2016 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 4, 2016.

Laurie Galeski

College of Professional Studies

Ignatian Award Citation

Laurie Galeski is a living example of the Creighton tradition of caring.  She ministers as Student Navigator for untraditional students within the College of Professional Studies. After working as the Director in the Office of Admissions for fifteen years, Laurie left to do some navigating of her own through the raising of her two children, Michael and Michaela.  She was encouraged to return to Creighton to guide adult-learners.  For the past six years she has been the motherly face of welcome to her students and a strong voice for their place at the Creighton table.

As one colleague puts it, "Her decision to return is a perfect example of just how Laurie's decisions are made after careful consideration and discernment. In her personal, professional and spiritual life, Laurie acts with purpose and intention. This intentionality has formed her to be an outstanding academic advisor to adult undergraduates at Creighton."  The terms "above and beyond," "More than is expected", and "personally available" characterize how Laurie gives flesh and blood to the Ignatian terms of "Magis," "Cura Personalis" and being "for others." As another colleague writes, "Laurie is a living example of how we hope our students will become."

Laurie Galeski lives her sense of mission outside the Creighton campus. For years she was the leader of her daughter's Girl Scout troop at St. Margaret Mary.  One person close to that group writes "She was committed to developing empowered confident young women."  One alum remembers a meeting Laurie had with a former Miss Nebraska. "Miss Nebraska had offered to give her scouts a workshop on poise and beauty.  Rather than simply saying "yes", Laurie stressed with her the importance of developing inner beauty, kindness and grace.  Miss Nebraska left that conversation rethinking her own definition of beauty."

"Laurie does not have bad days", one colleague muses.  "She is so positive and encouraging to all of us." Another shares, "Her gifts to all who are lucky enough to know her are to have courage to try something you are not comfortable with, to treat everyone with respect, and to put kindness and work hard with faith in God as the center of it all."  Another writes: "Her students absolutely love her. One cannot help but feel more optimistically about life when you are around Laurie."  That colleague continues: "In the words of Mya Angelu, Laura Galeski is the rainbow in someone else's cloud." God has graced her and through her graces Creighton University, faculty, staff and her well-navigated students.  With gratitude the Deglman Center offers the Spirit of St. Ignatius award this year to Laurie Galeski.  

 

 

 

 

Linda K. Ohri, PharmD, MPH

Department of Pharmacy Practice

Ignatian Award Citation

 

Persons of passion and generous service seldom realize how they are viewed by others. Linda Ohri has been such a professor, mentor, and companion within the School of Pharmacy for many number of years.  She does who she is.  

Linda's fellow faculty find her spirit infectious which is a bit ironic since most of her work involves vaccinating against infections. One faculty member honors Linda for her "demonstration of the Ignatian values in her education of Pharmacy students as practitioners. Her care for her students is her way also her way of caring for future patients." Another writes, "Her knowledge of, respect for, and proper dispensing of drugs is central to her caring personality.  Linda frames and reframes her practice in the context of promoting patient care.  Her interest is not in providing information; she does not stop until she finds the best information."

Pharmacy students find in her an adviser dedicated to their success.  When her students are not meeting their truer selves, she is gentle but firm in encouraging them.  Many later return to express their gratitude.  Linda's spirit of involvement in the lives of her students and her colleagues moves her to be available both on and off the clock. Her professional influence spreads far beyond the boundaries of our campus. A former student writes, "she has coordinated several off-campus out-reach opportunities including vaccination clinics at the One World Community Health Center, Youth Emergency Services, Holy Family church, and Joy of Life Ministries, just to mention a few." Another writes "We personally have never encountered another person more passionate for the promotion of Public Health. She works tirelessly as an advocate for the well-being of the general population. She is especially passionate to extend care for the pediatric population." And another: "As the Chair of the Legislative Taskforce she recently organized efforts to educate and lobby the Nebraska governing board on important issues of immunization." With all this she is a devoted wife, mother and long-time active parishioner at Holy Family Church.

A colleague writes, "Linda is a beacon of passion and empathy, not just for the students of Creighton, but for many more.  She strives to be an authentic human being before a loving God and also to give hope to the socially and economically outcast."  This woman of heart and hands and needles is a gift to many and we give thanks for her and her healing spirit as the Deglman Center offers Linda Ohri the Spirit of Saint Ignatius Award.