A Time of Community and Thanksgiving

A Time of Community and Thanksgiving

In this annual season of thanksgiving, I am indeed grateful for our supportive alumni and friends, dedicated faculty and staff, and exceptionally talented students.

Our University continues to attract record ­numbers of students, receive national recognition for academic excellence, and engender tremendous support from our alumni and donors.

In September, we announced a transformational $10 million gift from longtime Creighton friends and supporters George Haddix, PhD, MA’66, and his wife, Susan, to build and enhance academic programming in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am thankful for George and Susan’s generous commitment to Creighton, and excited about the many opportunities it will offer our students and faculty.

I am also grateful for our spirit of community on campus, which lifts us up in hopefulness and comforts us in times of tragedy. At the beginning of the academic year, we gathered in prayer and support after a four-vehicle crash claimed the life of one of our bright, young students, and injured three others. An alumna traveling in a separate car also was injured.

Joan Ocampo-Yambing, the 19-year-old computer science major from Rosemount, Minnesota, who died in the collision, was remembered on campus as a bright light, a loving friend, and an outstanding student. She is greatly missed.

We also mourned the passing of several faculty and staff, along with two former members of our Board of Trustees. Bill Fitzgerald and Bill Kizer, both graduates of our business college, left a legacy of corporate and community leadership, generous philanthropy, and service and dedication to Creighton.

This fall, we welcomed the newest members of our campus community — the class of 2021. These 1,119 students represent the largest freshman class in Creighton’s history, and pushed our total enrollment to an all-time high of 8,654.

U.S. News & World Report continued to recognize Creighton in its annual listing of America’s top colleges. Creighton was ranked No. 1 in the Midwest for the 15th consecutive year, and was the only Catholic school recognized for undergraduate research opportunities.

Our Creighton Global Initiative — now in its second year of funding — continues to offer significant opportunities for students and faculty, with $2.5 million in seed-funding supporting 47 projects. In addition, this year, more than 400 students will study abroad and more than 200 international students will study at Creighton.

My hope is that this global perspective and understanding can bring to greater reality that traditional holiday message: Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.

Finally, please enjoy our newly redesigned Creighton magazine. We hope that you find within these pages the fullness of the Creighton experience. Best wishes for a blessed Christmas, happy holidays, and wonderful new year.

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ