2013 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.
The award was presented
at the Founder's Week Mass on
February 6, 2013 at St. John's Church.
Dr. Charles Austerberry
Department of Biology
Ignatian Award Citation
Dr. Charles Austerberry lives his mission by teaching Biology and by being a highly sought-out Pre-Health Advisor. Chuck is known as a great salesman for perspective students and their families. For the past 26 years Chuck has maintained a “good eye” for those whom He considers available for success at Creighton. As advisor for those considering a place in the health sciences, one colleague writes, “I often feel guilty sending another student his way, because I know he works such long hours to give each student such care.” His spirit and commitment is widely noticed and appreciated by faculty, students, and their families.
As professor of General Biology and Upper-Division Biology, he remains remarkable for the patience and empathy with which he interacts with his students. People admire him for the degree to which he puts the welfare of his students at the forefront of his relationships.
It is then no surprise that Chuck consistently appears at the top of the list of Biology students desiring him for their advisor. Dr. Austerberry lives his strong Christian Evangelical faith especially in the important area where religious faith meets the findings of modern science. A fellow professor writes “Chuck is a strong defender of science and science education in the face of pseudo-scientific and anti-Catholic teaching in the area of creation theory.”
Chuck is the founder and maintains the website of The Nebraska Religious Coalition for Science Education, an important resource for those supporting the compatibility of science and religion.
Chuck is patient, calm, humble: he will drop anything he is doing to answer a question or assist a student or colleague. A friend writes “One must develop discipline so as not to be totally unreasonable in approaching him, because he never turns you away. The only criticism is that he makes all the rest of us look selfish and inadequate in comparison."
Chuck Austerberry is a man of faith doing Justice. He looks to God so as to understand this earth. We gratefully recognize Dr. Charles Austerberrry with this Spirit of St. Ignatius Award.
Department of Marketing and Public Relations
Ignatian Award Citation
She is Associate Director of Events Management. She makes happenings happen. She is the gentle, graceful, but firm efficient cause behind University-wide events such as commencements, inaugurations, dedications and major alumni gatherings. She is Mrs. Patricia Perry who for the past sixteen years has woven the various threads for the fabric of Creighton’s high-profile celebrations.
With personal affection Patty tends the public presentation, posture and image of the person of our University. Patty’s care is visible and tangible in the making sure every little thing is in place. Patty works tirelessly for the Marketing and Public Relations Department. Patty’s works are visible, but not Patty herself except perhaps late at night or early in mornings of the day's celebration. One coworker writes "She provides a model of leadership that inspires others to emulate her.” “You can tell which events have Patty’s special touch added to the final details.” Three “C”s characterize this woman of faith and family: calm, competency and concern.
One colleague writes, “She is a gentle soul, steadfast and strong in her institutional knowledge and commitment to Creighton and its mission.” More than one person has remarked, “If you want an event done and done well, call Patty. ”What is probably the key to her success is her unique ability to encourage others to give their best, empowering them to make a difference.”
Patty is the facilitator of a city-wide prayer group called, “Lord Teach me to Pray” in which she expands her sense of personal-mission beyond the boundaries of our campus. When in her presence one senses, not a drivenness, but a “missionness” which moves her from her personal prayer to being a person of care. Another writer adds, “It is inconceivable that anyone could or would expend the amount of time and energy that Patty does unless guided by a higher motivation. She is truly a person for others, guided by faith.”
We are privileged to call her colleague, friend, but most importantly someone who lives and works in the spirit of St. Ignatius. For her we give thanks and to her give the St. Ignatius Award.