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Donated Sculpture Honors Fr. Schlegel, Beautifies Creighton Campus

Mark H. Rauenhorst, BA’75, and his wife, Karen Dolan Rauenhorst, BSN’75, have chosen to honor the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., and his commitment to Creighton University with a sculpture titled, “The Spirit of Jesuit Education.”

Created by noted sculptor and Creighton associate professor Littleton Alston, the work was dedicated on Monday, June 6. The sculpture resides on the south side of Opus Hall near the corner of 20th Street and Venteicher Mall, on campus.

The sculpture is made of stainless steel and is approximately 15 feet tall. According to Alston, “The design begins with simple geometry and gradually grows into free form gesture in space forming a true transformation that grows toward the light.”

The Rauenhorsts have been generous supporters of Creighton University for many years. The family, founders of the Opus Group, a multi-services commercial real estate company, in Minnetonka, Minn., made the gift through the firm’s Opus Foundation and the Rauenhorst Family Foundation.

In 2006, Creighton University dedicated Opus Hall, the junior/senior townhouse residence hall made possible by donations of the Opus Group. Mark Rauenhorst has served on the Creighton University Board of Directors since 1991.