2001 Ignatius Award Recipient

Saint Ignatius Award Photo

The inscription on the reverse of the medallion reads:

TAKE, LORD, AND RECEIVE ALL MY
LIBERTY, MY MEMORY, MY
UNDERSTANDING AND MY ENTIRE
WILL. ALL THAT I HAVE AND POSSESS,
YOU HAVE GIVEN ME TO YOU, O LORD,
I RETURN IT. ALL IS YOURS, DISPOSE OF IT
WHOLLY ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL. GIVE ME
YOUR LOVE AND YOUR GRACE, FOR THIS IS
SUFFICIENT FOR ME.

ST. IGNATIUS

The award was presented
at the Founder's Week Mass on
February 7, 2001 in St. John's Church.

Karen Paschal

Department of Physical Therapy
Ignatian Award Citation

Saint Ignatius wrote that love has two basic aspects. Love consists in a total mutuality of gifts, giving to the other all ones gifts, as well as, receiving all that the other shares. The second is that love consists in doing things and not merely through words.

The Department of Physical Therapy is blessed to have Karen Paschal as Assistant Professor and Vice Chairperson. At Creighton University, as well as, in The First Unitarian Church of Omaha, Karen has made herself available to sharing and receiving and doing more than talking.

"Karen Paschal is a living example and powerful role model for our students, as she puts into action the core values of respect for every human being and the promotion of Social Justice and commitment to community service."   She is a woman who humbly acknowledges her many gifts and generously reaches out to share them with her students and colleagues here at Creighton and various organizations in Omaha, such as, Francis House, Aids Projects, neighborhood clean-up programs and OTOC, Omaha Together, One Community, an interdenominational organization which addresses issues of social justice.

For the past six years in which Karen has been in the Physical Therapy Department, she has been a teacher and friend who visits counsels and arranges assistance for anyone's professional, personal or family difficulties. This is how Karen operates, quietly, behind the scenes sharing any praise and deflecting personal recognition. "Her phone seems to ring constantly, her e-mail overflows and the carpet leading to her office door is worn down as she tends to the needs of the discouraged students with their requests for help. She compassionately deals with them as if they were members of her own family. From marital breakups to loss of a cat-sitter, students always come away from their meetings with her with a strategy to improve their situations."

Karen is a loving mother of two wonderful daughters and a daughter of two wonderful parents. She lives the family spirit everywhere and works to bring about unity and peace within the human family. She is surprised to find herself thought of as special when surrounded by such other generous members of the Creighton faculty and staff. "We believe very strongly that Karen is a wonderful example of a modest, quietly loving individual who lifts up others while drawing no attention to herself."

Karen Paschal, a woman of faith who is loved and so loves, has many gifts and so shares and lives as a woman for others in the spirit of Ignatius.

Darlis Vauble

Office of Vice President, Information Technology
Ignatian Award Citation

 

The spirit of Ignatius Loyola can be found in books, paintings, stories and most authentically in the lives of those who bring missions alive by the lives they live. This mission of Creighton University resides on the shoulders and breaks through bricks and mortar within the hearts and hands and faces of the women and men who make Creighton breathe.

Ignatius believed that God is always laboring to bring about real human living. One who labors with God to bring about life here on the Creighton campus and within her family and church community is Darlis Vauble of the Office of Information Technology. This woman of faith, hope and charity has remained at Creighton as a personal commitment of love of the faith she professes and lives. Her gifts of organization and communication are shared with her church of Zion Lutheran and the schools where her two daughters attend. Those who are around her for even a short time cannot help but be swept up in her enthusiasm and hopeful outlook. "What a blessing to share." She takes the time necessary to build those relationships which make Creighton more than a place of employment. She is a woman who makes Creighton that much better by blessing us with her spirit and the Spirit of the God she serves.

"Darlis has a mission. Her mission is to do what is right and to help those with whom she works to do what's right." She came here in 1977 to begin in the Development Office. In 1979, she moved into the President's Office and eventually became an Administrative Assistant. In 1998, Darlis joined the office of the Vice President for Information Technology as Executive Assistant.

Beneath these various hats has remained a cheerful smile, a watchful eye, an available ear, a quick wit and a clever mind ready to assist students, faculty and fellow staff persons to understand the real sense of why we are here at Creighton. She keeps her finger on the pulse of Creighton and keeps the temperatures normal of all those whom she touches with her smiles, concerns and helpful suggestions.

Creighton is founded again and again by such persons as Darlis Vauble, who find here, not a job, but a way of living. Her way continues the spirit of St. Ignatius within her own spirit of bringing professional skills combined with personal warmth to our Creighton mission. As someone said, "She simply just makes us better."