2019 Ignatius Award Recipient

Saint Ignatius Award Photo

The inscription on the reverse of the medallion reads:

TAKE, LORD, AND RECEIVE ALL MY
LIBERTY, MY MEMORY, MY
UNDERSTANDING AND MY ENTIRE
WILL. ALL THAT I HAVE AND POSSESS,
YOU HAVE GIVEN ME TO YOU, O LORD,
I RETURN IT. ALL IS YOURS, DISPOSE OF IT
WHOLLY ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL. GIVE ME
YOUR LOVE AND YOUR GRACE, FOR THIS IS
SUFFICIENT FOR ME.

ST. IGNATIUS

The award was presented at the President's Convocation, February 5, 2019.

Gerard Kuhlman

College of Arts and Sciences

Ignatian Award Citation

Gerry Kuhlman is pictured by one Staff-person as "The Mayor of Creighton" whose basic platform is his intense and personal care for our students. One of his several missions is to be responsible for checking graduating Seniors, by making sure that they have fulfilled all their academic requirements.  With kind and gentle directness he evaluates their records, but even more kindly, assists them in preparing for their futures.

His politics are dramatically similar to those of Ignatius.  Gerry walks the campus while receiving votes of affection.  His familiarity with students allows him to encourage, often with kind humor.  Another person writes, "Where ever Gerry goes people are automatically drawn to him.  He is a wonderful representative of the heart of Creighton."  Gerry's personal platform is supported by his wife, Christine, who is dedicated to keeping him grateful and, at certain times, humble.  She makes sure he doesn't get off his Christ-centered campaign.

One colleague writes, "Gerry naturally and authentically cares for people.  At times when I've needed perspective or a new way of seeing things, I seek Gerry for wise counsel and advice.  His outlook and unwavering faith provide help and comfort throughout the conversation."  Another writes, "One of his hopes is that every Creighton student would enjoy the journey.   It is good to have goals and aspirations, but he urges students to enjoy the time they're here and to live in the present."  For many students, Gerry serves as their bookend, both welcoming them to the frighteningly new campus as freshmen and sending them off as confident graduates.  As the adviser for transferring students and the non-traditional students, he is a kind of life-line when they are tempted to feel somehow other than normal. He is dedicated to his spiritual life and is willing to share it with everyone.  The quotation which most reminds me of Gerry is not from Ignatius, but Francis of Assisi:  "Preach the Gospel always and occasionally use words."  Gerry is a special person of inspiration and his quiet humor and his style of conversation makes one feel in that moment as if she or he is the only person in the world. 

We here at Creighton are aware of banners announcing various Ignatian values.  Gerry Kuhlman knows them and speaks easily of them.  What does "Cura Personalis" mean?  What does "Magis" mean?  What does being "Women and men, with and for others" mean?  We have many living examples of just what these are all about.  Banners can become slogans.  For his being a living witness to these Ignatian values in his public and private life, the Deglman Center is grateful and delighted to present this year's Saint Ignatius Award to Mr. Gerard Kuhlman.