Two Students Honored With Spirit of Creighton Award During Saturday Commencement Ceremonies
Creighton University School of Medicine graduate Mary Rogers, of Portland, Ore., and Arts and Sciences graduate Brandon Hankey, of Omaha, Neb., received the prestigious Spirit of Creighton Award during Creighton Universityís commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12.
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.
From the moment Rogers began her medical education at Creighton, she distinguished herself as someone with strong interpersonal and leadership skills. She was a dedicated participant in Project CURA (CreightonMed United in Relief Assistance), a program run by first-year medical students that provides health, education and disease-prevention services to underserved populations in India, Peru, Kenya, Cambodia, Omaha and Pine Ridge, S.D., and Romania.Rogers served as co-founder and clinical director of the Magis Clinic, a student-run facility housed in the Siena/Francis House, which provides free medical care to indigent people in the Omaha area.
In the community, she participated in programs such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Omaha Boys and Girls Club, YWCA, the Nebraska AIDS Foundation, and Charles Drew Health Center.
In addition, she was involved in research and used her experiences and expertise to educate others on a variety of topics, including the global AIDS crisis, global health and international service.
Hankey, an honors student, served on the Honors Advisory Board and led several Creighton retreats and service trips. He regularly demonstrated concern for his fellow students in his roles as freshman seminar group leader and resident advisor in Swanson Hall.
Throughout his years at Creighton, Hankey shared his talents and time with the community, volunteering for the Zahrt Loess Hills Prairie Reclamation Project, City Sprouts Community Garden, Neale Woods Nature Center and the Siena/Francis House, where he helped maintain a community garden.
At Creighton, he was a tutor for the athletics department and a member of Amnesty International and the Presidentís Committee on Diversity. In 2006, he received the Fr. Tom Schloemer Outstanding Student Leader of the Year award.