2011 Ignatius Award Recipients

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 6, 2011 at St. John's Church.

Maryanne Rouse

College of Business

Ignatian Award Citation

If it is Ignatian, Catholic or of service to the community, Maryanne Rouse has been, is now or will be there. By title Professional Ethics Advisor for the College of Business Administration, Maryanne is in her fifth year of animating Youth Leadership Omaha and overseeing various Community Assistance Teams serving as part of Creighton's Anna Tyler Waite Leadership Development Program.   

Maryanne is someone you think of when considering who lives faith that does justice.

She brings significant experience, skill, and learning to her work for Creighton.  Her years of involvement in the Christian Life Community as a local and national leader have empowered her with skills of reflection, community building and management which she uses with the students and faculty of COBA.  She served Catholic Charities long and well; she is a longtime board member of the Center for Rural Affairs; she serves many in North Omaha offering entrepreneurial training for low-income people.  Justice drives her personal and professional life. She speaks with passion and integrity on the issues concerning the least among us.

Students and coworkers speak of her as a soul dedicated to goodness. "When I am with Maryanne I want to be excellent." A student of Maryanne's when she taught at Marian High School reports "it is because of Mrs. Rouse that I learned reflection. She has changed so many lives in the community.  She makes us all want to be better and give our time and resources to and for others."  Another mentee writes "As a young Masters of Social Work I did not yet understand that it is disrespectful to do for others what they could do for themselves. Maryanne taught me that people will remain trapped in poverty if they don't learn to help themselves. She was teaching me that people gained self respect by doing things for themselves and others.  She schooled me well that I could not have peace without justice."

Maryanne is compassionate in word and deed. She encourages others not to make any significant decision without first thinking of how it would impact the least of society. Her patient confrontations help people see those things they do not see or choose to not want to see. She thus empowers others to let God's goodness shine for others to see and experience. She works to connect persons so that we can have an ongoing desire to create God's Kingdom on earth.

She lives the spirit of St. Ignatius and serves as an exemplary model of both Creighton's mission and the mission of the College of Business Administration. And so we at Creighton are happy to celebrate her today with the Spirit of St. Ignatius Award.

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Selde

School of Nursing

Ignatian Award Citation

Creighton University is the "Alma Mater" or "Nourishing Mother" to thousands. Susan Selde is a woman of God's nourishing motherhood in the School of Nursing. Sue, the school's Academic Success Coordinator, is known with great appreciation and affection as "Mother Teresa."  Sue is passionately committed to her students, available for early-morning phone calls from distant students and early-evening conferences with stressed test-takers.

Listen to what students and colleagues write about her.  "Sue remains positive in all situations and problem-solves from the heart with God's grace beside her. Her attitude makes others want to be like her. Students can't help but notice her intense interest in them and her sincere desire to help them." "Sue Selde has to be the most thoughtful, energetic, most Ignatian person I have ever met. Sue is supportive and always looks for the strengths of others and always uses their strengths for others to help themselves." "She says, 'God bless you' more than any individual I know.  However, she means it. Communicating this blessing to everyone she connects with throughout the day is an expression of her capacity to genuinely love the human beings who touch her life."  "Words for her are not just words, but words that turn into actions and come from her heart."

Sue lives the Ignatian charge of putting love into practice. Her love includes, not excludes, as these further testimonies make clear.  "I have yet to see Sue Selde with a look of discouragement on her face." "You cannot go wrong with Sue on your side. Students can enter her office in tears and leave with confident smiles. She is not a softy or enabler, but works to assist her students in accepting what they are and are not."      

"Sue Selde has a way of listening to you that makes you feel that at this moment, nothing and no one is more important.  Her deep compassion to others and her belief that all are sacred shines in her every encounter.  When Sue looks at you, she really sees you.  When she listens to you, she really hears you."

We are not sure if Sue is receiving the Mother Teresa Award here today. We are sure something real of the spirit and person of Ignatius of Loyola is visible in the life of Susan Selde.  And so we are happy to celebrate her today with the Spirit of St. Ignatius Award.