Message from the President

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J.

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Message from the President

For more than 135 years, Creighton University has been intimately involved with the life and growth of Omaha and the surrounding community. I am inspired by our long history

of working with community partners and civic and government leaders to improve the lives of all citizens.

Our Jesuit, Catholic mission calls us to especially reach out to those on the margins — the underserved, the poor, the neglected, the voiceless. It is a life-affirming mission, for it is here that we find the face of God.

I have found the Creighton response to this calling — among our students, faculty, and staff — to be deep in scope and conviction.  

In this issue of Creighton University Magazine, we share with you a few of the ways your University is working in collaboration with other entities to reach out and serve the greater community.

Our health sciences programs in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and nursing share a tradition of providing care to those most in need in our community.

In this issue, we profile our School of Dentistry, which provides care through its clinics and outreach programs to about 27,000 patients annually — including 5,000 children at 10 low-income public schools through the Healthy Smiles program.

Our students bring renewed enthusiasm to our mission of service. Our student-run, student-founded Magis Clinic is but one example. The clinic is expanding its services to better meet the needs of its clientele at the Siena-Francis House homeless shelter. Our Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic, staffed by Creighton law students and providing free legal assistance to low-income residents locally, also will be undergoing a remodeling this summer.

The Heider College of Business has been involved in the creation of the new Business Ethics City Lab, which will study Omaha businesses to find out how companies can be more ethically responsible.

Additionally, through a master’s program in the Graduate School, Education Department faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are developing the next generation of Catholic school leaders in the Omaha Archdiocese and nationwide. Creighton hosted a national conference this spring to discuss opportunities for further partnerships.

In my conversations with alumni at visits nationwide, and in continued dialogue with campus community members, I am struck by this commitment to engaging and bettering communities — locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

It is part of our past and present, and informs our best hopes for the future. I hope you enjoy this issue of the magazine, and may God continue to bless you in this season of reawakening.

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J.