RSP 101

RSP LogoWelcome to the Native American Learning Community and your RSP 101 class!  As a member of the Native American Learning Community at Creighton University, the Ratio Studiorum Program invites you to participate in a specially designated section of the RSP 101 course “An Introduction to the Culture of Collegiate Life” led by Omaha Indian Tribal elder and Native American Studies instructor, Dr. Rudi Mitchell.  Dr. Mitchell will be assisted by native student Cheree Hatfield, a junior who will serve as the Decurion (Student Assistant) and Chant Knight, a sophomore native student who will help as the “Beadle”.  All freshmen in this section will be of Native American descent so that right away you can get to know and spend time with the other native students that are part of your incoming Creighton class.

-Faculty Preceptor:  Dr. Rudi Mitchell, (Omaha), faculty advisor, rudimitchell@creighton.edu

-Decurion:  Ms. Cheree Hatfield, (Rosebud Sioux), student, chereehatfield@creighton.edu

-Beadle:  Mr. Chante Knight, (Oglala Lakota), student, chantknight@creighton.edu

The RSP 100 level course is a required course for all freshmen.  It is a one-credit, graded class meeting weekly for 50 minutes throughout the first semester.  During Welcome Week – prior to the start of classes, you will participate in the myriad of events together as a group. Activities range from a “CU Survival Skit” to a Matriculation Ceremony to Community Service and a Lip Synch contest. In addition, the Native American Learning Community will be invited to a Native American Cedar Ceremony led by Dr. Mitchell on Saturday, August 22 at 5pm.

Dr. Mitchell completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a Master’s Degree at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his doctorate at the University of South Dakota.  He understands the college Sherman Alexie is our book author!transition issues especially unique to Native American students.  Besides getting to know Dr. Mitchell, you will get to know 12-15 other Native American freshmen experiencing the same challenges that you face. 

Together, your RSP group will read and discuss The Absoluely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  Throughout the semester, your group will attend two or three evening presentations by speakers focusing on issues affecting all freshmen. You will also reflect upon the Jesuit core values and the meaning of a Liberal Arts education.  You will have the opportunity to create your initial “Two-Year Plan” and find out what the Creighton Career Center can do for you even as a freshman. Your group will even have monies to plan a fun social outing or two!

 

 

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