Jan. 15, 2020
As we commence the spring semester and a new decade, my greetings to faculty returning from break, and a heartfelt welcome to faculty and staff who are newly joining Creighton University. I hope each of you had enjoyable, gratifying holidays, and that you are prepared and determined to make 2020 a memorable year full of accomplishments.
I want to call your attention to several events happening soon, note the passing of a distinguished alumnus and former Trustee, update you on renovations to the Harper Center, and share news of an important occurrence coming in the fall. Next week we will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a number of campus opportunities; the following week is our Campus Climate Forum; and in early February we will celebrate Founders Week. Later this year, we will be publicly launching a comprehensive fundraising initiative.
Our Martin Luther King Jr. Committee is sponsoring once again, in collaboration with community partners, a series of events honoring Dr. King, which will take place on our campus Jan. 20-22. I hope you will be able to take advantage of the opportunities presented and attend as many as possible. These events, which reinforce the values that Dr. King espoused and lived, likewise reflect Creighton’s commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion.
As announced before Christmas break, we, as a University, are intensifying and sharpening our already considerable efforts and focus, and the allocation of resources, around sustainability and care for our planet. In line with these intentions, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, our Campus Climate Forum will be held at 7 p.m. in the Ryan Athletic Center’s D.J. Sokol Arena.
This forum, “Seeking Hope: Intentional and Ignatian Responses to the Global Climate Crisis,” will offer an interdisciplinary exploration of how each of us, and Creighton as a whole, might most effectively continue and enhance our responses to the global climate crisis. It will be a time for us to come together – faculty, staff, and students – to dialogue and gain a better understanding of the realities of climate change and what we can do about it.
The campus forum will support ongoing University discernment — engaging all of our students, faculty, and staff — in better understanding the many ways we can and should care for our common home.
I am grateful to the faculty experts and students who have agreed to be panelists; look for more information about the campus forum to be shared in Creighton Today. My hope is that a great number of you will attend and participate, because we are stronger and more effective when we work together.
Our annual Founders Week celebration is scheduled for Feb. 2-8 with a number of campus events, including my President’s Convocation Address on Feb. 4, at 3:30 p.m., in the Harper Center’s Hixson-Lied Auditorium. I look forward to seeing you there, and sharing with you my updates on the University.
Last week we learned of the death of Floyd Malveaux, MD, PhD, BS’61, a 2017 recipient of the University’s highest alumni honor, the Alumni Achievement Citation, and a member of our Board of Trustees from 1997-2015. Dr. Malveaux, who died Jan. 9 at the age of 79, was a nationally recognized expert in the field of asthma and allergic diseases, whose distinguished career included four decades as a faculty member and administrator at the Howard University College of Medicine. We offer our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.
Renovations continue to the Mike and Josie Harper Center. Over the break, Enrollment Management was established in its permanent location in Harper 1035, while in November permanent spaces were completed for Card Services (Harper 1090), the John P. Fahey Career Center (Harper 1088), and Financial Aid (Harper 1100). Work on additional classrooms on the second floor began this month. I am grateful for the patience and cooperation of the entire campus community – and, in particular, those directly affected units – during this time of transition.
On the horizon for 2020 is the public launch in the fall of our comprehensive fundraising campaign. This historic campaign is critical to our University’s future because it will support Creighton’s evolution from a regionally dominant to a nationally prominent university.
Our campaign priorities will reflect our deep commitment to students and the transformational experiences we provide to them. I am excited about the prospects and opportunities that the campaign’s success will present for our students. We will share updates as planning for the campaign launch progresses, including leadership opportunities for faculty and staff.
I want to remind you that our award-winning alumni publication,Creighton magazine, is now being delivered electronically to faculty and staff, rather than in printed form, in line with our campus sustainability goals. I hope you have enjoyed reading the latest issue and its news that champions our outstanding alumni, faculty, students, and staff. If you would like to request a printed copy, please contact our University Communications and Marketing office at CreightonCommunications [at] creighton [dot] edu.
I hope each of you experiences a 2020 filled with blessings, growth, and fulfillment.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD