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Two graduates honored with Spirit of Creighton Award

Two Creighton University graduates were honored with the highest student award at commencement on May 14.

Tara Dammer and Brandon Warrington received the Spirit of Creighton Award conferred upon students who embody the spirit of Creighton’s founders. Awarded annually since 1955, the Spirit of Creighton Award honors undergraduate, graduate and professional students for their initiative, enterprise, academic achievement and outstanding character traits.

Dammer SOCTara Dammer of St. James, Minnesota, graduated from the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions with a Doctor of Pharmacy, and the Heider College of Business with a Master of Business Administration. While at Creighton, Dammer was a member of Rho Chi National Pharmacy Honor Society, Phi Lambda Sigma National Pharmacy Leadership Society and Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy, among many other organizations. As part of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Dammer held the first vice regent chair, a national office.

Most notable was her role as a director for the Magis Acute Care Clinic. Dammer lead a legislative effort to obtain a pharmacy license for the clinic, so patients could have access to needed prescriptions. Her efforts have allowed a local shelter to provide pharmacy services to the homeless in downtown Omaha.

She was also actively involved in serving the local community by volunteering at a community health care center, participating in Prescription Take Back, advising elderly patients about Medicare Part D enrollment, working in the Porto Clinic and participating in children’s anti-poisoning Pinky presentations.

Warrington SOCBrandon Warrington of Colorado Springs, Colorado, graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy with a specialization in ethics. He was chapter president of Phi Sigma Tau philosophy honor society, assistant Resident Director of Kenefick Hall, on the Strike Force Academic Intervention Team to mentor student athletes and a special assistant in the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office.

Warrington helped facilitate a welcoming residence life community. As a sophomore, he was moved from a desk assistant to be a resident advisor in Kiewit Hall, a position usually reserved for juniors and seniors. His supervisors praised him for his character, as he served as a role model for many students.

He was passionate about philosophy, known for engaging in complex discussion as a sophomore in a class full of graduating seniors. Warrington’s knowledge of philosophy culminated with the acceptance of his paper, “Dignity, Disability, and Capability: Freedom and Disability through the Sesha example” at the Truman State University Philosophy and Religion Conference, one of the best-known and oldest undergraduate philosophy conferences in the nation. Having honed skills in logical reasoning, argumentation and conceptual analysis, Warrington will continue his education in law school.

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