Parent Newsletter

Ryan Athletic Center & D.J. Sokol Arena Debuts
Creighton University officially dedicated the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center and D.J. Sokol Arena during a ceremony on Aug. 28. The facility was made possible through generous donations by Wayne and Eileen Ryan and family and David and Peggy Sokol and their family, as well as other Bluejay donors and loyal fans. The new facility is the on-campus home for women's basketball and volleyball. The Creighton volleyball team christened the new gym with a three-set sweep of Texas Tech in front of 2,285 exuberant fans -- the largest on-campus crowd to watch a volleyball match in Creighton's history. Watch and listen to a photo slide show, featuring the dedication and volleyball match.

Record Class Comes to Creighton
Creighton welcomed a record number of freshmen to campus this fall, with more than 1,050 incoming students. Nearly 30 percent had an alumni legacy tie to Creighton. Creighton's total enrollment for fall is 7,385, surpassing the previous record of 7,051 set in 2008. "These are exciting times. Our students come from near and far, various socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, and boast an equally impressive academic profile," said Creighton President the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J. So what was it like moving in this record class? Watch and listen to this photo slide show.

Creighton Tops U.S. News Rankings
The annual U.S. News & World Report magazine's college rankings are out and for the seventh year in a row, Creighton University is No. 1 among Midwest Master's universities. It is the 12th time in 14 years that Creighton University has ranked No. 1 in the "America's Best Colleges" edition. Read more.

Whitten Named First to Hold Sekt Chair
Creighton University law professor Ralph Whitten has been named the first Senator Allen A. Sekt Endowed Chair in Law. The endowed chair inauguration ceremony was held Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the Harper Center Hixson-Lied Auditorium on campus. Whitten has been a professor of law at Creighton since 1977. He teaches and writes in the area of civil procedure and conflict of laws. The Sekt Chair is named in honor of the late Allen Sekt, former senator in Guam, who graduated from Creighton School of Law in 1936. (Pictured at right: Fr. Schlegel congratulates professor Whitten after presenting him with the endowed chair medallion.) Read more.

Native American Center Website Launched
The Native American Learning Community at Creighton has established an online Native American Center for students, future students and guests of Creighton University. The site includes information about the history of Native Americans at Creighton, as well as on-campus and community resources. Visit the site.

Fahey Career Center Serves as Valuable Resource
By Stephanie Alvarez
Graduate Assistant, Creighton's Fahey Career Center
The John P. Fahey Career Center at Creighton University is a resource that students and alumni can access at any point in their college and professional careers. We offer many workshops and programs to help develop skills that can lead to success. We work with freshmen and sophomores to help them choose majors and minors that match their greatest strengths. In fact, the Career Center anchors the sophomore year academic advising program for "still deciding" students. Read more.

Experience Creighton's Online Retreat
Creighton's popular 34-week Online Retreat begins now and offers a framework for daily prayer for very busy people. Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, thousands have found it a grace-filled experience of God's love and call. For those who prefer the convenience of a book, Loyola Press has published the Online Retreat in a book form called, Retreat in the Real World. For more information on the retreat, visit Creighton's Online Ministries.

Creighton is Alive with Excitement!
Every year, Creighton relies on the generosity and support from alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends who make annual financial contributions to the University. A gift of any size has an immediate impact on your student's experience -- from enhancing classroom resources to underwriting the cost of service opportunities. Invest in Creighton's mission, Creighton's students and Creighton's bright future.

Peer Educators Become Nationally Certified
The Peer Education at Creighton (PEAC) student organization has implemented the national Certified Peer Educator (CPE) program. The 23 peer educators -- who applied and were chosen as part of the group last spring -- have all completed a 10-hour training program that helps peer educators gain leadership skills to be able to successfully develop and implement educational programs and events, become a caring helper to others, make referrals of at-risk students to professionals and increase awareness of issues surrounding college student wellness. Peer educators work together throughout the school year to promote healthy living and "peak performance" among their peers through modeling and educating about healthy and responsible lifestyle choices. For more information, please visit

Winter Commencement Coming
Save the date: Creighton University's winter commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19, at 11:30 a.m., at the 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. The last day for filing applications for degrees to be conferred at winter commencement is Oct. 15. December graduates can apply online through the Nest, via the Registrar's Office website.

Health News: Stay Informed About H1N1
Creighton University has organized resources to prepare for the possible outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus. With the outbreak continuing worldwide and the seasonal flu cycle approaching, it is important that all students consider taking appropriate measures to protect themselves from the virus. More information can be found at an emergency preparedness website established by the University, In other health-related news, Creighton's Center for Health and Counseling offers Student Health 101 -- an online publication that includes articles about balancing freedom and responsibility, dealing with roommates, managing time and money, ways to get involved on campus and much more. Find it here.

Mass of the Holy Spirit Celebrated
Creighton University celebrated its annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 9 at St. John’s Church on campus. Presiding was Creighton President the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J. The Mass is a tradition among Jesuit academic institutions in which the campus community gathers to thank God for one another and to ask for the guidance and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit in the coming year. See more photos here.

Spring 2010 Registration Dates
Spring 2010 registration begins Wednesday, Nov. 4. The online registration dates are as follows: seniors -- Nov. 4 and 5; juniors -- Nov. 6, 9 and 10; sophomores -- Nov. 11, 12 and 13; freshmen -- Nov. 16, 17 and 18. Visit the Registrar's Office

Important Contacts
Creighton's Center for Student Success and Retention offers an online list of important Creighton contacts -- providing phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Whether you're looking for information on tutoring, financial aid or study abroad programs, you can find the right Creighton person to contact here.

Send Us a Note
The Creighton Parent e-newsletter is published in September, November, January, March and May. Are there topics you would like us to address in future issues? How can this newsletter better serve you? Let us know. E-mail editor Rick Davis at

Calendar of Events

Oct. 1 Applying to grad/professional school workshop, Creighton's Fahey Career Center
Oct. 1-4
Alumni Reunion Weekend
Oct. 6
Red Mass for the legal community
Oct. 7 Fall Career & Postgraduate Volunteer Fair
Oct. 12 Spring Break Service Trips coordinator applications due
Oct. 15 Winter commencement applications due
Oct. 17-25 Fall break, begins after last class, clinic or laboratory on Oct. 17
Oct. 26 Classes resume
Oct. 30 Last day to withdraw from courses and receive a "W" grade
Oct. 30
Internship forum, Fahey Career Center
Nov. 4
Spring 2010 online registration begins, visit the Registrar's Office website
Nov. 4 Major/Minor Exploration Fair, Fahey Career Center
Nov. 6
Creighton Business Symposium
Nov. 7 Fallapolooza, sponsored by the Creighton Students Union
Nov. 24 Spring Break Service Trips application deadline
Nov. 24
Thanksgiving recess begins after last class, clinic or laboratory
Nov. 30 Classes resume