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Chinese visitors bid fond, colorful adieu to host Creighton

Two visiting Chinese students play a duet on the guzheng during a farewell gala thanking Creighton for hosting 56 Chinese rehabilitation science and medical students over the summer.Creighton University’s 56 visitors from eight Chinese universities said their farewells the evening of July 27 in grand style.

With a celebratory gala at the Hixson-Lied Auditorium in the Harper Center, the Chinese rehabilitation sciences students, as they have on several occasions over the past three months, sang, danced, played musical instruments and expertly demonstrated martial arts as a means of thanking their Creighton and Omaha hosts.

“When I think of what Omaha means in the Omaha tribe’s language, ‘Against the current,’ I am reminded it applies to this program today,” said Keli Mu, PhD, OTR/L, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy and director of Asian Health Sciences Programs and the China Honors Interprofessional Program (CHIP), as a means of introducing the gala event. “You are all embracing a new way of learning, a new culture, new challenges to increase your knowledge. When you return to China, you will be pioneers, you will be leaders. You have embraced the Omaha spirit of going against the current, against the wind.”

School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Dean J. Chris Bradberry, PharmD, also thanked the students and their accompanying faculty members — at Creighton to take part in occupational therapy and physical therapy courses and engage in clinical and cultural experiences — for continuing to enrich the bonds between their universities and their country and Creighton and the United States.

“We at Creighton are very proud to have students like you with us,” Bradberry said. “We are pleased to have these relationships with your hospitals and your universities and hope to expand those relationships in the future.”

From there, the visiting students treated about 250 Creighton faculty, staff, students and administration — including René Padilla, PhD, OTR/L, vice provost for Global Engagement — and guests from the wider Omaha community to a night of entertainment both traditional and contemporary.

Demonstrations of the martial arts wing chun and kung fu drew large applause as groups of students moved as one through precision-trained routines. A duet on the guzheng — a string instrument resembling a horizontal harp — of the song “Moonlight on the Spring River” was stirringly effected.

Gifts were also exchanged between Creighton and the visitors.

As Bradberry reminded, though the Creighton Rehabilitation International Summer Program and Creighton Medicine International Summer Program draws to a close, Creighton health sciences students are now preparing to visit China to continue the ongoing exchange Creighton has enjoyed with the Chinese universities for the better part of a decade.

“We are now friends and colleagues and I think that your cultural experiences have been just as important as the educational and clinical experiences you’ve had here,” Bradberry said.

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