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Creighton Honors Two Students as Spirits of Creighton

Creighton Honors Two Students as Spirits of Creighton

Two Creighton University graduates, who exemplify the Jesuit values of persons for and with others, were honored with the Spirit of Creighton Award at spring commencement on May 16 at the Qwest Center Omaha. The award is given annually to one or more graduates who demonstrate the best qualities of the University’s founders. Recipients are honored for their initiative, enterprise, academic achievement and outstanding character traits.

Geoffrey Hays, an Arts and Sciences graduate from Scottsdale, Ariz. who majored in chemistry, was presented the Spirit of Creighton award during the morning ceremony. Hays served as the Freshman Leadership Program student coordinator and a spring break service trip coordinator, vice president of Phi Delta Theta and resident advisor. He also shared his talents as a seminar leader in the Ratio Studiorum Program and a teaching assistant in chemistry lab courses. In addition to all his campus activities, he maintains a 3.85 QPA in chemistry and volunteers weekly for the Boys and Girls Club of Omaha. A member of the Honors Program, he was recently inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu. He has also worked on University service efforts, organized the freshman retreat and much more. He plans to go to medical school.

Medical school graduate Danielle Ku’ulei Potter of Waikoloa, Hawaii, plans a career in preventive medicine with a focus on community education among Native Hawaiians and other minorities in Hawaii. She received her award at the afternoon commencement ceremony. While at Creighton, she served as a student advisor for the Healer Arts course; community chair for the Student National Medical Association, coordinating and volunteering in minority bone marrow drives and glaucoma screenings; and a representative of the Organization of Student Representations. She volunteers for numerous services projects and spent her 2006 spring break in at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and volunteered in impoverished countries through HOPE Worldwide that same year.

Her academic achievements are as numerous as her community activities. In 2008, she was named to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Leadership Award. She was also the 2007 recipient of the Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship through the American Medical Association.