Message from the President

Message from the President

Recently named a best-value university by the Princeton Review, Creighton University is confidently advancing with projects and initiatives that will greatly benefit our students, our community, and our world.

Let me briefly touch on two. Our outstanding record of creating innovative teaching and learning opportunities continues with the opening of CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-University Campus in January. At this new facility, Creighton and our primary clinical partner, CHI Health, are pioneering a new team-based, interprofessional approach to clinical care. Our health sciences students now have a unique opportunity to be on the leading edge of this new model 
of care.

In addition, our state-of-the-art School of Dentistry building continues to take shape along Cuming Street. Scheduled for completion in July 2018, it promises to be one of the premier dental facilities in the country, offering students and patients the latest in technology. Construction updates can be found on the School of Dentistry website.

In February, Creighton hosted faculty from other Jesuit universities and colleges for a weekend conference titled “Engaging Difficult Conversations on Campus through Ignatian Dialogue.” Jesuit, Catholic universities are uniquely positioned to provide a forum for substantive discussions on the difficult, complex issues facing society in an atmosphere that is inclusive, thoughtful, and respectful.

Providing a safe campus environment is always a top priority at Creighton. To that end, I recently announced a committee to review and assess Creighton’s policies regarding sexual and relationship misconduct and provide recommendations for change. Our Office of Equity and Inclusion and Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center also serve as important resources in this area.

To be clear, violence, discrimination, harassment, and other hateful actions or speech are not tolerated on our campus, and are counter to our mission.

In regard to our upcoming commencement ceremonies, I am pleased to share that renowned physician and medical anthropologist Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, the Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard University and co-founder of Partners in Health, will be the featured speaker. His appearance is particularly appropriate as we celebrate anniversaries for our Encuentro Dominicano and Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) programs in the Dominican Republic, which are featured in this issue. I am excited to deepen and expand our innovative programs in the D.R.

Finally, as we enter into the lengthening and warming days of spring, I am reminded of the words of Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins that capture the Easter story and the return of spring’s light:

Let him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east,
More brightening her, rare-dear Britain, as his reign rolls,
Pride, rose, prince, hero of us, high-priest,
Our hearts’ charity’s hearth’s fire, our thoughts’ chivalry’s throng’s Lord.

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ
President