The John J. Hemmingson Center was created in response to the need for collaborative campus space. The 50,000 square foot building functions as the favorite study hall on campus, bringing students and educators from all fields of study together into one communal environment where ideas can be shared and innovation stimulated. It was important for Hemmingson Philanthropy to become involved in this project, as we are firm believers that Gonzaga serves as a heart of growth potential for the Spokane community and are dedicated to supporting that effort.
With a great passion for finance, it was paramount for Hemmingson Philanthropy to support the cultivation of competitive graduates in this field of study. John was honored to actively participate in the creation of the Jack H. Hemmingson Finance Lab in the School of Business Administration which helped the University aggressively pursue expansion of their online academic programs, as well as re-thinking the library and digital learning environments.
In 2010 Hemmingson Philanthropy partnered with the Gonzaga Law School to established the John J. Hemmingson Chair in Civil Liberties. The Chair—held by Professor Jason Gillmer—plays an important role in fulfilling Gonzaga’s commitment to educate the whole person and to serve the public good. This support is helping to establish the Law School as a leading institution for the protection of civil rights and liberties. With expanded course opportunities, prominent guest speakers, and notable conferences, Gonzaga law students are developing the skills and knowledge to impact the lives of underrepresented and marginalized groups, both here in Spokane and across the Northwest, as well as to hold to account those who govern. The creation of this Chair has helped raise the academic profile of the school, given opportunities to students, and provided essential service to the community.