2006 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.
The award was presented
at the Founder's Week Mass on
February 5, 2006 in St. John's Church.
Frank J. Ayers
Dean for Student Affairs
Creighton University School of Dentistry
Ignatian Award Citation
Creighton University has been blest with an abundance of women and men who, by their spirit and gestures, reflect the person and interior drive of the founder of the Society of Jesus, Ignatius of Loyola. The “goings-about doing good” of Ignatius are revealed in the ways Dr. Frank Ayers graces his office as Director of Admissions and his teaching as Associate Professor of Pediatrics in Creighton’s School of Dentistry.
Frank and his wife, Helen, who herself has been teacher in the English Department, have four children, two of whom, Elaine and Brian, have graduated from Creighton, Katy who will graduate in May, as well as their oldest son, Patrick, who is a most special man. Frank himself, graduated from the Dental School in 1969 and joined the faculty in 1972. Frank became Director of Admissions in 1986.
It is within these years and offices that the spirit of Dr. Ayers breaks out into the gracious gestures of a passionate man. He has made five mission-trips as Dental Director of the Summer ILAC Program. For the past four years Frank has spent time at the One World Community Health Center in south Omaha. Frank was on the first President’s Council on Cultural Diversity at Creighton. He is committed deeply to Creighton University’s advancement and success of minority students and especially in the School of Dentistry.
These are the gestures, but his spirit quietly rests in a mostly calm presentation. On the golf course, at Creighton athletic contests, especially while attending Katy’s women’s softball games, and during some political discussions, that calm exterior has been known to vanish.
Last May, the graduating seniors initiated an annual faculty recognition award, The Frank J. Ayers Spirit of Compassion Award. Frank was the first recipient. This “compassion” is a part of the spirit of passion from which his many gestures of love, care and commitment flow. A man of the Gospels, the Spiritual Exercises, and the mission of Creighton University, Dr. Frank J. Ayers.
Department of Education
Ignatian Award Citation
Jesus was a multimedia expert as He went about expressing the love of God. Judy Streitz, now in her 32nd year at Creighton, is also such a multimedia person. In her position as P.C. Coordinator for the Department of Education, Judy has devoted her time in the computer lab assisting faculty and students in learning various systems for publication. “Judy always wants to help people.” Being kind and available is her main department.
Judy is anything but a computer “nerd.” Her deep faith moves her beyond computers to the media of family-care and church activities, and as founder and past moderator of Creighton’s Dance Team. She would often help organize garage sales to support the team. Judy has served as a Freshman Seminar Advisor, not a usual thing for Creighton staff members. Her medium as mother of six of her own children and three foster children as well, has been a blessing for her and her family. Judy has put together a presentation on alcoholic addiction, which she offers to groups interested in this illness.
Judy employs her technical skills in producing a monthly newsletter for her parish. She is the first to bend over backward for other persons’ needs. For example, she helps round up people to support the chili-lunch fund-raiser for Creighton’s Child Care Center. Every day, in any way possible, she is giving to the students and faculty even when she is not officially “on the clock.” She is available, eager to assist the students in their learning about Education, computers, or more importantly, about God and about themselves.
Judy is a multimedia display of the goodness of God. She has a creative ability to connect with people where help is needed. She can create a plan of action and follow through to fulfill those needs.
Her personal and family sufferings have formed her into a reflective and generous woman of faith. Some have asked, “How does she do so much?” Some who know her well say that she believes and lives it. This faith is mediated through her “lovely smile and a twinkle in her eye.” We who have seen her and know her have a clearer idea of the spirit of Saint Ignatius and the personality of Jesus.