2015 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 President's Convocation,
February 3, 2015.

Michele Bogard

Associate Vice Provost for Student Life

Ignatian Award Citation

 "She came to Creighton in 2001 to work with the Greek program, not knowing what a Jesuit was and what all those goofy Latin phrases mean."  Michele Starzyk arrived wanting to make a difference.  Once here, she fell in love with what she could do and we could become.  By now, Michele Starzyk Bogard has become a living definition of what those 'goofy Latin phrases' mean.

 Michele leads by example.  She embodies the lay leadership in higher education that will help develop Ignatius' precious legacy into the future.  The Student Life Office can get hectic.  Staff easily neglect to care for themselves and each other. Michele brings the staff together weekly to share stresses, celebrate successes, and allow for vulnerable tears.  Interactions like these continue to create Creighton as a special place. 

Last year Michele convoked a large group of Creighton people to shape a year-long twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the El Salvador martyrs.  Her energy sparked the group.  We have had a great year of classes, presentations, films and liturgies: arguably the best memorial-celebration in the whole Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.  

When Michele runs an event, someone sees lovingly to every detail.  Her infectious passion for bettering herself encourages others to dig deeper into their potential.  For her, ?Magis? is not doing more than is expected or more than anybody around her.  Rather she brings out of others and herself a greater revelation of the God-given goodness within.  

She and her husband recently welcomed their first child.  Michele has been exercising this sacred role for a long time by giving spiritual birth to and mothering students, faculty and friends of Creighton.  We give thanks to her and honor her with the 2015 Spirit of St. Ignatius Award.       

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. Timothy (Tim) Dickel

Department of Education

Ignatian Award Citation

Since he came in 1976, Dr. Tim Dickel has performed a stunning array of University services.  He serves Medicine in Psychiatry and Arts and Sciences in Education.  He has been Chair in Education; Assistant and Associate Dean in the College; and Dean in University College.

 If that internal list sounds impressive, consider these external memberships: two parish school boards; United Way's Community Investment Review Team; Domestic Violence Coordinating Council; RESPECT2's Advisory Committee; Board of Winnebago's St. Augustine Indian Mission; Omaha Archdiocese Review Board and Committee on Sex Abuse; and Nebraska Unicameral Task Force on Children in Crisis.  Where there is pain, especially unjust pain, Tim serves hurting people.

Friends note threads connecting this network: violence prevention, child and adolescent development, collegiate athletics, and community mental health.  Whether in treatment of Alzheimer?s, response to trauma, or development of community wellness, Tim brings a compassion representing the best of Creighton's Ignatian spirit.

 Colleagues see a special place in Tim's heart for Creighton students and alumni; for victims, often sadly viewed as complicit in the violence perpetrated against them; and for any sick people needing solace.  "Tim quietly and gently engages people and listens attentively.  He allows each person to feel safe in their space and to open to him as they feel they need to."

A man for and with others, Tim ministers to us and many others through his wisdom, sense of justice, and personal compassion. We thank God for these gifts and we celebrate Tim for living out the spirit of Ignatius in our midst.