours and hours you will inevitably be spending in really cold lines and in really cold tents this season).

OR, even bettter

Pay $30 and get the above deal (KC shirt + KC Membership+ tumbler) and a long-sleeve ZAGUP tee.  I’m not an economics major, but I asked my roommate (who is) and even she said this was the best deal for your money.  So really, the choice is a no brainer…You can find the CashNet link in the description of this YouTube video from Dougie C.  By the way, personally I think Dougie C is beyond hysterical and worth the watch, even if you have already bought your shirt.  Stay tuned this year for Dougie’s opinion, expertise, advice, and commentary on many of our events, notable Gonzaga Basketball happenings, and anything worth commenting on around campus.  We may have the next YouTube sensation on our hands, folks.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got right now.  Stay posted for more!  Can’t wait to see you all in Red next season and let us know if you have something worthy of us knowing!  Roll Zags.

-Meg