Creighton 2010 Commencement
2010 May Commencement Honorees
Dr. Charles Filipi, who served as the speaker at the morning ceremony, also accepted the Magis award for the Creighton-led health care teams that treated victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Philanthropic and community leaders Charles and Mary Heider each received an honorary doctor of humane letters. Charles is a 1949 graduate of the College of Business.
Lloyd Roitstein, president and scout executive of the BSA Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America, received the Presidential Medallion in recognition of the Boy Scouts 100th anniversary
Victoria Roche, Ph.D., researcher and instructor in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, received the Creighton Students Union Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement.
Dr. Brian Loggie, who served as the speaker at the afternoon ceremony, also accepted the Magis award for the Creighton-led health care teams that treated victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Sister Norita Cooney, president of the Sisters of Mercy of the America's, accepted the Presidential Medallion in recognition of the founding of St. Catherine's Hospital 100 years ago.
Arts and Sciences graduate Patrick Carter received the Spirit of Creighton Award during the morning ceremony
School of Medicine graduate Marley Doyle received the Spirit of Creighton Award during the afternoon ceremony
Troy and Mary Jones of Sioux Falls, S.D., accept a diploma from Creighton President the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., on behalf of their daughter Sydney Jones. Sydney, a 21-year-old College of Business senior, died on Feb.4 of complications from a heart attack.
Creighton Honored Graduates, Community Leaders, Organizations, Haiti Volunteers at May Commencement
Creighton University honored more than 1,300 graduates at commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 15, at the Qwest Center Omaha. The University also recognized community volunteers Mary and Charles Heider, the Boy Scouts of America, the Sisters of Mercy, a faculty member, and health care volunteers who treated victims of Haiti’s Jane 12 earthquake.
The undergraduate schools, School of Law and Graduate School ceremony began at 9:30 a.m. The ceremony for Health Sciences professional schools, including the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy and Health Professions, took place at 1:30 p.m. University President the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., presided at both ceremonies.
A baccalaureate Mass was held Friday, May 14, at 3 p.m. in the D.J. Sokol Arena at the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center on campus.
Special awards and recognition went to community leaders and organizations that have made significant positive differences in the Omaha community.
The Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Sisters of Mercy received Presidential Medallions to coincide with their centennial observances.
For 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has instilled values of character, citizenship and leadership in area youth. The Mid-America Council includes more than 500 communities in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, involving 33,000 scouts and nearly 10,000 volunteer leaders. The group will be recognized for their on-going contributions, as well as its bearing and deportment in the face of disaster following a 2008 tornado at the Little Sioux Ranch in Little Sioux, Iowa. Receiving the award was Lloyd Roitstein, president and scout executive of BSA Mid-America Council.
Also in 1910, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas established St. Catherine’s Hospital in the Forest Hill district of Omaha; it was the first hospital in the city to accept maternity patients. St. Catherine’s School of Nursing later became affiliated with Creighton University. The Sisters of Mercy was represented by Sister Norita Cooney, president of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community.
Philanthropic and community leaders Charles and Mary Heider each received an honorary doctor of humane letters, for leadership in civic organizations as well as their ongoing support and investment in higher education and cancer research. The Heiders have endowed two chairs at Creighton, one for Jesuit faculty and one in the School of Medicine that has received international recognition for advances in cancer research.
Charles Heider, a graduate of the Creighton College of Business, served on the University’s board of directors for 17 years. He was inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame in 2005. Mary Heider attended Duchesne College in Omaha and later served on the board of the Duchesne College Alumni Association.
The couple is very active in numerous community organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Omaha, the National Conference for Community and Justice, the American Red Cross, Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Jesuit Middle School of Omaha, Boys Town, Stephen Center and Christ Child Center, among others.
Creighton also presented its Magis award – a Latin term meaning “the more” – to Creighton-led health care teams that traveled to Jimani, Dominican Republic, to treat victims of the Haiti earthquake. Over three weeks, five teams rotated into Jimani, providing medical supplies and lifesaving medical services
Accepting the award was Charles Filipi, M.D., a Creighton University professor of surgery who coordinated the teams from Omaha, and Brian Loggie, M.D., chief of surgical oncology and Creighton’s Harold J. Bonnstetter Endowed Chair in Preventative Medicine. Loggie led the first health care team. Filipi delivered the morning commencement address, and Loggie spoke at the afternoon ceremony.
Victoria Roche, Ph.D. of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions received the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement. The award was established by Creighton University students 40 years ago, and students select the recipient. Roche is a researcher, instructor of pharmaceutical science, assistant dean and faculty adviser to the pharmacy honor society. Roche also teaches courses in Native American culture and health with an emphasis on service-learning and reflective writing pedagogy. Creighton students described her as a distinguished educator who embraces the Jesuit value of service that is a Creighton hallmark.
Saturday, May 15th, Qwest Center Omaha
First Session, 9:30 a.m. CDT
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business
Emergency Medical Services Education
School of Law
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Second Session, 1:30 p.m. CDT
School of Nursing
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
School of Dentistry
School of Medicine
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