December 16, 2015
Dear Creighton University Faculty, Staff, and Students,
Congratulations on completing a semester that has been full and fast. In our working, learning, and living at Creighton, we have gathered for important and routine events these past months. The Mass of the Holy Spirit, Homecoming Weekend, the Dr. Henry T. Lynch Symposium, the Markoe-DePorres lecture, athletic competitions, and others come quickly to mind, let alone spontaneous conversations and encounters we enjoy on the mall and in our daily pathways.
Our faculty scholars continue to ignite minds, hearts, and imaginations. We were honored to have a third consecutive Nebraska Professor of the Year awardee in 2015, with the selection of Dr. Jeffrey Hause. In addition, on Jan. 19, we will recognize 282 faculty and staff for milestone years of service, including 64 with 25 or more years at Creighton. We are grateful for their commitment and service to the University.
Congratulations to our volleyball and men’s soccer teams, who represented the University so well in advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Their hard work and dedication are an inspiration. We are equally proud of our student-athletes’ success in the classroom. Creighton ranks No. 1 in the BIG EAST and No. 14 nationally in the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate report!
We have also come together in difficult moments, and too frequently, saying goodbye to current and former members of this community, as well as responding to challenging realities in our nation and world. Being in St. John’s Church in shared sadness, or at its steps in a circle of solidarity for inclusivity, are likewise memorable. Recent national discourse about Muslims is a counterpoint to Creighton values, and I am eager to remind us of our desire and need to be hospitable. In this, I am particularly excited to launch today the process for forming a campus-wide committee to help me in focusing the Creighton Global Initiative. A self-nomination process is open until Friday, January 15.
As we near Christmas and New Year celebrations, and other traditions of the season, I offer you words of a 16th Century English Jesuit, St. Robert Southwell, who in rhythmic words of A Child My Choice, exclaims, “Alas! He weeps, He sighs, He pants, yet do His angels sing; Out of His tears, His sighs and throbs, doth bud a joyful spring.”
I wish you a Merry Christmas, a blessed New Year, and happy holidays, and in doing so I call your attention to a Christmas video message.
Fr. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J.