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Three Students Recognized with Spirit of Creighton Award

Three Students Recognized with Spirit of Creighton Award

Creighton University graduates Adam Greteman, Marie Halbur and Raquel “Kelly” Orbik were each presented the prestigious Spirit of Creighton Award during commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 13.

Greteman and Orbik (right) received the award at the conclusion of Creighton's morning commencement ceremony representing Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Law and the Graduate School. Halbur received the award during the afternoon ceremony, which included the Schools of Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy and Health Professions. Both ceremonies were held at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

The Spirit of Creighton Award is given annually to the students who represent the best qualities of the University's founders. Recipients are honored for their initiative, enterprise, academic achievement and outstanding character traits.

Greteman of Carroll, Iowa, is described as caring and conscientious with a curiosity that knows no bounds. Whether it is in the classroom, where he excels, or volunteering as a Cortina Advisor, with Habitat for Humanity or mentoring students, Greteman’s attitude is one of service to others.

The enthusiasm, compassion and persistence of Raquel “Kelly” Orbik of Papillion, Neb., is hard to resist. Her faith-based passion for a just world leads her to search for effective opportunities to work for social change locally and globally. Her experience with the Latino community in Omaha and her volunteer and study trips to Latin America fueled her commitment to fluency in Spanish. She wrote and presented "Women in the Dominican Republic: A Feminist Approach" at a sociology conference at Creighton in 2005. Like Greteman, Orbik served as a Cortina Community Advisor.

Dental graduate Maria Halbur (right) of Carroll, Iowa, served as both the president and vice president of the Creighton American Student Dental Association and participated in the Summer Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) program in the Dominican Republic, as a dental student and coordinator. Halbur is no stranger to ILAC as she participated twice in the program as an undergraduate student. She is described a self-starter who is willing to go above and beyond. Her driving force is her faith and strong desire to help and serve others. She participates in several activities -- usually as a leader -- including One World Community Health Clinic, Special Olympics and Give Kids a Smile.

Posted: 5/15/06