2018 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 6, 2018.

Colleen Hendrick

Heider College of Business

Ignatian Award Citation

Because this woman of intense personal love, quiet faith and humble giftedness appears to be in more than one place at a time, it is difficult to know exactly which one Creighton-place does hire Colleen Hendrick.  She does spend a tremendous amount of time in the Heider College of Business, but exactly which office, given that she is, as one person writes, "The Energizer Bunny."  Some would say she is actually on staff at the St. John's church where she involves herself in Creighton-faith gatherings such as funerals and commencements.  Some believe she is a chaplain at several of the local hospitals where she cares visits Creighton persons and friends during their stays there.

As one of her staff mates writes, "For over thirty years she has been living the Ignatian spirit of personal-caring, no matter who the person may be.   It could be students in the College of Business who are working on projects, conferences or just trying to find faculty to turn in their homework, Colleen is there!"  "She not only helps the students, but teaches them life-lessons that will make them better persons, once they go out into the world. If a faculty forgets to get a gift for a visiting speaker, Colleen is on it. Simply put, Colleen is the face of the Heider College of Business."

A person writes about Colleen, "I don't believe there is a college or department on this campus who does not know Colleen."  The writer continues, "When I looked at the past recipients of this award, I was surprised not to see Colleen's name on the list. If there is anyone on this campus that exemplifies what this award is about, it is Colleen.  She gives so much of herself every day.  Now as I think of my earlier surprise about Colleen's never having received this award before, I grow less surprised.  Colleen goes quietly. She cares for everyone. She does not announce what she has done. In fact, she is the most humble person I know. She would give the shirt off her back for anyone. If there is a crisis she is there. If there is a celebration for someone, she is there. If something needs mending she is there."

Colleen Hendrick's spirit is the glue that holds the College of Business together. She's here, she's there, she's everywhere.  Jesus and Ignatius do not merely look down with grateful smiles upon her.  Jesus and Ignatius look through her as she looks around at us. The Deglman Center looks upon her with sincere gratitude in offering the Spirit of St. Ignatius Award to this small woman of immense heart, Colleen Hendrick.

 

 

 

 

David P. Weber

School of Law

Ignatian Award Citation

You have heard jokes about lawyers perhaps.  Dr. David Weber of Creighton's Law School is definitely no joke.  His trials are his attempts in conveying the spirit of compassionate Justice to his students.  Having a vision or spirit without action is illusion.  This man of deep-feelings teaches and then lives.


Dave has accompanied groups of Law School students for a ten-day immersion adventures  into the legal system and cultural ways within the Dominican Republic and guides them in their return reflection processings. 

 
One of his cohorts writes, "As professor in the School of Law David goes beyond the standard litany of teaching the rules and practices of thinking like a lawyer.  He challenges our students to consider how ostensibly neutral roles impact the marginalized and powerless."


Another writes, "Because of David's orientation, David has been attracted to research and teaching in the Immigration-Law which dramatically effects the legally powerless.  He is never content only to point out the structural injustices of a broken immigration system, David has volunteered to council persons desperately needing help in navigating a complex legal-system."


Dave Weber is a team player.  He filled in as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs on short notice, because of an emergency.  His spirit of discretion, judgement and personal kindness, characterize David as a person whose faith necessarily involves laboring for Justice.  He is formed by his experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  This spirit of availability has freed him to be a member of the Law School's Partners in Mission Committee and was the School's representative on the similar committee of the University.  Recently he served as Co-Chair of the Presidential committee on Sexual Misconduct whose mission is the protection of our students, faculty and staff.  He continues his place on the Committee on the Status of Women.


Magis is the Ignatian word for "More." For David the big "more" is the creative work he has been doing for the establishment of the School's Immigration and Refugee Clinic in partnership with the Justice for Our Neighbors, J.F.O.N. which will be a lasting legacy for our students and our neighbors and reflects Creighton?s mission of compassionate service.


There is lots more of David's reaching out beyond our campus boundaries.  His quiet demeanor has been speaking volumes beyond books and papers.  He is not a laughing matter, but a joyful servant to so many others. It is our joy to recognize with one of this-year's St. Ignatius Award, Dr. David Weber,  a gentle man for others.