Father Schlegel Taken to the Floor During Roast
The Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., president of Creighton University, was inducted as the 114th “Face on the Barroom Floor,” by the Omaha Press Club, on Thursday, Oct. 11. Hundreds of friends, family, Creighton alumni, faculty, staff and students as well as Omaha community leaders attended the event.
Done in a “roast”style, the event is a good-natured way to show the community’s appreciation for individuals and their many contributions. Also unveiled is a caricature drawing of the newsmaker who is being honored. Among newsmakers saluted since the event began in 1971 are U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, Omaha World-Herald publisher John Gottschalk, and comedy legend Johnny Carson.
Ken Stinson, chairman of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc., served as the emcee. Creighton Athletics Director Bruce Rasmussen and three Creighton graduates – Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey, BA ‘73, the 105th Face on the Barroom Floor; Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein, JD ‘77, executive director of the Peter Kiewit Foundation; and Joseph Kavan , BA’79, JD’82, partner with Kutak Rock LLP – served as additional roasters. Mayor Fahey surprised Fr.Schlegel by proclaiming Oct. 11 Father Schlegel Day in the city of Omaha.
The caricature, created by artist Jim Horan, features Father Schlegel standing on Creighton’s campus with a tennis racket to illustrate his dedication to physical fitness, and a pair of Opera Omaha tickets in his pocket representing his love of the arts. In the background are various campus buildings including residence halls, St. John’s Church and the Creighton University Medical Center. Next to Fr. Schlegel is mascot Billy Bluejay, spinning a basketball, kicking a soccer ball and holding a baseball bat.