Patty Perry, director of events management and Charles F. Austerberry, Ph. D., assistant professor of Molecular Biology and Protozoology at Creighton University will receive the 2013 St. Ignatius Award during the University's Founders Week Mass. The Mass will be held at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 6, at St. John's Church on the Creighton campus.
Perry is being acknowledged for efforts to infuse the Ignatian spirit in her work, family and community. As one nominator said, "What is probably the key to her success is her unique ability to encourage others to give their best, empowering them to make a difference. And she always goes above and beyond the call of duty, because the activities she is involved in reflect on Creighton and the people who live, work and teach here."
Austerberry is known for his patience and empathy with students, receiving several awards for excellence in teaching. A key faculty advisor with the Pre-Medical Education Program, he has often published on the topic of faith and science. In the Ignatian spirit of being a person of others, Austerberry is also active in the Omaha Together One Community multiethnic and interfaith organization.
Each year, the University's Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality recognizes Creighton faculty and staff who live the spirit of St. Ignatius through their participation in the mission of Creighton University and their involvement beyond University life.