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Creighton Women Receive Mary Lucretia & Sarah Emily Creighton Awards

Bridget Keegan, Ph.D., professor of English, and Khloe Keeler, College of Arts and Sciences junior, will receive the 2011 Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Awards during Creighton University’s annual Founder’s Week luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Harper Center Ballroom.

Keegan served as Chair of the English Department from 2001-2005 and now serves as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and interim chair for the Department of Modern Languages. While chair, she led the revision of the department’s curriculum resulting in a more student-focused agenda. She is also the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Award and is considered an outstanding teacher, adviser and leader, according to her students and colleagues. A passionate advocate for scholarships and fellowships, she serves as a personal role model for the success of female faculty and served as a former chair of the Committee on the Status of Women.

“Dr. Keegan embodies the Jesuit mission. She espouses cura personalis along with academic excellence,” said nominator Gail Jensen, Ph. D., dean of the Graduate School. “Her actions and contributions are true evidence of her commitment to women and men for and with others.”

Keeler spends much of her time with the Student Support Services Program, assisting incoming Native American students and others. She is involved in numerous service work projects, and has been a mentor for Peer2Peer, Boy’s and Girl’s Club, RAISE (Recognizing American Indian Success in Education) and Omaha Boy’s Town. Last semester, Khloe served as the Decurion for a Ratio Studiorum Program class headed by English professor, Mary Longo, Ph. D., in which she helped freshmen make the transition to Creighton and college life.

“Khloe embodies several of the Jesuit values that Creighton promotes and inculcates; she serves as a wonderful model of behavior and accomplishment for young women,” Dr. Longo said.

The All University Committee on the Status of Women presents the Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Awards every year during Founder’s Week to persons associated with Creighton University. Recipients must create an environment that supports women’s achievements; serve as role models for accomplishments for women; and encourage women faculty, administrators, staff or students in the development and use of their talents.