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Nursing Alumna Receives 2008 Alumni Achievement Award

Nursing Alumna Receives Creighton’s 2008 Alumni Achievement Award

Creighton will present its highest alumni award, the Alumni Achievement Citation, to Karen Dolan Rauenhorst, a 1975 graduate of Creighton’s School of Nursing, at its spring commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. May 10 at the Qwest Center Omaha.

Rauenhorst exemplifies many of the ideals of Creighton University through her leadership in nursing, service to others and philanthropy. Providing nursing leadership and care for more than 20 years, she earned nursing degrees from Creighton University and a master's degree in public health from the University of Minnesota.

A past member of the Catholic Charities USA Board of Trustees and the Catholic Community Foundation, she currently serves on the College of St. Catherine Board of Trustees and Catholic Relief Services Board of Directors. She received the Red Knight Leadership Award in 2005 from Benilde-St. Margaret's School in the Twin Cities area for leadership, commitment and contribution for the betterment of the school, church and community. She also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Notre Dame in 2006 and the Medal of Honor from the College of St. Catherine.

Her philanthropic work includes serving as president of the Sieben Foundation, vice president of the Mark and Karen Rauenhorst Family Foundation, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Council of Foundations.

An active alumna, she and her husband Mark have hosted numerous regional alumni events in the Twin Cities. She and her husband, as well as the company he heads, Opus Corporation, provided the funding for Opus Hall, Creighton’s newest residence community for junior and seniors.

The Creighton Alumni Achievement Award is given to outstanding alumni who represent the entire University. Recipients must be degreed alumni of Creighton, have provided distinguished service to the University or their communities that clearly exemplifies the University credo, and exhibit personal qualities that indicate high moral principles guided by the Jesuit ideal of being men and women for others.