M.A. Candidates

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Davis Florick is currently working on his master's in East-West Studies at Creighton University. He graduated from Creighton University with a BA in International Relations and minors in Asian Studies and Business in 2010.  Since then, he has worked as a Strategic Policy Analyst at United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).  His foreign relations areas of concentration include, but are not limited to, East Asia and Europe.  He has also been published in Space News, OnOrbit Watch, and Space Safety Magazine.

Scott Jordan is currently working on his master’s in East-West Studies at Creighton University. He graduated from Creighton University with a BA in Philosophy in 2011. His areas of interest and study include comparative philosophy, the philosophy of science and physics, political science and international relations, and communication. Scott has written for both The Creightonian and Creighton University Magazine.

Dan Semrad is currently working on his master's in East West Studies at Creighton University. He earned his B.S.B.A. from Creighton in 1971 and M.A. in Liberal Studies from Creighton in 2009. Dan has worked as an Investment Consultant and Financial Advisor since 1976 and currently holds the position of Vice President and Investment Consultant with the investment firm of SMITH HAYES. His academic and intellectual interests include Eastern and Western Philosophy, Eastern Psychology, Political Economy, and Commercial and Market Cultures.

Amy Ellefson is a dual degree student at Creighton University, enrolled in the Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution and the Master of Arts in East-West Studies programs concurrently. Her work background is varied and includes experience in the transportation and logistics industry, non-profit arts management, service-learning and volunteer management, teaching, and social media consulting. Amy’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Bellevue University. A love of life and learning is what keeps her in the classroom, both as an adjunct faculty member at Iowa Western Community College and as a student at Creighton University. Her primary areas of research interest include developments in neuroscience and the possibilities they offer for education, the state of indigenous people and their cultures in the East-West world, and the facilitation of positive communication between people from varied cultures. When she’s not reading and writing papers, Amy spends time with her husband, five kids, and a multitude of family pets.