Celebrating a joint mission for Jesuit higher education, Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, headed to Seville, Spain, for the installation of the first European chapter of the century-old Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit honor society, at Universidad Loyola Andalucía on Oct. 21.
Loyola Andalucía invited Fr. Hendrickson as the “Padrino de la primera promoción de Alpha Sigma Nu of Europa.” The honor signified Fr. Hendrickson’s role as a founding member of the first Alpha Sigma Nu installation in Europe.
Fr. Hendrickson, who was inducted as an honorary member of Alpha Sigma Nu at Marquette University in 2013, played an important role in the Spanish ceremony: He assisted in the honorary induction of his twin brother, the Rev. Scott Hendrickson, SJ, of Loyola University Chicago.
At the ceremony, Fr. Hendrickson delivered the keynote address, highlighting the importance of Alpha Sigma Nu for Jesuit higher education. The board of governors of Loyola Andalucía honored him for his achievements in higher education, his work as president of Creighton University since 2015 and the Creighton Global Initiative.
The partnership between Creighton and Loyola Andalucía began with a visit from the Spanish university to Creighton last spring, and has continued with a student exchange program. Two students from Loyola Andalucía studied at Creighton during the 2016 fall semester.
Alpha Sigma Nu began in 1915 at Marquette University. It is the only Jesuit honor society and recognizes students for achievements in scholarship, loyalty and service. Creighton’s chapter is the second oldest Alpha Sigma Nu chapter in the U.S.