Parent Newsletter

Creighton Switches Federal Loan Programs
Creighton will be making a major change in financial aid loan programs in the upcoming 2010-11 academic year. The University is switching from the Stafford Student Loan to the Federal Direct Student Loan. Disruptions in the credit markets and initiatives at the federal level are causing commercial lenders to re-evaluate their continued participation in the Stafford Loan program. Because of this uncertainty, Creighton recently decided to switch to the Direct Loan program, effective at the end of the current academic year.

The switch will bring several changes for returning students. Most students will need to complete a new promissory note, as well as loan counseling requirements by the U.S. Department of Education. Creighton's Financial Aid Office is updating its website to address these changes. The updated website will be available beginning Jan. 1 -- in time for the aid application process for 2010-11.

In the meantime, parents and students can visit the federal website to learn more about the Direct Loan and the application steps. As always, the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after Jan. 1 as possible, once income information is available.

Winter Commencement Set for Dec. 19
Creighton University's winter commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19, at 11:30 a.m., at D.J. Sokol Arena in the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center. The ceremony will be preceded by the traditional baccalaureate Mass. A complete schedule of winter commencement events is available here.

Tagging Butterflies to Tooth Remineralization
Eleven Creighton University undergraduate students presented their research at the fourth annual Ferlic Summer Research Poster Presentation on campus in November. These research projects are made possible by the generosity and support of Randolph M. Ferlic, BS'58, MD'61, and his wife, Teresa Kolars Ferlic. Watch two of the Ferlic scholars describe their projects in this YouTube video. U.S. News and World Report ranks Creighton among the top 50 institutions nationally for undergraduate research and creative projects.

Creighton Earns National Honors
Creighton University recently received national recognition for its campus beauty, civic engagement and development of academic scholars. Creighton earned a national award for exceptional grounds maintenance. Creighton horticulturist and arborist Jessica Heller and the 11-member grounds crew were recognized for their outstanding work. The University also was honored as one of the nation's top "Best Neighbor" colleges and universities for its engagement with the city of Omaha, and the Fulbright Program recognized Creighton for developing Fulbright Fellows.

Negotiation Team Places at Regionals
Creighton University negotiating teams from the School of Law placed in the final four of the American Bar Association's (ABA) regional negotiation competition, Nov. 7-8, in Des Moines, Iowa. Read more.

Online Ministries Offers Advent Website
Join people from around the world participating in Creighton University's Online Ministries "Praying Advent" website. The site features prayers for each day of Advent, reflections, readings, essays and audio retreats for download. Also, during the month of November, the Catholic Church traditionally prays for the dead. You can remember your loved ones with Creighton's virtual "Book of the Names of the Dead."

Five Golden Career Suggestions
Jim Bretl, director of Creighton University's Fahey Career Center, shares five practical pieces of career advice that parents can can share with their student(s), regardless of the student's college, GPA or particular major/minor. Read more.

Creighton's Donors Are a Source of Hope
In this season of giving, the Creighton community is grateful for alumni, parents and friends whose gifts provide hope for our students. Gifts to Creighton allow the flexibility to provide scholarships and financial assistance, and offer intellectual and spiritual tools that today's students need on their path toward professional distinction, ethical leadership and involved citizenship. In the spirit of Christmas, please give generously to Creighton to ensure that our University remains a source of hope and promise today and into the future.
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May you, your family and friends enjoy a blessed Christmas season.

Getting Involved is Easy at Creighton
The Student Activities Office is gearing up for spring semester with plans for recruitment events for fraternities (Jan. 17-29) and sororities (Jan. 13-17), as well as a Winter Involvement Fair. Going Greek can be a great experience for a student. Encourage your student to check out the fraternity and sorority section of the Student Activities Office website. If Greek life isn't  a fit, encourage your student to attend the Winter Involvement Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. Many of Creighton's more than 200 organizations will be represented and looking for new members. Students can also check out the list of student organizations online and find contact information. Whether it's Greek life, the Biology Club or both, Creighton encourages students to get involved!

Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Vaccination Documentation
Creighton students who receive the seasonal flu vaccine or the H1N1 vaccine from an off-campus provider are asked to please enter the information into Immunization Tracker on Creighton's NEST. Too Busy? Submit documentation via e-mail to or fax to 402.280.1859. Documentation should include: student name and net ID, name of vaccine received, date of vaccine, name and phone (if available) of the office where the vaccine was administered. Creighton Health Services will update the records. More information on H1N1 can be found at Creighton's emergency preparedness website,, or call the H1N1 Campus Information Line at 402.280.1800.

Entrepreneurship Program Named National Finalist
Creighton University's Entrepreneurship Program has been named one of three finalists for the Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). Program Director Ann York, Ph.D., will present on the Creighton program during the 2010 USASBE Conference in January. Read more.

Creighton Opens Apple Training Site
Creighton University has become a new regional professional training site for Apple -- offering training and Apple certification to creative services professionals who need to upgrade digital skills. Creighton's Apple Authorized Training Center provides training in Final Cut Studio's state-of-the-art convergent multimedia applications, as well as professional certification under the guidance of award-winning Journalism and Mass Communication faculty. Read the story as it appeared in the Omaha World-Herald. Learn more about the program at Creighton's Journalism and Mass Communication website.

NCAA Report: Graduation Rates Tops in MVC
Creighton University student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom as well as in  competition, according to the Division I Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Reports released recently by the NCAA. Creighton led the Missouri Valley Conference in two categories related to graduation rates.
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Nutcracker on Creighton's Main Stage
Creighton University's Fine and Performing Arts will perform the holiday classic the Nutcracker on the main stage of the Lied Education Center for the Arts beginning Dec. 2. A choral concert is planned for Dec. 6 at St. John's Church, and the month closes out with a jazz ensemble concert on Dec. 9 and a musical theater performance review Dec. 10 and 11. For more details, please visit Creighton's Fine and Performing Arts.

Send Us a Note
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Calendar of Events

Nov. 24
THANKSGIVING BREAK begins after last class, clinic or laboratory; Spring Break Service Trips applications due
Nov. 26
Thanksgiving Day Mass at St. John's Church
Nov. 30
Classes resume
Dec. 1
Inter Residence Hall Government's annual Christmas at Creighton
Dec. 14-19
Final semester examinations
Dec. 19
Mid-year recess begins; University commencement; residence halls close at noon
Jan. 13 Classes begin for the spring semester; women's formal sorority recruitment begins
Jan. 17 Men's formal fraternity recruitment begins
Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration begins